St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Ida (2014)

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

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Mark Matousek

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 42%

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

6 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

7 64%

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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 94%

The Normal Heart (2014)

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

Posted May 23, 2014

Gail Pennington

12 91%

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

13 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

14 86%

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

15 14%

Blended (2014)

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

Posted May 22, 2014

Joe Williams

16 34%

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

17 62%

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

18 73%

Godzilla (2014)

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

Posted May 15, 2014

Joe Williams

19 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

20 79%

Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Penny Dreadful is great at what it does, and hard-core fans of the genre, those who dismissed American Horror Story as too lighthearted, will probably love it "

Posted May 13, 2014

Gail Pennington

21 31%

Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" That's the problem with this Rosemary's Baby - we know everything, or can easily guess. "

Posted May 13, 2014

Gail Pennington

22 16%

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

"There are songs, by a motley crew of tunesmiths who include Bryan Adams, but except for a showstopper tailor-made for Short, they don't make much of an impact. Ditto for the script ..."

Posted May 8, 2014

Joe Williams

23 73%

Neighbors (2014)

""Neighbors" is a showcase for Rogen and a coming-out party for Byrne. It's a party where we want to stay, until we're dragged out kicking and screaming."

Posted May 8, 2014

Joe Williams

24 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"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."

Posted May 8, 2014

Joe Williams

25 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"While Allen emerges from this mash-up relatively unscathed, Turturro as an implausible male prostitute gets maimed at the intersection of comedy and drama."

Posted May 8, 2014

Joe Williams

26 84%

24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014)

" Half the hours. Twice the mayhem. "

Posted May 6, 2014

Gail Pennington

27 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

""Only Lovers Left Alive" breathes new and intriguing life into the vampire genre."

Posted May 1, 2014

Calvin Wilson

28 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

""The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is easy to watch but hard to pin down, like a creature with eight legs going in different directions."

Posted May 1, 2014

Joe Williams

29 25%

Black Box: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This is, hands down, the worst series of the year, with the most annoying lead character in a season with many annoying lead characters. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Gail Pennington

30 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"The holes in the story are papered over with such beautiful photographs that few viewers could complain."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Joe Williams

31 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

""The Railway Man" is a polished locomotive that never builds up steam or deviates from its timetable."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Joe Williams

32 54%

Salem: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" What Salem is, though, is a surprisingly smart, well-executed and extremely scary new spin on a familiar trope. Enjoy it if you dare. "

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Gail Pennington

33 97%

Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Orphan Black is a very dense show, and I mean that in a good way. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Gail Pennington

34 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Visually stunning but virtually indecipherable ..."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Calvin Wilson

35 8%

A Haunted House 2 (2014)

"This send-up of current horror movies is a go-for-broke hoot, a hot mess of a comedy that doesn't have a lick of sense. And knowing that going in adds to the often knee-slapping laughs."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Kevin C. Johnson

36 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

37 58%

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

38 46%

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

39 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

40 86%

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

41 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

42 74%

Oculus (2014)

"It's never actually scary."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Kevin C. Johnson

43 62%

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

44 79%

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

45 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

46 96%

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

47 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

48 75%

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

49 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

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

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Joe Williams

50 89%

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

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