Richard Schickel

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For 518 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 No End in Sight
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 518
518 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Very moving film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    There is something arresting about it too. The damned thing keeps gnawing at your mind -- if only for its almost perfect lack of conventional sentiment. Or movieness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A rich, intricate and very gripping movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Writer-director Carl Franklin's cool, expert adaptation of Devil in a Blue Dress, Mosley's first novel, evokes the spirit of '40s film noir more effectively than any movie since Chinatown.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A performance like De Niro's, in a well-made entertainment like Midnight Run, is cheap at any price. And capable of restoring the audience's faith in the form. [25 July 1988]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Hudson painstakingly makes an obscure corner of history reverberate in a nearly mythic way. It is lovely work. And like old snapshots of forgotten people from another time, strangely evocative and moving.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Sayles is a meditative storyteller, with a tendency to mute melodrama rather than letting it wail. But he is also one of the few filmmakers still ferreting out the strangeness and anxiety hidden beneath our poses of ordinariness. [22 July 1996, p.95]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    For all the menace of its techno-prattle, its implicit boosts for humanism and its swell production design, the picture is finally a bore. Sci-fi was more powerful when its special effects were cheap and crude, its ideas simple but potently stated.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Wry humor and even a certain sexiness break through the reserve of a rueful, realistic, but finally emotionally rewarding film.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    What plot it has is borrowed, improbably, from Henry IV, and whenever anyone manages to speak an entire paragraph, it is usually a Shakespearean paraphrase. But this is a desperate imposition on an essentially inert film. [28 Oct 1991]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    Indeed, viewers who arrive at the movie five minutes late and leave five minutes early will avoid the setup and payoff for the preposterous twist that spoils this lively, intelligent remake of 1948's The Big Clock.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Nunez's film neither floats like a butterfly nor stings like a bee. It just drones on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The result is a harrowing film, impossible to "like" in any conventional way, hypnotically impossible to turn away from.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    At times the joints in the movie's carpentry are strained, at times the mood swings jarring. [16 Oct 1989, p. 82]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Altogether wondrous.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    There's something old-fashioned and dauntless about the way the film pushes past our initial resistance to its setting and subject matter, past pain, past defeat, to make this point. Because it rejects easy victories, this may be one of the few inspirational movies that could actually inspire someone, somewhere, sometime.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    A hard-striving, convoluted movie, which never quite becomes the smoothly reciprocating engine Anderson ...would like it to be.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    He's (Wilson) a terrific sidekick to Chan's funny, earnest, often victimized righteousness. This kid could be a star.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    This may be hard ground for the audience that loves to cheer the lump out of its throat at the end of a movie. But for actors, it is the high ground. There is a ferocity in Cruise's flakiness that he has not previously had a chance to tap. That, in turn, gives Newman something to grapple with. There is a sort of contained rage in his work that he has never found before, and it carries him beyond the bounds of image, the movie beyond the bounds of genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    The film comes uncomfortably close to risible. But it also achieves moments of real power. It's worth a wary look before it attains midnight cult-movie status.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The sober wit of this comedy arises not from conventional artifice -- snappy dialogue, wacky situations -- but from a realistically drawn ensemble interacting truthfully with one another.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    They bring their characters to good, slightly surprising, quite satisfying places. And leave us beaming happily.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A movie that manages to be atmospherically rich while also satisfying the slash-crash imperatives of the police-action genre.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    In its soft-spoken way, it is fierce, shaggy and deeply weirded out.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A shrewd portrait, sly, casual yet palpably authentic, of the principal ways members of any minority try to respond to an uncomprehending world. [29 Jun 1998, p. 69]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Emma Bolger is -- no other word for it -- magical in the role...In her way she encapsulates In America's virtues. It's a realistic movie, but one that's always aware that transformative hope may be just around the corner.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Remarkable. [22 July 1991]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Who says remakes are always inferior to the original film? And who says the western is dead? Especially when a movie is as entertaining as this one, you begin to think this formerly beloved genre is due for a revival.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A lot of very good actors...do honest, probing work in a context where, typically, less will do.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Crude and inept.
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