St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 87%

Blue Valentine (2010)

"An almost unbearably bittersweet love story starring two of today's best actors and orchestrated by a director who's attuned to past masters."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Joe Williams

2 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"A tough, raw drama about wounds that heal only gradually, if at all."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Calvin Wilson

3 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet. What else do you need to know?"

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Calvin Wilson

4 22%

Country Strong (2011)

"Doesn't come close to matching any of the legion of films set in the country music world, from "Coal Miner's Daughter" to "Walk the Line" to "Crazy Heart.""

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Kevin C. Johnson

5 38%

Casino Jack (2010)

"Hickenlooper and co-conspirator Kevin Spacey are more successful at entertaining than informing or enraging us, but such a tart soufflé may be the best way for a fed-up public to digest this distasteful story."

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Joe Williams

6 80%

Made in Dagenham (2010)

"The likable little British import "Made in Dagenham" delivers an overdue valentine to some unsung heroines of the people-power revolution."

Posted Dec 30, 2010

Joe Williams

7 10%

Little Fockers (2010)

"It's about squeezing the last few dollars from a gullible public like milk from a cat."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Joe Williams

8 96%

True Grit (2010)

"In overtaking a legend, this True Grit earns its spurs."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Joe Williams

9 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"It's a triumph of streamlined design, but TRON: Legacy never enters the fourth dimension where it's worth a plugged nickel to humans."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Joe Williams

10 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

""Tamara Drewe" is a wickedly smart hybrid of a literary roundelay and a postfeminist manifesto."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Joe Williams

11 68%

Leaving (Partir) (2010)

"As Suzanne's stair-stepping recklessness leads ever downward, from secret rendezvous to public humiliations to thievery and worse, "Leaving" trades sympathy for surprise."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Joe Williams

12 98%

Marwencol (2010)

"Hogancamp's alliance with director Jeff Malmberg in this artful and poignant film marks a victory in the war against the self."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Joe Williams

13 32%

How Do You Know (2010)

""How Do You Know" is a bit slow to get started, and it's nowhere near as funny as "The Hangover." But it'll make you smile."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Calvin Wilson

14 20%

The Tourist (2010)

"So deficient in the genre's essentials - such as witty dialogue, intriguing characters and surprising yet credible plot turns - that you're embarrassed for everyone involved."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Calvin Wilson

15 78%

Tiny Furniture (2010)

"In skewering the neuroses of New York bohemians, Durham has left us too little to care about."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Joe Williams

16 100%

Waste Land (2010)

"While we await the definitive documentary about the glut of garbage, "Waste Land" reduces this global catastrophe to touchingly human scale."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Joe Williams

17 49%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

"An utter shipwreck, a would-be adventure with meager rations of magic and a listless crew."

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Joe Williams

18 52%

White Wedding (2010)

"While it's a relief to visit a side of Africa that's not beset by poverty and war, we learn little about the characters."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Joe Williams

19 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"Love and Other Drugs is successful in small doses, but the full regimen needed more testing."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Joe Williams

20 37%

Burlesque (2010)

"As cheese, Burlesque is a processed American foodstuff pretending to be French."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Joe Williams

21 81%

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010)

"Although this true story offers numerous opportunities for skepticism and irony, director Margarethe von Trotta accords Hildegard the respect of a proto-feminist forebear and frames her in golden light like a Vermeer painting."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Joe Williams

22 43%

Faster (2010)

"Only Gugino, one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood, displays emotional complexity - and do you really need that in an action flick? Actually, yes."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Calvin Wilson

23 97%

A Film Unfinished (2010)

"Yael Hersonski's A Film Unfinished reclaims history, teaches a lesson about the reliability of images and raises unanswerable questions about complicity."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Joe Williams

24 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"Boyle is such a gifted filmmaker that, in his hands, 127 Hours is genuinely -- and unsentimentally -- inspirational."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Calvin Wilson

25 89%

Tangled (2010)

"Tangled is lovely to look at, but if you're not a pre-teen girl, you may be distracted by the split ends."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Joe Williams

26 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"The blind-siding of Valerie Plame wasn't fair and wasn't a game, but this cinematic outcome is a touchdown for true patriots."

Posted Nov 19, 2010

Joe Williams

27 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is slower and stranger than any of the previous films, simultaneously raising hopes for a haunting finale while dimming hopes for a magical one."

Posted Nov 19, 2010

Joe Williams

28 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"In the midst of hard times, "Unstoppable" is a welcome reminder that America builds at least one thing better than any other country: action movies."

Posted Nov 12, 2010

Joe Williams

29 55%

Morning Glory (2010)

"Mainstream moviemaking at its most proficient, with a zippy script, comfort-food casting and a breakout performance by a deserving star."

Posted Nov 9, 2010

Joe Williams

30 40%

Due Date (2010)

""Due Date" is pregnant with possibility; it's the delivery that disappoints."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Calvin Wilson

31 57%

Douchebag (2010)

"This unfortunately titled film has an offbeat charm that just about makes up for its short running time."

Posted Oct 29, 2010

Calvin Wilson

32 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"[Eastwood's] first boring film."

Posted Oct 21, 2010

Joe Williams

33 79%

Nowhere Boy (2010)

"Nowhere Boy is a poignant reminder that before the world was at his command, John Lennon was a bit like you and me."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Joe Williams

34 71%

Red (2010)

"Red is an insult to our memories and to our intelligence, an unfunny farce whose veteran cast is cashing a retirement check."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Joe Williams

35 ——

White Lion (2010)

"Like the quasi-docs Duma, The Bear and Two Brothers, this adventure story about an albino lion both entertains and informs, albeit in modest measure."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Joe Williams

36 55%

La Siciliana Ribelle (The Sicilian Girl) (2010)

"The Sicilian Girl seems so beholden to the historical outline that it never comes alive as either a character study or a crime thriller."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Joe Williams

37 46%

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

"Allen has been criticized for leaving some of the plot lines up in the air and several characters in the lurch. But he seems to be making a point: Neat Hollywood endings are as phony and dangerous as Cristal's ramblings."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Calvin Wilson

38 68%

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

"The magnitude of the acting overshadows the modest reach of the material."

Posted Oct 7, 2010

Joe Williams

39 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"Fincher has made quite a few terrific films, from Se7en to the underrated Zodiac. But this time he's outdone himself. The Social Network is riveting from start to finish, and a master class in directing."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Calvin Wilson

40 90%

Lebanon (Levanon) (2010)

"Although Lebanon is to be congratulated for its bold visual strategy and strong antiwar stance, the film becomes claustrophobic after a while. When one of the characters finally emerges from the tank, you may find yourself as relieved as he is."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Calvin Wilson

41 29%

The Virginity Hit (2010)

"Producers Will Ferrell and Adam McCay should know better."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Kevin C. Johnson

42 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"It's a wholly successful sequel -- audacious, entertaining and bracingly pertinent."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Joe Williams

43 17%

You Again (2010)

"In the constipated comedy You Again, a bullied young woman's reluctance to confront an old enemy produces some flatulent laughs, but by the time the movie lets loose, it's built up such a toxic aura that it's hard to embrace."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Joe Williams

44 69%

Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010)

"It sparkles like champagne. It's not the good stuff, but it'll do the trick."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Joe Williams

45 50%

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

"After the frightened kids run screeching from the theater, adults may wonder what this vicious flick was trying to teach us. But as a guardian of unhatched spirits, I say: Hoo-hoo-hoo cares?"

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Joe Williams

46 81%

Catfish (2010)

"There's no denying its strong narrative or its emotional pull. And the film's computer-influenced visual style is very much of the moment."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Calvin Wilson

47 94%

The Town (2010)

"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."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Joe Williams

48 55%

Flipped (2010)

"Flipped is as phony as a poodle-skirted waitress at a mall diner, yet it's as sweet as a malt. A vanilla one."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Joe Williams

49 43%

The Extra Man (2010)

"The Extra Man is a disappointment coming from Berman and Pulcini, whose American Splendor was an imaginative biopic about the late comic-book author Harvey Pekar."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Calvin Wilson

50 17%

Legendary (2010)

"Every emotional moment is punctuated by plinking piano, and every wrestling match is underscored by hard rock."

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Joe Williams

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