Rene Rodriguez
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For 1,601 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 The Ugly Truth
Score distribution:
1,601 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A lot of ground for one film to cover, but this smart, absorbing movie, which has been sharply edited by Felipe Lacerda, never feels like it's spreading itself too thin.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Won't appeal to everyone, of course, particularly those who blush easily. And parents who take children to see it deserve to have their heads examined. But for those who don't mind a little bile in their eggnog, it's the perfect antidote to all that prefab Christmas cheer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The most compelling -- and horrifying -- portion of the film, which interweaves archival footage and stylish graphics with the interview segments, centers on the firebombing of Japan during World War II.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The Dreamers argues that life must be lived, not dreamt. But it also remembers the confounding pleasures of dreaming with your eyes wide open.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This delicate, transporting movie, which keeps dialogue to a minimum to tell its story primarily through images, is also a triumph of sheer cinematic craft that mirrors its characters' contemplative natures while extolling the virtues of lives simply led.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Like the best coming-of-age stories, I'm Not Scared (Io Non Ho Paura) is, in part, a work of horror.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is such an intense, disturbing and exhilarating experience, even five more minutes might have felt like too much.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie's scientific content is so fascinating that it almost feels like a bonus that Kinsey himself is such an intriguing figure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Almodóvar has never been shy about experimenting with plot structure, but Bad Education is the closest he's ever come to a metamovie, the sort of self-reflective, hall-of-mirrors contraption on which Charlie Kaufman has built his career.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is one of the most visually astonishing martial-arts fantasies ever made.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    By the end, Turtles Can Fly becomes a lyrical and heartbreaking reminder of the human toll of war.
    • 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.
    • 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
    It's a punchy, straight-up genre picture, a crime drama that might have once starred Charles Bronson or Steven Seagal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Beautifully textured and layered movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    An exuberant, disarming entertainment.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    As suspenseful as a full-blown thriller.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie puts Jasira -- and the audience -- through the wringer, but it also makes the ride worth it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is supremely entertaining -- and often hilarious.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A worthy and delirious final chapter to this hallowed animation franchise.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Campos, a cinematic disciple of Stanley Kubrick and latter-period Gus Van Sant, opts to let the movie do the talking for him. The fact that this is a film of few words only adds to its hypnotic, relentless pull.
    • 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
    What makes Exit Through the Gift Shop so fascinating -- and it is riveting, regardless of your interest in the art world -- is the eloquent way in which it illustrates how beauty and meaning really are in the eye of the beholder and how that eternal phrase still holds true: There's a sucker born every minute.
    • 81 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    I Am Love is a bold and thrilling masterpiece -- the introduction of a major talent to the world's stage.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Here, finally, is something you've really never seen before.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Harrowing and grueling, Lebanon ends on a gentle, hopeful note.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Animal Kingdom moves with a brisk efficiency - Michôd trusts the viewer and doesn't waste time with unnecessary back story - and the plot twists and turns at brutal speed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    There isn't a moment in the entire film that doesn't feel genuine.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is an intentionally fanciful, gossamer movie, extremely personal and heartfelt, influenced in equal parts by Michelangelo Antonioni (although never so elusive) and Gus Van Sant (just not quite so self-conscious).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Director Kim Jee-woon's astonishing story of a serial killer who picks the wrong man's fiancée to murder, is so extreme and intense that it had to be trimmed down in its native country before it was released to theaters. We lucky westerners get to see it in all its hair-raising, stomach-churning glory, and that's a wonderful thing.
    • 82 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie plays out as a series of memories, so exact and evocative that watching it becomes an immersive experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    And so the saga of Harry Potter comes to an end - not with a whimper but with a rousing thunderclap of incident, emotion, suspense and old-fashioned movie magic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the first things that strikes you about these courageous people, who constantly confront volatile, gun-carrying thugs, is that they outgrew their violent pasts and now live contented lives with their families.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    By the end of the movie, when all your questions have been answered, you're left with the exhilarating high of having been manipulated by a gifted artist in a diabolically dark mood.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    All of Payne's films have been driven by the anger and frustration of his protagonists, but The Descendants is the first one in which sadness lurks behind every frame.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The overriding point of Into the Abyss, what keeps this sad, sorrowful film from becoming depressing and elevates it far above the usual chatter of liberal-conservative debate, is that there can be light on the other end of even the darkest of tunnels.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The wait for a great action movie is finally over. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is pure popcorn of the highest, most flavorful order, and it's good for you, too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Shame is fearless in the way the most ambitious art often is, and to write it off for what it doesn't do is reductive and misguided. You don't just watch Shame: You feel it, too.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Chemistry is one of the few things left filmmakers can't fake with CGI, and the dynamic between Craig and Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is so sensational, it instantly propels the movie beyond glossy, high-toned pulp into something far more affecting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the rare breed of Hollywood studio production that has the brash spirit of an independent picture and the sharp wit of a stand-up comic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    As usual for the Dardennes, the plot is slight but loaded with hairpin turns of tremendous emotional power.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Monsieur Lazhar doesn't send you home depressed. Instead, the film leaves you hopeful, and even exhilarated, that even the most painful wounds can sometimes heal.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the scariest films I've seen in ages, although I cannot in all honesty explain exactly what the movie is about.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    By the end, the movie has pulled off a small miracle: You become absorbed in the lives of these people for who they are and not what they own.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is an exciting, exceptionally well-made futuristic thriller that also happens to be loaded with lived-in touches and punchy ideas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Madrid, 1987 operates on a dizzying number of levels - as a romantic comedy, a sex farce, a study of culture clash, ageism and idealism - and the highest compliment you can give this ridiculously talky movie (which plays better if you speak Spanish) is that you're a little sad to see the characters go on their way once they part, probably forever.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a gorgeous, flashy, widescreen epic, like "Boogie Nights" or "Casino," about the most essential things in life: Family, friends and love. But most of all, love.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is writer-director David O. Russell's idea of a romantic comedy, and it's terrific - one of the freshest, funniest, most elevating crowd-pleasers of the year.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The experience of watching Funny Games, be it the original or this version, is never forgotten, whatever your ultimate impression of the film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
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    No is an exploration of the power of the media to manipulate hearts and minds. The moral of the story: Always go positive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Star Trek Into Darkness gives you an exhilarating, tingle-inducing rush — that rare feeling that comes when a gigantic entertainment is firing on all fronts, exceeding your expectations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie fares less well when the plot and Simon’s neuroses come to the surface, but there is some tremendous suspense in the movie’s final scene.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The film is far from a downer. If anything, more than any of the films in the trilogy, this one may be the most hopeful - and the most affecting.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Blue Jasmine, which is easily Allen’s best and most powerful movie since 2005’s "Match Point", is filled with terrific performances, including Hawkins as the sweet-natured Ginger.