Richard Schickel, Time
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For 478 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 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Man Who Wasn't There
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 478
478 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    Hopelessly overwrought and deeply dopey movie.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    There's a definite limit to the number of moron jokes we can absorb in 100 minutes, and their movie exceeds it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    In this climate, turning even a small corner of this century's central horror into feel-good popular entertainment is abhorrent.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    Half comedy, half action piece, the movie runs sputteringly on the not inconsiderable charm of its stars. But basically it is languid, indeterminate and uninvolving.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    The goofy hysteria of something like "A Summer Place" was infinitely more entertaining and emotionally authentic than the distant smugness of this failed clone. [7 April 1997, p. 76]
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    The movie's central problem: a lack of alternative suspects...How the screenwriter, Todd Komarnicki, and the director, James Foley, resolve this problem is a genre travesty and an affront to their star.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    Valmont arrives stiffened by the elegant, inert formalism of Forman's direction, and chilled by Carriere's all too sober respect for his source and by their mutual determination to apply modern psychological understanding to the behavior of the principal figures.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    The result is a flat, dumbly brutal movie, full of overplotted complexity and empty of all emotional resonance, except that provided by the presence of Jane Greer (the original film's dark lady, here doing a supporting role) and Richard Widmark.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    One is left wondering why Williams has granted early retirement to his inner anarchist, what dark need compels a great clown to become a sad, fuzzy one in movies only Bob Dole - faking it -could love.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    Wyatt Earp drones past its logical conclusion, which is, of course, the great shoot-out. Since Earp's life uninstructively limped along after that event, so must the movie, further abusing our overtaxed patience and undertaxed intelligence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    Our natural sympathy for the Carmichaels is sabotaged by crude and careless moviemaking.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    De Niro's performance begins to seem more a matter of well-practiced gestures than real conviction, and the long, silly finale more an exercise in empty panache by director Tony Scott than a truly gripping suspense piece involving people we care about. [26 August 1996, p.61]
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    Dorothy encounters a pumpkin with stick limbs, a tin soldier and something called a Gump, which looks suspiciously like your basic moosehead. They are all mechanical marvels, not actors, which means they can do anything except win an audience's heart. Still, it would defy the gifts of an Olivier to find interesting, amusing life in a context as charmless and joyless (and songless) as the one Murch and his design team have concocted. [1 July 1985, p.63]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Richard Schickel
    We're left with our stifled laughter and a very long movie.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Courteney Cox is good as a sexy, hard-pressed single mom, but she alone can't redeem the prevailing stupidity.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    One of the worst messes in years.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    What must be said is that the new movie is simply awful: poorly structured, vulgarly written, insipidly directed, monotonously performed.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Conan is a sort of psychopathic Star Wars, stupid and stupefying.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Beverly Hills Cop III is just going through the motions, without comic conviction, surprises or suspense. [6 June 1994, p.66]
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Judged purely by what director Walter Hill has put on the screen, Another 48 Hrs. is a movie mainly about the several pretty ways that glass shatters when bullets or bodies are propelled through it. [25 June 1990, p.77]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Coming to America seems to be more career move than movie. After the raucousness of Beverly Hills Cop II and the raunchiness of Eddie Murphy Raw, the star apparently wants to assert his claim on the currently vacant title of America's Sweetheart. His aspirations must be bigger and badder than that. We want -- may actually need -- something more from this gifted man than Eddie Murphy Tame. [4 July 1988 p.66]
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    The movie veers uneasily from not-funny comedy to not-persuasive melodrama. Murphy forgets that the dialogue in old-fashioned crime pictures was as highly stylized as the settings. In place of sharply polished wisecracks, he gives us the steady mutter of the witless, unfelt obscenities that are the argot of our modern mean streets. [27 Nov 1989, p.88]
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Worst-in-breed not only for this year, but very likely in living memory.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Schickel
    Suffice it to say that these morons have, quite simply, turned The Day the Earth Stood Still on its head and what's falling out of its pockets in that upended state is a stream of junk.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 0 Richard Schickel
    The worst movie in living memory.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 0 Richard Schickel
    One of the most execrable movies ever made. [6 March 1995, p.100]
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 Richard Schickel
    One of the worst movies I've ever seen.