St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,131 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Tree of Life
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1,131 movie reviews
  1. With its forked tongue planted loosely in cheek, this haunted-house flick is enjoyably retro in both style and substance.
  2. The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down.
  3. With its broad strokes, this invitation to an important discussion is hard to ignore, but the blood and honey on the table is an unpalatable mix.
  4. It's not a good film, but viewed from a cockeyed angle, it's a great guilty pleasure, and director Bill Condon is in on the joke.
  5. It’s too cheesy and predictable to be a real miracle, but by Vegas standards, it’s a winner.
  6. What's finest about Everybody's Fine is to watch a good fella groping hopefully toward old age.
  7. Only a heartfelt performance by Diane Lane rescues the film from abject mediocrity.
  8. L'amour fou means "crazy love," but we don't learn anything crazy about these devoted lovers.
  9. It's not quite infectious, but some of the high notes manage to drown out some of the guttural lows.
  10. With his glorified Frisbee and good-guy smile, Evans is engaging, but “The Winter Soldier” might be stronger with a little less Captain and a little more America.
  11. Waiting for Superman raises important questions while wearing a big red heart on its chest, but inconvenient facts are its kryptonite.
  12. Two incompatible movies duke it out in Bandslam. Although it's the wimpy teen musical that prevails, it's the misfit coming-of-age story that leaves an impression.
  13. Weaving between freshness and formula, The Boys Are Back earns a gentle pat on the head.
  14. The crescendo of two resonant careers makes the false notes of Unfinished Song forgivable.
  15. Presented as a stand-alone film, but without an explanation for the protagonist’s physical and emotional injuries, it’s a head-scratcher. As with Joe’s sexual compulsion, scratching can’t cure the itch.
  16. A buddy comedy disguised as a political thriller. It’s full of malarkey, but as a campaign of shock and awe, it’s hard to resist.
  17. 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.
  18. Director Philipp Stolzl worked in the same dangerous conditions as the original climbers, and we can feel the chill and peril in our bones. It's a shame, then, that the screenwriter, unlike the camera crew and the characters, was afflicted with such timidity.
  19. It's a calculated crowd-pleaser that skims over the surface of the era like a cruise-ship production of "American Graffiti."
  20. As much Fosse as Fellini. It’s a shadow of a shadow, refracted through a fun-house mirror. For all the noise and color, it feels like an exercise and not a natural expression.
  21. It's a little black dress of a movie, an elegant hint of something sensual that is ultimately denied to us.
  22. Every character from the original is here, navigating the dating jungle, but this time there’s no pushing of Steve Harvey’s book.
  23. Despite its brainy title, Monsters University only earns a passing grade on its looks.
  24. For real balance, the debate needs fiercely leftist truth-tellers in tri-corner hats, calling themselves the Organic Chai Tea Party.
  25. There’s much to appreciate here. Like “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which had a stronger sense of its place in the world, this coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven’t been exposed to the better examples of the genre.
  26. Whether on stage or the screen, Much Ado About Nothing is a pleasure that passes like a midsummer night’s dream.
  27. Watson is a revelation here as a brand-obsessed bad girl.
  28. Targeted toward horror-film junkies looking for a terror throwback, You’re Next mixes gore and dark humor with yet another home invasion plot line.
  29. A bizarre buffet of buffoonery, brutality and beautiful landscapes.
  30. As a diversion, Babies is like a wind-up toy that will tickle anyone with a pulse. As a documentary, it's like a cache of home videos that will frustrate anyone with an inquiring mind.

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