For 137 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Kisonak's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Cove
Lowest review score: 10 Year One
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 137
  2. Negative: 11 out of 137
137 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    This is a tale of friendship, corruption, betrayal and desperation masterfully told without an ounce of filmmaking flash and with an unflinching commitment to realism.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Kisonak
    Breathtakingly inventive story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    The combination of pen, ink and geopolitical strife have yet to yield anything quite like it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    There isn't another American screen actor who could have given this performance, not one who so deftly could have navigated the razor's edge separating the wiseacre and the wise.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Kisonak
    No End In Sight is the most important film of the year thus far and, more significantly, the most comprehensive, clear-eyed account of the Iraq debacle and the arrogance behind it that we have.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Portraying the same 1945 confrontation from the vantage point of the Japanese was an inspired idea. Unfortunately, the movie it inspired is something of a letdown.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    Simultaneously offers priceless insight into the nation's past and a worrisome take on the future.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Kisonak
    Eastwood tells the story at a pace well under the Hollywood speed limit, tosses in details so beguiling they seem about to sprout into motion pictures of their own and bathes his subjects in shadows as lovely as those in any Rembrandt.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    The truth is About Schmidt offers only the sporadic laugh, the less frequent original cultural insight and, at best, a craftsmanlike performance from its aging headliner. The truth is there are long stretches in the picture that are unequivocally dull.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    Yolande Moreau's most impressive costars are the extraordinary compositions of Seraphine Louis.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Rick Kisonak
    Bleak, weirdly witty at times and unrelentingly suspenseful, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is the cinematic equivalent of a perfect storm.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Kisonak
    At once an astonishing feat of advocacy filmmaking and a white knuckle eco-thriller; think Michael Moore meets Michael Mann.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    At the end of the day, though, this is Charlie Kaufman's movie and I'm not sure he proves quite the visionary puppetmaster many in the media are making him out to be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    A silly comic book movie with provocative psychological overtones. Or a provocative character study with silly comic book overtones. Take your pick. Either way, it's hardly the cinematic milestone it's widely hailed as being.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    The chief triumph here, it seems to me though, is one of style over substance. The disaffected kids who shuffle through its universe have nothing to say, nothing to tell us. I’m not sure the movie has a whole lot more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    The amazing thing about Venus is that it's brutally honest about all this but at the same time funny as hell.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    The score is appropriately ethereal. From the Paris skyline to the Great Wall of China, the film's locales on every continent are rarely less than breathtaking. Calling the camerawork stunning, of course, is an understatement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Anyone who loves rock music will appreciate the script's insights into the form and its history.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    If my moviegoing experience was magical in any way, it was only in that I once or twice nodded off for a spell.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    Suffice it to say that MacDonald has made the finest mountain climbing movie you are likely ever to come across. The cinematography is awesome, the score by Alex Heffes terrific, the reenactments remarkably credible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Details like period fashion and album covers are handled flawlessly. It's the big stuff that falls short of the standard set by this troupe. A Mighty Wind is good for an occasional laugh but you're not likely to be blown away.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Kisonak
    Fascinating and heartbreaking film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    Proved that cheerless, existentially unflinching literature can provide the basis for exhilarating cinema.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    There is no shortage of remarkable moments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    The film is a wonder and a joy to watch on any number of levels.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Kisonak
    Here's the sliver of hope: In contrast to everything we've been told, the people who run Al Jazeera turn out to be decent and level headed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    Movies about writers are almost always romanticized affairs but Starting Out in the Evening is the rare exception. It is at once an elegy for the vanishing generation of Bellow, Cheever, Mailer and Updike and a dead on indictment of our culture’s current state.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    The film has brief flashes of believability and humor. By and large, though, the script is uninspired, the picture's characters are stick figures, its dialogue is lackluster and the star's performance seldom rises above the adequate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Kisonak
    We aren't talking Oscar here. We're talking truly fine performances and an unexpectedly hep John Williams score. We are talking a story that rollicks with the most rollicking of them. Not great cinema; just a great time at the movies and certainly a film well worth catching if you can.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    From the performances of its first rate cast to the infectious score and Audiard's deft direction, this is one of the most accomplished movies you'll see anytime soon-old, new or, as is the case here, combining the best of both.

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