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 The Woodsman
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 474
474 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It is somewhat repetitive, but it is also wonderfully acted, especially by Barrymore.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Men is a little too neat structurally, its moral and human issues a little too clear-cut: at heart it is old-fashioned melodrama. But Sorkin's dialogue is spit-shined, and the energy and conviction with which it is staged and played is more than a compensation; it's transformative. And hugely entertaining. [14 Dec 1992]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Alive to the--yes--sometimes humorous, and therefore humanizing, struggles of the slaves and their would-be rescuers to surmount the language and cultural barriers that separate them. [15 Dec 1997, p. 108]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Good--sometimes witty—suspense. [28 Jul 1997, p. 69]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A tangy frappe of a movie--preposterously comic, deliriously romantic, outrageously stylish in black-and-white.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Cameron Diaz is sublimely screwy as the single-minded bride determined not to let anything--including the deadly mishaps that keep shrinking the wedding party--spoil her nuptials. [30 November 1998, p. 111]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    You may not be able to follow the overall arc of their scheming, but scene by scene they are a delightful crew, hissing away behind their cloaks and fans.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    If you surrender to the film's often inexplicable rhythms, if you let its dark materials reach out and envelop you, it can be a curiously rewarding experience -- a blend of silences and sudden bursts of violence that, despite its highly stylized manner, feels more edgily lifelike and more disturbing than most movies.
    • 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]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It's a modest little fantasy. But it's also well made, unpretentious and refreshing.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    On the whole, the eek-for-yuks trade-off is more than fair--hip without being campy or condescending to one of the better movie franchises. [1 Dec 1997, p. 84]
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This good-natured movie is very much in the spirit of those ancient comedies from Ealing Film Studios in which nice, silly people defend some enclave of old-fashioned sanity against the forces of brute modernism. [27 January 1997, p. 68]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    The journey is never boring, and it's morally satisfying too. O.K., the movie is what Hollywood likes to call "a ride." But it's one worth taking.
    • 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]
    • 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]