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 2.5 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 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lowest review score: 0 Antitrust
Score distribution:
1733 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The strained, strange relationship between father and son ultimately becomes the emotional center of The Clan, culminating with an astonishing closing shot guaranteed to induce startled gasps. It’s a great, jarring moment that is the work of a filmmaker clearly in love with his craft — and a flavor for the darker side of human nature.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is more interested in making viewers consider its disenfranchised protagonists from a fresh perspective. The fact that the film accomplishes this without a trace of gooey sentimentality is a small miracle.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite its downbeat theme, A Single Man is ultimately optimistic about the human capability to gradually make peace with seemingly insurmountable pain and tragedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Milks Carter's story for maximum "inspirational" value, and at times the movie skirts dangerously close to afterschool-special territory.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly polished and sophisticated superhero movie.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Surprisingly enjoyable.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The documentary Mad Hot Ballroom is packed from start to finish with adorable kids doing cute things: Rarely has a movie, fictional or not, had this much awwwww factor.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The combination of youthful irreverence and military indoctrination is jarring.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Savages is ultimately about two siblings, both around 40, in the midst of learning it's never too late to start embracing life, no matter how rotten a hand you were dealt in the past.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Grandly entertaining documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Efron makes you believe he’s capable of anything. Neighbors is rude, brazen and merrily offensive, and the movie mines the homoerotic undertones of fraternities to fine (if lowbrow) comic effect. But Efron, of all people, gives the film a curious edge.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Never crosses over into meanness, and even the most satirical character has a moment of empathy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Through Tautou's performance, Coco Before Chanel reveals the formation of an artist.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Survives its surface annoyances because Lynch's script also has ambition, heart and something to say other than love conquers all.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Midnight in Paris initially seems like a departure for Allen, but the prevailing theme blends right in with the rest of his canon.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This bruising, harrowing movie would be impossible to sit through without at least a hint of light at the end of its astonishingly dark tunnel.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Might have been unbearable if Linklater hadn't filled it with so much self-deprecating humor, undercutting the pretentiousness whenever it threatens to become too thick.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Some of the creations these chefs produce defy belief (and make you wish you could jump into the screen to have a taste).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Beguilingly odd.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gets everything right.
    • Miami Herald
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Only a very stony heart could resist its pull.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a fantastic special effect because it doesn't look like a special effect: The movie sells the illusion that the suit could maybe, possibly, exist.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The more preposterous Out of Time gets, the more enjoyable the movie becomes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Bold and intrepid film buffs: The gauntlet has been thrown. Here's something you don't see every day - thank goodness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    None-too-subtly implies Murrow could easily be talking about the present day.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Lowery has a lyrical style of storytelling that is delicate and subtle yet suffused with emotion and atmosphere. It’s gentle and pointed at the same time. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints wafts over you like a dream, leaving behind a lovely, melancholy trace that hurts.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What a grand and dazzling route Coppola takes.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Borrowing its title from a mix tape Cobain compiled as a teenager, the film, made with the cooperation of his widow, family and former bandmates, remains compelling and moving no matter how familiar you already are with the singer’s story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A wonderfully rumpled, loose comedy about the paralyzing fear of failure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite moments of intense suspense and glints of bizarre horror, Tom at the Farm is ultimately a psychological thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Margin Call doesn't demonize its characters, nor does it absolve them of their sins. The movie simply shows, without judgment or anger, how our economic crisis came to be.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A mean and exceedingly well-made little B-picture, but the questions it raises are far too complex to answer with a simple gunshot.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Lurking just beneath Water's serene, storybook surface is an unmissable, defiant passion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although there are several stretches in the movie in which Seidl seems to be repeating himself, the director is carefully building toward a knock-out final scene in which the inscrutable, often annoying Anna becomes beautifully, poignantly human in front of our eyes, like magic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Escape from Tomorrow is more of an experimental film than a traditional narrative, but intrepid viewers — or anyone who has ever visited a Disney park — will enjoy getting lost in this dark house of happy horrors.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most horrific -- and heartbreaking -- scene of any movie thus far this year comes at the climax of The Cove.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes the picture sail past its flaws is its earnest understanding of the desperation that drives people to regain control of their lives -- and the profound courage required to attempt it.
    • 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
    In a simple, direct manner, Gunner Palace reminds you that the thousands of faceless, nameless troops in Iraq are still there after you switch off CNN.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's all speed, movement and blood -- lots and lots of blood.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Watching this essentially good but misguided kid slide into a hopeless future is both transfixing and heartbreaking.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Scary? Yes, in spots. Gratuitously gory? You bet. But, first and foremost, Zombieland is a comedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Don’t expect Hitchcock or De Palma here — Reichardt is much too low-key and modest for such crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics — but one long, sustained shot near the end seems to suggest that people who are convinced they are doing the right thing are capable of great evil.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's an uncommonly optimistic meditation on death and lament, befitting a filmmaker whose movies (Jerry Maguire, Singles, Say Anything), no matter their subject matter, always double as a celebration of life.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie doesn't quite achieve the transcendent effect it reaches for, saddled with an ending that fails to live up to our expectations. But the experience of watching Babel is undeniably riveting: Even if the film doesn't really lead anywhere, you still can't take your eyes off it.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A big, boisterous action-comedy - a funny, exciting and intentionally goofy summer movie that just happens to arrive in the middle of January.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Has a crackling, almost farcical pace, even though its subject matter could not be more serious or complex.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The post-conversion 3D is more distracting than anything else, but the rest of this surprisingly fun entertainment is as sharp as the hero’s claws.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The best moments in Walk the Line are the plentiful musical sequences, from Cash's initial foray into the Sun Records studio in Memphis, to his nights performing in high school auditoriums alongside the likes of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, to his landmark concert at Folsom Prison in 1968, where his dangerous, edgy persona was cemented.
    • 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.
    • Miami Herald
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a straight-up portrait of a man who figured out a way to cling to life longer than anyone expected and, in the process, learned to let the world in.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Food, Inc. argues that part of the reason why the food industry is so difficult to regulate is that many of the government officials currently assigned to watchdog roles were once employed by the companies they now keep tabs on.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Absorbing and hugely compelling, a thoughtful portrayal of the myriad ways in which we learn to deal with the unthinkable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In the film's most frightening sequence, Countdown to Zero imagines what would happen if someone detonated a bomb in the heart of a major city, such as New York City's Times Square.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If this rousing, technically dazzling movie doesn't get you going, then you probably didn't like football to being with.
    • Miami Herald

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