St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 19%

Transcendence (2014)

""Transcendence" is an ambitious movie, but ultimately there's too much "artificial" and not enough "intelligence.""

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Joe Williams

2 57%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"While Law bellows blasphemous poetry, his director orchestrates a noirish light show with a cockeyed rhythm."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Joe Williams

3 54%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"Given its declarative title, "Heaven Is for Real" should have built a more convincing case."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Joe Williams

4 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Given how much is right about Fargo, the real reason to watch and keep watching is the storytelling, with more surprises per hour than you can count. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Gail Pennington

5 84%

Joe (2014)

""Joe" is not handsome or especially smart, but like its namesake, the film has enough rough humor and respect for hard work to qualify as average."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Joe Williams

6 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"Ernest learns to share, Celestine learns to a paint - and the audience learns that in a Disney-dominated marketplace, kids are still free to choose their own mini mouse."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Joe Williams

7 71%

Oculus (2014)

"It's never actually scary."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Kevin C. Johnson

8 63%

Draft Day (2014)

"It's the Sam Bradford of sports movies - not an All Pro, but capable of a close, fourth-quarter win."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Joe Williams

9 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"The plot is murky, the acting is melodramatic and the movie is way too long, but the target audience will salivate over the inventively choreographed set-pieces ..."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Joe Williams

10 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"For better or worse, the whole exercise in lurid leg-pulling goes out with a bang."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Joe Williams

11 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" To my taste, the characters and their relationships are the primary draw for Game of Thrones, along with the political wrangling for the Iron Throne. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Gail Pennington

12 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"On paper this sequel has some promising elements, but on screen it retreats from the very issues that it raises, and on a shelf next to "Captain America: The First Avenger," "The Winter Soldier" is pale."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Joe Williams

13 77%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Without an explanation for the protagonist's physical and emotional injuries, it's a head-scratcher. As with Joe's sexual compulsion, scratching can't cure the itch."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Joe Williams

14 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"A lovely little film from a place where the little things linger."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Joe Williams

15 91%

Le Week-End (2014)

"This extra-dry mix of drama and comedy is supposed to reflect the complexities of real life; but as a movie, it's so schematic and schizoid, it leaves us scratching our berets."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Joe Williams

16 22%

Sabotage (2014)

"With this bloody exercise in provocation, the aging action hero climbs aboard the crooked-cop bandwagon like it was an ambulance to revive his dying career."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Joe Williams

17 77%

Noah (2014)

"Although Aronofsky constructs this vessel with a filmmaker's toolbox rather than a theologian's blueprint, a sturdy hull of human spirit enables it to navigate between both worlds."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Joe Williams

18 45%

The Face of Love (2014)

"Like so much about this film, the finale hints at Hitchcock but settles for soap opera."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Joe Williams

19 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The way that "Muppets Most Wanted" grabs for the green is criminal."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Joe Williams

20 73%

Enemy (2014)

"Despite Gyllenhaal's twitchy, two-headed performance, "Enemy" is hobbled by a genetic flaw: Suspension of disbelief has a twin called suspicion of dumbness."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Joe Williams

21 40%

Divergent (2014)

"Is the premise of "Divergent" both overly familiar and borderline ridiculous? Sure, maybe. But channel the 13-year-old girl in you and enjoy."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Gail Pennington

22 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"Bateman is already a star pupil of comedy, and he could earn an honor's diploma in filmmaking if he learns to spell singularity."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Joe Williams

23 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"After feeding on this sweet buffet, sated cinephiles will want to call the front desk to extend their stay."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Joe Williams

24 45%

The Art of the Steal (2014)

"It's as if Sobol walked a tight-rope over the falls, got distracted by the view and then crawled back to safety."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Joe Williams

25 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"By the end, even those who had never heard of Stritch can share her rage against the dying of the light."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Joe Williams

26 88%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"We should never forget that Penn and Teller are professional bamboozlers, and their attempt to re-frame the definition of genius might be nothing but smoke and mirrors."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Joe Williams

27 100%

Hannibal: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" From the unofficial slogan of the show ("Eat the rude") to the food-theme episode titles ("Amuse-Bouche," "Potage"), [Bryan] Fuller leavens the grimness with just enough irony. "

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Gail Pennington

28 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"I've never spoken this fuzzy phrase in conversation, let alone written it in a movie review, but it applies perfectly to the formulaic action flick "Non-Stop": It is what it is."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Joe Williams

29 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"The view is beautiful, but the loftier aims of "The Wind Rises" fall short."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Joe Williams

30 88%

Titanic (2012)

"Take one of history's most compelling tragedies, tell it through the lives of two engaging young lovers and show it with some of the best-ever special effects and you have a dazzling, exciting movie that is also poignant and personal."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Joe Holleman

31 78%

Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Vikings is great to look at, shot gorgeously in Ireland with a reported $40 million budget and a cast with many familiar faces. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Gail Pennington

32 45%

In Secret (2014)

"As cinema it is simply inept, with a talented cast rendered ugly and stiff as they speak in inexplicable British accents."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Joe Williams

33 59%

Star-Crossed: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The tone is mostly dreary and the plot with few exceptions goes precisely where you expect. "

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Gail Pennington

34 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"This stinker is only good for endless laughs."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Joe Williams

35 70%

About Last Night (2014)

"The four leads are entirely engaging including the manic Hart, who seems to play variations of the same character in every movie."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Kevin C. Johnson

36 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"Compared to the humor in the "Iron Man" movies or the vigilante themes in the recent "Batman" series, this reboot has little to offer."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Joe Williams

37 100%

Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" By Episode 3, though, the action is as riveting as ever. And a superb addition to the new season is Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna. "

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Gail Pennington

38 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"This film doesn't compensate for its narrow focus with character development, derring-do or robust humor."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Joe Williams

39 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

""The Lego Movie" is a marvelous piece of work."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Joe Williams

40 99%

Gloria (2014)

""Gloria" is a character study, one that's pitiful in the compassionate sense of the word."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Joe Williams

41 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"This confounding film might be too roughly textured for mass consumption, but for audiences who aren't bound by expectations, the labor of chewing it over will be rewarded."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Joe Williams

42 50%

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)

"It's slow and heavy-handed, tedious almost throughout. An average episode of Oxygen's Snapped isn't this dull, and has more interesting things to say about women who kill."

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Gail Pennington

43 58%

Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This is one gorgeous show. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Gail Pennington

44 66%

Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Don't tell me you love Greg Kinnear. I love Greg Kinnear. But I don't love him in Rake. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Gail Pennington

45 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"A literary love story that's rooted in repression."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Joe Williams

46 23%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"Although it's superficially grungy, this true story isn't much more substantive than something that star Vanessa Hudgens might have made for the Disney Channel ..."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Joe Williams

47 47%

Flowers in the Attic (2014)

"The only way to review "Flowers in the Attic" is to consider how well it does what it sets out to do: that is, adapt the book faithfully and still make an entertaining film. For that, it gets a B+."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Gail Pennington

48 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"Kevin Hart hits the vicinity of humor with a few of his drive-by wisecracks, but the movie itself has nothing under the hood."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Joe Williams

49 11%

The Nut Job (2014)

"The burnished backgrounds are pleasant to look at, but finding something to savor in the story is a tough nut to crack."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Joe Williams

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