Rene Rodriguez

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For 1,769 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

  • Movies
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Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Lowest review score: 0 The Watcher
Score distribution:
1769 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Overflowing with melancholy and tragedy, Road to Perdition is one of the most somber gangster pictures ever made.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Leave it to von Trier to conceive an intergalactic sci-fi metaphor for a psychological disorder – and then make it work so astonishingly well.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a beautiful movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Contains all of the hallmarks of classic genre Spielberg: It shows you things you've never seen before, instills an accompanying sense of awestruck wonder, and delivers long stretches of heightened, delirious excitement that remind you why people started going to the movies in the first place.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    White God is the rare sort of movie in the era of computer-generated special effects where you can’t believe your eyes, because what you’re looking at is real.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This poignant, wise and subtle picture -- which, yes, happens to be the best movie of the year -- should be approached with humble expectations. Lee's approach to this delicate material is suffused with melancholy, metaphors and small, telling touches that favor subtlety over exclamation points and rough-hewn simplicity over grandiloquence.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Brilliant, suspenseful, absolutely riveting film.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    It’s a cry of despair and soul-shaking desperation, leavened with shades of Dostoyevskyan angst.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    That song (Jefferson Airplane's Somebody to Love), which becomes a sort of mantra to the movie, is the key to understanding what the Coens are after: When the truth is found to be lies, and all the joy within you dies, you better find somebody to love.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    In a larger sense, Adaptation is a movie about the simple act of enjoying life -- of really embracing it -- without constantly worrying about what others think.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A terrific yarn, one so engrossing and surprising that the nature of the story's structure -- each question Jamal gets asked on the show corresponds with a traumatic or momentous moment from his childhood -- never feels like a contrived framing device.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the best things about 12 Years a Slave is that McQueen renders all the characters with the same depth and complexity as his protagonist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Silence feels like a career summation for a filmmaker who has spent his life exploring his faith through his work. Here is a movie about the importance of religion that will move you, regardless of whichever God you worship — or don’t.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes it the best movie of the year -- is its insight into human behavior.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the sort of small, intimate drama about unpleasant subject matter Hollywood rarely deals with, but Haneke isn't worried about turning off his audience, because death is something everyone has in common. It fascinates us, the way it also scares us.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Here is a celebration of the artistic drive that is also a daring feat of showmanship, as technically accomplished in its own way as “Mad Max Fury Road” or “The Revenant."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Project X is an astounding, superlative movie about adolescence - a brutal, unapologetic comedy about the fantasy every high school kid carries around in his head about being popular and cool and beloved.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Up
    Rousing, exhilarating entertainment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is quiet and serene, but it stirs and inspires and amuses. In the small details of an ordinary life, Jarmusch finds wells of beauty and empathy. The movie is an exploration of the deep pleasures of creativity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the most vibrant, exciting and invigorating movie-movie of the year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Brave has a manic, almost daffy energy and sense of humor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Up in the Air is also optimistic about the perpetual themes that preoccupy so many movies that endure the test of time: Life is better with company. And everybody needs a co-pilot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The film is precious and adorable, but it isn't naïve, and the movie breathes so deep that Anderson even gets a real performance out of Willis (this is his best work in years).
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    In The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer pulls off the impossible: He confronts great, incomprehensible evil and puts a human face on it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Like every war before it, the U.S. invasion of Iraq has generated its share of movies. But The Hurt Locker is the first of them that can properly be called a masterpiece.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie, shot in lovely, grainy 16mm by cinematographer Ed Lachman, is so elegantly staged you can practically smell the characters’ perfume. Haynes’ direction is methodical and precise without being fussy or oppressive. Every detail has been weighed and considered.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Although it is technically a sequel, Before Sunset stands perfectly well on its own. In fact, the new movie plays better if you haven't seen the original for a while, so its details have grown appropriately fuzzy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A visually thrilling experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The Straight Story truly is one from the heart, and it is wonderful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Ever the satirist, Payne mines humor from his characters, be it Randall's cockeyed pyramid-scheme ideas or the banality of a ridiculous wedding toast.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Feels like a miracle, a movie that exceeds even the most formidable expectations without straying from its singular path. All hail this King.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Basterds isn't so revolutionary or so finely crafted as "Pulp Fiction" was, but it crackles with the same energy and imagination and chutzpah.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coens’ smallest movies — this one doesn't have the broad appeal of "True Grit" or "No Country For Old Men" — but like Llewyn’s music, it comes from the heart and it is deeply felt. It is also one of their best.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie itself is a nominee for Best Animated Feature, and it's good enough to pull a surprise upset over the beloved Finding Nemo. It's a mad masterpiece.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    But this is also his funniest, nimblest picture: There are long stretches in it that could pass for a comedy.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie has such a profound and compassionate understanding of human behavior, family ties and the way ordinary people respond when they're forced into a moral quandary, I can't imagine anyone not being transfixed by it.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Sometimes, the simplest, smallest things require the greatest courage. Moonlight is Miami’s first bonafide movie masterpiece.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    It's the filmmakers' refusal to sugarcoat their tale's darker subtexts that makes Finding Nemo such a resounding piece of storytelling.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Spotlight is simply a great story exceedingly well told, through characters whose fingers are perpetually stained with ink.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the most searing experiences to be had at the movies this year.
    • Miami Herald
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A thoughtful, audacious meditation on love and relationships that finds a group of wildly disparate talents clicking together in perfect unison.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Intentionally designed to rile as much as entertain.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A model of pitch and modulation and craft. For two hours, the Coens hold you in their grip so tightly that for long stretches it feels a little hard to breathe.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    There isn't a moment in the movie where you don't feel Spielberg's passion, and this time, the film is worthy of his enthusiasm. It's a knockout.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is not the sort of movie you can just leave behind in the theater. And like any true finale to a trilogy, the picture doesn't work nearly as well if you haven't seen the previous two installments: It's not designed to stand alone, and it pays off all that has come before with an exuberant, thrilling high.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    If it had been a drama, The Wolf of Wall Street might have been unwatchable: There’s simply too much of everything. But Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) hit on the genius idea to turn the story into a riotous comedy, one that keeps topping itself everytime you think it can’t possibly get crazier.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the many pleasures of this beautifully composed, measured movie is how it reminds you of the power of pure storytelling -- an art that's too often overlooked in contemporary films in the rush for sensation and excitement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Has the feel of an instant classic, a melodrama with an exacting precision and a visceral, propulsive energy.
    • Miami Herald
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Delivers the heady, rib-tickling rush of an action picture, and it gradually builds to an emotional wallop that blindsides you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is an absolute triumph of culturally relevant filmmaking – a film that will thrill and fascinate sport junkies and non-fans alike. If you like baseball, you will love this movie. If you hate baseball, you will still love this movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Part of the accomplishment of Carlos is the sheer accumulation of detail the movie amasses, and the longer running time gives you a deeper sense of the terrorist lifestyle, and when and why Ilich gradually succumbed to ego and self-glorification without realizing it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie gives you what you think you want, and then gives you some more, and just when you think things can't get any worse, Haneke swoops in and smashes the wall between fiction and reality, turning the viewer into a direct accomplice to what's transpiring onscreen. It is an astonishing film, sure to be controversial, and quite simply unforgettable. [30 Jan. 1998, p.6G]
    • Miami Herald
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A rich, marvelous movie -- the kind that enchants on so many different levels, it leaves you feeling giddy.
    • Miami Herald
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Her
    Her argues that sometimes, crazy can be wonderful.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The good news is you’re feeling stuff, you know? And you’ve got to hold on to that. You get older, and you don’t feel as much, your skin gets tough.” This remarkable, wonderful movie helps you remember.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Makes the Columbine shootings seem both abstract yet more painful and vivid. It also gets you excited all over again about the things movies can do.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Seydoux says that when the film was completed and released shortly after the end of the war, it became a symbol of freedom.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a beautiful, strange tone poem about childhood and innocence, set in a strange but still recognizable world where the polar ice caps are melting, crayfish shacks float down rivers and enormous aurochs, an extinct breed of bison, are sloughing their way toward our tiny, adorable narrator.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The fact that that character happens to be so repellent -- and yet so endlessly fascinating -- is one of the film's many strokes of genius.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    With Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller delivers the sort of jumbo-sized entertainment that makes you spontaneously break out in appreciative laughter: The breadth of his imagination and showmanship makes you giddy.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    It leaves you feeling exhilarated at the invigorating power a well-told story, no matter its subject, can have. If you like Harry Potter, you will love this movie. If you don't like Harry Potter, you will still love this movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This remarkable, continually surprising documentary turns out to be something far richer and more complex, closer in spirit to "Crumb," another devastating film about a family's gradual self-destruction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A masterpiece of pop filmmaking -- a fantastic, exuberant entertainment that manages to be both sleek and substantial without being patronizing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Seeing the Earth from the point of view these men saw it -- ''like a jewel hung in the blackness'' -- tends to put things in perspective.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A worthy and delirious final chapter to this hallowed animation franchise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is a furious, in-your-face whirlwind of emotions, but it’s never tiresome or bellicose, and its raucous, messy energy is invigorating.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Smashing, supremely engrossing picture.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Control Room may not seem all that compelling 10 years down the road. But right now, at this very moment, it is essential, imperative viewing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The Muppets may have been born out of a desire to revive a dormant franchise that was once a cash cow, but there isn't a single beat in the film that feels crass or opportunistic. This one is from the heart.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The Exorcist has lost none of its ability to invade your nightmares.
    • Miami Herald
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It takes some exceptionally intelligent and witty people to make a dumb comedy this funny and perceptive: Borat may be offensive (to some), infantile, low-brow or even just a stunt, but you won't hate yourself in the morning for loving it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is absolutely hilarious, a satire as brisk and fleet as a farce and as profane as a convention of Tony Montana impersonators.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie, engrossing as it is intentionally horrifying, is capped by a last-minute revelation that brings the story to a haunting, powerful close.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    As this intimate, beautifully observed film unfolds, you realize that the story's themes -- the nature of love, the role of sex in relationships and the ways in which we learn to make peace with our guilty consciences -- are relevant no matter what age you happen to be.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Maya is as consumed with finding bin Laden as Jake Gyllenhaal was obsessed with finding a serial killer in "Zodiac," only he was doing it as a hobby.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    If The Pianist isn't quite as devastating as "Schindler's List" -- the movie with which all other Holocaust movies must be compared -- it's because Polanski isn't interested in an expansive view of the war.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    But this smart, genuinely creepy movie also feels <I>real</I>, which is why its horrors hit so hard. Fans of the scary stuff, run, don't walk.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Instead of a history lesson, Selma plays like suspenseful, absorbing drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Deals with themes Eastwood has often explored before, but never so delicately or with as much sad wisdom: The way in which our past haunts our present, the lasting repercussions of violence and the cruel inexorability of fate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Without a hint of sanctimony, it is a love story as much about soul as heart.
    • Miami Herald
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A searing, heartbreaking metaphor for the futility of war.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Match Point begins to recall Hitchcock as it unfolds, although it wouldn't be right to call it a thriller. This is still very much a Woody Allen movie, populated by upper-class characters who chatter about literature and fine art, frequent museums and designer boutiques and accidentally run into each other on the street with uncanny regularity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    One frenetic movie that doesn't know when to quit -- and leaves you wishing it could go on forever.
    • Miami Herald
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A soaring, exhilarating fantasy grounded in earthy emotion, Crouching Tiger more than lives up to the hype.
    • Miami Herald
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Easily the most searing movie-going experience of the year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This playful, immensely entertaining movie knows that art is in the eye of the beholder.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Although it is structured like a thriller, and its plot dominated by Benjamin's detective work, The Secret in Their Eyes is really a cautionary tale about the consequences of a life of too much apprehension and propriety.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Those rigorously moral and humanistic underpinnings give 28 Weeks Later a kind of power that 100 Saws and Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes could never achieve.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Like Roman Polanski's "Repulsion," Martha Marcy May Marlene gradually places us inside the mind of a woman who just might be insane, and in its audacious, terrifying final scene, the movie traps us there in perpetuity, refusing to provide the viewer with a way out. This time, the horror follows you home - no exit, no escape.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The fact that the last line of dialogue is spoken five minutes before the end credits roll is telling: Words matter little in a movie that favors seeing and feeling above all else. It’s a work of pure, furious sensation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Mendes' approach to action is classical and elegant - no manic editing and blurry unintelligible images here - but what makes the movie truly special is the attention he gives his actors.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the most rewarding and engaging movies of the year. Don't miss it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The Wrestler presents a fascinating peek at the workings of the pro wrestling industry (the tenderness and humor the athletes share backstage is the complete opposite of the ferocity they display in the ring).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    No
    No is an exploration of the power of the media to manipulate hearts and minds. The moral of the story: Always go positive.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie contains little in terms of traditional action, and Refn never uses it in a rousing or exciting manner, either. That would break the nightmarish spell this strange, beautiful film casts on the viewer. A mother’s love has never been this ruinous.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The remarkable Hoop Dreams proves that even at its best, Hollywood can't match the drama of everyday life. This rich and insightful documentary, which traces five years in the lives of two Chicago inner-city kids, is more compelling than anything a pack of scriptwriters could ever concoct. [21 Oct 1994, p.G5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Straw Dogs is an artful provocation - a meditation on masculinity and societal mores in the guise of an explosive thriller.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This remarkable documentary argues that art can also be the glue that binds disparate souls.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    What ultimately makes Drive so compelling is its characters - sketches given dimension and heft by a superb cast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Gunn makes this huge entertainment accessible to the converted and the neophyte alike, and he has only has one goal: To send you out of the theater with a fat smile on your face. Mission accomplished.

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