Richard Schickel

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For 486 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 3.8 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 Billy Madison
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 486
486 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    The result is a well-tooled machine chugging coldly along a twisting road to nowhere.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Jennifer Jason Leigh's draggy performance as Parker is all studied accent (something vaguely mid- Atlantic but never before heard on Earth) and equally studied self-pity and it cannot sustain our sympathy, or our interest in this inept film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It feels as if it has been recovered from a time capsule, and what larger meaning it may have is anyone's guess. But it is way cool -- and funny -- in ways that more expensive comedies trying harder rarely are.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Rain Man's restraint is, finally, rather like Raymond's gabble. It discourages connections, keeping you out instead of drawing you in. [19 Dec 1998]
    • Time
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This is a sad, subtle and very good movie, designed not so much to make you think, but to make you feel the impact of large events on little lives.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    The film may be manipulative in its construction, and cliché-ridden in some of the incidents it recounts, but it has a good, large heart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    How well do Bond's established conventions survive after a third of a century's hard use, the post-cold war deglamourization of espionage and the arrival of yet another actor in the central role? The short answer is, on wobbly knees.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    Dark, detailed and only really gets going when the gunplay starts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Well acted and, within its limited terms, well made, Gallipoli represents a failure of nerve as well as design.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    If the ending of Eleanor Bergstein's script is too neat and inspirational, the rough energy of the film's song and dance does carry one along, past the whispered doubts of better judgment. [14 Sept 1987]
    • Time
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    Sells out real satirical possibilities to its marketing potential as teen fluff. Everyone loses -- except Hedaya, who keeps faith with his character's nutsiness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A fairly standard exercise in claustrophobic menace. It is also an exercise in style.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Ali
    A thoughtful epic is both a rarity and an oxymoron. But that's what Ali is, and you can't help being drawn sympathetically into its hero's struggle for mastery of himself and his era.
    • Time
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    It is very tiresome peering through the gloom trying to catch a glimpse of something interesting, then having to avert one's eyes when it turns out to be just another brutally tormented body.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    Our natural sympathy for the Carmichaels is sabotaged by crude and careless moviemaking.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    These people are fools for heedless love and, perhaps, needless complication, and you can't help responding to the heat of their passion.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Murphy exudes the kind of cheeky, cocky charm that has been missing from the screen since Cagney was a pup, snarling his way out of the ghetto. But as befits a manchild of the soft-spoken '80s, there is an insinuating sweetness about the heart that is always visible on the sleeve of Murphy's habitual sweatshirt.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This cheeky movie does not impose heavy-duty meaning on Page's life and times. It just lets us draw our own ambiguous conclusions about what she did. It is the better, the more enticing, for so doing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Enigma is not for everyone, but the thoughtful (and the historically minded) will find it an absorbing and extremely well-textured experience.
    • Time
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Unfolds with a patient intelligence. The Sixth Sense might not scare you out of your wits, but it could reward them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    There is none of the affectionate respect for working-class life and values that marked the similar, and far superior, "Norma Rae," nor any of that film's sense of felt reality either.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it. [19 February 1996, p.64]
    • Time
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    If sometimes this loose and anecdotal film loses dramatic pace, it always rights itself. And it remains steadily in touch with its best qualities - generosity, common sense and a mature decency that is neither smug nor sentimental.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    I don't want to oversell You Kill Me. It is not going to leave you breathless with laughter. But I don't want to undersell it either. For an hour and a half it exerts its own preposterous reality, making you believe it -- and like it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Brideshead Revisited is untaxing, pleasant enough to watch. But I'm still waiting to be seriously discomfited by it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Patient and plodding -- but as realized by John Malkovich, in his directorial debut, utterly absorbing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Made with a sort of tasteful vulgarity, this movie never disappoints the slack-minded audience's anticipation of the humanistically healing banality, the life-crushing behavioral cliché.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This is a Cuisinart of a movie, mixing familiar yet disparate ingredients, making something odd, possibly distasteful, undeniably arresting out of them. [5 Dec 1994, p. 93]
    • Time
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Colombani has created uncommonly arresting entertainment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Schickel
    Writer-director Shainberg seems to be aiming for a dark comedy, but mostly his movie is coy without being funny, ugly without being truly transgressive, stupid when it needs to be smart.

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