Richard Schickel
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For 480 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Memory of a Killer
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 480
480 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    The weather is always inclement, the protagonists are all muddy when they're not bloody, King Arthur's Christianity is muscular but joyless, and Guinevere is often daubed with blue paint. No, folks, we're not in Camelot anymore.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    A lot of the gags are pretty good. It's not that Star Wars is less worthy of satire than horse opera or gothic horror. It's not that Mel Brooks has lost his cunning, though he does need a freedom of speech not to be found under a PG rating. What's missing is that zany old gang of his. There is simply nobody like them on this trip. [13 July 1987, p.68]
    • Time
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    Not a bad concept, and Martin Lawrence is appealing. Unfortunately, the writers have no gift for comic writing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Somehow, by a narrow margin, the film doesn't quite make it. Potter recolored his work a little more sunnily, and it is, perhaps, too compressed; it needs TV's room to digress.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    It's kind of fun--if you have the stomach for its more grisly passages.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    To make something like Firewall good, you have to make it at least a little bit new--or add more than an unending patter of rain and techno-talk.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    Maid in Manhattan is not so much a movie as a collection of career moves. J. Lo needs a comedy hit to support her principal activity, adorning magazine covers. Fiennes needs to warm his austere British image if he hopes to become a true international star.
    • Time
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    Will the movie end in an orgy of sentiment? Why do we bother to ask?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    It's a faux epic -- swell costumes, historically authentic settings, a certain amount of bustle and skulking, but very little dramatically gripping activity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    It's as if everyone was just a little too much in tasteful awe of its subject, who is played rather stolidly by Nick Nolte.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    The net result of this mighty effort is perhaps predictable: near total inconsequence.
    • Time
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    We forgive Bridget the movie its obvious flaws because of its equally inescapable charm.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Essentially a liberal soap opera.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    Writer Leslie Bohem and director Roger Donaldson brush briskly through the standard scientific and romantic blather. They know that in movies like this, complexity is the province of the special-effects people.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Curiously, if fitfully, intriguing.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Better luck next time, Owen.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    This reflects its fundamental flaw of arrogance, a smug faith in the ability of its own speed, smartness and luxe to wow the yokels.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    Inept works like Good, which remains, like most such works, on the anecdotal fringe of the problem.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    It's because of AnnaSophia Robb's performance...I don't think you'll see a more fascinating and nuanced performance at the movies this year.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    A watchable film, but it -- and its star -- might have done so much more.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    But that's the thing about this movie. It never leaves well enough, or good enough, alone. It keeps looking--sometimes a little too hard--for ways to transform the ordinary into the discomfiting.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    Bewitched means to be a civilized entertainment, which occasionally it is. But the gentility of this antique sitcom cannot be recaptured at this late date.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    Ultimately the script's often sharp social satire is drowned out by the noise and confusion.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    This film, based on a true story, transcends its handsomeness to present a subtle portrait of a woman's growing consciousness.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    You don't quite believe that a smart woman would spend so much time on such a dumb mission.

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