For 559 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rex Reed's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Still Alice
Lowest review score: 0 Life During Wartime
Score distribution:
559 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Another war biopic opening on Christmas day, with tight, two-fisted direction by Clint Eastwood, and a compelling centerpiece performance by Bradley Cooper.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Fruitvale Station lacks the same global impact as Milk, but it’s still a harrowing film worth seeing and honoring for boldness and insight. It’s one of the most sobering must-see movies of the summer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The question is: how much should one talented but sensitive individual be willing to suffer for his art at the hands of one brilliant but terrifying bully? The two stars are fully committed to the concept that the pursuit of perfection doesn’t always triumph, and the film pounds in the temples with the feverish tempo of a jazz riff.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    As vital as it is, racial strife is a subject that cries out for a more volatile treatment than this. The Alabama marching sequences and resulting violence, filmed in Selma, where they actually happened, are too understated for my taste. And the home life of King and his vacillating wife Coretta are muted.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Entertaining dialogue and a collection of tightly knit performances — especially a wonderful, unexpectedly funny star turn by Andy Garcia — make At Middleton a nice surprise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Linus Sandgren’s lush camerawork and the glittering, throbbing musical score by A. R. Rahman contribute a distinctive flavor of their own. The performances are superb.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Nimble, off the beaten track and very entertaining, it’s the cinematic equivalent of a lava lamp.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s to the star’s immense credit that his spellbinding appeal provides a tension that the script’s funereal pace often lacks.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The intelligence and unhackneyed humor of the believable, unself-conscious screenplay by fledgling director Mr. Zwick (son of veteran director Edward Zwick) deserves special praise. It never hits a false note.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Unfinished Song moves too slowly for its own good (mourning is doubly taxing in a country where it’s always raining), but it’s a great showcase for Terence Stamp.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Another example of concept over coherence, but the entertainment value is considerable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    As an epic of awesome achievement, it never bores.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Intelligent, dignified and emotionally satisfying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Although Enough Said never really surmounts its TV sitcom style and structure, the director provides a nuanced entertainment that is enjoyable. She is aided beyond measure by the charisma of her two stars — especially Mr. Gandolfini, who reveals a side of himself we’ve never seen before.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The best kind of horror film, about innocent people plunged into mind-boggling circumstances beyond their control.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Unpredictable, with a twisted surprise around each corner, Big Bad Wolves is a clever and arresting shocker from a country where blood and gore on the screen are least expected.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Downbeat, depressing and heavy as lead, Calvary is nevertheless an unusual film that never bores. Impeccable performances by Chris O’Dowd, Aiden Gillen, M. Emmett Walsh and Kelly Reilly are riveting. And Mr. Gleeson is a bear-like centerpiece of conflicts and contradictions who anchors the floating pieces of the Irish puzzle in faith and doctrine, while mercifully refusing to sermonize.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Accept Gravity as pure, popcorn-munching show business fun and nothing else, and you won’t go away disappointed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s one of the most powerful films about the Arab-Israeli conflict that has ever been attempted on the screen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It overcomes inescapable boxing and martial arts clichés and leaves you thoroughly sated, energized and wanting more.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    A sobering, documentary-style film commemorating eyewitness accounts of what happened in the aftermath of the tragedy, some of them fresh as a new wound, all of them painful but vital to a deeper understanding of one of the darkest chapters in American history.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Five Star Day is a respectable and intelligent little film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The effect is genuinely creepy, but do not even think of seeing Buried if you suffer from claustrophobia.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The case is revisited with painstaking detail, and a riveting picture emerges once again about misunderstood outsiders.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    As much as I liked it, I have to admit Run & Jump is a work of no action — of love unrequited, feelings unexpressed and goals never reached. Sitting through it requires great patience. I don’t think this is an Ireland that would interest John Ford.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s not for the squeamish, but thanks to a riveting central performance by Vanessa Hudgens and a compassionate screenplay by Ron Krauss, who also directed, this is a far more sobering and substantial exposé of homeless teenage girls on the dangerous edge of society than you might expect.
    • 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
    It has warmth, humor and an understated sweetness that is not to be taken for granted.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The power in this movie is the way Chris Weitz trusts us to discover the facts for ourselves.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s a tormented Tony Perkins at the Bates Motel, re-imagined by "Saturday Night Live," with all the risks implied.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The best thing about Beginners is the way it accepts every character in a nonjudgmental way.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Aiysha Hart delivers a mesmerizing performance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's still worth seeing for its two dazzling centerpieces.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The film, written and directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, is slow as Christmas, but the two protagonists grow on you, like a Virginia creeper vine climbing a garden wall.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    You get compassion and intelligence instead of cracker-barrel homilies. And you get mesmerizing performances.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's a fascinating film that I enjoyed thoroughly.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The May-December romance is an overworked genre, but steady hands guide this one with intelligence to a sad but satisfactory conclusion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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