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

Richard Corliss' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Hugo
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 91 out of 914
914 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    It's a startling, exhausting spectacle - and, like the rest of Leigh's performance, very, very bad.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Under the Skin falls in love with its bleak monotony. It is a melodrama with all the thrills surgically excised.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Corliss
    Erin Brockovich is slick, grating and false. We bet it makes a bundle.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Corliss
    This Ed Wood is dead wood.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    "Trash Humpers" at least had the artistic courage of its own lunatic convictions, but Spring Breakers is all surface and sham; it’s trash about humpers.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Corliss
    Maybe it was fun to bathe in decadence back then. But this is no time to wallow in that mire.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Edwards’ Godzilla dawdles toward its Doomsday climax; the movie could win a prize for Least Stuff Happening in the First Two-Thirds of an Action Film... It’s a concept lacking a magnetic story, a package without a product.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    The result is a grim and predictable adventure saga that is not nimble but leaden. Dystopia has rarely been so dysto-pointing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Enemy is an arid parable, in which actors are neutered, zombified; they signify themes rather than occupying personalities.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Vapid, claustrophobic drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Crowe has made a meretricious weepie that rouges the facts and defeats the attempts of Matt Damon, with his considerable charm and skill, to breathe some emotional truth into it. There's a word for the strenuous, shameless plucking of an audience's emotions that this movie traffics in: cornography.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    So muted it disappears from your view even before it recedes from your memory.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Corliss
    It is likely to disappoint the book's acolytes and tax the patience of newcomers. [1 December 1997, p.84]
    • Time
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Except for Angelina Jolie, exemplary as the fairy badmother who laid a narcotic curse on an infant princess, this pricey live-action drama is a dismaying botch.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Roger Michell's movie is, pretty consistently, dreadful.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Why did these talented folks decide to take on Carrie when they had nothing innovative to bring to it and, by refrying the same blood sausage, risked invidious comparison to the original? To put it another way: If the most modest expectations cannot be met, indeed must be crushed, then What Is Life?
    • 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
    • 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
    • 20 Richard Corliss
    The proceedings get so slow and saccharine that viewers will relishes the film's moments of redeeming idiocy. In one of them, Marlena whispers to Jacob, "Bring Rosie to my tent and don't tell anyone" - as if the roustabouts wouldn't notice a 12-ft.-tall, 10,000-lb. creature striding down the midway.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    Blow works for a scene or two, then stalls.
    • Time
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Corliss
    A ticket to Pretty Woman buys you mechanical titillation and predictable twists... Old-fashioned, assembly-line moviemaking without the old panache. [2 Apr 1990, p.70]
    • Time
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Corliss
    The only thing Schumacher and his scrupulous craftsfolk forgot to give the movie was life -- the energizing spirit of wit and passion that makes scenes work and characters breathe.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Corliss
    So Broken City stokes a lot of hopes. Too bad for all of us, the makers and the watchers alike, that it's a grimy botch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Corliss
    What aims at being terrifying is just loud and goofy.
    • 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.