Rene Rodriguez

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For 1,758 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 1.9 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 Capturing the Friedmans
Lowest review score: 0 The Watcher
Score distribution:
1758 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 69 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's big, exciting, ambitious, and it makes you cry in all the right places.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    With a steely, unblinking resolve, Downfall stares into the abyss, but does not pretend to comprehend it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gosling continues to prove he may the best actor of his generation. His performance in The Ides of March, following his comedic turn in "Crazy, Stupid Love" and his portrayal of a stoic loner in "Drive," proves this actor is capable of practically anything.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Catching Fire is a work of thoughtful, emotionally engaging sci-fi — everything that its predecessor The Hunger Games was not.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly playful fright machine -- a fun house factory of scares.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Neon Demon is a voluptuous provocation, a stylish free-fall down a gonzo rabbit hole that is as entrancing as it is maddening. Here is a rarity in this season of summer movie doldrums: A film that is guaranteed to elicit strong reactions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A sparkling exercise in movie cool.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Love makes us do all kinds of crazy things, but in Crazy Love, crazy seems too mild a word.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Broken Circle Breakdown manages to pull off a small miracle, using joyous music and tenderness to tell a tragic story that moves you but doesn’t depress you.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    De Palma never achieved the box-office and Oscar glory of his contemporaries (Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese), but this documentary is a testament to a talent that merits a place at their table.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    That’s one of the great accomplishments of Ascher’s film: Intercutting his interviews with fictional recreations of what the subjects are describing allows you to see a version of what they saw, and you don’t need to believe any of it for The Nightmare to give you a major case of the creeps.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A funny and constantly surprising exercise in comic tension.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Reminiscent of Showgirls minus the sex, nudity, sleaze, bad acting and horrible dancing, Burlesque is a typical A Star is Born story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A joyful romp, devoid of the tiresome pop-culture references.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes Whatever Works so enjoyable, aside from the unusually high number of effective one-liners the script contains (this is Allen's funniest movie since Mighty Aphrodite), are its supporting characters.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Miami Herald
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Guaranteed to beguile anyone who can remember the joy -- and agony -- of anticipating the first time.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Wave builds up a nice bit of genuine tension and hits some surprisingly dark notes.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In its last half-hour, A Bigger Splash becomes a specific kind of story, and it’s not as pleasurable or strange as what preceded it.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Grim, relentless and immensely satisfying, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 sends out the dystopian sci-fi franchise on a feel-bad high. Readers of Suzanne Collins’ source novel, who already know what’s coming, will be pleased by the movie’s merciless fidelity to the source material (or perhaps, considering the book is the least popular in the trilogy, will just be annoyed all over again).
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie kicks off with a wonderful setpiece that shows off Spielberg’s ability to tell a story primarily through visuals — is there any other filmmaker working today better at this?
    • 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.

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