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 Poetry
Lowest review score: 25 After Earth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 958
958 movie reviews
  1. As a man committed to reinventing himself, Damon is terrific. And Johansson brings to Kelly just the right blend of spunkiness and hard-won maturity.
  2. It's no classic, but Shrek Forever After is a pleasant reminder that every time a cash register rings, this ogre turns angelic.
  3. The saving grace of Biutiful is Bardem.
  4. Too short and undisciplined to be a world-class comedy, but its chutzpah deserves respect.
  5. It's a comedic dramatization with a looming shadow of the surreal.
  6. Why the bloodsucker and the wolf boy treat Bella as if she's the cat's meow is still a mystery.
  7. It still has cool creatures and 1960s set design, and the 3-D is the best of the season, but if you try to remember the story or jokes, you'll find that you've been hit by a neuralyzer beam.
  8. Despite some gruesome images and the psychotic fervor of Rakes, it's a frustratingly slow boil.
  9. As a melodrama, Brothers is passable entertainment. But the film squanders the opportunity to meaningfully portray the impact of war on American lives.
  10. At nearly three hours long, "An Unexpected Journey" has moments when the caravan seems both overstuffed and out of balance, but it's such a scenic trip that only a stubborn homebody could complain.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It's intellectual snack food, satisfying for a little while but always leaving you hungry for more.
  11. Fading Gigolo is like two different movies on an awkward blind date at a jazz club. While Allen charms us with a parody of “Broadway Danny Rose,” Turturro is off-key in his lounge-lizard riff on “The Piano.”
  12. Stone isn't for everyone. But for all its shortcomings, it is courageously original.
  13. This topsy-turvy flick is fitfully funny, but more often it's just odd, like the first draft of a "Twilight Zone" episode that's missing its moral.
  14. There's a fascinating story here for a bolder filmmaker, but after so much meandering it's a relief that "All Good Things" must come to an end.
  15. Even as Bard, filmmaker Milos Forman and Ferrara himself bemoan the changes, the lobby is filled with fine art -- and guests who aren't likely to harm you.
  16. Scabrously funny yet essentially gentle, as the main thing that it's probing is our collective ignorance.
  17. A bizarre buffet of buffoonery, brutality and beautiful landscapes.
  18. It's the kind of movie that inspires word-of-mouth recommendations by speaking the international language of culture clash.
  19. With its references to other properties in the Marvel universe and to classic tales of redemption, this no-surprises summer movie might appeal to those who've been bitten by radioactive spiders or the Shakespeare bug.
  20. Weaving between freshness and formula, The Boys Are Back earns a gentle pat on the head.
  21. Bad Words is often very funny, thanks to Bateman’s brick-wall malevolence and screenwriter Andrew Dodge’s inventively rude dialogue.
  22. Snark is not art. In the evolutionary spectrum of cinema, Natural Selection is like the duck-billed platypus, pretending to be warm-blooded but more than a little fowl.
  23. Perry manages to pull it off here, coming off completely likable and real, never insufferable and fake.
  24. The double deception of suppressed personality and repressed sexuality could have been the basis for a rewarding character study, but after Albert meets a kindred spirit and dares to dream of a happy ending, her denial and naivete become too much to swallow.
  25. An eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity. We learn that apes are violent and territorial but also that they are capable of creativity and tenderness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Guardians make a winning team that is a prime candidate for a sequel, just like "The Avengers."
  26. It’s ultimately everything a modern horror movie should be.
  27. Although it's stuffed with subplots, gadgets and bad guys, this tinny contraption is half-hearted.
  28. Cars 2 is like a gorgeous sports car with a toxic tailpipe, a busted navigation system and a loud stereo that plays only commercials.

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