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

M. E. Russell's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Black Snake Moan
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    After getting off to a decent, somewhat muted start, Skeleton Key just gets sillier and sillier and sillier until it's yet another one of those stupid, noisy thrillers where everyone's running around in a house, yelling and falling down, and you're mostly wondering why nobody bothered to call the cops.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The leads are just too good to commit fully to something this baldly formulaic. It's sad.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    For starters, everything's grimy and humorless in a way that infects even Aniston.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Unfortunately, the dialogue undermines the movie's promise.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Almost totally emotionally bankrupt. But it's a very specific form of total emotional bankruptcy, one that feels honest and even uplifting at the time, because the actors are great and the direction's well intentioned and just-so.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    It's a shame The Matador isn't a better movie, because this semi-dark comedy contains one great, cackling, self-loathing performance by Pierce Brosnan.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Suffers from the problem that plagues too many romantic comedies: The supporting characters are roughly 1,000 percent more interesting than the main characters.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    In drama, tone, character and examination of the social issues tormenting these kids, Wassup Rockers is . . . taxing.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    A comedy that's only kind of funny some of the time.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Getting worked up about John Tucker Must Die is a bit like getting worked up about the taste of flan.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The story of Dito escaping and then facing his demons is meaningful. But that story is so buried in actorly noise that it feels false.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Unfortunately, the film's charm ends with the plot gimmick.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Chris Rock probably has a solid writer/director effort in him. This isn't it.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The movie's not good, strictly speaking, but it is kind of fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    The characters devolve into boring narcissists. And the movie devolves into a broad-brush dark satire of emergency bureaucracy that feels a lot sillier than the post-9/11 panic attack of the first half-hour.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig are adequate leads, but no great actor will be more squandered this year than Jeffrey Wright, who does nothing but speak in vast paragraph blocks of exposition while looking haggard and bored.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Serious Acting Opportunities abound! Unfortunately, sharp dialogue and characters who keep you riveted do not.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    It gives me no pleasure to report that the Pimentel biopic Music Within plays like a well-intentioned TV movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Do yourself a favor. Rent "My Bodyguard" instead.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Sporadically funny, bland, talent-wasting junk.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    As pointless suspense exercises go, The Strangers at least gets off to a good start.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 M. E. Russell
    Are Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay getting tired of their own shtick?