St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 954 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Winter's Bone
Lowest review score: 25 Hesher
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 954
954 movie reviews
  1. A tamer tale of supernatural shenanigans that is far more appropriate for young children than the sometimes too-scary scenes from J.K. Rowling's stories.
  2. Like the recent "Greenberg," Cyrus is not the jokey, polished production you would expect from its Hollywood cast and LA setting, but audiences who are comfortable with discomfort should find it "funny."
  3. The first half of the film dusts off some kitschy picket-fence footage and alarmist news reports to invoke an era when homosexual acts were illegal in 49 states, and gays were subjected to arrest, electroshock and sterilization.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Weighty issues such as war and divorce are mentioned, but the serious themes pass quickly. The lighthearted story always takes precedent over the special effects, but a scene involving swimming piglets will have kids flashing a sea of smiles.
  4. When the smoke clears, heady Farewell stands tall among the movies that view the Cold War at close range.
  5. The multiple cameras that shadow Anker and his novice partner provide unprecedented images. But they also raise unintended questions about the vanishing frontier.
  6. Best appreciated as an exercise in style. Based on Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman," the film establishes and sustains a mood of suspense, but Corbijn seems only minimally interested in conventional thrills.
  7. Moviegoers will know in the first five minutes whether the new B-movie Machete is their cup of tea - or bucket of blood.
  8. Ondine is dipped in whimsy and might have drifted out to sea, but it's bounded on four sides by love stories -- between a father and a daughter, a man and a mermaid, an actor and his co-star, and a director and his country.
  9. Because of some sentimental backspin, Affleck doesn't quite hit it out of the park, but he may provoke the green monster of envy in lesser directors.
  10. With its mix of true-blood romance and full-moon madness, Let Me In should hasten the twilight of the twerpy pretenders.
  11. Post-Dispatch classical music critic Sarah Bryan Miller told me that Gould's music is as divisive today as it was 50 years ago, when the pianist publicly clashed with conductor Leonard Bernstein over the tempo of a performance.
  12. Stone isn't for everyone. But for all its shortcomings, it is courageously original.
  13. This true story does a great service by honoring the memory of 22 brave men and women and by dramatizing the internal debates within the French population. But in staying true to life, it sacrifices some of the pacing and clarity of a conventional thriller.
  14. The story is sustained by the stubborn love between the siblings and by the conviction of the two fine actors who portray them.
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is slower and stranger than any of the previous films, simultaneously raising hopes for a haunting finale while dimming hopes for a magical one.
  16. While we await the definitive documentary about the glut of garbage, Waste Land reduces this global catastrophe to touchingly human scale.
  17. Mainstream moviemaking at its most proficient, with a zippy script, comfort-food casting and a breakout performance by a deserving star.
  18. A bit slow to get started, and it's nowhere near as funny as "The Hangover." But it'll make you smile.
  19. In the infidelity drama Leaving, British reserve gets overtaken by French passion, and the subsequent events have the horrific momentum of a slow-motion car crash.
  20. It's a tart trifle, but in the madding crowd of year-end movies, Tamara Drewe rocks.
  21. Even with a large cast, groovy clothes and cool pop songs, Hawkins holds our attention with a combination of modesty and moral strength.
  22. Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet. What else do you need to know?
  23. Summer Wars has engineered a truce between the familiar and the fantastical.
  24. Stays too low to the ground to become an animated classic, but if there's a fairer midwinter's tale, wherefore art thou?
  25. Paul Simon and a Parisian orangutan tell us the same thing: It's all happening at the zoo.
  26. Im Sang-soo has crafted an erotic thriller whose cool beauty speaks for itself.
  27. Europeans have a taste for both the mechanics of trickery and the machinations of power, and the politically astute Spanish film "Even the Rain" belongs in the same conversation with Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" and Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education."
  28. Scabrously funny yet essentially gentle, as the main thing that it's probing is our collective ignorance.
  29. Skarsgard, who is perhaps best known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Breaking the Waves," makes the most of his rich role, imbuing Ulrik with a knockabout charm.

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