St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 980 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 Django Unchained
Lowest review score: 25 After Earth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 980
980 movie reviews
  1. Like its neo-noir kin across the pond, The Guard is violent, profane and funny. But McDonagh is interested in more than mockery.
  2. Neither as magic nor as trippy as the culture quake that it documents, but it's a valuable flashback and a pleasurable contact high.
  3. The Debt eventually settles into a predictable groove that slightly undercuts its impact. Still, it's a film of ambition and substance.
  4. The Tree might have suffered from too much symbolism if not for writer-director Julie Bertuccelli's deft touch and Gainsbourg's appealing performance.
  5. Doesn't rise to classic status, but it's an intriguing mood piece.
  6. As Refn is riffing on thriller cliches, he gets solid support from the ensemble. Brooks, a comedic standout since the '70s, makes a sympathetic villain, and Gosling stokes the young-Brando comparisons - instead of settling for Richard Gere.
  7. This film might easily have settled for mocking religion. Instead, it's a fascinating glimpse into a culture that forces some people to choose between fitting in and opting out.
  8. Offers an inside look at Iran in all its cultural complexity.
  9. This affable comedy is a healthy alternative to tearjerkers.
  10. If you want to see a great movie about a political campaign, starring the smartest heartthrob of his era, rent "The Candidate." If you want see a very good one, buy a ticket for The Ides of March.
  11. Pleasant, well-acted but somewhat overlong, The Way was written and directed by Estevez, who's perhaps best known for his acting career ("The Breakfast Club").
  12. The larger-than-life actor is as emblematic of his country as Tom Hanks is of ours, and My Afternoons With Margueritte is his "Forrest Gump." Only better.
  13. Margin Call has a spectacular cast, and the 24-hour cycle of events gives the movie the compressed dramatic effect of a fine play.
  14. In place of a rousing adventure, Blackthorn is a haunting ode.
  15. Even if they don't provide much lift, these boots were made for amusement.
  16. Depp shows again that he truly understands Thompson by delivering a nuanced performance that is remarkably different, but subliminally similar, from the wonderfully outrageous turn he provided in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
  17. In recording the timeless traditions of Jewry, he created a new one: the identity crisis that rides on the back of laughter.
  18. Perhaps the spookiest thing in this slyly scary movie is the word-for-word way that Patrick's followers regurgitate his pablum.
  19. The Women on the 6th Floor shouldn't work, but this efficient flick whisks away our cynicism.
  20. The troupe's first film in more than a decade, is a more aggressively absurd antidote to what it calls "a hard, cynical world." Happily, it works.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Arthur Christmas stays sweet without becoming overly sentimental and is filled with sly details and smart action sequences.
  21. Lacks the urgency of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" But Paine's thorough knowledge of his subject, and engaging way with an interview, make the follow-up film a fun ride.
  22. While Banderas' dark intensity overshadows the potential poignancy of the story, Almodovar is such a skilled surgeon that he extracts a juicy nugget of pleasure from a purely distasteful premise.
  23. The most mesmerizing parts of the movie make up a tutorial about how the Muppets are made and moved.
  24. Turturro, who previously directed a musical called "Romance and Cigarettes," lingers on the sensual movements of the performers and the character faces of the onlookers.
  25. It's a comedic dramatization with a looming shadow of the surreal.
  26. The world-class mechanic is Brad Bird, who applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.
  27. As a tale of a boy, his dog and their battles with bad guys, it's a treasure.
  28. 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.
  29. While the PG-13 approach to the most brutally sustained war the world has ever known makes it suitable for mature children, some cynical adults may resent the tug of the reins. Me, I cried like a grandmother.

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