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 Short Cuts
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    Mamet's elegantly efficient script does not waste a word, and De Palma does not waste a shot. The result is a densely layered work moving with confident, compulsive energy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A smart, shrewdly crafted movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    An edgy exploration of role playing and sexual choice in a climate where all options are acceptable.
    • Time
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The best movie of this very young millennium.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Lawrence's style, naturally lit and roughly realistic, matches the writing. Lantana sometimes has the air of a routine police procedural, sometimes the quality of a dour film noir. But this movie, so alert to mischance and dreams that don't quite work out as they should, has a good soul, a heart yearning for decency.
    • Time
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Elegantly made, romantically doomy, curiously affecting movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The smartest, funniest, most cleverly structured comedy of the year.
    • Time
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Seems to encompass all the humor, sadness and weirdness of ordinary life in an utterly winning, morally acute way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A performance like De Niro's, in a well-made entertainment like Midnight Run, is cheap at any price. And capable of restoring the audience's faith in the form. [25 July 1988]
    • Time
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    In its soft-spoken way, it is fierce, shaggy and deeply weirded out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Altogether wondrous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A true movie rarity: a brutally honest romance. If you loved "Sleepless in Seattle," you'll just hate it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Maybe these lives are, objectively speaking, inconsequential. But they have a resonance that big, sappy "relationship" pictures ought to envy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A solemn, subtly structured, beautifully acted and ultimately hypnotic movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The result is a harrowing film, impossible to "like" in any conventional way, hypnotically impossible to turn away from.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Patient and plodding -- but as realized by John Malkovich, in his directorial debut, utterly absorbing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Comic, suspenseful, romantic.
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    We are free to adore a sad, funny, always good-natured film that eccentrically, tolerantly explores that moment when revolutionary ardor commingled with bourgeois stolidity to form our present weirdly ambiguous culture.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Pixar's improved computer animation is up to all the demands of this excellent adventure.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A brilliant exercise in popular but palpable surrealism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It is a measure of its complexity--and of the forces Penn and Sarandon have held in reserve during their hypnotic struggle for his soul--that its final moments leave us awash in emotion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Two cheers, at least, for permitting the past to appear not as a stern lesson but as a delicious irrelevance. [10 Mar 1986]
    • Time
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    All in all, Nurse Betty is a wonderful movie, unpredictably alive to the fact that the American citizenry is a lot stranger than we like to admit.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Unsparing but never unsympathetic, emerges as one of the year's best, most brutally honest movies.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    [Darabont] makes you feel the maddening pace of prison time without letting his picture succumb to it.