Richard Corliss, Time
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For 893 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 7.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Corliss' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Hannah and Her Sisters
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 893
893 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    For closeup conflict and emotional kick, the Frost/Nixon movie tops the play. But neither can match the tension and weird poignancy of the original interviews -- reality TV of the highest, queasiest order.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The film is seductive, disturbing, enthralling -- a trip to hell that gives the passengers a great ride.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    A gross-your-eyes-out horror movie that is also the year's most poignant romance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The movie wants to entertain and educate, not leer, about people flummoxed by participating in a revolution they had meant only to calibrate, and at that it succeeds handsomely.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The next time you hear a director complain about the studio or his stars or the weather or whatever, think of what Jorgen Leth achieved with Lars von Trier as his boss -- when five obstructions became five splendid opportunities.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Clint Eastwood has crafted a bold and meticulous epic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Jogs from one incident to the next, amassing information and dispensing attitude but rarely creating real characters. That's supposed to be director Milos Forman's forte; here, though, nearly everyone is an enemy or a stooge.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    To absorb God's body blows, this disquieting, haunting movie says, is to be fully alive. To do otherwise could kill you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Wings of Desire works hard to be both an essay and a love story, a mural and an intimate portrait. To savor this film, the viewer must work hard too. But when the artists behind the screen and the angels in the audience meet, it's like a smoke and coffee: fantastic! (1998 May 9, p. 79)
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Some of us knows that there's an American style -- best displayed in the big, smart, kid-friendly epic -- that few other cinemas even aspire to, and none can touch. When it works, as it does here, it rekindles even a cynic's movie love. So cheers to Downey, Favreau and the Iron Man production company. They don't call it Marvel for nothing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    But the actor (Nolte) finds truth in Wade's emotional clumsiness, in the despair of a man who hasn't the tools or the cool to survive. There are too many of these men in life, and not enough films that tell their sad tales.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Pi is a giant leap forward, outward and upward in expanding the resources of the evolving medium of movies. Magical realism was rarely so magical and never before so real.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The movie hits every emotional button with a firm fist. It makes the phrase feel-good sound like a command from the industry's P.C. Patrol.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Corliss
    Me, I'm of two minds about a movie that wants to be a nail-ripping thriller and a statement on an artist's unholy communion with her role. It's reminiscent of older, better movies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    "Shrek," this film's prime competition for the first Animated Feature Oscar, is a synoptic parody of fairy tales. In Monsters, Inc. the gags aren't as spot-on but the technique is miles ahead. The vision is grander and warmer.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Corliss
    Blue Jasmine is the 77-year-old auteur’s first flat-out non-comedy in a quarter century — since "Another Woman" and "September" in the late ’80s, and back to "Interiors" in 1978. Like those more somber studies, this is a portrait of a woman in extremis. But a view from afar: Allen observes Jasmine’s allure and disease without penetrating her soul. That makes for a movie that is both intimate and disinterested, as if Jasmine were a flailing insect in a barren terrarium.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    If the film is just as strange and endearing as its glowing protagonist -- and it is -- that's because the director and co-writer (with Mignola) is Guillermo del Toro, 43, who has the wildest imagination and grandest ambitions of anybody in modern movies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A technical knockout. [29 June 1987]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Most of the movie is Actors Acting: gifted guys (Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn) running nattering riffs on familiar lout themes. [16 Nov 1992]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The film is a gorgeous garland on an unknown soldier's grave.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The message to take from Jodorowsky’s Dune: movies once had brains and balls, and lost them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    "The Avengers" is kid stuff compared with this meditation on mortal loss and heroic frailty. For once a melodrama with pulp origins convinces viewers that it can be the modern equivalent to Greek myths or a Jonathan Swift satire. TDKR is that big, that bitter - a film of grand ambitions and epic achievement. The most eagerly anticipated movie of summer 2012 was worth waiting for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    With Half-Blood Prince, again we have a stalwart, satisfying visualization of the Rowling cosmos.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    The poise and passion in Eve's Bayou leave one grateful, exhausted and nourished. For the restless spirit, here is true soul food.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    In a movie age when there's hardly a garde, let alone an avant-garde, Maddin proves there are many languages to cinema, including the dead one of antique film. And in that language, he sings, he soars.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Corliss
    Fincher, whose work on "Fight Club" and "Panic Room" displayed his expertise in melding the suspenseful and the lurid, plays it cool here. He lets his stars do their thing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Body Heat is full of meaty characters and pungent performances...a film to be seen at a drive-in, on a heavy summer night, with someone you trust.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The fascinating film equivalent of a humane execution.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    But it also has enough buoyant '70s music to shake anybody's tail feather, and a kind of easy jubilance of narrative and character. Bet it makes you wanna dance. [11 Oct 1993]