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 Flirting with Disaster
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 518
518 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    More important, we should take into account the fact that this is really quite a good movie--a character-driven (as opposed to whammy-driven) suspense drama--dark, fatalistic and, within its melodramatically stretched terms, emotionally plausible.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    All the actors in No Man's Land are wonderfully alive, fractious and unpredictable. Their performances also help break down the schematics and turn this into an emotionally potent, powerfully thoughtful and finally tragic experience.
    • Time
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Makes everything Hollywood has lately done in the action genre look clumsy, dull and stale. It is a short, nonstop stuntfest that, by going back to basics and placing them on the screen with simple, breathless stylishness, turns what is essentially a lowlife movie form into something one is not embarrassed to call "pure" cinema--all energy, movement and high kinetic wit.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    Loutishness without self-awareness remains loutishness--and it is finally depressing.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Everyone in the cast has his or her solo, and all rise brilliantly to their occasions, notably Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Beals, Mina Badie and a divinely neurotic Jane Adams.
    • Time
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    It is, finally, as a richly pulsating, hugely entertaining human comedy -- antic, wayward, glancing -- that Short Cuts bemuses, amuses and finally entrances us. [4 Oct 1993]
    • Time
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Essentially a liberal soap opera.
    • 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
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    One of this movie's implications--and it's a common enough one these days--is that sensitivity is a quality impossible to find in straight guys. [20 April 1998]
    • Time
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    But in shaping their tale for the screen, shouldn't he have honored their courage--and, yes, inventiveness--with something other than cliches?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A formally elegant, subtly savage and powerfully affecting film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    Funny in its deplorable way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Before Director Ron Howard and his gargle of writers (Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Bruce Jay Friedman) arrange a satisfactorily romantic ending for their odd couple, they also manage to satirize everything from presidential politics to daytime television. They are a jostling, busily observant, fundamentally good-natured crew, and audiences are well advised to take a plunge on Splash.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Well acted, and it achieves a strong, smart, engaging life of its own.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    To make an unembarrassing movie about embarrassment is definitely an eye-opening achievement.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The actor (Puri) and the film make something fine, winning and memorable.
    • Time
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    As long as Training Day stays tightly focused on the struggle between the two cops, the movie is first rate.
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Unsparing but never unsympathetic, emerges as one of the year's best, most brutally honest movies.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are glorious comic actresses, while Joan Plowright provides a firm, touching moral center to the film. They almost make you forget Cher's totally out-of-it work as a disapproved-of American and carry the film to its destiny, which is one of inoffensive inconsequence, prettily staged. [24 May 1999, p.88]
    • Time
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    What saves this movie from hopeless sentimentality is Meryl Streep's subtle performance.
    • Time
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    Finally, though, Traffic, for all its earnestness, does not work. It leaves one feeling restless and dissatisfied.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Maybe the film loses a little steam as it rolls along, but it is still puffing and tooting as Clooney and Zellweger ride off into the sunset -- on a comically raffish period motorcycle, free as the wind.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Richard Schickel
    What Willis proves in Die Hard is that it is not one you can ease through, especially if your preparation runs more to body building than to character building. [July 25, 1988]
    • Time
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Schickel
    The movie and everyone in it remain, under Ivan Reitman's determinedly casual direction, very loosely organized. They amble agreeably, but not necessarily hilariously, from one special-effects sequence to the next. These are not better, worse or even different from the original's trick work, and their lack of punctuating surprise is the film's largest problem, especially at the shamelessly repetitive climax. [26 June 1989, p.89]
    • Time
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Schickel
    The result is tiresome and tone-deaf and a disappointing comeback for Bogdanovich.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It features as ghastly a group of interstellar pirates, the Klingons, as ever entered the star log, plus a spectacularly self-destructive planet and plenty of technically adroit and sometimes witty special effects. These are classic directorial occasions, and Nimoy rises to them with fervor, in effect beaming his film up onto a higher pictorial plane than either of its predecessors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It's a modest little fantasy. But it's also well made, unpretentious and refreshing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A modestly mounted, but curiously poignant little documentary... which somehow -- quietly, devastatingly -- shows and tells you more than you may perhaps want to know about the dehumanization implicit in the mighty, blighted Iraqi adventure.

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