For 1,565 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 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Moonrise Kingdom
Lowest review score: 0 The Ugly Truth
Score distribution:
1,565 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This remarkable documentary argues that art can also be the glue that binds disparate souls.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie has a longing melancholy that leavens the humor — it’s a surprisingly sad, gentle comedy.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Narco Cultura isn’t a documentary about runaway crime: Its actual subject is far stranger.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Miraculously, the new picture makes the old one feel like Evans was just warming up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There is considerable fun in discovering the hows and whys the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise came together, and each member has at least one moment in the spotlight, including the esteemed helmsman Sulu.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The tone and mood of Shutter Island are different on the screen from on the page -- the shadows darker than you imagined, the violence more ghastly, the blood redder.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Bridges brings his 50 years of acting experience to this one captivating, surprisingly moving performance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Mr. Fox's old-fashioned, hand-crafted animation is one of its main attractions. Another is Anderson's whimsical, dry humor, a natural for this tale of a crafty, dapper fox.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite its downbeat theme, A Single Man is ultimately optimistic about the human capability to gradually make peace with seemingly insurmountable pain and tragedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The slight but enjoyable Youth in Revolt finds plenty of mayhem to take advantage of Cera's against-type performance. Oh, the things we do for love.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The filmmakers capture enough of the book's essence -- and the power of its knockout, transcendent ending -- to more than justify the movie's existence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This bruising, harrowing movie would be impossible to sit through without at least a hint of light at the end of its astonishingly dark tunnel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    With the insight and sensitivity of an insider, The Messenger illuminates the sometimes invisible victims of war -- the survivors -- and a pain that is tolerated but never quite healed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Most contemporary sci-fi movies come on with all CGI-guns blazing, trying to blow the roof off the theater. Moon settles for trying to blow your mind instead.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A treat to anyone who already cherishes Varda's films and a perfect primer for those who haven't yet discovered her work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Whip It is completely predictable from the first frame. It also is ridiculously, utterly entertaining.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Scary? Yes, in spots. Gratuitously gory? You bet. But, first and foremost, Zombieland is a comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even by Miyazaki standards, Ponyo makes less narrative sense than it should, and the pat ending is a bit of a letdown.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A whimsical and light-hearted spin on a serious story of corporate whistleblowing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A joyful romp, devoid of the tiresome pop-culture references.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Hangover remains unrepentantly irresponsible and hilarious throughout, culminating with what could be the funniest montage ever to grace a picture's end credits. The summer's first sleeper hit has arrived.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is a goofy, ridiculous blast, and yet Raimi means business: Even the precociously cute kitty isn't safe in this one.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie's power sneaks up on you, reminiscent of something screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond once famously described as "the Billy Wilder touch": A combination of the sweet and the sour, because even funny people, like you and I, aren't always being funny.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Box is a mess, but it's a curiously haunting, intriguing, brain-tickling mess, and it delivers that "Donnie Darko" feeling in truckloads. Or should that be rocketloads?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Luminous, melancholy and ultimately heartbreaking.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Essentially a horror movie for kids, but it is also gentle and funny and whimsical, and even in its darkest moments, Selick never forgets who his target audience is. Still, some young children might have a nightmare or two after seeing it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Food, Inc. argues that part of the reason why the food industry is so difficult to regulate is that many of the government officials currently assigned to watchdog roles were once employed by the companies they now keep tabs on.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Taken is nonsense, but it's terrifically entertaining nonsense.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    You have never seen a movie quite like this one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most horrific -- and heartbreaking -- scene of any movie thus far this year comes at the climax of The Cove.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Has the sort of richness and dimension that are the hallmarks of master storytellers at work.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    I can't imagine anyone seeing Once and not instantly falling in love with it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a fantastic special effect because it doesn't look like a special effect: The movie sells the illusion that the suit could maybe, possibly, exist.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes Whatever Works so enjoyable, aside from the unusually high number of effective one-liners the script contains (this is Allen's funniest movie since Mighty Aphrodite), are its supporting characters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Some episodes are funnier than others, but they're all underscored by a pervasive melancholy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Queen taps into the universal curiosity the world shares toward royal families -- an element of the movie that Frears wisely mines for gentle humor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Juno comes on all wisecracking and aren't-we-clever, but don't be surprised if you find yourself getting choked up -- with happy tears -- by the end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Superbad never forgets the lesson one learns when looking back on one's awkward youth: Cool isn't just where society dictates; it is also where you find it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Half-Blood Prince is the franchise's “Empire Strikes Back” -- the episode in which the pace slows down a bit, the characters deepen and mature, the good guys take a big hit, and all hell is gearing up to break loose.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie doesn't quite achieve the transcendent effect it reaches for, saddled with an ending that fails to live up to our expectations. But the experience of watching Babel is undeniably riveting: Even if the film doesn't really lead anywhere, you still can't take your eyes off it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The straightforward approach is crucial, because the movie is constantly doling out so much information -- so many names and places and theories to keep track of -- that it borders on the overwhelming. Occasionally, it's a little dull, too.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Savages is ultimately about two siblings, both around 40, in the midst of learning it's never too late to start embracing life, no matter how rotten a hand you were dealt in the past.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Everyone in the movie is a buffoon or a dolt. No one is redeemable. The humor comes at the expense of the characters: You're always laughing at them, never with them. The Coens have never seemed this disdainful, this mocking, of their fellow man.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Hilarious and socially astute.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It is to director Tykwer's credit that, although you never come close to understanding Jean-Baptiste, you don't turn your nose up at him, either.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie takes a completely apolitical look at the lives of its three main characters, focusing not on their differences but on how, in a way, they are trapped by their cultures.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The casting is the key to the success of this absolutely hilarious crowd-pleaser.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Lacks emotional depth and sweep -- but the movie still delivers the type of rousing, large-scale adventure that marked the best films of its kind
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even if V for Vendetta isn't nearly as incendiary as it's been made out to be by some alarmist critics, there's still something enjoyably subversive about it, beginning with the way it tramples over the conventions of the contemporary action film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Through Tautou's performance, Coco Before Chanel reveals the formation of an artist.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although it strikes a perfect balance between otherworldly, slimy menace and 1950s B-movie cheesiness, The Host's computer-generated mutant isn't what makes this frantic, wild picture so much fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Humpday sells its admittedly far-fetched premise by illustrating how men often can't help but behave like stubborn children in the company of their friends -- even when the stakes are raised to ridiculous levels.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What ensues is a love story ringed by barbed wire and etched in blood with the jagged neck of a broken beer bottle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Considering the seedy nature of the adult film industry and the sad fates of many of its stars, Inside Deep Throat is surprisingly light on tragedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    With a steely, unblinking resolve, Downfall stares into the abyss, but does not pretend to comprehend it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In a simple, direct manner, Gunner Palace reminds you that the thousands of faceless, nameless troops in Iraq are still there after you switch off CNN.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Watching these coolly precise, methodical actors spar with each other at the top of their game is half the show.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For all its excitement Kung Fu Hustle is mostly a marvel of comedic ingenuity and mile-a-minute creativity run wild. You've never seen anything like it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Survives its surface annoyances because Lynch's script also has ambition, heart and something to say other than love conquers all.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Beguilingly odd.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Mysterious Skin bears all of Araki's hallmarks, from its stylish compositions and lush colors to its willingness to confront difficult subject matter head-on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The documentary Mad Hot Ballroom is packed from start to finish with adorable kids doing cute things: Rarely has a movie, fictional or not, had this much awwwww factor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For all its doom and gloom, Revenge of the Sith turns out to have a happy ending after all, giving Star Wars the send-off it deserves.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Batman Begins is a mature take on material often relegated to the kiddie file, and it's simply the latest proof that, when treated properly, comic books are a viable art form for all ages. Bring on the sequel.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is enchanting yet strangely menacing, and it becomes clear that Pawlikowski is no mere love fool.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    With considerable passion and more than a little anger, Cronicas argues that our appetite for an increasing coarse and sensational type of news programming has skewed our inner compasses.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The excellent performances by the three leads, and the filmmakers' refusal to sugarcoat reality, elevate the film far beyond after-school special territory into something far more lasting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes the picture sail past its flaws is its earnest understanding of the desperation that drives people to regain control of their lives -- and the profound courage required to attempt it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For anyone interested in the art of comedy, it's a veritable primer on the vagaries of humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This long, gorgeous, occasionally maddening movie is the work of a hopeless romantic who knows there is no pain as bittersweet -- or as haunting -- as the pain of a broken heart.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Craven ("Scream," "Nightmare on Elm Street") is already a legend in horror film circles, but this is the first time he has tried his hand at a slick, relatively bloodless suspense-thriller, and the genre suits him.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A perfectly cast Keanu Reeves pokes deadpan fun at himself in the role of Justin's New Age dentist, who hypnotizes the kid and encourages him to find his inner ''power animal.'' And Vince Vaughn, in a rare straight turn, is excellent as Justin's high school teacher.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    None-too-subtly implies Murrow could easily be talking about the present day.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's an earnest, contemporary drama about adults -- OK, women -- that has no use for irony or cynicism, no room for cutting-edge, clever hipness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's an uncommonly optimistic meditation on death and lament, befitting a filmmaker whose movies (Jerry Maguire, Singles, Say Anything), no matter their subject matter, always double as a celebration of life.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite its serious subject matter, North Country is a crowd-pleaser at heart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It doesn't spoil any of the story's surprising twists to say that Three of Hearts ends up uncovering some poignant truths about the nature of love, the pressures of commitment and the limits to the compromises we are willing to make for the people we care about.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the sort of small, intimate movie that, if it had been made on a low budget by independent actors, would be celebrated to the skies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The best moments in Walk the Line are the plentiful musical sequences, from Cash's initial foray into the Sun Records studio in Memphis, to his nights performing in high school auditoriums alongside the likes of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, to his landmark concert at Folsom Prison in 1968, where his dangerous, edgy persona was cemented.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gaghan is attempting to cover so much ground in Syriana that the movie at times feels a little suffocating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    King Kong makes clear that Jackson has no contemporary peer when it comes to outsized, transporting fantasies that enchant in an era when special effects have become white noise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Its social consciousness aside, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is really a simple love story between men set in the American West, although unlike "Brokeback Mountain," this love is purely platonic -- nothing more than the bond of brotherhood between two dear friends, a classic Western theme.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What really makes Hidden so involving is Haneke's sometimes maddening insistence on keeping things vague.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes Wolf Creek so effective is not its originality (which, let's face it, is practically non-existent), or even its amount of gore (the violence is implied more often than it's shown), but the ways in which McLean tweaks the usual formulas, so what you think is going to happen next almost never does.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's no denying the particular political slant of Why We Fight, but Jarecki's thoughtful, nonconfrontational approach makes it absorbing viewing, regardless of whether or not you buy his arguments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Simply too odd and unconventional to ever appeal to a broad audience, either at the multiplex or on home video.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Aside from its South African setting and flavor, there isn't a lot in Tsotsi that differs from its legion of similar Hollywood counterparts. But the movie's heart, along with Hood's refusal to sugarcoat the grim reality, wins you over no matter how many times you've seen this story told.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Running Scared is a vicious and brutal B-movie jacked up to hysterical, hallucinatory proportions -- a pulpy, violent action picture that torments the viewer as much as its characters, and I mean that as a compliment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Really a blistering satire about spin and the manipulation of the media.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unexpectedly funny, leisurely paced and oblivious to the demands of its genre, Inside Man has a loose, playful vibe that's at odds with its grave life-and-death scenario.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    ATL
    Buoyed by a superlative soundtrack, ATL plays a familiar song about growing up, but hits notes that sound brand new.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Feuerzeig presents an unyieldingly sympathetic but always fascinating portrait of an artist whose mental illness became inseparable from his art, with one often fueling the other.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Big and fast and silly, but it's never dumb, and it's certainly never boring, either. The summer movie onslaught has begun on a high note.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Lurking just beneath Water's serene, storybook surface is an unmissable, defiant passion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a breezy, homespun, relaxing thing...watching this laid-back picture feels, oddly enough, like a vacation from movies.