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 Ordinary People
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 478
478 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Insanely funny, if occasionally out-of-control, black farce.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Enigma is not for everyone, but the thoughtful (and the historically minded) will find it an absorbing and extremely well-textured experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Ali
    A thoughtful epic is both a rarity and an oxymoron. But that's what Ali is, and you can't help being drawn sympathetically into its hero's struggle for mastery of himself and his era.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Given that this holiday film season has come up more than a little short on love and laughter, one can easily forgive Kate & Leopold the slightly excessive lengths and complications to which it goes in search of those rare commodities.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Well acted, and it achieves a strong, smart, engaging life of its own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    In Washington's finely shaded performance he's a low-pressure system, illuminated by distant flashes of lightning.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    We have this movie--full of acceptant, sidelong glances at human quirkiness--to delight us.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Handsome, well-acted, richly textured adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's novel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A smart, tough, yet curiously moving film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This criminal comedy remains deliciously deadpan about the wages of psychopathy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This gripping documentary doesn't exactly say what went wrong, but the pain and puzzlement of its principals as things inexorably fall apart is palpable and saddening.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This wee, discreet little movie has a certain rueful intelligence about the ways we rather carelessly talk ourselves into love--and out of it as well.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Works as a sweetly loony ensemble piece, a sort of cracked romance that's typical of director Barry Levinson at his shrewd but unpretentious best.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A movie of shadows and half lights, the best approximation of the old black-and-white noir look anyone has yet managed on color stock.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This moving tribute to a handful of candles flickering in the darkness has the power to summon us--one prays--to our better selves.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The result is a lovely movie, one that allows its characters unexpected spurts of growth and regression, darkness and grace.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This darkly sumptuous, hypnotically complex movie ought to have many constituencies.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    To make an unembarrassing movie about embarrassment is definitely an eye-opening achievement.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Wry humor and even a certain sexiness break through the reserve of a rueful, realistic, but finally emotionally rewarding film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    So long as Casino stays focused on the excesses -- of language, of violence, of ambition -- in the life-styles of the rich and infamous, it remains a smart, knowing, if often repetitive, spectacle.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A perfectly coherent, handsomely rendered couple of hours, animated in particular by Damon's good performance -- shrewd, innocent, angry, wistful and, above all, likable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A movie that is both as real as food on the table and as hauntingly evanescent as its taste on one's tongue.