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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The King feels like a morality play without any morals.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's an ambitious idea that monkeys with your expectations: make a whole movie about the ugly, hurt-feelings part of the relationship that's usually disposed of in a romantic-comedy musical montage. Unfortunately, like a bad boyfriend, The Break-Up has a problem with consistency.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    As idiot car-crash movies go, "Tokyo Drift" is pretty fun, and certainly a more-than-decent entry in this franchise.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    When it works, it's decent family fun; the kids are incredibly sharp. But the script's not as sharp as they are, and not everyone brings his A-game.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    A fairly good movie about an evil subject.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The flashback itself is a romantic dramedy that's far smarter than junk like "27 Dresses." Unfortunately, to enjoy that flashback, you have to ignore two gargantuan idiocies: No sane father would twist his daughter into knots by telling this story. It's full of booze, cigarettes, infidelity and sex with women who aren't Mom.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    One doesn't want to oversell the film; you could catch it on DVD and regret nothing. But, frankly, in a marketplace that tends toward cranked-up action thrills, it's just nice to watch a level-headed crime movie aimed at actual grown-ups.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Has a shocking anger and force.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Travolta does a nice job, but Bolt is of course the most boring, blandly cute character in the movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Beautifully acted and accomplishes exactly what writer/director Alan Ball set out to accomplish.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Basically "Before Sunrise" for middle-aged people, only with less interesting conversations and a more formulaic construction.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Lymelife is more shaggy character study than rewarding narrative; its fateful final moments are self-consciously ambiguous in a way that (to me) feel almost flip, given the long dramatic build that preceded those final moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The movie still works as a clever little "Twilight Zone" episode with great production values, and it's an impressively ambitious debut for Barthes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Shrek 4 is at its best when it's sadistically doing these character remixes; you can feel the filmmakers' glee at getting to shrug off story continuity and make a mess.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    While Predators isn't nearly as vivid or fresh as the original, it's certainly its strongest sequel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's all mildly uplifting in the way of an unchallenging sermon.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Improves on the original in at least one key way: Its lead characters appear to have souls.

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