St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 964 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 The Impossible
Lowest review score: 25 Anonymous
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 69 out of 964
964 movie reviews
  1. Jenison, who had never painted a thing in his life, does indeed produce a beautiful work, but we should never forget that Penn and Teller are professional bamboozlers, and their attempt to re-frame the definition of genius might be nothing but smoke and mirrors.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Thankfully, all of the voice actors from the original return, including Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill and Craig Ferguson, and keep lightening the mood.
  2. Surrender, earthlings. It’s the Guardians’ world and you’ll be happy to live in it.
  3. Like psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method takes its time as it circles an opening to unexplored depths. To reward our patience, Cronenberg gives us some honey-hued eye candy and rich dialogue, but if you're seeking instant gratification, I prescribe "Shame."
  4. Might be mistaken for a mere soap opera. But it's actually an emotional symphony.
  5. Mud
    A provocative mood piece. Nichols, who had an art-house hit in 2011 with “Take Shelter,” has a gift for creating characters of unusual depth, and for eliciting performances of emotional resonance. With Mud, he seems to be edging closer to the mainstream, but his skills are as sharp as ever.
  6. As an homage to an influential director, Submarine blows "Super 8" out of the water.
  7. 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.
  8. This Swedish sensation is a magic trick that jolts the murder-mystery genre back to life.
  9. Rango is iconic like a spaghetti Western, smart like a '70s conspiracy thriller and lively like a Coen brothers comedy.
  10. Although this Swedish vehicle is thoughtfully engineered and has some vivid streaks of color, it could use a jump start to escape the vanilla ice.
  11. While the rich people who violated a dead antagonist's wishes seem sleazy (especially when they refuse to be interviewed), transporting world-class artwork five miles to a bigger facility where more people can enjoy it hardly seems like the end of civilization as we know it.
  12. An exciting cloak-and-dagger thriller.
  13. After we hear the hit parade that poured from rural Alabama and meet the men who led it to the top of the charts, we realize that Muscle Shoals could call itself Hitsville, USA.
  14. It's an original that plays as if it were based on a novel.
  15. He’s like a globe-trotting Richard Linklater. And with Winterbottom’s first-ever sequel, his “Trip” films now rival Linklater’s “Before” series in charting how a twosome evolves over time. Plus, they’re bloody hilarious.
  16. Bernie could easily have gone horribly wrong. But Black and Linklater finesse this tricky material with as much virtuosity as Bernie brings to that broccoli.
  17. Kristen Wiig is the best sketch comic alive, and Bridesmaids should finally make her a movie star.
  18. Sorry, partisans, but there’s nothing obvious about Obvious Child.
  19. The troupe's first film in more than a decade, is a more aggressively absurd antidote to what it calls "a hard, cynical world." Happily, it works.
  20. An evolutionary leap forward, a visually exquisite film that doesn't ignore the truths of pollution and predatory survival.
  21. The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down.
  22. The most exhilarating film of the year is also the most exhausting.
  23. Co-directors Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos let the painful stories emerge naturally, without prodding questions or talking-head experts who place the boys’ grim lives in the larger context of the post-industrial economy.
  24. 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.
  25. Put aside any hang-ups you may have about subtitles. As action flicks go, Point Blank is right on target.
  26. One part personal mystery and one part art-appreciation class.
  27. This deadpan police story produces unexpected chills.
  28. Like other so-called "mumblecore" movies, including Bronstein's own "Frownland," this is an unnervingly intimate glimpse of dysfunction, with a shaky-cam aesthetic and seemingly improvised dialogue.
  29. There are three sides to most love stories: his, hers and the truth. But on London's Fleet Street, the three sides are his, hers and the tabloids'.

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