M. E. Russell

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For 413 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

M. E. Russell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Host
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 M. E. Russell
    A dry, vicious and deeply moving little comedy that sort of takes the structure of a teen sports movie, then undermines that structure at every turn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 M. E. Russell
    De la Iglesia is a mercilessly agile talent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 M. E. Russell
    It's one of the great horror films of recent years -- and a welcome antidote to the in-your-face sonic assaults that all too often pass for genre fare.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Miller's global harmonizing never feels preachy -- he's too busy cramming Happy Feet with enough entertainment for three movies.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The film is a minor Christmas miracle: It succeeds on its own terms, despite the gossip hounds' best blood-sniffing efforts, and dares to be an entertainment rather than a statement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    A terrific midnight movie of the future -- a tough, funny, fast-moving and tightly constructed John Carpenter riff in which a bickering group fights a pack of space monsters in and around a single location.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    If you're an actual adult who likes old-school Westerns, this won't disappoint you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Odd, beautiful and ambitious film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Maybe the best thing about Stranger Than Fiction is the way it extracts unexpected work from underrated actors.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The film continues the tone that "Half-Blood Prince" set: we're leaving childish things behind, and human and magical concerns are starting to mingle in a grown-up way. When "Part 2" hits theaters eight months from now, I suspect I'll appreciate the buildup to a (literally) explosive finale. It's going to be a long wait.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Other than flubbing the dismount, Stick It is smarter and funnier than it has any right to be.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    It's one of the few genuinely funny comedies in a dismal movie summer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Submarine pulls off a nice little feat: It's a reference-heavy coming-of-age indie flick that feels fresh despite being, well, a reference-heavy coming-of-age indie flick.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The Other Guys finds McKay back to trying something wildly ambitious with his comedy, and largely succeeding.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Daniel Day-Lewis may be one of our great actors, but he trips over a few Method-acting speed bumps in wife Rebecca Miller's third writer-director effort.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Despite dancing between a story and a story within a story, something seems simple and effortless about Ten Canoes. Director Rolf de Heer and his all-Yolngu cast offer a take on tribal life that's warm, funny and powerfully alive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Sneaks up on you. At first, it plays like it might be another in a long line of dullish legal thrillers. But then, in its modest, grown-up way, it keeps getting better and better.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The movie's as casual as its lead characters' approach to changing history; it's also lewdly and frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious -- especially if you wasted any of your youth watching a certain brand of '80s comedy schlock on HBO at 2 a.m.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Although the drama suffers from the episodic story structure, Zathura feels less like "Jumanji" and more like a really great episode of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" TV series.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Though it somehow manages to be a movie about inner peace with crazy, incredibly staged fight scenes every 10 minutes, it is, first and foremost, a movie about inner peace.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Fox uses her earth-tone-clad, Ivy-League-schooled characters the way Jane Austen used hers: taking their privileged, rigid social structures and building a stage to explore deeper human problems.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    One of the best movies playing in Portland is, I kid you not, a loopy dramatic thriller starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    O'Toole just keeps turning up the volume, and it's thrilling to watch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The movie's perfectly understated, warts-and-all sense of time and place will send any suburban Gen Xer in the audience flashing right back to their less-cautious days, when mix tapes did heavy lifting as calling cards.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The funny and powerfully weird Rango is probably the closest I've seen a big-budget, computer-animated feature get to the comic vibe of my favorite Chuck Jones cartoons -- specifically, the Bugs/Porky Western spoof "Drip-Along Daffy."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The film is exquisite on every level, full of sadness and emotional surprise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Hugely entertaining.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The only scenes that felt "actorly" come when the pair drunkenly crash an ex-girlfriend's wedding party. Otherwise, The Messenger has a verisimilitude rare in films tackling this subject matter.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    The movie unfolds in the uplifting manner you'd expect, but its real pleasures lie in its terrific '60s pop-soul soundtrack and especially in its frequently funny performances.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 83 M. E. Russell
    Paul "Surfer Boy" Walker turns in a very credible action performance if you give him a Jersey accent, cover him in grime and beat the ever-loving tar out of him for two hours.

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