St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,029 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Red Riding Trilogy
Lowest review score: 25 Law Abiding Citizen
Score distribution:
1,029 movie reviews
  1. The best thing you could say about Happy Feet Two is that it doesn't have any product placements or potty jokes. Other than that, this charmless Antarctic cartoon is what it looks like when hell freezes over.
  2. A foul-mouthed comedy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. "Bad Santa" (2003) also had plenty of crude language and lewd behavior. The difference is, "Bad Santa" was extremely funny.
  3. Closed Circuit is not a tense thriller about the new era of surveillance — it's a tepid thriller about the old notion that no leader can be trusted.
  4. In the end, the movie is still a poetic injustice.
  5. Hit and Run isn't a catastrophe, but it leaves loose ends and a more adventurous map by the side of the winding road.
  6. The word that sums up the essence of this movie is "frustrating."
  7. Whereas "Chill" attempted to define a generation, "Lies" is more of a statement about the nature and limits of friendship.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The result is a movie with a lot of hysterically funny lines (including a nod to St. Louis) shooting through the banal, timeworn plot, relieved occasionally by a well-wrought sketch. Director Steven Spielberg tries to stir this mixture, but it's just too flour-y. [22 Dec. 1989, p3F]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    A fairy-tale teenage romantic comedy that makes "The Breakfast Club" look edgy. And that's just fine, because this Disney product does straight-laced fairly well.
  8. This broadside against sharia law lacks the finesse of an import, but it's effectively melodramatic.
  9. Letters to Juliet has about half as much Shakespearean content as "Shakes the Clown" and even less sincerity.
  10. It's hard to love and hard to hate.
  11. Prince of Persia is woven of recycled fibers, but by the slipping standards of summertime entertainment, it's a magic carpet ride.
  12. Elles is provocative company, but it leaves us feeling hustled.
  13. It would have been nice if Cowboys & Aliens had come come up with the right equation to balance originality and homage. But in the end, it all turned into trigonometry.
  14. Like the first movie The Purge: Anarchy, is trash masking as social commentary, and its depiction of unrelenting, sanctioned violence can be hard to stomach.
  15. This true story fills a needed niche, spotlighting women's basketball in the era before Title IX promoted equal treatment.
  16. This long, ludicrous soap opera is also a mighty spectacle, a new standard in disengaged destruction.
  17. Spurlock teases the baby sitter contingent with a brief scene where a scientist discusses the neuro-chemical appeal of pop music, but thereafter the film is aimed squarely at face-value fans of the Pre-Fab Five.
  18. It's a triumph of streamlined design, but TRON: Legacy never enters the fourth dimension where it's worth a plugged nickel to humans.
  19. A solid sci-fi/horror hybrid, but this iceman doesn't deliver enough to chew on.
  20. This thriller about the game-changing website Wikileaks is as smart about cyberspace as “The Social Network,” but there’s a glitch when it shifts the focus from felonious leaders to the misdemeanors of the man who exposed them.
  21. There's some laughing gas left in the cupboard, but this series may require an infusion of new blood to last until "American Funeral."
  22. Neither a comprehensive guide nor consistently good, but because the theme is romance, most of these small bites of the Big Apple are easy to digest.
  23. Pine and the always-watchable Banks make the best of a bad screenplay, but People Like Us gives us nothing that we can relate to.
  24. With this unfunny fourth installment, the "Ice Age" franchise has skidded so far into kiddie land that adults who tread there risk extinction.
  25. Tests the loyalty of fans that may expect his work to be extreme, but not to such an extent.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mars Needs Moms is dark for a Disney movie.
  26. The movie looks like it was made for broadcast television, the place where words and pictures go to die.
  27. A high-concept comedy that peddles some slapstick laughs and life lessons but little insight.

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