For 1,599 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 Inglourious Basterds
Lowest review score: 0 The Ugly Truth
Score distribution:
1,599 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Affleck's smooth, elegant directorial style is strong reminiscent of Clint Eastwood's: He takes his time establishing characters who are far more complex than they initially appear, then thrusts them into moral dilemmas with no easy outs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If I hadn't seen the original, I might have gone ga-ga over Reeves' version. But even with the shock of novelty gone, the film still draws you into its chilly, demonic heart.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Nowhere Boy is great at depicting the birth of Lennon's love for his art.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Reminiscent of Showgirls minus the sex, nudity, sleaze, bad acting and horrible dancing, Burlesque is a typical A Star is Born story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Tangled packs old-fashioned Disney magic as endless as Rapunzel's locks.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is far funnier and much less annoying than you might expect.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There are no "Crying Game" switcharoos or "Sixth Sense" plot twists in store here. But knowing too much about Catfish beforehand ruins the experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Bold and intrepid film buffs: The gauntlet has been thrown. Here's something you don't see every day - thank goodness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Regardless of its veracity, this portrait of a drug-addled star who just wants to express himself artistically contains implications that exceed the filmmakers' intentions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most suspenseful sequence of any movie I've seen this year comes near the end of Waiting for Superman.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A beautifully illustrated love letter to dogs and the people who own them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Some of the creations these chefs produce defy belief (and make you wish you could jump into the screen to have a taste).
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A brisk and lively cinematic Cliff's Notes of the 2005 nonfiction bestseller that made the lofty promise to reveal "the hidden side of everything."
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is more of a poignant, haunting study of well-intentioned but doomed folly, embodied by a heroine whose bravery renders her blind to the world that is crumbling around her.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The best way to approach Joel and Ethan Coen's eagerly awaited True Grit is to lower your expectations, then lower them a bit more. The problem is not the movie, which is a terrific, no-nonsense, straightforward western. The surprise – or vague disappointment – is the prevailing lack of Coen-ness in the movie.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a comedy about imbeciles who fall blindly in love with a concept, without giving any thought to what they are doing. And although some of them eventually have a moment of self-realization, it arrives, sadly, much too late.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    No, Sucker Punch doesn't make any sense. But none of that matters, because the ride Snyder takes you on is so vividly conceived, so deliriously bizarre and wonderful.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The graphic sex scenes radiate an uncommon heat, and Im can pull off a hugely effective shock when he wants to.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There is nothing in this surprisingly funny, exciting film that feels like homework, and Branagh even dares to end the film on, if not quite a cliffhanger, then a daring "To Be Continued" note.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The film isn't as concerned with terrifying you as it is with showing you a good time, culminating with an over-the-top climax that is simultaneously utterly ridiculous and enjoyable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A savage, insane movie - in the best way possible.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Director Pablo Trapero ( Lion's Den), like so many contemporary Argentine filmmakers, reserves the bulk of his wrath for a country whose authorities and judicial systems have been so grossly corrupt there appears to be no way of correcting them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Canner is able to keep Orgasm Inc. trained on its eponymous theme with a brisk pace and precise detail that will be equally illuminating to men and women.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly polished and sophisticated superhero movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The relentless pace is a big part of the fun. Who ever heard of a slow rollercoaster, anyway? You'll have to ride this one in the theater, though. It simply won't be the same at home.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Part of the reason The Amazing Spider-Man feels so fresh and invigorating is that its story is so simple - anyone remember exactly what the deal was with Loki and that cube? - and its protagonist so relatable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Proving girls can get just as down and dirty as boys, the wedding comedy Bridesmaids contains some uproarious moments of gross-out humor.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The film seems simple and facile at a glance, but these characters and their dilemmas stay with you. These days, any of us could suddenly be Larry Crowne.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The film is a brutally effective, insanely rousing piece of drama, with enough new wrinkles and ferocious acting to sweep you into its clutches.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    As much of a personal Scorsese picture as "Raging Bull" or "Taxi Driver." In some ways, this could be his most heartfelt movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gosling continues to prove he may the best actor of his generation. His performance in The Ides of March, following his comedic turn in "Crazy, Stupid Love" and his portrayal of a stoic loner in "Drive," proves this actor is capable of practically anything.
    • 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?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The performances are all terrific - Stillman gets his actors to latch onto his absurdist vibe, then gives them wonderfully rich dialogue to play with.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Midnight in Paris initially seems like a departure for Allen, but the prevailing theme blends right in with the rest of his canon.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Red State is as profane and anti-establishment as any of his other films, but the stakes are infinitely higher this time: This Kevin Smith movie has an astonishing body count.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Margin Call doesn't demonize its characters, nor does it absolve them of their sins. The movie simply shows, without judgment or anger, how our economic crisis came to be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the chief pleasures of My Week with Marilyn - which should not be approached as anything other than fluffy entertainment - is watching Williams bring to life Monroe's inner demons and her movie-star allure with equal aplomb. By the time the film's book-ending closing musical number comes around (That Old Black Magic), the illusion is astounding and complete.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Potiche is filled with rat-a-tat dialogue and broadly humorous situations, but Ozon also employs subtle touches.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shows us a man who not only derives great pleasure from devoting himself to his job but also, in the process, has helped shaped the greatest city in the world.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Wreck-It-Ralph is a gorgeously rendered story that will play just as well to children as to their parents, albeit for different reasons. Playstation and Xbox junkies will be equally pleased.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Circumstance, the story of the budding romance between two high school girls, is unlike any adolescent love story you've ever seen: This one takes place in Tehran.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Corben has done an impressive amount of journalistic research that will be of particular interest to South Florida audiences. Every time you think Miami couldn't possibly get any weirder, it does.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is slick and entertaining, but much of it is as superficial as a Twitter post.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike most films about the Holocaust, which has provided artists with an infinite array of heartrending stories and tragedies, Sarah's Key doesn't spend much time recounting the horrors that Jews suffered during World War II.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A brazen stunt that pays off. Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius, simultaneously channeling "Singin' in the Rain" and "A Star is Born," tells a story about 1920s Hollywood made in the style of that era.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Elysium, the second movie from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, isn’t quite as inventive or fresh as his knockout debut, 2009’s "District 9." But the new picture is cut from the same cloth — furiously exciting sci-fi, carefully considered and loaded with allegories and social commentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Take Shelter is paced slowly and deliberately, which is necessary to make believable whatever is tormenting Curtis.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There will be opportunities to see the picture in regular 24 frames per second, but I recommend going the whole hog and sampling what Jackson has come up with - a new way to watch movies and a new take on a universe that seemed to have exhausted its narrative possibilities.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Django Unchained is the most brutal film Quentin Tarantino has ever made. Unlike "Kill Bill" or "Inglourious Basterds," where the violence was thrilling and carried a visceral kick, the carnage here is often ugly and difficult to watch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is more interested in making viewers consider its disenfranchised protagonists from a fresh perspective. The fact that the film accomplishes this without a trace of gooey sentimentality is a small miracle.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Nothing about Leap Year plays out exactly like you expect, and Rowe prefers to send you home with enigmatic questions instead of clear-cut answers. You may not fully understand Laura, but chances are you won't be able to forget her.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Point Blank is as disposable as a feature-length episode of TV's 24: The movie is all adrenaline and excitement, and it doesn't really stay with you. Just try to tear your eyes away while you're watching it, though.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A fat streak of melancholy courses throughout Young Adult - who would have guessed the sight of a Kentaco Hut, one of those one-stop conglomerations of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, could be this depressing?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Tilda Swinton is the star of We Need to Talk About Kevin, and her performance is so complex and volcanic and transfixing that all of the film's flaws melt away.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 grows stronger and more engrossing as it unfolds.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Viewers with a strong stomach and an appreciation for surreal humor that borders on horror - the latest film from Spanish wildman Alex de la Iglesia (Perdita Durango, The Day of the Beast) is a must-see proposition.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Catching Fire is a work of thoughtful, emotionally engaging sci-fi — everything that its predecessor The Hunger Games was not.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Depending on your age, Limelight could make you nostalgic for those bad old days - and sort of glad you'll never be able to relive them.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a talky picture, based on a historical incident where the outcome is already known – yet it still proves much more engrossing than crime dramas or bank robberies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Propulsive, hyper-violent and ridiculously exciting, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within can be described as "The Wire" transplanted to Rio de Janeiro.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie also glows bright with life and hope, celebrating the innate human instinct to push onward and persevere, even in the face of incomprehensible evil.
    • 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).
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Musical Chairs is about overcoming impossible odds and never giving up and chasing your dreams – all that afterschool-special stuff - but it's also charming and upbeat, and it's stuffed with great, vibrant, insanely catchy music. No Bee Gees, though.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    You also see a man, flawed and imperfect, finding his way through with his music, constantly searching for his place in the world.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    By film's end, we're deep into Coen brothers territory, with an extra splash of Sam Raimi-level gore.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is a rare live-action Disney movie that merits comparison to its beloved feature-length cartoons.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Will Noah anger some rigid purists and scholars because of the liberties it takes? Perhaps. But the point to take home is the message the movie leaves you with, which works regardless of your faith (or lack thereof). Humans are inherently flawed. How we deal with those defects is what truly matters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A manic and at times surprising comedy that has more imagination and creativity than all the Transformers pictures combined.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The main thing to keep in mind while watching Steven Soderbergh’s thriller Side Effects is not to take the movie too seriously or else you’ll feel betrayed by the end.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This Is the End is a marvelously sustained, high-wire goof – a movie so nutty and daring, so crazy and out-there, that it feels like a low-budget independent except with big stars and a sizable budget.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a quiet, powerful film about the lengths we'll go to for the sake of the people we love - and the depths we'll sink to for the sake of the ones we hate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    As it winds down to its quiet, haunting finale, Oslo, August 31st illustrates how all of us, even the most damaged and broken people, have a purpose to fulfill.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Hunt gives this funny, touching movie its soul, and the actors elevate the material into something more resonant and memorable than the story promises.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shirley MacLaine pops up as Walter’s ever-forgiving mother, and Wigg kills in an elevating sequence in which she sings David Bowie’s Space Oddity at a karaoke bar. Penn only gets one scene, but it’s a great one, and it reminds you how funny of an actor he can be.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The deep cast (look out for a slew of crowd-pleasing cameos) play this borderline-silly stuff so well, there isn’t a single unintentional laugh in the entire thing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's a streak of compassion in Dark Horse, a sincere empathy for a thoroughly detestable man, that is as surprising as anything in Solondz's earlier, more transgressive work.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Cosmopolis may be a cerebral mood piece, but it is loaded with strong performances that connect on an emotional level.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most fascinating aspect of The Imposter, though, is why the missing boy's family believed his story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    On one level, Searching for Sugar Man is a testament to how music - or painting or literature or any form of art - can take on a life far greater than its creator intended when it happens to connect with the right people at the right time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Reveals yet another facet of this always-unpredictable filmmaker: a flair for compassionate, humane melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The best artists - the ones whose work endures and matters and changes the world - are often troublemakers who challenge the status quo. Out of their defiance comes art. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, director Alison Klayman's riveting documentary of the esteemed Chinese sculptor/painter/iconoclast, is practically a handbook on social rebellion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly intense and frightening experience, The Conjuring is the first genuinely scary release in ages by a major studio that features practically no violence and spills only a bit of blood.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Rush is the kind of Hollywood studio production that has sadly become all too rare — a smart, exciting, R-rated entertainment for grown-ups that quickens your pulse and puts on a great show without ever insulting your intelligence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Achingly beautiful and visually transfixing, Samsara offers a transporting vacation from the usual multiplex fare. It's a movie to get lost in.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Director James Ponsoldt, who co-wrote the script with Susan Burke (inspired in part by her own experiences), opts for realism and modesty instead of sensation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Holy Motors is wild and unfettered and playful - the work of an artist who carries his love of cinema in his bones, and knows how to share that affection with the audience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie leaves you feeling angry and frustrated anyway. And justice for all? Hardly.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is easily Bay’s best movie, the work of a filmmaker with a cracked sense of humor that he is able to share with the audience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The House I Live In is a work of journalism, not propaganda: Jarecki has done his research and leaves it to you to decide what to make of it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Writer-director Stephane Robelin's frothy comedy is much more "Golden Girls" hijinks than "On Golden Pond."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Family is the rare breed of pitch-black comedy that effectively uses violence for laughs or gasps, depending on the situation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Playful, effervescent comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is wild, but not in the ways that you expect, and it’s also surprisingly chaste — you think you see a lot more than you actually do.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Mud
    You come away from Mud fondly remembering those two boys, especially Ellis, who has taken his first steps toward adulthood and discovers it suits him just fine.
    • 60 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Ascher treats all these insane theories seriously, but that doesn’t mean you have to.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Blancanieves is funny, inventive and daring enough to change the story’s ending, going out on a note of bittersweet, unexpected melancholy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie has a profound understanding of the back-and-forth nature of the bond between boys, and it ends on a silent note of forgiving looks and instant reconciliation that is the privilege of the young, whose lives aren’t yet complicated enough to put resentment before friendship
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Coogler occasionally overplays his hand: The scene in which Oscar says goodbye to his daughter for what we know will be the last time is prolonged to the point of overkill.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Lowery has a lyrical style of storytelling that is delicate and subtle yet suffused with emotion and atmosphere. It’s gentle and pointed at the same time. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints wafts over you like a dream, leaving behind a lovely, melancholy trace that hurts.
    • 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]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Blue Caprice only spends a few minutes reenacting their crime — the movie shows us exactly how they did it in just a couple of scenes — because the facts of the case aren’t the movie’s focus. Instead, this lyrical, frightening film is a portrait of a man consumed by self-hatred who decided to take it out on the world.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Don Jon is nominally a love triangle between a woman, a man and his laptop, but the movie is much more thoughtful and substantial than that, and it takes a compassionate and humane approach to all of its characters, even when they’re at their most despicable.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie wouldn’t work, of course, without the chemistry between Hill and Tatum, an unlikely duo who share a tremendous charisma.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Scott Cooper, who directed and co-wrote Out of the Furnace, empathizes with people who feel their lives have hit a dead end (his previous film, "Crazy Heart," earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar as a washed-up country singer who had given up on himself). These are difficult characters to dramatize.
    • 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]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    By film’s end, everyone has been transformed for the worst. Heli is a troubling and upsetting picture, a portrait of a broken country that seems to be beyond repair and a depiction of how violence and corruption, when left unchecked, taints saints and sinners alike, sparing no one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the first film Gray has made with a female protagonist — he wrote the part specifically for Cotillard — and he gives the character the same resilience and resourcefulness usually reserved in movies for men.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    La Promesse (The Promise) makes filmmaking look easy. The movie is deceptively simple, a tight little drama about guilt and conscience in which the creators' strings are completely invisible. It's fine storytelling in its purest form. [31 Jan. 1997, p.27G]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Chungking Express is really a sly and perceptive examination of the effects of urban alienation on romance -- specifically in its scarily dense and overdeveloped setting of dazzling Hong Kong. Chungking Express meanders at times and occasionally annoys (you won't want to listen to California Dreaming ever again), but the movie is all of one mood, and it leaves you craving more. [29 Mar 1996, p.21G]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Today, 54 percent of Sea World’s whales have Tilikum’s genes, which is a terrifying thought.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Broken Circle Breakdown manages to pull off a small miracle, using joyous music and tenderness to tell a tragic story that moves you but doesn’t depress you.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Dom Hemingway is often viciously funny in unexpected ways, and every time you think the movie has run out of steam, Shepard spins things in a new direction, keeping the energy from flagging (including one of the most startling car crashes I’ve ever seen in a film).
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Efron makes you believe he’s capable of anything. Neighbors is rude, brazen and merrily offensive, and the movie mines the homoerotic undertones of fraternities to fine (if lowbrow) comic effect. But Efron, of all people, gives the film a curious edge.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although there are several stretches in the movie in which Seidl seems to be repeating himself, the director is carefully building toward a knock-out final scene in which the inscrutable, often annoying Anna becomes beautifully, poignantly human in front of our eyes, like magic.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The combination of youthful irreverence and military indoctrination is jarring.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The wonderfully sad, exhilarating ending proves this filmmaker knew exactly where he was headed the entire time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Escape from Tomorrow is more of an experimental film than a traditional narrative, but intrepid viewers — or anyone who has ever visited a Disney park — will enjoy getting lost in this dark house of happy horrors.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is filled with graphic sex scenes that leave nothing to the imagination — this film would make even John Waters blush — but there’s more at work here than shock value and sensationalism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In Fading Gigolo, writer-director John Turturro turns what could have easily been a crass and unpleasant comedy into something soulful and substantial — with a lot of laughs, too.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Joe
    Green’s movies rarely play out in conventional ways, and Joe, too, surprises in the end.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gibney even convinced Armstrong to sit down for one final interview in May. In it, he comes off as somewhat contrite but also victimized, as if he were being single out for something everyone does.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie lets you make up your own mind about this vivacious, likable woman, who is doing her best not to surrender to her inner loneliness.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Go for Sisters is minor Sayles, and the movie occasionally meanders. But the characters stay with you, particularly Bernice and Fontayne, whose relationship is beautifully transformed over the course of the film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike most pictures about people living on the fringe, The Motel Life is never drab or depressing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Paradise: Hope plays better if you’ve seen the previous two movies, so you can savor the reach and scope of Seidl’s trilogy. But the film stands alone as a tender portrait of adolescence at its most vulnerable and how we manage to survive it, even when surrounded by predators and wolves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Grandly entertaining documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Like most of le Carré’s novel, A Most Wanted Man has a veracity most spy thrillers lack, and the suspense is of the intellectual, not visceral, kind.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Like most movies about the Middle East conflict, Omar is ultimately about the futility of violence and how it feeds on itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The screenplay for 7 Boxes is a beautiful example of how to craft a tense and increasingly complex thriller out of a simple scenario.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although the premise sounds gimmicky, Rob the Mob is based on a true, incredible story, and the sense of mortal danger is palpable every time Thomas goes in to score some loot (these men were not to be trifled with).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Dance of Reality, which deserves a place along Amarcord as a fantastical take on coming of age, is the work of a wise and experienced old soul with the heart and curiosity of a young man in love with life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    De la Iglesia’s knack for offending audiences while showing them a good time is stronger than ever: Witching and Bitching isn’t much on substance or logic, but man, is it fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Whatever faults Avatar may have -- and there are many -- the movie succeeds in immersing you in a photorealistic, painstakingly detailed world more fully than any science fiction movie before.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    May not be so deep or richly imagined as J.K. Rowling's universe of magic and Muggles, but the film is populated by likable characters, great special effects and a neat premise.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Generic but breezily entertaining.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    With this gorgeously melodramatic ode to cinema, the filmmaker comes dangerously close to losing himself inside his celluloid dreams -- and leaving the audience behind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    This is minor Disney at best, forgettable at worst.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie's faults aside, this is the kind of show where half the fun is watching it in the company of a large group of people.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    At least the special effects in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are remarkable: You never tire of the endless variations of robots Bay and his computer-generated effects crew come up with.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Although never boring and almost continually amusing, Extract doesn't work as a movie because you don't buy a minute of it, even as silly satire.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie could have used a few more scenes focusing on Child at work in the kitchen -- a few more scenes with Child doing anything, really.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    For those who can tough it out -- and not everyone will -- Hunger is a searing experience. Just don't expect to have much of an appetite when it's over.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Not since Brian De Palma's "Carrie" has a horror movie so effectively exploited the genre as a metaphor for adolescent angst, female sexuality and the strange, sometimes corrosive bonds between girls who claim to be best friends.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Even after the plot has left you behind, you still watch The Brothers Bloom with a smile, because the actors are so engaging.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie tries its hardest to celebrate the impetuousness of its hero and the exhilaration of his accomplishments. Mostly, though, it just reminds you of the severity of his mistakes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is simply too long for its own good.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    300
    300 is at its best when it settles for purely visceral thrills, such as Leonidas' battle against a hulking warrior twice the size of a normal man. The movie's broad strokes are all superlative: It's the details that keep 300 from being anything more than a striking curiosity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    All about watching Jaa.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    There's very little in The Chorus you haven't seen before, but the movie's depth of sentiment -- especially its profound humanism -- makes it worth experiencing again.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The best thing about this big, imaginatively detailed movie is its premise, which director Francis Lawrence, a music-video veteran, takes his time exploring.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Costner does things he hasn't done in years: He's funny and playful; he laughs and cracks jokes; and he doesn't look like he's carrying the weight of the universe on his shoulders.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    By film's end, you realize you've sat through an effective rip-off of "Meet the Parents."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Sin City is always moving on to the next thing, and despite surprisingly good work from its large cast (especially Rourke and Owen, who are both outstanding), the picture feels synthetic and artificial.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    But if the film disappoints on an intellectual level, at least it doesn't skimp on pageantry. This is, without question, one of the most beautifully crafted, visually thrilling war pictures ever made -- a painterly spectacle that leaves you looking for Caravaggio's name in the end credits.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Often feels like a cartoon that wishes it were live action.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The tug of war for Caterina's political soul is left open-ended, and her relationship with her difficult father is resolved with a plot twist that feels completely out of character. Caterina deserved better.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Even if you don't buy the ending, however, High Tension makes for ghoulish, sick fun, and Aja, who is already at work on a remake of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes, clearly takes this horror stuff very seriously. The genre can always use a few more like him.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A perfectly adequate horror romp, but it's hard to imagine anyone remembering it five years from now.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's Depp's misfire that keeps the picture from becoming a genuinely sweet pleasure: As it stands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the equivalent of NutriSweet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Linklater's Bears are even scrappier, fouler and worse-behaved than their 1976 counterparts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Unless you're the sort who has a Che Guevara T-shirt tucked away somewhere in your closet, the needlessly long The Edukators wears out its welcome.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Populated by all kinds of grinning skeletons and decomposing zombies, but in Burton's universe, they aren't the slightest bit threatening. It's the drab, flesh-and-blood living you have to worry about.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Turns out to be far more interesting for grown-ups (the movie is probably too long, and too much, for little kids anyway).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Openly embraces its noir roots, right down to the femme fatale (Connie Nielsen) who strikes a Lauren Bacall-ish pose in an open doorway and whose eyes are lit by a horizontal slant of light.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Eventually, though, the monsters come out -- blind, snarling cave-dwellers, looking much like Gollum's bigger kin -- and The Descent becomes a simple exercise in guessing who, if anyone, will survive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a brutal, merciless, somber picture, utterly devoid of the heart-tugging sentimentality that always creeps into even his best films.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A welcome antidote to the depressing, feel-bad sadism of recent horror hits like Hostel and Saw II, Final Destination 3 puts the fun back in watching stupid people die Rube Goldberg-elaborate, ridiculously gory deaths.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    There's never a question which side the movie is rooting for during the trial, and the light tone trivializes what might have been a much more intriguing exploration of the American legal system.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The script, which Harron co-wrote with Guinevere Turner, presents a disappointingly superficial portrait of Page as a person.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Down in the Valley becomes increasingly harder to believe as it goes along, with people behaving in ways that strain credibility.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Cars is certainly watchable, and there's always some amusing bit of business happening at the edges of the frame.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is a bauble, but it's an enjoyably weird and original one, and it is anchored by Black's constantly amusing performance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Even though Lower City ultimately leads nowhere (the movie doesn't end so much as simply stop), you won't mind having taken the trip.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A lightweight, formulaic piece of fluff, but you wouldn't know that by Meryl Streep's performance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    More than once during A Scanner Darkly, you find yourself wishing these characters would just shut up.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Decidedly minor Woody.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The film is not so much suspenseful as intriguing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Ferrell's shtick never grows tiresome, because it's constantly changing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A mess, but an energetic, convivial mess.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Veteran director Manuel Gomez-Pereira (Boca a Boca, Between Your Legs) falls short of the manic screwball farce he was aiming for.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Slowly loses its grip, becoming just another story about infidelity, albeit an exceptionally polished, well-acted one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    An ambitious, powerful, somber picture, but it never quite moves you the way it should.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Scott embraces the lightness of the material instead of trying to give it unnecessary weight, and even if he's far from the ideal filmmaker to choreograph bits of slapstick, A Good Year is never less than visually ravishing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Fast Food Nation would have benefited from a longer running time -- the movie often feels like it's missing big chunks of plot -- but Linklater's cautionary message gets through.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    But as rich a comic turf as the huge egos and even bigger neuroses of Hollywood types would seem, For Your Consideration always seems a bit too tame for its own good: It never busts out the way you hope it would.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A funny thing happened to The History Boys on the way to the screen. The players are the same, the dialogue is pretty much identical, but the vibrancy of the play -- its exhilarating immediacy -- has been muted.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Rocky Balboa is far from essential, and there are moments in it bad enough to make you wince. But I dare you not to feel at least a tiny little rush when that opening bell rings, and Rocky starts swinging one final time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    By the end of Breach, we never come to fully understand Hanssen -- who could? -- but Cooper's beguiling performance and his tense cat-and-mouse games with Phillippe help bring an extra layer of entertainment to this otherwise rote thriller.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The story falters only at the end, but it's the ride, not the destination, that you remember and savor the most.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Instead of leaving you lamenting the lack of creativity and originality in the film industry, this modest, playful thriller puts you in a forgiving mood.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    For about an hour or so, 1408 has you thinking you're watching The Next Great Horror Movie: That's how good the first half of this adaptation of Stephen King's short story about a haunted hotel room is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The overriding tone of A Mighty Heart is neither indignant nor sentimental: The film is consistently cool, almost to a fault.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Leoni's presence adds a jolt of energy to a movie that, while not necessarily worth going out of your way for, turns out to be a lot more clever than it initially appears.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    As far as its plot mechanics go, The Brave One belongs to the hallowed (if less-than-respectable) genre of exploitative revenge pictures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    There's too much caution and not enough lust.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie earns its R-rating with some graphic (and hilarious) sex scenes and a torrent of four-letter words, but this is a much more sophisticated enterprise than a mere gross-out comedy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The latest Christmas-tree movie from director Wes Anderson, who makes pictures so carefully appointed and decorated, they sometimes feel like they're made to be looked at instead of watched.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    And unlike other recent dramas such as "Rendition," the film never feels like it's preaching. Instead, it just urges: Whatever you believe, do something.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Beowulf is many things, but boring isn't one of them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Only devout Dylan fans will be able to derive much sense out of it. Dylan novices can only sit back and surrender to the ride Haynes offers: It's a strange, surreal trip.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The heist in Flawless comes at the film's midpoint, but although Radford wrings some nice suspense from the sequence, the theft isn't his primary focus here. It's what happens next.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Befitting a story about marriage, adultery and murder, all the characters in Married Life are constantly lying to each other. Sometimes they even lie to the audience.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Leatherheads goes on a good 20 minutes too long, and there's very little in it that makes a lasting impression, but it's easy to watch while it's unspooling -- much like, you know, a lot of Cary Grant comedies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The Ruins is, with one major caveat, about as good an adaptation of Scott Smith's bestselling novel as Hollywood was ever going to make.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The picture may feel more than a little familiar, but Ayer knows how to cook up intense setpieces, and Reeves keeps getting better at the weary hero role he continually gravitates toward.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Never seen a murder mystery you couldn't outwit? Here is your movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is more somber and less wondrous in tone than the first film, especially since the lion Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson), who would have been instrumental in leading the Narnians to victory, has disappeared.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The script was kept under unusually tight wraps during filming, but the biggest surprise in the picture is how talky the whole enterprise is. Particularly deadly is a long stretch in mid-film where the heroes walk through caves, talk about what they're seeing, get captured and talk with their captors, escape and talk some more.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Closer in spirit and tone to the comic books that spawned it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A brisk, undemanding adventure aimed squarely at the family market, Journey is completely passable in 2-D. But viewing it through 3-D glasses not only quadruples the movie's entertainment value, it also explains why characters are constantly thrusting things at the camera.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    As a story, Mamma Mia! is a sham, a narrative so rickety it makes "Grease" seem like Shakespeare. It fails as a musical, too, since only about half of the songs have any bearing on the scene that preceded them.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a testament to their performances -- and the spirit of this surprisingly raunchy, decidedly R-rated comedy -- that by the end credits, you've grown to like them a little bit. You just wouldn't want to live with them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The frustratingly uneven comedy Tropic Thunder has moments of full-on, bust-a-gut hilarity, along with long stretches where you can hear the crickets chirping in the theater.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    W.
    Passably interesting, occasionally riveting and largely superfluous. But it's certainly a worthwhile curiosity, and it's not what anyone expected. At the movies these days, that alone is worth something.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Traitor is "Syriana" for dummies, a globe-hopping, multi-character look at the war between America and Islamic terrorists that keeps things as relatively simple as an episode of 24. Not that there's anything wrong with that: 24 is a really good show. But it doesn't pretend to be something it's not, either.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a generic, clunky title. The movie isn't quite as disposable, but it's not exactly memorable, either.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A crowd-pleasing comedy that makes up for its formulaic, sitcom-ready premise with likable performances and an inviting sense of humor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Has that formulaic, cookie-cutter feel typical of many Disney toons. The premise is inspired, but the follow-through is merely adequate.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Just because the new The Day the Earth Stood Still is green, though, doesn't mean it's dull. If anything, there's a lot more mayhem and destruction this time around.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    An hour after seeing it, you may not remember what The International was about. But you'll certainly remember that shootout. That is something to behold.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The most daring thing about Adam, the story of a young man with Asperger's syndrome, is that there isn't a scene in which someone stops to explain exactly what Asperger's IS.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Lorna's Silence doesn't work, but it's a beautiful misfire.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a slight and unessential picture, but its quirky, compassionate tone seems destined to attract a cult following, and members of high-school drama clubs everywhere will be riveted.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Alice in Wonderland is curiously devoid of metaphors and allegories about a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, about to be engaged by arrangement to a loathsome toad of a man she can barely stomach. The lack of psychological subtext is hugely disappointing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    She's Out of My League essentially plays its central premise straight, although the film does find time to veer into gross-out humor.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Coulter wants to explore the act of mourning as a theme, and how death sometimes reminds us that every minute of life should be savored. On that level, Remember Me certainly succeeds.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A passable adaptation of Kinney's novel, but no replacement for the real thing. Read the book, then see the movie.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    This lavish, spectacular reworking of director Desmond Davis' beloved 1981 original is the rare sort of remake that actually makes sense: With all due respect (and copious apologies) to the generation that grew up with the first film, Clash of the Titans just wasn't very good.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    But even if the film is short on analysis and skepticism, Tammy makes for a fascinating subject anyway.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    For all its charms, sometimes feels as self-obsessed as the characters it slyly mocks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Often makes for a compelling comedy-drama about family ties. It's only when the cancer takes center stage that the movie feels like a wash.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    O
    What O lacks is a sense of spontaneity: Despite its contemporary dialogue and manner, the movie can't overcome a nagging aura of artifice.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    What's lacking is the simplicity that made the original.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    As light and fluffy as it is, Return to Me still proves surprisingly inviting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Vaughn and Favreau are a dynamite pair, and there's enough give-and-take between them to satisfy any diehard "Swingers" fan.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Does more than pay lip service to its subtexts.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Proves there are some things cartoons can't do better than live action after all.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's not much, but it isn't awful, either, provided you're interested in this sort of thing to begin with.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Himalaya doesn't need a traditional story line to transport the viewer into another, fascinating world.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    What The Four Feathers lacks is genuine sweep or feeling or even a character worth caring about.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Isn't exactly memorable, and as far as its prison setting goes, it has nothing on HBO's infinitely more brutal "Oz." But as late-summer time killers go, you could do worse.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Boiler Room's behind-the-scenes veracity makes it highly compelling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Shakespeare purists may scoff and wonder what the point is, but Morrissette would probably shrug and say ``Why not?''
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    What Crush lacks in substance and originality, it makes up for with sheer likability.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Buoyed by strong performances from Perez and Miami-resident Milian, Washington Heights overcomes the familiarity of its premise through its passion and conviction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The solemn, morose tone of The Pledge also guarantees a quick box office death: This is essentially a movie about bad things happening to good people, and if you have any interest in seeing this beautifully made bummer, don't wait too long.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Suffers from dialogue that often sounds like convenient exposition as well as from a climax that feels too pat and prosaic. But the film is peppered with small, explosive scenes that have a refreshing complexity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    If The Tailor of Panama doesn't quite gel, the attempt is still worth savoring.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's the summer's most avant-garde experiment, and those who hate it (and there will be plenty) will complain the movie doesn't have a point. Then again, neither did Seinfeld, and look how that turned out.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    As filler for the long, dry winter movie season, the movie is more than passable, and its sense of humor has a wicked, unforgiving spin that is decidedly pro-rodent.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Suggests that Cruise the actor may have outgrown this kind of stuff.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Leary's presence quickly grows tiresome, and The Secret Lives of Dentists would have been a better movie without him. But Scott and Davis keep you interested in the Hursts' dilemma
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Even when sketched in broad terms, Rogowski's downward spiral makes for compelling viewing, and to her credit, director Stickler never romanticizes her subject.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Seductive, ultimately frustrating.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Carries a whiff of disappointment: There's little here Mamet hasn't done before, and done better.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Sweet and moving, and occasionally irritating, but it's never embarrassing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Cleaner, cuter animal antics.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    When it was first shown at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival just days before Sept. 11, this movie seemed darkly, grimly comic. Today, though, it often just seems grim.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    As a whole, it's a bit of a mess, the work of bratty geniuses with talent to spare, but unsure of what -- if anything -- they're trying to say.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    She (Blanchett) single-handedly forms the human heart of this engrossing, if ultimately preposterous, supernatural thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A high tolerance for syrupy melodrama is required in order to enjoy Together.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A mess, but a fascinating one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a mean little movie, but it's also thin and repetitive, a premise in search of a story.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A wobbly fantasy that relies on the actor's mischievous energy and rakish charisma for its laughs.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Intrigues mainly for its spare style and brittle, sweat-soaked performances.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Makes for a compelling comedy-drama about family ties. It's only when the cancer takes center stage that the movie feels like a wash.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Viewers who like their movies to adhere to some sort of reasonable logic, or to at least make sense, will not be pleased by Femme Fatale. For everyone else, it's playtime.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Depending on your personal tastes, Intacto will either be an ambitious concoction of cerebral science-fiction or a towering pile of nonsense. The truth lies somewhere in between.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Undeniably charming, and kids will certainly enjoy it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Allen's most amiable, breeziest comedy in years.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    There's a mean little Hollywood satire squirreled away within Hollywood Ending, but you have to look hard to find it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Think of The Truth About Charlie as a Parisian getaway that happens to have a movie percolating in the background.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A hit-and-miss affair, but it's smart and good-natured enough to guarantee Stiller an open invitation to host VH1's annual Fashion Awards.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Even though The Business of Strangers loses its nerve in the third act -- you'll wish Stettner had dared to push things further.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    14-year-old Noah Fleiss gives a performance that's every bit as astonishing as Haley Joel Osment's work in "The Sixth Sense."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    As absorbing as much of it is, Unbreakable winds up as a mild disappointment. But it leaves no question the hype around Shyamalan is well-deserved: This guy has a huge career ahead of him.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The best moments in Matchstick Men belong to Cage and Lohman, who, in "Paper Moon" fashion, prove that the family that cons together, laughs together.