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 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Schickel
    The result is mainstream moviemaking at its highest, most satisfying level.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A formally elegant, subtly savage and powerfully affecting film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The actor (Puri) and the film make something fine, winning and memorable.
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Unsparing but never unsympathetic, emerges as one of the year's best, most brutally honest movies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Seems to encompass all the humor, sadness and weirdness of ordinary life in an utterly winning, morally acute way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Altogether wondrous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It proposes that you can make an extraordinarily satisfying comedy without writing a joke. Subtly played and elegantly directed, this is an Adults Only movie in the best sense of the term.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Japanese Story is a simple, austerely told tale. But there is something memorable, even haunting, about it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It is, like quite a few Lumet pictures, rather small in scale, easy to overlook. But I think it is time to gather around a director who has embraced his octogenarian bleakness and sing his praises. Ultimately, I think you'll laugh a lot at what he has wrought here -- but only well after the movie is over and the full scale of its perversity settles into your bones.
    • 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 result is a harrowing film, impossible to "like" in any conventional way, hypnotically impossible to turn away from.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Elegantly made, romantically doomy, curiously affecting movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Sayles is a meditative storyteller, with a tendency to mute melodrama rather than letting it wail. But he is also one of the few filmmakers still ferreting out the strangeness and anxiety hidden beneath our poses of ordinariness. [22 July 1996, p.95]
    • Time
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    What we come to care most about in writer-director Joshua Marston's film is how his heroine achieves the state promised by his title, Maria Full of Grace. Our emotional investment in her derives primarily from the astonishing performance of Moreno, 23.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The best movie of this very young millennium.
    • Time
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A solemn, subtly structured, beautifully acted and ultimately hypnotic movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Director Joel Schumacher's breathlessly paced and incident-crammed movie will induce a certain sense of deja vu among veteran viewers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It is a powerful portrait of a slightly befuddled man who, when inhuman demands were placed on him, found within himself an unexpected response.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Very simply, World Trade Center is a powerful movie experience, a hymn in plainsong that glorifies that which is best in the American spirit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    I wouldn't call the film inspirational -- it is too well observed to succumb to easy sentiment -- but its realism is patiently engaging and subtly insinuating. And Linney and Hoffman are extraordinary.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It is the hilarious business of Shrek, a delightful new animated feature based on the William Steig book, to subvert all the well-worn expectations of its genre.
    • Time
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    What makes this movie work is the kind of cool that made Get Shorty go so nicely: an understanding that life's little adventures rarely come in neat three-act packages, the way most movies now do, and the unruffled presentation of outrageously twisted dialogue, characters and situations as if they were the most natural things in the world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A smart, shrewdly crafted movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Comic, suspenseful, romantic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    This is the most assured and hilarious of the three Martin-Carl Reiner collaborations.

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