M. E. Russell
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For 413 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

M. E. Russell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 M. E. Russell
    In the year's least surprising news, Toy Story 3 continues Pixar's near-perfect streak.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 M. E. Russell
    As a study of a predator, "Evil" is fascinating and enraging.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 M. E. Russell
    It's a relentless finale to the "Bourne" movie trilogy that raises the stakes, pumps up the action and develops old characters while introducing new villains
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 M. E. Russell
    The Host isn't just a terrific monster movie. This South Korean box-office smash is also a laugh-out-loud comedy and a surprisingly angry political satire.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 M. E. Russell
    It's the best kind of complaint. You can see why the $50 million man refers to something he gave away as "the best single day of my career."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 M. E. Russell
    Nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature, it's deeply humane and even more deeply unsettling, in a way that most documentaries about Iraq, which tend toward the polemic, never manage.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Raimi as a filmmaker is clearly having more fun than he's had in years. So will his fans.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    One of this year's funniest movies -- and its most inspirational sports drama -- is a documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    If you're willing to do the work, Triad Election pays you in tragedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 M. E. Russell
    Isn't easy to watch, but it's beautifully written and acted, with a sharp eye for the small embarrassments of divorce.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 M. E. Russell
    Nair takes mostly low-key material about a traditional Indian family raising kids in America and turns it into something sensual, funny and quietly devastating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 M. E. Russell
    It's one of the great horror films of recent years -- and a welcome antidote to the in-your-face sonic assaults that all too often pass for genre fare.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Despite dancing between a story and a story within a story, something seems simple and effortless about Ten Canoes. Director Rolf de Heer and his all-Yolngu cast offer a take on tribal life that's warm, funny and powerfully alive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    A funny and sincere indie about what happens when an acerbic teen finds herself "in a fat suit I can't take off."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 M. E. Russell
    It's one of the best and strangest films of Miyazaki's career.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    I wish Zenovich wasn't forced to skate surfaces when it comes to Polanski's perspective -- his interviews are vague and archival -- but she skillfully works around him to craft a maddening look at one of Hollywood's most infamous trials.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 M. E. Russell
    By an order of magnitude --- the strongest (or at least the most mature, subtle and emotional) entry in the series thus far.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Miller's global harmonizing never feels preachy -- he's too busy cramming Happy Feet with enough entertainment for three movies.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The only scenes that felt "actorly" come when the pair drunkenly crash an ex-girlfriend's wedding party. Otherwise, The Messenger has a verisimilitude rare in films tackling this subject matter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It is provocative, smartly made and truly independent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    I just wish the movie wasn't also so monologue-choked, muted to a fault and fond of oversimplifying financial lingo to the point of meaninglessness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Submarine pulls off a nice little feat: It's a reference-heavy coming-of-age indie flick that feels fresh despite being, well, a reference-heavy coming-of-age indie flick.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The funny and powerfully weird Rango is probably the closest I've seen a big-budget, computer-animated feature get to the comic vibe of my favorite Chuck Jones cartoons -- specifically, the Bugs/Porky Western spoof "Drip-Along Daffy."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    A terrific midnight movie of the future -- a tough, funny, fast-moving and tightly constructed John Carpenter riff in which a bickering group fights a pack of space monsters in and around a single location.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The juxtapositions can be beautiful: haunting music played over a water-streaked windshield, a deaf student awakening to the "feeling" of sound, Glennie staring ferociously at a gong as she extracts its vibrations.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Bridesmaids follows the lead of other Apatow productions and finds much of its comedy in pain, horrifying awkwardness and the difficult work that goes into building and maintaining relationships. If you liked this in "Knocked Up," you'll probably like it here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 M. E. Russell
    Unpretentiously fantastic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    In their best moments, Hark's action movies have a what-did-I-just-see giddiness, as if their choreography were springing straight from a cartoon id. Though I could have done without much of the film's CGI-heavy fakery, "Detective Dee" finds that giddiness more than a few times.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Lawrence steps up. And her character's fierce independence provides a welcome alternative to certain vampire-fixated young-adult heroines who define themselves entirely through the attention of much-much-older men.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Waitress is strange and sexy and personal and wonderful -- a weird little slice of pure feeling -- and it's horrible that Shelly never got the chance to see it delight a mass audience.

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