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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Corliss' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Lowest review score: 0 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 943
943 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    At the core, though, one finds a slacky, sappy film. The human mystery that breathed so easily in "Shawshank" is often forced here.
    • Time
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Corelli is a coffee-table movie: one leafs through the gorgeous vistas and nods through the narrative.
    • Time
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    AP2 starts out bright and clever--shagnificent, we might almost say--before sinking into a swamp of shagnation.
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Ultimately, Titanic will sail or sink not on its budget but on its merits as drama and spectacle. The regretful verdict here: Dead in the water.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    The film lacks moviemaking buoyancy -- the feeling of soaring in space that Rowling's magic-carpet prose gives the reader. The picture isn't inept, just inert.
    • Time
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    The new film is conflicted about its subject -- it both derides and adores what it means to parody -- and it's miscast at the top. Still, the Eve Ahlert -- Dennis Drake script has a gentle heart to humanize its sharp sitcom wit.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Randy and giggly, this is a femme version of "The Man Show."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Like the ZAZ lads' other films, this is a movie made for a VCR Saturday night. They supply the jokes; you bring the microwave popcorn and modest expectations. [12 Dec 1988]
    • Time
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Schrader's objectification of sad and stupid material is neither tragic nor transgressive. It is just undramatic and uninvolving.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    This is a good-natured retro romp that is truer to Golden Age movies than to golden oldies songs.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Is comedy a young man's game, like skateboarding or sex? Writing jokes, creating droll characters -- these take ambition, ingenuity and energy, and after decades of devotion to this voracious muse, a fellow can get pooped.
    • Time
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Until a vigorous climax, the action scenes have little punch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    A humongous, visionary parable that intermittently enthralls and ultimately disappoints. [8 July 1991, p.55]
    • Time
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Raimi directs the film at Maguire's pensive pace. Some scenes are just inert.
    • Time
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Its visual thrills are chilly and wearying compared with the other films' quirky humanity. It's not a megamovie; it's a Sega movie.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    54
    All glitz, no glory. [7 September 1998]
    • Time
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    The Terminal is Spielberg's shortest feature since the first "Jurassic Park," yet it drags, plods, piling one lifeless situation atop another. For all the effort and good intentions, the movie is in-terminal-ble.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Conran hasn't attached his technical virtuosity to a ripping yarn or infused it with behavioral brio. The first of its kind often doesn't work; Sky Captain may be the Moses that leads other directors to a blue-sky, blue-screen promised land.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    The film has a hectic, sitcom air and a full-of-himself hero who is as likely to grate as to ingratiate.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Heart and art can make a beguiling pair. Those are mostly missing in this strained hybrid, which is less Bollywood than Follywood.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    She (Blanchett) seems the only guardian of sanity in this good-old-boy Bellevue.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    An ideal play is degraded into an indolent film
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    The new film is a toss-up with George Pal's very watchable 1953 version: the special effects are even better here, the drama even lamer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Neither lurid nor especially compelling. This is the triumph, and the limitation, of 9 Songs: it makes explicit movie sex ordinary--as ordinary as the sexual activities of most of the folks watching it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Von Trier has a tendency to go overboard in his denunciations of American violence (Dogville). By contrast, Dear Wendy is a cogent, comprehensive take on the land and the films that obsess him.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    When in doubt, director Tony Scott ("Top Gun", "Days of Thunder") lets loose a spray of water, sparks and sweat-the signature flourish of this Helmut Newton of movie machismo.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    In Susan Minot's goofy script, Tyler ministers to ailing writer Jeremy Irons and other artsy layabouts while searching for the man on whom to bestow her virginity. The climactic deflowering scene provides the only giggles in an otherwise stodgy mess.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Ask the Dust is the ghost of a cult novel; it can't bring itself to life.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Howard and Goldsman have efficiently touched all the bases. But they haven't found a way to replicate the book's page-turning urgency.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Crowe, despite his loutish rep, is forever surprising viewers by slipping snugly into the disparate characters he plays. This time he surprises by failing. Oh, he can do engaging as smartly as he does stalwart or tortured, but he gets sabotaged by the cloying script.

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