Rene Rodriguez

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For 1,671 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 0 The Watcher
Score distribution:
1,671 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Luminous, melancholy and ultimately heartbreaking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Considering the seedy nature of the adult film industry and the sad fates of many of its stars, Inside Deep Throat is surprisingly light on tragedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    With a steely, unblinking resolve, Downfall stares into the abyss, but does not pretend to comprehend it.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Watching these coolly precise, methodical actors spar with each other at the top of their game is half the show.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For all its excitement Kung Fu Hustle is mostly a marvel of comedic ingenuity and mile-a-minute creativity run wild. You've never seen anything like it.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Beguilingly odd.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Mysterious Skin bears all of Araki's hallmarks, from its stylish compositions and lush colors to its willingness to confront difficult subject matter head-on.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For all its doom and gloom, Revenge of the Sith turns out to have a happy ending after all, giving Star Wars the send-off it deserves.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Batman Begins is a mature take on material often relegated to the kiddie file, and it's simply the latest proof that, when treated properly, comic books are a viable art form for all ages. Bring on the sequel.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is enchanting yet strangely menacing, and it becomes clear that Pawlikowski is no mere love fool.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Concise and intriguing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    With considerable passion and more than a little anger, Cronicas argues that our appetite for an increasing coarse and sensational type of news programming has skewed our inner compasses.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The excellent performances by the three leads, and the filmmakers' refusal to sugarcoat reality, elevate the film far beyond after-school special territory into something far more lasting.
    • 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
    For anyone interested in the art of comedy, it's a veritable primer on the vagaries of humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This long, gorgeous, occasionally maddening movie is the work of a hopeless romantic who knows there is no pain as bittersweet -- or as haunting -- as the pain of a broken heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    None-too-subtly implies Murrow could easily be talking about the present day.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's an earnest, contemporary drama about adults -- OK, women -- that has no use for irony or cynicism, no room for cutting-edge, clever hipness.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite its serious subject matter, North Country is a crowd-pleaser at heart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It doesn't spoil any of the story's surprising twists to say that Three of Hearts ends up uncovering some poignant truths about the nature of love, the pressures of commitment and the limits to the compromises we are willing to make for the people we care about.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gaghan is attempting to cover so much ground in Syriana that the movie at times feels a little suffocating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    King Kong makes clear that Jackson has no contemporary peer when it comes to outsized, transporting fantasies that enchant in an era when special effects have become white noise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Its social consciousness aside, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is really a simple love story between men set in the American West, although unlike "Brokeback Mountain," this love is purely platonic -- nothing more than the bond of brotherhood between two dear friends, a classic Western theme.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What really makes Hidden so involving is Haneke's sometimes maddening insistence on keeping things vague.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes Wolf Creek so effective is not its originality (which, let's face it, is practically non-existent), or even its amount of gore (the violence is implied more often than it's shown), but the ways in which McLean tweaks the usual formulas, so what you think is going to happen next almost never does.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's no denying the particular political slant of Why We Fight, but Jarecki's thoughtful, nonconfrontational approach makes it absorbing viewing, regardless of whether or not you buy his arguments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Simply too odd and unconventional to ever appeal to a broad audience, either at the multiplex or on home video.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Aside from its South African setting and flavor, there isn't a lot in Tsotsi that differs from its legion of similar Hollywood counterparts. But the movie's heart, along with Hood's refusal to sugarcoat the grim reality, wins you over no matter how many times you've seen this story told.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Running Scared is a vicious and brutal B-movie jacked up to hysterical, hallucinatory proportions -- a pulpy, violent action picture that torments the viewer as much as its characters, and I mean that as a compliment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even if V for Vendetta isn't nearly as incendiary as it's been made out to be by some alarmist critics, there's still something enjoyably subversive about it, beginning with the way it tramples over the conventions of the contemporary action film.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Queen taps into the universal curiosity the world shares toward royal families -- an element of the movie that Frears wisely mines for gentle humor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The straightforward approach is crucial, because the movie is constantly doling out so much information -- so many names and places and theories to keep track of -- that it borders on the overwhelming. Occasionally, it's a little dull, too.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although it strikes a perfect balance between otherworldly, slimy menace and 1950s B-movie cheesiness, The Host's computer-generated mutant isn't what makes this frantic, wild picture so much fun.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    I can't imagine anyone seeing Once and not instantly falling in love with it.
    • 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.

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