Richard Corliss
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For 943 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 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Corliss' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Russian Ark
Lowest review score: 0 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 943
943 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Obsession has seldom looked as gaudy or thrilling as here.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    [A] sexy, spiky love story.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Indeed, the entire film is a kind of sock-hop benefit for Approaching Middle Age. This maturing generation never played Taps with such glamour or good humor. Play the music and let the big chill—the knowledge that "we're all alone out there, and we're going out there tomorrow"—melt away in the warmth of the feel-good movie of '83.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Cronenberg delivers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Where can mass-moviegoers find release for their tenderer feelings? Only at dozens of inspirational sports movies, where guys (on screen and in the audience) get to cry and cheer and win. And, this weekend, at Spider-Man 3.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Well-made fictions like Fatal Attraction prosper because they seem more persuasive than fact.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    It is a serious, often hilarious peek under the rock where nightmares strut in $800 suits and Armageddon lies around the next twist of treason.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    It is pristinely acted; and its range and heart dwarf other summer films, so cogent is it about our common aches and dreams.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Most films today are afraid to try anything new. Natural Born Killers is an explosive device for the sleepy movie audience, a wake-up call in the form of a frag bomb. [29 August 1994, p.66]
    • Time
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Spielberg has energized each frame with allusive legerdemain and an intelligent density of images and emotions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    See Hairspray. It's light and airy, but it will stick around: the first aerosol movie. [29 Feb 1988, p.101]
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    As both harangue and movie tragicomedy, Sicko is socko.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Rescue Dawn is a tale of heroism untainted by political skepticism. In an age when U.S. soldiers are seen as villains or victims, the movie offers a GI who bravely, or madly, simply refuses to die.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    It's got power and depth, and two kings whose greatness is diluted by hubris, and a thrilling dragon fight, and the demon Grendel as a tortured outcast, and a naked monster who looks a lot like Angelina Jolie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    You may leave the movie with Seussian anapests dancing in your happy head. Here's mine: A treat for the eye, an epic event/ This film is delightful, one hundred percent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Shine a Light isn't the record of a unique event, so it's not on the exalted level of "The Last Waltz." But it has its own fascination. The film is less about the music than about the dedication of show-biz troupers--about doing your job, year after year, as if it's your joy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The summer's zazziest action movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    With Half-Blood Prince, again we have a stalwart, satisfying visualization of the Rowling cosmos.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Watchmen has moments of greatness. It proves again that the action movie is where the best young Hollywood brains have gone to bring flesh to their fantasies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Despite its elements of brutality, this is a buoyant hymn to life, and a movie to celebrate.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    No kidding: this is the feel-good movie of the year and a cinematic soul massage.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    An exhilarating ride, start to finish. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg set a high bar for this subgenre with "Shaun of the Dead," but Reese, Werner and Fleischer may have trumped them. This isn't just a good zombie comedy. It's a damn fine movie, period. And that's high praise, coming from a vampire guy.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Beyond the viral ingenuity of the marketing, what's cool about PA is that it's not just a fun thrill ride; it's an instructive artistic experience. A horror-movie revisionist, Peli follows a less-is-more strategy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    A ghost story, a bustling action-adventure and an example of the comedy tour-de-farce, in which the star validates his virtuosity by appearing in a plethora of funny disguises.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Damon, beefed up for the occasion, makes Pienaar a stalwart yet courtly figure. Freeman infuses Mandela's speeches with the same gentleness and gravity he's brought to his numerous God roles and the Visa Olympics commercials. But the real deity here is Eastwood, still chugging away handsomely in his 80th year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Jaden may have to carry the burden of family celebrity, even as he carries his new film. Expertly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    You could also say the picture lacks a coherent plot and complex characterization, but those are irrelevant to the genre. The movie is like a superior athlete who gets tongue-tied in a post-game interview but on the field is poetry in motion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    She's (Jolie) got what no other Hollywood woman even tries for, and which is embodied among recent international stars perhaps only by Hong Kong action star Michelle Yeoh: feminismo.

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