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 Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Ali
    A thoughtful epic is both a rarity and an oxymoron. But that's what Ali is, and you can't help being drawn sympathetically into its hero's struggle for mastery of himself and his era.
    • Time
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    [Murphy] makes Trading Places something more than a good-hearted comedy. He turns it into an event.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A smart, tough, yet curiously moving film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    A rich, intricate and very gripping movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Whoever thought of having evil's final manifestation take the form of a 100-ft. marshmallow deserves the rational mind's eternal gratitude. But praise is due to everyone connected with Ghostbusters for thinking on a grandly comic scale and delivering the goofy goods, neatly timed and perfectly packaged.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    There is not a cheap note or a careless image, not an easy judgment or a forced emotion, in the 2 hr. 43 min. of Bird. It permits a man's life its complexity. It invites us to experience the redeeming grace of his music. And with its passionate craft, it proclaims that Eastwood is a major American director.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Colombani has created uncommonly arresting entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Simone is a funny, smart, improbably successful satire on contemporary celebrity obsessions, the waning summer's most delirious comedy.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    Solondz observes all this activity from an objectifying distance, very much the anthropologist trekking through the heart of darkness
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Schickel
    An often deft, frequently droll little movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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