Rene Rodriguez
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For 1,618 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 3.3 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 WALL-E
Lowest review score: 0 The Watcher
Score distribution:
1,618 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike last year's "Coco Before Chanel," in which Audrey Tautou played a warmer, kinder spirit, Mouglais presents her character as steely and unbending, a woman who has built her empire on her terms and refuses to abdicate the slightest control on her life.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Wild Grass, which employs a wry, self-deprecating voice-over narrator and some highly stylish camerawork, feels like a comic thriller building into a kind of strange romance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In the film's most frightening sequence, Countdown to Zero imagines what would happen if someone detonated a bomb in the heart of a major city, such as New York City's Times Square.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A crackling crime drama assembled from a scrap heap of hoary cliches, Takers proves that everything old can sometimes really be new again.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Corbijn makes the familiar strange, focusing on details other filmmakers would gloss over.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie earns its tension and suspense the old-fashioned way: By making you care about its characters.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a movie best seen cold.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Nowhere Boy is great at depicting the birth of Lennon's love for his art.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A beautifully illustrated love letter to dogs and the people who own 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Potiche is filled with rat-a-tat dialogue and broadly humorous situations, but Ozon also employs subtle touches.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A savage, insane movie - in the best way possible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly polished and sophisticated superhero movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    The film is a brutally effective, insanely rousing piece of drama, with enough new wrinkles and ferocious acting to sweep you into its clutches.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Take Shelter is paced slowly and deliberately, which is necessary to make believable whatever is tormenting Curtis.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Reveals yet another facet of this always-unpredictable filmmaker: a flair for compassionate, humane melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Writer-director Stephane Robelin's frothy comedy is much more "Golden Girls" hijinks than "On Golden Pond."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie leaves you feeling angry and frustrated anyway. And justice for all? Hardly.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Playful, effervescent comedy.
    • 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]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Today, 54 percent of Sea World’s whales have Tilikum’s genes, which is a terrifying thought.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The wonderfully sad, exhilarating ending proves this filmmaker knew exactly where he was headed the entire time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The combination of youthful irreverence and military indoctrination is jarring.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike most pictures about people living on the fringe, The Motel Life is never drab or depressing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A manic and at times surprising comedy that has more imagination and creativity than all the Transformers pictures combined.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Joe
    Green’s movies rarely play out in conventional ways, and Joe, too, surprises in the end.
    • 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).
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Grandly entertaining documentary.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 grows stronger and more engrossing as it unfolds.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is a rare live-action Disney movie that merits comparison to its beloved feature-length cartoons.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Sometimes, love can feel like hate or annoyance — it is, as the title states, strange. But sometimes, more often than not, it can be a wonderful thing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unfortunately, Life After Beth starts feeling more conventional the wilder and darker it gets, and the laughs become more sparse as the movie winds to its bizarre and but unsatisfying conclusion.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is Nolan’s unabashed tribute to "2001: A Space Odyssey," the first movie he ever saw at the age of 8 and the one that made him decide to be a filmmaker (there are homages to that earlier film everywhere).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Dark, grim and exciting entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Like "The King’s Speech" or "Shakespeare in Love," The Theory of Everything sometimes feels a bit too polished and precise, leaving no room for ambiguity and always staying easy to digest, like elegant pap.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Using a buzzy, unnerving score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Citizenfour makes you share the same sense of shock and paranoia as Snowden spews damning information that implicates the White House in transgressions that extend beyond our borders into other countries.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    OK, Mr. Jackson, you proved your point by landing the finish. Now please, no more Middle-earth, ever.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a dark and shivery story about motherhood, a common subject for horror movies, but one that’s rarely treated with such intelligence or seriousness of intent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Spacey, whose precise command of enunciation and diction, along with his wicked, reptilian charm, are strong enough to carry the show.
    • Miami Herald
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    We Were Soldiers feels strangely irrelevant -- a well-acted, well-crafted and inconsequential visit to woefully familiar territory.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Sporadically engrossing in a pulpy kind of way.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Suggests that Cruise the actor may have outgrown this kind of stuff.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A devilish little comedy whose urbane, satirical humor will probably sail right over the heads of audiences weaned on Scream.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    As funny as a lot of the film is, Dogma remains as frustratingly uneven as the rest of Smith's work.
    • Miami Herald
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Does more than pay lip service to its subtexts.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    But even if the film is short on analysis and skepticism, Tammy makes for a fascinating subject anyway.
    • Miami Herald
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A dreamy, ravishing ode to romantic longing, and it is bound to frustrate people who like their movies to get to the point, or at the very least have one.
    • Miami Herald
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Certainly pleasant, but it's also a bit safe.
    • Miami Herald
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Grim stuff, filled with great sorrow and tragedy, but it's never maudlin or weepy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A wobbly fantasy that relies on the actor's mischievous energy and rakish charisma for its laughs.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Proves there are some things cartoons can't do better than live action after all.
    • 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
    Bandits isn't much more than a pleasant dawdle, one made extra-likable by Thornton and Blanchett, whose ace performances keep the film zipping along even at its most predictable.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    There are several stretches when the movie is actually hilarious.
    • Miami Herald
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Certainly diverting and, in Thurman, it also has a knockout of a performance.
    • Miami Herald
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    If The Tailor of Panama doesn't quite gel, the attempt is still worth savoring.
    • Miami Herald
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is "Twister" on the high seas, a spectacular-looking, spectacularly hollow tale about foolhardy men vs. imperious nature.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Worth seeing for Dafoe's performance alone, a singular mixture of camp and pathos that echoes the tragic, romantic allure of vampires in literature and film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Just isn't very scary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    As light and fluffy as it is, Return to Me still proves surprisingly inviting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Enjoyably preposterous, old-guys-are-cool-too plot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A mess, but a fascinating one.
    • Miami Herald
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Himalaya doesn't need a traditional story line to transport the viewer into another, fascinating world.
    • Miami Herald
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    What Crush lacks in substance and originality, it makes up for with sheer likability.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Shakespeare purists may scoff and wonder what the point is, but Morrissette would probably shrug and say ``Why not?''
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The liveliest and most engaging time killer to come out of Hollywood in a long while. It's junk, to be sure, but it is superbly made junk.
    • Miami Herald
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A surprisingly ambitious entry into a genre that felt bankrupt and over more than a decade ago.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    What The Four Feathers lacks is genuine sweep or feeling or even a character worth caring about.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite its flaws, Sleepy Hollow stays with you, the dark beauty of its images powerful enough to invade your dreams.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's impossible not to shake the feeling that we've been here before, and the movie never does convince you that a return trip was entirely necessary.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    If Dreamcatcher ultimately feels like an unwieldy pastiche, at least it's never boring.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    For the farce it so desperately wants to be, the film often feels slack and too reliant on so-so punch lines for laughs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Boiler Room's behind-the-scenes veracity makes it highly compelling.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Does serve up an inspired gag every once in a while.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The work of a talented filmmaker coasting on his own fumes.
    • Miami Herald
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's an understatement to say that The Ring is not your ordinary horror film. And never forget to rewind.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    What's lacking is the simplicity that made the original.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Allen's most amiable, breeziest comedy in years.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The most charming bad movie ever spun off a hit TV show.
    • Miami Herald
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a very busy movie, designed to appeal to short attention spans, and it leaves you feeling full, but not satisfied, because it's missing the most important ingredient of all: genuine magic.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Ultimately too slight for its own good: It's a genial little doodle, light on plot and heavy on quotable, pithy observations.
    • Miami Herald
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Pfeiffer is the antithesis of the girl next door: You just have to look at her to know that she was born to be bad.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    For all its charms, sometimes feels as self-obsessed as the characters it slyly mocks.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Always a joy to look at -- and even if the story isn't half as profound as the filmmakers think it is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    This cold, generally soulless movie does feel like it was made by people who are taking themselves way too seriously. Remember the delicious anticipation you felt when The Empire Strikes Back was over? You won't feel that way when The Matrix Reloaded reaches its cliffhanger finale. You'll just feel relief.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Undeniably charming, and kids will certainly enjoy it.
    • Miami Herald
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    A high tolerance for syrupy melodrama is required in order to enjoy Together.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    As much as I laughed throughout the movie, I cannot mount a cogent defense of the film as entertainment, or even performance art, although the movie does leave you marveling at these guys' superhuman capacity to withstand pain. Compared to these jackasses, Vin Diesel is a big, overpaid wuss.
    • 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
    Easily the slightest and most frenetic entry in the trilogy. But it might also turn out to be the fan favorite, because the movie is nothing but eye candy and visual sensation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Gangs of New York is many things, but a masterpiece is not one of them. It is primarily, and somewhat surprisingly, a poky western, with a vengeful orphan.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Seductive, ultimately frustrating.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    If not exactly epic, the movie is certainly the biggest and most complex of Rodriguez's Mariachi trilogy, which began in "El Mariachi" and continued in "Desperado."
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Doesn't break any new ground, but it doesn't leave you wishing you had stayed home, either. Considering the state of action movies today, that's something.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Sweet and moving, and occasionally irritating, but it's never embarrassing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Grisham is an expert at hooking the audience, and he fills the edges with legal details that, realistic or not, are always fascinating. Runaway Jury is an adequate, unremarkable piece of work, but as they say in the book world, you won't be able to put it down.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Sweet and tart in just the right doses, but there's also something underwhelming about it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Elf
    There are precious few moments in Elf when Ferrell doesn't manage to at least get a smile out of you. Considering how cloying the movie might have turned out without him, that's a huge gift all its own.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The fragmented style is distracting and ultimately annoying, robbing the story of its suspense and drive while contributing nothing except self-conscious style.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    And although The Cooler doesn't do anything fresh with its Vegas milieu, the movie is refreshingly frank and astute when it comes to depicting sex.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a theme tailor-made for Burton, although there are times in the movie when it feels like he's not taking enough advantage of it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a glossy, somewhat condescending comedy, with all the substance of a cone of soft vanilla ice cream.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    These two fine, talented actors share a fatal lack of chemistry together, and it's a flaw this grandly ambitious movie cannot overcome.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's blunt, to the point, aggressively manipulative and, at 86 minutes, not a minute longer than it needs to be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Vol. 2 isn't exactly disappointing, and like all of Tarantino's movies, I suspect it will improve with repeated viewings. But for now, Vol. 2 leaves you pondering what could have been.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Considering the horrible buzz that had dogged the movie since its trailers first premiered, The Punisher turns out to be a likable underdog.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Isn't exactly original: This is basically "Heathers" for a new generation, its satirical edges dulled, if still sharp enough to sting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The weirdest movie of the summer. OK, the year.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    For all its tangle of characters and plot twists, Van Helsing isn't the slightest bit involving, and more than once (especially whenever Beckinsale is onscreen), it is unintentionally hilarious. But it's the rare kind of movie where the badness just adds to the fun.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    For a movie whose characters are so preoccupied with immortality, Troy is curiously forgettable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Baadasssss! is best taken as an examination of filmmaking itself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    As slight as the picture is, though, its hero is an indelible creation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Forget all that accuracy business and just enjoy the movie for what it is: a large-scale, passably engrossing tale of valiant knights doing valiant deeds.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Clearly, this unabashedly silly movie, written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, is the work of people with a grasp of the stream-of-consciousness creativity that a few bong hits can impart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike "Jaws," Open Water isn't much for traditional popcorn-movie scares. Instead, the movie is more interested in depicting the gradual deterioration of its protagonists' sanity, and how that affects their relationship.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's all amiably hackneyed, but it sucks you in anyway.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Egregiously vulgar satire on terrorism, global politics and Hollywood action movies gets an immeasurable boost from its wonderfully designed, old-school string puppets.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    This is an eerie, inventively mounted movie: It's a shivery fun time, filled with dark corners, deserted hallways and sudden apparitions. But it never manages to genuinely rattle you.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Turns out to be something entirely different than it initially seemed, and while the conclusion brings everything to a logical close, it also renders the movie less interesting -- a stunt that didn't merit Bale's startling, and dangerous, transformation.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The dialogue is sparse but well used -- it's refreshing to see a movie where people don't feel compelled to talk all the time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Washes over you with an enjoyable gloss, and it might even make you cry a little, but it evaporates in memory like fairy dust.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite a last-minute attempt to bring poignancy to the tale, you don't walk away from Overnight feeling sorry for Duffy as much as you are glad you never met him.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    What Alexander lacks in narrative clarity, it makes up for with pomp and pageantry.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's just exhausting. For all of the movie's sumptuous, eyepopping craft, you'll feel more than a little relief when Mathilde finally reaches the end of her quest.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    All about watching Jaa.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Even frothier and more frivolous than the first movie: It's a heist picture so laid-back and unconcerned, even the heist feels like an afterthought.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The message in Spanglish is thoughtful and astute; it's the delivery that could use some work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie doesn't make you care.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    There's also something to be said for a movie that's content with telling a simple yarn, and telling it well.
    • Miami Herald
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Intrigues mainly for its spare style and brittle, sweat-soaked performances.
    • Miami Herald
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Plot? There is no plot. You want plot, go read "War and Peace."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    She (Blanchett) single-handedly forms the human heart of this engrossing, if ultimately preposterous, supernatural thriller.
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Cleaner, cuter animal antics.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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
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