Richard Schickel

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For 484 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 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Welcome to Sarajevo
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 484
484 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Better luck next time, Owen.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    At once smug and lazy, qualities fatal to comedy.
    • 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
    • 41 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    Inept works like Good, which remains, like most such works, on the anecdotal fringe of the problem.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Suffice it to say that these morons have, quite simply, turned The Day the Earth Stood Still on its head and what's falling out of its pockets in that upended state is a stream of junk.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    A watchable film, but it -- and its star -- might have done so much more.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    And while more than 30 writers worked on the screenplay and untold numbers labored to re-create the ambiance and effects that the animators once tossed off with a few squiggles of their pencils, The Flintstones doesn't feel overcalculated, over-produced or overthought.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    A grim and draggy romance in which even the clothes and sets are dismal.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    You can, if you will, think of All the King's Men as a purely political parable, but that is to miss its blackest, bleakest meanings.
    • 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
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Worst-in-breed not only for this year, but very likely in living memory.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Time
    • 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]
    • Time
    • 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.
    • Time
    • 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]
    • 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.

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