For 479 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rex Reed's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Dallas Buyers Club
Lowest review score: 0 Oldboy
Score distribution:
479 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    As a movie, it's so tightly framed you gasp from claustrophobia. As a film of cryptic boredom, I cannot believe the actors were able to say their lines without cue cards.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    How many ways can a film go wrong? Too many to list, and Trespass finds them all.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    The movie knocks itself unconscious trying to be offbeat, but instead of cinematic heart, the director self-indulges in cinematic art, drowning the whole thing in freeze frames, slow-motion and color-coding, owing everything he knows to the worst of Jean-Luc Godard and Wes Anderson.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Artificial, irresponsible, filthy and forgettable, it knocks itself cross-eyed trying to make you roar with laughter at chemotherapy, with the nauseating Seth Rogen milking most of the yuks. But a stoner comedy about cancer? I don't think so.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Who goes to the movies for 104 minutes of punishment? Where is John Wayne, now that we need him?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    All of which makes me sad about Denzel Washington's disillusioning participation. I forgive him if the money was irresistible enough to pay off a mortgage or put his kids through Harvard, but Safe House is total junk, and he is one of the producers.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    In an age of zombies, werewolves and oversexed vampires, teens won't be shaking in their Uggs over ugly women with bad teeth flying around on brooms, and with its graphic depictions of tortures, mutilations, gang rapes and myriad examples of child abuse, it's no longer a fairy tale suitable for children.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Halfheartedly, I give The Dark Knight Rises - the third and final Batflick in the Nolan trilogy - one star for eardrum-busting sound effects and glaucoma-inducing computerized images in blinding Imax, but talk about stretching things.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    The result, in the case of Moonrise Kingdom, is what I call transcendentally brainless - an after school special aimed at asinine adolescents over the age of 40.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Only the great Piper Laurie delivers dollar value. Otherwise, Hesher is to movies what graffiti is to a rotting fence.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    The Trollhunter writers either have an abundance of imagination or they've been smoking a controlled substance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    This is bargain-basement moviemaking, and looks it. Here's wishing Mr. Pierce a vigorous movie career, and better luck next time.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    It's a stupid farrago of aborted ideas, misguided actors, lame direction, submental writing and follow-the-dots plotting that never comes anywhere within a 10-mile radius of what I used to call coherent filmmaking.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Gifted and sincere as she always is, there's not much Ms. Seyfried can do with this tripe.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    These are neither good people nor interesting savages, and they're not worth caring about. Neither is the movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    An hour and 20 minutes into this two-hour-and-11-minute endurance test, a hungry Kaiju attacks the city of Hong Kong and eats the neon signs of every Cantonese restaurant in Victoria Harbor. It’s sort of worth waiting around for.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Movies like Sleeping Beauty are as sensual as cottage cheese, not to mention passé.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    For an old-fashioned crime thriller, you need real pros. Mr. Statham is to acting what Taco Bell is to nutrition.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Rarely has Mr. Gere walked through any movie with so little energy and so much indifference. I've seen more fervor on the face of a man parking a car.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    I love the publicity quotes by Baz Luhrmann stating that his intention was to make an epic romantic vision that is enormous. Also: overwrought, asinine, exaggerated and boring. But in the end, about as romantic as a pet rock.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    And there is Ewan McGregor, who makes entirely too many movies and only occasionally makes an effort to speak the kind of English anyone can understand.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    You anticipate every scene before it happens and figure out every secret before it's revealed.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Detachment drives a coffin nail through a noble profession with such ruthless virulence that it makes no point at all.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Ms. Cardellini plays it like a zombie, and she isn't helped by all the loitering camera angles and repetitive close-ups of her head framed against car windows. It's a worthy subject, ploddingly explored in a film that is too modest for its own good.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    He (Owen) doesn't fail the movie. The movie fails him. As his wife, the superb Carice van Houten has so little to do or say - so peripheral a relation to everything else in the movie - that she seems to be an intruder herself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    A filthy, pretentious, brutally violent and utterly pointless load of rubbish called Killing Them Softly.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Identity Thief is so bad it’s hard to believe it wasn’t directed by Judd Apatow or the Farrelly Brothers.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Jack Reacher is mostly grim, violent and stupid.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    The script is breezy, but neither of the two leads have the heft or charm to carry an entire feature-length film - separately or together.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Call The Master whatever you want, but lobotomized catatonia from what I call the New Hacks can never take the place of well-made narrative films about real people that tell profound stories for a broader and more sophisticated audience. Fads come and go, but as Walter Kerr used to say, "I'll yell tripe whenever tripe is served."