For 1,599 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lowest review score: 0 Antitrust
Score distribution:
1,599 movie reviews
    • 72 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
    This remarkable documentary argues that art can also be the glue that binds disparate souls.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Narco Cultura isn’t a documentary about runaway crime: Its actual subject is far stranger.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Has the ring of classic Disney seamlessly combined with a modern-day sensibility.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie has a longing melancholy that leavens the humor — it’s a surprisingly sad, gentle comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Miraculously, the new picture makes the old one feel like Evans was just warming up.
    • 77 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.
    • 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]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie offers just the right amount of spectacle.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Pay attention, Michael Bay: This is what thrilling summer movies look like.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    “Movies are a machine that helps us generate a little empathy,” Ebert said about films. Life Itself is a lovely, eloquent tribute to a man who devoted his existence to showing us just that.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A funny and constantly surprising exercise in comic tension.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gere has never been better cast.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Roberts inhabits the character with a gravity and poignancy that she had never even hinted at before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Often grim, but never nihilistic: Even at its darkest, Dizdar gives the movie an optimistic bounce. The movie is often shockingly funny, too.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gets everything right.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What Sunshine State lacks in momentum, it makes up for with a Dickensian sprawl of characters -- 50 in all -- who possess the depth and humanity that has become a Sayles trademark.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Sitch keeps the tone consistently light, scoring big laughs all the way to the film's climax.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If this rousing, technically dazzling movie doesn't get you going, then you probably didn't like football to being with.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Its lingering hangover, however, is decidedly pleasant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's some genuine suspense in Lantana, including one unbearably tense moment that is worthy of Hitchcock. But the movie's most unnerving aspect is the way in which it suggests true happiness may be impossible to regain once you've lost it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Swinton single-handedly carries The Deep End past its nagging ambiguities.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    All of Egoyan's movies have revolved around characters with damaged, fragile psyches, but rarely have they been illustrated as deftly -- and as gracefully -- as in Felicia's Journey.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Light on plot but heavy on observation: Wang concentrates on exploring the unseen ways in which mother and daughter rely on each other.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Milks Carter's story for maximum "inspirational" value, and at times the movie skirts dangerously close to afterschool-special territory.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Suggests that professional wrestling is more than a multibillion-dollar industry: It's also a way of life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although the movie never so much as flirts with melodrama, there is still a bittersweet undercurrent.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A very complicated movie. It is also pretty wonderful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Lives up to its advance buzz as a showcase for some wonderful performances and a sharp storytelling eye by director Gavin O'Connor.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If The Score isn't quite in the same league as the classic "Rififi" or even "Thief," its single-mindedness still makes for a refreshing change from the preposterous bloat of most contemporary action movies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's almost startling to see a film that believes in itself and its characters so deeply.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This bleak, oh-so-dark comedy is one of the best movies you almost didn't get to see.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's nothing in Bounce you haven't seen before, but the movie is surprisingly unsentimental, the Paltrow factor cannot be denied.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Compared to manipulative tearjerkers like "Pay It Forward" or "Men of Honor," Billy Elliot is a model of restraint, one that earns its warmth the hard way -- by making us care about the people who are going through familiar steps.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The strength of the performances, along with the good will generated by these flawed but likable characters, carry the movie through.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Past the foreign mysticism and eccentricity of Tibetan Buddhism to portray its characters as unmistakably, identifiably human.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is small and familiar, but this time, those turn out to be strengths.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If nothing else, Startup.com is a pointed reminder that mixing business and friendship never, ever works.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    May prove too dark to make the list of Schwarzenegger's biggest hits. But the movie suggests the actor still has a lot to offer -- and he's willing to take some chances, too. Welcome back, Arnold.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's all speed, movement and blood -- lots and lots of blood.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Streep is simply amazing to behold, an actress who invests every fiber of her being -- every gesture, every inflection, every strand of hair -- into her performance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a small, intimate movie bound to get lost in the holiday shuffle, but its pleasures are worth seeking out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    After a leisurely first half, The Devil's Backbone becomes utterly spellbinding, its tension mounting in steady increments, its story taking one dark turn after another, and its bittersweet resolution destined to haunt you long after you've left the theater.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    While the film is undeniably melancholy, Moretti's trademark light touch keeps it from becoming overbearing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Style is the main attraction in The Limey -- it's as close to experimental filmmaking as mainstream movies get -- but the film works well when taken simply as a pure revenge drama, too.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Eclectic, grandly engaging documentary.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This genial, lyrical little movie seems guaranteed to broaden Kitano's fan base in the United States.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shower is also a comedy -- but it's the movie's melancholy streak that is its strongest asset.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Joy Ride is also surprisingly funny, thanks mostly to Zahn.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A wonderfully rumpled, loose comedy about the paralyzing fear of failure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An exploration of how fear and mob rule can poison even the purest of souls.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a simple message, and it's delivered with a grace and subtlety that's rare in would-be blockbusters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Exuberant, often hilarious.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Impossible to watch passively. It may be a work of pure fiction, with the requisite preposterous plot turns, but it still has the air of a ''what if?'' scenario, and it is perfectly, thoroughly chilling.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is not without its pleasures. Chief among them is Sean Connery's robust performance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Carrey's amazing transformation in Man on the Moon does justice to Kaufman's undefinable talents and his peculiar outlook on entertainment.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie isn't a thriller, but it has the tension of a thriller, and its cool, icy tone, deliberate pacing and clean, antiseptic lines are reminiscent of Kubrick and Antonioni.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie ultimately turns out to be less about sex than it is about the point in a friendship where two people decide they will both be better off if they part ways.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If The Magdalene Sisters occasionally flirts with cartoonishness, the movie is tempered by Mullan's considerable filmmaking skills.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Never becomes cloying, because although Agresti does not lose sight of the great sadness at the center of his tale, he resists the temptation to overplay its bigger moments.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is an unwieldy but still compelling look at the plight of immigrants wrapped in a thriller about black-market organ transplants.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Precious without ever being cloying, All the Real Girls is a wise, delicate and immensely touching romance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A sparkling exercise in movie cool.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Occasionally feels a bit suffocating, like being trapped at a party by a drunkard who won't shut up until he tells you his entire life story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It is as emotionally raw and wrenching as life itself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a thriller that embraces stillness and silence where others prefer noise and bombast. It thrives on the hush before the explosion instead of its aftermath, and it's that eerie sense of expectation that gives the film its thick aura of suspense.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A fascinating record of how the movie fell apart, piece by piece, with everything short of a natural disaster conspiring against the filmmaker.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Loses its nerve in the final minutes, relying on a series of contrivances to arrive at an unconvincingly pat, happy ending. The story begged for a darker, more biting resolution.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For those with the patience to latch onto Van Sant's slow, methodical groove. It's worth trying.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Celebrates a larger-than-life heroism that is, sadly, all too rare.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If Treasure Planet falls short of "Lion King's" classic status, it still proves there is plenty of room in animation for movies that aren't geared exclusively to 8-year-olds.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie asks tough, unflinching questions about America's responsibility to maintain world peace -- and the price we are willing to pay in order to accomplish that. Timely stuff, indeed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Nothing fantastic or supernatural ever happens, but you can still feel cosmic forces at work behind the scenes, conspiring to repeatedly test the movie's characters, doling out reward and punishment in equal doses.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Might have been unbearable if Linklater hadn't filled it with so much self-deprecating humor, undercutting the pretentiousness whenever it threatens to become too thick.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a rare breed of crowd-pleaser: a big-hearted, generous movie that never patronizes the audience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A very engrossing movie, the kind that gives shameless manipulation a good name.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The package is perfectly irresistible.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    More sour than sweet, but Steers knows that, even in a cruel, unsentimental world, there is room for forgiveness and hope. Just don't expect a hug.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly playful fright machine -- a fun house factory of scares.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Only a very stony heart could resist its pull.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shows Jerry Seinfeld as you've never seen him before: being unfunny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The world's newfound familiarity with the region's troubles only make Kandahar more compelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Has the feverish intensity of a bad dream, leavened with a subversive sense of humor that is both sophisticated and cracked.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In The Shape of Things, love doesn't just hurt: It bites, and bites deep.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Frida, the kaleidoscopic drama based on the life of the Mexican painter/feminist/icon Frida Kahlo, was directed by Julie Taymor, which is the movie's first blessing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If Heaven doesn't quite achieve the transcendent power that Kieslowski might have attained, it comes close. One shot in particular, with the couple making love under a tree in silhouette, is a thing of quiet, sublime beauty that is eloquent in a way words never could be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly perceptive and finely shaded character drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is so cheerfully, furiously relentless, its contagious silliness wears you down.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Never crosses over into meanness, and even the most satirical character has a moment of empathy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Watching this essentially good but misguided kid slide into a hopeless future is both transfixing and heartbreaking.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even if the movie loses its nerve at the end, that doesn't take anything away from Washington's performance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Calling a comedy old-fashioned nowadays might seem like a backhanded compliment, but that's precisely what this genial, funny movie is.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Fast, wacky and bubbling with passion or dark, troubled and doomed. In the unusually titled crazy/beautiful, it's all those things at once.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The rare sort of movie that gives predictability a good name.