St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,478 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Shame
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1478 movie reviews
  1. At once an intriguing character study and a refreshingly offbeat romance.
  2. Formulaic serial-killer crapola.
  3. Whereas "Chill" attempted to define a generation, "Lies" is more of a statement about the nature and limits of friendship.
  4. The performances are first-rate, with Lindhardt particularly moving as a guy who's in deep denial about just how much he can expect from a relationship with an addict.
  5. Loud, incoherent and unfunny, Here Comes the Boom is the sound of American culture imploding.
  6. By the time the meta-movie and cute-dog subplots collide in the desert, this high-concept vehicle has run out of gas. Movies about the filmmaking process may never get old, but self-referential hit men smell like yesterday's fish story.
  7. It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.
  8. Before it turns into a great escape flick, Argo is an amusing spoof of the movie biz.
  9. While it claims to be exported from New Jersey, The Oranges is peddling an alien motto: When life hands you lemons, fuhgeddaboudit.
  10. Too modest to become a worldwide phenomenon, but sensitive teens and their older kin who pine for the '90s may want to take it for a spin on the dance floor.
  11. While the big-headed, spindly puppets don't evoke enough emotion to make the movie a must-see, Burton's 3-D design team pours its heart into the monochrome surroundings, from the suburban d├ęcor to Victor's laboratory to the carnival midway.
  12. A movie with no surprises at all, a streamlined chase flick that is running on the fumes from recycled fuel.
  13. Sticks to the syllabus of a decidedly minor movie, but its humanities faculty is first-rate.
  14. While the cast is filled with award winners, writer-director Daniel Barnz is a dunce who can't construct an argument without employing flimsy logic and cardboard characters.
  15. The campus comedy Pitch Perfect harmonizes high-end performance with low-brow spoofery. It's like a National Lampoon parody where the targets write the jokes.
  16. While Looper lacks the heft of a classic, this wayback machine is worth taking for a spin.
  17. The Master is not a schematic attack on a particular religion. It is a brilliantly conceived and powerfully realized work of art, with complex characters, exquisite images and ambiguously big ideas.
  18. Everything about Trouble With the Curve is as streamlined and hollow as a Wiffle Ball bat.
  19. It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of Searching for Sugar Man will not soon slip away.
  20. Notwithstanding its storytelling stumbles, Sleepwalk With Me points in a positive direction for this likable comedian's career.
  21. Arbitrage is never the nail-biting thriller that it could have been.
  22. With a title taken from an American Indian word for "life out of balance," Godfrey Reggio's wordless documentary lured dreamers into the sacred cave of cinema, where they ingested the serial music of Philip Glass and the time-lapse imagery of cinematographer Ron Fricke.
  23. The rapid dialogue is dry and mannered, like a David Mamet play, there's virtually no story and Cronenberg's visual scheme is cold and claustrophobic.
  24. The fatal flaw of this screenwriting term paper is that Cooper's character is a boring jerk we're supposed to regard as a nice guy who made an honest mistake.
  25. To its credit, Celeste and Jesse Forever wants to be more than a formulaic farce. It succeeds to the extent that the neighbors keep up with Jones.
  26. Ultimately a movie that could have been a little jewel is unpolished.
  27. Zobel's unsparing approach is justified. This film should be hard to watch - and it is. But it's also hard to forget.
  28. Despite some gruesome images and the psychotic fervor of Rakes, it's a frustratingly slow boil.
  29. Although this Swedish vehicle is thoughtfully engineered and has some vivid streaks of color, it could use a jump start to escape the vanilla ice.
  30. Killer Joe is one of the most repugnant parodies of small-town stupidity that you will ever see, and Friedkin amplifies the shrill obscenities with blaring cartoon and kung-fu footage from his art director's fever dreams.

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