Richard Corliss
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For 913 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Corliss' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Inception
Lowest review score: 0 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 91 out of 913
913 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Writer-director Ramsay neither sentimentalizes nor garishes up the lost children in this observant and poetic drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The Coens are artists too, and their cool dazzler is an elegy to a day when Hollywood could locate moral gravity in a genre film for grownups. [24 Sept 1990, p.83]
    • Time
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    In this vigorous, stalwart epic, they blend martial breadth and emotional intimacy, honor and obsession, romance and machismo to show the glamour and folly of war.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Under the suave direction of Jonathan Frakes, who also plays the Enterprise's second-in-command, the movie glides along with purpose and style.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    By the end of the movie, whether or not you're a member of Sinn Fein, the Brits' brutality toward the Conlons will get your Irish up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Marvin's Room, the 1991 Scott McPherson play, filmed by Jerry Zaks, is an old-fashioned weepie of noble mien with many bright moments and a superb cast.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The Merchant-Ivory attention to period detail often seems like the movie equivalent of good penmanship. But here it accrues a kind of ethical eloquence.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Writer Shane Black mines his thriller premise while musing on issues of identity and redemption; he also shaped the itchy camaraderie of Davis and Jackson.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Diane Keaton, directing her first fictional feature, gets us safely through a movie that could have turned to mush at any moment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    [Pfeiffer & Demme] and a gang of co-stars have created a coherent farce symphony.
    • 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Designed and destined to win no awards, Machete is expert, cartoon-violent, lighthearted fun. Just the thing to send Junior back to school in a good mood.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    John Wells's The Company Men is a juicy, judicious drama, and one of the few current movies to address an issue that affects many of the people who will see it - or, because reality is too depressing, avoid it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    This is your basic, and very enjoyable, Disney princess musical, an empowerment tale to teach bright, dreamy girls how to grow to maturity - and outgrow the adults in charge.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The tense verbal comedy of Mattie's early negotiation with a Fort Smith merchant should win you over to this movie's high linguistic wit. If not, you may as well slip out of the theater and into "Little Fockers."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The picture delivers the high-octane, testosteronic goods of a warm-weather smash, and maybe the first great film of the post-human era. It's just a shame that every theater showing this nonstop auto race, this animated car-toon, can't be a drive-in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Rio
    If you don't go in panting for a Pixar-level masterpiece, you should have a blast at this cartoon carnaval.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Fans of the nasty Baron Cohen may regret his being borderline nice in The Dictator. But we should welcome his decision to stop being the best at something few others dare try and instead to inhabit a more familiar comedy style--just going denser, wilder, better. He pulls it off.