For 811 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 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rex Reed's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Wolf of Wall Street
Lowest review score: 0 Everly
Score distribution:
811 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    Nimble, off the beaten track and very entertaining, it’s the cinematic equivalent of a lava lamp.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Richard Brooks made a tougher and much better film about the tragedy of compulsive gambling in his 1985 film "Fever Pitch," and in 1949’s "The Lady Gambles," even Barbara Stanwyck made a more convincing fall from respectability into casino hell than Mark Wahlberg does here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Put this one at the top of your must-see list. Angelina Jolie might not, in my opinion, have yet reached the heights of the acting profession, but with this passionate, inspired, technically awesome and profoundly exciting chronicle of the life of Louie Zamperini, she rises to the top rank of first-class film directors in a male-dominated field overcrowded with hacks.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Rex Reed
    The movie sinks without a trace.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Ms. Moore shares her journey with boundless generosity. She makes you feel what it’s like to lose the wind beneath your wings.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Rex Reed
    Described as a satire on Hollywood detective flicks, this bucket of swill is so amateurish and confused it doesn’t know what it is. It’s not a comedy, drama or anything in-between.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    It’s one of the year’s most galvanizing cinematic experiences.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Mr. Christensen the director betrays Mr. Christensen the actor too many times to count, but it’s worth noting that his eclectic tastes in source music includes Beethoven’s “Fur Elise,” Bizet’s “Habanera” from Carmen, and Billie Holiday.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Another must-see movie this year-end awards season (the other one is The Theory of Everything) is the brilliant encapsulation of one of the greatest stories of our time — the genius, heroism and ultimately shameful destruction of Alan Turing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    It’s obvious that something got lost in translation.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    In the 2014 annals of throwaway flops, save a special place for 95 wasted minutes of drivel called Reach Me.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    A grand, shocking saga of a movie, The Homesman is the kind they don’t make much anymore.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    The movie, which has all the freshness and insight of a Movie of the Week on the Hallmark channel, is a first for the writer-director, which probably accounts for its lack of any definitive style or focus.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rex Reed
    It’s an amalgam of dramatic all-American themes including ambition, paranoia, greed and the ice cubes in the blood that fuel the ruthless pursuit of success in the competitive world of sports. Color it hair-raising.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Rex Reed
    It’s sexy, violent and creepy, but damn if it didn’t keep me glued to my chair with tension.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    Forced, contrived and slow as Christmas, it’s a pleasant enough time-waster, but what a treat to spend just under two hours in the hands of pros.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    This is the extraordinary biopic about the fascinating, complex and inspirational example set by genius cosmologist and physicist Stephen Hawking.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Rex Reed
    Based on an overly imaginative book by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill, it’s a movie that doesn’t exactly unfold as much as hyperventilate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rex Reed
    It keeps you creeped out and fascinated.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rex Reed
    A well-meaning but desultory descent into darkness based on a memoir of the same name by Amy-Jo Albany, daughter of Joe Albany, the great jazz pianist who died in 1988 at age 63. The book, published in 2003, was subtitled Junk, Jazz and Other Fairy Tales From Childhood, and that just about covers it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Rex Reed
    Equal parts courtroom drama, legal thriller and family saga, it’s also a synchronized duet for two terrific actors at the top of their craft that left me stunned.
    • 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.

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