St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 897 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 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Shame
Lowest review score: 25 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 897
897 movie reviews
  1. He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.
  2. While it's satisfying to see fat cats tamed by science and an enraged public, the movie misses the opportunity to sustain the pressure.
  3. Isn't as memorable or provocative as it might have been. But it's an engaging love story that should appeal to moviegoers with a flair for the offbeat.
  4. 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.
  5. Unlike the benchmark sports documentary "Hoop Dreams," Undefeated doesn't have a deep penetration of poverty and race in its playbook, but it does have enough heart to make substantial forward progress.
  6. Moviegoers looking for a thrill should go into The Cabin in the Woods knowing as little as possible about the film.
  7. Footnote is faintly comic, and director Joseph Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders.
  8. Despite the crass book promotion, the overlong film is harmless romantic fun that's well played.
  9. Marley is thus a valuable history project but not a definitive or analytical one. For that, we await a film that's less "One Love" and more "Stir It Up."
  10. Like a Fishbone show or an LA weather forecast, the dark curtain rises, and there's a promise of more sunshine.
  11. 96 Minutes is a mere introduction to Sociology 101, but it's brisk enough to rustle the reading list and keep the conversation alive.
  12. May be too light for vampire purists or fans of the original show, but fresh blood is just what the doctor ordered.
  13. Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.
  14. This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos.
  15. Too short and undisciplined to be a world-class comedy, but its chutzpah deserves respect.
  16. This thriller is both skillfully familiar and chillingly strange.
  17. Goodbye First Love is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.
  18. It's the kind of movie that inspires word-of-mouth recommendations by speaking the international language of culture clash.
  19. Denham impressively captures Peter's flintiness, rendering him sympathetic yet not quite likable, and Vicius is just right as the wary Lorna.
  20. The real stars here are Scott's behind-the-curtain crew, who fill every frame with tech-savvy details and take the sets to another dimension with immersive 3-D imagery.
  21. Mostly the movie is about process and perspective. Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
  22. Ice-T delivers a love letter to hip-hop with Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap.
  23. Like "Gone, Baby, Gone," the French film Polisse succeeds by shifting the focus from the victims to the vigilant protectors.
  24. Just misses living up to its name.
  25. 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.
  26. Like a train, I Wish is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
  27. It's guilty of some sleight-of-hand hokum, but in pulling the rug from under the norm, Magic Mike turns a trick.
  28. Although there's a skeletal story, A Cat in Paris evokes a mood instead of a moral. Like a cat nap, it gives us a brief, refreshing dream with little to remember.
  29. Perry manages to pull it off here, coming off completely likable and real, never insufferable and fake.
  30. Alma is at once a charmer and a contrarian, and Bergsholm achieves that balance with seeming effortlessness. At times, she's more than a bit reminiscent of the young Jodie Foster.

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