For 719 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 Coming Home
Lowest review score: 0 The Best and the Brightest
Score distribution:
719 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    An unrecognizable Michael Keaton seems to have aged 40 years since the last time he appeared on the screen, but he’s still the best (i.e., only) reason to suffer through a miserable load of deranged, deluded crap masquerading as a black comedy called Birdman.
    • 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."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Who goes to the movies for 104 minutes of punishment? Where is John Wayne, now that we need him?
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    There’s no humanity in this grave disappointment that justifies the passion his fans feel for the father of the iMac. Steve Jobs and all of the characters around him fail to come to life in any absorbing fashion. They’re not real people; they’re all hashtags.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    "Enemy" and "Sicario" were unspeakable disasters, and Arrival, the director’s latest exercise in pretentious poopery, gives me every reason to believe I have parted company with Denis Villeneuve for good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Comprising three separate, unrelated and thoroughly inconsequential short stories about lonely, miserable women in the isolated landscape of Montana, Certain Women is the latest thumping bore from Kelly Reichardt, a writer-director-editor who makes bland, low-budget films about various hidden aspects of women’s lives they are reluctant to reveal, then take forever to do so.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 0 Rex Reed
    Melancholia is his latest pile of undiluted drivel, nauseatingly filmed by a wonky hand-held camera and featuring a crazy, mismatched ensemble headed by Kirsten Dunst, who won an acting award in Cannes last year for looking totally catatonic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    The original western won John Wayne a puzzling and undeserved Oscar for finally falling off his horse. Don't expect the same miracle for Jeff Bridges. In the numbing hands of pretentious filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, history does not repeat itself in any way whatsoever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Before the carnage ends, the entire cast has been tortured, mutilated and murdered by so many weapons it’s hard to keep them straight. When the shotguns, box cutters and machetes run out, it’s time to cue the flesh-eating attack dogs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    At a time when every penny counts, where do they come up with the money to finance a movie this boring?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    I certainly wish Ms. Johansson hadn’t shown up at all. She’s never less than interesting to watch, but Under the Skin is a big waste of her time.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Rex Reed
    Ambiguous and ludicrous at the same time, director Mr. Nichols (Mud) claims to have structured Midnight Special as a fast-moving thriller, but it’s slow as an inchworm and about as thrilling as buttermilk. Clearly, he’s been watching too many Christopher Nolan movies.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    A pointless, pathetic and profoundly boring send-up of universally acknowledged anti-social author Philip Roth, Listen Up Philip is a juvenile experiment in pretentious idiosyncrasy by amateurish writer-director Alex Ross Perry. He calls his miserable protagonist Philip Friedman, but who’s kidding who?
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    What it turns out to be is a preposterous puzzle that fails every test under scrutiny, leaving the spectator with a “Huh?” that is meant to be uttered only while chewing gum.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    I'd like to tell you just how bad Inception really is, but since it is barely even remotely lucid, no sane description is possible.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    It still has a long way to go before the term Mumblecore (which sounds like a Harry Potter major at Hogwart's) can be confused with the term Class Act.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    It is really not about anything at all except the mistakes, pitfalls and dumb decisions that plague the career of talented but misguided Australian actor Guy Pearce in his attempts to become an American film star.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    A creepfest so stupid it makes trashy slash-and-burn epics like "Humans Versus Zombies" and "I Spit on Your Grave" seem like Molière and Proust.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    People who ask nothing more for their money than a lot of nerve-scrambling computerized special effects might get through Doctor Strange, another in a long line of lengthy, stupid and unbearable Marvel Studios comic books on film, with minimal brain damage.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 0 Rex Reed
    Lena Dunham makes a 98-minute home video seem like 98 days of hard labor.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 0 Rex Reed
    This one, by the jarringly untalented writer-director Shane Black, is merely violent, vulgar and stupid.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Mr. Franco must have had a very boring adolescence, because Palo Alto is a very boring movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 0 Rex Reed
    What some critics praise as astute and compelling, I find juvenile and fraught with hysteria. There's no arc here, no real pathos, and the direction is like watching snow melt on the side of a road.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    The movie is nothing more than a labored series of skits that play like ideas from rejected TV pilots.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    There is no hope on the horizon for movies as leaden as The Exploding Girl.

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