Randy Cordova

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For 95 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Randy Cordova's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The Jungle Book
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 95
  2. Negative: 14 out of 95
95 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Randy Cordova
    This is a wonderful movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Randy Cordova
    Thanks to the nicely layered characters and a near-perfect mix of action and merriment, the movie feels wonderfully vivid and alive.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Randy Cordova
    Once the movie is over and you realize how the filmmaker has turned the tables, you can't help but be amused — and amazed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Randy Cordova
    People Places Things is filled with that kind of heart-piercing comedy that makes a viewer cringe and laugh at the same time.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 90 Randy Cordova
    Gregg really reaches far, scattering in bits of magical realism and an art-house ending that is simultaneously wondrous and a trifle heavy-handed. The finale may be a bit much for some, but movie buffs will likely give Gregg the benefit of the doubt.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Randy Cordova
    It actually is quite funny. It is also warm and empathetic, though a viewer's reaction to the film might vary depending how they view the subject of assisted suicide.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Randy Cordova
    Director Craig Zobel (he made the creepily effective “Compliance”) lets the story unfold in wonderfully hushed fashion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Randy Cordova
    The movie’s best moments are the small ones.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Randy Cordova
    Trapero handles the movie's pacing with a masterful ease.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Randy Cordova
    A scary fun-house ride that expertly blends jittery tension and laugh-out-loud humor.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    For all its missteps and machinations, the film mostly achieves its goals. In other words, have some Kleenex ready at the theater.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    The charms of the leading ladies are hard to resist, as are their rare moments of clarity and self-awareness. Saunders is a tumbledown hoot while Lumley can generate a laugh with simply a deadpan stare, yet both seem a tad more human this time around. Just a tad.
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    • 80 Randy Cordova
    The cast is excellent, anchored by the one-two punch of Colunga and Yañez.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    Freeland does a fine job, waiting for her characters to converge in a way that doesn't feel overly forced, though there is a bit of that "Crash" tidiness in how things fall together. Still, the film is moving and human.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    DeCubellis sets up a satisfying, stylish mystery, populated by striking characters and situations.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    White House Down aims to be a low-brow slab of mindless summer fun. Most of the time, it comes pretty close to hitting the bull’s eye.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    The film is nakedly candid, but Stritch is also a ham who is almost always aware of the camera.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    There's comfort food and there are comfort movies. In Lasse Hallstrom's The Hundred-Foot Journey, you get a full helping of both. And guess what? It's all very comforting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    Director Eran Riklis starts the film off with a playful, whimsical tone that grows increasingly darker as things progress. It reflects the life of the movie's protagonist, which finds him facing challenges that would make most people bitter.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    Director Michael Dowse (from the underrated Topher Grace comedy "Take Me Home Tonight") fuels the story with atmosphere, with lots of nighttime activity and bustle. He keeps things grounded in reality, though little touches (Chantry imagines her drawings coming to life) add an extra — and, perhaps, excessive — sweetness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    Director Susanna White keeps things low-key and absorbing, as the action moves from Marrakesh to London to Paris to Switzerland.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    The Meddler is one of those movies that surprises you by being something it’s not.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    The heists are bigger, the illusions are flashier, and the pace is quicker. Even the cast is livelier and more fun. Perhaps best of all, the movie captures the first film’s twisty ability to twirl an audience around, so you’re never entirely sure what’s happened until everything is explained.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    The movie boasts a tricky structure, but director Jonathan Teplitzky ("Burning Man") does an expert job of sewing together the World War II moments with sequences set in the '80s.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    The movie is fascinating when it looks at the mechanics of Big Bird, which are physically challenging.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    One reason the movie works so well: Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee returns from the original, so the characters feel true to the first film. Secondly, most of the cast is back, and they have the kind of comfortable chemistry you can’t fake. It’s easy to believe these people have a history together.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Randy Cordova
    It's mindless entertainment with enough thrills and chuckles to make the time pass painlessly. Just don't examine anything too closely.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Randy Cordova
    Although it won’t win any points for originality, it is a fast-moving little chiller filled with creepy atmosphere and convincing performances.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Randy Cordova
    There are some poignant moments in the movie's latter half, as well as a couple of genuine laughs. If it never achieves the heft it wants, it at least manages a sitcommy kind of charm, like an extended episode of "The Golden Girls." Perhaps more importantly, it gives Rowlands a lead role, which is never a bad thing.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 70 Randy Cordova
    If you had to update the film for the Instagram generation, you could do a lot worse than what director Shana Feste (“Country Strong”) has come up with. She has crafted a stylish, evocative journey into overheated-teenager territory. For a good chunk of the time, it works.

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