St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
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For 1,055 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 35 Shots of Rum
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1,055 movie reviews
  1. Like a newborn planet, Melancholia is magnetically beautiful, but it's also an unformed mass of hot air.
  2. Although it's a guilty pleasure, The Queen of Versailles is artful enough that both the prosecution and the defense could invoke it when the peasants cry "Off with their heads!"
  3. True Grit is just a couple bloody gunfights removed from an old-fashioned Disney yarn. Yet it's still unmistakably a Coen brothers movie, from the stray weirdness of a bearskin-clad dentist to the bulls-eye delights of the dialogue.
  4. Like a train, I Wish is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
  5. You might expect a cartoon about a man and his dog to be strictly for kids, but My Dog Tulip, based on a memoir by J.R. Ackerley, has a psychological richness and anatomical explicitness that is very grown-up.
  6. An art-history lesson and a spiritual exercise disguised as a movie.
  7. This isn't just another crime story, and it would be misleading to suggest that it has anything to do with stylish gunplay, exhilarating car chases or brutal fistfights.
  8. Goodbye First Love is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.
  9. This humane movie is an ode to joy, albeit of the mature sort.
  10. If you require a plot, look elsewhere.
  11. With such supercharged material under the hood, a magnetic man behind the wheel and a nimble director manning the pits, Senna is simply the greatest sports film I have ever seen.
  12. It’s an enigmatic and austere film from a region where political, sexual and religious repression are as stifling as the sooty air.
  13. Most biographical docs contain a montage of old footage, but this one is especially haunting. As Campbell watches home movies, he has to ask Kim to identify the people on screen, including his ex-wives, his children and his younger self.
  14. Brilliant performances aside, Clouds of Sils Maria is overlong and much too self-indulgently an “art film.” It might have benefited from being just a bit more grounded.
  15. Few mainstream movies, let alone disability dramas, are so frank about sexual mechanics, yet notwithstanding the nudity, The Sessions isn't voyeuristic or sleazy.
  16. Like Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Oduye brilliantly slips inside the skin of a sensitive young woman who's having trouble finding her place in the world.
  17. One one level, Pride is as fake as a lip-sync revue, yet the emotions it arouses are real.
  18. Although Precious is based on a novel, it's an act of truth-telling on behalf of a character in hellish enslavement.
  19. The most provocative thing in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is the moment during the opening credits when we glimpse the comedy legend without makeup.
  20. That action is bloody, but Fiennes' choices as director are unassailably apt and artful. Coriolanus is a triumph.
  21. A far more interesting film than its title implies. And a film you’ve never seen before.
  22. Ultimately what makes Gone Girl so watchable is the three-headed monster of Fincher, Pike and Affleck. The director bathes the B-movie scenario in the queasy-green hues of a morgue, while Affleck flashes his million-dollar smile like a dime-store Dracula and the beautifully inscrutable Pike absorbs the light like a wax mannequin. If it’s true that Nick and Amy were made for each other, they were made in a fiendish lab.
  23. A comedy of discomfort -- and one of their (Coen brothers) best, most insightful and most provocative films.
  24. Director David O. Russell ("Three Kings") delivers a film of staggering impact.
  25. With a mad captain at the helm, this documentary version of Jodorowsky’s “Dune” is probably more entertaining than what Hollywood would have done to it, with a clearer message: Our lives are like sands though an hourglass, so dream the impossible dream.
  26. An enthralling lament for an era in which beauty is in danger of becoming extinct.
  27. It’s not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it.
  28. In one of the most wickedly funny scenes in sci-fi history, Koba uses monkeyshines to bamboozle some gun-toting yahoos and scuttle the peace treaty.
  29. Although the characters don’t lapse into stereotypes, neither are they sufficiently funny or fierce to engage us in the issues they raise.
  30. As enchanting as it is ambitious.

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