St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,000 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 The Master
Lowest review score: 25 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
1,000 movie reviews
  1. Even with a large cast, groovy clothes and cool pop songs, Hawkins holds our attention with a combination of modesty and moral strength.
  2. Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet. What else do you need to know?
  3. Summer Wars has engineered a truce between the familiar and the fantastical.
  4. Stays too low to the ground to become an animated classic, but if there's a fairer midwinter's tale, wherefore art thou?
  5. Paul Simon and a Parisian orangutan tell us the same thing: It's all happening at the zoo.
  6. Im Sang-soo has crafted an erotic thriller whose cool beauty speaks for itself.
  7. Europeans have a taste for both the mechanics of trickery and the machinations of power, and the politically astute Spanish film "Even the Rain" belongs in the same conversation with Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" and Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education."
  8. Scabrously funny yet essentially gentle, as the main thing that it's probing is our collective ignorance.
  9. Skarsgard, who is perhaps best known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Breaking the Waves," makes the most of his rich role, imbuing Ulrik with a knockabout charm.
  10. Although the film has elements of a puzzler by Michelangelo Antonioni and a psychodrama by Ingmar Bergman, it never becomes compellingly intellectual or unnervingly emotional.
  11. Cunningham's answers to pointed questions about romantic love and religious faith are so open-hearted, we understand that he's bigger than just New York.
  12. As popcorn entertainment, it's right on schedule.
  13. A good nature film - and a great technical achievement.
  14. 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.
  15. This melodrama about spousal abuse and honor killings might be too grim to bear, but Kekilli keeps it centered.
  16. Don't be late to this homecoming of director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson's horror series, which begins with a twisty opening sequence that's bloody fun.
  17. Although the choice of interviewees skews the movie in a New Age-y direction, there's less pseudoscience and more heart than in the kindred documentary "What the Bleep Do We Know?"
  18. It's got a grown-up artfulness, but Winter in Wartime could become a lot of boys' favorite movie.
  19. Although it starts slowly, the accumulated tension and thematic resonance leaves us breathless.
  20. Superbly acted, and a return to form for Tavernier, who guided jazz legend Dexter Gordon to an Oscar nomination for "'Round Midnight" (1986).
  21. 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."
  22. The Beaver isn't a perfect film, but it's challenging and original.
  23. Although there are gentle detour discussions about advertising in classrooms and school buses, Spurlock's ironic approach can't convince us that ads are toxic. Indeed, when he visits sprawling Sao Paolo, Brazil, where all outdoor advertising has been banned, it seems as sterile as Stalingrad.
  24. This well-executed sequel is sneaky. While it distracts us with Chinese backdrops and buffoonish humor, it sucker punches us with a message about belonging.
  25. Such a disarming homage to the cinema of the Reagan era that even grouchy gremlins might feel like it's morning in America. But be forewarned that if this movie is exposed to sunlight, you'll notice the puppet strings.
  26. A fanciful French cousin to Allen's "Zelig" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo," yet the fulfilled wish for a better life is high-concept absurdity without high-anxiety guffaws.
  27. Brazenly funny in its own right - until it turns into a goody two-shoes.
  28. It's simply an opportunity to spend time with characters who may lack depth but are fun to watch.
  29. Given the turbulent water of world affairs and sea changes in the media, a follow-up a year from now might be titled "Gray Lady Down" if the Times does not chart a new course.
  30. As a critic who complains about painless and brainless action movies, I hoist a glass of mead to the men and maidens of Ironclad.

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