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 The Untouchables
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    For Hackman embodies the energy and outrage the rest of this rather twee family lacks. Royal stirs them all to life, and this great, bumptious performance by an actor gleefully rediscovering his funny bone stirs us to appreciative life too.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • Time
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It's an exercise in style by Robert Rodriguez and not to be taken any more (or less) seriously than his giddy "Spy Kids" movies.
    • 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.
    • Time
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The movie ends in a burst of violence that we are unprepared for and don't believe. Maybe it's the film's final joke. It's a miscalculation -- though a calculated one -- but it does not erase one's fond memories of all the odd, deeply humorous behavior that preceded it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    These people are fools for heedless love and, perhaps, needless complication, and you can't help responding to the heat of their passion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    McTiernan does not fall too much in love with any scene, character or gadget. He has judged his material (and our attention spans) very well. His alternation of menace and human interest, technological wizardry and action sequences is subtly calibrated, ultimately hypnotic in its effect. [5 Mar 1990, p.70]
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It will fascinate and possibly even delight cinephiles. Who does not enjoy gawking at accidents, particularly those in which there are no fatalities and the sad story unfolds in almost slow-motion clarity?
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This isn't just a thrill ride; it's a rocket into the thrilling past, when directors could scare you with how much emotion they packed into a movie.
    • 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.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Kevin Spacey (gives) a truly great performance.
    • Time
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A smart live-and-let-live parable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    In Washington's finely shaded performance he's a low-pressure system, illuminated by distant flashes of lightning.
    • Time
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Yet despite all that boring talk, Dead Again is a hit, the late-blooming rose of a movie summer that was mostly mulch. [23 Sept 1991, p.73]
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    As much a dark, odd couple comedy as it is a quirky, efficient little thriller.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Future III is all smiles, nostalgically respectful of the western genre, serenely sure of the strength of its own more immediate heritage and of our affection for it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    There is something arresting about it too. The damned thing keeps gnawing at your mind -- if only for its almost perfect lack of conventional sentiment. Or movieness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Layer Cake is a treat--especially if your taste in desserts is devil's food.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    We have this movie--full of acceptant, sidelong glances at human quirkiness--to delight us.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The result is a film consistent narratively, confident stylistically and abounce with the quaint quality that animated both the hero and his times, something we used to call pep.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This very patient film reaches out and unshakably grips us.

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