St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,000 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 Master
Lowest review score: 25 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
1,000 movie reviews
  1. This humane movie is an ode to joy, albeit of the mature sort.
  2. If you require a plot, look elsewhere.
  3. With such supercharged material under the hood, a magnetic man behind the wheel and a nimble director manning the pits, Senna is simply the greatest sports film I have ever seen.
  4. It’s an enigmatic and austere film from a region where political, sexual and religious repression are as stifling as the sooty air.
  5. Few mainstream movies, let alone disability dramas, are so frank about sexual mechanics, yet notwithstanding the nudity, The Sessions isn't voyeuristic or sleazy.
  6. Like Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Oduye brilliantly slips inside the skin of a sensitive young woman who's having trouble finding her place in the world.
  7. Although Precious is based on a novel, it's an act of truth-telling on behalf of a character in hellish enslavement.
  8. The most provocative thing in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is the moment during the opening credits when we glimpse the comedy legend without makeup.
  9. That action is bloody, but Fiennes' choices as director are unassailably apt and artful. Coriolanus is a triumph.
  10. Although the characters don’t lapse into stereotypes, neither are they sufficiently funny or fierce to engage us in the issues they raise.
  11. A comedy of discomfort -- and one of their (Coen brothers) best, most insightful and most provocative films.
  12. Director David O. Russell ("Three Kings") delivers a film of staggering impact.
  13. With a mad captain at the helm, this documentary version of Jodorowsky’s “Dune” is probably more entertaining than what Hollywood would have done to it, with a clearer message: Our lives are like sands though an hourglass, so dream the impossible dream.
  14. Ultimately what makes Gone Girl so watchable is the three-headed monster of Fincher, Pike and Affleck. The director bathes the B-movie scenario in the queasy-green hues of a morgue, while Affleck flashes his million-dollar smile like a dime-store Dracula and the beautifully inscrutable Pike absorbs the light like a wax mannequin. If it’s true that Nick and Amy were made for each other, they were made in a fiendish lab.
  15. It’s not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it.
  16. In one of the most wickedly funny scenes in sci-fi history, Koba uses monkeyshines to bamboozle some gun-toting yahoos and scuttle the peace treaty.
  17. As enchanting as it is ambitious.
  18. With its mix of true-blood romance and full-moon madness, Let Me In should hasten the twilight of the twerpy pretenders.
  19. The performances are first-rate, with Lindhardt particularly moving as a guy who's in deep denial about just how much he can expect from a relationship with an addict.
  20. I Am Love is easy to savor but tough to swallow.
  21. It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of Searching for Sugar Man will not soon slip away.
  22. Most biographical docs contain a montage of old footage, but this one is especially haunting. As Campbell watches home movies, he has to ask Kim to identify the people on screen, including his ex-wives, his children and his younger self.
  23. Black Swan is ridiculously over the top, but in a way that makes it fascinating to watch.
  24. As Refn is riffing on thriller cliches, he gets solid support from the ensemble. Brooks, a comedic standout since the '70s, makes a sympathetic villain, and Gosling stokes the young-Brando comparisons - instead of settling for Richard Gere.
  25. As the wife to a wolf of Wall Street, Blanchett shows us a lost sheep both before and after the slaughter. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s twitching with life.
  26. Sophisticated comedies have gone out of fashion, largely because Hollywood finds it easier and more profitable to simply gross out moviegoers. But Please Give has real class -- and for that it deserves our gratitude.
  27. The conclusion of Christopher Nolan's superhero trilogy is a hugely ambitious mix of eye candy and brain food. If it doesn't have the haunting aftertaste of the previous serving, that's only because Nolan couldn't clone Heath Ledger. But beefy substitute Tom Hardy is a hell of a villain.
  28. Like its neo-noir kin across the pond, The Guard is violent, profane and funny. But McDonagh is interested in more than mockery.
  29. Whether on stage or the screen, Much Ado About Nothing is a pleasure that passes like a midsummer night’s dream.
  30. Superbly acted, and a return to form for Tavernier, who guided jazz legend Dexter Gordon to an Oscar nomination for "'Round Midnight" (1986).

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