Rene Rodriguez

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For 1,733 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 2.6 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 War of the Worlds
Lowest review score: 0 Antitrust
Score distribution:
1733 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Brings the viewer up close and personal with the face of evil.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Raucous look at an equally raucous phenomenon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Miraculously, the new picture makes the old one feel like Evans was just warming up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The sound never loses its urgency, its sense of immediate danger, straight through to the closing shot of the film.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is filled with small, loaded moments that resonate like gunshots in an echo chamber.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Narco Cultura isn’t a documentary about runaway crime: Its actual subject is far stranger.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    American Splendor reminds you that sometimes, simply getting out of bed each morning can be the most heroic of acts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Delivers all the expected moments of high suspense --that is worthy of Hitchcock
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Leaves you in a state of stunned, exhilarated awe, both for what it shows and how it shows it.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie puts Jasira -- and the audience -- through the wringer, but it also makes the ride worth it.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Birdman takes advantage of every facet of Keaton’s talent, from his knack for absurdist comedy to his seemingly effortless ability to tap into graceful profundity without making a big show of it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    With a film this funny, exciting and visually stimulating, who cares if you know exactly what's going to happen next, and when.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    At two hours, the movie is probably 15 minutes too long -- the final half-hour in particular could have used some trimming -- but complaining about having too much of a good thing makes one sound like a grouch.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The film’s true subject, though, is innate talent — for music, writing, painting, sculpture, plumbing — and the superhuman lengths we sometimes have to go to in order to wring it out of ourselves.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The rapturous power of music has rarely been captured as purely and joyously as it is in Calle 54.
    • Miami Herald
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A unique bond still develops between the two outcasts, leading to an unexpected resolution that ends this subtle, deeply humane movie on an ambiguous, but unmistakably hopeful, note.
    • 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.”
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    In a film overstuffed with tragedy, the most painful one might be the gradual transformation of Fernando's moral and intellectual indignation into a weary, cynical detachment.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    For now, The Two Towers feels like the second installment in what next year, when Frodo finally reaches Mount Doom and the story draws to a close, we'll surely be hailing as a masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This iconoclastic filmmaker seduces you with ridiculous laughs, then sends you home contemplating your mortality and your place in the world.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is one of the most visually astonishing martial-arts fantasies ever made.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Attention all geeks (and geeks at heart): Get ready for two hours of serious awesome.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Maps to the Stars is haunted by ghosts, the way the film industry is haunted by its past, and Cronenberg gradually tapers down the dark humor and starts to amp up the ugliness of these blank, superficial lives.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The summer movie season has barely begun, and already we have its first big surprise.
    • 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
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Its lingering hangover, however, is decidedly pleasant.
    • Miami Herald
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The relentless pace is a big part of the fun. Who ever heard of a slow rollercoaster, anyway? You'll have to ride this one in the theater, though. It simply won't be the same at home.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Nowhere Boy is great at depicting the birth of Lennon's love for his art.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a strange kind of spiritual movie -- one that aims for the gut more often than the heart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    To lump in this smart, subtle, deviously effective thriller with "The Omen" or "The Good Son" is neither fair nor entirely accurate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    You have never seen a movie quite like this one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's no denying the intelligence at work here, or Braff's skill at weaving off-the-wall humor and sight gags into a story that, at heart, is profoundly sad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is easily Bay’s best movie, the work of a filmmaker with a cracked sense of humor that he is able to share with the audience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Delivers an even bigger sugar rush than the hit Broadway musical.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although not quite as over-the-top visually as his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, Youth is still spectacular, filled with tableaux (a group of people sweating silently inside a sauna, a naked man and his prostitute inside a hotel room) that juxtapose the desires and personalities of young and old without dialogue.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's an unabashedly square picture, and proud of it. It is also a warm, funny, earnest movie, a stand-up exercise in a kind of Hollywood melodrama -- the feel-good weepie -- that has long been out of fashion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a shrewd, poignant drama disguised as a comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie also glows bright with life and hope, celebrating the innate human instinct to push onward and persevere, even in the face of incomprehensible evil.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Primer is obviously not for all tastes, but if it connects with you, prepare to be obsessed.
    • 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
    • Miami Herald
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although the characters are all cartoons, Ritchie still invests them with enough personality to make them stand out as real people, which is what makes RocknRolla much more involving than your typical Tarantino ripoff.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Cassel, who won a Cesar (France's equivalent to the Oscar) for his performance, invests the character with a grounding of humanity and honor that imply there are certain lines even Mesrine would never cross.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Not all of the characters in the movie get just and fair send-offs, but Virzi’s stylish picture argues that’s the price we pay when a capitalist society trains us to place our own selfish interests above everything else. It’s a rat race that ultimately has no winners.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Weiner tells a different story — a riveting portrait of a man so consumed by hubris and confidence that he is utterly blind to his failings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Initially sounds perverted but ends up being just the opposite.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Mud
    You come away from Mud fondly remembering those two boys, especially Ellis, who has taken his first steps toward adulthood and discovers it suits him just fine.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is a rare live-action Disney movie that merits comparison to its beloved feature-length cartoons.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is so cheerfully, furiously relentless, its contagious silliness wears you down.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A brisk and lively cinematic Cliff's Notes of the 2005 nonfiction bestseller that made the lofty promise to reveal "the hidden side of everything."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie leaves you feeling angry and frustrated anyway. And justice for all? Hardly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Will Noah anger some rigid purists and scholars because of the liberties it takes? Perhaps. But the point to take home is the message the movie leaves you with, which works regardless of your faith (or lack thereof). Humans are inherently flawed. How we deal with those defects is what truly matters.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    By film’s end, everyone has been transformed for the worst. Heli is a troubling and upsetting picture, a portrait of a broken country that seems to be beyond repair and a depiction of how violence and corruption, when left unchecked, taints saints and sinners alike, sparing no one.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The film seems simple and facile at a glance, but these characters and their dilemmas stay with you. These days, any of us could suddenly be Larry Crowne.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A thoroughly satisfying and engaging children's picture that never forgets those kids probably didn't get to the theater by themselves.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie has an exhilarating energy that is never exhausting, and the filmmaker’s trademark excesses, although toned down, are still at play. The meek should be wary; for everyone else, it’s party time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A savage, insane movie - in the best way possible.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    With Moore’s formidable, Oscar-bound performance, the picture transcends the usual cliches of the genre to become something far more moving and profound.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Joy Ride is also surprisingly funny, thanks mostly to Zahn.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is not without its pleasures. Chief among them is Sean Connery's robust performance.
    • Miami Herald
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Using a semi-documentary approach, Glatzer and Westmoreland circumvent the considerable potential for sentimentality inherent in their story, instead taking a frank and direct approach to kids who, while far from hardened, are nowhere near innocent, either.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's the cinematic equivalent of a good page-turner, and even if it's nonsense, its claws dig surprisingly deep.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Abel is a man with ideals in a world that has no use for them: If he’s going to succeed, he’s going to have to use his wits instead of bullets, and although the odds against him are formidable, watching his struggle is riveting entertainment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In the movie’s best scene, Bisset lays into Depardieu with the rage and anger of a woman who has tolerated bad behavior for too long (there’s a fiery spontaneity to their verbal sparring that makes you wonder if the scene was improvised).
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Scott Cooper, who directed and co-wrote Out of the Furnace, empathizes with people who feel their lives have hit a dead end (his previous film, "Crazy Heart," earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar as a washed-up country singer who had given up on himself). These are difficult characters to dramatize.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Written and directed by James Mottern with more attention to character than to plot, Trucker is a simple, unadorned study of a loner forced by circumstance to embrace the world again -- but only on her terms.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The best way to approach Joel and Ethan Coen's eagerly awaited True Grit is to lower your expectations, then lower them a bit more. The problem is not the movie, which is a terrific, no-nonsense, straightforward western. The surprise – or vague disappointment – is the prevailing lack of Coen-ness in the movie.
    • 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.
    • Miami Herald

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