Richard Schickel

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For 519 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 519
519 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    It appears to be a true reflection of her (Shelly) spirit -- eccentric, good-naturedly feminist, kind of funny and kind of sentimental. Despite its realistic setting in a small Southern town, it is much more a fable than it is a slice of authentic life.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    Not so good is the absence of hip cross-references to the classic horror tropes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    Reynolds can't help looking rather shifty as he relates his story and Breslin, who was so wonderful in Little Miss Sunshine, is obliged to play a standard-issue wise child.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    Maybe the filmmakers are so lost in their slambang visual effects that they don't give a hoot about the movie's scariest implications. [10 Nov 1997, p.102]
    • Time
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    Cutting through the epic gesturings of Andy Tennant's direction, he (Yun-Fat Chow) provides reason enough to return one last time to this otherwise weary romance
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    The result is half Python, half Ivanhoe--and not as much fun as either.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    Your affection for Serendipity may depend on how fascinated you are by a movie that is apparently going after the all-time record for delayed consummation.
    • Time
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Essentially a liberal soap opera.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    One of this movie's implications--and it's a common enough one these days--is that sensitivity is a quality impossible to find in straight guys. [20 April 1998]
    • Time
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Funny in its deplorable way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    What saves this movie from hopeless sentimentality is Meryl Streep's subtle performance.
    • Time
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    What Willis proves in Die Hard is that it is not one you can ease through, especially if your preparation runs more to body building than to character building. [July 25, 1988]
    • Time
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    A movie that may be just a bit too pleased with its own artful bleakness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Something more surprising might have been made of this odd couple, but Van Sant, emptily employing the realist manner of his early films, is goodwill hunting in all the wrong places.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Mostly, the new film reminds us that swell production design is no substitute for a fresh, simple and startling idea.
    • Time
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Pakula seems overawed by the book's critical and popular success. Whatever its other virtues, Presumed Innocent was basically a page turner; the movie is a slow burner.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    It's all so predictable. And you begin to wonder, as you so often do at the movies these days, why did they bother? And more to the point, why should we bother? [15 June 1998, p.72]
    • Time
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Julie Taymor's inventiveness has diminished to a kind of strained cuteness. Everything that makes an artist an artist -- the obsessions, the egotism -- is ignored in favor of upbeat movie conventions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    A fine--but not entirely uninteresting—mess. [2 Jun 1997, p. 74]
    • Time
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Starsky & Hutch has moments of hilarity a little greater than you might expect of a movie that is just out for a lazy good time.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    You don't quite believe that a smart woman would spend so much time on such a dumb mission.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    It renders passion dispassionate and turns murder into a kind of fashion statement, something we observe without really caring about.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    A pretty but utterly misleading picture in which cheap sentiment is used to supply easy, false resolutions to agonizing issues.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    There is more to the intertwined stories of Murrow and McCarthy than this simpleminded, rhetorically driven movie begins to encompass.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Better luck next time, Owen.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Director Pellington's touch is light and flickering, and his actors are solid and persuasive. If you let yourself go with The Mothman Prophecies, it is -- in its lumpen, serious way -- sort of fun.
    • Time
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    You're entitled to ask for more than that in a comedy, but these days you're often obliged to settle for a lot less.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Anyone grownup enough to gain legal admission to the movie (it is rated R) will probably find himself either reduced to guffaws or wishing he had stayed home looking at his poster of Nastassia Kinski wearing a snake.

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