St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 989 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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Guardians of the Galaxy
Lowest review score: 25 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 989
989 movie reviews
  1. A documentary that clearly aspires to the highest standards of cinematic muckraking but makes for a frustrating experience.
  2. 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.
  3. Don't be late to this homecoming of director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson's horror series, which begins with a twisty opening sequence that's bloody fun.
  4. The most rewarding way to watch Water for Elephants is to focus on the sideshow of costumes and craftsmanship, because the romance in the center ring smells like trained animals going through the motions.
  5. It’s admirable, but Monuments Men just poses on a porous foundation like a statue.
  6. In the roll call of visually distinctive ’toons, Epic looms large.
  7. The action is contained within a coherent dramatic structure and the puzzle-box paranoia of spy-agency protocol.
  8. Comedies about privileged princesses and unsuitable suitors come in all colors, but Peeples is only palatable on a double bill with pink antacid.
  9. With Labor Day, director Jason Reitman turns a Nicholas Sparks scenario into an Alfred Hitchcock creep-show.
  10. 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.”
  11. The derivative script and skimpy effects don’t convey either the power or the problems of being a young witch.
  12. 96 Minutes is a mere introduction to Sociology 101, but it's brisk enough to rustle the reading list and keep the conversation alive.
  13. Allen has been criticized for leaving some of the plot lines up in the air and several characters in the lurch. But he seems to be making a point: Neat Hollywood endings are as phony and dangerous as Cristal's ramblings.
  14. Pregnant with possibility; it's the delivery that disappoints.
  15. Despite the crass book promotion, the overlong film is harmless romantic fun that's well played.
  16. The verdict on Snitch is that Johnson has attempted a career detour on a street marked Do Not Enter.
  17. All that complexity backfires at about the midpoint, leaving viewers with a standard yarn about a popular guy who makes a grossly insensitive wager after his trophy girlfriend drops him. After that, it is all a case of "been there, done that." [29 Jan 1999,p. E3]
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  18. You can tell by some loose threads and hurried workmanship that God’s Pocket is a knock-off, but it’s so stuffed with value, it’s an offer you can’t refuse.
  19. It's smart, heartfelt, handsome and just mutated enough to sustain interest in a specialized subject.
  20. The been-there, done-that nature of the plot doesn't take away from the undeniable sweetness found in Just Wright.
  21. Ender’s Game is a blandly sanitized spectacle.
  22. As a testament to traditions that are usually kept hidden from Hollywood, Holy Rollers is a mitzvah. But as a thriller, it's bubkes.
  23. While it's both too crude and too commercial to be mistaken for journalism, the good news is that the headliners deliver.
  24. The most grievous sins here are sins of omission.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The movie inspired theater critic Judith Newmark to write a sonnet in response.
  25. Call it "On the Lakefront." Or "Pretty-Good Fellas."
  26. The best thing you could say about Happy Feet Two is that it doesn't have any product placements or potty jokes. Other than that, this charmless Antarctic cartoon is what it looks like when hell freezes over.
  27. A foul-mouthed comedy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. "Bad Santa" (2003) also had plenty of crude language and lewd behavior. The difference is, "Bad Santa" was extremely funny.
  28. 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.
  29. In the end, the movie is still a poetic injustice.

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