For 710 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 5.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rex Reed's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn
Lowest review score: 0 Hobo with a Shotgun
Score distribution:
710 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    The keenly observed patterns of behavior and the witty, intimate dialogue pay off.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Colin Firth is brilliant as the patient, uncompromising and introspective Max Perkins, and the explosive performance by Jude Law as the wild, unpredictable and tragic Thomas Wolfe is one of the greatest triumphs of his career. I was spellbound.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Despite a frustrating fizzle of a finale, it’s a movie that enthralls the senses and engages the mind for two hours, proving no movie is too long when you’re having fun.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The best kind of horror film, about innocent people plunged into mind-boggling circumstances beyond their control.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Wonderful, honest and low-key performances inform and enhance The Yellow Handkerchief, an otherwise unexceptional little drama.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    A film of maturity and courage, one that kept me consistently engaged. Quite an accomplishment, really, for a new filmmaker on her first date with a camera.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s rare to see a film directed by a woman who knows more about men than they themselves do. With Handsome Harry, the widely respected independent filmmaker Bette Gordon has hit a bull’s eye.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Surprising, inventive and crisply, merrily written and directed by Derrick Borte, The Joneses is a brisk, captivating entertainment. Think Ozzie and Harriet on speed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's uneven, but its optimistic message-lost causes can find strength through friendship and bonding-is contagious.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Solitary Man comes on the heels of last year's "A Serious Man" and "A Single Man," so it's small wonder that confusion reigns. But this film, co-directed by David Levien and Brian Koppelman (who also wrote the screenplay), is the best of the three.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's all about personality and Joan's inimitable style, which fills every second of its 84 minutes.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The movie is about how he learns to show what's in his heart even when he can't find the spoken words to express his feelings aloud. Under the careful guidance of Mr. Nunez, Mr. Becker does both, in ways that reminded me of a Hispanic James Dean.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    A grim, toxic, psychological British thriller, brimming with surprises, that always manages to be quite a bit more than it appears on the surface.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    What emerges is time pleasantly spent with a slice of life that examines a romantic détente between two cultures. Like smoke from an Egyptian hookah, the melancholia lingers.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's still worth seeing for its two dazzling centerpieces.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The effect is genuinely creepy, but do not even think of seeing Buried if you suffer from claustrophobia.
    • 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
    Kristin Scott Thomas breathes new life into a woman who was invented by Flaubert and copied by Francoise Sagan.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    This is one terrific movie about one terrific horse. It enthralls on so many levels-emotional, cinematic, historic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Soberly and responsibly, a small but significant film called Inhale, starring the underrated, charismatic and terrifically accomplished Dermot Mulroney, has arrived without fanfare or big-budget ad campaigns to capture some well-deserved attention.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    You go away exhilarated. The movie has been through as many hurdles getting here as dear, sweet Jolene, but sometimes the most engaging movies are the ones worth waiting for.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    These are characters so repulsive that it's hard to care what happens to them, but it's to the credit of a superb cast that you do end up caring.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Fair Game is an important exposé of corrupt political power gone toxic. It's good enough that it deserves to be better.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Director Dolan gets the feeling of emptiness so right that anyone who has ever known the heartbreak of a crushing affair can easily identify, even with subtitles.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The actors are so exemplary that it is difficult to imagine this is not a documentary. They might not be household names, but they will be.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    In the avalanche of junk about aliens, alternate universes, digital effects and comic-book superheroes, it is a rare treat to see a sweet, low-budget film about real people that is as ingratiating as Lebanon, Pa.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Written and directed by Mike Pavone, with a fine, understated, atypical performance by Ed Harris, it may be a feel-good family picture centered on kids, but it offers talismans to live by for people of all ages.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Whatever you think of Mr. Gibson, whatever he has lost, he still has talent, and here displays acting of power and resonance. It's a pleasure, for a change, to see the best side of his split personality at work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Hey, Boo solves the mystery of Boo, and also, to some degree, the mystery of Harper Lee. It's a fine film, well worth seeing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The best thing about Beginners is the way it accepts every character in a nonjudgmental way.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Has more charm and wit than most of its J.D. Salinger-inspired cousins in the same genre, and is undeniably engaging.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The power in this movie is the way Chris Weitz trusts us to discover the facts for ourselves.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's one of those revolting, raunch-fueled movies churned out in their sleep by the Farrelly brothers and Judd Apatow that I usually hate, but with real cleverness, off-center wit and edgy imagination. Imagine an X-rated Three Stooges farce, and you get the picture.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The awesome effects take over where the plot used to be, and although this is the end, my guess is that it will fire the imagination for years to come. What fun to feel like a kid again. I had a marvelous time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner has done an elegant job of reducing a complex piece with many components into a riveting narrative that grabs you by the lapels and refuses to loosen its grip.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    You won't find yourself yawning. It's a great double stretch for an actor and Mr. Cooper plays both the smoldering Latif and the bombastic Uday with combustible energy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Good Neighbors is a hotbed of twisted ideas with a straightforward yet novel approach to the Gothic horror in the hearts of mistakenly everyday people. Stressful and disconcerting but highly recommended, it gave me nightmares.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It overcomes inescapable boxing and martial arts clichés and leaves you thoroughly sated, energized and wanting more.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The movie often seems too good to be true, but by the end I wanted a dolphin just like Winter for my own swimming pool.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Like "Moneyball," this is real movie making that packs a solid entertainment punch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Creepy and serenely suspenseful, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a riveting study in what it's like to escape from a physically, psychologically abusive cult, and how hard it is to return to normal life after being brainwashed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Unlike most alleged Hollywood rom-coms, Like Crazy is delicate, uplifting and definitely worth investigating.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Five Star Day is a respectable and intelligent little film.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Scathing and funny and cynical about contemporary society and the hypocritical way we live now, Carnage may not be the dream movie I expected, but it has a dream cast of pure, unimpeachable ensemble perfection.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    We Bought a Zoo has more soul than substance, but I'll be darned if it didn't put a smile on my face and keep it there.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's a special film of sacrifice, redemption and hope in the shadow of a holocaust that packs an emotional wallop from which there is no escape. I can't get it out of my thoughts, and I recommend it highly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The Grey avoids smug clichés, takes you to places you least expect and settles for no comfortable solutions, while it explores the dark shadows of the male psyche and finds more emotional fragility there than you find in the usual phony macho myths from Hollywood.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Flawed but bittersweet and enjoyable, this film may be the final chapter in a colorful and illustrious life.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    No contemporary film that promotes love instead of war should be overlooked. Private Romeo will undoubtedly be regarded by some as a curio, but it's a sweet, sympathetic and surprising one, highly recommended to the adventurous spirit in an enlightened and changing world.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    I can tell you only that this is a film unlike anything I've seen before-harrowing, haunting and sordid. Be forewarned, it is not for the squeamish. But take a chance and you will be rewarded with a work of nightmarish force that is unforgettable.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The result is a film of great humanity that reveals Albania as a primitive region struggling to bridge the gap between medieval European customs and the tide of progress.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Seeking Justice is an intense thriller so full of shocks it keeps you wired from start to finish.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    In retrospect, it's preposterous. But while you're gasping for air, it's one hell of a thrill ride, like being stuck on a malfunctioning roller coaster for an hour and a half at top speed, and unable to get off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It is quirky, dark, much maligned by feminists and too slow for some tastes, but it's a work worth seeing again, and Ms. Weisz is wonderful in it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It has warmth, humor and an understated sweetness that is not to be taken for granted.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Pop songs, beautiful bucolic scenery and the joy of watching Jane Fonda fizz in a fun role that looks like a no-brainer are elements that a skilled director like Australia's polished Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) blends with perfection.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Intelligent, dignified and emotionally satisfying.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's a fascinating film that I enjoyed thoroughly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Ted
    Most of Ted eludes description, analysis and explanation. You just have to hold onto your own certifiable sense of humor and let Mr. MacFarlane take you where he wants to go. Then get out of the way and enjoy it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    This is a rare feel-good treat that nudges the heartstrings and makes you feel optimistic about the human race.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The Magic of Belle Isle is a warm, human, feel-good experience about bringing out the best in people, one that brings out Morgan Freeman's best performance in years.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's a film that deserves to be seen, savored, debated and given serious attention.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Jane Fonda's first French-speaking film in 40 years finds her leading a joyous ensemble of septuagenarians in a sweet, thoughtful and spirited examination of how to grow old with dignity and pride in a regrettable era when senior citizens have been reduced to the status of a political agenda.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    My biggest problem with Flight is not the unanswered questions it raises, but the eleventh-hour epiphany just in time for a happy ending. Maybe I'm naturally cynical, but I simply don't believe that people are basically good at heart - and I don't buy into sudden salvation. Otherwise, Flight is one hell of an entertainment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Best of all, I applaud the director's triumph of intimate terror over preposterous puppets and noisy computer-generated effects. In The Bay, the mayhem is both fresh and thrilling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Bond is back, and so is high-octane entertainment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    In a bravura performance that is the primary don't-miss reason for its existence, he (Carlyle) gives California Solo all he's got; even in scenes that just exist to pass the time, his presence informs the essence of the man he plays and the humanity of the film itself.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The best thing about Gangster Squad is how they got the 1940s accoutrements right.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The remarkably expressive Mr. Siddig is sympathetic and true as the tortured father, communicating reams of emotion with his eyes, and Ms. Tomei is totally charismatic as his discarded lover who helps him out of a sense of humanity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s far superior to what usually comes out of the British slums in the genre of gangland thrillers.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    42
    It’s a perfectly unexceptional but slickly made, sincerely acted, often entertaining, sometimes manipulative and always watchable blend of action on the diamond and bravery behind the scenes that will please baseball fanatics more than movie historians. It’s a good enough biopic to make you wish it were a better motion picture.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Despite occasional flaws, Disconnect is filled with fine performances, informed by an often sophisticated script and directed with passion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    There are humorous intrusions (e.g., an art show at Jeanne’s gallery that includes Nazi symbols constructed from penises), and great performances throughout.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    As an epic of awesome achievement, it never bores.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The point of The Iceman is “Even monsters are human,” but it takes a great actor to make a dubious theme convincing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Under Craig Zisk’s frisky direction, the entire cast is superb and wrinkle-free. The screenplay, by husband-wife team Dan and Stacy Chariton, is thin as a poker chip but as clever as it is contrived.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Okay, The Prey is ridiculous hokum that proves the French can make overwrought Hollywood thrillers with the same indefatigable energy and implausible realism as anyone else. It is also a slick, suspenseful adrenalin rush disguised as unexpected, nerve-wracking fun.

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