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 The Beauty Academy of Kabul
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Three stories in one. This might be two stories too many.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    After the initial charm wears off, the whole thing gets check-your-text-messages dull.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Unlike its predecessors, this one doesn't even try to aspire to myth. It aspires only to merchandising.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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."
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    What damage could Michael Bay inflict on Jason Voorhees that earlier producers hadn't already inflicted on everyone's favorite hockey-masked serial killer? Well, Bay could make Jason Voorhees ... boring.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 M. E. Russell
    Director R.W. Goodwin (an "X-Files" vet) makes a fatal mistake: He never takes a clear stance on the material he's spoofing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    Unfortunately, the filmmakers failed to replace sex, splatter and cursing with sharp dialogue, characters and plotting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    Shrill, unfunny third installment.
    • 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?"
    • 41 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    There's almost nothing to Battleship beyond its grindingly dull, digitally rendered naval warfare.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    Spoiler alert: It can leave you feeling kind of empty and sad! It's pretty, icky and boring all at once, and feels like nothing so much as an unusually depressing Ban du Soleil commercial.