For 767 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 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rex Reed's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Their Finest
Lowest review score: 0 The Myth of the American Sleepover
Score distribution:
767 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    If the best films hold you in a captive vise, entertain you, keep you spellbound and teach you something at the same time, then 12 Years a Slave is outstanding — brave, courageous and unforgettable.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Manchester by the Sea is the best movie of the year.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Accept Gravity as pure, popcorn-munching show business fun and nothing else, and you won’t go away disappointed.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Gorgeously photographed, sensitively written and directed, flawlessly acted, and deeply, intensely important, Carol is Todd Haynes’ most brilliant film since Far From Heaven and one of the triumphs of 2015.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s a gripping addition to the canon of war on film that is definitely worthy of attention, and some of the images are electrifying.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Don't let Amour join the legion of "Best Films You Never Saw." I urge you to share its sweetness and wisdom, and learn something.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    The year is not over, but I’ve already seen my favorite film of 2015. It’s Thomas McCarthy’s brilliant, responsible, galvanizing and unforgettable Spotlight.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    So in spite of its flaws, La La Land has moments of pleasure and satisfaction that are worth the price of admission. It’s not that it’s a bad movie; it’s just not an outstanding entertainment, the way great movies (especially musicals) should be.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    American Hustle is an essay on the brilliance of corruption.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s too twisted and implausible to be everybody’s cup of tea, but it keeps you glued to the screen from beginning to end. Boredom and bathroom breaks are not an option.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Get ready for a smash hit. Gimmicky but delicious, this is a valentine to the movies I promise you will cherish.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    As the actor of the year in the film of the year, I can't think of enough adjectives to praise Firth properly. The King's Speech has left me speechless.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Wake in Fright is the closest a movie can get to a primal scream.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    A sensitive, dewy-eyed yet mature performance by Saoirse Ronan is the appealing centerpiece of Brooklyn.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    All Is Lost is movie magic on many levels but most importantly as the rare opportunity to watch a seasoned actor at the pinnacle of his power.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    This is a subtle, elegant and altogether triumphant film about a subject I thought I was tired of, told with an artistry and freshness that is positively thrilling.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Too grim and heartbreaking for some viewers, Room is nevertheless an extraordinary film so powerful and unforgettable that it must be seen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    The movie is wrenchingly slow — you know from the start that nothing is ever going to happen — but Nebraska has a charm that grows on you like a lichen, a wicked sense of humor that makes you laugh in spite of yourself, a concealed heart soft as a Hostess Twinkie, and a generous, welcome respect for the basic decency of the human race, more valuable than any lottery ticket.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Argo is a triumph. It has tension, sincerity, mystery, artistic responsibility, entertainment value, technical expertise, a narrative arc and a thrilling respect for the tradition of how to tell a story with minimum frills and maximum impact. It's a great footnote to history, one of the best films of 2012 and a sure-fire contender on Oscar night.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    The Descendants is a soap opera with Hawaiian shirts.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Dallas Buyers Club represents the best of what independent film on a limited budget can achieve — powerful, enlightening and not to be missed.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It does provide a welcome antidote to the usual surfeit of formulaic Hollywood junk.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    For a story about a man who cannot move, the ordeal unfolds at a pace that keeps you breathless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    A true masterpiece of visual enchantment. One of the most original and unique geniuses in cinema today, Mr. Chomet directed, wrote, illustrated and composed the music for this holiday jewel, an homage to the sweet, sad melancholia of the legendary French comic Jacques Tati.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Blue Valentine is about real life, warts and all, over narrative conventions like action and plot mechanics. It is brutal, compassionate, beautiful in its ugliness and one of the bravest films of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Elegant and wrenching, Coming Home is a quiet, haunting masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s a riveting film and I understood every word.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    It’s an amalgam of dramatic all-American themes including ambition, paranoia, greed and the ice cubes in the blood that fuel the ruthless pursuit of success in the competitive world of sports. Color it hair-raising.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The best thing about Beginners is the way it accepts every character in a nonjudgmental way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Never embroidered or rehearsed, the way so many biopics are, this is a wonderful movie that feels freshly observed, like an uninvited peek through some forbidden White House keyhole, at the woman we called Jackie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Exactly what you might expect from the fearless, controversial director of "Pulp Fiction" - it's overlong, raunchy, shocking, grim, exaggerated, self-indulgently over-the-top and so politically incorrect it demands a new definition of the term. It is also bold, original, mesmerizing, stylish and one hell of a piece of entertainment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Bond is back, and so is high-octane entertainment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Overwhelmed by bad country-western ballads, Two Step is flawed but it makes you laugh and cringe at the same time, and passes 90 minutes painlessly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    In a film so ripe with temptations for posturing, exaggeration and satirical overacting, nobody is anything less than natural, unpretentious and funny as hell.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    It's a slow, repetitive, meandering, mostly overacted little picture - perfectly agreeable but nothing special, and directed with a steamroller by David O. Russell. Go figure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    At 88, after nearly seven decades in show business, Ms. Stritch is sharp, funny, brittle, caustic, demanding, exaggerated, critical (especially of herself) and infuriating. She is also elaborately unique and awesomely brilliant.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    In one of the most wrenching performances I have seen on the screen in some time, it’s thrilling to watch a young actor with passion and charisma explore so many avenues of damage control with so much depth, allowing the viewer to grapple with an unsettling variety of personal emotions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    The Sessions is fascinating, informative, engaging and heartbreaking stuff. Its easygoing, matter-of-fact tone makes it subtle and rewarding, not weird. Roses all around to all and sundry for one of the year's most captivating films.
    • 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."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It's all about personality and Joan's inimitable style, which fills every second of its 84 minutes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    The best ensemble work of the year
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    I Am Love fuses the past with the changing future in a marvelous traditional narrative without a shred of the sloppy trends of contemporary filmmaking.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The movie moves as slowly as the oncoming fog, but Juliette Binoche is always a pleasure to watch, despite an awkward coda set in London that I found jarring.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Richly chronicled characters, sharp dialogue and that stupendous centerpiece performance by Cate Blanchett are contributing factors in the best summer movie of 2013 and one of the most memorable Woody Allen movies ever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The movie has its share of flaws, but you can’t say Charlie Hunnam, who plays the lead, has no charisma, or the story lacks excitement.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The most memorable thing about it is the profoundly understated sensitivity of Harris Dickinson, a (surprisingly) British actor to keep an eye on.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    When it finally ended, I felt like I had traveled the distance in the next sleeping bag. It’s exhausting but exhilarating.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    It’s profoundly moving and thoroughly mind provoking, but despite the poignant subject matter, I promise you will not leave Philomena depressed. I’ve seen it twice and felt exhilarated, informed, enriched, absorbed and optimistic both times.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Resonating with warmth and sardonic wit and containing a majestic performance by Robert Duvall.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    It’s a remarkable accomplishment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Beautifully cast, intelligently written and a gorgeously assembled range of beautifully gauged emotions about movies and war, Their Finest is one of the best films of a still-young 2017.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Turns out to be more suspenseful and keenly plotted than most, with a compelling centerpiece performance by Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) that deserves attention.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    It’s one of the year’s most galvanizing cinematic experiences.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It keeps you creeped out and fascinated.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Watching Richard Gere’s charm and sweetness, as he turns into a metaphor for the nobodies of the world who hock their souls to be somebodies, is something very special indeed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    As a film, it’s uneven and clumsy, but as a responsible political statement about the chaos we live in now, it’s both enlightening and troubling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    It's a delectable slice of Southern Gothic humor, a side show of rednecks and Bubbas and Aunt Tooties.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Richard Gere gives his most uncompromising three-dimensional performance in 20 years.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Sensational entertainment. This $100 million extravaganza is — let’s face it — rampantly over the top. Hell, it’s by Martin Scorsese, who is always over the top.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    It’s a harrowing, sensitively realized study of cruelty, revenge and post-war retribution that ranks high among films about the cost of war and its continuing damage to humanity.
    • 75 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    A creature of impulse to the end, she was a woman who saved everything—from lace valentines and old passports to Oscars and tear-stained divorce papers. How lucky we are she can share them with us now. She marched to her own drummer, and the beat goes on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl treats a serious subject with wackadoodle humor that is endearingly contagious. It’s tender, clever, wise and highly recommended.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Acutely observed, subtly but sharply written and expertly acted.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    Lee Hirsch is certainly one who is making a difference. I endorse him and his brave, powerful movie and urge you to see it for yourself. You might leave Bully with rage, but you will not leave Bully with indifference.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    In Darkness is gloomy and hard to take for a running time of 145 minutes, but it's an important film, related with deep conviction, and uncompromising in its understanding of the remarkable things members of the human race have done - to, for, and against each other - in the wilderness of war.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The most moving moments in Sully occur in a coda that introduces the actual passengers and crew who lived through the experience and Sully himself. No movie defines heroism with the same impact as reality itself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    When it comes to thrillers, this one is as good as it gets. Not for the squeamish, but for anyone who loves movies, it’s too exhilarating to miss.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Proving again that her Best Actress Academy Award for playing Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose" was no fluke, the marvellously sensual Marion Cotillard, with her wounded doe eyes and look of permanent unfulfilled longing, delivers another kidney punch as a double amputee in love with an illegal bare-knuckle fighter in the French shocker Rust and Bone.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    A rewarding family film indeed, at a time when we badly need one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Another must-see movie this year-end awards season (the other one is The Theory of Everything) is the brilliant encapsulation of one of the greatest stories of our time — the genius, heroism and ultimately shameful destruction of Alan Turing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    It’s one terrific, offbeat and heart-pounding thriller set in the frozen wilderness of a Wyoming Indian reservation that never ceases to surprise, enthrall and pump the adrenaline with an energy that stuns.

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