Richard Corliss
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For 914 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Corliss' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Gravity
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 91 out of 914
914 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Reitman's blend of comedy and drama, romance and social observation make Up in the Air the ideal movie --- and maybe even a cure -- for the Great Recession blues.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work. Through sturdy imagery and violent action, it says that even Hell needs heroes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A kind of mashup of "Our Town" and "Village of the Damned," the film is both draining and enthralling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    District 9 proves that genre films, besides being a hell of a lot of fun, can say things you hadn't considered and show stuff you haven't seen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    In an amazing year for animation, The Princess and the Frog is up at the top. Go on, give it a big kiss.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It's just possible that Tarantino, having played a trick on history, is also fooling his fans. They think they're in for a Hollywood-style war movie starring Brad Pitt. What they're really getting is the cagiest, craziest, grandest European film of the year.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    One of the strongest movies in recent years.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Up
    Extending the patented Pixar mix of humor and heart, Up is the studio's most deeply emotional and affecting work.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Sideways is by far the year's best American movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Beyond dark. It's as black -- and teeming and toxic -- as the mind of the Joker. "Batman Begins," the 2005 film that launched Nolan's series, was a mere five-finger exercise. This is the full symphony.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It works; this is Pixar's most enthralling entertainment since "Nemo."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Smartly crafted, impeccably acted, The Lives of Others packs a subtle punch, from its creepy first images to its poignant finale.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The subtle colors and textures of the food alone make Ratatouille a three-star Michelin evening.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This film's manifold pleasures come in a series of small packages, with treats inside as tasty as they are unexpected.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The second half of the film elevates all the story elements to Beethovenian crescendo. Here is an epic with literature's depth and opera's splendor -- and one that could be achieved only in movies. What could be more terrific?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Blending plot elements of "Double Indemnity" and "Natural Born Killers" with the ripe sensuality of Francis Coppola's take on "Dracula," the film should make audiences sit up in startled pleasure, as if they'd just received the most luscious neck-bite.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The cast list is like a convocation of the Three Chinas: Taiwan's Kaneshiro, Hong Kong's Lau and the mainland's Zhang Ziyi. All are terrific, but the lady shines brightest.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The controversial film that is unbearable--and unmissable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The movie is one continuous, exhausting, exhilarating chase.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Sin City is brazenly, thrillingly alive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Moviemaking doesn't get much smarter, funnier, handsomer, better than this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Saraband makes for a powerful and poignant final roar from the grand old man of cinema--the movies' lion king.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    We the viewers are its beneficiaries, watching and waiting for something awful to happen. Here it does, first subtly, then spectacularly. The twist is not revealed until the last shot--if you keep your avid eyes open.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The first great movie of the summer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The best Hollywood movies always knew how to sneak a beguiling subtext into a crowd-pleasing story. Superman Returns is in that grand tradition. That's why it's beyond Super. It's superb.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Clint Eastwood has crafted a bold and meticulous epic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This is high, and high-wire, melodrama. It's less soap opera than grand opera, where matters of love and death are played at a perfect fever pitch. And grand this Golden Flower is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The best, surely the smartest, English-language movie of the year to date.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A final word for those of you who just don't care for musicals: The movie's true lyricism is less in its score than in its visual and emotional palette, and in watching Depp rise to the majesty of madness. So give Sweeney Todd a try. Even Victor, when he finally saw it, agreed: it's bloody great.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Three decades ago, Milk and his ilk were able to enlist President Jimmy Carter and future President Ronald Reagan in the gay fight against Prop. 6. But this fall, Barack Obama was all but mute on Prop. 8. Some community organizers, like the President-elect, are more cautious than others. It's a shame Harvey Milk wasn't around to recruit him.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    An expensive flop and the latest Iraq movie to be shunned by the mass audience, Green Zone was still the year's most visceral, thrilling entertainment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This is a chase movie (Simon Legree after three Little Evas) across parched outback terrain, captured with rapturous authenticity by cinematographer Christopher Doyle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The most beguiling romantic comedy this side of "Broadcast News." [11 Jan 1988]
    • Time
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    In a style of agitated naturalism, Jordan examines poignant matters of life and death, sex and friendship, duty and loyalty, freedom and bondage, manhood and womanhood and all the ambiguous areas in between. [30 Nov 1992]
    • Time
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The result is that rare Hollywood achievement, an adventure of the intelligent spirit. From lift-off to splashdown, Apollo 13 gives one hell of a ride. [3 July 1995]
    • Time
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This is a declaration of love: The Opposite of Sex is the smartest, edgiest, most human and handsomely acted romantic comedy in elephant years.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A marvelously sad and funny docucomedy. [22 Oct 1990]
    • Time
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Michael Tolkin's script abounds in such cynical wisdom, but it never loses an appreciation for the grace with which these snakes consume their victims. [13 April 1992]
    • Time
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Shelton has written the wittiest, busiest screenplay since Moonstruck, and his three stars do their very best screen work. [20 June 1988]
    • Time
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This is spellbinding reality cinema about duplicity and, worse, ignorance at the highest level.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    As thoughtful as it is handsomely acted. Caine's subtle, bold performance should guarantee him an aisle seat on Oscar night.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    What amazes is that at just 26, Soderbergh displays the three qualities associated with mature filmmakers: a unique authorial voice, a spooky camera assurance, and the easy control of ensemble acting. [31 July 1989, p.65]
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A witty comedy of manners that arcs into poignance, this is a Christmas movie only a Grinch could hate... One of the brightest, bittersweetest fables of this or any-year. [10 Dec 1990, p.87]
    • Time
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It is as cool and distant as the planet the Strangers come from. But, Lord, is Dark City a wonder to see. [2 March 1998]
    • Time
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    As you watch this enchanting fantasy, feel free to be thrilled or to giggle, as you wish. This time, Happily Ever After lasts 98 minutes. [21 Sept 1987]
    • Time
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The true, rare glamour of the piece is its revival of two precious movie tropes: the flourishing of words for their majesty and fun, and--in the love play between Fiennes and his enchantress--the kindling of a playfully adult eroticism.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    To transport picturegoers to a unique place in the glare of the earth, in the darkness of the heart--this, you realize with a gasp of joy, is what movies can do.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A coda that will have the movie's audience gasping in exhilarated exhaustion, whispering astonished gratitude to Sokurov for having created vigorous art out of 21st century video technique and asking themselves, "What's the Russian word for Wow!?"
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It is a ripping yarn and a spectacularly new and odd vision.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Hannah and Her Sisters is old-fashioned in another sense: its plot has the elegant geometry of a Philip Barry play. [Feb 3, 1986]
    • Time
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    At the end, the movie tops itself with comic outtakes, undoubtedly the funniest finale of any cartoon feature. “Antz” may have amused viewers with its sidewise wit, but as a comprehensive vision of computerized moviemaking, Pixar's dream works. And when A Bug's Life hits its stride, it's antastic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Master and Commander is to movies what Russell Crowe is to acting. With subtlety and power, it explores the complexities of men at war, even with themselves. It puts the passion into action, and the thrill into thought.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A technical knockout. [29 June 1987]
    • Time
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Triplettes is terrific…there's no competition for the fall's most imaginative delight. In that race, Triplettes can already take its victory lap.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Intoxicating. [19 Dec 1988, p.78]
    • Time
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It towers over the year's other movies as majestically and menacingly as a gang lord at a preschool. [10 Oct 1994]
    • Time
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    So Almost Famous is almost fabulous. Oh, all right. The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost.
    • Time
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    There is not a more daft, more original or haunting vision to be seen on American movie screens this year... A terrific movie has escaped the asylum without a lobotomy. The good guys, the few directors itching to make films away from the assembly line, won one for a change. [30 Dec 1985, p.84]
    • Time
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Crouching Tiger is contemplative, and it kicks ass. Or put it this way: it's a powerful film and a terrific movie.
    • Time
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Artful but not arty, Spirited Away is a handcrafted cartoon, as personal as an Utamaro painting, yet its breadth and heart give it an appeal that should touch American viewers of all ages.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Unforgiven questions the rules of a macho genre, summing up and maybe atoning for the flinty violence that made Eastwood famous. [10 Aug 1992]
    • Time
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    So it is Scorsese's triumph that GoodFellas offers the fastest, sharpest 2 1/2-hr. ride in recent film history. [Sept 24, 1990]
    • Time
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A grand and poignant movie epic about what is lost in war and what's worth saving in life. It is also a rare blend of purity and maturity -- the year's most rapturous love story.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Hero is the masterpiece. It employs unparalleled visual splendor to show why men must make war to secure the peace and how warriors may find their true destiny as lovers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    By next semester, some grad student will be writing a thesis on the B-movie influences on this A+ film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The film is seductive, disturbing, enthralling -- a trip to hell that gives the passengers a great ride.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Three of the hippest indie film princes make a perfect commercial comedy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Though faithful in every detail to Tolkien, it has a vigorous life of its own -- grandeur, moral heft and emotional depth.
    • Time
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Towers, while not quite so varied as Fellowship in its moods and settings, has a grave gusto that energizes every moment...a thrilling work of film craft.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    "How perfectly goddamned delightful it all is, to be sure." Irony aside, that's how to respond to this magnificent study in ink and blood.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Inception is precisely the kind of brainy, ambitious, grand-scale adventure Hollywood should be making more of.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Poignant, troubling and altogether splendid new film.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    An instant classic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It's a cocktail-party movie with a Molotov-cocktail finish: a tribute to the 88-year-old auteur's artistry - and his con artistry as well.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    His films will never be mainstream fare; audiences who wander into the theater may well find them derisive, needlessly shocking, perhaps unforgivable. But I'd call them, and especially Life During Wartime, unforgettable.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The rewards for paying attention are mammoth and exhilarating. This is a high-IQ movie that gives viewers an IQ high.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This is more than an Important Documentary: it is engaging and, finally, enraging - as captivating as any "Superman" movie, and as poignant as a child's plea for help.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This is a true-life heist movie, and the thieves not only got away with their billions, they're still doing business. Pay attention and blow a gasket.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Kidman, in a career-best performance, and Eckhart lend pitch-perfect calibration to the couple's shared and separate agonies. It's as if previous treatments of the subject were a series of failed experiments, and Rabbit Hole is the Eureka! moment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    What explosive mischief might they create? That's the premise of Morris' brilliantly incendiary new comedy Four Lions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    No goggles, no gloom. And no competition for the coolest, orneriest, funniest, best-looking movie of early 2011.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The year's most thrilling, FEELING mainstream movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Bursting with earned emotion, Hugo is a mechanism that comes to life at the turn of a key in the shape of a heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    In his most painterly film, Spielberg has appropriated the lavish visual palette of John Ford movies: "The Quiet Man" for the rural settings, "The Horse Soldiers" for the war scenes. Boldly emotional, nakedly heartfelt, War Horse will leave only the stoniest hearts untouched.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    As both a simian simile and a wonder of technology, Rise of the Planet of the Apes deserves to be in the company of the great original "Kong." This year's sixth "origins" story of a fantasy franchise (after The Green Hornet, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger) is also the year's finest action movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The movie is a museum of emotions, brought to contemporary life through the director's artistry and his leading lady's fire. Here, they show us, is how people felt, and hurt, in another time. Their love and pain can touch us today.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Pi is a giant leap forward, outward and upward in expanding the resources of the evolving medium of movies. Magical realism was rarely so magical and never before so real.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    "The Avengers" is kid stuff compared with this meditation on mortal loss and heroic frailty. For once a melodrama with pulp origins convinces viewers that it can be the modern equivalent to Greek myths or a Jonathan Swift satire. TDKR is that big, that bitter - a film of grand ambitions and epic achievement. The most eagerly anticipated movie of summer 2012 was worth waiting for.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Gravity shows us the glory of cinema’s future. It thrills on so many levels. And because Cuar‪ón is a movie visionary of the highest order, you truly can’t beat the view.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    However ripe A Separation might seem for being adapted into a smart American film, Hollywood shouldn't bother. Farhadi's movie is just about perfect as it is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The movie is not just spectacle; it's got a tender, ultimately tragic love story and enough deadly political scheming to fill a Gaddafi playbook. Indeed, in its narrative cunning, luscious production design and martial-arts balletics, Detective Dee is up there with the first great kung-fu art film, King Hu's 1969 "A Touch of Zen." We'd call it "Crouching Tiger, Freakin' Masterpiece."
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A document that is raw, eloquent, horrifying and essential.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The word docudrama doesn't hint at Boal's achievement. This is movie journalism that snaps and stings, that purifies a decade's clamor and clutter into narrative clarity, with a salutary kick.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Mark down the date: June 27. That's when American moviegoers will see this perfect storm of a film, and the tiny force of nature that is Quvenzhané Wallis.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The funniest, cleverest, most exhaustingly exhilarating animated feature in ages.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It's an exhilarating trip of movie madness and sadness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Reveling in its ’70s milieu and in the eternal abrasion of sexy women and covetous men, American Hustle is an urban eruption of flat-out fun — the sharpest, most exhilarating comedy in years. Anyone who says otherwise must be conning you.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Her
    Jonze creates the splendid anachronism of a movie romance that is laugh-and-cry and warm all over, totally sweet and utterly serious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    In 2007, Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for his subtle performance as Ray Charles. Boseman exceeds that solid standard. Incarnating James Brown in all his ornery uniqueness, he deserves a Pulitzer, a Nobel and instant election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A home movie of a fictional home life, an epic assembled from vignettes, Boyhood shimmers with unforced reality. It shows how an ordinary life can be reflected in an extraordinary movie.