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 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 The Fountain
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Starts well, builds drama and then proceeds to fly sort of crazily off the rails.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    The surfing scenes are gorgeous and overwhelming. But the rest of the film...
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    The movie's anchored by a strong lead performance and a steady sense of humor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    I'm not sure if parents will be counting out each of Shorts 89 minutes or not, begging for it to end, but I'm guessing 8-year-olds will absolutely love it, because Rodriguez isn't talking down to them or using pop-culture references in place of actual gags; he's making what might be called eye-level children's entertainment.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Minkoff lets the fight scenes go on for a while, which is nice, and all the best bits are in the middle, when Jackie and Jet spend a lot of time playing off each other.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    This makes "Eli" sort of wonderfully silly toward the end, as if the Hughes brothers set out to make the first-ever faith-based "Mad Max" movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    By gilding the lily so shamelessly, Ewing and Grady guarantee they'll preach only to the converted.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    It's almost like you're watching a 100-minute trailer for a much better six-hour miniseries.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Your 12-and-unders will dig it, and it might even serve as a sort of movie-Bookmobile and get them to read a little history, or at least a little Wikipedia. But otherwise it's utterly dispensable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    There's pleasure to be found in the resolute offbeatness of Henry's Crime. It's nearly as concerned with the play as it is with the heist (and with drawing parallels between the two).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Jaa's performance as Tien is mostly wordless and humorless.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    It's inoffensive and shiny and competent and kids will dig it, and I can already barely remember a single thing that happened.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Succeeds only in fits and starts.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    I still kind of find myself admiring the actor, and the film. Love Guru is insane and self-indulgent but also fully committed, and there's a surprising undercurrent of earnestness to its philosophy portions.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    For every gag that flies there are at least one-and-a-half that don't.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    In the films at least, there's something so naked about the Potter/Percy story parallels that's it's hard not to sit there as a viewer and get distracted playing connect the dots.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Performances are for the most part strong, especially Seyfried's, and Kusama uses Fox well, making the most of the actress' blank-eyed arrogance. It's not a performance that suggests a lot of range, but it's fun to watch.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    A comedy that's only kind of funny some of the time.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The dialogue is almost primitive at times, almost every female character is an idiot and McConaughey grossly overplays the bachelor-sleazeball antics at the beginning.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    As pointless suspense exercises go, The Strangers at least gets off to a good start.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    When it sticks to its central flirtation, the latest movie based on a Nicholas Sparks romance, The Lucky One, is blandly pleasant enough.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Nicolas Cageologists will be sad to hear that he's entirely too normal in National Treasure -- he's mildly funny but doesn't make any of the kooky dramatic choices (needless accents, ranting about the orifices of Greek gods) that made his other Bruckheimer performances so much fun to watch.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The end result is mediocre, slightly sloppy and a mild waste of a great cast.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    King is good enough that you can't help but root for her. But frankly, I can't imagine paying full ticket price plus concessions for that privilege.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    It's not a disaster: Branagh is an actor's director, and there are biting moments throughout and solid performances from Caine and Law.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    You might be better off reading the book and imagining Nolte as Socrates.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The fun thing about Eclipse is watching Lautner emerge as the Han Solo of this series, getting all the laughs and calling Edward and Bella on their preciousness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The movie never recovers from its cheesy center.

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