Rene Rodriguez

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For 1,760 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 1.9 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 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 The Watcher
Score distribution:
1760 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Slight and not exactly memorable, but it moves quickly and has some surprising twists and top-notch performances all around.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Some episodes are funnier than others, but they're all underscored by a pervasive melancholy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It is a testament to just how well Enchanted works that by the time a dragon is flying around New York City, you've forgotten all about the movie's high-concept humor and become invested in the plight of its characters instead.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The World’s End builds to an unexpectedly witty, funny climax that flies in the face of most films of its genre, and although its humor is not for all tastes, no one can say this crazy picture doesn’t have the guts to live up to its title.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The less you know about Gone Girl going in the better, but even knowing what’s ahead doesn’t prepare you for the movie’s tone, which is funny yet curdled and cynical and black. This is a satirical antidote to the feel-good pap most Hollywood movies about relationships push on their audiences - here’s the perfect date movie for someone you want to break up with.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The infectious dark comedy Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes) argues that payback is more satisfying when it’s doled out in fiery, bloody and outrageous doses.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Molloy occasionally goes overboard with her realistic approach to storytelling (there’s a sex scene that is way more graphic than it needed to be), but mostly Una noche thrums with the vibrant energy of restless youth taking their fates into their own hands, for better or worse.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The sexual content may be excessive (the movie could have gotten by with just one scene instead of three) and the running time a bit indulgent, but Blue is the Warmest Color grows in power and intensity.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The performances by Teller and Woodley are so strong that when the tone starts to darken and the characters make some radical discoveries, all the usual trappings of adolescent angst melt away: You feel like you’re watching two real, complicated people.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    All the actors are strong, but Wilde is particularly good as the impetuous Kate, who doesn’t realize how incredibly selfish she has become. The actress’ great beauty could have been a distraction, but her performance is so complex and alive that she blends right into this world of ordinary, working-class people with modest aspirations who are trying to find happiness but often go about it in all the wrong ways.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Today, you can see it for yourself and bask in all its insane glory.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Big Miracle even throws in an unexpected bonus, a surprise last-minute cameo that is funny without being the slightest bit mean, just like the rest of this hugely likable movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Collateral is a small, modest movie writ large by people so talented, they aren't capable of anything less.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The question of why the law must always be upheld, regardless of consequences, gives this light, amiable movie a surprising heft and weight. You don't want to see Bernie sent to prison - the world is a better place without that mean old shrew - but murder is murder, right?
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If The Magdalene Sisters occasionally flirts with cartoonishness, the movie is tempered by Mullan's considerable filmmaking skills.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike most pictures about people living on the fringe, The Motel Life is never drab or depressing.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    While the film is undeniably melancholy, Moretti's trademark light touch keeps it from becoming overbearing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The screenplay is fiendish, clever and airtight: Like a magician, Coimbra uses sleight-of-hand, but he never cheats, and the film is even more engaging on second viewing, when you really know what’s going on before your eyes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A revealing and bluntly honest portrait of a previously unknown filmmaker.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most surprising thing about Michael Bay's much-anticipated, blockbuster-bound Transformers is how funny the movie is.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A very engrossing movie, the kind that gives shameless manipulation a good name.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's enough outrageousness and ribald humor in Kika to please Almodovar fans, and though the movie is far from being his most accessible, even newcomers will find much to like, provided they can follow his eccentric, offbeat rhythms. [6 May 1994, p.G4]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a deeply inspirational movie about the human spirit's refusal to give up, but it is also a portrait of a man too much in love with life to let go without a fight.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Here, finally, is a giant monster movie made in the anything-goes CGI era still capable of making your jaw drop.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even in its somewhat unwieldy form, Catch Me If You Can is charming, sparkling entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although it is never explicitly stated, Manda Bala essentially argues that when the middle class disappears, the rich and the poor end up feeding on each other, like the frogs that go cannibalistic at the frog farm that gives the movie its central metaphor.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Hilarious and socially astute.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gummo isn't so much a movie as it is an experiment, and, taken on those terms, it is a fascinating piece of work. Repellent, disgusting and ugly, yes -- but still fascinating. [23 Jan. 1998, p.5G]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Such smooth, crisp entertainment, you barely even notice it has nothing new to say.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gere has never been better cast.
    • Miami Herald
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Tomorrowland is a crazy, disjointed mess. But it’s the good sort of crazy, and it’s the sort of mess you want to lose yourself in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The main thing writer-director Michele Jouse, who was close to Shepard, wanted to do with her intimate documentary Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine was to give a voice to those who are still mourning him and allow them to share their stories.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Celebrates a larger-than-life heroism that is, sadly, all too rare.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The directors complied and made some trims, which helps explain why the film works better as a thrilling but superficial celebration of two incredible athletes instead of a personal portrait of two world-famous women who continue to make sports history.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Sitch keeps the tone consistently light, scoring big laughs all the way to the film's climax.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    At Any Price teaches you a lot about the business of corn seeds and genetic manipulation (the stuff is actually fascinating) but what interests director Ramin Bahrani most are the dynamics of this deeply dysfunctional family.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shows Jerry Seinfeld as you've never seen him before: being unfunny.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie has been smartly built to satisfy hardcore fashionistas and red-carpet gawkers in equal measure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite its considerable faults, this bizarre, fascinating story is impossible to shake off, like the expression on the face of one of the brothers as he's talking about his father and begins getting choked up (instead of crying, he smiles convincingly, evidence of a life led having to learn to hide his emotions for fear of reprisal).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An intoxicating, world-class collaboration between a filmmaker (Spain's Fernando Trueba), two artists (designer Javier Mariscal and animator Tono Errando) and a musician (Cuban pianist/bandleader Bebo Valdés).
    • 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.

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