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 2.3 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
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Beyond the lipstick-lesbian twist, this is a formula flick, but the acting is excellent. It also has genuine laughs.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It's frustrating that a movie about a man so deathly serious about music has largely boiled his life down to addiction and adultery.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The Guardian doesn't offer too many surprises. Except for one: it's genuinely well-made and, at least when it comes to the character Ben Randall, kind of moving.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    There's something quietly but unmistakably angry underneath all the slapstick.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Vastly entertaining, slightly overlong.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Despite this familiarity-wallow, The Holiday is likable. Really likable, in fact.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The Protector is the nuttiest movie I've seen all year, and I've seen the last 20 minutes of "The Wicker Man."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    A charming Rob Reiner film that more or less works as intended.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Mostly connects with a fairly tight story -- even if it feels less like a movie and more like a really good episode of a "Shrek" TV series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    In their best moments, Hark's action movies have a what-did-I-just-see giddiness, as if their choreography were springing straight from a cartoon id. Though I could have done without much of the film's CGI-heavy fakery, "Detective Dee" finds that giddiness more than a few times.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    If I had to pick one word to describe The Great Debaters, it would be "nutritious."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    While Wolf Creek has clunky moments, when you want to slap the idiot prey until they wake up, the movie embraces a minimalism that feels refreshingly old-school in a field of slasher films drunk on self-referential wisecracks and narrative tricks. And Jarrat's jolly-creepy performance might place Mick in the pantheon of great movie killers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Arthur is sort of a dull hero, but the grandfather is classic, hilarious Aardman -- a thoroughly British eccentric prone to weird nostalgic/fatalistic utterances.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    What makes Surf's Up stand out is its look and texture.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Surprisingly charming and well-acted.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It's fascinating as an offbeat storytelling exercise.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The romance is the movie's least interesting element. But Heder's low-key, surprising charm and Thorton's gleeful wickedness at least glide the film in for a landing. You'll enjoy yourself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Boy
    Waititi is still telling stories of offbeat, semi-delusional New Zealanders, and he's still sprinkling his work with cartoonish flights of fancy -- but this time he grounds the comedy in a big-hearted, bittersweet story about a boy desperate to connect with his father.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Mike Terry's uncompromising fight for his principles makes for a fascinating, beautifully acted study in philosophical tension.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    If you approach First Snow as a straight thriller, it's not terribly satisfying.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    A basketball documentary where the climactic game looks like a Hong Kong wire-fu epic.
    • 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."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It is provocative, smartly made and truly independent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It's fun-dumb and definitely not everyone's cup of tea -- I don't want to oversell it -- but Broken Lizard keeps it interesting by refusing to color inside the lines, creating their own silly little universe.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    Fright Night joins "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" as proof that you actually can do this sort of thing correctly.

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