St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,308 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% 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: 69
Highest review score: 100 Up in the Air
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1308 movie reviews
  1. Yet if you’re old enough to read this and you find yourself at a screening, try thinking about the munchkins who worked so hard on the psychedelic scenery.
  2. The film is constructed from four flimsy vignettes that are artlessly overlapped.
  3. Megamind falls flat.
  4. Squeezes plenty of color and noise from a thin concept, then runs with it until non-fanatics can’t keep up.
  5. The derivative script and skimpy effects don’t convey either the power or the problems of being a young witch.
  6. A faithful remake of RoboCop would be timely. Instead, the producers of this new version have retreated back to the lab, concocting a creaky hybrid of “Frankenstein” and “Call of Duty.”
  7. This shrill caper is more like a blind date between fingernail and chalkboard.
  8. Hallstrom (“Chocolat”) makes the mishmash palatable, and romance mainstay Duhamel provides some sweet-and-salty charm, but there’s not much they can do with Sparks’ canned dialogue and Hough’s undercooked acting.
  9. More scenic than scary.
  10. Count Black Nativity as a more noble than notable effort.
  11. Closed Circuit is not a tense thriller about the new era of surveillance — it's a tepid thriller about the old notion that no leader can be trusted.
  12. Terminator Salvation is a tale told idiotically, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
  13. If you don’t crave the taste of motor oil on your popcorn, Furious 7 can’t end fast enough.
  14. You ought to have a movie that's both smart and sexy. But Jennifer's Body is neither. Most damning of all, it's not scary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This movie is Denzel Washington stopping a speeding train devoid of subtext, blunders and earth-shattering revelations about the human condition. It is precisely as entertaining as it sounds; no more, no less.
  15. The film is flat and lazy, and the audio mix is so low it sounds as if the audience is barely laughing. His cable comedy specials have better production values.
  16. Rooted in empty materialism, but it never evokes the heady rush of a guilty pleasure or the precipitous payback of a thriller.
  17. a horrific misstep in the branding of Robert Pattinson. The erstwhile teen vampire, who daringly portrayed gay surrealist Salvador Dalí in last year's "Little Ashes," lurches backward into a pile of romantic rubbish.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    "Star Trek V'' begins and ends well, but is something of a muddle in the middle. [9 June 1989]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  18. It's as if there's a missing reel of film that could tie the story together and give it the emotional impact it takes for granted.
  19. There are good movies to be made about romantic obsession, but the premise doesn't work if the crazy stalker isn't juxtaposed with a sympathetic victim.
  20. There are a few beguiling moments in Holy Motors, particularly a martial-arts sequence and an erotic dance while Mr. Oscar is dressed in a motion-capture body suit, but the road between those moments is so strewn with stalled ideas that audiences who care about character and plot are liable to take the exit to a movie that makes sense.
  21. If you can’t guess that the whole thing ends with a big dance number, you’ve been snoozing in your samosas.
  22. In this flick, the dark side is as bright as a cruise-ship showroom, where the singing and dancing would fit nicely, while the jokes are as dull as Disney sitcom throwaways.
  23. For the hour or so it’s on screen it’s a harmless, little chiller that doesn’t scare much but serves as a holdover until something truly scary comes along.
  24. Ender’s Game is a blandly sanitized spectacle.
  25. Imagine if the "Godfather" saga had been told from the point of view of Talia Shire's character. The perspective of a don's daughter could produce a compelling movie, but The Sicilian Girl isn't it.
  26. This mash-up movie is like a greatest-hits collection for obsessive collectors. On its own terms, Terminator Genisys makes virtually no sense.

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