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

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Man Who Wasn't There
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    In the end, you feel that Frozen River gives about as truthful a picture of American bleakness as it's possible for a movie to present. It is a movie that asks something of an audience, but it richly rewards our curiously rapt attention.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    One of the most wholly original American movies ever made.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    It is hard to think of another film more tightly autobiographical than this one. It's even harder to think of other films that build so gripping a narrative out of a string of comparatively minor and disparate incidents.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Caught in the movie's grip, you are simply hypnotized by the damned thing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Prepare to be riveted: No End in Sight, Charles Ferguson's first film, is without question the most important movie you are likely to see this year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Without question, the best crime movie of the year--and one of the best movies of any sort now playing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Remain open to fantasies but not be consumed by them. These are good lessons for a would-be director. They are good lessons for everybody. And no recent movie has taught them with more patient sweetness. [Feb. 5, 1990]
    • Time
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    You'll have to seek it out in its limited release, but no current movie is more worth the effort.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    As fine--hard, soft, approachable--as any in movie history.
    • Time
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    If this were not such great American-vernacular moviemaking -- hilarious yet hypnotic -- one would be tempted to see something Greek in the tragedy that Ed never comprehends.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    But it is the style with which this wild farce is developed that sustains our horrified interest and keeps us laughing as the darkness gathers around Barbara and Oliver. [11 Dec 1989]
    • Time
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    The result is mainstream moviemaking at its highest, most satisfying level.
    • Time
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Perhaps the funniest movie for grownups so far this year.
    • Time
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    This says nothing about Gallo's own demonic charm as Billy or his directorial boldness in juxtaposing the emotional surreality of his story with the bleak reality of his hometown in winter, creating a sort of casual but strangely haunting weirdness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Think of A Fish Called Wanda as the next best thing to a Looney Tunes-Merrie Melodies summerfest…Wanda defies gravity, in both senses of the word, and redefines a great comic tradition. [July 18, 1988]
    • Time
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Remarkable. [22 July 1991]
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    It takes its place on the very short list of the unforgettable movies about war and its ineradicable and immeasurable costs.
    • Time
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Upon all these folks, writer-director David O. Russell turns a bland, almost anthropological eye. Nothing surprises him and nothing outrages him, except for bed-and-breakfast lodgings, about which, at last, his movie tells the terrible truth. [1 April 1996, p. 72]
    • Time
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    [It presents] us with a vast range of richly developed, gorgeously played characters ... and mov[es] them gracefully through time and a lot of very pretty spaces without ever losing its conviction, its concentration or our bedazzled attention. [18 Dec 1995]
    • Time
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    A war film that, entirely aware of its genre's conventions, transcends them as it transcends the simplistic moralities that inform its predecessors, to take the high, morally haunting ground.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    As reversible misunderstandings grow into irreversible tragedy, it slowly dawns on you that this is a superior, heartbreaking film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Sublime and sorrowful movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Ferris and his adventures represent a teen's dream of glory: to have, at one's fingertips, the technical skills to sabotage the adult world's machinery of oppression and, at the tip of one's tongue, the perfect squelch for grownups' moralistic blather. [23 June 1986]
    • Time
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    It is, finally, as a richly pulsating, hugely entertaining human comedy -- antic, wayward, glancing -- that Short Cuts bemuses, amuses and finally entrances us. [4 Oct 1993]
    • Time
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    It is among the best and most delicately managed films of the year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    For those of us who think this is the best comedy of 2004, the genius of the movie lies in its relocation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    This could have turned out to be an exercise in easy sentiment, easy to shrug off. But Frank Cottrell Boyce's script is carefully understated, and director Michael Winterbottom has achieved a remarkably seamless blend of fictional and factual footage.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    No film since Preston Sturges was a pup has so shrewdly appreciated the way the eccentric plays hide-and-seek with the respectable in the ordinary American landscape; no comedy since Annie Hall or Manhattan has so intelligently observed not just the way people live now but what's going on in the back of their minds; and finally, and in full knowledge that one may be doing the marketing department's job for them, it is the best movie of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    This year's miracle is called Tootsie. It is not just the best comedy of the year; it is popular art on the way to becoming cultural artifact.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    An austere and delicate examination of the ways in which a likable family falters under pressure and struggles, with ambiguous results, to renew itself. This is not very show-bizzy stuff, but for once, a movie star has used his power to create not light entertainment or a trendy political statement, but a work that addresses itself quietly and intelligently to issues everyone who attempts to raise children must face.

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