For 1,596 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 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 The Watcher
Score distribution:
1,596 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Manages to turn an internal, solitary activity into fodder for an engaging, even exciting movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    By giving the hero's inner plight so many dimensions, Superman Returns brings a richer, grander perspective to a seminal character without changing his essence. It's a profoundly personal take on a universal icon, made by a filmmaker who continues to improve with each movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shaped just like the murder-mystery its title promises, the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? introduces us to the victim, then rounds up the suspects most likely responsible for its demise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is more of a thinking man's action flick -- a small, intense film made on a giant canvas that finds Mann experimenting with and pushing at the boundaries of mainstream filmmaking.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A straightforward, earnest, sentimental picture: It's all the things you'd think a Sept. 11 movie directed by Oliver Stone would never be.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    One gigantic pile of cornball clichés, but there's no denying the movie works you over anyway.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Director Kevin Macdonald, an accomplished maker of documentaries making his feature-film debut, gives The Last King of Scotland the pace and crackle of a thriller, albeit a thriller with substance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shortbus is, first and foremost, an experiment -- an accessible, audience-friendly movie about love and sex in which the screen doesn't fade to black once the actors start taking off their clothes.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The fact that you might emerge from the theater eager to give their albums a listen is a testament to how effective this lively and stirring movie about freedom of speech really is.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although the movie doesn't exactly romanticize the period, the film still generates a twinge of pride in viewers who lived in South Florida during that time -- and lived to tell about it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the amazing things about Volver is that Almodóvar once again manages to make a preposterous, overloaded plot seem sublime and organic: It's his profound empathy for his characters and their very human dilemmas and flaws that allows him to fling them into all sorts of odd places without ever losing sight of them as people.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This glitzy, infectious and unusually heartfelt musical doesn't always hang together as a satisfying narrative -- too many characters compete for too little screen time -- but its pleasures are numerous enough to override its flaws.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is essentially a vehicle for Smith, but the actor more than rises to the challenge. Rarely has attaining the American Dream seemed so impossible or daunting or so intensely, profoundly satisfying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    After the Wedding ends up feeling far weightier than it first appears, with its plot contrivances and unlikely coincidences generating such a messy range of emotions, they end up feeling a lot like real life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Black Book takes a brave, if odd, approach to a WWII historical drama, but one thing is certain: No one in the theater will be bored.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Succeeds where so many other recent horror pictures have failed: It consistently scares you silly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the chief pleasures of Paris, Je T'aime -- is seeing how each filmmaker adheres to their assignment of making a movie about love in Paris but still comes up with a distinctly personal work that bears their artistic sensibilities.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A glittering, beautifully made goof, and the bulk of its fun comes in watching so many talented people chasing after such trivial, disposable pleasures on such a large, big-budget scale.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Love makes us do all kinds of crazy things, but in Crazy Love, crazy seems too mild a word.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Sicko occasionally returns to Bush, but it doles out the smacks equally on both sides of the political spectrum (Sen. Hillary Clinton gets hers, too).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Surprisingly effective, rousing entertainment, which boasts plenty of old-school, at times jaw-dropping stunt work done the manly way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most surprising thing about Michael Bay's much-anticipated, blockbuster-bound Transformers is how funny the movie is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's never any question how Rescue Dawn will end, but as conventional and straightforward as the movie is, it's easy to understand why Herzog was driven to tell this story twice.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most amazing magic yet for the wildly popular franchise: It is genuinely engrossing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Delivers an even bigger sugar rush than the hit Broadway musical.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite the efforts of the cast (Byrne and Murphy are particularly good), you rarely feel a thing for any of them, but I don't think you're really supposed to, anyway. The characters in Sunshine tackle thorny ethical questions and debate the sanctity of life on their way to the sun, but the movie is really about the voyage, not the voyagers. Enjoy the sights.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most ingenious thing about the movie is how it plays to diehards and neophytes alike. Every Simpsons character gets at least a fleeting appearance (and occasionally, director David Silverstein uses the widescreen format to cram in as many of them into one shot as he can).
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A late-summer delight, a sleek, handsomely made bauble buoyed by a cast much stronger than the flimsy material deserves.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although it is never explicitly stated, Manda Bala essentially argues that when the middle class disappears, the rich and the poor end up feeding on each other, like the frogs that go cannibalistic at the frog farm that gives the movie its central metaphor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's no question The Invasion works in a mechanical, by-the-numbers manner. But it's what the movie leaves you with -- absolutely nothing -- that is the scariest thing about it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Across the Universe can't achieve the transcendence and exhilaration musicals strive for, but it often generates a singular kind of magic you've never experienced before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Here is an excellent crime thriller made with grown-ups in mind: Yep, it must definitely be fall.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It is a testament to how well the movie is made that even the most hardened viewer might find himself tearing up at moments -- and you won't have to hate yourself in the morning.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Initially sounds perverted but ends up being just the opposite.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It is a testament to just how well Enchanted works that by the time a dragon is flying around New York City, you've forgotten all about the movie's high-concept humor and become invested in the plight of its characters instead.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a B-movie with A-list aspirations, and it's at its best when it's not trying to be something it isn't.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Bitter, brittle, condescending and petty, the titular character of Margot at the Wedding, fabulously played by Nicole Kidman, is a successful short story writer who resents other people's happiness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    As formidable as Kingsley is, Elegy wouldn't work if his object of obsession wasn't worthy of him.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For horror fans, Halloween came a little later than usual this year, but it was worth the wait.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Has a crackling, almost farcical pace, even though its subject matter could not be more serious or complex.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    At its best when it is at its most freewheeling -- when it tramples past logic, motivation and basic plausibility in its pursuit of a funny, whimsical kind of nonsense.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Horton Hears a Who wisely preserves most of Seuss' verse in voiceover narration, but the main dialogue, while it doesn't rhyme, preserves the author's humanistic humor and whimsy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Instead of delivering a pointed statement, this timely and energetic crowd-pleaser aims for -- and accomplishes -- something much more difficult: It makes you fall in love with its characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes Young@Heart such an ingratiating experience goes far deeper than the novelty of seeing old people singing hard rock tunes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Visitor is a small movie, but its emotions could not be writ any larger.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Forbidden Kingdom may be nothing but disposable fun, but it is a great, heaping, overflowing helping of fun. If you're 10, it may also seem like "Citizen Kane."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It also leaves you pondering what you would have done if you had been one of the soldiers stationed there, fighting in an increasingly loony and surreal war. There but for the grace of God, and all that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    By focusing on his two young protagonists, Chang is able to explore the cultural differences between China and the rest of the world, resulting in sequences that are alternately humorous and eye-opening
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In Redbelt, David Mamet enters the realm of sports drama and Rocky-underdog clichés and discovers it's a surprisingly good fit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The film is filled with scenes about scrappy, cut-and-paste filmmaking, and the movie-within-a-movie that drives the plot also ends up as the centerpiece of the hugely affecting final scenes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Its playful approach to chronology and voice-over narration serves to amplify its themes instead of coming off as a show-off trick.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Essentially, You Don't Mess With the Zohan isn't all that different in tone and sensibility from Sandler's previous films, but he's really trying in this one, and the effort pays off.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even when his scripts aren't working, Shyamalan knows how to frame shots and build suspense. The Happening, even more than his previous films, has a visual elegance and subtlety that helps to overcome the less successful aspects of the plot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Oliver Stone tried encapsulating Alexander's life into one movie, only to discover the task was impossible. Bodrov knows better, using Mongol -- the first of an intended trilogy -- to center on Genghis Khan's formative years.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The film's refusal to take its characters anything less than seriously makes it cut deeper than a Will Ferrell lampoon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike so many Hollywood thrillers, which too often rely on implausible or telegraphed twists, Transsiberian is carefully structured and designed to make sense when you replay the events in your head.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Cruz, who has never been able to fully show what she's capable of as an actress in an English-language film, takes to the role of the dark-haired hellcat with a sexy, bewitching fury.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie has an epic sweep but an intimate, personal feel. If Changeling lacks the knockout power of, say, "Million Dollar Baby," it proves that Eastwood continues to seek out stories that take him places he hasn't been before -- and the audience along with him.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Director Claudel makes you wait until film's end to discover why, exactly, Juliette committed her unspeakable crime, and it's the only disappointing aspect of the movie -- the only time I've Loved You So Long traipses into melodrama. But the rest of this utterly absorbing picture never strikes a false note.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Smith's funniest, sharpest and most polished movie to date. It also is his most mature and emotionally engaging picture, even if it happens to contain one of the grossest sight gags I've ever encountered in a mainstream Hollywood film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    As good as it is depicting his career, Milk doesn't fare quite as well as a portrait of the man himself.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's even better as a love story that just happens to make you laugh.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie humanizes Tyson and brings him down to the land of mortals, making his achievements loom larger. And if the boxer hasn't entirely made peace with his troubled soul, Tyson suggests the struggle is going his way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even in the 21st century, public discussions of homosexuality still make a lot of people awfully jittery. With passion and candor, Outrage argues that everyone needs to just get over it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What a grand and dazzling route Coppola takes.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The best parts of It Might Get Loud, though, occur when Guggenheim visits with the musicians one on one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    As for getting close to Wintour -- or even explaining the unfathomable mystery that can be haute couture -- the film comes up empty.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    You may not remember The Crazies in a month, but you'll have a grand time watching it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Secret of Kells manages to feel simultaneously old-fashioned and mesmerizingly modern,and the slight story at its center has the emotional weight of a classic fable: A boy's wild, fantastical adventure, simply told.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Greenberg is a comedy (a scene in which Roger attends a boisterous college party and pitches a fit over the music is marvelously funny), but it's a sad, rueful comedy about disappointment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Doesn't have the depth and resonance of a classic, but the picture's modesty is refreshing, and its artistry is awe-inspiring.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Sitch keeps the tone consistently light, scoring big laughs all the way to the film's climax.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A very complicated movie. It is also pretty wonderful.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although the movie never so much as flirts with melodrama, there is still a bittersweet undercurrent.