St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,052 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 A Prophet
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1,052 movie reviews
  1. Home delivers like a mailman on Valentine’s Day. But when we scratch beneath the sugary surface, there’s something tart inside that’s difficult to digest.
  2. The Great Gatsby is both swooningly romantic and giddily energetic.
  3. This jam-packed picture is too zippily scripted and edited to get stuck in message mode, yet the stellar cast achieves a rare harmonic convergence.
  4. The film is constructed from four flimsy vignettes that are artlessly overlapped.
  5. Compared to other Marvel characters, Thor is a difficult sell.
  6. While the cast includes Luis Guzman (as a buffoonish deputy) and Johnny Knoxville (as a local gun nut), there's no sense that these are real people in a real town, and Schwarzenegger's Sheriff Owens has the weakest backstory of all.
  7. Although the characters are three-dimensional, the simultaneous crises and last-act resolutions are a little too neat for a movie about the messiness of life.
  8. The simmering rivalry between Di and Fiamma, inflamed by the kind of glimpsed indiscretion that makes adolescent melodramas tick, explodes in a thriller ending that turns an observant coming-of-age story into something resembling "The Lord of the Flies."
  9. The worst thing about this multifaceted failure is the two-time Oscar winner behind the camera. Where there ought to be a director, there’s nothing but an empty chair.
  10. Energetic, colorful and packed with strong performances and musical numbers good enough to get by, Sparkle beams brightly.
  11. As biopics go, The Iron Lady is among the more intriguing ones.
  12. This movie may be sickly sweet, but it's harmless; and as a handcrafted antidote to a toxic toy story like "G.I.Joe," Paper Heart has healing properties.
  13. The questions raised by Oblivion aren’t especially deep, but the movie does answer a puzzler that has troubled humankind for generations: Can Tom Cruise build a concept so big that he himself can’t lift it?
  14. Smith turns in a subtly layered performance that suggests the hurt behind Kathy's callousness. And O'Donnell gets to the heart of a man who realizes too late that he's made unfortunate choices.
  15. Draft Day isn’t quite a comedy, but it’s got a similar kind of flow that makes it as easily consumable as lite beer.
  16. It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.
  17. Here's a riddle: What's Alice in Wonderland without wonder? It's a beloved character landing in the rubble of wrong-headed revisionism.
  18. The Big Year puts the focus on people who aren't inherently interesting - or funny.
  19. Michael as a character is defined almost solely by his helplessness and gratitude. He's as lovable as a lost puppy, but a more perceptive movie than The Blind Side would have let us see him from another angle.
  20. It's a compelling tale of surf and survival.
  21. What the movie crucially lacks is the clockwork complications that produce a payoff.
  22. He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.
  23. A lot of care went into crafting the handsome production but not enough into making the handsome hero come alive.
  24. Easy to watch but hard to pin down, like a creature with eight legs going in different directions.
  25. As a sex-education comedy, Hysteria is flaccid, forced and unfunny.
  26. An utter shipwreck, a would-be adventure with meager rations of magic and a listless crew.
  27. Strives to be entertaining, but for much of its run time it is so emotionally uninvolving that even the smallest children might find themselves bored.
  28. The moral lesson that this movie feeds us smells fishy - because it's not in the book. But the backbone story about a guy who inherits some penguins is enough to tickle the kids.
  29. Like black coffee that's flung in our face, The Killer Inside Me silences the question of whether it's good or bad. But for darn sure, it's strong.
  30. Stays too low to the ground to become an animated classic, but if there's a fairer midwinter's tale, wherefore art thou?

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