For 553 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rex Reed's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Still Alice
Lowest review score: 0 Life During Wartime
Score distribution:
553 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    Resonating with warmth and sardonic wit and containing a majestic performance by Robert Duvall.
    • 76 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    It’s a remarkable accomplishment.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 50 Rex Reed
    A dreary bummer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    It’s one of the year’s most galvanizing cinematic experiences.
    • 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
    • 50 Rex Reed
    I can't imagine what attracted these two megahunks to such a bore.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Acutely observed, subtly but sharply written and expertly acted.
    • 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
    • 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.

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