M. E. Russell

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For 413 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

M. E. Russell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    A modestly charming family crowd-pleaser despite too-broad characterizations by many in the supporting cast.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    It's a waste of classic material. Rent "The Incredibles" and see what should have been.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The characters devolve into boring narcissists. And the movie devolves into a broad-brush dark satire of emergency bureaucracy that feels a lot sillier than the post-9/11 panic attack of the first half-hour.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Eat Pray Love is magazine-spread self-help bullcorn with the highest possible production values, and I wasn't having any of it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Bees is a movie in which a bunch of powerful African American women get their lives upended and in some cases destroyed so a little white girl can feel better about herself.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    The uneven filmmaking renders Minot's ideas impossibly trite.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    An unfunny, undramatic comedy-drama that asks us to care about lying idiots making implausible choices.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    As a chronicle of an extreme surfing subculture, Bra Boys is semi-fascinating. As a chronicle of rough-and-tumble street life, it's appallingly biased and self-glorifying.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    A movie full of actors improvising their idea of how cops in a Scorsese flick would talk. It's a special sort of cartoonishness, a hard-to-pin-down brand of emotionally grandstanding fakeness you sometimes see in movies trying way too hard to be "gritty."
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    It's a cartoon that thinks it isn't one.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    A mild disaster.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    There are two solid sight gags and funny supporting work by Amy Poehler as a boozy publicist.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Three stories in one. This might be two stories too many.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Good intentions and strong thespians aside, Seidelman's writing and filmmaking are bland, obvious and uninvolving.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    The only bright spot is Marsden, a great actor who's always stuck playing the less-desirable romantic rival (see: "The Notebook," "X-Men," "Superman Returns"). He finally gets the fun-guy role for a change and does everything he can to rip it up. He can only do so much.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Yet another mediocre-to-lame thriller shot in Portland.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Poseidon '06 is spectacularly noisy, uninteresting and character-free.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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