Richard Corliss

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For 948 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 4.9 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 948
948 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    At 2 1/2 hours, it all plays like the rough assembly of a 90-min. caper film--an anecdote told at epic length. Grier, foxy lady of '70s blaxploitation, is given little chance to radiate. [22 Dec 1997, p.80]
    • Time
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    Agreeable but never compelling, Silverado proves it takes more than love of the western to make a good one. Maybe the dudes at K-Tell were a mite too slick for the job.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    Rumble Fish is the messiest, most provocative inkblot of the year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Sensitive souls in search of wrenching emotion can be guaranteed their Kleenex moments; you will get wet. But aside from that opening scene, you will not be cinematically edified. This is a bad movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Corliss
    For a viewer sympathetic to Schwarzenegger's and Cameron's best selves -- the ironist with muscles and the mordant fabulist -- True Lies is a loud misfire. It rarely brings its potent themes to life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    In ingenuity and charm, this DreamWorks offering isn't up there with "Kung Fu Panda," which remains the sharpest, fullest film from the studio. You may get the feeling that Megamind was made for, and possibly by, really smart six-year-olds. Nothing wrong with that; audiences of all ages can be tickled by the higher form of preadolescent humor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    The problem is that this pot of intrigue takes ages to boil, and the cook refuses to turn up the heat. And if vitality is not an element Sayles cherishes, neither is nuance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Corliss
    As handsome and slack muscled as a surfer past his prime, the movie renounces ambiguity for confusion. In the end, like an old set of tires or a frayed friendship, Tequila Sunrise just wears out. [19 Dec 1988, p.79]
    • Time
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    The Keane story is a rich parable that deserves either a wilder or a more acute telling than Burton provides here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    She (Blanchett) seems the only guardian of sanity in this good-old-boy Bellevue.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    It's hard to know whom to blame for the film's choppiness, its mixture of rage and sentimentality, the stridency of some of the acting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    This naive little movie hopes to prove itself the Flashdance of football.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    Flouting all rules of the sea but honoring every war-epic cliche about guts under pressure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    There's enough narrative for three fine films. But not enough for The Interpreter. The thriller pieces feel assembled rather than organic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    Anchorman 2 is more like SNL in the sharper years (1995–2002), when McKay was a writer and Ferrell one of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Expect no more and you should be satisfied. Wine connoisseurs would call this a new Burgundy with an old bouquet.
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    Lohman's pensive loveliness carries the film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Never to be mistaken for a Christmas classic - or even, strictly speaking, a good movie - H&K 3D Xmas obeys one other solid comedy rule: that after things are broken, they must be repaired and restored.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    This agitated comedy could be called "The Big Chillin'" if it had a smidge of the 1983 film's wit and charm.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Corliss
    At 78, Polanski has earned the right to pursue his career-long demons of confinement and anarchy even in a minor film like this. But Carnage is not the word for what he's perpetrated here. Minor irritation is more like it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Corliss
    The film has just enough collisions to be a crashing bore.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    The overall tone is familiar, refried, redundant.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    That heart comes bursting out of Funny People, Apatow's intermittently engaging, 2 hr. 26 min. essay in schizo-cinemaphrenia.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    It's a clever idea that, around the mid-point, stumbles into absurdity as the movie itself makes too many lunatic choices.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    With all its boardroom bickering, the plot is a gun that shoots mostly blanks. G3 is too faithful to the deliberate pacing of the first two films: the slow walking into a dark room, the silence surrounding the threats... The film is a slow fuse with a big bang. [24 Dec 1990, p.76]
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    You may salute Lone Survivor for its desperate intensity; but the film remains pinned down by its military and political dilemma: between gung-ho and F—, no.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Corliss
    It yearns for Pixar-style wit without quite earning it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    What's true about The Perfect Storm is true of many effects epics: it's not a bad movie, except for the people.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    The film manages to be both sensational and stodgy, like a guided tour that goes on until it drones.

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