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 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Gere and Molina are themselves terrific as the con men.
    • 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]
    • Time
    • 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?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Tom Hanks doesn't turn Polar Express into much of a thrill ride. For that you need 3-D goggles.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Director Kelly Makin has a gift for casually tossed-off farce.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Time
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Sharing its subject's virtues, it is a lovely addition to the annals of the Greatest Generation.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    This complex, heartbreaking film recounts the brutal struggle of one couple to survive.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    If the people responsible for A League of Their Own had tried just a little harder to avoid easy laughs and easy sentiment, they might have made something like a great movie. As it is, they have made a good movie, amiable and ingratiating.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A fairly standard exercise in claustrophobic menace. It is also an exercise in style.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Mel Gibson, directing for the first time, presents this deeply wet material in a reasonably cool and dry manner. But his film is in desperate need of smarm busting -- something, anything that would relieve the familiarity of its characters, the predictability of its structure, the bland failure to challenge its perfect correctness of outlook. [30 August 1993, p.63]
    • Time
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    What a concept! Mad Max meets The Cosby Show. What a surprise! It works better than a fastidious mind might imagine. One reason is that Mel Gibson himself has been recruited to play Lethal Weapon's lethal weapon, Los Angeles Police Detective Martin Riggs. [23 March 1987, p.86]
    • Time
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Ordinarily such trespasses against truth would be enough to condemn such a movie, but Rhames' gravity and grace, Voight's pinched anguish as he wills himself to do right, the moving work of actors like Don Cheadle and Esther Rolle do much to redeem this film for human if not historical reality.
    • 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]
    • Time
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    The blend of digital animation and live action is first rate.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    Reasonably genial and diverting. [18 May 1987]
    • Time
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    A relentlessly grim film.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It's a gentle film about somewhat alien beings, who entertain us by creating instead of destroying.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Time
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Schickel
    It is somewhat repetitive, but it is also wonderfully acted, especially by Barrymore.

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