Richard Corliss

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For 984 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Corliss' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Lowest review score: 0 Untraceable
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 97 out of 984
984 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A home movie of a fictional home life, an epic assembled from vignettes, Boyhood shimmers with unforced reality. It shows how an ordinary life can be reflected in an extraordinary movie.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Singin’ in the Rain might have been the last musical of the ’50s to convey irrepressible optimism through what Alan Greenspan would call “irrational exuberance.” But what exuberance! Look at it and try to think of a contemporary picture that has half as much vivacity, fun, joy. When your movie-loving grandpa says, “They don’t make ’em like they used to,” he is surely thinkin’ of Singin’ in the Rain.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    One of the strongest movies in recent years.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A document that is raw, eloquent, horrifying and essential.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The subtle colors and textures of the food alone make Ratatouille a three-star Michelin evening.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Gravity shows us the glory of cinema’s future. It thrills on so many levels. And because Cuar‪ón is a movie visionary of the highest order, you truly can’t beat the view.
    • 96 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The voluptuousness of visual detail offers proof, if any more were needed after The Little Mermaid, that the Disney studio has relocated the pure magic of the Pinocchio-Dumbo years.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    When a genius like Lasseter sits at his computer, the machine becomes just a more supple paintbrush. Like the creatures in this wonderful zoo of a movie, it's alive!
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The rewards for paying attention are mammoth and exhilarating. This is a high-IQ movie that gives viewers an IQ high.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The word docudrama doesn't hint at Boal's achievement. This is movie journalism that snaps and stings, that purifies a decade's clamor and clutter into narrative clarity, with a salutary kick.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    However ripe A Separation might seem for being adapted into a smart American film, Hollywood shouldn't bother. Farhadi's movie is just about perfect as it is.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It works; this is Pixar's most enthralling entertainment since "Nemo."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The performances are daring and assured, especially Lansbury's holy terror of Momism and Harvey's snide, pathetic pawn, brainwashed by both KGB AND CIA. [21 March 1988, p.84]
    • Time
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It towers over the year's other movies as majestically and menacingly as a gang lord at a preschool. [10 Oct 1994]
    • Time
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work. Through sturdy imagery and violent action, it says that even Hell needs heroes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Sideways is by far the year's best American movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The second half of the film elevates all the story elements to Beethovenian crescendo. Here is an epic with literature's depth and opera's splendor -- and one that could be achieved only in movies. What could be more terrific?
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A marvelously sad and funny docucomedy. [22 Oct 1990]
    • Time
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Crouching Tiger is contemplative, and it kicks ass. Or put it this way: it's a powerful film and a terrific movie.
    • Time
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Inside Llewyn Davis is more deserving of a Grammy than an Oscar. Problematic movie, great album.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    "How perfectly goddamned delightful it all is, to be sure." Irony aside, that's how to respond to this magnificent study in ink and blood.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    With craft, crackle, a little bombast and plenty of residual rage, he has created a time-capsule movie that explodes like a frag bomb in the consciousness of America, showing how it was back then, over there.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Apocalypse Now is about an American, perhaps a human madness. It searingly depicts, and finally embodies, the spiritual wounds men inflict on themselves and one another in the name of war. To gain the hearts and minds of a distant people, we lose our own souls.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Though faithful in every detail to Tolkien, it has a vigorous life of its own -- grandeur, moral heft and emotional depth.
    • Time
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    An instant classic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It is a ripping yarn and a spectacularly new and odd vision.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    For all its japes and jokes, the movie is really about exhaustion of the spirit: sitting in a bleak hotel suite at 4 a.m. with the bad taste of last night in the mouth and the feeling that tomorrow will not be a better day.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Triplettes is terrific…there's no competition for the fall's most imaginative delight. In that race, Triplettes can already take its victory lap.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Mirren, who won an Emmy playing Elizabeth I for HBO, may deserve an Oscar for this ripe appraisal of Elizabeth II.

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