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 Cinema Paradiso
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 474
474 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Sunshine is a trifle schematic. But it also makes you feel, quite poignantly, the crushing tides of history: heedless, inhuman--and tragic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A tangy frappe of a movie--preposterously comic, deliriously romantic, outrageously stylish in black-and-white.
    • 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
    Sharing its subject's virtues, it is a lovely addition to the annals of the Greatest Generation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    The players don't particularly look like their historical models, but they make us feel their life-threatening pain and puzzlement.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    But if you can see past the thicket of dollar signs surrounding Hudson Hawk, you may discern quite a funny movie -- sort of an "Indiana Jones" send-up with a hip undertone all its own. [10 June 1991]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It is somewhat repetitive, but it is also wonderfully acted, especially by Barrymore.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Director Kelly Makin has a gift for casually tossed-off farce.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Curiously intense, alertly principled, refreshingly uncynical movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Reasonably genial and diverting. [18 May 1987]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Williams, who has comparatively little screen time, has come to act, not to cut comic riffs, and he does so with forceful, ultimately compelling, simplicity. [June 5, 1989]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It would be nice, for instance, to meet some white man, other than Dunbar [Costner], who is not a brutish lout. And it would not harm the film if there were one or two bad-natured Sioux visible in it. [12 Nov 1990, p.102]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    [The Coens] are therefore entitled to patience, respect and, yes, perhaps a special gratitude for this movie, which never once compromises its fundamentally unpromising yet courageously aspiring nature. [26 Aug 1991]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    You are never exactly bored by The Matrix Reloaded. But there is something alienating about it, maybe because it fails to fulfill its possibly loony intellectual aspirations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A fairly standard exercise in claustrophobic menace. It is also an exercise in style.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    If the ending of Eleanor Bergstein's script is too neat and inspirational, the rough energy of the film's song and dance does carry one along, past the whispered doubts of better judgment. [14 Sept 1987]
    • 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]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It's a pretty, high-strung story, handsomely done in traditional animation (mostly by hand) that you can take the kids to without wincing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Unfolds with a patient intelligence. The Sixth Sense might not scare you out of your wits, but it could reward them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Perhaps they don't create quite enough deeply funny earthlings to go around, but a thoroughly meanspirited big-budget movie is always a treasurable rarity. And those little guys from far away are a hoot. [30 Dec 1996]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Both actors are excellent--but there's something conventionally gimmicky about the way it plays its reality/unreality game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Given a budget that encourages their kinesthetic skills, the filmmakers tend to go on a bit, but it's mostly a kind of quick, glancing hipness that's being indulged here.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    The film takes this attempt to shatter narrative into little pieces about as far into incoherence as it can go; yet it is also full of odd, hypnotic menace.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Enough of Curtis' lovably crazed characters do succeed in finding love in all the unlikely places that you leave the theater with your heart humming happily. He has his dark -- well, darkish -- side under control. Which is to say that he is an Englishman, well practiced in masking pain and absurdity and descents into sheer goofiness with mannerly behavior, sly irony and stiff upper lips.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Emma Bolger is -- no other word for it -- magical in the role...In her way she encapsulates In America's virtues. It's a realistic movie, but one that's always aware that transformative hope may be just around the corner.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Kids may be puzzled by rebellious worker ants chanting Marxist slogans, but their parental guides may welcome the relief from the prevailing blandness of family films. [Oct 12, 1998 v152 n15 p116]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    What a pleasure it is not to be hectored by a director as we laugh our own little laughs, watching a profound story unfold.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A shrewd portrait, sly, casual yet palpably authentic, of the principal ways members of any minority try to respond to an uncomprehending world. [29 Jun 1998, p. 69]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This is a Cuisinart of a movie, mixing familiar yet disparate ingredients, making something odd, possibly distasteful, undeniably arresting out of them. [5 Dec 1994, p. 93]