St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,522 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Jackie
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1522 movie reviews
  1. Arrival is science fiction in the classic sense and a film of otherworldly ambition.
  2. Far from being just another crime story, Sicario is cinema at its most ambitious.
  3. Doctor Strange doesn’t always make sense — but so what? It’s a mind-blowing special-effects extravaganza, and the most exciting comic-book flick since “Deadpool.”
  4. Certain Women requires patience from the viewer and isn’t for anyone, but it’s a film of quiet and lingering beauty.
  5. Don’t get burned by Inferno.
  6. Timed for the Halloween season, Ouija: Origin of Evil should have horror fans clutching their seats.
  7. Keeping Up With the Joneses is hardly worth the effort.
  8. In an Arnold film, plot is pretty much beside the point. Instead, she focuses on the subtleties of character — and her insights can be both enlightening and terrifying.
  9. Fresh and delightfully offbeat, The Accountant proves that a thriller can be complex and nuanced while fulfilling its mission to entertain.
  10. The fact-based Denial is a well-crafted and skillfully acted drama about standing up for the truth, regardless of how challenging that might be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Placed under the microscope, The Birth of a Nation lacks some originality of thought, but it nonetheless offers the opportunity for necessary discussion as we continue to wrestle with the racist history of this nation and its continuing effects.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A taut psychological thriller, just as tense for those who already know its conclusion.
  11. This is very much an ensemble film, with Wahlberg, Hudson and Russell turning in performances that get the job done without begging for attention.
  12. Burton delivers his most ambitious and engaging film since “Sweeney Todd” (2007). Although the story becomes increasingly complex as it goes along, the emotional payoff is more than worth it.
  13. An inspiring but formulaic film about triumph over adversity.
  14. Only when there’s an opportunity to blow things up does Fuqua seem fully engaged. Another Western bites the dust.
  15. Don’t be put off by the need to read subtitles. Rarely has a film more eloquently captured the universality of human experience.
  16. Gordon-Levitt turns in an Oscar-worthy performance as a man who’s all too aware of what he’s letting himself in for. And Woodley skillfully balances a range of emotions as Lindsay.
  17. What the film has going for it is a terrific performance from Weisz, who renders Alice at once sympathetic and enigmatic.
  18. It’s hard to imagine an actor more appropriate to portray Sully than Hanks, who brings to the role a bedrock decency and soulful introspection. And Eckhart is perfect as the droll, easygoing Skiles.
  19. Isn’t a knockout of a film, but it’s light on its feet and throws a lot of good punches.
  20. The year’s most exhilarating film.
  21. Working from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Stephen Chin and Jason Smilovic, Phillips delivers a film that raises provocative questions about the economic imperatives of war while masquerading as a buddy comedy.
  22. If what you seek from a samurai film is the friction between communal duty and personal honor, join the orderly queue to see 13 Assassins. But if what you seek is action, spend the talky first hour at a sushi bar before barging into the theater for the bloody good finale.
  23. It’s not necessary to be a classical-music buff to be charmed by this thoroughly entertaining film that never hits a false note.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sausage Party is cute and cheeky and harmless. But it is decidedly not for kids.
  24. Suicide Squad had the potential to be as hilariously irreverent as “Deadpool,” a surprise box-office hit about a similarly sociopathic hero. Instead, it’s just another film that relies on special effects to distract the audience from a story that’s overblown and underwhelming.
  25. As a documentary, “Eat That Question” is kind of raggedy. But a more polished film might not have been in keeping with Zappa’s anarchic spirit.
  26. In his best performance since “The Social Network,” Eisenberg is perfectly cast as the neurotic Bobby. But the film truly belongs to Stewart, who brings to Vonnie a haunting luminousness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Bad Moms starts with an edge but eventually turns sentimental. The most entertaining and honest moments zero in on motherhood and friendship — and busting the rules of the PTA.

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