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 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    What is startling is how well While You Were Sleeping recaptures the true spirit of the best kind of modern fairy tale -- classic romantic comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    They bring their characters to good, slightly surprising, quite satisfying places. And leave us beaming happily.
    • Time
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Intellectually austere but technologically and aesthetically riveting documentary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A movie that demands our surrender -- to its energy, to its bold-stroke moviemaking, to its acting (particularly by Cruise and Watanabe, who blend musing and graceful muscularity) and, above all, to its romantic vision of a lost world.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Its business is to turn sure-thing expectations into a game of chance, and provide us with that rarity--a genuinely eccentric yet deeply insinuating film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Patient and plodding -- but as realized by John Malkovich, in his directorial debut, utterly absorbing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Now and then McGrath's film feels a bit rushed and breathless, but mostly you sink gratefully into its handsomely staged plenitude.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Everyone in the cast has his or her solo, and all rise brilliantly to their occasions, notably Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Beals, Mina Badie and a divinely neurotic Jane Adams.
    • Time
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Well acted, and it achieves a strong, smart, engaging life of its own.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    To make an unembarrassing movie about embarrassment is definitely an eye-opening achievement.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    As long as Training Day stays tightly focused on the struggle between the two cops, the movie is first rate.
    • Time
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It features as ghastly a group of interstellar pirates, the Klingons, as ever entered the star log, plus a spectacularly self-destructive planet and plenty of technically adroit and sometimes witty special effects. These are classic directorial occasions, and Nimoy rises to them with fervor, in effect beaming his film up onto a higher pictorial plane than either of its predecessors.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It has everything you want in an epic: sweep, scope, wild reversals of fortune and plenty of bold, basic emotions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Murphy, abetted by director Tom Shadyac and a whole raft of writers, cannot entirely escape the curious blend of aspiration and sloppiness that marked the earlier film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    For us dog saps, it is especially nice to see cuddlesomely real pooches instead of drawn ones doing smart-pet tricks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Occasionally succumbs to Mika's legato rhythms, but it is more often a sly, subtle comedy about the oh-so-gentle art of murder.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A raw, unblinking film. It teaches that in dire circumstances our only obligation is to our own survival; all else -- culture, ideology, even love -- is a dispensable luxury.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Like its title -- blunt, thruthful, uncompromising. It is hard on an audience, even harrowing. But that's exactly what Martin Scorsese was put on earth to do.
    • Time
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Its major sin--a certain ineluctable improbability--is pretty much offset by the moments of winsome humanity Gibson finds for his freebooter; by the rich, nicely tuned portrayals of the other actors; and by director Ron Howard's smoothly professional mastery of yet another genre that is new to him.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    What he (Scott) does superbly is establish a raw, compelling reality that transcends his movie's banal premises and predictable conclusion. That permits Moore to play, and us to feel, authentic pain, isola- tion and courage--shocking stuff to find in an action movie these days. [25 August 1997, p. 72]
    • Time
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The result is an admittedly minor, but authentic, holiday treat.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The Coen brothers merrily subvert that standard caper trope.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A lot of very good actors...do honest, probing work in a context where, typically, less will do.
    • Time
    • 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.

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