St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 980 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 Moonrise Kingdom
Lowest review score: 25 Marmaduke
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 980
980 movie reviews
  1. A documentary that clearly aspires to the highest standards of cinematic muckraking but makes for a frustrating experience.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Like its main character, I Don't Know How She Does It tries to do everything, but it doesn't quite succeed.
  2. Struggles heroically, but unsuccessfully, to strike a balance between whimsy and pathos.
  3. What it lacks is the human element. Charlie is more of a rat than a rascal, and instead of working hard to build and operate his robots, he's literally going through the motions.
  4. Footloose poses as a bold update, but it's shockingly out of step with the times.
  5. The Big Year puts the focus on people who aren't inherently interesting - or funny.
  6. After a nifty setup, In Time mostly fails to deliver as it gets lamer by the minute.
  7. Back when it was planned as an African-American "Ocean's Eleven," this project might have been edgy, but the script has been whitewashed into a generic caper comedy with pretensions of timeliness.
  8. J. Edgar is the kind of prestige production that apologists will call polished, but even the technical attributes are tinny. In the gay-geezers scenes, Hammer wears terrible old-age makeup, and the entire film is bathed in sepia tones as weak as its convictions.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Twilight fans who have followed the series will want to see "Breaking Dawn," and like Bella and Edward may find brief moments of pleasure.
  9. On its own terms and against all odds, "Outrage" is adequately entertaining, with more than enough cringe-inducing violence and cruel humor to please the average American moviegoer. But true Kitano fans will find its title sadly ironic.
  10. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is supposed to promote healing, but as they say in New York: close, but no cigar.
  11. As in the mindless Man on a Ledge, the hero is never really in danger, we're the ones who are trapped.
  12. Even by the standards of light entertainment, This Means War is meaningless.
  13. It's hard to hate a movie that escorts us to such lovely locales, but instead of marking the territory as her own, Madonna has directed a potentially provocative story like a virgin.
  14. Considerably better looking than its predecessor, but it's spewing the same old gibberish.
  15. Episodically structured and lethargically paced, the new film attempts to convince us that there's something incredibly charming about an old guy who makes a habit of ogling young women. Actually, the whole scenario is pretty creepy.
  16. Damsels in Distress is shockingly tone-deaf. Stillman is still capable of a few amusing quips, but his storytelling is sophomoric.
  17. Proficient director Peter Berg ("Hancock") keeps the noise so deafening we can't think about how preposterous it all is.
  18. As a sex-education comedy, Hysteria is flaccid, forced and unfunny.
  19. The only edge in the movie is represented by Russell Brand, who actually lived the lifestyle, but he's muzzled by a bad Liverpool accent and a gay subplot that's as insincere as the swaggering anthems by fatuous hacks like Foreigner, Starship and Journey.
  20. Pine and the always-watchable Banks make the best of a bad screenplay, but People Like Us gives us nothing that we can relate to.
  21. The film is constructed from four flimsy vignettes that are artlessly overlapped.
  22. Snark is not art. In the evolutionary spectrum of cinema, Natural Selection is like the duck-billed platypus, pretending to be warm-blooded but more than a little fowl.
  23. If this movie wanders into your neighborhood, the only watch that will hold your attention is the timepiece on your wrist.
  24. People over 60 are as sexual and complicated as their grandchildren, and there ought to be more movies about them, but only an audience as constipated as these characters could mistake this lukewarm stream of pablum for a hard nugget of truth.
  25. The delivery pouch for Premium Rush promises a white-hot thriller from the bike-messenger subculture. But what's inside the package seems like a lukewarm action-comedy from the pile of scripts that Matthew Broderick rejected after "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
  26. The fatal flaw of this screenwriting term paper is that Cooper's character is a boring jerk we're supposed to regard as a nice guy who made an honest mistake.
  27. Everything about Trouble With the Curve is as streamlined and hollow as a Wiffle Ball bat.
  28. While the cast is filled with award winners, writer-director Daniel Barnz is a dunce who can't construct an argument without employing flimsy logic and cardboard characters.

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