St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
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For 1,065 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 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Stories We Tell
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1,065 movie reviews
  1. Weaving between freshness and formula, The Boys Are Back earns a gentle pat on the head.
  2. Bad Words is often very funny, thanks to Bateman’s brick-wall malevolence and screenwriter Andrew Dodge’s inventively rude dialogue.
  3. Snark is not art. In the evolutionary spectrum of cinema, Natural Selection is like the duck-billed platypus, pretending to be warm-blooded but more than a little fowl.
  4. Perry manages to pull it off here, coming off completely likable and real, never insufferable and fake.
  5. The double deception of suppressed personality and repressed sexuality could have been the basis for a rewarding character study, but after Albert meets a kindred spirit and dares to dream of a happy ending, her denial and naivete become too much to swallow.
  6. An eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity. We learn that apes are violent and territorial but also that they are capable of creativity and tenderness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Guardians make a winning team that is a prime candidate for a sequel, just like "The Avengers."
  7. It’s ultimately everything a modern horror movie should be.
  8. Although it's stuffed with subplots, gadgets and bad guys, this tinny contraption is half-hearted.
  9. Cars 2 is like a gorgeous sports car with a toxic tailpipe, a busted navigation system and a loud stereo that plays only commercials.
  10. Toast is lovely to look at, evoking both the gray-green milieu of Midlands life and the sensuality of good food, but it's like a whipped topping with no base.
  11. The multiple cameras that shadow Anker and his novice partner provide unprecedented images. But they also raise unintended questions about the vanishing frontier.
  12. Doesn't rise to classic status, but it's an intriguing mood piece.
  13. So stupid and hateful, it needs to have a stake driven through its heart before it can spawn a franchise.
  14. Mainstream moviemaking at its most proficient, with a zippy script, comfort-food casting and a breakout performance by a deserving star.
  15. Spacey evokes memories of other movies in which he's played a shark, and it's inherently fascinating to hear Aniston talking dirty and to see Farrell with a combover, but nothing in the film is genuinely provocative.
  16. The finale is heavy on CGI. But it never takes away from this respectable entry into the horror genre that values chills over kills.
  17. Redford is an adequate director, and he keeps things moving at a moderate pace, passing up exits to more spectacular vistas or hotter issues.
  18. It's funny but (sorry, ladies) unrealistic that Jake continuously sneaks away from his young wife to canoodle with Jane. Baldwin is a blast, but the role requires him to indulge in indignities such as a naked webcam conversation.
  19. A film that aims for the stars and may have found one here on earth.
  20. The crescendo of two resonant careers makes the false notes of Unfinished Song forgivable.
  21. The Equalizer, loosely based on the TV series of the late ’80s, is a guilty-pleasure platform for Washington’s slow-cooked, kick-butt heroism.
  22. The result is only half as hip as hoped. Yes, this Holmes is leaner and meaner, and Watson (Jude Law) is nearly his equal. But there’s still something fussy about the result, as if bobbies had broken up the party at 11:59.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. As predictable as a 3-and-0 pitch down the middle, but when it’s baseball season, who wants dark clouds?
  26. Amid other wedding movies crowding screens these days, not to mention Perry's "Madea's Big Happy Family," Jumping the Broom feels instantly familiar. And tired.
  27. It may not be original, but Adam could leave a lump in your throat.
  28. Notwithstanding the characters’ spiritual camaraderie, Salles’ emphasizes the hard physical labor and loneliness in Sal’s story, including the jittery rigors of the writing process. When he reaches a crossroads choice between down-and-out Dean and his own rising career, Sal senses that except for the words on a typewritten scroll, his life on the road is gone, real gone.
  29. The kiddie audience will laugh a few times, but it would take an electron microscope to find an original idea or joke in this entire cartoonish movie.

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