For 678 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 53% 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 Carol
Lowest review score: 0 Cop Out
Score distribution:
678 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Elegant and understated, Belle is a true story about the effects of slavery on 18th-century England, told in the style of a sweeping romantic saga by Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    The case is revisited with painstaking detail, and a riveting picture emerges once again about misunderstood outsiders.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    You get compassion and intelligence instead of cracker-barrel homilies. And you get mesmerizing performances.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It’s a universal, American “anyone can make it” success story that has uplifting appeal onstage, and in Mr. Eastwood’s capable hands, the joy spreads like apple butter.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Aiysha Hart delivers a mesmerizing performance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Turns out to be more suspenseful and keenly plotted than most, with a compelling centerpiece performance by Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) that deserves attention.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It never scales the cinematic heights or reaches the same groundbreaking level as "Saving Private Ryan," but it’s intensely ferocious and relentlessly rough on the senses. You’ll know you’ve been to war, and not on the Hollywood front.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It keeps you creeped out and fascinated.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Nimble, off the beaten track and very entertaining, it’s the cinematic equivalent of a lava lamp.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Another example of concept over coherence, but the entertainment value is considerable.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), it’s basically another tough genre workout that is all too familiar, with enough tension and violence to keep an audience alert if not riveted.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Depression is a tricky subject for a movie aimed at a target audience that is depressed enough already. But this one justifies its challenges to feel-good escapism through honesty and integrity.

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