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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

M. E. Russell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Oldboy
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    At one point during the big race, the kids get passed at close range by a team of pros so seasoned, they wrote the navigation software the kids use. I was begging the camera crew to follow them.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    An extremely weird and frustrating viewing experience. I think it's that way because Eastwood, 78, can't be bothered to wrangle the vast material into a tighter shape.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The movie gets just enough right that the things it doesn't get right (beyond its overdependence on a not-so-surprising story puzzle) smack you cold in the face.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    I love that fanboys fought for Fanboys. Unfortunately, their passion was misplaced.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The Rock charms you through the worst of it, but the effects are cheap, the dialogue is about as challenging as a "Hannah Montana" episode, and the pace manages to be both brisk and numbing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    This will personally go down as the flick that really made me realize how much I hate CGI stunts.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The dialogue is almost primitive at times, almost every female character is an idiot and McConaughey grossly overplays the bachelor-sleazeball antics at the beginning.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Keaton offers glimpses of a directorial gift, but this odd little piece feels like a warm-up for something more compelling.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    I appreciate that talented people wanted to honor Shelly by making this film. They likely would have better honored her by mounting her script as a play.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Fine moments, images and performances stand cheek-by-jowl with the clich├ęd, the on-the-nose and the slightly dopey.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Imaginary Heroes feels like an endless series of wakes, awkward cocktail conversations and teen house parties, which would be fine if Harris wrote less cartoony dialogue.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Nicolas Cageologists will be sad to hear that he's entirely too normal in National Treasure -- he's mildly funny but doesn't make any of the kooky dramatic choices (needless accents, ranting about the orifices of Greek gods) that made his other Bruckheimer performances so much fun to watch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Carrey fearlessly gives it his best shot, but this fundamental schizophrenia strong-armed me out of the film, and left me feeling like McGregor's more grounded performance existed in another movie entirely.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The fun thing about Eclipse is watching Lautner emerge as the Han Solo of this series, getting all the laughs and calling Edward and Bella on their preciousness.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Does have its charms. While the videography and most of the supporting performances are amateurish, Clark and Caland are winning actors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The new footage adds almost nothing and feels like a lame, double-dipping cash-grab.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    You might be better off reading the book and imagining Nolte as Socrates.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Unsurprisingly, the formulaic "Breakfast Club" casting yields a formulaic narrative.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    King is good enough that you can't help but root for her. But frankly, I can't imagine paying full ticket price plus concessions for that privilege.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Still, this feels like minor Phillips to me -- something in the neighborhood of 2006's "School for Scoundrels," quality-wise, though with a much grimmer heart.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The drama is telegraphed and glossy and un-fascinating; the edges have been belt-sanded until any camp value is lost. And it's filmed in that "Moulin Rouge"/"Chicago" style where you see half a dance move before the shot cuts -- which somehow makes a lot of difficult, sexy work seem simultaneously frenetic and boring.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    That cast is precisely what makes the new Arthur so frustrating.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Surprisingly dull.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    A modestly charming family crowd-pleaser despite too-broad characterizations by many in the supporting cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Dolphin Tale is inoffensive enough -- little kids will probably dig it -- and I'm not suggesting that family-friendly docudramas should tightly conform to real life. But when they do embellish, they should distill the story into something more compelling, rather than watering it down with pleasant-but-utterly-forgettable inspirational boilerplate.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    To my thinking, this splendid low-key bummer of a ghost story was eventually undermined by the film's increasing reliance on shock-scares, in which something suddenly and noisily jumps into the frame, over and over and over.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The end result is mediocre, slightly sloppy and a mild waste of a great cast.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    When it sticks to its central flirtation, the latest movie based on a Nicholas Sparks romance, The Lucky One, is blandly pleasant enough.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The movie's excessive and logistically goofy in a way "Taken" wasn't.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Quality-wise, the crime drama Broken City lives in a frustrating mid-range area: It's too complex and competently crafted to dismiss as junk -- but it's also nowhere near sharp enough to work as the serious grown-up detective movie it clearly wants to be.

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