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

M. E. Russell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
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
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Basically "Before Sunrise" for middle-aged people, only with less interesting conversations and a more formulaic construction.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Beautifully acted and accomplishes exactly what writer/director Alan Ball set out to accomplish.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    The flashback itself is a romantic dramedy that's far smarter than junk like "27 Dresses." Unfortunately, to enjoy that flashback, you have to ignore two gargantuan idiocies: No sane father would twist his daughter into knots by telling this story. It's full of booze, cigarettes, infidelity and sex with women who aren't Mom.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    One doesn't want to oversell the film; you could catch it on DVD and regret nothing. But, frankly, in a marketplace that tends toward cranked-up action thrills, it's just nice to watch a level-headed crime movie aimed at actual grown-ups.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    It's got a big heart and high spirits on a low budget and actors who refuse to phone it in.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    As idiot car-crash movies go, "Tokyo Drift" is pretty fun, and certainly a more-than-decent entry in this franchise.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Oblivion is Moebius-comic gorgeous and it sounds great, especially the loud, nervewracking honks the drones make when they're weighing whether or not to shoot you. I suppose that's a surface appeal. But it's a nice surface.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    While you're in the theater, it's actually -- heaven help me -- pretty fun to watch.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 M. E. Russell
    Full of small, weird moments.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    There are several things to enjoy here. The use of motel service-industry code words by the safe-house staff is dryly funny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    The verdict? Could have been worse. Yes, it's a slightly hollow endorsement, but Guess Who is probably worth your matinee/pub-theater dollar.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    The humor tends toward the mildly crass -- bare buttocks and inappropriate scratching are Schwimmer's go-to comedy staples -- and the story is ridiculous. But Pegg, who co-wrote the script, plays to his strengths. You can't help but root for the loser.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    14-year-old girls will dig its amiable energy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Sadly, director Jaume Serra has taken the Gothic premise of a madman casting his living victims in wax and, no doubt at the behest of copycat-hungry producers, turned House of Wax into yet another teens-versus-hillbillies slasher flick
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    I just wish the movie wasn't also so monologue-choked, muted to a fault and fond of oversimplifying financial lingo to the point of meaninglessness.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Super Ex does have a certain low-key, adult-contemporary charm. It's almost entirely because of Luke Wilson.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Sets up a situation so weird, it's almost weirder that Rob Reiner directs it as a cookie-cutter romantic comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Despite some fast-paced direction by Wes Craven, Red Eye finally gets so silly, it's practically popping its wing-rivets.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Our Idiot Brother lives in a sort of relaxed in-between place where it doesn't really bite as drama or comedy, but the movie's world-class cast and big heart push it over.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Dramatizes and occasionally overdramatizes Albert's 24-year career. For a while, it's a study of a decent man who puts his life into compartments so he can do terrible deeds.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Eraser-dull.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    This is a totally predictable exercise if you're not in the target market.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    This is a perfectly serviceable thriller. It's just not the New York family crime saga it clearly wants to be.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Competently done and harmless enough to entertain the tots. It's just that the movie's kind of . . . sparse.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Its easy to see why Don Cheadle wanted to play Samir Horn, the hero of the post-9/11 thriller Traitor. Cheadles face is basically a perfect delivery system for woe, sadness and internal conflict. And Samir a deep-cover operative trying to infiltrate a terrorist outfit has to make brutal Sophies Choices roughly three times a day.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Feels less like a movie and more like a Tony Robbins motivational seminar.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Maybe the real Ernie Davis really was this perfect, but the movie plays as if the filmmakers didn't want to offend his family.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    Seraphim isn't totally satisfying, even if you're prepared for an arty Western. It's pokey and odd in a distant, slightly self-conscious way.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 M. E. Russell
    More solidly crafted and insults its audience quite a bit less than its predecessor, and it sets up several nice emotionally complicated cliffhangers for the next installment. I hope its target audience has a blast.

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