Richard Schickel

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For 480 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Terms of Endearment
Lowest review score: 0 Billy Madison
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 480
480 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    An elegantly polished little film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    An edgy exploration of role playing and sexual choice in a climate where all options are acceptable.
    • Time
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A brilliant exercise in popular but palpable surrealism.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It twists it, shakes it and stands it on its ear. But as before, the film's technical brilliance is the least of its appeals. Satirically acute, intricately structured and deftly paced, it is at heart stout, good and untainted by easy sentiment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Insanely funny, if occasionally out-of-control, black farce.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The film is more than a murder mystery and more than a study in character conflict. At its best, it is an intense and complex portrait of an urban landscape on which the movies' gaze has not often fallen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    [Darabont] makes you feel the maddening pace of prison time without letting his picture succumb to it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The smartest, funniest, most cleverly structured comedy of the year.
    • Time
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A true movie rarity: a brutally honest romance. If you loved "Sleepless in Seattle," you'll just hate it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    I have rarely, if ever, seen a documentary reconstruction of a historical event that is so rich in firsthand (and well-preserved) photographic material.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Wry, richly layered, wonderfully observed Argentine film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It's hard enough to find comedies like this at any time, so it's a small and welcome miracle to come upon one in the midst of a typical movie summer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The movie has two virtues essential to good pop thrillers. First, it plugs uncomplicatedly into lurking anxieties -- in this case the ones we brush aside when we daily surrender ourselves to mass transit in a world where the loonies are everywhere. Second, it is executed with panache and utter conviction.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Ironizes without parodying an antique screen manner, then reaches out from beneath this smooth cover to grab us.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Their sweet, determined, gently understated struggle for fulfillment in a superstitiously conservative society makes this densely, deftly packed movie a quiet joy to behold.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it. [19 February 1996, p.64]
    • Time
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    [Salles]'s imagery, like his storytelling, is clear, often unaffectedly lovely, and quietly, powerfully haunting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    One thinks of the great opening line of that great novel The Good Soldier: "This is the saddest story I have ever heard." Like many such tales, this one is worth taking to your aching heart.
    • Time
    • 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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Not since "This is Spinal Tap" have I had such a good time watching amiable idiocy stumble on toward uncertain glory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    In its soft-spoken way, it is fierce, shaggy and deeply weirded out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Indeed, you could argue that Tell No One is a variant on one of Hitchcock's favorite themes: the running man whose story no one (except us in the audience) believes. These fictions, of course, depend for their success on the French respect for rationalism (and their horror when reason is torn asunder by criminal irrationality).
    • 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.
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