Richard Corliss
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For 943 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 Flags of Our Fathers
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Airbender
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 943
943 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It is a ripping yarn and a spectacularly new and odd vision.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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!?"
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This is spellbinding reality cinema about duplicity and, worse, ignorance at the highest level.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Inception is precisely the kind of brainy, ambitious, grand-scale adventure Hollywood should be making more of.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The movie is one continuous, exhausting, exhilarating chase.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A marvelously sad and funny docucomedy. [22 Oct 1990]
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Poignant, troubling and altogether splendid new film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Sin City is brazenly, thrillingly alive.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Moviemaking doesn't get much smarter, funnier, handsomer, better than this.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Clint Eastwood has crafted a bold and meticulous epic.

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