Richard Corliss

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For 948 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 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Corliss' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Player
Lowest review score: 0 Untraceable
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 948
948 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    The performances of these actors are reason enough to go. The reason to stay is Lawrence.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Makes for a long, lumpy trip with a charismatic guide and some brilliant detours.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    The film is full of sharp acting and home truths, but its ambition to be different finally surrenders to its need to be loved.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    in a larger sense Be Kind Rewind declares that the riches of cinema history touch each of us personally. Films become so deep a part of us that we own them that our memories of them, whether faithful or fanciful, become their meanings. As a movie critic and, even before and above that, a movie lover, how can I disagree with that?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Redacted pretty successfully sustains a dual level of hysteria (in its content) and disinterest (in its film-long framing devices). It's an amazingly vigorous work for a filmmaker who turns 67 on Sept. 11... The movie is a cry of national shame; for De Palma, it's a new badge of honor for a wily old vet.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    The film's success is due in large part to actors who are both faithful to all the social minutiae and seductive enough to keep you watching.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Fond, zippy new documentary about the Bruce who, on the Hollywood circuit, is the real Boss.
    • Time
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    For a good hour, a very good first hour, the film efficiently accumulates small, terrifying incidents and images.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    With their technical astonishments, Director Henson and Executive Producer Lucas have been faithful to the pioneering Disney spirit. In suggesting the thrilling dilemmas that await a wise child, they have flown worlds beyond Walt. [7 July 1986, p.65]
    • Time
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Ceases to be a cogent study of the disease of genius and devolves into two lesser creatures: an ordinary weepie and an Oscar contender.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    This is a comedy with the old-time blend of wit and sentiment. Years from now, when you stumble across it on TV, you could persuade yourself that, back in the two-thousand-oughts, they made pretty good movies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Plays like a vacation at a seedy seaside resort. The issue at hand - whether McKinney engaged in criminal behavior with Anderson - is of little moment; what's important is the personality of the lady in question.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Van Damme has been known as a martial-arts legend, movie star and pain in the ass. But never an actor -- until now.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    What's unusual about the sometimes screwy but mostly smart and always heartfelt Perfect Sense - is its search for a middle ground.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    The Debt is a little too gray and stolid - by which we may simply mean too true to its complex milieu - to qualify as scintillating entertainment. But at the end of a summer in which anything like reality was banned from movie houses, this gnarly political thriller has a tonic effect
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    If the modest and moving Trouble With the Curve won't overwhelm anybody, it's still an engaging winner, like a junk-ball pitcher who stays in the bigs on grit and heart.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Furious 6 is even cooler and more aerodynamically delirious than its predecessor, if such a thing is even theoretically possible.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    A feel-good ending is mandatory, even in a comedy like this, which promises to be transgressive because it's the first major-studio job for a director with an underground reputation for being crazy-bold.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    The audience gets as pulverizing a workout as the stars do. Or rather, the stars' stunt doubles, who deserve Oscars for best supporting masochism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    In his third consecutive Cronenberg film (after playing the righteous killers of A History of Violence and Eastern Promises), Mortensen is a happy surprise. Never has this tightly-wound actor seemed so relaxed in a difficult role; he is the charming papa Jung hates to overthrow but knows he must.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Documentaries don't fly on figures, or even controversial arguments; they come to life with real, engaging people. And when this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Politics aside, this is a handsome film with orange skies to die for, or under, and a lovely score by Carter Burwell. The picture has some ponderous and snooze-worthy stretches, but it attains a certain melancholic grandeur, with the actors and crew fighting as desperately as Crockett and Bowie to make the best of a fated adventure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    You can try not liking this adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical hit -- it has no polish and a pushy way with a gag -- but the movie sneaks up on you. [29 Dec 1986, p.71]
    • Time
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    For closeup conflict and emotional kick, the Frost/Nixon movie tops the play. But neither can match the tension and weird poignancy of the original interviews -- reality TV of the highest, queasiest order.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    At its best moments, Thor weaves a spot of magic from the complex science of $150-million fantasy-film technology.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    The film gives Jones (Oxford) a chance to take control of its emotional center, and she seizes it with spectacular subtlety. She proves that behind this Great Man movie is a woman – an actress – who’s every bit her man’s equal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Wants to contain multitudes -- high ideals and high tech, the poignant and the silly. Doing so, it becomes a lexicon of modern filmmaking. It could be its own creature: Super-Generico. That's not the worst thing for a movie to be, but it's not quite Marvel-ous either.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Jason Patric is the chief sleaze; Ben Stiller adds to his gallery of wormy guys; and Aaron Eckhart is the doleful husband who, when asked who his best lay was, unabashedly answers, "Me." [24 August 1998, p. 85]
    • Time
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    The Iron Lady is a clever and oddly touching entertainment.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Corliss
    Vivid, relevant and of elevating scariness.

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