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 No End in Sight
Lowest review score: 10 Down with Love
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 137
  2. Negative: 11 out of 137
137 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    The situation is suspenseful and unique enough to hold our attention for a time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Recycles a great many motifs from "Truman" but never comes close to putting on as good a show.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    The movie crosses the line between offering mindless entertainment and insulting our intelligence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kisonak
    Post-personality switch, the picture does come to life somewhat but proves a one trick pony.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Bottom line: the spectacle he was preparing may well have provided Jackson with the appropriate note on which to close his long, controversial career. This, however, I think even die hard fans will concur, isn't it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Easily the most disappointing movie of the summer, Extract is more significantly the biggest letdown of its esteemed creator’s career.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Despite the cast's capable portrayals, it's difficult to connect with or care about any of these characters as, one by one, each stabs another in the back.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    The role is ill-suited for Kinnear's talents. Abraham's pacing is glacial, the cinematography is flat, the score by Jill Savitt is suited better to a supermarket and then there's the fact that the climax can be seen coming a mile away. Maybe the biggest, though, is its failure to play fair with the audience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Kisonak
    Goes south early and its director never comes close to turning things around.
    • 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.
    • 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.