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 Howl's Moving Castle
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Are Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay getting tired of their own shtick?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Chris Rock probably has a solid writer/director effort in him. This isn't it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Hilariously, gut-bustingly, mind-blowingly, jaw-droppingly stupid.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Unfortunately, the film loses its merciless rage toward the end, devolving into a stock and broadly comic thriller about unpleasant people you never quite get to know.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    As satire, it doesn't add up -- but it's an admirable, if dull, experiment.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Keaton offers glimpses of a directorial gift, but this odd little piece feels like a warm-up for something more compelling.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Does have its charms. While the videography and most of the supporting performances are amateurish, Clark and Caland are winning actors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    This will personally go down as the flick that really made me realize how much I hate CGI stunts.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    That cast is precisely what makes the new Arthur so frustrating.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Freeman and Nicholson mostly stand in front of special-effects green screens and have the locales projected, like they're in a "Road" picture.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The film is competent without being spectacular or thrilling.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    For starters, everything's grimy and humorless in a way that infects even Aniston.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The dialogue is dippy. And there's no real suspense: The filmmakers are so deadly earnest about the power of music and love and all that stuff, you just twiddle your thumbs waiting for the inevitable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Do yourself a favor. Rent "My Bodyguard" instead.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Surprisingly dull.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The drama is telegraphed and glossy and un-fascinating; the edges have been belt-sanded until any camp value is lost. And it's filmed in that "Moulin Rouge"/"Chicago" style where you see half a dance move before the shot cuts -- which somehow makes a lot of difficult, sexy work seem simultaneously frenetic and boring.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Feels like a movie that wants to bare its fangs, but only manages a mild gumming.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    If anyone could take a movie about a bunch of jerks who play poker and make it interesting, it should be Curtis Hanson. Or rather, it should have been.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Modest in every sense but one: Its cast is huge.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The movie gets just enough right that the things it doesn't get right (beyond its overdependence on a not-so-surprising story puzzle) smack you cold in the face.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Sporadically funny, bland, talent-wasting junk.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Kind of a drag.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    In drama, tone, character and examination of the social issues tormenting these kids, Wassup Rockers is . . . taxing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    I love that fanboys fought for Fanboys. Unfortunately, their passion was misplaced.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Transplanting so much of the original story to a 21st-century setting only amplifies how badly the story has aged.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Putting it another way: When spoofs of bad singing and songwriting are the sharpest arrows in your quiver, and your politics are diluted until they hit about as hard as someone sticking their tongue out, your satire has a problem.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    I appreciate that talented people wanted to honor Shelly by making this film. They likely would have better honored her by mounting her script as a play.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Quality-wise, the crime drama Broken City lives in a frustrating mid-range area: It's too complex and competently crafted to dismiss as junk -- but it's also nowhere near sharp enough to work as the serious grown-up detective movie it clearly wants to be.

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