Randy Cordova
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For 33 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Randy Cordova's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Trust Me
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
33 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Randy Cordova
    The movie’s best moments are the small ones.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Randy Cordova
    The film is nakedly candid, but Stritch is also a ham who is almost always aware of the camera.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Randy Cordova
    It’s not that this slight, good-natured comedy is going to set the world on fire. But the movie boasts an understated sweetness, largely fueled by Camil’s movie-star charms.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Randy Cordova
    Granted, all the fine elements don't add up to make the deepest or most compelling film. Instead, it's a series of self-contained scenes that don't always hang together as a whole. But like a good hotel, there are enough comforts to make the stay worthwhile.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Randy Cordova
    It feels like a filmmaker’s exercise rather than an involving motion picture. Although you may never be bored with All Is Lost, you are rarely fully engaged.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Randy Cordova
    Although everything here works for the most part, there is also a definite lack of oomph as the movie pushes toward the inevitable climax.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Randy Cordova
    The movie is a pretty humdrum affair when it focuses on humans, even when actors are playing characters based on real people.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Randy Cordova
    Ultimately, At Any Price isn’t terrible, but you can tell that’s hardly the endorsement the filmmakers were seeking.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Randy Cordova
    Most of the time, it simply coasts along at the level of a typical Lifetime TV movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Randy Cordova
    Because the film is unable to settle on a tone, it's hard to get invested in much of anything.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Randy Cordova
    Documented is obviously a bit of advocacy filmmaking, which is fine, but most of the time it's not compelling enough to reach beyond the converted.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Randy Cordova
    Writer-director Amat Escalante was named best director at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for this project, and although it obviously is made with some skill, it also is unrelentingly dire.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Randy Cordova
    The gags are stale, the characters uninvolving and bits meant to titillate don’t.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Randy Cordova
    The movie ultimately winds up falling between two stools, failing as both a biography and an action film. Martial arts fans will naturally be drawn to the story, but the film does nothing to open up the world to outsiders.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Randy Cordova
    Nick Ryan’s documentary looks at the disaster by using interviews, actual footage and re-enactments. The latter move undercuts some of the movie’s authenticity. Granted, there probably wasn’t another way to film it, but it muddies the film’s sense of truth.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Randy Cordova
    First-time writer-director Tom Gormican keeps the dialogue moving at a rapid pace, which doesn’t obscure the fact that most of what is said is dopey and witless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Randy Cordova
    Although the visuals are spectacular — a barren Colorado River looks like a landscape from a science-fiction epic — there's not much else here to grab on.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Randy Cordova
    A brittle, pompous drama.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Randy Cordova
    The whole thing is sentimental corn, which isn’t bad if it’s handled with conviction and sincerity. But the direction by John Stephenson (better known for special effects than directing) is resolutely stiff and hollow. That’s murder for a movie dealing with miracles.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Randy Cordova
    The film is based on a popular series of young-adult books (big surprise), but one figures only die-hard fans will enjoy the result. The movie is slow-witted and moves at a glacial pace.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Randy Cordova
    It’s hard to imagine another comedy coming along this year that is this abrasive and free of laughs. It’s like everyone involved intentionally tried to create a horrible movie.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Randy Cordova
    Elvis Presley made some bad movies, but let's give the King his due: He never made anything as outright awful as The Identical.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Randy Cordova
    The whole thing is a total bore; even the supporting players aren’t motivated enough to attract attention. That’s good news for Lutz; he can’t be blamed for torpedoing the project, because everyone is doing subpar work here.