St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 985 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 Grand Budapest Hotel
Lowest review score: 25 Law Abiding Citizen
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 985
985 movie reviews
  1. One part personal mystery and one part art-appreciation class.
  2. This deadpan police story produces unexpected chills.
  3. 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.
  4. 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'.
  5. While the big-headed, spindly puppets don't evoke enough emotion to make the movie a must-see, Burton's 3-D design team pours its heart into the monochrome surroundings, from the suburban décor to Victor's laboratory to the carnival midway.
  6. In a poignant and potentially depressing film, it’s redeeming to see that when they are with their kindred spirits, even the saddest skeletons can dance.
  7. How could you not marvel at a movie that includes a revisionist explanation of the JFK assassination, a football stadium floating over the White House and the sight of Richard Nixon firing a .45 at a villain in a Christ-figure pose?
  8. Like "Gone, Baby, Gone," the French film Polisse succeeds by shifting the focus from the victims to the vigilant protectors.
  9. Christopher Nolan's "Memento" was a movie-lover's dream come true, a puzzle that was engaging both intellectually and emotionally. But his Inception is a wake-up call, a blaring reminder that cheap tricks can't compensate for personal investment.
  10. Although Tomboy is as tightly constructed as a short story and as seemingly straightforward as a documentary, the parable about a small fib that grows out of control is so rooted in the rich soil of sexual identity that it entangles us.
  11. When the smoke clears, heady Farewell stands tall among the movies that view the Cold War at close range.
  12. Bully is a good start to a necessary conversation, but its loving voice is likely to be drowned out by haters who hide their own wounded hearts behind Internet pseudonyms and broadcast microphones.
  13. This film might easily have settled for mocking religion. Instead, it's a fascinating glimpse into a culture that forces some people to choose between fitting in and opting out.
  14. For all its professionalism, I found it as cold as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
  15. The first half of the film dusts off some kitschy picket-fence footage and alarmist news reports to invoke an era when homosexual acts were illegal in 49 states, and gays were subjected to arrest, electroshock and sterilization.
  16. Because of some sentimental backspin, Affleck doesn't quite hit it out of the park, but he may provoke the green monster of envy in lesser directors.
  17. With his actors and crew hewing to the script, the director’s craft is impeccable. His low-light images are suitable for framing, and there’s scarcely a moment of modernity, let alone humor or loose ends, to disrupt the tragic trajectory.
  18. Like the recent "Greenberg," Cyrus is not the jokey, polished production you would expect from its Hollywood cast and LA setting, but audiences who are comfortable with discomfort should find it "funny."
  19. While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling.
  20. Into the Abyss makes a strong case for the inhumanity of capital punishment, regardless of the crime or the criminal.
  21. In steering a course between the rock of rude humor and the hard place of perilous drama, How to Train Your Dragon flies high.
  22. What makes it special is Eastwood's ability to artfully and concisely tell a story, and Morgan Freeman's wonderfully understated turn as South African President Nelson Mandela.
  23. It’s preposterous schlock masquerading as art.
  24. As popcorn entertainment, it's right on schedule.
  25. Joe
    While Green is force-feeding us this hard-boiled hokum, he doesn’t distract us with many memorable images, as he did in his earliest films.
  26. We are reminded: War is hell. But at their best, war movies can be cool and beautiful.
  27. The world-class mechanic is Brad Bird, who applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.
  28. A film that's all the more intriguing for being virtually impossible to categorize.
  29. The rare film that will remain on your mind long after you’ve left the theater.
  30. Arbitrage is never the nail-biting thriller that it could have been.

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