Richard Corliss
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For 942 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
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Flags of Our Fathers
Lowest review score: 0 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 942
942 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    The first Lynch film in which his motives -- to hang a haberdashery of bizarre incidents on the merest hook of plot -- are apparent... What's lacking is the old sense of delicious, disturbing mystery. [20 Aug 1990, p.63]
    • Time
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Blow works for a scene or two, then stalls.
    • Time
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    But this is a sloppy job, both in little goofs...and in the cast's gung-ho amateurism. It's like Shakespeare done by the "Fame" kids.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    You will simply want to shoot yourself by the third inning.
    • Time
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    The tone is cloying, the running time bloated.
    • Time
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    So muted it disappears from your view even before it recedes from your memory.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    We [Farrellys'] mock, they say, because we care. But that doesn't make the film elevating or amusing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    All its desperate plot maneuvers (Ben and Sandra making like Tarzan on a train roof) can't give the film wit; all the slo-mo sleet, rain and confetti can't give it style. [March 22, 1999]
    • Time
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    May leave viewers emotionally disconnected from this distinctly unchipper Mr. Chips.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    A bad movie that a lot of people will like... Though director Jerry Zucker wants his necrophiliac romance to be sensitive, he pumps up its feelings fortissimo so the dimmest viewer will get the point. [16 July 1990, p.86]
    • Time
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    In this film we learn that it takes 8,000 lbs. of pressure to crush a car but only one credited screenwriter (Scott Rosenberg) to pound out such a lame script.
    • Time
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    It's a brilliant idea, for about 10 minutes. Then the bare set is elbowed out of a viewer's mind by the threadbare plot and characterizations.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    It's pretty awful.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Pretty lame. Sharkboy has an especially frantic, amateur atmosphere, with a mostly maladroit cast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    It could be a distillation of some unaired black soap opera, so predictable are the plot contrivances--adultery, pregnancy, illness, missing money--and so cartoonishly are the characters drawn.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    There's evocative atmosphere in the period detail and perky faux-'60s tunes. A pity these are wasted in a movie that, like many a pop tune, has a cute idea but a simpleminded lyric.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Like Saturday Night Fever and, for that matter, the Rocky films, Flashdance has made it big by taking experiences of black youths and playing them in whiteface. But unlike its grittily romantic predecessors, Flashdance is pure glitz.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    It's a startling, exhausting spectacle - and, like the rest of Leigh's performance, very, very bad.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    The canniest moments in the three-plus hours of Nixon, Oliver Stone's dense, ultimately disappointing biopic, capture Nixon at his most pathetically endearing--the Commander in Chief as klutz.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Alas, The Outsiders is not quite a good one. Because it falls in with the undulating rhythm of the life of its heroes, for whom a fatal fight and a quiet night have almost equal importance, the picture never manages to reach the peaks of satisfying Hollywood melodrama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    If you consider what the exalted quartet of Branagh, Pinter, Caine and Law might have done with the project, and what they did to it, Sleuth has to be the worst prestige movie of the year.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Jumper is so lame -- undernourished in its characterizations, stillborn in its action scenes -- that it inevitably leads the idled mind to wondering how this movie got past the pitch stage.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Either the Coens failed, or I didn't figure out what they're attempting. I must be like Harry or Osborne, pretending to a sophistication I lack. Burn After Reading is a movie about stupidity that left me feeling stupid.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    The only collateral damage is in the audience, where, as you sit through the movie, you can feel your IQ drop minute by minute.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Butler has the showier part, but his impersonation of the tragic hero is undercut by his weird resemblance to Soupy Sales. You start hoping that Shelton will kill somebody with a custard (or puffer-fish) pie to the face.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    That imperishable affability, that eagerness to please his Hollywood bosses, allows Chan to elude many of the indignities thrown his way in The Spy Next Door. It may also be the reason he says yes to a junky movie like this.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Mostly awful.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    A picture that registers between Abysmally Awful and Mildly Mediocre. Such a one would be When in Rome, which is possible to sit through without wanting to stick darts in your eyes or frag the screen. Call it medi-awful.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Sluggish, formulaic.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Take what pleasure you can from the two stars. They look great; it's just the state of romantic comedy that looks terminal.

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