Richard Schickel

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For 483 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Bowfinger
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 483
483 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    For Hackman embodies the energy and outrage the rest of this rather twee family lacks. Royal stirs them all to life, and this great, bumptious performance by an actor gleefully rediscovering his funny bone stirs us to appreciative life too.
    • Time
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This wonderfully animated movie is a little more softly pitched than its predecessor, but it still has plenty of rollicking spin on the ball.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Remarkable. [22 July 1991]
    • Time
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Little Children does not have quite the bleak discipline of Field's more keenly judged "In the Bedroom." Yet it is a more ambitious film and a considerable achievement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This criminal comedy remains deliciously deadpan about the wages of psychopathy.
    • Time
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This gripping documentary doesn't exactly say what went wrong, but the pain and puzzlement of its principals as things inexorably fall apart is palpable and saddening.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Seems to encompass all the humor, sadness and weirdness of ordinary life in an utterly winning, morally acute way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    To make an unembarrassing movie about embarrassment is definitely an eye-opening achievement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    What a pleasure it is not to be hectored by a director as we laugh our own little laughs, watching a profound story unfold.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    It appears to be a true reflection of her (Shelly) spirit -- eccentric, good-naturedly feminist, kind of funny and kind of sentimental. Despite its realistic setting in a small Southern town, it is much more a fable than it is a slice of authentic life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    It takes its place on the very short list of the unforgettable movies about war and its ineradicable and immeasurable costs.
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The result is a film consistent narratively, confident stylistically and abounce with the quaint quality that animated both the hero and his times, something we used to call pep.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    There's a great story here, but Tucci's literate, civilized, wistful movie lacks savage impulse and refuses to show how mutual exploitation led to minor tragedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The actor (Puri) and the film make something fine, winning and memorable.
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The movie has two other qualities you don't always find in films of this kind: a sense of humor and a sense of character. [15 August 1994, p. 61]
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It will fascinate and possibly even delight cinephiles. Who does not enjoy gawking at accidents, particularly those in which there are no fatalities and the sad story unfolds in almost slow-motion clarity?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Unsparing but never unsympathetic, emerges as one of the year's best, most brutally honest movies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Maurice (pronounced Morris) is all high-mindedness and good taste. It has no emotional tension or - heaven forfend - strong expression of frustration or need.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    In Washington's finely shaded performance he's a low-pressure system, illuminated by distant flashes of lightning.
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This movie does not fully separate itself from our admittedly low -- even slightly shameful -- expectations, does not become the pure documentary it might perhaps better have been.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Japanese Story is a simple, austerely told tale. But there is something memorable, even haunting, about it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    I think the central mistake of this film derives from its lack of irony, a sense it refuses to impart that the world may not be exactly as the zealous Christopher perceives it to be. The film needs at least to entertain the possibility that its protagonist was driven less by high principle than by lamentable screwiness. And we need to leave it carrying some sense of tragic consequence with us. Instead, we're simply glad to be finished, at last, with this annoying man-child.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This movie is more emotionally remote than Salles' fine "Central Station." But it is starkly beautiful and says something potent to a world in which nations, like these families, engage in mindless blood feuds.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    It doesn't work. It is just a mess -- though the sound track, full of Dylan songs is, of course, good to hear. But it is not better than the track on Martin Scorsese's "No Direction Home" documentary of two years ago.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    If this were not such great American-vernacular moviemaking -- hilarious yet hypnotic -- one would be tempted to see something Greek in the tragedy that Ed never comprehends.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Without question, the best crime movie of the year--and one of the best movies of any sort now playing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    So long as Casino stays focused on the excesses -- of language, of violence, of ambition -- in the life-styles of the rich and infamous, it remains a smart, knowing, if often repetitive, spectacle.

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