St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 954 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Up in the Air
Lowest review score: 25 After Earth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 954
954 movie reviews
  1. Broken Embraces is stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye.
  2. Green Zone can't make up its mind whether it's "The Bourne Insurrection" or "Hurt Locker: The Prequel."
  3. We are reminded: War is hell. But at their best, war movies can be cool and beautiful.
  4. In a movie of murky surfaces and deep loneliness, the redemptive surprise of A Single Man is how it becomes a clear endorsement of the Buddy System.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you've ever seen anything like A Town Called Panic, you either made it yourself or you dreamed it.
  5. What makes this low-key movie memorable are the pitch-perfect performances.
  6. What enriches the recipe is that no one is quite as cagey as they seem. Colin is officially thuggish, but he's a blinkered romantic. Archie is a mama's boy, Meredith is gay, Mal is impotent, and Peanut wears dentures.
  7. Fortunately, Fish Tank feeds us more than crumbs and leaves us feeling like we've come up for air.
  8. The kids in the movie, from musicians to marital artists, are unusually skillful, and Smith seems assured of more starring roles. By the end of The Karate Kid, we can't help cheering, even when we know we've been sucker-punched.
  9. It's smart, heartfelt, handsome and just mutated enough to sustain interest in a specialized subject.
  10. This deadpan police story produces unexpected chills.
  11. The beauty of October Country, beside its artful images, is how it compresses the windblown fortunes of working-class America into the fallen leaves of one forlorn family.
  12. As an exercise in craft, it's surprisingly successful, thanks to the strong cast and the vivid depiction of a modern leader's security apparatus. But as a political statement or personal drama, The Ghost Writer is nearly invisible.
  13. Given the stormy milieu, The Yellow Handkerchief could have been a sordid slice of life or a maudlin metaphor. But the unhurried direction of Udayan Prasad and the unafraid choices of the sure-footed cast keep this character-driven drama afloat.
  14. If all you want from a movie are generous doses of laughs and some tender moments, She's Out Of My League should be right up your alley.
  15. This Swedish sensation is a magic trick that jolts the murder-mystery genre back to life.
  16. Like "The Squid and the Whale," this character study pushes the definition of comedy to the breaking point, and unlike the far less successful "Margot at the Wedding," it leaves us faintly smiling after the workout.
  17. Because the movie captures the period so well and argues so convincingly that the Runaways' very existence was revolutionary, it doesn't have to exaggerate the highs and lows to create a more salable story.
  18. Egoyan doesn't flinch from exploring the dark side of curiosity. That includes dealing with sexuality in a way that might make some moviegoers uncomfortable.
  19. In steering a course between the rock of rude humor and the hard place of perilous drama, How to Train Your Dragon flies high.
  20. The macabre comedic undertones are reminiscent of a Coen brothers film like "Blood Simple." But a more apt comparison is to an obscure Canadian bank-heist flick called "The Silent Partner," in which teller Elliot Gould pockets some loot from thief Christopher Plummer. Both movies imitate an American idiom with a provincial accent.
  21. Although it has some memorably disquieting scenes, this story of long-delayed justice is sustained by its melancholy more than its thrills.
  22. A film that's as much a character study as it is a crime drama. At the heart of it is Caine's hauntingly memorable performance.
  23. Sex and the City 2 will never be compared to "The Godfather, Part II." But it's everything a fan could want in a sequel.
  24. The been-there, done-that nature of the plot doesn't take away from the undeniable sweetness found in Just Wright.
  25. Unfortunately, Garcia can't quite resist sentimentality, giving us an ending that's a bit too emotionally neat. Still, Mother and Child is a thoughtful and provocative film about the way we live now.
  26. Perhaps best appreciated as a character study -- about a character some moviegoers might prefer to avoid. Still, it's a smart, funny film that flirts with the edge.
  27. The documentary ends on a hopeful note, as Indians themselves have taken control of their image.
  28. It's not exactly aiming for the moon, but in a marketplace where surpassed expectations are as rare as unicorns, Despicable Me is delightful.
  29. The surprisingly rich documentary Best Worst Movie views the phenomenon from a unique perspective.

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