Richard Schickel

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For 486 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Frozen River
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 486
486 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Ran
    If Shakespeare's poetry enters the mind through the ear, Kurosawa's enters it through the eye. But the imagery is of comparable quality, at once awesome in its power, delicate in its irony and, finally, for all the violence of the events it recounts, eerily serene in the sureness with which it achieves its effects.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Still, somewhat shame-faced I have to admit that at some point in the film I began to hear a subversive voice whispering in my ear, and what it was saying was, "Could you blink a little faster, pal?"
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    One of the most wholly original American movies ever made.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Caught in the movie's grip, you are simply hypnotized by the damned thing.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A movie of shadows and half lights, the best approximation of the old black-and-white noir look anyone has yet managed on color stock.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A solemn, subtly structured, beautifully acted and ultimately hypnotic movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Tedium overwhelms caring well before this endless film finally concludes.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    There is a lunatic energy about it. Every once in a while, Chayefsky abandons the struggle to dramatize his ideas and has somebody, usually Holden, just turn to the camera and spout off. In those moments, his concern — and sometimes his mother wit — comes blazing through and the picture takes on a life not found in safe, sane, well-calculated movies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Pixar's improved computer animation is up to all the demands of this excellent adventure.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A stylish, well-paced film with a good variety of moods and moves.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    What we come to care most about in writer-director Joshua Marston's film is how his heroine achieves the state promised by his title, Maria Full of Grace. Our emotional investment in her derives primarily from the astonishing performance of Moreno, 23.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    For all its brave beginnings and real achievements--its assault on western mythology, its discovery of a subversive sexual honesty in an unexpected locale--Brokeback Mountain finally fails to fully engage our emotions.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    An often deft, frequently droll little movie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    Finally, though, Traffic, for all its earnestness, does not work. It leaves one feeling restless and dissatisfied.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Kevin Spacey (gives) a truly great performance.
    • Time
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Maybe these lives are, objectively speaking, inconsequential. But they have a resonance that big, sappy "relationship" pictures ought to envy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A raw, unblinking film. It teaches that in dire circumstances our only obligation is to our own survival; all else -- culture, ideology, even love -- is a dispensable luxury.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    I wouldn't call the film inspirational -- it is too well observed to succumb to easy sentiment -- but its realism is patiently engaging and subtly insinuating. And Linney and Hoffman are extraordinary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Raiders of the Lost Ark has it all—or, anyway, more than enough to transport moviegoers back to the dazzling, thrill-sated matinee idyls of old. It is surely the best two hours of pure entertainment anyone is going to find in the summer of '81.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It's hard enough to find comedies like this at any time, so it's a small and welcome miracle to come upon one in the midst of a typical movie summer.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Sublime and sorrowful movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A smart live-and-let-live parable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    What makes this movie work is the kind of cool that made Get Shorty go so nicely: an understanding that life's little adventures rarely come in neat three-act packages, the way most movies now do, and the unruffled presentation of outrageously twisted dialogue, characters and situations as if they were the most natural things in the world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It seemed to me as I left the theater that A Christmas Tale was a little too jumpy for its own good, with too many characters and plot points hastily interwoven. But I've come think that it is faithful to its essential purpose, which is to disprove the Tolstoyan dictum that unhappy families are each miserable in their own ways.

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