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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Kisonak's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Control Room
Lowest review score: 10 Awake
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 137
  2. Negative: 11 out of 137
137 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Wolfgang Petersen's popcorn epic doesn't fail exactly. It just takes on too much. Modern man is at something of a disadvantage-even aided by his trusty muse, the computer-when presuming to bring the stuff of gods, myths and timeless sacred texts to the big screen.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Kisonak
    It may not be great but you're guaranteed to feel great walking out the theater door.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Watanabe's charismatic performance and a couple of colorful minor characters aside, The Last Samurai has little to recommend it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    A good laugh is almost never a bad thing and almost every frame of Old School is grade A goofball fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Rick Kisonak
    Down With Love has little to offer besides hip sixties references better films have already made and made infinitely more hip.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Who's responsible for this comedy proving such a disappointment- Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler or director Peter Segal? Nope. The correct answer: screenwriter David Dorfman.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Rowan Atkinson's spy spoof is wildly uneven and yet, at times, nothing less than wildly entertaining.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Rick Kisonak
    A fine cast, understated treatment and tantalizing premise make for a movie well worth seeing even if you don't come away believing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Has its rollicking moments and snappy lines but even Pacino can't elevate them into more than a fleetingly juicy treat. This is a movie that desperately wishes it had been written by David Mamet.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Recycles a great many motifs from "Truman" but never comes close to putting on as good a show.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    If characters with more than one dimension, a plausible story and some sort of viewpoint are moviegoing musts, you may leave 2012 feeling a tad shortchanged.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    If you're looking for Rock's trademark smart-ass wit, you'll want to look somewhere else. Likewise when it comes to a movie with something fresh to say about the balancing act that is wedded bliss.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Aside from a few routine battle scenes, the movie's action consists mostly of people slogging slowly through non-stop rain. This is not interesting, much less exciting. The dialogue is hokey hero blather.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    The pacing is brisk-something wacky happens every couple of minutes, the editing crisp and the effects promising. Then disaster strikes: the first act gives way to the relative witlessness of the second and third.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Rick Kisonak
    While it fails to shed significant new light on its subject, Gibson's film and the all-Jesus-all-the-time attention from the media it's attracted do tell us something somewhat disconcerting about the state of American culture: That the way to make a religion based on love and forgiveness relevant today is to turn it into violent entertainment.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Perkiness Alert! Much of the banter and many of the gags are amusing but Witherspoon cranks the perkiness to off-the-dial levels here and anyone with low tolerance for superpeppy movie do-gooders should consult a physician before viewing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Rick Kisonak
    The men in this movie are little more than beer ad cliches going through Ford tough motions as though trapped in a bad country music video. There's not a realistic moment or character or performance in the picture.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Ultimately, The Strangers does succeed in the sense that it offers a riveting, vastly credible enactment of everyone's worst nightmare.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    While the massacre is a wall-shaking and effective bit of high decibel drama, some of the movie's best moments come during the Texans' long brave wait for almost certain death.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Campion and company may like to think they've made something provocative, moody and new but it's really just "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" with extra nuts.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Long before you buy your ticket to the new Jim Carrey film, you've already been doomed to disappointment. Several parties play a role in this. Interestingly, Jim Carrey isn't one of them.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    There’s something fundamentally unconvincing and contrived about the story. Forget the fact that O’Connor hauls out every cliché in the bad cop handbook and the dialogue is more boilerplate than hard-boiled. The premise itself is just plain preposterous.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Goes south early and its director never comes close to turning things around.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Rick Kisonak
    By and large, reviewers have conceded that the picture is exceptionally gripping and suspenseful while deriding its moral subtext as a crock. The only explanation possible for such fuming pettiness, in my opinion, is the fact that Michael Haneke isn’t one of us.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    By the way, good luck making sense out of the final fifteen minutes. I'd say people were asleep at the wheel on this one but the film is so pointlessly all over the place that I'm not sure there even was one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    The first half of Luis (Angel Eyes) Mandoki's new thriller is as whiteknuckle, nerve-wracking as they come. The second is such a mishmash of overblown action and gaping plotholes, it's hard to believe it's the work of the same director.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Rick Kisonak
    Even by Hollywood sequel standards, this is lazily conceived, cynically recycled stuff.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    To put it in the best light possible, I recommend thinking of Four Christmases not so much as a really short movie but as a very special holiday episode of a sitcom.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Rick Kisonak
    It's such a dumb movie, it's hard to believe it wasn't an SNL sketch first.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    The bottom line is the movie's a mess. Friedkin would like one to believe there's more than meets the eye to his tale of two trackers.

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