Richard Schickel

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For 515 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Ran
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 515
515 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Solondz observes all this activity from an objectifying distance, very much the anthropologist trekking through the heart of darkness
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The result is an admittedly minor, but authentic, holiday treat.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Director Harlin's only large mistake is staging the several violent deaths too authentically. They momentarily mar the high-speed implausibility of a movie that, like his Die Hard 2, agreeably combines the edgy and the genial.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    And while more than 30 writers worked on the screenplay and untold numbers labored to re-create the ambiance and effects that the animators once tossed off with a few squiggles of their pencils, The Flintstones doesn't feel overcalculated, over-produced or overthought.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    That metaphor is pitch-perfect, but the film works a little too hard at proving the vileness of beauty pageants.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The sensible formality of Taylor Hackford's direction has the effect of cooling the film's narrative frenzies and helping the actors dig some simple, truthful stuff out of the hubbub.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    For all the film's murky misdirections, it is very enjoyable. That's because Nolan's recreation of the illusionists' backstage world is so marvelously detailed, including as it does revelations of how some of their best tricks are accomplished.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Babel is a movie that leaves you feeling limp and wrung out, but mysteriously moved by its vivid human encounters with the hot, tightly wired, chancy and coincidental world, ever capable of terrorizing us when we least expect it.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A rich, intricate and very gripping movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The central conflict, the struggle for Calogero's soul, is stated with a fable's starkness. But the tone of the film is musing, reflective, gently insinuating.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    There is not a cheap note or a careless image, not an easy judgment or a forced emotion, in the 2 hr. 43 min. of Bird. It permits a man's life its complexity. It invites us to experience the redeeming grace of his music. And with its passionate craft, it proclaims that Eastwood is a major American director.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This memory piece, shy in manner but tough in spirit, has brought out the best in everyone connected with it.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    [Murphy] makes Trading Places something more than a good-hearted comedy. He turns it into an event.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Murray, with his curious blend of pathos and aggressiveness, is terrific, and so is an acutely uptight Dreyfuss, never once copping a plea for our sympathy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    There is something brave and original about piling up most of our worst parental nightmares in one movie and then daring to make a midsummer comedy out of them. It really shouldn't work, but it does. The movie does not linger too long over any moment or mood, and it permits characters to transcend type, offering a more surprising range of response to events. [7 August 1989, p.54]
    • Time
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Eventually you may come to think of Talk to Me as a true movie rarity -- a very honest yet curiously affecting experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Michael Clayton is not an exercise in high-tension energy; you'll never confuse its eponymous protagonist with Jason Bourne. But it does have enough of a melodramatic pulse to keep you engaged in its story and, better than that, it is full of plausible characters who are capable of surprising -- and surpassing -- your expectations.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This is a good, serious and absorbing movie -- especially, perhaps, for a reviewer who is roughly Kepesh's age and, of course, eagerly evading the issues his story forces up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Juno is not a great movie; it does not have aspirations in that direction. But it is, in its little way, a truthful, engaging and welcome entertainment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This is a confident and honorable movie -- and a gripping one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It may be a first film, but Labaki, employing a cast that is full of non-professional actresses, is a slick and knowing filmmaker. Her multiple plot lines are neatly braided and though her characters are conventionalized they are also charming and capable of surprising us.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The result is a laff riot. Well, all right, a laff scuffle -- a picture that isn't quite as funny as it might be, but is as funny as it needs to be.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    There is some elemental human desire -- lately largely denied at the cinema -- to see pretty people in handsome landscapes assuaging our need for epic romance. On that level, Australia delivers with real panache.

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