St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 958 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 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lowest review score: 25 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 958
958 movie reviews
  1. Written, directed and acted by Hollywood pros, Heaven Is For Real is a polished little movie with a hopeful message, but when it literalizes the divine mysteries, it opens the door to a Doubting Thomas.
  2. You ought to have a movie that's both smart and sexy. But Jennifer's Body is neither. Most damning of all, it's not scary.
  3. Brazenly funny in its own right - until it turns into a goody two-shoes.
  4. It's a worn-out show-business fairy tale piggybacking on a nonexistent trend.
  5. If you haven't seen a wasting disease in real life, you might think Restless is romantic. If you have, you might diagnose it as terminally cute.
  6. 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.
  7. What's finest about Everybody's Fine is to watch a good fella groping hopefully toward old age.
  8. 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.
  9. The diabolical sadist of the team was director Joe Carnahan.
  10. It's classic sitcom shtick, and The Dilemma is a painful reminder that director Ron Howard was trained in television.
  11. The settings and supporting roles suggest that If I Stay started out as someone’s passion project, but the final product only requires its star to sleepwalk through buckets of schlock.
  12. Overreaching fits of melodrama, occasionally stilted dialogue, and performances by Gooding Jr. and Howard that are mostly a series of serious faces can't keep the shiny Red Tails from taking flight.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the movie is funnier than the book, the drawback of this modernized version is that it loses the timeless quality of the story on the page.
  13. While it claims to be exported from New Jersey, The Oranges is peddling an alien motto: When life hands you lemons, fuhgeddaboudit.
  14. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is supposed to promote healing, but as they say in New York: close, but no cigar.
  15. A tamer tale of supernatural shenanigans that is far more appropriate for young children than the sometimes too-scary scenes from J.K. Rowling's stories.
  16. For anyone expecting the second coming of Clouseau, Johnny English Reborn is a karmic catastrophe.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The film makes a few starts in many directions but doesn't go very far in any, and that's disappointing to those of us who thought so much of Soderbergh's previous effort. Oh, well, everyone's entitled to a clunker now and then. [7 Feb. 1992, p.3F]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  17. 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.
  18. A bit slow to get started, and it's nowhere near as funny as "The Hangover." But it'll make you smile.
  19. An action comedy that works. But it’s also a surprisingly poignant romance. This is the summer flick you’ve been waiting for.
  20. As phony as a poodle-skirted waitress at a mall diner, yet it's as sweet as a malt. A vanilla one.
  21. In telling a true story about hapless thugs who are the embodiment of Michael Bay fans, the director has made the most fiendishly enjoyable movie of his career.
  22. More damaging is Lurie's conspicuous "red state" rant, as he makes sure that every prominent guy in this film - save for the screenwriter and the black sheriff - fits all of the Southern stereotypes. That doesn't make it a bad movie, just one that is something less than Peckinpah's original.
  23. There's nothing cinematic about this turgid tearjerker except the slumming presence of movie star Harrison Ford.
    • 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.
  24. The few Jewish characters are cartoonishly evil, but even the Palestinians are sketchily dramatized or, in the case of a terrorist, clumsily legitimized.
  25. On Stranger Tides has the fishy smell of something washed ashore and sold as new. But this shipwreck isn't worth a wooden doubloon.
  26. A movie with no surprises at all, a streamlined chase flick that is running on the fumes from recycled fuel.
  27. Like the middle-aged dads in this flaccid fiasco, Hall Pass is a decade behind the curve of what's happening.

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