St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 946 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 Coriolanus
Lowest review score: 25 Anonymous
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 946
946 movie reviews
  1. Bully is a good start to a necessary conversation, but its loving voice is likely to be drowned out by haters who hide their own wounded hearts behind Internet pseudonyms and broadcast microphones.
  2. The rare film that will remain on your mind long after you’ve left the theater.
  3. This film might easily have settled for mocking religion. Instead, it's a fascinating glimpse into a culture that forces some people to choose between fitting in and opting out.
  4. For all its professionalism, I found it as cold as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
  5. The first half of the film dusts off some kitschy picket-fence footage and alarmist news reports to invoke an era when homosexual acts were illegal in 49 states, and gays were subjected to arrest, electroshock and sterilization.
  6. Because of some sentimental backspin, Affleck doesn't quite hit it out of the park, but he may provoke the green monster of envy in lesser directors.
  7. With his actors and crew hewing to the script, the director’s craft is impeccable. His low-light images are suitable for framing, and there’s scarcely a moment of modernity, let alone humor or loose ends, to disrupt the tragic trajectory.
  8. Like the recent "Greenberg," Cyrus is not the jokey, polished production you would expect from its Hollywood cast and LA setting, but audiences who are comfortable with discomfort should find it "funny."
  9. While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling.
  10. Into the Abyss makes a strong case for the inhumanity of capital punishment, regardless of the crime or the criminal.
  11. In steering a course between the rock of rude humor and the hard place of perilous drama, How to Train Your Dragon flies high.
  12. What makes it special is Eastwood's ability to artfully and concisely tell a story, and Morgan Freeman's wonderfully understated turn as South African President Nelson Mandela.
  13. It’s preposterous schlock masquerading as art.
  14. As popcorn entertainment, it's right on schedule.
  15. We are reminded: War is hell. But at their best, war movies can be cool and beautiful.
  16. The world-class mechanic is Brad Bird, who applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.
  17. A film that's all the more intriguing for being virtually impossible to categorize.
  18. Arbitrage is never the nail-biting thriller that it could have been.
  19. It's a worthy cause and an honorable film, the first full-length Disney cartoon with an African-American heroine. But without a strong story, it's a case of one step forward and two steps back.
  20. Built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay.
  21. Joe
    While Green is force-feeding us this hard-boiled hokum, he doesn’t distract us with many memorable images, as he did in his earliest films.
  22. Perilous incidents have riveted audiences since Pauline was tied to the railroad tracks, but in the hundred-year history of cinema, few thrillers have been as emotionally compelling as The Impossible.
  23. The difference between McKay and Efron is like the difference between a Broadway spectacular and a high school musical.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The movie is missing the zippy chases and lovable characters of Aardman studio's previous films ("Arthur Christmas," "Chicken Run").
  24. What's lacking is a galvanizing performance comparable to that of the Oscar-nominated Catalina Sandino Moreno in "Maria Full of Grace." Still, The Forgiveness of Blood is a memorable portrait of a society and the demands it makes on those caught up in it.
  25. The tonal shifts, the "Amelie"-style voiceover and the punk-retro soundtrack may jar some viewers who expect uninterrupted violins, but Declaration of War is alternative therapy that really works.
  26. Cue the folky music and the two eccentric locals who are the only other characters, and Prince Avalanche is a molehill that dreams it’s a mountain when it’s really, really stoned.
  27. It's one of the funniest and most perceptive films of the year.
  28. The secret in this case is the jokes, which are ferocious. Marrying a monster flick with an adolescent romance has produced a merry mutant.
  29. Cold in July has all the qualifications of a midnight movie in the making.

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