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 35 Shots of Rum
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1,052 movie reviews
  1. Pregnant with possibility; it's the delivery that disappoints.
  2. Starved of sufficient comedy or drama, The Age of Adaline is a pipsqueak.
  3. Despite the crass book promotion, the overlong film is harmless romantic fun that's well played.
  4. The verdict on Snitch is that Johnson has attempted a career detour on a street marked Do Not Enter.
  5. All that complexity backfires at about the midpoint, leaving viewers with a standard yarn about a popular guy who makes a grossly insensitive wager after his trophy girlfriend drops him. After that, it is all a case of "been there, done that." [29 Jan 1999,p. E3]
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  6. You can tell by some loose threads and hurried workmanship that God’s Pocket is a knock-off, but it’s so stuffed with value, it’s an offer you can’t refuse.
  7. The Woman in Gold works, largely because of the odd-couple chemistry between Mirren and Reynolds. It just goes to show that broad strokes are appealing when they’re in the right frame.
  8. It's smart, heartfelt, handsome and just mutated enough to sustain interest in a specialized subject.
  9. Crowe is effectively restrained in his acting, but in his debut as a director, he overdoes the manipulative music and the pretty images from cinematographer Andrew Lesnie.
  10. The been-there, done-that nature of the plot doesn't take away from the undeniable sweetness found in Just Wright.
  11. Ender’s Game is a blandly sanitized spectacle.
  12. As a testament to traditions that are usually kept hidden from Hollywood, Holy Rollers is a mitzvah. But as a thriller, it's bubkes.
  13. While it's both too crude and too commercial to be mistaken for journalism, the good news is that the headliners deliver.
  14. The most grievous sins here are sins of omission.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The movie inspired theater critic Judith Newmark to write a sonnet in response.
  15. The libido and bloodlust flowing from the pint-size Page is the funniest thing in the movie, but elsewhere, the mix of the goofy and ghastly is hard to digest.
  16. Call it "On the Lakefront." Or "Pretty-Good Fellas."
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. In the end, the movie is still a poetic injustice.
  21. Hit and Run isn't a catastrophe, but it leaves loose ends and a more adventurous map by the side of the winding road.
  22. The word that sums up the essence of this movie is "frustrating."
  23. 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]
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  24. While the movie sometimes seems like faux Fincher, the symbiotic acting, artful imagery and punchline ending turn True Story into credible entertainment.
    • 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.
  25. This broadside against sharia law lacks the finesse of an import, but it's effectively melodramatic.
  26. Letters to Juliet has about half as much Shakespearean content as "Shakes the Clown" and even less sincerity.
  27. It's hard to love and hard to hate.

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