Rene Rodriguez

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For 1,760 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

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Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Sideways
Lowest review score: 0 The Watcher
Score distribution:
1760 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Beautifully textured and layered movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Daughters of the Dust is as concerned with grand and universal emotions as it is with its "story." Daughters is an enlightening and sublimely lyrical film. [27 June 1992, p.E5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    In Captain Phillips, director Paul Greengrass pulls off the same remarkable feat he accomplished with "United 93": He takes a true story in which the outcome is already known and transforms it into a gripping, wrenching, devastating thriller.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The moral of Irreversible -- time destroys everything -- isn't nearly as profound as writer-director Gaspar Noé seems to think it is, which is why some critics have already dismissed the movie as the facile, misogynistic posturings of a provocateur.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is supremely entertaining -- and often hilarious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a smart, wise and compassionate movie about young people in the act of finding out who they are and not always behaving properly but never crossing the line into cruelty or crassness. If you happen to have been around during 1980, the soundtrack is just a bonus.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Profoundly hopeful and optimistic film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Murderball invokes fascination toward its protagonists, because it views them with the same confidence and acceptance they view themselves.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Gravity is a celebration of the primal pleasure of movies: It shows you things you’ve never seen before, transports you out of the theater and out of your head, tricks you into believing what’s happening on the screen is happening to you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Foxcatcher is too cold of a movie to love, but that chilliness is intentional and transfixing, a parable about the darkest corners of the minds of men that dares to whisper instead of shout.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    That broad range of subject matter is indicative of the messy, meandering structure of the movie. But if Moore fails to tie this unwieldy movie into a lucid thesis, at least every tangent he chases down has its own payoff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The emotional connection we develop with her as the movie unfolds pays off in the final 20 minutes, which is about as happy of an ending as anyone could imagine, except this one really happened.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Cotillard, who earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, plays the character as a woman hanging on by the barest of threads.
    • 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
    The casting of Hiddleston and Swinton was a stroke of genius: They emanate a particular sort of cool only they seem privy to, accentuating their alienation.
    • 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).
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A big, bold movie that gets at undeniable truths about the way no one, no matter how powerful, is immune from manipulation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It’s ABOUT something, which has become a rarity in Hollywood pictures. Sometimes, the smallest stories cast the largest shadows.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie isn’t a thriller, but it still generates a strange sort of emotional suspense - an incredibly intense drama that makes you hold your breath, and it builds toward a total knockout of a final scene in which the story is resolved with hardly a word.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    She's such a fascinating, faceted character that halfway through "Christine" you almost forget about what's coming.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A fiendishly subtle horror movie, a goosebump-inducing exercise in suspense that uses your own imagination to scare you silly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The Grandmaster sets aside traditional story structure in its last 15 minutes and becomes one of the filmmaker’s free-form visual poems, suffused with melancholy and compassion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Impossible to resist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Remarkably astute and devastatingly funny.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Pay attention, Michael Bay: This is what thrilling summer movies look like.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a small victory, but Punch-Drunk Love knows how to reap epic delight from the most precious of details.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Like his con artists are prone to saying, American Hustle works from the feet up, and the fun is intoxicating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    There isn't a moment in the entire film that doesn't feel genuine.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Flowers is a quiet, eloquent movie about big, overwhelming emotions, and the constant presence of its eponymous plants, in all kinds of colors and shapes, is a metaphor for the ways in which we respond to what life throws at us, be it a sudden trauma, a perpetual state of melancholy or an unexpected opportunity for romance. Some people blossom and bloom; others wither and give up.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Director Ryan Coogler has pulled off a miracle: He taps into the beautiful simplicity and deep well of emotion of the 1976 original, capturing its essence and spirit while branching out into a new story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A marketable counterpoint to last year’s "Boyhood."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    An exuberant, appropriately cynical reinvention of the stalwart Broadway hit that deftly straddles the line between old-fashioned Hollywood musicals and experimental concoctions like last year's "Moulin Rouge."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a fiendishly complicated whodunit -- or, to be more precise, a who-done-what-to-whom-and-when -- told within the confines of thoughtful, speculative science-fiction.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Like "A Separation," which used the story of a dissolving marriage to illustrate the unexpected consequences of a rigid, inflexible society, About Elly turns what starts out as a breezy comedy into an engaging and substantial exploration of human nature and how sometimes, without intending to, we hurt the ones we love most — including ourselves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This may not be Park’s best or gravest picture. But it might be his most entertaining.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Harrowing and grueling, Lebanon ends on a gentle, hopeful note.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    More than once during The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat), it's easy to forget you're watching a movie.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This rich, emotionally complex movie finds Almodóvar venturing into trickier, more fascinating territory, even if his themes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie has a longing melancholy that leavens the humor — it’s a surprisingly sad, gentle comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    An overwhelmingly tactile experience. Scott brings you so close into the action, the grit and smoke and blood seem to spill off the screen and into your head.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    An excellent legal thriller elevated to superb drama by the actor's (Clooney) central performance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    There's nothing in the utterly enchanting Raising Victor Vargas you haven't seen before; you'd just be hard-pressed to name another movie that did it as well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike "A Separation", in which Iranian culture and mores played critical roles, the theme in The Past is more universal and spelled out in the title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    An exuberant, disarming entertainment.
    • Miami Herald
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Has the ring of classic Disney seamlessly combined with a modern-day sensibility.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The results, for the most part, aren't pretty. The newly expanded Balseros, which adds an hour of footage to the previous film, is an even more compelling, if grimmer, work than the original.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    One False Move is by no means a "big" film. Its goals are admittedly modest, and that's the reason it works so well. If you're a fan of Jim Thompson novels (After Dark, My Sweet, The Killer Inside Me ) or Southern-style film noir, don't miss it. [26 June 1992, p.G5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    As suspenseful as a full-blown thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Here, finally, is something you've really never seen before.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie isn't just hilarious: It's witty and inventive, too, and in hindsight, it isn't even all that dumb.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Unabashedly frank in its depiction of sex -- too frank, probably, for more discreet viewers -- but it's never exploitive or seedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The Salt of the Earth is a celebration of the power of art to change the world, as well as an exploration of the considerable toll gifted artists sometimes pay for their talents, and their courage to push forward regardless.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    After the nihilistic deconstruction of Deadpool and the flattening self-importance of Batman v. Superman, Captain America: Civil War reminds you how funny and exciting these pictures can be when they’re done right — you know, like comic books. The summer movie season has barely begun, and already the remedy for superhero film fatigue has arrived.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Movies like Monsters, Inc. literally make you feel like a kid again, marveling at the joyously inventive sights before you, and that's a feat that should not be taken lightly.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    But Tarantino isn’t glorifying the ugliness; he’s condemning it. He just wants to put on a grand show at the same time. “Are you not entertained?” he seems to be asking. Yes. Yes, we are.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a sign of just how much Coppola respects her characters that she doesn't make us privy to that final line: It is only meant for them to share. But like the rest of the ethereal Lost in Translation, you don't need to have it spelled out in order to feel it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It just requires an open mind, a love of film and a willingness to dream.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    If "The Sixth Sense" was Shyamalan's take on ghost stories and "Unbreakable" his ode to comic books, then Signs is the evil cousin to Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It feels wholly artificial, and your eyes never tire of drinking it all in.

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