For 846 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rex Reed's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Whistleblower
Lowest review score: 0 Maladies
Score distribution:
846 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    As Robin Williams’ final film, it tolls a wonderful bell for the legacy of a distinguished career.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Too bleak and wrenching to recommend unconditionally. You need a strong constitution to watch it soberly, but it is a gripping experience that left me weak in the knees.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Don't miss this one. A brave and inspired antidote to time-wasting mainstream movies, it is unlike anything you've seen before or will likely ever see again. In short, it is unforgettable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    The heart of the film derives from the fact that the more they all get to know each other, the more they all mature and their differences blend. The title comes from a lesson in Huckleberry Finn—that a lie is good if it helps others, the way Huck lied to save Jim from the slave traders.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Several aspects of this sad, grim story remain a mystery, but I am pleased to report that for the most part, Chappaquiddick catalogues the facts and eschews the sensationalism. The result is a film of integrity and disclosure, a controversial chapter in American history that substitutes clinical accuracy for Hollywood embellishment, with an impressive attention to detail and an admirable respect for suspenseful narrative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    It's a delectable slice of Southern Gothic humor, a side show of rednecks and Bubbas and Aunt Tooties.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    This meticulously nuanced, sensitively acted film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire gives Nicole Kidman her best role in years, and she chews it like raw steak.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    The tender magnetism of Blythe Danner turns an intelligent, sensitive story of love among the not so young into a work of art.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Carefully directed and gorgeous to look at, with haunting performances and maximum suspense.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    A joyous, well-researched and liberating film in the feel-good spirit of "Billy Elliot," "The Full Monty" and "Calendar Girls."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    American Hustle is an essay on the brilliance of corruption.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Handsomely mounted, skillfully acted, exquisitely photographed and genuinely touching, Testament of Youth is one of those rare film experiences that is just about perfect.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Directed with polish and restraint by Ritesh Batra, this is a gripping film that seizes your focus and never lets go. If this one fails to move you, then you don’t really care much about the power of movies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    The result is a movie of enormous intelligence.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    An upscale, high-concept $40 million futuristic epic by the visionary South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. It’s too gruesome to recommend to everyone without reservation, but if you love movies, you can’t afford to miss it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    It is without question the best dog movie since "Lassie Come Home."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Mr. Hanks, in yet another in a long line of diverse character studies, does a beautiful job as the voice of reason and logic, trying to inspire bravery and maintain order amid the noise and panic. In the big emotional scenes, as well as the small, nerve-jangling scenes, he is an artist at the top of his skill.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Charming, insightful and funny, The Meddler takes familiar material (the mother from Hell and the daughter from Hunger) and infuses it with affectionate, slap-your-thigh humor. It also crowns Susan Sarandon with one of her most endearingly irresistible roles in years.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Deadfall is an above-average genre piece with a terrific cast that builds to a bloody Thanksgiving dinner shoot-out I found pretty close to unforgettable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    For the most part, this is a film with a pulse that wastes no time—a highly invigorating crowd pleaser that does nothing momentous but packs a big entertainment wallop doing it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Some people might blindly and inaccurately accuse this movie of attacking family values, but it has exactly the opposite effect. Touching and funny in their upheaval, the people in The Kids Are All Right open the door to a brand new examination of family values that leaves you charged and cheering.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Don’t miss Tom at the Farm, the latest controversy in the oeuvre of acclaimed French-Canadian actor-writer-director Xavier Dolan, who has been labeled the “enfant terrible of queer cinema.”
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    I tend to forget how marvelous Ellen Barkin can be until she gets the rare chance to pull out all the stops in a movie like this.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Sensitively acted, carefully written and directed with heartfelt compassion, Bringing Up Bobby is an engrossing little independent film made on an austere budget in 22 days.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Bryan Cranston brings the complex personality of Trumbo to life with substance and humor.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's a film that deserves to be seen, savored, debated and given serious attention.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The kids make stunning debuts, but their accents are thicker than porridge, rendering a good 90 percent of the dialogue so unintelligible that it might as well be in Swahili. Some subtitles are provided out of necessity, but not enough.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    This film transcends its trendy, obvious limitations with enough vitality and vitriol to make it as informative and breathless as it is entertaining.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Like "Moneyball," this is real movie making that packs a solid entertainment punch.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Neither another bland biopic about a self-destructive artist nor an historical scrapbook about a country in the grip of slavery, Black Butterflies is a dark, moving depiction of the life and death of a brave rebellious, idiosyncratic woman who made significant strides toward changing the world around her and paid a heavy toll for her passion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. What the bloodsuckers in this frolic actually do, in or out of the shadows, is make you laugh.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The story behind Touching Home is more inspiring than the film itself, but don't let that deter you. It's the kind of can-do miracle that reminds us all that anything can happen and everything is possible.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s quite a story and a cinematic task writer-director Angela Robinson is not always up to. But I wasn’t bored, and in this anemic year that’s saying a mouthful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Unusual and invigorating.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    La Mission, carefully directed by Peter Bratt and beautifully photographed by award-winning cinematographer Hiro Narita (Never Cry Wolf), explores the human side of a culture we know almost nothing about, in a world usually exploited on film to depict drugs and danger.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The film is extraordinarily well directed by Alexandre Moors, realistically written, and uniformly well played by an excellent supporting cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, and Jack Huston. As “war is hell” movies go, this one is better than usual.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    I found it flawed but fascinating, and a no-fail showcase for Tina Fey’s real talents as a serious actress. Best of all, this movie is never boring for a single minute.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It keeps you creeped out and fascinated.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    True originality is so rare that it’s a treat to welcome a movie as completely different and provocative as Upside Down. It’s unlike anything you have ever seen.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, directed with style and imagination by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), filmed in the creepy darkness of Bulgaria (you hardly get this kind of movie anymore), and starring an illustrious cast solid and dedicated enough to craft to make you believe they’re in a depraved version of Hamlet staged in Elsinore Castle, this is a movie that is several cuts above your usual straitjacket thriller. Enter at your own risk.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Kristin Scott Thomas breathes new life into a woman who was invented by Flaubert and copied by Francoise Sagan.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Force Majeure is a good movie, but as thought provoking as the ending is, it peters out ineffectually, while the actual staging of the avalanche to the crashing movements of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” seems vaguely comedic and disappointingly corny, if you ask me.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It might prove to be too insular to appeal to a wider movie audience, but to a passionate Anglophile like me, Queen and Country is a funny and nostalgic portrait of a bleak, rationed postwar England still digging its way out of the rubble.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s as exhilarating as any epic American thriller, and better than most. Racing pulses and a state of awe and terror are guaranteed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Flawed but bittersweet and enjoyable, this film may be the final chapter in a colorful and illustrious life.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    As valiant and important as the film is, Alone in Berlin is not perfect. The director is the French actor Vincent Perez, whose commitment to the material is obvious, but whose lack of experience (it’s only his third effort behind the camera) shows badly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The movie, as relevant now as the story was then, lacks the same spark as live tennis, but the two stars are equally dynamic and unforgettable as the original players. You won’t be bored.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Terry George remains a director I admire, and as movies go, the integrity and importance of The Promise are irrevocable.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The Vow is not exactly a woman's picture. It's more about how a man falls in love, loses his love and gives up everything in life to focus on regaining his love. Maybe it's a woman's picture from a male point of view. However you slice it, it's a welcome loaf-far from perfect, but as filling as a home-cooked meal.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It may not be one of the best, most inspired and fully realized classics in the master director’s oeuvre, but it towers above almost everything else in the junk pile of 2017 year-end releases.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Some of the on-camera bitchery between Mr. Ford and Ms. Keaton is laugh-out-loud witty. For the most part, Morning Glory is a delicious movie that will make you jump for joy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    There is plenty of excitement and pulse in Hereafter, as well as a reluctance to provide easy answers to life's great mysteries. I'm happy to see a great director take on the challenge of new and different material with his customary grace and impressive two-fisted technique intact.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Informative, fascinating and surprisingly funny documentary.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Grim and hopelessly despondent, but superbly acted and strangely effective as crime on the screen goes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Filled with nuance, intricate emotion and a refreshing absence of melodramatics, Conviction is a moving exploration of light and love shining through the darkness of despair. Its impact cannot easily be shaken.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s in the music that I Saw the Light best demonstrates how a tormented man named Hank Williams revolutionized the essence of country songs into a joy embraced by millions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Richard Gere gives his most uncompromising three-dimensional performance in 20 years.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s beautifully photographed and entertaining, with charming performances by Will Smith and newcomer Margot Robbie that tease and tantalize. You won’t be bored.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s a riveting film and I understood every word.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    As docs go, it’s not as informatively or entertainingly good as it should have been and not as shamefully self-serving as it could have been, but as wistful as it made me feel about the New York I once loved that will never come again, it put a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    An all-star cast of #MeToo celebrants are now determined to prove how empowered women can make the same smart, entertaining heist movies as men.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Heading toward his destination as a decent man facing ruin by doing the right thing, Mr. Hardy does a great job acting out the phases of anxiety frustration, confusion, exasperation and ultimate resolve — while working overtime to save a movie that takes place entirely on a cell phone from getting boring.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The film is a deeply heartfelt experience that addresses the struggles of everyday people in a strange land most of us know nothing about. You will not go away unmoved. See it, and learn something.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    You go away slack-jawed with shock and sated with the chilling bedtime-story elements of a great unsolved mystery novel you can't put down.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    A charming, beautifully photographed modern fairy tale about love and gardening, This Beautiful Fantastic is worth seeing in spite of its dumb deterrent of a title.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Wonderful, honest and low-key performances inform and enhance The Yellow Handkerchief, an otherwise unexceptional little drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s a metaphorical stretch for a simple movie title, but never mind. Closer to the Moon still manages to be a strange blend of history, black humor and art.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Bond is back, and so is high-octane entertainment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s far superior to what usually comes out of the British slums in the genre of gangland thrillers.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Ms. Bening does a touching, masterful job of conveying real emotional pain.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    I cannot count the number of reservations I had about Anything, an idea with every possibility of being a cheap publicity gimmick aimed at selling the sensational and luring the lurid. What a shock, then, to discover that Anything is anything but.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    For sure, it’s another example of style over substance — a richly deserved accusation that is always leveled at this kindergarten cop of a director, but I confess it’s a lot of scattered and disjointed fun.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    A tender showcase for a different kind of Jerry Lewis that utilizes the strengths and frailties of a 90-year-old show business survivor as few films have ever done.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s a routine story, worth seeing for the galvanizing (pulverizing?) star performance by a smashing Liev Schreiber in the title role.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Sleep Tight is a creepy - but highly effective and superbly made - horror movie from Spain in which the monster is spine-tinglingly human.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Nothing in it comes close to the magic, the originality or the everlasting entertainment value of the original, which only cost $2.777 million and didn’t use a single computer-generated graphic. This says more about how much better movies were in 1939 than they are today. Still, I had enough fun to predict that history (or at least a tiny piece of it) seems destined to repeat itself. People just can’t get enough of this stuff.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The awkward results are too contrived for comfort.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Leonie is a rich tapestry of cross-cultural revelations, released to the public at last, and a welcome addition to an otherwise dreary movie season.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    From this less than enchanting excuse for a feature-length movie comes 5 to 7, featuring delicious performances, extremely witty dialogue without the customary Hollywood television punch lines, a convincing believability quotient, and some beautiful cameos, especially by Glenn Close and Frank Langella as Mr. Yelchin’s disapproving but modern, adaptable parents.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Unflinchingly written and directed by Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh, it’s too unnerving to recommend to the squeamish, but for anyone curious enough to find out what really happens to turn decent people into savages in the bedlam of the American prison system, this is one for the must-see list.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The real star of the film is the magnetic, forceful and charismatic Matthew Fox, who steals the entire film as easily as if he were pitching a softball.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    We know about Anne Frank's diary and Paul Verhoeven's masterpiece "Black Book," but director Martin Koolhoven has shed new light on what happened in Holland with a powerful and touching film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It does provide a welcome antidote to the usual surfeit of formulaic Hollywood junk.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The brilliant screenplay by Mr. Letts sets up the narrative story of the Weston clan in a carefully constructed series of episodes in which the family history is finally revealed. There’s great acting in every frame, but by the end of the ordeal, the viewer may be too exhausted to care.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The theme is nothing new, and the film has no shortage of clumsy biopic clichés, but sometimes we need to see the simplicity of humanity at its best. On that score, this movie delivers in spades.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Mr. Fiennes admirably humanizes the characters while exploring their contradictions and emphasizing their feelings. But his no-frills direction is a bit stodgy for my taste, and although this is not the Dickens you’d ever pay to hear read "Little Dorrit," there’s more vitality in his performance than the film itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It doesn’t eventually add up to much, but the acting is deeply sincere, and I was touched in unexpected places.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Every generation gets a new one, and this time, replete with computer graphics and singing mice, Kenneth Branagh has created a live-action fairy tale that pulls out every stop and spares no expense.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The question is, How big an audience is ready to relive the horror of a tragedy so close to home, especially in the light of the terrorist attacks that continue to assault our senses daily?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Although the going is so sluggish at times that the film often looks like it needs artificial respiration, stick it out. The end result is oddly entertaining.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Paddington is a harmless delight that blends live action with animated technology in the manner of "Ted," but without the raunch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    A thoughtful coming-of-age story with bracing performances, solid writing and direction by John Gray and inescapable take-home values that give you a feel-good lift.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The actors are superb. The nuanced writing and direction have insight. The three-dimensional portrayals of women in the rural South during the war are praiseworthy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Walking With the Enemy is a powerful piece of filmmaking that examines history and heroism with big-screen artistry, imagination and thrills.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Seeking Justice is an intense thriller so full of shocks it keeps you wired from start to finish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Ms. Deneuve has been directed by everyone from François Truffaut to Roman Polanski, but she has gone on the record saying she has a special rapport with Mr. Ozon (the 2002 film "8 Women" remains a classic). He brings out such a loopy delicacy in her that she shines-a charming, witty centerpiece from start to finish.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Kate Beckinsale is marvelous as a ruthless baddie in a bustier, and in summation, Love & Friendship gives off a lovely, restrained glow at a time in films when almost everything else has the subtlety of headlights.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s so elegant and dreamlike — such a departure from most vampire epics — that you won’t be bored. It also has a wicked sense of humor you usually don’t find in the genre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    A lot of the information in The Martian will be incomprehensible to the lay audience and the climax is…well, not exactly original. But it makes for one hell of an entertaining ride.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    There is a lot to admire here. Writer-director Alejandro Monteverde (Bella) is not afraid to take his time letting you get to know the characters or moving things along, but the movie never seems ponderous.

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