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 A Fish Called Wanda
Lowest review score: 0 Billy Madison
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 474
474 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Just gives us Andy, the pop postmodernist, and permits us to make what we will of him, which is a fascinating activity.
    • 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]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This movie is more emotionally remote than Salles' fine "Central Station." But it is starkly beautiful and says something potent to a world in which nations, like these families, engage in mindless blood feuds.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A smart live-and-let-live parable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A lot of very good actors...do honest, probing work in a context where, typically, less will do.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The result is an escapist fantasy that is -- Damon's and Potente's persuasive performances aside -- as weightless and inconsequential as a musical. And at the moment every bit as welcome.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The comedic first part of Jacques Audiard's film doesn't achieve a seamless connection with its melodramatic second half, but you can't deny the originality of his conceit or the tart cynicism of its development.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Colombani has created uncommonly arresting entertainment.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Simone is a funny, smart, improbably successful satire on contemporary celebrity obsessions, the waning summer's most delirious comedy.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    An often deft, frequently droll little movie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Kevin Spacey (gives) a truly great performance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    After “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Hulk,” there's something refreshing about this movie's complete lack of intellectual pretense.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The film is high romance, rather like those American movies of the 1940s -- people snatching at happiness in a world aflame. We don't make them anymore -- stupid us --but we ought to be glad someone does.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Not for everyone. The plot is full of holes, and its language is worse than it has to be. But it has some swell supporting performances and a lot of vulgar inventiveness, and best of all, it plugs into -- and electrifies -- the mostly unacknowledged grimness that lies just beneath our holiday cheer.
    • 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]