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
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    After the initial charm wears off, the whole thing gets check-your-text-messages dull.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Grabs a fistful of hot-button story elements -- race, sex, politics -- and promptly mixes them into the thriller equivalent of tapioca.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    The film is flat and false in the exact same way that director Anne Fletcher's last rom-com, "27 Dresses," was flat and false.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    The movie starts out as a potboiler with a troubling character arc; unfortunately, it ends up becoming a goofy, story-overwhelming Rube Goldberg contraption that would make the producers of the "Saw" series blush.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    The script is just all kinds of terrible. The characters are hollow mannequins telling a thin, depressing story that's less of a noir and more of a simple-minded bummer full of barely connected scenes and stunningly empty dialogue.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    To be fair, Rudd and Bell are cute and funny in their scenes together, and Rudd salvages a few laughs with his deadpan line readings.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    The process of Farrell figuring out his divine purpose finally gets so convoluted and schmaltzy, it feels less like "destiny" and more like "cruel cosmic joke."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    Unfortunately, the filmmakers failed to replace sex, splatter and cursing with sharp dialogue, characters and plotting.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    The movie's a fish-out-of-water romantic-comedy thriller that forgets to be romantic, comedic or thrilling.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    A movie of utter inconsequence -- a cinematic Listerine Strip that evaporates from the brain before you even get your popcorn tub to the trash.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    Revenge of the Fallen almost feels like it's signaling an end-game for blockbuster movies: all sensation, no content, catastrophic expense.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    The all-description storytelling leads to other problems, too, the worst being that "Boleyn" suffers from the same affliction as "The Golden Compass," where you're told about interesting stuff happening elsewhere in another movie you'd much rather be watching.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    There's almost nothing to Battleship beyond its grindingly dull, digitally rendered naval warfare.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    You end up with a movie that takes that real problem and makes it feel like an exploitation contrivance.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    Simultaneously boring and cringe-inducing; you can't decide whether to flee the theater or lightly nap.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    Why did they think anyone would want to watch a Fat Albert adaptation that can't answer a simple question: "Who is this movie for?"
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    Structurally, this is as by-the-numbers as rom-coms get, right down to the wacky best friends, played by Judy Greer and Dan Fogler. For a while, it's low-key enough to be tolerable.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    We end up with a piece of B-grade junk in which Elektra exchanges "banter" with the unexceptional Prout between fight scenes so badly shot that even Garner looks like a stunt double.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    Shrill, unfunny third installment.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    It's meant to be funny, but I couldn't help thinking they were figuring out where to plant the pipe bombs.

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