Richard Schickel, Time
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For 474 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 Cinema Paradiso
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 474
474 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    This is the most assured and hilarious of the three Martin-Carl Reiner collaborations.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Juno is not a great movie; it does not have aspirations in that direction. But it is, in its little way, a truthful, engaging and welcome entertainment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    That metaphor is pitch-perfect, but the film works a little too hard at proving the vileness of beauty pageants.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Babel is a movie that leaves you feeling limp and wrung out, but mysteriously moved by its vivid human encounters with the hot, tightly wired, chancy and coincidental world, ever capable of terrorizing us when we least expect it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Layer Cake is a treat--especially if your taste in desserts is devil's food.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The film is most significantly about puzzled people trying to comprehend the cosmic reversal of fortune that was the Depression. They don't have much more than raw courage and simple virtues to rely on. Unlike most period pieces, Cinderella Man encourages us to fondly recall not songs or clothes but values we have largely mislaid.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The result is an admittedly minor, but authentic, holiday treat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A rich, intricate and very gripping movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Eventually you may come to think of Talk to Me as a true movie rarity -- a very honest yet curiously affecting experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Who says remakes are always inferior to the original film? And who says the western is dead? Especially when a movie is as entertaining as this one, you begin to think this formerly beloved genre is due for a revival.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Michael Clayton is not an exercise in high-tension energy; you'll never confuse its eponymous protagonist with Jason Bourne. But it does have enough of a melodramatic pulse to keep you engaged in its story and, better than that, it is full of plausible characters who are capable of surprising -- and surpassing -- your expectations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    I don't think it attains the Godfather level -- it lacks dark passion and grand-scale irony -- but it is an intelligent, well-made and seductive movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This is a good, serious and absorbing movie -- especially, perhaps, for a reviewer who is roughly Kepesh's age and, of course, eagerly evading the issues his story forces up.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This is a confident and honorable movie -- and a gripping one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It may be a first film, but Labaki, employing a cast that is full of non-professional actresses, is a slick and knowing filmmaker. Her multiple plot lines are neatly braided and though her characters are conventionalized they are also charming and capable of surprising us.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The result is a laff riot. Well, all right, a laff scuffle -- a picture that isn't quite as funny as it might be, but is as funny as it needs to be.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    There is some elemental human desire -- lately largely denied at the cinema -- to see pretty people in handsome landscapes assuaging our need for epic romance. On that level, Australia delivers with real panache.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The players are uniformly good, but a special word must be said for Fiennes, whose portrayal of physical awkwardness and painful taciturnity never begs either for laughs or for sympathy.
    • 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.