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 A Prophet
Lowest review score: 25 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 980
980 movie reviews
  1. The film would be incalculably different if the lead role had been divided between two or three young actors for a conventional shoot. But Linklater’s patience allows us to see a thoughtful personality being formed both on and off the screen.
  2. Ultimately hopeful, but uncompromising in its commitment to exposing a tragic chapter in history.
  3. Even as it looks to the heavens, Gravity is bound to earth, where the beauty is in the details.
  4. A film that's at once timely and timeless.
  5. Unlike too many films these days, Zero Dark Thirty dares to embrace complexity. And that makes it not just state-of-the-art entertainment, but a great film.
  6. Although it's slow to unfold, this courtroom drama is so timelessly humane and even-handed it feels like it came from the dockets of Solomon - by way of Sidney Lumet.
  7. At once an unforgettable war film and a brilliant character study.
  8. The story is so masterfully told that one can't help but be enthralled.
  9. What Inside Llewyn Davis is all about: the passion, and the pain, of being an artist.
  10. Involves the gradual revelation of the hopes, fears and insecurities of well-observed characters.
  11. It's a well-earned curtain call for some of the most beloved characters in one of the best-sustained feats of recent cinema.
  12. This is the kind of film that benefits from being experienced with as little prior knowledge as possible. As one watches it, certain questions may arise. But don’t worry — the answers are fascinating.
  13. Although The Gatekeepers lacks the stylistic inventiveness of “Fog,” it is nonetheless a compelling account of what can go wrong when power is unrestrained.
  14. Essential viewing for art-film buffs and crime-flick fans, but also for anyone who's looking for a great story, terrific acting and masterful filmmaking.
  15. Winter's Bone is the best film of the year.
  16. Her
    Her may be the most technologically astute movie since Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: a Space Odyssey.” And as the friendly ghost in the machine, Samantha is a more inviting companion for the great leap forward than HAL9000 could ever dream of being.
  17. As much as anything, the wildly entertaining ’70s flashback American Hustle is a triumph of style.
  18. A miniaturist's masterpiece, the ebb and flow of familial love distilled to its essence.
  19. Beauty comes to us unexpectedly. That's the message of Poetry, a Korean movie about an aging housemaid that turns out to be one of the best films of the year.
  20. May be too cute to qualify as high art, but it's highly entertaining.
  21. I’m pretty sure it would still be one of the best films of the year if the explicit lesbian sex scenes were censored, but it wouldn’t earn a penny in Peoria.
  22. The King's Speech is the epitome of prestige cinema, an impeccably crafted and emotionally compelling drama that deserves the many laurels it surely will receive.
  23. After feeding on this sweet buffet, sated cinephiles will want to call the front desk to extend their stay.
  24. Directed by Steve James, whose “Hoop Dreams” Ebert hailed as the best film of the 1990s, it’s the kind of documentary the dying man wanted — honest, humane and inclusive.
  25. This very male and methodical movie is like the anti-“Gravity,” as the un-moored hero is quietly in control of his options and at peace with his possible failure.
  26. This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget.
  27. Like the previous seven movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 obliviates the line between art and craft, but the witchcraft conjured for this satisfying finale is uniquely generous.
  28. Although you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it, Moneyball is one of the best baseball movies imaginable.
  29. For his complex portrayal, Day-Lewis is likely to have roses thrown at his feet, but for the dreadful film in which he's enslaved, emancipated onlookers will reach for the grapes of wrath.
  30. A co-star deserving special mention is Nebraska itself, which Payne films in black-and-white to mirror the austerity of life on the de-populated prairie. These corners of the Cornhusker State are as empty as the promise of a sweepstakes prize. In this land of ghosts, one old pioneer tries to grab his stake before he becomes another windblown husk.

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