Rene Rodriguez

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For 1,771 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

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Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Leviathan
Lowest review score: 0 The Mangler
Score distribution:
1771 movie reviews
    • 86 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Salesman doesn’t have the same precision and emotional wallop of his previous films: The plot hinges on a couple of convenient contrivances, and the first half meanders a bit.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A marketable counterpoint to last year’s "Boyhood."
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Knocked Up is filled with comic exchanges and bits of business that, while not essential to the central plot, keep the movie's comedic energy chugging (like Debbie's throwdown with a doorman at a popular nightclub who won't let her in because she's too old).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    By the end, Turtles Can Fly becomes a lyrical and heartbreaking reminder of the human toll of war.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is the most vibrant, exciting and invigorating movie-movie of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This delicate, transporting movie, which keeps dialogue to a minimum to tell its story primarily through images, is also a triumph of sheer cinematic craft that mirrors its characters' contemplative natures while extolling the virtues of lives simply led.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The film wouldn't work at all, though, if Sarsgaard didn't strike the perfect balance between snaky predator and love-struck fool.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Ever the satirist, Payne mines humor from his characters, be it Randall's cockeyed pyramid-scheme ideas or the banality of a ridiculous wedding toast.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's a lot more at work in this raucously entertaining movie than cross-dressing clichés.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Take Shelter is paced slowly and deliberately, which is necessary to make believable whatever is tormenting Curtis.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Unlike "A Separation", in which Iranian culture and mores played critical roles, the theme in The Past is more universal and spelled out in the title.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie plays out as a series of memories, so exact and evocative that watching it becomes an immersive experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Although it strikes a perfect balance between otherworldly, slimy menace and 1950s B-movie cheesiness, The Host's computer-generated mutant isn't what makes this frantic, wild picture so much fun.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    To call Meek's Cutoff slow doesn't begin to describe its pace. There are stretches that are, frankly, boring. But the vivid details and intimacy you develop with these travelers sticks with you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Rene Rodriguez
    What The Long Day Closes lacks is a narrative thread, however slim, to match the perfectly realized setting and wonderful visuals Davies has crafted. The whole thing feels like a chapter of a much larger work, one that, if finished, would doubtless prove more intriguing than what we get here. [7 Aug 1993, p.G5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Seeing the Earth from the point of view these men saw it -- ''like a jewel hung in the blackness'' -- tends to put things in perspective.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Children of Men is thrilling, both for its groundbreaking style (there are action sequences here unlike any filmed before) and its complex, vividly realized ideas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    The film is precious and adorable, but it isn't naïve, and the movie breathes so deep that Anderson even gets a real performance out of Willis (this is his best work in years).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The rapturous power of music has rarely been captured as purely and joyously as it is in Calle 54.
    • Miami Herald
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    By focusing on his two young protagonists, Chang is able to explore the cultural differences between China and the rest of the world, resulting in sequences that are alternately humorous and eye-opening
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This may not be Park’s best or gravest picture. But it might be his most entertaining.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's some genuine suspense in Lantana, including one unbearably tense moment that is worthy of Hitchcock. But the movie's most unnerving aspect is the way in which it suggests true happiness may be impossible to regain once you've lost it.
    • Miami Herald
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    It's Leigh's rawest, most self-indulgent film to date. At times the movie seems to go on and on, noisily spinning its wheels. There's no dramatic arc to speak of, and the scenes in his girlfriend's flat are much less involving than Johnny's street experiences... Whenever the movie lets Johnny loose to wreak his own brand of hellish emotional havoc, however, Naked seethes with primal fury. [25 Feb. 1994, p.G5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    As good as it is depicting his career, Milk doesn't fare quite as well as a portrait of the man himself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It feels wholly artificial, and your eyes never tire of drinking it all in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A searing, heartbreaking metaphor for the futility of war.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Deals with themes Eastwood has often explored before, but never so delicately or with as much sad wisdom: The way in which our past haunts our present, the lasting repercussions of violence and the cruel inexorability of fate.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is an exciting, exceptionally well-made futuristic thriller that also happens to be loaded with lived-in touches and punchy ideas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The first of this summer's would-be blockbusters that deserves to be a hit.
    • Miami Herald
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    One of the amazing things about Volver is that Almodóvar once again manages to make a preposterous, overloaded plot seem sublime and organic: It's his profound empathy for his characters and their very human dilemmas and flaws that allows him to fling them into all sorts of odd places without ever losing sight of them as people.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A big, bold movie that gets at undeniable truths about the way no one, no matter how powerful, is immune from manipulation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    All of Payne's films have been driven by the anger and frustration of his protagonists, but The Descendants is the first one in which sadness lurks behind every frame.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Pay attention, Michael Bay: This is what thrilling summer movies look like.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Weiner tells a different story — a riveting portrait of a man so consumed by hubris and confidence that he is utterly blind to his failings.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most horrific -- and heartbreaking -- scene of any movie thus far this year comes at the climax of The Cove.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a rare breed of crowd-pleaser: a big-hearted, generous movie that never patronizes the audience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A savage, insane movie - in the best way possible.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Bridges brings his 50 years of acting experience to this one captivating, surprisingly moving performance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a smart, wise and compassionate movie about young people in the act of finding out who they are and not always behaving properly but never crossing the line into cruelty or crassness. If you happen to have been around during 1980, the soundtrack is just a bonus.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    De Palma never achieved the box-office and Oscar glory of his contemporaries (Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese), but this documentary is a testament to a talent that merits a place at their table.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    In a larger sense, Adaptation is a movie about the simple act of enjoying life -- of really embracing it -- without constantly worrying about what others think.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Mr. Fox's old-fashioned, hand-crafted animation is one of its main attractions. Another is Anderson's whimsical, dry humor, a natural for this tale of a crafty, dapper fox.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is absolutely hilarious, a satire as brisk and fleet as a farce and as profane as a convention of Tony Montana impersonators.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    A lot of ground for one film to cover, but this smart, absorbing movie, which has been sharply edited by Felipe Lacerda, never feels like it's spreading itself too thin.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Has the feel of an instant classic, a melodrama with an exacting precision and a visceral, propulsive energy.
    • Miami Herald
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The Salt of the Earth is a celebration of the power of art to change the world, as well as an exploration of the considerable toll gifted artists sometimes pay for their talents, and their courage to push forward regardless.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    There's nothing in the utterly enchanting Raising Victor Vargas you haven't seen before; you'd just be hard-pressed to name another movie that did it as well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Today, 54 percent of Sea World’s whales have Tilikum’s genes, which is a terrifying thought.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    A masterpiece of pop filmmaking -- a fantastic, exuberant entertainment that manages to be both sleek and substantial without being patronizing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Borrowing its title from a mix tape Cobain compiled as a teenager, the film, made with the cooperation of his widow, family and former bandmates, remains compelling and moving no matter how familiar you already are with the singer’s story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The story of Paranoid Park may center on an extreme and unusual case, but it's Van Sant's understanding of -- and compassion for -- the hell of growing up that makes the film such a profound and lasting pleasure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Animal Kingdom moves with a brisk efficiency - Michôd trusts the viewer and doesn't waste time with unnecessary back story - and the plot twists and turns at brutal speed.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    In Captain Phillips, director Paul Greengrass pulls off the same remarkable feat he accomplished with "United 93": He takes a true story in which the outcome is already known and transforms it into a gripping, wrenching, devastating thriller.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    A manic and at times surprising comedy that has more imagination and creativity than all the Transformers pictures combined.
    • 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
    The movie is a goofy, ridiculous blast, and yet Raimi means business: Even the precociously cute kitty isn't safe in this one.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This superbly realized, clammy and unsettling movie doesn't hinge on plot. Claustrophobic and profoundly creepy, Spider isn't a pleasant viewing experience, and that's the point.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    Up in the Air is also optimistic about the perpetual themes that preoccupy so many movies that endure the test of time: Life is better with company. And everybody needs a co-pilot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This remarkable documentary argues that art can also be the glue that binds disparate souls.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What really makes Hidden so involving is Haneke's sometimes maddening insistence on keeping things vague.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It just requires an open mind, a love of film and a willingness to dream.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    If The Magdalene Sisters occasionally flirts with cartoonishness, the movie is tempered by Mullan's considerable filmmaking skills.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie humanizes Tyson and brings him down to the land of mortals, making his achievements loom larger. And if the boxer hasn't entirely made peace with his troubled soul, Tyson suggests the struggle is going his way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Burton has found a vehicle sturdy enough to indulge every facet of his imagination: His great visual flair, his sense of whimsy and humor, his fondness for horror and his love of music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Director Ryan Coogler has pulled off a miracle: He taps into the beautiful simplicity and deep well of emotion of the 1976 original, capturing its essence and spirit while branching out into a new story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Monsieur Lazhar doesn't send you home depressed. Instead, the film leaves you hopeful, and even exhilarated, that even the most painful wounds can sometimes heal.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie's second half, which grows progressively sadder, also starts to feel a bit repetitive.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Gordon Gekko didn't disappear with the 1980s; he just became a lot more difficult to pick out from a crowd.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Another strange, sometimes harrowing exercise in absurdity that resonates despite its weirdness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Leaves you in a state of stunned, exhilarated awe, both for what it shows and how it shows it.

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