Rene Rodriguez
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For 1,618 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 War of the Worlds
Lowest review score: 0 Antitrust
Score distribution:
1,618 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Brilliant, suspenseful, absolutely riveting film.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Up
    Rousing, exhilarating entertainment.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes it the best movie of the year -- is its insight into human behavior.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the most vibrant, exciting and invigorating movie-movie of the year.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a beautiful movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Overflowing with melancholy and tragedy, Road to Perdition is one of the most somber gangster pictures ever made.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the most searing experiences to be had at the movies this year.
    • Miami Herald
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The Straight Story truly is one from the heart, and it is wonderful.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    It's the filmmakers' refusal to sugarcoat their tale's darker subtexts that makes Finding Nemo such a resounding piece of storytelling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Intentionally designed to rile as much as entertain.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A visually thrilling experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Brave has a manic, almost daffy energy and sense of humor.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 97 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The film wouldn't work at all, though, if Sarsgaard didn't strike the perfect balance between snaky predator and love-struck fool.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Attention all geeks (and geeks at heart): Get ready for two hours of serious awesome.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a romantic comedy that makes the concept of romantic comedies appealing again -- that reminds you how resonant and transporting they can be when they're done right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The Dark Knight is dark, all right: It's a luxurious nightmare disguised in a superhero costume, and it's proof that popcorn entertainments don't have to talk down to their audiences in order to satisfy them. The bar for comic-book film adaptations has been permanently raised.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Michael Mann's extraordinary Public Enemies is an unusual sort of gangster picture, a near-impressionistic recreation of the last year in the life of one of American history's most notorious bank robbers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Children of Men is thrilling, both for its groundbreaking style (there are action sequences here unlike any filmed before) and its complex, vividly realized ideas.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Beautifully textured and layered movie.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Waltz With Bashir isn't only a harrowing anti-war plea, it is also an eloquent and deeply moving argument that it is critical to never forget human atrocity, lest the past be repeated.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    As suspenseful as a full-blown thriller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A portrait of a family reeling with pain and resentment -- and rising to the challenge of dealing with it head-on.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is supremely entertaining -- and often hilarious.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    By the end, Turtles Can Fly becomes a lyrical and heartbreaking reminder of the human toll of war.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Knocked Up is filled with comic exchanges and bits of business that, while not essential to the central plot, keep the movie's comedic energy chugging (like Debbie's throwdown with a doorman at a popular nightclub who won't let her in because she's too old).
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Letters From Iwo Jima, much like any war movie, honors the courage of men who took part in a war not necessarily of their making. But by placing us on the opposite side of the battlefield, the movie forces us to approach it from a fresh perspective.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a long, impeccably detailed, richly textured movie about a most unusual life, and although it's far from perfect, the sum of it achieves what Fincher set out to do in the first place: Make you blubber like a 6-year-old who just found his pet turtle lying belly-up.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Murderball invokes fascination toward its protagonists, because it views them with the same confidence and acceptance they view themselves.
    • 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).
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is one of the most visually astonishing martial-arts fantasies ever made.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    There's nothing about United 93 that qualifies as entertainment in the traditional sense: It is an unpleasant, wrenching experience, which is just as it should be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It's an action picture that's been distilled and compressed to its tightest, barest, almost abstract essence, and it's absolutely thrilling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a punchy, straight-up genre picture, a crime drama that might have once starred Charles Bronson or Steven Seagal.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a wonderfully imagined, heartfelt piece of pop entertainment that soars not only for its spectacular eye candy, but also during the moments when its protagonists simply stand still and talk to each other. How many comic-book movies can you say that about?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie implies that despite its thunderous success, the book also destroyed Capote, who crossed a line in his quest for personal glory for which he could never forgive himself -- no matter how many accolades it brought him.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    With a light, sometimes hilarious touch, Look at Me deflates the pretensions and self-obsessed nature of a group of wealthy Parisian literati, but its observations about the effects of fame and success and our natural desire to fan them as high as they can go, apply to anyone within range of reality-TV culture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Gordon Gekko didn't disappear with the 1980s; he just became a lot more difficult to pick out from a crowd.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Smashing, supremely engrossing picture.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Doesn't feel so much like a movie as a glimpse into the extraordinarily messed-up life of a young man about to make the simple yet life-changing realization that actions have consequences, and that other people matter, too.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    An exuberant, disarming entertainment.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    An excellent legal thriller elevated to superb drama by the actor's (Clooney) central performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    What American Gangster does have -- what makes it such a commanding, exhilarating movie -- is a consummate love and understanding of story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Burton has found a vehicle sturdy enough to indulge every facet of his imagination: His great visual flair, his sense of whimsy and humor, his fondness for horror and his love of music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The story of Paranoid Park may center on an extreme and unusual case, but it's Van Sant's understanding of -- and compassion for -- the hell of growing up that makes the film such a profound and lasting pleasure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Shine a Light provides the clearest and most intimate viewing experience of the band to date. It is also a happy circumstance that the group, now in their mid-60s, have rarely sounded tighter.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a dry, mundane title. It's also the only thing about the film that doesn't blow your mind right out of its comfortable, I've-seen-all-this-before rut.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie puts Jasira -- and the audience -- through the wringer, but it also makes the ride worth it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is filled with wonderful music, memorable characters and rich, quotable dialogue. But what makes the picture really soar is the way it reminds you what it feels like to fall in love -- and the endless, countless possibilities a new romance brings.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Even though it unfolds almost entirely through a child's eyes, and contains no onscreen violence, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas packs as devastating a punch as an adult-oriented drama about the subject. Its concluding five minutes are almost impossible to watch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Within the confines of this minimalist picture, there are sequences so vital, timely and of-the-moment, so powerful and well-observed and precise, the effect can be emotionally overwhelming.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Most prison movies are about escape or survival. A Prophet (Un Prophete) is about the creation of a consciousness. This one, too, could have been called “An Education.”
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The biggest compliment you can pay the much-anticipated film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is that you can't imagine Stieg Larsson's corker of a story ever having existed in book form.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A dreamy, passionate ode to freedom -- of thought, of expression, of every person's innate right to simply be.
    • Miami Herald

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