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 War Horse
Lowest review score: 0 The Ugly Truth
Score distribution:
1,596 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It is as emotionally raw and wrenching as life itself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly perceptive and finely shaded character drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Past the foreign mysticism and eccentricity of Tibetan Buddhism to portray its characters as unmistakably, identifiably human.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shows Jerry Seinfeld as you've never seen him before: being unfunny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Occasionally feels a bit suffocating, like being trapped at a party by a drunkard who won't shut up until he tells you his entire life story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is small and familiar, but this time, those turn out to be strengths.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A funny and constantly surprising exercise in comic tension.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If Heaven doesn't quite achieve the transcendent power that Kieslowski might have attained, it comes close. One shot in particular, with the couple making love under a tree in silhouette, is a thing of quiet, sublime beauty that is eloquent in a way words never could be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    While the film is undeniably melancholy, Moretti's trademark light touch keeps it from becoming overbearing.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The strength of the performances, along with the good will generated by these flawed but likable characters, carry the movie through.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Gere has never been better cast.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Heavy-handed and manipulative, it also proves formidably engrossing.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    May not reinvent the wheel, but its expertly delivered thrills would hit the spot at any time of year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is not without its pleasures. Chief among them is Sean Connery's robust performance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    All of Egoyan's movies have revolved around characters with damaged, fragile psyches, but rarely have they been illustrated as deftly -- and as gracefully -- as in Felicia's Journey.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Roberts inhabits the character with a gravity and poignancy that she had never even hinted at before.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Impossible to watch passively. It may be a work of pure fiction, with the requisite preposterous plot turns, but it still has the air of a ''what if?'' scenario, and it is perfectly, thoroughly chilling.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Raunchy, provocative and often very funny.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Swinton single-handedly carries The Deep End past its nagging ambiguities.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Lives up to its advance buzz as a showcase for some wonderful performances and a sharp storytelling eye by director Gavin O'Connor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This bleak, oh-so-dark comedy is one of the best movies you almost didn't get to see.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Nothing fantastic or supernatural ever happens, but you can still feel cosmic forces at work behind the scenes, conspiring to repeatedly test the movie's characters, doling out reward and punishment in equal doses.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is easily the funniest of the Terminator movies (although not, it should be stressed, the lightest). It is also the shortest and most compact.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An exploration of how fear and mob rule can poison even the purest of souls.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Cynics may roll their eyes at Hardball's earnestness, but the movie proves even the most conventional stories can move and engage you, provided they're told well.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Where Traffic stumbles is in its inability to engage the heart with the same fervor it engages the intellect.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Best of all, L'Auberge Espagnol uses Barcelona as a veritable character, a picturesque, vivacious place where, as one character puts it, ''No one eats before 10 p.m."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A wonderfully rumpled, loose comedy about the paralyzing fear of failure.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Fast, wacky and bubbling with passion or dark, troubled and doomed. In the unusually titled crazy/beautiful, it's all those things at once.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a rare breed of crowd-pleaser: a big-hearted, generous movie that never patronizes the audience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a big, audacious stunt of a movie -- pointless, perhaps, but incredibly fun to play with.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Never buys into Wuornos' bizarre claims or questions her guilt in the murders. It does, however, make a powerful argument against capital punishment, no matter which side of the debate you happen to take.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If nothing else, Startup.com is a pointed reminder that mixing business and friendship never, ever works.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Streep is simply amazing to behold, an actress who invests every fiber of her being -- every gesture, every inflection, every strand of hair -- into her performance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If I were 8, I would want to see it 800 times.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The world's newfound familiarity with the region's troubles only make Kandahar more compelling.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The same premise could have been turned into a satirical comedy, but Better Luck Tomorrow opts for a more corrosive, challenging route, one whose troubling, morally ambiguous ending offers no easy resolution.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is an unwieldy but still compelling look at the plight of immigrants wrapped in a thriller about black-market organ transplants.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Slight but extremely effective, and its characters so engaging that even the sad finale, which is not entirely unexpected or original, manages to pack surprising power.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The more preposterous Out of Time gets, the more enjoyable the movie becomes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For those with the patience to latch onto Van Sant's slow, methodical groove. It's worth trying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An impressionistic portrait of the seductive nature of evil.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A sleek, rousing contraption, a comic-book movie with a sense of playfulness, a welcome streak of humor and just the right touch of gravity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    By retelling Glass' pathetic tale, Shattered Glass reminds you how our culture's emphasis on success and stardom in any field -- and the betrayal of ethics to attain them -- has a cumulative, corrosive effect on society, no matter how small the stage may be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's best to just enjoy Hannibal for what it is: A decadent, elegant waltz about evil's seductive bloom. As sequels go, you could do a lot worse.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The more you know about the 1912 tragedy, the more you will appreciate the sights of Ghosts of the Abyss.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What Bloody Sunday lacks in clarity, it makes up for with a great, fiery passion.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The package is perfectly irresistible.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Celebrates a larger-than-life heroism that is, sadly, all too rare.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's some genuine suspense in Lantana, including one unbearably tense moment that is worthy of Hitchcock. But the movie's most unnerving aspect is the way in which it suggests true happiness may be impossible to regain once you've lost it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Energetic, nostalgic, occasionally troubling movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Has the feverish intensity of a bad dream, leavened with a subversive sense of humor that is both sophisticated and cracked.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the many pleasures in Spellbound is watching the reactions of these young brainiacs, all under the age of 14, as they first hear the word they are being asked to spell (''Is that even a word?'' seems to be a common thought passing through their heads.)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie isn't a thriller, but it has the tension of a thriller, and its cool, icy tone, deliberate pacing and clean, antiseptic lines are reminiscent of Kubrick and Antonioni.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Serves as a beautiful and delicate reminder of the myriad ways in which life is lived on this huge planet of ours.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Joy Ride is also surprisingly funny, thanks mostly to Zahn.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A very engrossing movie, the kind that gives shameless manipulation a good name.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most enjoyable piece of pop fantasy of the summer; sleek, elegant, exciting and wildly, outrageously imaginative.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A ferociously entertaining and mean little horror movie that achieves the kind of outrageous vibe best enjoyed in a crowded, noisy theater.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is so cheerfully, furiously relentless, its contagious silliness wears you down.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A triumph of technology over humanity, and if it falls short of a completely fulfilling experience, it also achieves the kind of primal emotion movies were invented for: wonder.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If The Magdalene Sisters occasionally flirts with cartoonishness, the movie is tempered by Mullan's considerable filmmaking skills.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A high-wire act of storytelling, tone and old-fashioned chutzpah.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Surprisingly enjoyable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Suggests that professional wrestling is more than a multibillion-dollar industry: It's also a way of life.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    But for all the duplicitous minds playing games with each other on the screen, Nine Queens' best con artist turns out to be Bielinsky himself -- and his target is the audience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The rare sort of movie that gives predictability a good name.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A sparkling exercise in movie cool.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Theron's transformation in Monster goes far beyond mere appearance. As Wuornos, the actress gets to display a blunt, graceless physicality that is rarely needed in women's roles, which are traditionally internal.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In The Shape of Things, love doesn't just hurt: It bites, and bites deep.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What Sunshine State lacks in momentum, it makes up for with a Dickensian sprawl of characters -- 50 in all -- who possess the depth and humanity that has become a Sayles trademark.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even in its somewhat unwieldy form, Catch Me If You Can is charming, sparkling entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    After a leisurely first half, The Devil's Backbone becomes utterly spellbinding, its tension mounting in steady increments, its story taking one dark turn after another, and its bittersweet resolution destined to haunt you long after you've left the theater.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    You could describe Read My Lips as a love story, but that would make the movie sound much more conventional than it really is. See it now, before the inevitable Hollywood remake flattens out all its odd, intriguing wrinkles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Never crosses over into meanness, and even the most satirical character has a moment of empathy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Exuberant, often hilarious.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The first of this summer's would-be blockbusters that deserves to be a hit.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's pure popcorn entertainment, and it's pure formula, too: It's already been described, somewhat derisively, as Home Alone for grown-ups, which is not entirely off the mark.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Ebullient, joyous film.