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 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's a brisk, though laugh-imbalanced, B-comedy with a hard R.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The movie is well-acted and a bit frustrating, but also a pleasant little surprise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's got a big heart and high spirits on a low budget and actors who refuse to phone it in.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Oblivion is Moebius-comic gorgeous and it sounds great, especially the loud, nervewracking honks the drones make when they're weighing whether or not to shoot you. I suppose that's a surface appeal. But it's a nice surface.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Ends up being one of those heartbreaking movies that gets off to a promising start but never quite creaks to life, despite everyone's obvious best efforts.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    The verdict? Could have been worse. Yes, it's a slightly hollow endorsement, but Guess Who is probably worth your matinee/pub-theater dollar.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Sadly, director Jaume Serra has taken the Gothic premise of a madman casting his living victims in wax and, no doubt at the behest of copycat-hungry producers, turned House of Wax into yet another teens-versus-hillbillies slasher flick
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Despite some fast-paced direction by Wes Craven, Red Eye finally gets so silly, it's practically popping its wing-rivets.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Competently done and harmless enough to entertain the tots. It's just that the movie's kind of . . . sparse.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    For every gag that flies there are at least one-and-a-half that don't.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Sets up a situation so weird, it's almost weirder that Rob Reiner directs it as a cookie-cutter romantic comedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Eraser-dull.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    This is a totally predictable exercise if you're not in the target market.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    RV
    With the exception of one long improv riff on a campground basketball court, Williams nicely underplays his role. Unfortunately, Sonnenfeld also underplays his. We should expect more of him.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Succeeds only in fits and starts.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Super Ex does have a certain low-key, adult-contemporary charm. It's almost entirely because of Luke Wilson.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Feels less like a movie and more like a Tony Robbins motivational seminar.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    By gilding the lily so shamelessly, Ewing and Grady guarantee they'll preach only to the converted.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Seraphim isn't totally satisfying, even if you're prepared for an arty Western. It's pokey and odd in a distant, slightly self-conscious way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Dramatizes and occasionally overdramatizes Albert's 24-year career. For a while, it's a study of a decent man who puts his life into compartments so he can do terrible deeds.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    14-year-old girls will dig its amiable energy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    This is a perfectly serviceable thriller. It's just not the New York family crime saga it clearly wants to be.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    It's almost like you're watching a 100-minute trailer for a much better six-hour miniseries.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    The humor tends toward the mildly crass -- bare buttocks and inappropriate scratching are Schwimmer's go-to comedy staples -- and the story is ridiculous. But Pegg, who co-wrote the script, plays to his strengths. You can't help but root for the loser.

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