St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 938 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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Amazing Spider-Man
Lowest review score: 25 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 938
938 movie reviews
  1. While the underrated Brosnan is effective as the cold-hearted produce mogul, the character starts as such a sourpuss that after he softens in the Sorrento lemon groves, it’s still hard to root for his inevitable hookup with Ida.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    What saves the movie from taking a nose-dive is the confident performance of Helena Bonham Carter and some genuinely funny scenes involving her character. She plays Jane, a smart, feisty, rebellious young woman who is confined to a wheelchair because she is dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). [22 Jan. 1999, p.E3]
  2. Good but not-good-enough schlocker.
  3. Despite its brainy title, Monsters University only earns a passing grade on its looks.
  4. Whether on stage or the screen, Much Ado About Nothing is a pleasure that passes like a midsummer night’s dream.
  5. Watson is a revelation here as a brand-obsessed bad girl.
  6. A buddy comedy disguised as a political thriller. It’s full of malarkey, but as a campaign of shock and awe, it’s hard to resist.
  7. This loony 'toon is dizzy with wonderments, especially in 3-D. The spindly-limbed character design owes more to Charles Addams' family than to Walt Disney's kingdom, while the story and settings evoke James Bond on laughing gas.
  8. The crescendo of two resonant careers makes the false notes of Unfinished Song forgivable.
  9. The movie is an eyeful, especially in 3-D, but even with humans at the helms of the machines, it’s a hollow exercise in homage.
  10. With its forked tongue planted loosely in cheek, this haunted-house flick is enjoyably retro in both style and substance.
  11. There’s plenty of talk about sex — even from Brandy’s supportive mom (Connie Britton), who offers her lubricant — but not much nudity or consequence. In The To Do List, sex is just another dubious achievement to outgrow.
  12. It’s amusing fluff, but from an Oscar-winning dramatist, this return to comedy is a bit of a letdown.
  13. Cue the folky music and the two eccentric locals who are the only other characters, and Prince Avalanche is a molehill that dreams it’s a mountain when it’s really, really stoned.
  14. There’s much to appreciate here. Like “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which had a stronger sense of its place in the world, this coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven’t been exposed to the better examples of the genre.
  15. Targeted toward horror-film junkies looking for a terror throwback, You’re Next mixes gore and dark humor with yet another home invasion plot line.
  16. Although the characters are three-dimensional, the simultaneous crises and last-act resolutions are a little too neat for a movie about the messiness of life.
  17. Gordon-Levitt is a victim of his own success here. He plays such a convincing cad that we don’t believe or invest in his redemption.
  18. Compared to other Marvel characters, Thor is a difficult sell.
  19. There’s a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered.
  20. The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down.
  21. For all its professionalism, I found it as cold as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
  22. Strange hybrid of science lesson and Saturday-morning cartoon.
  23. A good and necessary film, but like the man himself it’s not immune to scrutiny.
  24. It’s admirable, but Monuments Men just poses on a porous foundation like a statue.
  25. Non-Stop: It is what it is.
  26. Typically lovely to look at, with big-eyed young people espousing high ideals amid natural splendor. But outside of their bubble, a prickly history looms, and Miyazaki’s dubious attitude toward the wartime role of his hero makes the movie a mixed blessing.
  27. What the movie crucially lacks is the clockwork complications that produce a payoff.
  28. With his glorified Frisbee and good-guy smile, Evans is engaging, but “The Winter Soldier” might be stronger with a little less Captain and a little more America.
  29. Presented as a stand-alone film, but without an explanation for the protagonist’s physical and emotional injuries, it’s a head-scratcher. As with Joe’s sexual compulsion, scratching can’t cure the itch.

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