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 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Corliss' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Social Network
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 943
943 movie reviews
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Alvin's tragic memories give perspective to the triumph of his trek, even as Farnsworth's weathered brilliance makes this movie a G as in gem.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The summer's zazziest action movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Besides rehabbing a hero who overcomes anxiety to save the world and defeat the terror-industrial complex by the simple matter of cloning his body armor, the movie proves that there’s still intelligent life on Planet Marvel. As you’re propelled out of the theater on IM3′s hydraulic lift of pleasures, you’re likely to say, “That is how it’s done.”
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    It's best to see this as a drug buffet. Graze through the vignettes... and you'll find three or four tasty bits to snack on.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Gives its fine actors room to breathe and behave--and in Michelle Rodriguez's case, glow.
    • Time
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    From its first shot, of a mangled car high up in the branches of a tree, this cool, handsome thriller proceeds with an elliptical elegance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    If The Equalizer is the hit it should be, it will give this veteran action star his very first movie franchise. In the sequel, Denzel-McCall could make things right in Ukraine as Obama’s Secretary of Defense and one-man army.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    A fanciful film with the patina of hyper-realism, Looper is well served by actors who behave not as if they were dropped carelessly into the future but spent their whole desperate lives there.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The movie has its political-parable aspect, with malevolent forces convincing both the 1% and the 99% that they have reasons to fear the other. But The Boxtrolls is mainly a delight for the sharp eye and the capricious mind.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The film dances; the heart sings.
    • Time
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    This one starts at the level of lunacy and keeps on escalating. Next to Filth, "Trainspotting" looks as sedate as "The Polar Express."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    The Road to Guantánamo is his (Winterbottom’s) most unsparing statement yet of war's brutalizing effect on both the prisoner and his jailer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    A film worthy of being displayed on a screen eight stories high.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Cool, shiny, handsomely made and, in its compelling-repelling way, mordantly funny.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    At two hours, the film version is a third the miniseries' length, requiring severe compression by screenwriters Peter Straughan (The Debt) and Bridget O'Connor, which they've accomplished smartly.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Cecil B. proves how a dose of smart bad taste can be jolly good fun.
    • Time
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Obsession has seldom looked as gaudy or thrilling as here.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Binoche is especially subtle and radiant in another splendid drama from Leconte.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    With Half-Blood Prince, again we have a stalwart, satisfying visualization of the Rowling cosmos.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Here's another warning: you may laugh yourself sick--as sick as this ruthlessly funny movie is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Corliss
    Even when the movie sags and strains a bit in Act III, Clooney keeps it flying with old-fashioned movie-star allure. He's got it all: Cary Grant's looks and, inside, Bob Hope's snake-oil-salesman soul.

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