St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,386 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Two Days, One Night
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1386 movie reviews
  1. With a fearless director and his mighty pen freeing a talented cast to attack a vital theme, Django Unchained is damnation unleashed.
  2. The Big Short is the film that “The Wolf of Wall Street” wanted to be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Directors Ron Clements and John Musker use the island setting to create an authentic, vibrant world. They also make earnest efforts to be culturally sensitive to Pacific Islanders’ heritage, incorporating Maui’s storytelling tattoos and his wayfaring skills
  3. Ultimately Skyfall is rooted in tradition - and in British soil. A pastoral drive to Bond's boyhood home (in a kind of car that will delight purists) opens the gates to some psychological background, and given the true-love subtext of "Casino Royale," it's not surprising that there's an emotional payoff here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is Daisy's story, and Hoke's story. It's a beautiful story, filled with warmth and compassion. It was a glorious evening of theater when I saw it, and it's just as glorious on the screen. [12 Jan. 1990, p.3F]
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  4. The virtue of Inherent Vice is that we can stop chasing the tale and just enjoy the sunset of the ’60s dream.
  5. A fanciful French cousin to Allen's "Zelig" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo," yet the fulfilled wish for a better life is high-concept absurdity without high-anxiety guffaws.
  6. The story unfolds not as contrived drama, but with all the surprise and inevitability of real life.
  7. Until the sci-fi switcheroo, the versatile supporting cast puts Gary in such a ridiculous light that we can’t help laughing at him. Then suddenly this subversive movie challenges us to laugh at our own assumptions.
  8. Perhaps the greatest triumph of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that it justifies the enormous hype. Working from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan, director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”) brings fresh energy to the franchise while adhering to the storytelling values that made it matter in the first place.
  9. The reason District 9 reverberates so loudly is because its moral indignation is cranked to 11.
  10. When films are good, actors and directors get a lot of the credit that should go to the screenwriters. In the case of Silver Linings Playbook, which is one of the best films of the year, there is a popcorn bowl of glory to go around.
  11. Periodically deviating from its fly-on-the-wall aesthetic, the film does a noticeably better job than the Joan Rivers movie of incorporating old footage and photos to underscore its subject’s importance.
  12. Waiting for Superman raises important questions while wearing a big red heart on its chest, but inconvenient facts are its kryptonite.
  13. A gorgeous film that could inspire a whole new crop of astronauts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    So many of today's children's movies are loud. Loud explosions, loud colors, loud soundtracks, loud humor. The animated The Secret World of Arrietty is the antidote to those films.
  14. Like a newborn planet, Melancholia is magnetically beautiful, but it's also an unformed mass of hot air.
  15. 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!"
  16. Canadian director Denis Villaneuve knows how to stoke a hot debate about the legacy of violence. But in this case, where there's smoke, there's not enough air.
  17. Love & Mercy is artfully but unobtrusively directed by Bill Pohlad.
  18. 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.
  19. Although it has some memorably disquieting scenes, this story of long-delayed justice is sustained by its melancholy more than its thrills.
  20. Like a train, I Wish is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
  21. Good Time is not so much a crime drama as it is a meditation on the genre’s virtues and limitations.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    McNaughton directs well, and with power, but celebrating murder is a waste of his talents. [17 August 1990, p.3F]
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  22. 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.
  23. An art-history lesson and a spiritual exercise disguised as a movie.
  24. 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.
  25. Goodbye First Love is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.
  26. This humane movie is an ode to joy, albeit of the mature sort.

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