St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,329 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Fruitvale Station
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1329 movie reviews
  1. Although Precious is based on a novel, it's an act of truth-telling on behalf of a character in hellish enslavement.
  2. 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.
  3. That action is bloody, but Fiennes' choices as director are unassailably apt and artful. Coriolanus is a triumph.
  4. A far more interesting film than its title implies. And a film you’ve never seen before.
  5. 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.
  6. Although the characters don’t lapse into stereotypes, neither are they sufficiently funny or fierce to engage us in the issues they raise.
  7. Far from being preachy, Loving is a beautiful film about daring to love, without fear or compromise.
  8. This may not be Scorsese’s best film, but it’s unquestionably his most impassioned.
  9. A comedy of discomfort -- and one of their (Coen brothers) best, most insightful and most provocative films.
  10. Director David O. Russell ("Three Kings") delivers a film of staggering impact.
  11. 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.
  12. An enthralling lament for an era in which beauty is in danger of becoming extinct.
  13. It’s not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it.
  14. 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.
  15. In an Arnold film, plot is pretty much beside the point. Instead, she focuses on the subtleties of character — and her insights can be both enlightening and terrifying.
  16. As enchanting as it is ambitious.
  17. With its mix of true-blood romance and full-moon madness, Let Me In should hasten the twilight of the twerpy pretenders.
  18. Fences is perhaps best appreciated as a showcase for the brilliant acting of Washington and Davis.
  19. The performances are first-rate, with Lindhardt particularly moving as a guy who's in deep denial about just how much he can expect from a relationship with an addict.
  20. I Am Love is easy to savor but tough to swallow.
  21. It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of Searching for Sugar Man will not soon slip away.
  22. Black Swan is ridiculously over the top, but in a way that makes it fascinating to watch.
  23. As Refn is riffing on thriller cliches, he gets solid support from the ensemble. Brooks, a comedic standout since the '70s, makes a sympathetic villain, and Gosling stokes the young-Brando comparisons - instead of settling for Richard Gere.
  24. 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.
  25. As the wife to a wolf of Wall Street, Blanchett shows us a lost sheep both before and after the slaughter. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s twitching with life.
  26. Sophisticated comedies have gone out of fashion, largely because Hollywood finds it easier and more profitable to simply gross out moviegoers. But Please Give has real class -- and for that it deserves our gratitude.
  27. The conclusion of Christopher Nolan's superhero trilogy is a hugely ambitious mix of eye candy and brain food. If it doesn't have the haunting aftertaste of the previous serving, that's only because Nolan couldn't clone Heath Ledger. But beefy substitute Tom Hardy is a hell of a villain.
  28. If you long for a film in the tradition of such grown-up entertainments as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The English Patient,” this is one to get lost in.
  29. Like its neo-noir kin across the pond, The Guard is violent, profane and funny. But McDonagh is interested in more than mockery.
  30. With a stellar cast and seductive look, Ex Machina is a sleek contraption for capturing our imagination.

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