Richard Corliss
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For 937 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 Reversal of Fortune
Lowest review score: 0 Untraceable
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 937
937 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Here's another warning: you may laugh yourself sick--as sick as this ruthlessly funny movie is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Has so much razzle-dazzle that viewers may end up both raised and dazed. It's remorselessly inventive, trying anything fast and sassy to keep you watching. In other words, it's the most honest display of showpeople's need to be noticed this side of a Madonna concert.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    It's a long drink of water at the fountain of pop-social memory.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Enjoy the savory witches' brew that Cuaron has cooked up in his Harry pot. For on its own terms, this one is truly wizard.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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