St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,069 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 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The White Ribbon
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1,069 movie reviews
  1. In the roll call of visually distinctive ’toons, Epic looms large.
  2. Whereas "Chill" attempted to define a generation, "Lies" is more of a statement about the nature and limits of friendship.
  3. Gerwig makes us want to believe that in a city where anything is possible, Francis Ha has the last laugh.
  4. It's the kind of movie that inspires word-of-mouth recommendations by speaking the international language of culture clash.
  5. The most mesmerizing parts of the movie make up a tutorial about how the Muppets are made and moved.
  6. With elements of a musical, a melodrama and a multicultural romance, Where Do We Go Now? is as hard to define as the crossroads region where it's set. But even without a clear signal, it sometimes seems miraculous.
  7. When the smoke clears, heady Farewell stands tall among the movies that view the Cold War at close range.
  8. It's smart, heartfelt, handsome and just mutated enough to sustain interest in a specialized subject.
  9. Given the stormy milieu, The Yellow Handkerchief could have been a sordid slice of life or a maudlin metaphor. But the unhurried direction of Udayan Prasad and the unafraid choices of the sure-footed cast keep this character-driven drama afloat.
  10. Thin Ice resides just slightly south of "Fargo."
  11. Ondine is dipped in whimsy and might have drifted out to sea, but it's bounded on four sides by love stories -- between a father and a daughter, a man and a mermaid, an actor and his co-star, and a director and his country.
  12. Although it has some memorably disquieting scenes, this story of long-delayed justice is sustained by its melancholy more than its thrills.
  13. Denham impressively captures Peter's flintiness, rendering him sympathetic yet not quite likable, and Vicius is just right as the wary Lorna.
  14. Like a train, I Wish is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
  15. Afghanistan-born Atiq Rahimi has powerfully adapted his own acclaimed novel, but the film is unlikely to play in the Middle Eastern countries to which this plea for sexual equality seems directed.
  16. The multiple cameras that shadow Anker and his novice partner provide unprecedented images. But they also raise unintended questions about the vanishing frontier.
  17. Unexpectedly poignant.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the movie is funnier than the book, the drawback of this modernized version is that it loses the timeless quality of the story on the page.
  18. 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.
  19. It's guilty of some sleight-of-hand hokum, but in pulling the rug from under the norm, Magic Mike turns a trick.
  20. Although it doesn’t make a lick of sense as a stand-alone story, Mockingjay — Part 1 is the first “Hunger Games” movie with meat on its bones.
  21. The surprisingly rich documentary Best Worst Movie views the phenomenon from a unique perspective.
  22. Too short and undisciplined to be a world-class comedy, but its chutzpah deserves respect.
  23. It may not be original, but Adam could leave a lump in your throat.
  24. As a man committed to reinventing himself, Damon is terrific. And Johansson brings to Kelly just the right blend of spunkiness and hard-won maturity.
  25. Directed by and starring Mathieu Amalric, it’s a deceptively low-key riff on a Hitchcock whodunit. It’s both sexy and inscrutable, a cold-blooded puzzler to the very end.
  26. The kind of working-class, character-driven drama that few American directors would dare to make. It's tough and unsentimental, with a documentary aesthetic that belies the craft of the calibrated tension.
  27. What makes Love Is Strange so special is that the challenges the couple face are more mundane than menacing.
  28. Most biographical docs contain a montage of old footage, but this one is especially haunting. As Campbell watches home movies, he has to ask Kim to identify the people on screen, including his ex-wives, his children and his younger self.
  29. The beauty of October Country, beside its artful images, is how it compresses the windblown fortunes of working-class America into the fallen leaves of one forlorn family.

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