For 518 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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rex Reed's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The Conspirator
Lowest review score: 0 Maladies
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Good acting and plenty to think about, but a better director than Mike Binder would have made a better film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    This gruesome thriller set in a fogbound insane asylum is incomprehensible and fatally flawed, but having said all of that, I will also say this: It never seems anything less than the work of a skillful film buff. Mr. Scorsese may be a smart aleck, but he’s a professional smart aleck.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    But the direction by Joe Johnston (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids) sacrifices originality for computer graphics and stop-motion camera tricks, and the script, by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self, bulges with real howlers: “I didn’t know you hunted monsters.” “Sometimes monsters hunt you!”
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    I found Howl a fascinating and imaginative evocation of mid-20th-century liberation, a mere and merciful 90 minutes long.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Think Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Kindergarten Cop," but better.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Beautifully shot and reeking with style, Last Night is as slow as sorghum; nothing ever really happens.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    I found Contagion both flawed and fascinating, but it's not an entertainment.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Historians are already calling Anonymous preposterous humbug, but I found it a complex cornucopia of ideas and panache. You go away sated.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    The Descendants is a soap opera with Hawaiian shirts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    The film works because of Mr. Harrelson's magnetism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    The great screenwriter Steven Zaillian's elaborate, convoluted script, so muddled that even after it's over you still don't know what it's all about, is a drawback - but the movie is a master class in sinister style, tense and deeply uncomfortable.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Certainly not a bad movie, but a disappointing one. It knocks itself out trying to break your heart, but it's too starched and blow-dried for its own good. Maybe if it had manipulated me less, it would have moved me more.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Grousing aside, this is a disarmingly sweet movie, enjoyable to the hilt, with music that really stomps.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Not a great movie, but satisfying enough to hold attention and win your affection - a rare blue-plate combo on today's overcrowded menu of movie chaos that sticks to your ribs and stays there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Although they are no longer together and are living their own separate personal lives, their story, fictionalized but still autobiographical, bonded them for life. Apparently, they are best friends whose dedicated collaboration was the only way they could tell this harrowing story. It's a brave effort any way you slice it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    This futuristic tale of teenage violence is so not my kind of movie that I approached it grudgingly, so imagine my surprise when I ended up being totally exhilarated and enjoying it immensely.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    It all sounds dreadful, like the pilot for another brainless comedy series on network TV, but it grows on you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    A structurally messy but emotionally effective coming of age movie that gets a lot of it right. High school is an ordeal only the fittest can survive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Playing the cello is such a pleasant change of pace that he (Walken) eventually grows on you, scene by scene, proving for the first time since his role as Leonardo DiCaprio's troubled father 10 years ago in "Catch Me If You Can," that he really can act. He - along with the rest of the elegant cast - keeps A Late Quartet in tune when it threatens to go flat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    Proving again that her Best Actress Academy Award for playing Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose" was no fluke, the marvellously sensual Marion Cotillard, with her wounded doe eyes and look of permanent unfulfilled longing, delivers another kidney punch as a double amputee in love with an illegal bare-knuckle fighter in the French shocker Rust and Bone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    It's a slow, repetitive, meandering, mostly overacted little picture - perfectly agreeable but nothing special, and directed with a steamroller by David O. Russell. Go figure.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    It does have a dark, satisfyingly sinister feeling of gothic creepiness that I somewhat reluctantly admit appealed to my enjoyment of perversity as entertainment.

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