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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Gosling is excellent playing a character who's fundamentally unknowable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Kids will enjoy the experience overall: It's a little messy and undercooked, but still vastly more imaginative and entertaining than junk like "Fred Claus."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    If I had to pick one word to describe The Great Debaters, it would be "nutritious."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It should be noted that Walk Hard is aimed at a fairly specific sort of movie subgenre -- it's practically an extended "SNL" sketch -- and it doesn't produce belly laughs so much as steady smiles of recognition over how accurately it's nailing its target. But it really nails that target.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    A surprisingly fatalistic, way-above-average ski documentary that lays out a 35-year history of the "extreme" end of the sport.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    There is something, well, awesome about watching these vivid young women realize that music isn't always made on computers as they give their bands cool names like the Ready and get onstage after five days and ferociously sing earnest lyrics they wrote themselves.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    After the terrifying grotesques that were the live-action "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Cat in the Hat," it was easy to dread a feature-length Horton Hears a Who!. But -- surprise -- the computer-animated "Horton" is largely funny and faithful to the spirit of the Dr. Seuss book.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Make no mistake: This isn't a relentless button-pushing joke machine like the best Apatow schlumpy-man comedies. I guess I'd describe it as "agreeably ribald."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Mike Terry's uncompromising fight for his principles makes for a fascinating, beautifully acted study in philosophical tension.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The movie's pretty good, occasionally very good. But I also kind of hope they don't make another one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    This is a violent, romantic, beautifully shot and performed film -- with brutal battle scenes and charisma-bomb performances by Asano as the future Khan and Honglei Sun as a rival chieftain and brother-in-arms.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    A basketball documentary where the climactic game looks like a Hong Kong wire-fu epic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    I wish Zenovich wasn't forced to skate surfaces when it comes to Polanski's perspective -- his interviews are vague and archival -- but she skillfully works around him to craft a maddening look at one of Hollywood's most infamous trials.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The surprisingly funny Role Models does three things extremely well. It gives killer roles to comic actors frequently stuck in ensembles. It directs hilariously harsh words at children and lets the children direct even harsher words back at the adults. And it's oddly determined to give a fair shake to fans of both medieval role-playing and the band Kiss.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Duplicity is perfectly titled: There isn't a second of this smart, twisty, grown-up thriller in which someone isn't lying, cheating or stealing, often from someone they claim to love.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    This is one of those comedies where the humor lies in the audacity of tone and character rather than any particular sight gag or one-liner. Same with "The Foot Fist Way," which is absolutely worth your rental dollar.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    I'm pleased to report the new Land of the Lost movie keenly understands that what was once scary is now ridiculous.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The movie's a ride, basically. It's a slick, funny buddy-flick confection about a dork (Jesse Eisenberg), a Twinkie-loving hick (Harrelson), a hottie (Emma Stone) and a sassy kid (Abigail Breslin) who bicker and bond as they drive cross-country after a zombie plague.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    If you're willing to have your patience tested, Twohy and his cast reward it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Ultimately, it's a formulaic sports movie for kids that hits the expected dramatic beats.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Kazan has a gift for letting you see her think, even when she's perfectly still; the film's title refers to the ferocious trauma happening between Ivy's ears and her silent struggle to keep it in check.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    If you can settle into its odd, low-key groove, I think you'll find it's a light pop beverage that goes down easy during one of the lamest blockbuster summers in recent memory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    I cared enough about these characters to follow "Exorcism" to tense and occasionally goofy places, even if the setup proved a bit stronger than the payoff.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    A charming Rob Reiner film that more or less works as intended.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It works as designed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    I suspect audiences will divide sharply on the movie's wild tone shifts. I found them sort of fearless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Bridesmaids follows the lead of other Apatow productions and finds much of its comedy in pain, horrifying awkwardness and the difficult work that goes into building and maintaining relationships. If you liked this in "Knocked Up," you'll probably like it here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Fassbender plays Magneto as a supercool assassin with a completely understandable set of beefs. I spent most of the movie rooting for him, and would watch a "Magneto, 1960s Nazi Hunter" sequel in a second.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    But if it's going to be diet Pixar, at least it's action-packed diet Pixar -- with overwhelming, detail-choked production design that occasionally had my jaw lowering like a forklift.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The movie is strongest when it stays with Bateman and Spacey, who play greatest-hits remixes of their best-loved performances.