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 Melancholia
Lowest review score: 0 Antitrust
Score distribution:
1,565 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This time, the actors don't seem to be making up the movie as they go along, and they're guided by a gifted director who has earned the right to have some guileless fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An unusually vicious and unforgiving study of police corruption, Narc is a stylistic throwback to such classic 1970s cop dramas as "The French Connection" and "Serpico," with a 21st century helping of the old ultra-violence.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Raunchy, provocative and often very funny.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What Bloody Sunday lacks in clarity, it makes up for with a great, fiery passion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There is some exhilarating wordplay in 8 Mile, and you don't have to be a fan of rap to appreciate its quicksilver energy and mischievous wit. For all its grit, 8 Mile ends up radiating a joyful, hopeful vibe. It's an old-school charmer.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A triumph of technology over humanity, and if it falls short of a completely fulfilling experience, it also achieves the kind of primal emotion movies were invented for: wonder.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a big, audacious stunt of a movie -- pointless, perhaps, but incredibly fun to play with.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Guaranteed to beguile anyone who can remember the joy -- and agony -- of anticipating the first time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A sleek, rousing contraption, a comic-book movie with a sense of playfulness, a welcome streak of humor and just the right touch of gravity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is speculative, heady stuff, far removed from traditional Hollywood summer entertainment, which alone will earn A.I. a devoted following.
    • 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
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Strikes out toward freakishly original territory after all. Fans of the off-beat, your movie has arrived.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Where Traffic stumbles is in its inability to engage the heart with the same fervor it engages the intellect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    You could describe Read My Lips as a love story, but that would make the movie sound much more conventional than it really is. See it now, before the inevitable Hollywood remake flattens out all its odd, intriguing wrinkles.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Exhausting at times, frustrating in others, Magnolia is mostly just exhilarating, the product of a raw, vibrant talent finding his footing in an adult world -- and unafraid to make mistakes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Doesn't sugarcoat the painful realities of Alzheimer's or the difficult decisions faced by relatives of its victims, but by film's end, its clear-eyed melancholy winds up feeling strangely uplifting.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Jackson's dazzling vision turns the story into a real movie-movie -- one that, unlike too many fantasy films today, is genuinely transporting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's best to just enjoy Hannibal for what it is: A decadent, elegant waltz about evil's seductive bloom. As sequels go, you could do a lot worse.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    So thoroughly absorbing while it's unfolding that later, when you play the movie back in your head, it's surprising to realize how ordinary it is. That's a testament to Nolan's talent: He's able to make even the hoariest clichés feel fresh.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Surprisingly enjoyable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's pure popcorn entertainment, and it's pure formula, too: It's already been described, somewhat derisively, as Home Alone for grown-ups, which is not entirely off the mark.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Snatch is admittedly superficial, if not downright disposable. More importantly, though, the movie is also fantastic, cheeky fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A mature, insightful and extremely well-acted study of a boy at a crossroads in his life, and a doomed, tortured man who, consciously or not, longs for some kind of redemption, before it's too late.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The first of this summer's would-be blockbusters that deserves to be a hit.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Ebullient, joyous film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the many pleasures in Spellbound is watching the reactions of these young brainiacs, all under the age of 14, as they first hear the word they are being asked to spell (''Is that even a word?'' seems to be a common thought passing through their heads.)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    By film's end, Leconte has made you believe these disparate men inhabit the same soul: The chasm between them is a matter of paths not taken.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's impossible to watch this beautifully chaotic, excessive movie impassively. You'll either embrace what Luhrmann has done here or run out of the theater, holding your head.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What distinguishes Spider-Man from most other comic book movies is that the film is at its most engaging when its hero is out of costume.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the most impressive directorial debut since"Reservoir Dogs." Being John Malkovich is weird, all right-- the best kind of weird, the kind you haven't seen before.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    May not reinvent the wheel, but its expertly delivered thrills would hit the spot at any time of year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Lee delivers a beautiful evocation of the American Dream in its simplest, purest form.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The same premise could have been turned into a satirical comedy, but Better Luck Tomorrow opts for a more corrosive, challenging route, one whose troubling, morally ambiguous ending offers no easy resolution.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    As a piece of storytelling, Fight Club is a bit of a dud: It's a good 15 minutes too long, and the tension doesn't build the way you wish it would.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The more you know about the 1912 tragedy, the more you will appreciate the sights of Ghosts of the Abyss.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    But for all the duplicitous minds playing games with each other on the screen, Nine Queens' best con artist turns out to be Bielinsky himself -- and his target is the audience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    As the movie breathlessly cuts back and forth from a boisterous wedding celebration to a high-stakes soccer match, even the grumpy cynics will have been won over.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Best of all, L'Auberge Espagnol uses Barcelona as a veritable character, a picturesque, vivacious place where, as one character puts it, ''No one eats before 10 p.m."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    By turns endearing and hilarious, Lilo & Stitch is proof the folks at Disney should break their own rules more often.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Isn't only the silliest, most ridiculous movie of the summer; it may also be the most flat-out fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Ratner is canny enough to close the movie with a devilish tease that will send the Lambs faithful out with a delirious smile. What Red Dragon won't do is haunt your nightmares. Who could have guessed Hannibal Lecter would ever become such a crack-up?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Cynics may roll their eyes at Hardball's earnestness, but the movie proves even the most conventional stories can move and engage you, provided they're told well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is easily the funniest of the Terminator movies (although not, it should be stressed, the lightest). It is also the shortest and most compact.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This superbly realized, clammy and unsettling movie doesn't hinge on plot. Claustrophobic and profoundly creepy, Spider isn't a pleasant viewing experience, and that's the point.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An involving, sweetly touching love story, buoyed by Crowe's natural, poetic dialogue and his knack for writing characters (especially women) who feel like real people instead of plot devices.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Fiendishly tricky contraption.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A rollicking, jumbo-sized swashbuckler, awash in sword fights, cursed treasures, plank walkings and hurtling cannonballs. This stylish, rousing movie has been directed with refreshing levity and wit.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A ferociously entertaining and mean little horror movie that achieves the kind of outrageous vibe best enjoyed in a crowded, noisy theater.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The whole movie is at once formulaic, clichéd and predictable, yet surprising, engaging and filled with subtle, unexpected details.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Slight but extremely effective, and its characters so engaging that even the sad finale, which is not entirely unexpected or original, manages to pack surprising power.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The more preposterous Out of Time gets, the more enjoyable the movie becomes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is a polished (and irresistible) piece of crowd-pleasing formula and deserves to become a monster hit. But it is also a perfect showcase for the volcanic talents of the rotund comedian/musician/all-around wildman.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Self-indulgent, overwrought, shallow and ridiculous. It is also brilliant, a blast of cinematic lunacy and as much of a guilty pleasure as the schlocky movies Tarantino adores, which was probably the point. Sometimes, only a Big Mac will do.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    By retelling Glass' pathetic tale, Shattered Glass reminds you how our culture's emphasis on success and stardom in any field -- and the betrayal of ethics to attain them -- has a cumulative, corrosive effect on society, no matter how small the stage may be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes Master and Commander so bracing and transporting -- what makes the movie feel unlike any adventure film you've seen before -- is the precise detail and care with which Weir places us aboard the HMS Surprise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    But there are so many beautiful, tender moments in In America -- that it's easy to forgive Sheridan's manipulative ploys.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie's emotional impact is undeniable. It's a devastating portrait of smart, civilized people driven to behave in uncivilized ways, until it's too late.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Theron's transformation in Monster goes far beyond mere appearance. As Wuornos, the actress gets to display a blunt, graceless physicality that is rarely needed in women's roles, which are traditionally internal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For all its cross-cultural hijinks, Japanese Story winds up as a tale about the fragility of human beings and the lasting strength of the bonds we form during times of crisis.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Never buys into Wuornos' bizarre claims or questions her guilt in the murders. It does, however, make a powerful argument against capital punishment, no matter which side of the debate you happen to take.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even for a sport already filled with horrific accidents and tales of unlikely survival, the mountain-climbing nightmare told in Touching the Void is astonishing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a strange kind of spiritual movie -- one that aims for the gut more often than the heart.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's a strange, bittersweet melancholy in watching the protagonists of Good Bye, Lenin! being buffeted about by change, but refusing to let go of each other.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Like most movies about death, the gentle, quirky Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself ultimately turns out to be a story about embracing life.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Faster, leaner and more compact than the original. Dumber, too, but that's almost always the case with remakes.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A high-wire act of storytelling, tone and old-fashioned chutzpah.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Energetic, nostalgic, occasionally troubling movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There are other filmmakers who might have been drawn to a comic book as enchantingly ridiculous as Hellboy. But there are none who would have turned in a sleek $60 million picture as daringly silly, playful and imaginative as this one.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The dead-serious Man on Fire awakens a genuine sense of bloodlust in the viewer. This is a slick, big-budget, A-list production designed to stoke our basest impulses -- to make us long for, and cheer at, bloody, merciless vengeance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    War may set the stage for Strayed, but the film's real focus is something much quieter and internal: People caught in the throes of a transformation that is not of their making and struggling to adapt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Here, finally, is a Harry Potter picture that lives up to its potential -- that, plainly, LIVES.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Serves as a beautiful and delicate reminder of the myriad ways in which life is lived on this huge planet of ours.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Because Kitano also wrote and directed the movie, Zatoichi also features all kinds of beguiling, if admittedly bizarre, subplots and forays into nonsequitur territory.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    So beautifully directed, so pleasurable to watch and so thoughtfully put together, it's a disappointment when you realize, halfway through, that the movie is going to fall way short of a masterpiece.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unapologetically slanted -- and often hilarious.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Every time Riding Giants starts feeling a little too insidery for casual viewers, along comes another, even bigger wave, daring these puny mortals to conquer it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shot in the style of a documentary, which lends the movie an aura of utter realism, Maria Full of Grace derives an unsettling power from the clinical details of Maria's ordeal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Achieves an assaultive intensity that adds a level of visceral excitement to car chases, mano-a-mano showdowns -- even simple conversations. It's a style that takes some getting used to -- the images flit by at near-subliminal speeds -- but proves tremendously effective.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Filled with conspiracies, intrigue and the suggestion that modern-day society is purposely designed to drive us a little nuts, The Manchurian Candidate is a paranoid fantasy for our time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Collateral is a small, modest movie writ large by people so talented, they aren't capable of anything less.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Red Lights is actually an examination of marriage -- of what keeps people together long after the passion has fizzled, and all that's left is bitterness and resentment.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If you don't have a dog waiting for you at home after seeing A Letter to True, you'll want one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Mines a great deal of its humor from the can't-be-bothered attitude of British culture, but the jokes survive the trip across the Atlantic mostly intact.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Fabulously perverted comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Guaranteed to engage the decided and undecided alike, regardless of party affiliations.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Primer is obviously not for all tastes, but if it connects with you, prepare to be obsessed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a dreamy Southern gothic, a la "Night of the Hunter," with an emphasis on the dreamy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Ray
    If Ray fails to present a genuine portrait of a complex man's essence, it does leave you with an even greater sense of awe for Charles' accomplishments, both in his personal and public lives.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Such smooth, crisp entertainment, you barely even notice it has nothing new to say.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Cachorro's main flaw is in its ending, which seems somewhat abrupt and unfinished, but these characters have become so endearing by then that it hardly seems to matter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Scorsese has crafted a luxurious entertainment that goes down like a flute of sparkling, silky champagne.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A work of wonderfully sinister fantasy. Director Brad Silberling is always mindful of his kiddie audience -- the movie is never even remotely scary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Often, the movie leaves you wishing Briski had found a way to document more of her subjects' day-to-day lives.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Engaging and enjoyable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Heavy-handed and manipulative, it also proves formidably engrossing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's big, exciting, ambitious, and it makes you cry in all the right places.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An oddity, but a remarkably intriguing and original one, and in Buck ... it also has the most unforgettable movie character of the year.
    • 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.