St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 14%

And So It Goes (2014)

"If cranking out this kind of mediocre, head-scratching blarney is the only option available to Hollywood veterans like Reiner, we have some friendly advice: Open a haberdashery."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Joe Williams

2 60%

Lucy (2014)

"With such an empty core, it's hard to love "Lucy," but it's also hard to change the channel when it promises wisdom with just a spoonful of Vitameatavegamin."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Joe Williams

3 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

""A Most Wanted Man" is the rare film that will remain on your mind long after you've left the theater."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Calvin Wilson

4 48%

I Origins (2014)

""I Origins" has the genetic markers of a formulaic supernatural thriller, and it's marred by some muddy metaphysics and fuzzy science, but the beauty is in the details."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Joe Williams

5 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

""Venus in Fur" is a stellar achievement."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Joe Williams

6 39%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"For audiences seeking shelter from superhero carnage, "Wish I Was Here" is a lovely place to be."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Joe Williams

7 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Without the kindling of character development, "Planes: Fire and Rescue" is no smoldering success, but if Disney's flight plan is to share Pixar's airspace, it's getting warmer."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Joe Williams

8 55%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

""The Purge: Anarchy" is a dirtied-up breath of fresh air, an old-school exploitation movie that does what it sets out to do."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Kevin C. Johnson

9 86%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This is actually the calm before a terrifying storm in The Strain, which promises to reinvent our idea of vampires and make them scary again. Scary as opposed to sexy, as in "True Blood," and chillingly gruesome. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Gail Pennington

10 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"The most metaphorically and morally evolved film of the bunch."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Joe Williams

11 97%

Life Itself (2014)

""Life Itself" completes the circular conversation between the movies, the man and the masses."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Joe Williams

12 23%

Third Person (2014)

""Third Person" doesn't lack for ambition, and it's nice to see Neeson in the kind of role that he excelled at before he morphed into an action star. But the film may have some folks wishing they'd bought a ticket to "Transformers 4" instead."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Calvin Wilson

13 81%

Begin Again (2014)

"Doggedly indie but unpretentious, "Begin Again" is one of the best movies I've seen about the music industry and the ways it changes people whose paths diverge."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Joe Williams

14 23%

Tammy (2014)

"McCarthy and first-time director Falcone must have assumed that tossing a drunk and a dunce into a Cadillac would negate the need for a motive or even a script."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Joe Williams

15 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"In an homage to such "cinema of cruelty" classics as Andy Warhol's real-time "Sleep," Bay allows the film to run for almost three hours and abandons all pretense of a plot."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Joe Williams

16 85%

Ivory Tower (2014)

""Ivory Tower" makes a persuasive case that the gravest epidemic that's spreading from college campuses isn't student-loan debt but attention-deficit disorder."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Joe Williams

17 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Sorry, partisans, but there's nothing obvious about "Obvious Child.""

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Joe Williams

18 38%

Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's just another police procedural, and prime time already has plenty of those. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Gail Pennington

19 43%

Young & Hungry: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Young & Hungry is nicely paced, and even in the first episode, the humor is character-driven. It's as uncomplicated, and tasty, as a good grilled cheese. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Gail Pennington

20 69%

Mystery Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The show (co-created by Spelling) is standard-issue cable sitcom, with acting that's too broad (Garth is the exception here) and a laugh track that's loud and awkward. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Gail Pennington

21 57%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The first episode of Tyrant... is both exotic (the cultural elements surrounding the wedding are fascinating) and unfortunately trite, to the point of embracing stereotypes about the Middle East that some early viewers have found offensive. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Gail Pennington

22 64%

The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The writing is clunky and the acting is almost universally stiff. The characters need to be much more engaging to keep us from wanting to jump overboard from The Last Ship. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Gail Pennington

23 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"The worst thing about this multifaceted failure is the two-time Oscar winner behind the camera. Where there ought to be a director, there's nothing but an empty chair."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Joe Williams

24 53%

Citizen Koch (2014)

"Most of the movie is a backgrounder on the Citizens United case, in which a deeply divided Supreme Court opened the door to truckloads of campaign cash from tycoons and corporations."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Joe Williams

25 65%

The Rover (2014)

"A sterling example of the new Australian noir."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Joe Williams

26 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"The film keeps many of the same parts of the first one's winning formula, beginning with Hart himself."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Kevin C. Johnson

27 100%

Defiance: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Defiance... has already proven itself as a futuristic Western full of political analogies and soap opera twists. "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Gail Pennington

28 40%

Dominion: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The plot of Dominion, unfortunately, veers between simplistic and unfathomable. "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Gail Pennington

29 ——

Spanish Lake (2014)

"This is a fascinating story ... But as a movie, "Spanish Lake" misses the opportunity to include other voices."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Joe Williams

30 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"A self-aware sequel has to hop over hurdles to keep from swallowing its own tail, but the sharp writing and tag-team antics lift "22 Jump Street" to a high level."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Joe Williams

31 94%

Ida (2014)

"A film with meat and bones sorely lacking in heart."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Mark Matousek

32 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"For audiences who want a sweet story, they can't beat the first film of a boy finding his best friend. For those who are ready for the next stage, try this one about a boy becoming a man."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Jody Mitori

33 83%

Endeavour: Pilot (TV, 2012)

" Wrapping in Morse's passion for opera and crossword puzzles, Endeavour is most interesting for the light it sheds on the character development of young Morse. "

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Gail Pennington

34 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"In its totality, "The Fault in Our Stars" is as noxious as chemotherapy."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Joe Williams

35 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"The movie looks like it was made for broadcast television, the place where words and pictures go to die."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Joe Williams

36 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

""Edge of Tomorrow" has neither an edge nor a vision of tomorrow that matters today."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Joe Williams

37 63%

For No Good Reason (2014)

"Giving an overlooked luminary his due is reason enough for "For No Good Reason.""

Posted May 29, 2014

Joe Williams

38 86%

Cold in July (2014)

""Cold in July" has all the qualifications of a midnight movie in the making."

Posted May 29, 2014

Calvin Wilson

39 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"'Round these parts, when a movie promises a million laughs but only delivers a dozen chuckles, that's a hanging offense."

Posted May 29, 2014

Joe Williams

40 20%

The Night Shift: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Night Shift... is lively and moves quickly. Some of the characters, even the most stereotypical, are interesting and engaging. "

Posted May 28, 2014

Gail Pennington

41 93%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"The Normal Heart will drive any viewer with a heart at all to tears."

Posted May 23, 2014

Gail Pennington

42 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Some sequels have such a complicated back story they should come with printed footnotes. The latest sequel in the "X-Men" series requires an encyclopedia that can be read in a fun-house mirror."

Posted May 22, 2014

Joe Williams

43 88%

Chef (2014)

"Best of all is Favreau. Instead of mass-producing another superhero epic, he has given the overfed public a dish of right-sized comfort food. Whatever he cooks up in the future, it will be hard to top "Chef.""

Posted May 22, 2014

Joe Williams

44 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"From the Caruso serenade for the new arrivals at Ellis Island to the discordant reality on the other side of the golden door, "The Immigrant" has a ringing message: Succeeding in America is a dream act."

Posted May 22, 2014

Joe Williams

45 14%

Blended (2014)

"Like something coughed up by a baby, "Blended" is tasteless mush."

Posted May 22, 2014

Joe Williams

46 31%

God's Pocket (2014)

"Who can quibble when the source material is a novel by Peter Dexter ("Paris Trout"), the debut director is John Slattery ("Mad Men") and the actors are such seasoned pros?"

Posted May 15, 2014

Joe Williams

47 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

""Million Dollar Arm" is as predictable as a 3-and-0 pitch down the middle, but when it's baseball season, who wants dark clouds?"

Posted May 15, 2014

Joe Williams

48 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"There's a word for the kind of technocratic brains behind "Godzilla": unbalanced."

Posted May 15, 2014

Joe Williams

49 83%

Belle (2014)

"With stately surroundings and hissable villains, director Amma Assante imbues the finale with such dramatic resonance that "Belle" becomes a ringing proclamation of human dignity."

Posted May 15, 2014

Joe Williams

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