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 Hustle & Flow
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    In the parlance of the kids today, the movie totally goes there.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Lawrence steps up. And her character's fierce independence provides a welcome alternative to certain vampire-fixated young-adult heroines who define themselves entirely through the attention of much-much-older men.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Barrymore is terrific with her actors, finding moments for even the smallest supporting players.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    It's charming, funny, exceedingly well-made and features enough comically thrilling flying-lizard mayhem to cause your child's head to lightly explode.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Director Kim Ji-woon creates a funny, fast-moving pastiche of Spielberg, Woo, Leone and George Miller, but it's really a must-see for its three big action set pieces -- which go on for a million years each and become almost hallucinatory.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    A funny and sincere indie about what happens when an acerbic teen finds herself "in a fat suit I can't take off."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Watts is a champ for seeing this through now that she's actually famous.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Director Tony Scott's runaway-train action flick Unstoppable is semi-remarkable for what it doesn't contain.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    C.S.A. has a love-it-or-hate-it bite that probably will lead to a few passionate post-screening discussions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Waitress is strange and sexy and personal and wonderful -- a weird little slice of pure feeling -- and it's horrible that Shelly never got the chance to see it delight a mass audience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    A sweet, intelligent little movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Raimi as a filmmaker is clearly having more fun than he's had in years. So will his fans.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Despite the hot-button pedophilic story hook (I'm surprised Jeff and Hayley didn't meet on MySpace.com), Hard Candy ultimately beats with the heart of a stagier, more complicated psychological revenge picture along the lines of Roman Polanski's "Death and the Maiden."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    One of this year's funniest movies -- and its most inspirational sports drama -- is a documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    As horror movies go, The Conjuring is an extremely skillful, entertaining remix album. That's not an insult.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Gosling is excellent playing a character who's fundamentally unknowable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It's better at being droll than laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    To my thinking, the grand simplicity of the metaphor is a big part of In Time's oddly retro sci-fi charm. Niccol is practicing the old-school craft of making a barn-broad alternate-reality that forces you to think about the way we all consensually agree to participate in systems -- even when those systems are hopelessly screwed up.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    This isn't a crime comedy, exactly. It's a slightly absurd, minimalist noir, in the ZIP code of "Blood Simple" and "Fargo."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It's hard to argue with the movie's big heart, solid craftsmanship, likable characters, decent acting, gorgeous scenery or the fact that it's going to leave its audience blubbering and smiling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    I suspect audiences will divide sharply on the movie's wild tone shifts. I found them sort of fearless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    There is something, well, awesome about watching these vivid young women realize that music isn't always made on computers as they give their bands cool names like the Ready and get onstage after five days and ferociously sing earnest lyrics they wrote themselves.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The film's climax is a bit of a jumble, but by then Hillcoat has built his world so vibrantly that it hardly matters. And the hard-charging soundtrack -- featuring Cave, Warren Ellis, Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson -- is an absolute blast.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    A movie adapted from a novel inspired by a person who probably never existed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The movie is gorgeous to look at, the script has a killer twist and the cast is competent.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The film suffers slightly from diminishing returns -- its first third is by far its scariest -- but it's still a bold, artful take on a popular horror idea.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Ultimately, it's a formulaic sports movie for kids that hits the expected dramatic beats.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Bridesmaids follows the lead of other Apatow productions and finds much of its comedy in pain, horrifying awkwardness and the difficult work that goes into building and maintaining relationships. If you liked this in "Knocked Up," you'll probably like it here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Mullan makes the journey more than worthwhile, but don't go in expecting profundity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    One of those hard-to-pin-down movies where you're not quite sure which sort of story the filmmakers wanted to tell.

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