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 Down with Love
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 137
  2. Negative: 11 out of 137
137 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    A competently calibrated feel-good machine. It's as effective as anything on The Lifetime Channel. Which is likely where this project would have wound up were it not for the involvement of Washington.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Recycles a great many motifs from "Truman" but never comes close to putting on as good a show.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Post-personality switch, the picture does come to life somewhat but proves a one trick pony.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    The situation is suspenseful and unique enough to hold our attention for a time.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    This is a decidedly hit or miss deal which, despite the current outpouring of critical praise, is destined to rank among the Coen's least memorable achievements.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Given their lack of training, nearly all the young performers do a commendable job. It's the director who slips up by, among other things, dividing his cast into such predictable phyla.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Proyas creates a futurescape that's snazzy in a “Blade Runner” lite sort of way and one or two of the film's effects are eye poppers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    The movie crosses the line between offering mindless entertainment and insulting our intelligence.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Gratuitously brutal, chronically preposterous, abysmally unoriginal, pretty much pointless and virtually 100% free of credible characters, Derailed represents career lows for its stars while marking an unpromising English language debut for its director.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Elegy's last act is a mournful smorgasbord of bathos in which major and supporting characters alike drop like flies. The body count is practically Shakespearean. The same, regrettably, can't be said for Coixet's touch when it comes to tragedy.
    • 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.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    This is one of those "Crash"-style pictures with interwoven narrative strands. The problem here is that most of the strands wind up little more than loose ends.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Identity steams my broccoli big time and not just because its surprise twist is an insult to the intelligence of every audience member.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Watts is extra-watchable and, as I say, the filmmaker does achieve a style and tone the script never comes close to living up to. Otherwise, Verbinski's adaptation of the 1998 Japanese hit "Ringu" misses the mark almost completely.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Spoof or tongue in cheek update, the movie squanders the lion's share of its time on tired, cartoon-quality sequences choreographed around ho-hum chases and explosions. None possess the satiric zip of Austin Powers-style parody.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Goes south early and its director never comes close to turning things around.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    The film doesn't have anything but bad news for Spacey fans anxious for the actor to break a stinky streak.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Figgis has spent too many years crafting thoughtful, innovative films to have much of a knack for storytelling this mechanical and many are the moments when he does indeed seem to have been asleep behind the wheel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Billed as a comedy but it would be every bit as accurate to categorize it as science fiction or a World War II drama. It is simply not a funny film.