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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Sense and Sensibility
Lowest review score: 0 Billy Madison
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This cheeky movie does not impose heavy-duty meaning on Page's life and times. It just lets us draw our own ambiguous conclusions about what she did. It is the better, the more enticing, for so doing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    You can, if you will, think of All the King's Men as a purely political parable, but that is to miss its blackest, bleakest meanings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Gere and Molina are themselves terrific as the con men.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Not in any sense a great movie, a masterpiece that future generations will want to rediscover. But it is a solid, well-made, generally gripping and intelligent movie -- and how many of those have lately been made in America?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This movie does not fully separate itself from our admittedly low -- even slightly shameful -- expectations, does not become the pure documentary it might perhaps better have been.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    I don't want to oversell You Kill Me. It is not going to leave you breathless with laughter. But I don't want to undersell it either. For an hour and a half it exerts its own preposterous reality, making you believe it -- and like it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This anti romantic and anti-comic -- it's not as funny as Delpy seems to think it is -- movie may appeal to the dark side of your immune system.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Something of an odd-duck movie. It is not a broad comedy or a wildly romantic one, either. Nor is it Edith Wharton lite. But it does partake of all those modes in intelligently observant ways.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    The film may be manipulative in its construction, and cliché-ridden in some of the incidents it recounts, but it has a good, large heart.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It is a talkative film, rather earnest in its tonalities, not at all a deft, witty or well-paced. On the other hand, it is, for Allen, a comparatively rare excursion into lower-class life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    There is not a lot of scintillating dialogue in The Bank Job, but there are plenty of kinky sexual allusions and it includes a torture sequence about as brutal as anything you're likely to see in the movies these days.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A relentlessly grim film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Maybe the film loses a little steam as it rolls along, but it is still puffing and tooting as Clooney and Zellweger ride off into the sunset -- on a comically raffish period motorcycle, free as the wind.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This is a fairly low-keyed comedy, but a grown-up dropping in on it can appreciate its lack of frenzy, its fundamental good nature, as easily as its core audience will. It isn’t exactly a gem, but as zircons go, it’ll do.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Despite its novel milieu somehow remains trapped in genre conventions. It's still basically a boxing picture, not essentially different from dozens of other movies about life in and around what the old time sportswriters used to call "the squared circle." Mamet's circle is, alas, just a little too square.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Brideshead Revisited is untaxing, pleasant enough to watch. But I'm still waiting to be seriously discomfited by it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    May not be a totally riveting movie, but it is, in its gently insinuating way, a curiously rewarding one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    The results are unique in the contemporary cinema -- behavioral honesty and intensity raised to a flash point. If this be comedy, it is so only in the nominal sense that no one dies at the end of the picture.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It seemed to me as I left the theater that A Christmas Tale was a little too jumpy for its own good, with too many characters and plot points hastily interwoven. But I've come think that it is faithful to its essential purpose, which is to disprove the Tolstoyan dictum that unhappy families are each miserable in their own ways.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Maybe this documentary is a bit too enthralled by her, but she emerges from it a game girl, a gay activist and a curiously sympathetic figure.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Director Kelly Makin has a gift for casually tossed-off farce.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This feels the way a lot of us are living now -- on desperation's dull yet still cutting edge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Sharing its subject's virtues, it is a lovely addition to the annals of the Greatest Generation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Curiously intense, alertly principled, refreshingly uncynical movie.
    • Time
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This complex, heartbreaking film recounts the brutal struggle of one couple to survive.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    The blend of digital animation and live action is first rate.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Carrera's handsome film offers a richly detailed portrait of a church not so much corrupt as morally lazy after centuries in command of an overwhelmingly Catholic country.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Reasonably genial and diverting. [18 May 1987]
    • Time
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A lively, nutty film, one full of clumsy, clanging battles filmed by the gifted, eccentric Besson with bloody brio.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    No wonder adolescents have taken Repo Man for their own. Lifting its hood is like peering into a teen-ager's mind: miswired and noisy, Repo Man is capable of fast starts and amazing cornering. [4 Feb 1985]
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