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

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Woodsman
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Nunez's film neither floats like a butterfly nor stings like a bee. It just drones on.
    • 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]
    • Time
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Time
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    They bring their characters to good, slightly surprising, quite satisfying places. And leave us beaming happily.
    • Time
    • 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
    • 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]
    • Time
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    In its soft-spoken way, it is fierce, shaggy and deeply weirded out.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Time
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Crude and inept.
    • Time
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Witness, which is one of the most originally conceived and gracefully made suspense dramas of recent years, to work into edgy juxtaposition the representatives of two subcultures that are ordinarily mutually exclusive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    I have rarely, if ever, seen a documentary reconstruction of a historical event that is so rich in firsthand (and well-preserved) photographic material.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    I don't think it attains the Godfather level -- it lacks dark passion and grand-scale irony -- but it is an intelligent, well-made and seductive movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Very simply, Bertolucci has found an elegance of design and execution that few of his contemporaries could even dream of. [23 Nov 1987]
    • Time
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Results in about the nicest movie you could ask for at the holidays: a gently funny, sweetly adventurous film that makes you feel genuinely good, that is to say, entirely unconned by false sentiment or sharp, overmanipulative Hollywood practices.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Sharing its subject's virtues, it is a lovely addition to the annals of the Greatest Generation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    No wonder adolescents have taken Repo Man for their own. Lifting its hood is like peering into a teen-ager's mind: miswired and noisy, Repo Man is capable of fast starts and amazing cornering. [4 Feb 1985]
    • Time
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    An elegantly polished little film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    The result is a Big Mac of a movie, junk food that somehow reaches the chortling soul.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This feels the way a lot of us are living now -- on desperation's dull yet still cutting edge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    We have this movie--full of acceptant, sidelong glances at human quirkiness--to delight us.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A tangy frappe of a movie--preposterously comic, deliriously romantic, outrageously stylish in black-and-white.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Out of a borrowed and preposterous premise, Audiard has fashioned a film that is more haunting--and more compellingly watchable--than it has any right to be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This darkly sumptuous, hypnotically complex movie ought to have many constituencies.

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