Rene Rodriguez
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For 1,601 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Up
Lowest review score: 0 The Ugly Truth
Score distribution:
1,601 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Juno comes on all wisecracking and aren't-we-clever, but don't be surprised if you find yourself getting choked up -- with happy tears -- by the end.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike Pedro Almódovar's "What Have I Done To Deserve This?," which focused on a similarly harried wife and mother who reached her breaking point, Alice's House does not leaven its heroine's plight with dark humor. Nor does it offer any easy escape route.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Half-Blood Prince is the franchise's “Empire Strikes Back” -- the episode in which the pace slows down a bit, the characters deepen and mature, the good guys take a big hit, and all hell is gearing up to break loose.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Everyone in the movie is a buffoon or a dolt. No one is redeemable. The humor comes at the expense of the characters: You're always laughing at them, never with them. The Coens have never seemed this disdainful, this mocking, of their fellow man.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The casting is the key to the success of this absolutely hilarious crowd-pleaser.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Ashes of Time Redux is primarily a sensory experience that deserves to be seen on as big a screen as possible.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    You have never seen a movie quite like this one.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Taken is nonsense, but it's terrifically entertaining nonsense.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Essentially a horror movie for kids, but it is also gentle and funny and whimsical, and even in its darkest moments, Selick never forgets who his target audience is. Still, some young children might have a nightmare or two after seeing it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Hilarious and socially astute.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie's power sneaks up on you, reminiscent of something screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond once famously described as "the Billy Wilder touch": A combination of the sweet and the sour, because even funny people, like you and I, aren't always being funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A joyful romp, devoid of the tiresome pop-culture references.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Some episodes are funnier than others, but they're all underscored by a pervasive melancholy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is a goofy, ridiculous blast, and yet Raimi means business: Even the precociously cute kitty isn't safe in this one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What a grand and dazzling route Coppola takes.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Most contemporary sci-fi movies come on with all CGI-guns blazing, trying to blow the roof off the theater. Moon settles for trying to blow your mind instead.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A treat to anyone who already cherishes Varda's films and a perfect primer for those who haven't yet discovered her work.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Humpday sells its admittedly far-fetched premise by illustrating how men often can't help but behave like stubborn children in the company of their friends -- even when the stakes are raised to ridiculous levels.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Scary? Yes, in spots. Gratuitously gory? You bet. But, first and foremost, Zombieland is a comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A whimsical and light-hearted spin on a serious story of corporate whistleblowing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Box is a mess, but it's a curiously haunting, intriguing, brain-tickling mess, and it delivers that "Donnie Darko" feeling in truckloads. Or should that be rocketloads?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even by Miyazaki standards, Ponyo makes less narrative sense than it should, and the pat ending is a bit of a letdown.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The tone and mood of Shutter Island are different on the screen from on the page -- the shadows darker than you imagined, the violence more ghastly, the blood redder.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The best parts of It Might Get Loud, though, occur when Guggenheim visits with the musicians one on one.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Through Tautou's performance, Coco Before Chanel reveals the formation of an artist.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Whip It is completely predictable from the first frame. It also is ridiculously, utterly entertaining.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Mr. Fox's old-fashioned, hand-crafted animation is one of its main attractions. Another is Anderson's whimsical, dry humor, a natural for this tale of a crafty, dapper fox.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    With the insight and sensitivity of an insider, The Messenger illuminates the sometimes invisible victims of war -- the survivors -- and a pain that is tolerated but never quite healed.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Bridges brings his 50 years of acting experience to this one captivating, surprisingly moving performance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The slight but enjoyable Youth in Revolt finds plenty of mayhem to take advantage of Cera's against-type performance. Oh, the things we do for love.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie takes a completely apolitical look at the lives of its three main characters, focusing not on their differences but on how, in a way, they are trapped by their cultures.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Kick-Ass reminds you of the great pleasures and thrills of superhero comics -- then turns everything you ever learned from comic books upside down.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Handsome Harry has some shakily staged scenes and erratic acting, but it also has wonderful moments.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For this last chapter, the filmmakers play things relatively straight, resulting in the best Shrek movie to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is unmistakably a fawning love letter to an amazing performer, its subject proves to be her sharpest, bluntest critic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There is considerable fun in discovering the hows and whys the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise came together, and each member has at least one moment in the spotlight, including the esteemed helmsman Sulu.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a shrewd, poignant drama disguised as a comedy.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Wild Grass, which employs a wry, self-deprecating voice-over narrator and some highly stylish camerawork, feels like a comic thriller building into a kind of strange romance.
    • 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.
    • 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.