Richard Schickel, Time
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For 474 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 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 No End in Sight
Lowest review score: 0 Billy Madison
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 474
474 movie reviews
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    One of the worst messes in years.
    • 34 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. [23 Mar 1992, p.65]
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    De Niro's performance begins to seem more a matter of well-practiced gestures than real conviction, and the long, silly finale more an exercise in empty panache by director Tony Scott than a truly gripping suspense piece involving people we care about. [26 August 1996, p.61]
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    Never achieves more than feckless amiability.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    Occasionally funny but mostly desperate, small-minded and uncompelling.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    The movie's central problem: a lack of alternative suspects...How the screenwriter, Todd Komarnicki, and the director, James Foley, resolve this problem is a genre travesty and an affront to their star.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Cameron Diaz is sublimely screwy as the single-minded bride determined not to let anything--including the deadly mishaps that keep shrinking the wedding party--spoil her nuptials. [30 November 1998, p. 111]
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    One is left wondering why Williams has granted early retirement to his inner anarchist, what dark need compels a great clown to become a sad, fuzzy one in movies only Bob Dole - faking it -could love.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 Richard Schickel
    One of the worst movies I've ever seen.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    There's a definite limit to the number of moron jokes we can absorb in 100 minutes, and their movie exceeds it.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Judged purely by what director Walter Hill has put on the screen, Another 48 Hrs. is a movie mainly about the several pretty ways that glass shatters when bullets or bodies are propelled through it. [25 June 1990, p.77]
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    You don't quite believe that a smart woman would spend so much time on such a dumb mission.
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Courteney Cox is good as a sexy, hard-pressed single mom, but she alone can't redeem the prevailing stupidity.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    But if you can see past the thicket of dollar signs surrounding Hudson Hawk, you may discern quite a funny movie -- sort of an "Indiana Jones" send-up with a hip undertone all its own. [10 June 1991]
    • 16 Metascore
    • 0 Richard Schickel
    One of the most execrable movies ever made. [6 March 1995, p.100]
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Beverly Hills Cop III is just going through the motions, without comic conviction, surprises or suspense. [6 June 1994, p.66]
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    The movie veers uneasily from not-funny comedy to not-persuasive melodrama. Murphy forgets that the dialogue in old-fashioned crime pictures was as highly stylized as the settings. In place of sharply polished wisecracks, he gives us the steady mutter of the witless, unfelt obscenities that are the argot of our modern mean streets. [27 Nov 1989, p.88]
    • 9 Metascore
    • 0 Richard Schickel
    The worst movie in living memory.