St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 960 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Fruitvale Station
Lowest review score: 25 Jersey Boys
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 960
960 movie reviews
  1. Act of Valor is a competently directed action movie, but forcing the audience to wear such narrow goggles is a dereliction of duty.
  2. Like an acquaintance couple's baby pictures, Friends With Kids induces coos but isn't as cute as they think.
  3. The Hunger Games is dressed as a dark satire of soulless entertainment, but like Katniss' adversaries in the PG-13 hunting scenes, it doesn't have a distinctive identity or go-for-the-throat.
  4. There's some laughing gas left in the cupboard, but this series may require an infusion of new blood to last until "American Funeral."
  5. Bully is a good start to a necessary conversation, but its loving voice is likely to be drowned out by haters who hide their own wounded hearts behind Internet pseudonyms and broadcast microphones.
  6. Built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The movie is missing the zippy chases and lovable characters of Aardman studio's previous films ("Arthur Christmas," "Chicken Run").
  7. Elles is provocative company, but it leaves us feeling hustled.
  8. There are enough F-bombs, a couple of chopped-off appendages and a flash of gratuitous male nudity to earn an R rating. But fans of producer Judd Apatow would expect nothing less.
  9. The fiery finale is good enough to leave the legions smiling. But when a movie is expected to lift an entire industry, "good enough" shouldn't be good enough.
  10. It still has cool creatures and 1960s set design, and the 3-D is the best of the season, but if you try to remember the story or jokes, you'll find that you've been hit by a neuralyzer beam.
  11. Surviving Progress reiterates arguments made in movies such as "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Inside Job," it marshals minds such as Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking, and it utilizes artful imagery reminiscent of films such as "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Up the Yangtze."
  12. If the world were really coming to an end, we'd spend it with Knightley and tell her tag-along friend that there's not enough food for a 50-year-old virgin.
  13. Eccentric enough to get mistaken for an uplifting fantasy, but it's Plaza who belongs in the penthouse.
  14. A colorful indictment of corporate infestation, but it's missing a prescription.
  15. As the blindered Abe, relative-unknown Gelber earns a sympathetic pat on the head. But as the character is braying for attention, he's stuck in his stall, while genuine dark horse Donna Murphy carries the narrative load as the middle-aged co-worker who prances into Abe's daydreams.
  16. Hit and Run isn't a catastrophe, but it leaves loose ends and a more adventurous map by the side of the winding road.
  17. Killer Joe is one of the most repugnant parodies of small-town stupidity that you will ever see, and Friedkin amplifies the shrill obscenities with blaring cartoon and kung-fu footage from his art director's fever dreams.
  18. Although this Swedish vehicle is thoughtfully engineered and has some vivid streaks of color, it could use a jump start to escape the vanilla ice.
  19. Despite some gruesome images and the psychotic fervor of Rakes, it's a frustratingly slow boil.
  20. Ultimately a movie that could have been a little jewel is unpolished.
  21. The rapid dialogue is dry and mannered, like a David Mamet play, there's virtually no story and Cronenberg's visual scheme is cold and claustrophobic.
  22. Too modest to become a worldwide phenomenon, but sensitive teens and their older kin who pine for the '90s may want to take it for a spin on the dance floor.
  23. By the time the meta-movie and cute-dog subplots collide in the desert, this high-concept vehicle has run out of gas. Movies about the filmmaking process may never get old, but self-referential hit men smell like yesterday's fish story.
  24. Compared to most teen comedies these days, Fun Size is almost touchingly tame.
  25. If your inner amphibian craves a wave, you have the right kind of brain to appreciate the elemental story and scenic backdrops. But advanced mammals might smell something fishy.
  26. The Bay is better than a shallow exercise, but crabby horror fans may have preferred that Levinson took a real plunge.
  27. It's not a good film, but viewed from a cockeyed angle, it's a great guilty pleasure, and director Bill Condon is in on the joke.
  28. Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in This Must Be the Place, there's no there there.
  29. Like the politicians it tries to pull into the big picture, Killing Them Softly promises more than it delivers.

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