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

M. E. Russell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Howl's Moving Castle
Lowest review score: 0 Underclassman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 413
413 movie reviews
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    We end up with a piece of B-grade junk in which Elektra exchanges "banter" with the unexceptional Prout between fight scenes so badly shot that even Garner looks like a stunt double.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 33 M. E. Russell
    Shrill, unfunny third installment.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    It's meant to be funny, but I couldn't help thinking they were figuring out where to plant the pipe bombs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    Scratch the surface, and the movie's underpinnings are an insult to women everywhere -- the film is slick stupid propaganda for the myth of The One True Love that wastes the talents of fine actresses.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    Is there anything more depressing than when middlebrow filmmakers decide to remake bona fide classics that did not, under any circumstances, need to be remade?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    In small doses, this looks kind of cool. For two hours, it's excruciating.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    Fonda, playing grandmother to this clan of narcissists, is the only one who keeps her dignity. She's funny and low-key and deserves better comeback material than this and "Monster-in-Law." The other two actresses are humiliated.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    Might actually be the stupidest movie with good intentions that I've ever seen.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    At what point does The Condemned turn from a stupid-fun action movie into something unpleasant and hypocritical?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    I could see people enjoying Dan in Real Life, I guess -- the scenery is nice and the people are pretty and the songs are cute little emotion substitutes. But Dan? Buddy? It's not all about you.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    I can see how Mamma Mia! might be a fun stage musical. As a movie musical, it's a train wreck.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    Social justice is never an excuse for bad art. In fact, one could argue that a really bad movie about a really important subject is twice the artistic crime -- because, however well-intentioned, it trivializes human suffering while squandering a teaching opportunity.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    Spoiler alert: It can leave you feeling kind of empty and sad! It's pretty, icky and boring all at once, and feels like nothing so much as an unusually depressing Ban du Soleil commercial.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    The deadly dull action-comedy Identity Thief is an infuriating waste of time, on all sides of camera and screen. I did not know I could yawn angrily. This movie somehow proved it possible.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    Unfortunately, the movie is the worst sort of liar: an unfunny one. Its gormless, assertion-free protagonist offends as a role model for idio youths, and, even worse, offends as drama.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    It's trying to fill some perceived market void created by the end of "Harry Potter."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    Freedomland is the worst kind of bad movie: one that thinks it's important.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 M. E. Russell
    It's horrible. It's wretched. It's Limburger pickled in castor oil.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 16 M. E. Russell
    The movie is a septic tank of vapid noir posturing, bad narration, bizarre pacing, cartoonishly hot femme fatales and ineptly staged slapstick.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 16 M. E. Russell
    It's pathetic.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 16 M. E. Russell
    Endless and tedious. It's also written-in-crayon, smack-your-face dumb, and edited so that every other shot is a close-up of a flailing limb.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 8 M. E. Russell
    Although it contains crime and absurdity, it's not thrilling or funny and the title doesn't refer to a gun.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 8 M. E. Russell
    I was stunned to learn that "Beth Cooper" was adapted by former "Simpsons" writer Larry Doyle from his young-adult novel and directed by "Harry Potter" helmer Chris Columbus. Rarely have two seasoned Hollywood professionals produced something so painfully, amateurishly, relentlessly unfunny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 8 M. E. Russell
    Scenes will wander from gross-out gag to sentimental schmaltz to pervy leer to cheap nostalgia within a 30-second span, utterly free of clear directorial guidance. Even worse, very little of it is remotely funny.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 8 M. E. Russell
    The Ringer is appalling.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 M. E. Russell
    Once in a great while -- usually late August -- a movie comes along that's so lame, it doesn't deserve a bad review. It deserves a war-crimes tribunal. Ladies and gentlemen, Underclassman is that special film.

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