Rene Rodriguez
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For 1,601 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

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Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Inglourious Basterds
Lowest review score: 0 The Ugly Truth
Score distribution:
1,601 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The good news is you’re feeling stuff, you know? And you’ve got to hold on to that. You get older, and you don’t feel as much, your skin gets tough.” This remarkable, wonderful movie helps you remember.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    It leaves you feeling exhilarated at the invigorating power a well-told story, no matter its subject, can have. If you like Harry Potter, you will love this movie. If you don't like Harry Potter, you will still love this movie.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The remarkable Hoop Dreams proves that even at its best, Hollywood can't match the drama of everyday life. This rich and insightful documentary, which traces five years in the lives of two Chicago inner-city kids, is more compelling than anything a pack of scriptwriters could ever concoct. [21 Oct 1994, p.G5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Brilliant, suspenseful, absolutely riveting film.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the best things about 12 Years a Slave is that McQueen renders all the characters with the same depth and complexity as his protagonist.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Has the sort of richness and dimension that are the hallmarks of master storytellers at work.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Gravity is a celebration of the primal pleasure of movies: It shows you things you’ve never seen before, transports you out of the theater and out of your head, tricks you into believing what’s happening on the screen is happening to you.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Delivers the heady, rib-tickling rush of an action picture, and it gradually builds to an emotional wallop that blindsides you.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Maya is as consumed with finding bin Laden as Jake Gyllenhaal was obsessed with finding a serial killer in "Zodiac," only he was doing it as a hobby.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie has such a profound and compassionate understanding of human behavior, family ties and the way ordinary people respond when they're forced into a moral quandary, I can't imagine anyone not being transfixed by it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The film is far from a downer. If anything, more than any of the films in the trilogy, this one may be the most hopeful - and the most affecting.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Offers a ride worth taking -- an excursion through a fantastical pop universe that is pure, enchanting magic. Try it; you'll like it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Like every war before it, the U.S. invasion of Iraq has generated its share of movies. But The Hurt Locker is the first of them that can properly be called a masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a beautiful movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes it the best movie of the year -- is its insight into human behavior.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Feels like a miracle, a movie that exceeds even the most formidable expectations without straying from its singular path. All hail this King.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Part of the accomplishment of Carlos is the sheer accumulation of detail the movie amasses, and the longer running time gives you a deeper sense of the terrorist lifestyle, and when and why Ilich gradually succumbed to ego and self-glorification without realizing it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the sort of small, intimate drama about unpleasant subject matter Hollywood rarely deals with, but Haneke isn't worried about turning off his audience, because death is something everyone has in common. It fascinates us, the way it also scares us.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A soaring, exhilarating fantasy grounded in earthy emotion, Crouching Tiger more than lives up to the hype.
    • Miami Herald
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coens’ smallest movies — this one doesn't have the broad appeal of "True Grit" or "No Country For Old Men" — but like Llewyn’s music, it comes from the heart and it is deeply felt. It is also one of their best.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The fact that that character happens to be so repellent -- and yet so endlessly fascinating -- is one of the film's many strokes of genius.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Jackson's dazzling vision turns the story into a real movie-movie -- one that, unlike too many fantasy films today, is genuinely transporting.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A worthy and delirious final chapter to this hallowed animation franchise.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    More than once during The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat), it's easy to forget you're watching a movie.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie itself is a nominee for Best Animated Feature, and it's good enough to pull a surprise upset over the beloved Finding Nemo. It's a mad masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Queen taps into the universal curiosity the world shares toward royal families -- an element of the movie that Frears wisely mines for gentle humor.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Waltz With Bashir isn't only a harrowing anti-war plea, it is also an eloquent and deeply moving argument that it is critical to never forget human atrocity, lest the past be repeated.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A model of pitch and modulation and craft. For two hours, the Coens hold you in their grip so tightly that for long stretches it feels a little hard to breathe.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Most prison movies are about escape or survival. A Prophet (Un Prophete) is about the creation of a consciousness. This one, too, could have been called “An Education.”
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What Bloody Sunday lacks in clarity, it makes up for with a great, fiery passion.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Her
    Her argues that sometimes, crazy can be wonderful.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    It's the filmmakers' refusal to sugarcoat their tale's darker subtexts that makes Finding Nemo such a resounding piece of storytelling.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A joyous, amazingly detailed paean to imagination and personal expression that dares -- and succeeds -- to illustrate one of the most mysterious enigmas of all: the creative process.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the most impressive directorial debut since"Reservoir Dogs." Being John Malkovich is weird, all right-- the best kind of weird, the kind you haven't seen before.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Although it is technically a sequel, Before Sunset stands perfectly well on its own. In fact, the new movie plays better if you haven't seen the original for a while, so its details have grown appropriately fuzzy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A visually thrilling experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A rich, marvelous movie -- the kind that enchants on so many different levels, it leaves you feeling giddy.
    • Miami Herald
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    American Splendor reminds you that sometimes, simply getting out of bed each morning can be the most heroic of acts.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    There's nothing about United 93 that qualifies as entertainment in the traditional sense: It is an unpleasant, wrenching experience, which is just as it should be.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This remarkable, continually surprising documentary turns out to be something far richer and more complex, closer in spirit to "Crumb," another devastating film about a family's gradual self-destruction.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Like his con artists are prone to saying, American Hustle works from the feet up, and the fun is intoxicating.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    In The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer pulls off the impossible: He confronts great, incomprehensible evil and puts a human face on it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a sign of just how much Coppola respects her characters that she doesn't make us privy to that final line: It is only meant for them to share. But like the rest of the ethereal Lost in Translation, you don't need to have it spelled out in order to feel it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Beautifully textured and layered movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is one of the most visually astonishing martial-arts fantasies ever made.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    As suspenseful as a full-blown thriller.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It takes some exceptionally intelligent and witty people to make a dumb comedy this funny and perceptive: Borat may be offensive (to some), infantile, low-brow or even just a stunt, but you won't hate yourself in the morning for loving it.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A thoughtful, audacious meditation on love and relationships that finds a group of wildly disparate talents clicking together in perfect unison.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Letters From Iwo Jima, much like any war movie, honors the courage of men who took part in a war not necessarily of their making. But by placing us on the opposite side of the battlefield, the movie forces us to approach it from a fresh perspective.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    I can't imagine anyone seeing Once and not instantly falling in love with it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A unique bond still develops between the two outcasts, leading to an unexpected resolution that ends this subtle, deeply humane movie on an ambiguous, but unmistakably hopeful, note.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Unabashedly frank in its depiction of sex -- too frank, probably, for more discreet viewers -- but it's never exploitive or seedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie implies that despite its thunderous success, the book also destroyed Capote, who crossed a line in his quest for personal glory for which he could never forgive himself -- no matter how many accolades it brought him.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie isn't a thriller, but it has the tension of a thriller, and its cool, icy tone, deliberate pacing and clean, antiseptic lines are reminiscent of Kubrick and Antonioni.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    As this intimate, beautifully observed film unfolds, you realize that the story's themes -- the nature of love, the role of sex in relationships and the ways in which we learn to make peace with our guilty consciences -- are relevant no matter what age you happen to be.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    For now, The Two Towers feels like the second installment in what next year, when Frodo finally reaches Mount Doom and the story draws to a close, we'll surely be hailing as a masterpiece.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The package is perfectly irresistible.
    • Miami Herald
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Up
    Rousing, exhilarating entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Luminous, melancholy and ultimately heartbreaking.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Doesn't feel so much like a movie as a glimpse into the extraordinarily messed-up life of a young man about to make the simple yet life-changing realization that actions have consequences, and that other people matter, too.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    “Movies are a machine that helps us generate a little empathy,” Ebert said about films. Life Itself is a lovely, eloquent tribute to a man who devoted his existence to showing us just that.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Rene Rodriguez
    All is Lost is more fun to think about than it is to actually watch: It’s a testament to a great actor, an experimental piece of cinema and a bit of a bore.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Shot in the style of a documentary, which lends the movie an aura of utter realism, Maria Full of Grace derives an unsettling power from the clinical details of Maria's ordeal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The most compelling -- and horrifying -- portion of the film, which interweaves archival footage and stylish graphics with the interview segments, centers on the firebombing of Japan during World War II.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This poignant, wise and subtle picture -- which, yes, happens to be the best movie of the year -- should be approached with humble expectations. Lee's approach to this delicate material is suffused with melancholy, metaphors and small, telling touches that favor subtlety over exclamation points and rough-hewn simplicity over grandiloquence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    As usual for the Dardennes, the plot is slight but loaded with hairpin turns of tremendous emotional power.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    And so the saga of Harry Potter comes to an end - not with a whimper but with a rousing thunderclap of incident, emotion, suspense and old-fashioned movie magic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is such an intense, disturbing and exhilarating experience, even five more minutes might have felt like too much.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Murderball invokes fascination toward its protagonists, because it views them with the same confidence and acceptance they view themselves.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The work of a talented filmmaker coasting on his own fumes.
    • Miami Herald
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is an absolute triumph of culturally relevant filmmaking – a film that will thrill and fascinate sport junkies and non-fans alike. If you like baseball, you will love this movie. If you hate baseball, you will still love this movie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A savage, insane movie - in the best way possible.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie has a longing melancholy that leavens the humor — it’s a surprisingly sad, gentle comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A terrific yarn, one so engrossing and surprising that the nature of the story's structure -- each question Jamal gets asked on the show corresponds with a traumatic or momentous moment from his childhood -- never feels like a contrived framing device.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the many pleasures of this beautifully composed, measured movie is how it reminds you of the power of pure storytelling -- an art that's too often overlooked in contemporary films in the rush for sensation and excitement.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The Straight Story truly is one from the heart, and it is wonderful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A remarkable movie that merits a place alongside "The Executioner's Song" and "In Cold Blood" as an unforgettable depiction of tragedy in the heartland.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A treat to anyone who already cherishes Varda's films and a perfect primer for those who haven't yet discovered her work.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Where Traffic stumbles is in its inability to engage the heart with the same fervor it engages the intellect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This rich, emotionally complex movie finds Almodóvar venturing into trickier, more fascinating territory, even if his themes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Rene Rodriguez
    The Master has become a contest between two gifted actors trying to shout each other down. The commitment to their roles is impressive, but it's tethered to a weightless, airless movie, a film so enamored of itself, the audience gets shut out.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Watching this essentially good but misguided kid slide into a hopeless future is both transfixing and heartbreaking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the most vibrant, exciting and invigorating movie-movie of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even by Miyazaki standards, Ponyo makes less narrative sense than it should, and the pat ending is a bit of a letdown.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the first things that strikes you about these courageous people, who constantly confront volatile, gun-carrying thugs, is that they outgrew their violent pasts and now live contented lives with their families.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Remarkably astute and devastatingly funny.
    • Miami Herald
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a beautiful, strange tone poem about childhood and innocence, set in a strange but still recognizable world where the polar ice caps are melting, crayfish shacks float down rivers and enormous aurochs, an extinct breed of bison, are sloughing their way toward our tiny, adorable narrator.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A dreamy, passionate ode to freedom -- of thought, of expression, of every person's innate right to simply be.
    • Miami Herald
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It's an action picture that's been distilled and compressed to its tightest, barest, almost abstract essence, and it's absolutely thrilling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the most rewarding and engaging movies of the year. Don't miss it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    If The Pianist isn't quite as devastating as "Schindler's List" -- the movie with which all other Holocaust movies must be compared -- it's because Polanski isn't interested in an expansive view of the war.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Savages is ultimately about two siblings, both around 40, in the midst of learning it's never too late to start embracing life, no matter how rotten a hand you were dealt in the past.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Harrowing and grueling, Lebanon ends on a gentle, hopeful note.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    What makes Exit Through the Gift Shop so fascinating -- and it is riveting, regardless of your interest in the art world -- is the eloquent way in which it illustrates how beauty and meaning really are in the eye of the beholder and how that eternal phrase still holds true: There's a sucker born every minute.