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 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The Coen brothers merrily subvert that standard caper trope.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It feels as if it has been recovered from a time capsule, and what larger meaning it may have is anyone's guess. But it is way cool -- and funny -- in ways that more expensive comedies trying harder rarely are.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Elegant and understated.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This wonderfully animated movie is a little more softly pitched than its predecessor, but it still has plenty of rollicking spin on the ball.
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    As much a dark, odd couple comedy as it is a quirky, efficient little thriller.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    This very patient film reaches out and unshakably grips us.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Very moving film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    It has everything you want in an epic: sweep, scope, wild reversals of fortune and plenty of bold, basic emotions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    At some low, what's-next level, Sleepers works like, well, gangbusters. [28 October 1996, p. 113]
    • Time
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Rene Russo is both knowing and vulnerable, proving beyond a doubt that she is modern Hollywood's one true heiress to the screwball tradition. [19 August 1996, p.68]
    • Time
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The movie has two other qualities you don't always find in films of this kind: a sense of humor and a sense of character. [15 August 1994, p. 61]
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Murphy, abetted by director Tom Shadyac and a whole raft of writers, cannot entirely escape the curious blend of aspiration and sloppiness that marked the earlier film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Its major sin--a certain ineluctable improbability--is pretty much offset by the moments of winsome humanity Gibson finds for his freebooter; by the rich, nicely tuned portrayals of the other actors; and by director Ron Howard's smoothly professional mastery of yet another genre that is new to him.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    For us dog saps, it is especially nice to see cuddlesomely real pooches instead of drawn ones doing smart-pet tricks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Solondz observes all this activity from an objectifying distance, very much the anthropologist trekking through the heart of darkness
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The result is an admittedly minor, but authentic, holiday treat.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Director Harlin's only large mistake is staging the several violent deaths too authentically. They momentarily mar the high-speed implausibility of a movie that, like his Die Hard 2, agreeably combines the edgy and the genial.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    And while more than 30 writers worked on the screenplay and untold numbers labored to re-create the ambiance and effects that the animators once tossed off with a few squiggles of their pencils, The Flintstones doesn't feel overcalculated, over-produced or overthought.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Writer-director Carl Franklin's cool, expert adaptation of Devil in a Blue Dress, Mosley's first novel, evokes the spirit of '40s film noir more effectively than any movie since Chinatown.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    The sensible formality of Taylor Hackford's direction has the effect of cooling the film's narrative frenzies and helping the actors dig some simple, truthful stuff out of the hubbub.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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