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

M. E. Russell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Oldboy
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Its easy to see why Don Cheadle wanted to play Samir Horn, the hero of the post-9/11 thriller Traitor. Cheadles face is basically a perfect delivery system for woe, sadness and internal conflict. And Samir a deep-cover operative trying to infiltrate a terrorist outfit has to make brutal Sophies Choices roughly three times a day.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Maybe the real Ernie Davis really was this perfect, but the movie plays as if the filmmakers didn't want to offend his family.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Jaa's performance as Tien is mostly wordless and humorless.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Starts well, builds drama and then proceeds to fly sort of crazily off the rails.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    I just wish the movie wasn't also so monologue-choked, muted to a fault and fond of oversimplifying financial lingo to the point of meaninglessness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    There are several things to enjoy here. The use of motel service-industry code words by the safe-house staff is dryly funny.
    • 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).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Our Idiot Brother lives in a sort of relaxed in-between place where it doesn't really bite as drama or comedy, but the movie's world-class cast and big heart push it over.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    The surfing scenes are gorgeous and overwhelming. But the rest of the film...
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Feels like a movie that wants to bare its fangs, but only manages a mild gumming.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Sporadically clever and chilling.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The movie pads the good stuff out with a bunch of mediocre mainstream-thriller junk. It takes too long to get started, it pulls some key punches, its dialogue is deeply uninteresting, it relies way too heavily on endless jump-scares and its finale is pure slasher-flick formula.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The film is competent without being spectacular or thrilling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Modest in every sense but one: Its cast is huge.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Kind of a drag.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    As satire, it doesn't add up -- but it's an admirable, if dull, experiment.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Hilariously, gut-bustingly, mind-blowingly, jaw-droppingly stupid.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The movie never recovers from its cheesy center.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    It's just another bland, junior-high-basketball riff on "The Bad News Bears" formula, one that takes every single dramatic cue from the underdog sports-movie playbook.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    It's a waste of classic material. Rent "The Incredibles" and see what should have been.

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