Richard Corliss
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For 931 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Corliss' Scores

  • Movies
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Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Rango
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 91 out of 931
931 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    One of the strongest movies in recent years.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A document that is raw, eloquent, horrifying and essential.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The subtle colors and textures of the food alone make Ratatouille a three-star Michelin evening.
    • 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
    The rewards for paying attention are mammoth and exhilarating. This is a high-IQ movie that gives viewers an IQ high.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The performances are daring and assured, especially Lansbury's holy terror of Momism and Harvey's snide, pathetic pawn, brainwashed by both KGB AND CIA. [21 March 1988, p.84]
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It works; this is Pixar's most enthralling entertainment since "Nemo."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Sideways is by far the year's best American movie.
    • 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?
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A marvelously sad and funny docucomedy. [22 Oct 1990]
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    • 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
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Inside Llewyn Davis is more deserving of a Grammy than an Oscar. Problematic movie, great album.
    • 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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    An instant classic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It is a ripping yarn and a spectacularly new and odd vision.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Mirren, who won an Emmy playing Elizabeth I for HBO, may deserve an Oscar for this ripe appraisal of Elizabeth II.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    To accept the film, though, one must first understand its point of view, and that is maddeningly difficult. All we know for certain is that Do the Right Thing is not naturalistic. [July 3, 1989]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Rich in humor, pained or frolicking.
    • 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
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Redux is both a reminder of American cinema's last glory days and a rebuke to the timid present. Maybe Apocalypse Now wasn't the best movie of 1979, but Redux is surely the film to beat for 2001.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Nemo, with its ravishing underwater fantasia, manages to trump the design glamour of earlier Pixar films.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Weird, beguiling premise.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The Incredibles has those characters, that heart.
    • 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
    • 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]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The controversial film that is unbearable--and unmissable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Hollywood's smartest media satire in years--and a breakthrough for Jim Carrey.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Watch Murray's eyes in the climactic scene in the hotel lobby: while hardly moving, they express the collapsing of all hopes, the return to a sleepwalking status quo. You won't find a subtler, funnier or more poignant performance this year than this quietly astonishing turn.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    It could as well be called Best Thing of Undetermined Species.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Campion has spun a fable as potently romantic as a Bronte tale. But The Piano is also deeply cinematic. [22 Nov 1993]
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Kaufman may be counting on the audience's will, insistence and yearning to create a coherent love story from the shards and shrapnel he provides us.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    In this arid landscape, the edifice of Ghost World, with all its acute insolence, stands out like the Taj Mahal.
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    If this sounds like an old-fashioned sex comedy, it is -- sexy, for sure, and funny, in wild spurts.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Hoffman and the film are terrific. Supported by the eminent Catherine Keener (as author Harper Lee) and Chris Cooper (as detective Alvin Dewey), Hoffman begins with a dead-on impersonation of Capote that soon becomes a kind of channeling as the audience comes to see this American tragedy through his eyes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    Obvious, though, is the word for Hopper's direction. It amplifies to rock-concert level every pained plosive in Bertie's speech, forces certain characters dangerously close to caricature.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Director Gillian Armstrong and writer Robin Swicord have fashioned an entrancing film from this distinctly unfashionable classic.
    • 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
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The whole rollicking adventure zips along a mile a minute.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This is spellbinding reality cinema about duplicity and, worse, ignorance at the highest level.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    It is indeed impressive; and we mean not just this solid, satisfying final film - in which the Potter saga reaches its climax, if not quite its emotional apex - but the entirety of producer David Heyman's blockbuster franchise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Ceases to be a cogent study of the disease of genius and devolves into two lesser creatures: an ordinary weepie and an Oscar contender.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The most mature and satisfying work in a glittering, consistently surprising career.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    His performance is a canny portrait of leadership - part genius, part crazy guts, part dumb luck - and worthy of moving Pitt up to the playoff round of Oscar finalists for Best Actor. We'd put money on it.
    • 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!?"
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    This high-IQ sermon is long but never lazy. Renouncing his tendency to make every movie take emotional flight, Spielberg sticks to the story as Kushner has artfully compressed it. Lincoln is brain food and, at another pivotal moment in American political history, an instructive feast.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The rhythm of rural life has rarely seemed so lucid and luminous.
    • Time
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Despite its elements of brutality, this is a buoyant hymn to life, and a movie to celebrate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Apted...has the storytelling skills to weave a powerful and poignant snapshot of some decent folks who have become, collectively, Britain's first family.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Alvin's tragic memories give perspective to the triumph of his trek, even as Farnsworth's weathered brilliance makes this movie a G as in gem.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    At times Dead Ringers also tilts out of coherence, with scenes that are dramatically stillborn. But Irons is splendid in both roles, and Cronenberg can create tour-de-force tableaux with his effortless black magic. [26 Sept 1988]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    An enthralled and mostly enthralling guided tour of what Herzog describes as "one of the greatest art discoveries in the history of human culture."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    In terms of quality, though, Argo is just so-so.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Best to savor The Grifters for its handsome design -- the picture looks as clean as a Hockney landscape -- and its juicy performances. [11 Feb 1991]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    While the movie is glorious to watch, it brings no coherence or insight to its two main characters.
    • 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]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Matthews brings to The Interrupters what every terrific documentary needs: an out-of-nowhere personality with the same magnetic watchability as any Hollywood star.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The film is wonderfully cast and played, right down to the bit player (Ralph Tabakin) who shops suspiciously for a TV set: "I saw Bananzo and it was not for me."
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The movie is one continuous, exhausting, exhilarating chase.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    So here's a tip for those attending this handsomely acted, epic-length little film. Ease into the sleaze, stare at the party animals, look but don't touch, and, oh, boogie all night. [October 6, 1997]
    • Time
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    This enthralling, enigmatic, romantic drama from Asia's most influential auteur (Chungking Express) is an essay in appetite and inhibition.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    At two hours, the film version is a third the miniseries' length, requiring severe compression by screenwriters Peter Straughan (The Debt) and Bridget O'Connor, which they've accomplished smartly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Corliss
    All attitude and low aptitude.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    It has many of A Separation’s strengths — the acute observation of complex characters in a story that keeps unpacking surprises — but they have become familiar. They lack the revelatory wallop of the first film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    If this madly entertaining movie has a fault, it's that it's too ingenious for the genre it ostensibly inhabits.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It's an exhilarating trip of movie madness and sadness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Droll, reticent, flawlessly filmed fable of generosity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Cheers for a Cannes director who has infused his technical mastery with radiant life. In the Museum of the World of Wes Anderson, the dolls are dancing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    In this judicious, irresistible romantic comedy, all the performers are tops. [14 Dec 1987, p.82]
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Plenty of tech-noir savvy to keep infidels and action fans satisfied.[26 Nov 1984, p. 105]
    • Time
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    A fanciful film with the patina of hyper-realism, Looper is well served by actors who behave not as if they were dropped carelessly into the future but spent their whole desperate lives there.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    By the end of the movie, whether or not you're a member of Sinn Fein, the Brits' brutality toward the Conlons will get your Irish up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The viewer almost has to be a journalist--or a good editor--to sniff out the meat under all the fat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    I'm a notorious softie, and I found things to like about the film, most particularly Clooney's performance; but I remained untouched.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    This is a bold, drastic and utterly persuasive inhabiting of a doomed fighter by a performer who has graduated from the shirtless rom-com Romeo of the last decade to indie-film actor du jour.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Embrace the movie -- surely the most vivid and persuasive creation of a fantasy world ever seen in the history of moving pictures -- as a total sensory, sensuous, sensual experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Something got lost in the move from storyboard to screen, and in the stretch from seven minutes to 103. [27 June 1988]
    • Time
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    It is vigorous, subtle, thematically daring, visually gorgeous.

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