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 Control Room
Lowest review score: 10 Awake
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 137
  2. Negative: 11 out of 137
137 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Rowan Atkinson's spy spoof is wildly uneven and yet, at times, nothing less than wildly entertaining.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Anyone who loves rock music will appreciate the script's insights into the form and its history.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Radio is a film many people may be tempted to laugh off as button pushing feel-good fluff. Before doing so, they might want to ask themselves just what it is they find so funny about a little peace, love and understanding.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Elf
    While the picture doesn't rise to the level of instant holiday classic, younger members of the audience are guaranteed to get a Christmas kick out of it. If disappointment awaits, it awaits Ferrell's older fans.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    It may not feature the funniest performances Stiller, Walken and Black have ever given but, these three guys giving performances just this funny is enough to make Envy a movie you'll end up kicking yourself for missing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Beyond any contention is Morgan Spurlock's gift for metabolizing common knowledge into uncommonly entertaining cinema.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    This is a film which resonates on a surprising number of levels. But the level on which it undoubtedly works best is the victim-goes-postal-and-takes-the-law-into-his-own-hands level.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    The film also benefits from unusually solid writing and a masterfully understated turn by Billy Bob Thornton.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Ray
    The heart of Ray, of course, is the music and, whatever other shortcomings the film may have, it does not fall short as a showcase for the artist's greatest hits.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Until this past Friday, the worst werewolf film ever made was, hairy hands down, Mike Nichols' "Wolf." Cursed now assumes that dubious distinction and someone is going to have to try very hard to wrestle it away.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    A touching, stirring story even if it has been given the Hollywood treatment.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Full speed ahead fun, a rollicking caper romp that hearkens back to a quainter, pre-Ken Lay age when bigtime fraud could actually entail writing books as opposed to merely cooking them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    On its own terms, the picture is at least as contrived as it is charming and its characters in many cases bear less resemblance to flesh and blood human beings than those in a Farrelly brothers farce.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    This is a gentle, understated character-driven piece that has more in common with European romantic dramas than those made in this country as a rule.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    Likely to exceed expectations.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Kisonak
    The movie doesn’t even try to break new ground–it’s shot entirely on location in familiar Ferrell-McKay territory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    The plot is romantic comedy boilerplate from start to finish and, with the story's outcome a foregone conclusion, the least the director could have done is throw in a bit of cultural enlightenment to keep the audience occupied while he connects the dots.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.