Rene Rodriguez
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For 1,649 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 3.4 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 Horse
Lowest review score: 0 Antitrust
Score distribution:
1,649 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There are a few surprises lurking in Cloverfield, and director Matt Reeves has an uncanny ability to time his jolts and scare when you least expect it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For anyone interested in the art of comedy, it's a veritable primer on the vagaries of humor.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most amazing magic yet for the wildly popular franchise: It is genuinely engrossing.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is funny and scary and touching in all the ways the best children's pictures are, but it is also fast and compact, running a perfectly paced 93 minutes (including credits).
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Hunt gives this funny, touching movie its soul, and the actors elevate the material into something more resonant and memorable than the story promises.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A brazen stunt that pays off. Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius, simultaneously channeling "Singin' in the Rain" and "A Star is Born," tells a story about 1920s Hollywood made in the style of that era.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Nolan, who has become an assured, stylish filmmaker in the span of only a few films, keeps the complicated plot spinning.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If I hadn't seen the original, I might have gone ga-ga over Reeves' version. But even with the shock of novelty gone, the film still draws you into its chilly, demonic heart.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    You may not remember The Crazies in a month, but you'll have a grand time watching it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's almost startling to see a film that believes in itself and its characters so deeply.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the chief pleasures of My Week with Marilyn - which should not be approached as anything other than fluffy entertainment - is watching Williams bring to life Monroe's inner demons and her movie-star allure with equal aplomb. By the time the film's book-ending closing musical number comes around (That Old Black Magic), the illusion is astounding and complete.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Swinton single-handedly carries The Deep End past its nagging ambiguities.
    • 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 high-wire act of storytelling, tone and old-fashioned chutzpah.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although the movie never so much as flirts with melodrama, there is still a bittersweet undercurrent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    La Promesse (The Promise) makes filmmaking look easy. The movie is deceptively simple, a tight little drama about guilt and conscience in which the creators' strings are completely invisible. It's fine storytelling in its purest form. [31 Jan. 1997, p.27G]
    • Miami Herald
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This lively, infuriating and occasionally moving film certainly leaves you thinking, and there isn't a dead spot in it. That's the mark of a real filmmaker, not just a muckraker.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Don Jon is nominally a love triangle between a woman, a man and his laptop, but the movie is much more thoughtful and substantial than that, and it takes a compassionate and humane approach to all of its characters, even when they’re at their most despicable.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is wild, but not in the ways that you expect, and it’s also surprisingly chaste — you think you see a lot more than you actually do.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shower is also a comedy -- but it's the movie's melancholy streak that is its strongest asset.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For this last chapter, the filmmakers play things relatively straight, resulting in the best Shrek movie to date.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A crackling crime drama assembled from a scrap heap of hoary cliches, Takers proves that everything old can sometimes really be new again.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There is nothing in this surprisingly funny, exciting film that feels like homework, and Branagh even dares to end the film on, if not quite a cliffhanger, then a daring "To Be Continued" note.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly intense and frightening experience, The Conjuring is the first genuinely scary release in ages by a major studio that features practically no violence and spills only a bit of blood.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Focusing on the contestants who make the initial cut -- two men and two women -- the film can't resist wringing some American Idol-style suspense from speculation about who the eventual victor will be. But the movie also leaves no doubt as to who the real winners are.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Rush is the kind of Hollywood studio production that has sadly become all too rare — a smart, exciting, R-rated entertainment for grown-ups that quickens your pulse and puts on a great show without ever insulting your intelligence.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In The Shape of Things, love doesn't just hurt: It bites, and bites deep.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    May not reinvent the wheel, but its expertly delivered thrills would hit the spot at any time of year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's the overriding spirit of the movie that forms its greatest appeal: Here's a movie that isn't intent on conquering the world but simply entertaining you for a breezy 90 minutes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a quiet, powerful film about the lengths we'll go to for the sake of the people we love - and the depths we'll sink to for the sake of the ones we hate.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Bug
    Bug has an uncompromising, anything-goes daring: Friedkin, 71, has nothing to lose at this point, and he has made this low-budget, brazenly over-the-top picture strictly on his own terms.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Dark, grim and exciting entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A manic and at times surprising comedy that has more imagination and creativity than all the Transformers pictures combined.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The film isn't as concerned with terrifying you as it is with showing you a good time, culminating with an over-the-top climax that is simultaneously utterly ridiculous and enjoyable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Elysium, the second movie from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, isn’t quite as inventive or fresh as his knockout debut, 2009’s "District 9." But the new picture is cut from the same cloth — furiously exciting sci-fi, carefully considered and loaded with allegories and social commentary.
    • 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
    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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Blue Caprice only spends a few minutes reenacting their crime — the movie shows us exactly how they did it in just a couple of scenes — because the facts of the case aren’t the movie’s focus. Instead, this lyrical, frightening film is a portrait of a man consumed by self-hatred who decided to take it out on the world.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie's utter lack of predictability helps to keep you engaged, even if some of the plot turns are a bit baffling, and the unusual depth and complexity of the characters -- the eponymous heroine in particular -- give the picture its unusual, scalding power. You've never met a mother quite like this one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Corben has done an impressive amount of journalistic research that will be of particular interest to South Florida audiences. Every time you think Miami couldn't possibly get any weirder, it does.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Like "The King’s Speech" or "Shakespeare in Love," The Theory of Everything sometimes feels a bit too polished and precise, leaving no room for ambiguity and always staying easy to digest, like elegant pap.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Could there possibly be anything left to gain from yet another adaptation of Charles Dickens' tale about crabby old Ebenezer Scrooge and his life-changing encounter with three ghosts on Christmas Eve? In the case of Disney's A Christmas Carol, the answer is a surprising, resounding yes -- at least so far as the IMAX 3D version goes.
    • 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.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Yes, Pineapple Express is exceedingly crude, but it's never mean or lewd, and for all the drugs and gore in it, the movie is also strangely, unrelentingly sweet, even when its characters are bleeding to death.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is filled with graphic sex scenes that leave nothing to the imagination — this film would make even John Waters blush — but there’s more at work here than shock value and sensationalism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Chungking Express is really a sly and perceptive examination of the effects of urban alienation on romance -- specifically in its scarily dense and overdeveloped setting of dazzling Hong Kong. Chungking Express meanders at times and occasionally annoys (you won't want to listen to California Dreaming ever again), but the movie is all of one mood, and it leaves you craving more. [29 Mar 1996, p.21G]
    • Miami Herald
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite its serious subject matter, North Country is a crowd-pleaser at heart.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Succeeds where so many other recent horror pictures have failed: It consistently scares you silly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The House I Live In is a work of journalism, not propaganda: Jarecki has done his research and leaves it to you to decide what to make of it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie, which is as low-key and subdued as Tewfiq himself, is something of a marvel: a precious work of minimalism that, instead of disappearing into itself the way so many small-scale comedies do, grows before your eyes into something profound and profoundly affecting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Using a buzzy, unnerving score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Citizenfour makes you share the same sense of shock and paranoia as Snowden spews damning information that implicates the White House in transgressions that extend beyond our borders into other countries.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Musical Chairs is about overcoming impossible odds and never giving up and chasing your dreams – all that afterschool-special stuff - but it's also charming and upbeat, and it's stuffed with great, vibrant, insanely catchy music. No Bee Gees, though.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A very complicated movie. It is also pretty wonderful.
    • Miami Herald
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    One gigantic pile of cornball clichés, but there's no denying the movie works you over anyway.
    • 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.
    • Miami Herald
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Scorsese has crafted a luxurious entertainment that goes down like a flute of sparkling, silky champagne.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's a terrible beauty to the work of Larry Clark, the controversial photographer turned filmmaker, that transcends chic nihilism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Corbijn makes the familiar strange, focusing on details other filmmakers would gloss over.
    • 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.
    • Miami Herald
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This Is the End is a marvelously sustained, high-wire goof – a movie so nutty and daring, so crazy and out-there, that it feels like a low-budget independent except with big stars and a sizable budget.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The first of this summer's would-be blockbusters that deserves to be a hit.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There are no "Crying Game" switcharoos or "Sixth Sense" plot twists in store here. But knowing too much about Catfish beforehand ruins the experience.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The sci-fi thriller Repo Men gets off to a sluggish start. But wait. You have to give the movie time to find its groove and establish its premise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The fact that Garland manages to cram in speculative ideas about the perils of a society that relies too heavily on technology is a bonus. In Ex Machina, love hurts, big time, for man and machine alike.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike last year's "Coco Before Chanel," in which Audrey Tautou played a warmer, kinder spirit, Mouglais presents her character as steely and unbending, a woman who has built her empire on her terms and refuses to abdicate the slightest control on her life.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Baghead will disappoint gore hounds or anyone looking for an extreme horror experience -- this is more of a comedy-drama than anything else.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The casting is the key to the success of this absolutely hilarious crowd-pleaser.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Tangled packs old-fashioned Disney magic as endless as Rapunzel's locks.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Where Planet Terror is all hollow, self-conscious homage, Death Proof is the work of a director striving to make something original while remaining true to the movies that influenced him. It is also, once it gets going, terrific, sensational fun -- precisely the vibe Grindhouse aims for, but only sporadically attains.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a dark and shivery story about motherhood, a common subject for horror movies, but one that’s rarely treated with such intelligence or seriousness of intent.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Visitor is a small movie, but its emotions could not be writ any larger.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What distinguishes The Orphanage are some spare but fiendishly well-placed shocks that give the film an extra sense of danger: You can't take comfort with this one assuming you know what lurks around each corner, because you don't. Trust me.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Tilda Swinton is the star of We Need to Talk About Kevin, and her performance is so complex and volcanic and transfixing that all of the film's flaws melt away.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The performances are all terrific - Stillman gets his actors to latch onto his absurdist vibe, then gives them wonderfully rich dialogue to play with.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Point Blank is as disposable as a feature-length episode of TV's 24: The movie is all adrenaline and excitement, and it doesn't really stay with you. Just try to tear your eyes away while you're watching it, though.

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