For 1,565 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 Inside Llewyn Davis
Lowest review score: 0 The Watcher
Score distribution:
1,565 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Lee delivers a beautiful evocation of the American Dream in its simplest, purest form.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Fiendishly tricky contraption.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An unusually vicious and unforgiving study of police corruption, Narc is a stylistic throwback to such classic 1970s cop dramas as "The French Connection" and "Serpico," with a 21st century helping of the old ultra-violence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Loses its nerve in the final minutes, relying on a series of contrivances to arrive at an unconvincingly pat, happy ending. The story begged for a darker, more biting resolution.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a dreamy Southern gothic, a la "Night of the Hunter," with an emphasis on the dreamy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Guaranteed to engage the decided and undecided alike, regardless of party affiliations.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even if the movie loses its nerve at the end, that doesn't take anything away from Washington's performance.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a simple message, and it's delivered with a grace and subtlety that's rare in would-be blockbusters.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly playful fright machine -- a fun house factory of scares.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's big, exciting, ambitious, and it makes you cry in all the right places.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's almost startling to see a film that believes in itself and its characters so deeply.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes Master and Commander so bracing and transporting -- what makes the movie feel unlike any adventure film you've seen before -- is the precise detail and care with which Weir places us aboard the HMS Surprise.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    War may set the stage for Strayed, but the film's real focus is something much quieter and internal: People caught in the throes of a transformation that is not of their making and struggling to adapt.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Snatch is admittedly superficial, if not downright disposable. More importantly, though, the movie is also fantastic, cheeky fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The whole movie is at once formulaic, clichéd and predictable, yet surprising, engaging and filled with subtle, unexpected details.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Its lingering hangover, however, is decidedly pleasant.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Strikes out toward freakishly original territory after all. Fans of the off-beat, your movie has arrived.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If Treasure Planet falls short of "Lion King's" classic status, it still proves there is plenty of room in animation for movies that aren't geared exclusively to 8-year-olds.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gets everything right.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even for a sport already filled with horrific accidents and tales of unlikely survival, the mountain-climbing nightmare told in Touching the Void is astonishing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is speculative, heady stuff, far removed from traditional Hollywood summer entertainment, which alone will earn A.I. a devoted following.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Guaranteed to beguile anyone who can remember the joy -- and agony -- of anticipating the first time.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's an unabashedly square picture, and proud of it. It is also a warm, funny, earnest movie, a stand-up exercise in a kind of Hollywood melodrama -- the feel-good weepie -- that has long been out of fashion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Faster, leaner and more compact than the original. Dumber, too, but that's almost always the case with remakes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    As a piece of storytelling, Fight Club is a bit of a dud: It's a good 15 minutes too long, and the tension doesn't build the way you wish it would.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The dead-serious Man on Fire awakens a genuine sense of bloodlust in the viewer. This is a slick, big-budget, A-list production designed to stoke our basest impulses -- to make us long for, and cheer at, bloody, merciless vengeance.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Such smooth, crisp entertainment, you barely even notice it has nothing new to say.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's all speed, movement and blood -- lots and lots of blood.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This time, the actors don't seem to be making up the movie as they go along, and they're guided by a gifted director who has earned the right to have some guileless fun.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This genial, lyrical little movie seems guaranteed to broaden Kitano's fan base in the United States.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Carrey's amazing transformation in Man on the Moon does justice to Kaufman's undefinable talents and his peculiar outlook on entertainment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Primer is obviously not for all tastes, but if it connects with you, prepare to be obsessed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the most impressive directorial debut since"Reservoir Dogs." Being John Malkovich is weird, all right-- the best kind of weird, the kind you haven't seen before.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    So beautifully directed, so pleasurable to watch and so thoughtfully put together, it's a disappointment when you realize, halfway through, that the movie is going to fall way short of a masterpiece.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a strange kind of spiritual movie -- one that aims for the gut more often than the heart.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unapologetically slanted -- and often hilarious.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Calling a comedy old-fashioned nowadays might seem like a backhanded compliment, but that's precisely what this genial, funny movie is.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Self-indulgent, overwrought, shallow and ridiculous. It is also brilliant, a blast of cinematic lunacy and as much of a guilty pleasure as the schlocky movies Tarantino adores, which was probably the point. Sometimes, only a Big Mac will do.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's a lot more at work in this raucously entertaining movie than cross-dressing clichés.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An involving, sweetly touching love story, buoyed by Crowe's natural, poetic dialogue and his knack for writing characters (especially women) who feel like real people instead of plot devices.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's a strange, bittersweet melancholy in watching the protagonists of Good Bye, Lenin! being buffeted about by change, but refusing to let go of each other.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There are other filmmakers who might have been drawn to a comic book as enchantingly ridiculous as Hellboy. But there are none who would have turned in a sleek $60 million picture as daringly silly, playful and imaginative as this one.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Engaging and enjoyable.
    • 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
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    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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is a polished (and irresistible) piece of crowd-pleasing formula and deserves to become a monster hit. But it is also a perfect showcase for the volcanic talents of the rotund comedian/musician/all-around wildman.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Only a very stony heart could resist its pull.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shower is also a comedy -- but it's the movie's melancholy streak that is its strongest asset.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Watching this essentially good but misguided kid slide into a hopeless future is both transfixing and heartbreaking.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Like most movies about death, the gentle, quirky Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself ultimately turns out to be a story about embracing life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Collateral is a small, modest movie writ large by people so talented, they aren't capable of anything less.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There is some exhilarating wordplay in 8 Mile, and you don't have to be a fan of rap to appreciate its quicksilver energy and mischievous wit. For all its grit, 8 Mile ends up radiating a joyful, hopeful vibe. It's an old-school charmer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Here, finally, is a Harry Potter picture that lives up to its potential -- that, plainly, LIVES.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For this last chapter, the filmmakers play things relatively straight, resulting in the best Shrek movie to date.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Eclectic, grandly engaging documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Concise and intriguing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    To lump in this smart, subtle, deviously effective thriller with "The Omen" or "The Good Son" is neither fair nor entirely accurate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike Pedro Alm├│dovar'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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Cassel, who won a Cesar (France's equivalent to the Oscar) for his performance, invests the character with a grounding of humanity and honor that imply there are certain lines even Mesrine would never cross.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The film is sad in a beautiful, peaceful manner, and its exploration of mortality is different from most others, since the three central protagonists are all barely in their 30s.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a movie best seen cold.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Restrepo makes time to observe these men during brief off-duty stints -- at one point four use an iPod to form an impromptu, joyous dance party -- but the bulk of the film centers on their insanely dangerous and heroic work.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie earns its tension and suspense the old-fashioned way: By making you care about its characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    He just wasn't the sort of hero the government pretended he was. This eye-opening, inspiring movie is a permanent corrective to that deception.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Corbijn makes the familiar strange, focusing on details other filmmakers would gloss over.