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

M. E. Russell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Black Snake Moan
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Jim Carrey kills it every time he shows up in his supporting role as street magician Steve Gray.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    There's a potentially innovative teen comedy in here somewhere, but it's surrounded by one that's much duller.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    It's been fascinating to watch the "intellectual" subgenre of the serial-killer movie -- the one where poetic evil geniuses elude the cops while leaving trails of art-directed crime scenes -- run out of ideas and start feeding on itself.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Has a surprising number of problems: dire scripting, sloppy plotting and coffee-jittery editing, for starters. But its biggest problem is that Blade himself takes a back seat to a host of new and mostly uninteresting characters.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Boring and fundamentally silly.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    By the film's end, you feel like you've spent two hours rapidly changing channels between a WB sitcom, the gospel-choir segments of the "Ladykillers" remake, an episode of "Law & Order" and a Mexican soap opera.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    A mild disaster.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    I'm all for hearty theological debate. But this is intellectual suicide. Even worse, it's boring intellectual suicide.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Beyond a couple of cool guns and one long, gory, clever first-person shot, Doom is something the video games have never been: dull.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Firewall does more to destroy my desire to see a new Indiana Jones movie than anything the aging process could conjure.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    A few bodies pile up. Surprisingly little sex is had. And given that Catherine's true nature was revealed at the end of the first "Basic," the mystery seems superfluous.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Poseidon '06 is spectacularly noisy, uninteresting and character-free.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Good intentions and strong thespians aside, Seidelman's writing and filmmaking are bland, obvious and uninvolving.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Has some good laughs courtesy of its cast -- but they're basically papering over a script that's masquerading as urbane and trenchant, when it's really self-involved and didactic and more than a little foolish.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Fans of Franken's wittier print and broadcast work might smile. But I haven't seen this much smug, awkward laughter and bathos since, well, "Man of the Year."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    The writing is lazy, the movie focuses on all the wrong things and the tone lurches unpleasantly between gum-soft comedy and lukewarm thriller.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Grint's role is larger and more "mature" than we've seen from him. During his adventures, Ben is seduced by a Scottish lit-festival flack (Michelle Duncan). But in some ways, his work is more limited here than it is in the "Potter" films. I have no idea why so many people consider Ben worth fighting for, or over.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Other than its overwrought Herod-Antipas scenes, The Nativity Story sticks so closely to the text that it's a total snooze.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Director Stefen Fangmeier, a well-regarded special-effects man and second-unit director ("Master and Commander," "Galaxy Quest") does a superb job visualizing the CGI dragon. But Fangmeier is working with a script without a single memorable line and far too many characters and creatures with silly names.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    An unfunny, undramatic comedy-drama that asks us to care about lying idiots making implausible choices.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Norbit might have worked if it had fully committed to being over the top or made Rasputia the lead character and found the human inside the cartoon. Instead, the movie doesn't give us anyone to care about.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    It gives me no pleasure to report that Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters is fairly excruciating to sit through -- because I'm writing this as a fan of the TV series that spawned the movie.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Joins the growing list of blandly made erotic thrillers that contain no eroticism, few thrills and fewer likable characters.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    The uneven filmmaking renders Minot's ideas impossibly trite.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    The romance is boring. Everything is blandly good-looking. The emotional beats are so programmed, you can predict the entrance of every single note of the Philip Glass dirge of a score. And the title means nothing beyond its double-entendre.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Lopez can't decide if she's playing Lavoe's victim or enabler -- the movie sort of half blames her -- and neither of her characters is likable. The music's lovely, though.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    It's a cartoon that thinks it isn't one.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    There are two solid sight gags and funny supporting work by Amy Poehler as a boozy publicist.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    At the end of Martian Child, we're told the movie is "inspired by actual events." But the movie isn't even fully inspired by David Gerrold's source novel that was inspired by actual events.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    The movie is not so much horrible as it is drab -- from its lazy plotting to its uninspired yuks to its cop-out ending to its relentlessly yellow-brown sets. "Mad Money" does little more than take up space, and you will be two hours closer to the grave when you leave the theater.