Richard Corliss
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For 942 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

  • Movies
  • TV
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 942
942 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The subtle colors and textures of the food alone make Ratatouille a three-star Michelin evening.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    An instant classic.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It shows Eastwood, at 84, in his finest directorial effort since the 2008 "Gran Torino," while painting on a much broader canvas. Utterly in command of his epic material, he films the Iraqi action in terse, tense panoramas with little cinematic editorializing, as if he were an old Greek or Hebrew God who is never surprised at man’s ability to kill his fellow men, or to find reasons to do so. Directing 34 films over 44 years, Eastwood has honed his craft to its essentials: make it seem as if the story is telling itself.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    It works; this is Pixar's most enthralling entertainment since "Nemo."
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A grand and poignant movie epic about what is lost in war and what's worth saving in life. It is also a rare blend of purity and maturity -- the year's most rapturous love story.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    No goggles, no gloom. And no competition for the coolest, orneriest, funniest, best-looking movie of early 2011.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The best, surely the smartest, English-language movie of the year to date.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Sideways is by far the year's best American movie.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    This is high, and high-wire, melodrama. It's less soap opera than grand opera, where matters of love and death are played at a perfect fever pitch. And grand this Golden Flower is.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The result is that rare Hollywood achievement, an adventure of the intelligent spirit. From lift-off to splashdown, Apollo 13 gives one hell of a ride. [3 July 1995]
    • Time
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Smartly crafted, impeccably acted, The Lives of Others packs a subtle punch, from its creepy first images to its poignant finale.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    A technical knockout. [29 June 1987]
    • Time
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Up
    Extending the patented Pixar mix of humor and heart, Up is the studio's most deeply emotional and affecting work.
    • 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
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Reveling in its ’70s milieu and in the eternal abrasion of sexy women and covetous men, American Hustle is an urban eruption of flat-out fun — the sharpest, most exhilarating comedy in years. Anyone who says otherwise must be conning you.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Hero is the masterpiece. It employs unparalleled visual splendor to show why men must make war to secure the peace and how warriors may find their true destiny as lovers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    At the end, the movie tops itself with comic outtakes, undoubtedly the funniest finale of any cartoon feature. “Antz” may have amused viewers with its sidewise wit, but as a comprehensive vision of computerized moviemaking, Pixar's dream works. And when A Bug's Life hits its stride, it's antastic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The film is seductive, disturbing, enthralling -- a trip to hell that gives the passengers a great ride.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The funniest, cleverest, most exhaustingly exhilarating animated feature in ages.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The controversial film that is unbearable--and unmissable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    Saraband makes for a powerful and poignant final roar from the grand old man of cinema--the movies' lion king.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Corliss
    The best Hollywood movies always knew how to sneak a beguiling subtext into a crowd-pleasing story. Superman Returns is in that grand tradition. That's why it's beyond Super. It's superb.

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