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
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The movie is plainly entertaining, with a terrific cast and a fast-moving story helping you overlook the dialogue's frequent failure to crackle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    To my thinking, the grand simplicity of the metaphor is a big part of In Time's oddly retro sci-fi charm. Niccol is practicing the old-school craft of making a barn-broad alternate-reality that forces you to think about the way we all consensually agree to participate in systems -- even when those systems are hopelessly screwed up.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    John Carter is too wickedly strange not to recommend. Movies this expensive usually play it much safer.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It's better at being droll than laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    The film's climax is a bit of a jumble, but by then Hillcoat has built his world so vibrantly that it hardly matters. And the hard-charging soundtrack -- featuring Cave, Warren Ellis, Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson -- is an absolute blast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    It's fascinating as an offbeat storytelling exercise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    "Fast Five" and Fast & Furious 6 -- the newest, nearly-as-much-dumb-fun sequel -- play more like "The Avengers" than they don't.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 M. E. Russell
    As horror movies go, The Conjuring is an extremely skillful, entertaining remix album. That's not an insult.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    With his periodic porn-star mustache, shaggy hair and reckless demeanor, the movie Stander embodies a certain brand of brooding outlaw cool that feels increasingly rare.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The bright spot, again, is Grant.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Is it style over substance? Absolutely. But as with "Ocean's Eleven," style wins -- only just barely this time around.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Ends up feeling like the sort of leisurely man's-man adventure movie you used to be able to catch on Sunday afternoon TV.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Bacon's mature performance serves a story that's considerably less sophisticated than he is, making The Woodsman less "brave" and more a slightly better-made movie of the week.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It all sort of plays out like "Law and Order: Spiritual Victims Unit," but the movie's stuffed (some might say overstuffed) with wonderfully staged moments and set pieces.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Full of small, weird moments.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's fun junk. And it doesn't satisfy. Dot the I is a weird, pretty film with a dumb script, a skilled cast and a good twist, plus one hot sex scene and one brilliant scene-chew by D'Arcy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Surprisingly entertaining.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's a definite crowd-pleaser and a perfectly fun night at the movies.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    I was annoyed by Levasseur and Aja's desertion of their tense, simple plot in favor of tedious "plot twists" that could, frankly, use a rest. It's a waste of a good first half. (Grade: A- for first hour, C- thereafter.)
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Surprisingly flabby, with lazy writing and some final-act lurches into unironic rom-com that seem at odds with the bizarro premise.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The final third...is so overblown and anticlimactic that it finally gets you thinking about empty profundity and loose ends.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    While you're in the theater, it's actually -- heaven help me -- pretty fun to watch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Taken as a whole -- and it kills me to write this -- it just doesn't add up to much.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    This movie is a powerfully silly brain vacation. It's a by-the-numbers underdogs vs. bullies comedy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    While it's focused on the people -- on men who never had mentors struggling to mentor themselves and each other -- the movie works as a smart B film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Intriguing, not-terribly-probing documentary.