Richard Schickel
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For 479 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 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 There Will Be Blood
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Maybe kids will like the movie; their lust for dinolore appears to be insatiable. But the rest of us will yearn for Robin Williams' giddy goofing in "Aladdin."
    • Time
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    This is not necessarily an improvement, but it's not a total disaster either.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    What it doesn't have is a central figure you can give a hoot about.
    • Time
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    This is soft-gore porn, obvious in its strategies, witless in the play of its ideas, absurdist only in its pretense to seriousness.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    A grim and draggy romance in which even the clothes and sets are dismal.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    There's neither intricacy nor surprise in the narrative, and these dopes are tedious, witless company. Mostly you find yourself thinking, "How long until dinner?"
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    In the end, everything about this glum and self-important adaptation of Anne Tyler's upper-cute novel is dim. [26 Dec 1988, p.83]
    • Time
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Redford underacts, Gandolfini overacts, and this movie is directed with the same air of unreality, the same grim passion for cliches, both cinematic and emotional, that Lurie brought to his first film, "The Contender."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Agresti's just out to give us a sentimental good time. Which some people, heaven help us, will have -- while the rest of us choke on the cutesiness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Writer-director Shainberg seems to be aiming for a dark comedy, but mostly his movie is coy without being funny, ugly without being truly transgressive, stupid when it needs to be smart.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Tedium overwhelms caring well before this endless film finally concludes.
    • Time
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Yet how can one possibly recommend The Salton Sea? If it could, this nasty film would make you smell the disgusting food on the table. And that says nothing about its casual sadism.
    • Time
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Braveheart is too much, too late.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    It's great to have the Moose back, but it would be greater still to see him in a humorous context fully worth of him.
    • Time
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    As rigged as a casino slot machine, preying on people's hopes but paying off only for the house.
    • Time
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    An uninvolving muddle.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Crude and inept.
    • Time
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    The screenwriters, Randall McCormick and Jeff Nathanson, and the director, Jan de Bont, have no interest in providing their actors with stuff to act.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Jennifer Jason Leigh's draggy performance as Parker is all studied accent (something vaguely mid- Atlantic but never before heard on Earth) and equally studied self-pity and it cannot sustain our sympathy, or our interest in this inept film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    This is, or was, a true story, but invested as it is with relentlessly cliched emotions, it plays like cheap fiction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    His is a dispassionate sensibility, and he is not a strong enough actor - nor has he a strong enough intelligence - to fight his way out of the false analogy he has drawn between moviemaking and tragic history in the making.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    The Coens have deliberately cut themselves off from their best subject. Try as they will to create a vision of corporate (and urban) hellishness through sheer stylishness, theirs is a truly abstract expressionism, at once heavy, lifeless and dry.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's screenplay is less a response to its source than a careful college outline of it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    The problem is that the high-pitched whine of Allie's character finally vitiates not merely the viewer's sympathy for him, but sympathy for the movie he dominates, despite the care and courage that went into its making.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    The film is basically a drag, and not helped by Christopher Cain's stand- around direction. And one's thirst for the clear, cool taste of traditional narrative -- motivated movement, defined antagonists, building suspense -- soon reaches maddening levels. A grownup could die in this wasteland. [5 Sept 1988, p.63]
    • Time
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    There are, of course, low cunning, high explosives and much running around without a shirt, punctuated with other familiar gambits: torture scenes; the self-cauterization of, and instant recovery from, a wound large enough to stop an elephant; and a grimly preposterous two-man stand against a tank-led army. What few are likely to find amusing is Rambo III's story line. [30 May 1988, p.64]
    • Time
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Rarely have so many gifted women labored so tastefully to bring forth such a wee, lockjawed mouse.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    This is moviemaking for people who don't much like movies unless they are -- you know -- "serious." It is visually inert. It appears to be taking up small-scaled, yet emotionally resonant issues, but does not actually define them sharply or bring them to firm conclusions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    The result is a mess. Kym, in Hathaway's unsympathetic performance, is an annoyingly sour observer of the proceedings, a time bomb everyone hopes will not explode before the marriage is completed.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Star Trek is, finally, nothing but a long day's journey into ennui.