Rene Rodriguez

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For 1,774 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rene Rodriguez's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Departed
Lowest review score: 0 The Mangler
Score distribution:
1774 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Grandly entertaining documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The Visitor is a small movie, but its emotions could not be writ any larger.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a fantastic special effect because it doesn't look like a special effect: The movie sells the illusion that the suit could maybe, possibly, exist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Control Room may not seem all that compelling 10 years down the road. But right now, at this very moment, it is essential, imperative viewing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The casting of Hiddleston and Swinton was a stroke of genius: They emanate a particular sort of cool only they seem privy to, accentuating their alienation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Rene Rodriguez
    Watching an army of apes riding horses heading into battle is undeniably cool, but that’s the only thing the movie gives you: Neat eye candy. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is written at a level so low, even 8- year-olds will find it lacking.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie's utter lack of predictability helps to keep you engaged, even if some of the plot turns are a bit baffling, and the unusual depth and complexity of the characters -- the eponymous heroine in particular -- give the picture its unusual, scalding power. You've never met a mother quite like this one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    I Am Love is a bold and thrilling masterpiece -- the introduction of a major talent to the world's stage.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    At least the special effects in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are remarkable: You never tire of the endless variations of robots Bay and his computer-generated effects crew come up with.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Movies like Monsters, Inc. literally make you feel like a kid again, marveling at the joyously inventive sights before you, and that's a feat that should not be taken lightly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    What ultimately makes Drive so compelling is its characters - sketches given dimension and heft by a superb cast.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Those rigorously moral and humanistic underpinnings give 28 Weeks Later a kind of power that 100 Saws and Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes could never achieve.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    What ensues is a love story ringed by barbed wire and etched in blood with the jagged neck of a broken beer bottle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Swinton single-handedly carries The Deep End past its nagging ambiguities.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Blue Jasmine, which is easily Allen’s best and most powerful movie since 2005’s "Match Point", is filled with terrific performances, including Hawkins as the sweet-natured Ginger.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a dry, mundane title. It's also the only thing about the film that doesn't blow your mind right out of its comfortable, I've-seen-all-this-before rut.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Often, the movie leaves you wishing Briski had found a way to document more of her subjects' day-to-day lives.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Breathe is empathetic and humane — the movie cares equally about both girls, each damaged in her own way — and it ends with a brusque, unexpected reminder that kindness and patience can easily curdle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The result is an unwieldy but still compelling look at the plight of immigrants wrapped in a thriller about black-market organ transplants.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    It's a small victory, but Punch-Drunk Love knows how to reap epic delight from the most precious of details.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    After the Wedding ends up feeling far weightier than it first appears, with its plot contrivances and unlikely coincidences generating such a messy range of emotions, they end up feeling a lot like real life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Rene Rodriguez
    This is not the sort of movie you can just leave behind in the theater. And like any true finale to a trilogy, the picture doesn't work nearly as well if you haven't seen the previous two installments: It's not designed to stand alone, and it pays off all that has come before with an exuberant, thrilling high.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    After a leisurely first half, The Devil's Backbone becomes utterly spellbinding, its tension mounting in steady increments, its story taking one dark turn after another, and its bittersweet resolution destined to haunt you long after you've left the theater.
    • Miami Herald
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The fact that Garland manages to cram in speculative ideas about the perils of a society that relies too heavily on technology is a bonus. In Ex Machina, love hurts, big time, for man and machine alike.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Half-Blood Prince is the franchise's “Empire Strikes Back” -- the episode in which the pace slows down a bit, the characters deepen and mature, the good guys take a big hit, and all hell is gearing up to break loose.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    So thoroughly absorbing while it's unfolding that later, when you play the movie back in your head, it's surprising to realize how ordinary it is. That's a testament to Nolan's talent: He's able to make even the hoariest clichés feel fresh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The weirdest movie of the summer. OK, the year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The straightforward approach is crucial, because the movie is constantly doling out so much information -- so many names and places and theories to keep track of -- that it borders on the overwhelming. Occasionally, it's a little dull, too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Brings the viewer up close and personal with the face of evil.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Focusing on the contestants who make the initial cut -- two men and two women -- the film can't resist wringing some American Idol-style suspense from speculation about who the eventual victor will be. But the movie also leaves no doubt as to who the real winners are.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This long, gorgeous, occasionally maddening movie is the work of a hopeless romantic who knows there is no pain as bittersweet -- or as haunting -- as the pain of a broken heart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    For all its excitement Kung Fu Hustle is mostly a marvel of comedic ingenuity and mile-a-minute creativity run wild. You've never seen anything like it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This bleak, oh-so-dark comedy is one of the best movies you almost didn't get to see.
    • Miami Herald
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Scorsese has crafted a luxurious entertainment that goes down like a flute of sparkling, silky champagne.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The scale of Finding Dory is bigger than that of "Finding Nemo," but I started missing the smaller, more intimate excitement of the fishing tank inside the dentist’s office in Nemo.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There's never any question how Rescue Dawn will end, but as conventional and straightforward as the movie is, it's easy to understand why Herzog was driven to tell this story twice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Here is a crime drama that punches you in the gut, full on, and dares you not to blink.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The infectious dark comedy Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes) argues that payback is more satisfying when it’s doled out in fiery, bloody and outrageous doses.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    It is as emotionally raw and wrenching as life itself.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    There is some exhilarating wordplay in 8 Mile, and you don't have to be a fan of rap to appreciate its quicksilver energy and mischievous wit. For all its grit, 8 Mile ends up radiating a joyful, hopeful vibe. It's an old-school charmer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Rene Rodriguez
    The Jungle Book has its moments — the panther Bagheera voiced by Ben Kingsley, the python Kaa voiced by Scarlett Johansson and a funny porcupine voiced by the late Garry Shandling are all memorable creations — but the overall film feels cold and mechanical, befitting a movie that was made primarily because technology made it possible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    One thing nearly all the anecdotes in The Hunting Ground have in common is their resolution: A lack of justice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Rene Rodriguez
    While We’re Young starts off as an empathetic, funny look at middle age and winds up as profound and schematic as a Neil Simon play — or, for the younger set, an episode of "The New Girl."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The fact that you might emerge from the theater eager to give their albums a listen is a testament to how effective this lively and stirring movie about freedom of speech really is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The most fascinating aspect of The Imposter, though, is why the missing boy's family believed his story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Despite its downbeat theme, A Single Man is ultimately optimistic about the human capability to gradually make peace with seemingly insurmountable pain and tragedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    With the insight and sensitivity of an insider, The Messenger illuminates the sometimes invisible victims of war -- the survivors -- and a pain that is tolerated but never quite healed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Feuerzeig presents an unyieldingly sympathetic but always fascinating portrait of an artist whose mental illness became inseparable from his art, with one often fueling the other.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie is slight and, at 75 minutes without end credits, barely qualifies as a feature-length film. But Tomlin is a wonder.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Where Planet Terror is all hollow, self-conscious homage, Death Proof is the work of a director striving to make something original while remaining true to the movies that influenced him. It is also, once it gets going, terrific, sensational fun -- precisely the vibe Grindhouse aims for, but only sporadically attains.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Exhausting at times, frustrating in others, Magnolia is mostly just exhilarating, the product of a raw, vibrant talent finding his footing in an adult world -- and unafraid to make mistakes.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The emotional connection we develop with her as the movie unfolds pays off in the final 20 minutes, which is about as happy of an ending as anyone could imagine, except this one really happened.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Tender and sentimental, a little schmaltzy, and ultimately too slight.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Its social consciousness aside, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is really a simple love story between men set in the American West, although unlike "Brokeback Mountain," this love is purely platonic -- nothing more than the bond of brotherhood between two dear friends, a classic Western theme.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    In Logan, the clawed mutant Wolverine finally gets to slash through the constraints of a kid-friendly PG-13 rating, and the result is bloody, vicious fun. The squeamish will avert their eyes, and young children should not be allowed anywhere near this movie, no matter how many X-Men action figures they own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Lurking just beneath Water's serene, storybook surface is an unmissable, defiant passion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Ebullient, joyous film.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    With this gorgeously melodramatic ode to cinema, the filmmaker comes dangerously close to losing himself inside his celluloid dreams -- and leaving the audience behind.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    The world's newfound familiarity with the region's troubles only make Kandahar more compelling.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Unexpectedly funny, leisurely paced and oblivious to the demands of its genre, Inside Man has a loose, playful vibe that's at odds with its grave life-and-death scenario.
    • 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).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Grim stuff, filled with great sorrow and tragedy, but it's never maudlin or weepy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    But there are so many beautiful, tender moments in In America -- that it's easy to forgive Sheridan's manipulative ploys.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Reveals yet another facet of this always-unpredictable filmmaker: a flair for compassionate, humane melodrama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Gaghan is attempting to cover so much ground in Syriana that the movie at times feels a little suffocating.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Gunn makes this huge entertainment accessible to the converted and the neophyte alike, and he has only has one goal: To send you out of the theater with a fat smile on your face. Mission accomplished.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    This glitzy, infectious and unusually heartfelt musical doesn't always hang together as a satisfying narrative -- too many characters compete for too little screen time -- but its pleasures are numerous enough to override its flaws.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Raucous look at an equally raucous phenomenon.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    An oddity, but a remarkably intriguing and original one, and in Buck ... it also has the most unforgettable movie character of the year.
    • Miami Herald
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Shine a Light provides the clearest and most intimate viewing experience of the band to date. It is also a happy circumstance that the group, now in their mid-60s, have rarely sounded tighter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Rene Rodriguez
    One question in particular hangs heavily over the entire film, a plot hole so distracting it becomes the only thing you can think about.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    This is a romantic comedy that makes the concept of romantic comedies appealing again -- that reminds you how resonant and transporting they can be when they're done right.
    • 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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The fact that the last line of dialogue is spoken five minutes before the end credits roll is telling: Words matter little in a movie that favors seeing and feeling above all else. It’s a work of pure, furious sensation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Mines a great deal of its humor from the can't-be-bothered attitude of British culture, but the jokes survive the trip across the Atlantic mostly intact.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Like Carol, Safe is a little too internalized for its own good: When it's over, you wish you would run into Haynes in the theater lobby so you could ask him more than a few questions. [22 Sep 1995, p.6G]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Exuberant, often hilarious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    The movie offers just the right amount of spectacle.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Rene Rodriguez
    Dark, nasty fun that gets better when you play it over in your head. But the plot holes seem even larger in hindsight, too. Just tamp down those expectations, then tamp them down some more.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Rene Rodriguez
    Even a supporting turn by Vincent Cassell as Otto Gross, a fellow psychiatrist, cocaine addict and unapologetic adulterer, fails to enliven the movie: A Dangerous Method makes even a cokehead hedonist boring.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    What American Gangster does have -- what makes it such a commanding, exhilarating movie -- is a consummate love and understanding of story.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Catching Fire is a work of thoughtful, emotionally engaging sci-fi — everything that its predecessor The Hunger Games was not.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Rene Rodriguez
    The main problem with Submarine is that Oliver is not a likable protagonist.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Superbad never forgets the lesson one learns when looking back on one's awkward youth: Cool isn't just where society dictates; it is also where you find it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Even in its somewhat unwieldy form, Catch Me If You Can is charming, sparkling entertainment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rene Rodriguez
    Delivers all the expected moments of high suspense --that is worthy of Hitchcock
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rene Rodriguez
    Filled with conspiracies, intrigue and the suggestion that modern-day society is purposely designed to drive us a little nuts, The Manchurian Candidate is a paranoid fantasy for our time.

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