Richard Corliss
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For 929 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 Holy Motors
Lowest review score: 0 Two of a Kind
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 91 out of 929
929 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Intoxicating. [19 Dec 1988, p.78]
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    • 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]
    • Time
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A marvelously sad and funny docucomedy. [22 Oct 1990]
    • Time
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It is a ripping yarn and a spectacularly new and odd vision.
    • 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!?"
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Towers, while not quite so varied as Fellowship in its moods and settings, has a grave gusto that energizes every moment...a thrilling work of film craft.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Shelton has written the wittiest, busiest screenplay since Moonstruck, and his three stars do their very best screen work. [20 June 1988]
    • Time
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Unforgiven questions the rules of a macho genre, summing up and maybe atoning for the flinty violence that made Eastwood famous. [10 Aug 1992]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A witty comedy of manners that arcs into poignance, this is a Christmas movie only a Grinch could hate... One of the brightest, bittersweetest fables of this or any-year. [10 Dec 1990, p.87]
    • Time
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    So Almost Famous is almost fabulous. Oh, all right. The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost.
    • Time
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The true, rare glamour of the piece is its revival of two precious movie tropes: the flourishing of words for their majesty and fun, and--in the love play between Fiennes and his enchantress--the kindling of a playfully adult eroticism.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    In a style of agitated naturalism, Jordan examines poignant matters of life and death, sex and friendship, duty and loyalty, freedom and bondage, manhood and womanhood and all the ambiguous areas in between. [30 Nov 1992]
    • Time
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It is as cool and distant as the planet the Strangers come from. But, Lord, is Dark City a wonder to see. [2 March 1998]
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    So it is Scorsese's triumph that GoodFellas offers the fastest, sharpest 2 1/2-hr. ride in recent film history. [Sept 24, 1990]
    • Time
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Hannah and Her Sisters is old-fashioned in another sense: its plot has the elegant geometry of a Philip Barry play. [Feb 3, 1986]
    • Time
    • 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]
    • Time
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    As thoughtful as it is handsomely acted. Caine's subtle, bold performance should guarantee him an aisle seat on Oscar night.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The film is seductive, disturbing, enthralling -- a trip to hell that gives the passengers a great ride.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A technical knockout. [29 June 1987]
    • Time
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    As you watch this enchanting fantasy, feel free to be thrilled or to giggle, as you wish. This time, Happily Ever After lasts 98 minutes. [21 Sept 1987]
    • Time
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The most beguiling romantic comedy this side of "Broadcast News." [11 Jan 1988]
    • 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
    • 94 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This is a chase movie (Simon Legree after three Little Evas) across parched outback terrain, captured with rapturous authenticity by cinematographer Christopher Doyle.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    There is not a more daft, more original or haunting vision to be seen on American movie screens this year... A terrific movie has escaped the asylum without a lobotomy. The good guys, the few directors itching to make films away from the assembly line, won one for a change. [30 Dec 1985, p.84]
    • Time
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Three of the hippest indie film princes make a perfect commercial comedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    By next semester, some grad student will be writing a thesis on the B-movie influences on this A+ film.

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