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

M. E. Russell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Deliver Us from Evil
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Ends up feeling like the sort of leisurely man's-man adventure movie you used to be able to catch on Sunday afternoon TV.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Conrad seems to have used whatever clout he got from "The Pursuit of Happyness" to fund something personal and sincere -- a story that's ultimately about victories of character and suppressing your worst impulses.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    If I believed in the concept of "guilty pleasures," I'd classify "Centurion" as one, but I think I maybe just kind of enjoyed it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    In a film marketplace where even the best superhero movies tend to do a lot of the same stuff, I really admire Will Smith and bad-boy director Peter Berg for trying something different.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    No one joyfully embraces this absurdity better than Michael Sheen. The actor finds a ridiculous-yet-perfect way to deliver every single second of his performance as head of the global vampire council -- He's all over the film's finale. It's fantastic.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The final third...is so overblown and anticlimactic that it finally gets you thinking about empty profundity and loose ends.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    This movie is a powerfully silly brain vacation. It's a by-the-numbers underdogs vs. bullies comedy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Bacon's mature performance serves a story that's considerably less sophisticated than he is, making The Woodsman less "brave" and more a slightly better-made movie of the week.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's pleasantly funny, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, from start to finish, even when it's staging broad, easy gags about baby barf and fat kids.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It all sort of plays out like "Law and Order: Spiritual Victims Unit," but the movie's stuffed (some might say overstuffed) with wonderfully staged moments and set pieces.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    If you find the film's xenophobic undercurrents distasteful, take solace in this: Taken was co-written and directed by the Frenchmen responsible for "District B13," so at least the xenophobia is imported.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The movie is directed with real confidence by Batmanglij. He lets his actors breathe, builds suspense in one group-purge brainwashing scene, and lets the mystery unfold in an immersive way that's probably a bit more compelling than its actual scripted payoff deserves.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Wiseman's PG-13 remake isn't as funny, or vivid, or splatter-tastic. It contains no mutants, inflating heads, trips to Mars, or freaky little psychic dudes named "Kuato" emerging from people's stomachs. But it does a decent job setting up an unsubtle dystopia.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The film sort of loses its touch when it gets "dramatic" toward the end -- it's the type of flick where the sky gets overcast when everyone is sad -- but it's hard to argue with the movie's general good spirits.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's great to see The Rock re-embracing the action genre, and when his clobbering match with Diesel finally happens, it's as outlandishly room-wrecking as I'd hoped.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, is . . . well . . . not terrible. In fact, "Rise of the Silver Surfer" is roughly 300 percent less cringe-inducing than its predecessor.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's all mildly uplifting in the way of an unchallenging sermon.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The King feels like a morality play without any morals.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    At its best, Prisoners dwells on the ways the characters affected by the case are held mentally captive -- by conviction, compulsion, procedure, skewed beliefs, rage, and grief -- and how each character's blind spot and/or maniacal focus furthers or frustrates the search for the girls.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's a brisk, though laugh-imbalanced, B-comedy with a hard R.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The movie's still quite affecting -- in part because of its simple, old-school earnestness, but mostly because Stolzl does white-knuckle work behind the camera to make you feel the height, pain and awe of the grueling ascent, and the bottomless terror and exhaustion after everything goes horribly, horribly wrong.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Rockwell is spectacular here, infusing Victor with a charm that makes you root for him despite the essentially sleazy con-man emptiness of his existence.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    By film's end, you've enjoyed a middle-of-the-road episode of the series, basically. And as usual, Deputy Trudy and Lt. Dangle are getting the best lines while about one-third of the jokes hit their marks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Has a shocking anger and force.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Horror fans should still seek the film out for Dren -- one of the most striking abominations to hit the big screen in a while.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Turteltaub has a workmanlike touch and an easy sense of humor here, and he and his team do a better-than-expected job of keeping you interested in the story, despite it being yet another Tale of a Reluctant Young Man With A Supernatural Hero's Calling.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's fun junk. And it doesn't satisfy. Dot the I is a weird, pretty film with a dumb script, a skilled cast and a good twist, plus one hot sex scene and one brilliant scene-chew by D'Arcy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    While it's focused on the people -- on men who never had mentors struggling to mentor themselves and each other -- the movie works as a smart B film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The sequel has all the merits and demerits of its predecessor, only with a less-snarly antagonist, a more thoughtful final showdown and broader Holmes/Watson relationship jokes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Night at the Museum ends up being a pretty fun all-ages comedy -- if you can survive its first 20 minutes.

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