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 6.6 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:
1,029 movie reviews
  1. While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling.
  2. Into the Abyss makes a strong case for the inhumanity of capital punishment, regardless of the crime or the criminal.
  3. This is epic cinema that begs to be compared to "2001: A Space Odyssey." But unlike Stanley Kubrick's psychedelic joyride, this journey is powered by a human heart.
  4. In steering a course between the rock of rude humor and the hard place of perilous drama, How to Train Your Dragon flies high.
  5. 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.
  6. The storytelling is solid, propelled by characters that you come to care about.
  7. It’s preposterous schlock masquerading as art.
  8. As popcorn entertainment, it's right on schedule.
  9. 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.
  10. We are reminded: War is hell. But at their best, war movies can be cool and beautiful.
  11. The world-class mechanic is Brad Bird, who applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.
  12. A film that's all the more intriguing for being virtually impossible to categorize.
  13. The rare film that will remain on your mind long after you’ve left the theater.
  14. Arbitrage is never the nail-biting thriller that it could have been.
  15. It's a worthy cause and an honorable film, the first full-length Disney cartoon with an African-American heroine. But without a strong story, it's a case of one step forward and two steps back.
  16. Many of the people reading this review are doing it on a computer. And all of them are reading it in English. It’s not much of stretch to say that you could credit both of those things to a man named Alan Turing.
  17. Built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay.
  18. Mbatha-Raw continues to be a true revelation in a role that could be not be any more different from her star turn in “Belle” this year.
  19. Perilous incidents have riveted audiences since Pauline was tied to the railroad tracks, but in the hundred-year history of cinema, few thrillers have been as emotionally compelling as The Impossible.
  20. The difference between McKay and Efron is like the difference between a Broadway spectacular and a high school musical.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The movie is missing the zippy chases and lovable characters of Aardman studio's previous films ("Arthur Christmas," "Chicken Run").
  21. What's lacking is a galvanizing performance comparable to that of the Oscar-nominated Catalina Sandino Moreno in "Maria Full of Grace." Still, The Forgiveness of Blood is a memorable portrait of a society and the demands it makes on those caught up in it.
  22. The tonal shifts, the "Amelie"-style voiceover and the punk-retro soundtrack may jar some viewers who expect uninterrupted violins, but Declaration of War is alternative therapy that really works.
  23. Cue the folky music and the two eccentric locals who are the only other characters, and Prince Avalanche is a molehill that dreams it’s a mountain when it’s really, really stoned.
  24. Whereas many kung-fu movies are a feast that leaves us weary with sensations, the tastefully bittersweet “Grandmaster” puts us in the mood for more.
  25. The secret in this case is the jokes, which are ferocious. Marrying a monster flick with an adolescent romance has produced a merry mutant.
  26. Cold in July has all the qualifications of a midnight movie in the making.
  27. Although the brazen lovers, bellicose ministers and backstabbing handmaidens are familiar elements, the film is so handsomely mounted that we happily endure the ride until the turning of the screws in the tragic last act.
  28. It's one of the funniest and most perceptive films of the year.
  29. Taking potshots at American Sniper is like shooting fish in a barrel. So why should war-weary Americans see it? Because Eastwood remains a masterful action director, and this may be his last hurrah. Because Cooper is one of our best young actors, and he poured a lifetime of craft into stilling his character’s heartbeat.

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