Richard Corliss
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For 941 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Corliss' Scores

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Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Flags of Our Fathers
Lowest review score: 0 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 941
941 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    To transport picturegoers to a unique place in the glare of the earth, in the darkness of the heart--this, you realize with a gasp of joy, is what movies can do.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The most mature and satisfying work in a glittering, consistently surprising career.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    His performance is a canny portrait of leadership - part genius, part crazy guts, part dumb luck - and worthy of moving Pitt up to the playoff round of Oscar finalists for Best Actor. We'd put money on it.
    • 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!?"
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    This high-IQ sermon is long but never lazy. Renouncing his tendency to make every movie take emotional flight, Spielberg sticks to the story as Kushner has artfully compressed it. Lincoln is brain food and, at another pivotal moment in American political history, an instructive feast.
    • 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]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The rhythm of rural life has rarely seemed so lucid and luminous.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Despite its elements of brutality, this is a buoyant hymn to life, and a movie to celebrate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Apted...has the storytelling skills to weave a powerful and poignant snapshot of some decent folks who have become, collectively, Britain's first family.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Alvin's tragic memories give perspective to the triumph of his trek, even as Farnsworth's weathered brilliance makes this movie a G as in gem.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    At times Dead Ringers also tilts out of coherence, with scenes that are dramatically stillborn. But Irons is splendid in both roles, and Cronenberg can create tour-de-force tableaux with his effortless black magic. [26 Sept 1988]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    An enthralled and mostly enthralling guided tour of what Herzog describes as "one of the greatest art discoveries in the history of human culture."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    In terms of quality, though, Argo is just so-so.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Best to savor The Grifters for its handsome design -- the picture looks as clean as a Hockney landscape -- and its juicy performances. [11 Feb 1991]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    While the movie is glorious to watch, it brings no coherence or insight to its two main characters.
    • 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]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Matthews brings to The Interrupters what every terrific documentary needs: an out-of-nowhere personality with the same magnetic watchability as any Hollywood star.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The film is wonderfully cast and played, right down to the bit player (Ralph Tabakin) who shops suspiciously for a TV set: "I saw Bananzo and it was not for me."
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The movie is one continuous, exhausting, exhilarating chase.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    So here's a tip for those attending this handsomely acted, epic-length little film. Ease into the sleaze, stare at the party animals, look but don't touch, and, oh, boogie all night. [October 6, 1997]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    This enthralling, enigmatic, romantic drama from Asia's most influential auteur (Chungking Express) is an essay in appetite and inhibition.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    At two hours, the film version is a third the miniseries' length, requiring severe compression by screenwriters Peter Straughan (The Debt) and Bridget O'Connor, which they've accomplished smartly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Corliss
    All attitude and low aptitude.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    It has many of A Separation’s strengths — the acute observation of complex characters in a story that keeps unpacking surprises — but they have become familiar. They lack the revelatory wallop of the first film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    If this madly entertaining movie has a fault, it's that it's too ingenious for the genre it ostensibly inhabits.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It's an exhilarating trip of movie madness and sadness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Droll, reticent, flawlessly filmed fable of generosity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Cheers for a Cannes director who has infused his technical mastery with radiant life. In the Museum of the World of Wes Anderson, the dolls are dancing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    In this judicious, irresistible romantic comedy, all the performers are tops. [14 Dec 1987, p.82]
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