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 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Handsome, well-acted, richly textured adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's novel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Well acted, and it achieves a strong, smart, engaging life of its own.
    • 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
    Occasionally succumbs to Mika's legato rhythms, but it is more often a sly, subtle comedy about the oh-so-gentle art of murder.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    In Washington's finely shaded performance he's a low-pressure system, illuminated by distant flashes of lightning.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    We have this movie--full of acceptant, sidelong glances at human quirkiness--to delight us.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    As for Blanchett, she's simply wonderful. She has played her share of queenly figures, but her acting essence is, emotionally speaking, plain-Jane. She's a straight shooter, with an uncanny ability to find a character's spine and communicate it without fuss or feathers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    We're talking fables, not reality, here, and this is a fine and merry one--"Ms. Woods Goes to Washington"--played to airy perfection by Reese Witherspoon and a light-on-its-feet cast.
    • 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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Colombani has created uncommonly arresting entertainment.
    • 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.
    • Time
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    At times the joints in the movie's carpentry are strained, at times the mood swings jarring. [16 Oct 1989, p. 82]
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This criminal comedy remains deliciously deadpan about the wages of psychopathy.
    • Time
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    To make an unembarrassing movie about embarrassment is definitely an eye-opening achievement.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Ross is a filmmaker with a taste for inherently sentimental tales…but the discipline not to play mawkishly to our sentiments. You will be moved by Seabiscuit--but not to tears.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A lot of very good actors...do honest, probing work in a context where, typically, less will do.
    • Time
    • 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
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It's a fine madness, full of jaunty desperation, survivable disasters and the kind of ferocious concentration on a really stupid idea that once propelled Wile E. Coyote.
    • Time
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A smart, tough, yet curiously moving film.
    • 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.