For 797 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: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Railway Man
Lowest review score: 0 To the Wonder
Score distribution:
797 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    As a realistic political thriller about Americans in harm's way it is not half as suspenseful or entertaining as "Argo." We may never know the truth about how we found bin Laden, but I still believe what we do know makes a strong enough story on its own without Wonder Woman.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Mr. Spall, winner of the Cannes and New York Film Critics Circle best-actor awards, does his best to bring an unpleasant character to life — grunting and snorting like a boar ready to charge, spitting on his canvases and dragging around with a constant wince like a fat baby with colic. With all due respect, he’s too repulsive to watch for 150 minutes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Lincoln is also a colossal bore. It is so pedantic, slow-moving, sanitized and sentimental that I kept pinching myself to stay awake - which, like the film itself, didn't always work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Amy
    Never failed to hold me spellbound, even when I saw obvious spots where easy cutting would reduce the agony to a much more comfortable running time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Content to make movies for himself (Malick) that nobody else wants to see as long as he can find someone to foot the bill, he's also an iconoclast searching for significance. So am I, but not 138 minutes worth. Anyone seeking symmetry in this cinematic taffy pull risks emerging from it with a pretzel for a brain.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Despite the title, which relates to a song by Van Halen, it is never clear what everybody wants some of, but the film does feature a cast of obviously talented, charismatic unknowns.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    This one he (Pattinson) could have skipped. Vile and repulsive, Good Time is just under two hours of pointless toxicity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Preposterous, illogical, senselessly over-plotted and artificial as a ceramic artichoke, David Fincher’s Gone Girl is another splatterfest disguised as a psychological thriller about the disintegration of a murderous marriage that I find one of the year’s grossest disappointments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    This exercise in hysteria is so over the top that you don't know whether to scream or laugh. Despite an emotionally gripping performance by Natalie Portman, it's nothing more than a lavishly staged "Repulsion" in toe shoes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    A dreary bummer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    It’s a movie that knocks itself cross-eyed trying to be hip, clever and today about acerbic seniors, but instead it only makes you long for old ladies in aprons exclaiming “Land sakes alive, I smell something burning in the oven!”
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    I can't imagine what attracted these two megahunks to such a bore.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Enough is enough. One good thing: The jungle scenes were shot in Hawaii, so at least they all got a paid vacation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    For the Edgerton brothers and for their protagonists, The Square works on several levels, as it shows how far two people will go for love and profit--in more ways than one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Its eye is on the dirt floor of dullness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Dreary, depressing and desultory, A Most Wanted Man is not my cup of Schokolade mit Schlagsahne.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    The best thing about Super 8, by far, are the kids, all perfectly cast. The script does a much better job making them believable and real than the adults...The rest of the movie steals shamelessly from...
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    This three-hander has an honesty and a momentum that I found grudgingly rewarding.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Director McQueen shares no primal truths, offers no resolutions, and the movie seems pointless. It seems almost wicked to spread on all that enticement and titillation, and then throw the sandwich away.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    It's a fatiguing, low-key character study that drags along annoyingly and pleads for patience, but stick with it and you'll find the engrossing centerpiece performance by Ms. Theron a captivating reward that is well worth the effort.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Not everything from Ireland travels as well as the whiskey. Like mud-thick porridge, Shadow Dancer, another dreary, confusing conspiracy thriller about the Irish “troubles,” is one of them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    It’s a forgettable film, but what it says about the debilitating effect of technological abuse is sickening enough to make you think twice about upgrading your smartphone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Surreal but disappointingly drab, it's still not the best Almodovar in years. Despite the usual Almodovar plot twists, kinky sex and themes of sexual identity reversal, gender bending and mad desire, the cult auteur has gone off the tracks and lost his compass.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    The results are variable, exasperating, challenging, often both disappointing and exhilarating. These elements surface throughout Happy Christmas, often simultaneously. Mr. Swanberg is not a total amateur, but he is called “a doodler” for obvious reasons, all of them on red alert here.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Unfortunately, Hide Your Smiling Faces is so slow it could use a few action sequences to speed things up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    A good cast and the speed-dial theme of eco-terrorism should really add up to a film of more substantial mind over matter than the dull, talky and ultimately pointless espionage thriller The East.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Another eccentric example of style over content, The Double stars creepy Jesse Eisenberg in two roles, when one is always more than enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    The director’s vision is so dark — and Mr. Crowe’s grumbling, sour-stomach persona so much like a Tums commercial — that you don’t care much what happens to him or his ark, which looks like a big barge with a stove pipe in the middle.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    The juxtaposition of tone, theme and content in the narratives fails beyond the basic ideas. This leaves the capable Gyllenhaal to do little more than scream and rant hysterically.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    I found the whole thing pokey and plodding, but there’s no denying the fact that even when sitting through Mr. Holmes seems numbing, Mr. McKellen is a force so powerful he’s his own reward.

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