For 518 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Secrets & Lies
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 37 Rita Kempley
    Baby Boom is an '80s fable based on a beer ad philosophy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Though it's allegedly a comedy, there is nothing funny about this tasteless, shallow and mean-spirited slam.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Isn't really a movie, it's only impersonating one.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    This character was an abusive swine. Perhaps it would be best to let his art stand on its own.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The result is a script so needlessly complicated that it defies comprehension.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    It just isn't a Meg Ryan movie unless she's got male.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A slight, disingenuous script that robs the characters of their histories.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Mark Childress, who wrote the screenplay based upon his book of the same name, would have been better off leaving this Southern Gothic between two covers.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Solemn, earnest and as laboriously paced as a fat Sicilian's funeral procession.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A pooped, poorly executed buddy-cop comedy with more cliches than expletives.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Aficionados of movies in the so-bad-they're-good category might just revel in this overheated costume melodrama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    In the translation from page to film, the life seems to have gone out of the story
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Frankly, scarier critters have checked into Roach Motels. [13 June 1987, Style, g1]
    • Washington Post
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Hardly out of the driveway before director Penny Marshall loses control.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    About as persuasively ethnic as an episode of "Friends."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    This sloppily made, poky, extra cheesy adventure is virtually a remake of "Armageddon."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    So solemnly paced and deliberately performed that it seems to solidify before your very eyes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Schmaltzy.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    There's only one thing to do with this "Bottle": Put a cork in it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The sparks don't fly -- they fall down and they can't get up.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The only thing that's truly scary about the movie is the escalating vulgarity of the latest in a string of skanky comedies by filmmakers determined to out-gross the other.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    There's the scene in which Jacques, the French Canadian proprietor of the Power and Glory, tells Laura, "I am the Great Went," to which she responds, "I am the muffin." Jacques returns, "I'm as blank as a fart." Maybe all Jacques is saying is "I am full of gas." Certainly Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me seems to be.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Relentless formulaic fodder for the explosion-starved; it's loud, shallow, sexist and a complete waste of time.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A tarted-up but tedious reprise of the '70s TV series.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Nobody hits the jackpot here, certainly not filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish, whose audacious, empathic first film, "Twin Falls Idaho," showed such promise.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Well-intentioned but ludicrous tale.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Strictly a vanity vehicle with a mess of star babies on board. That would be just fine if it didn't take us down the same old cul-de-sac. But it does, and with a vengeance.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A vulgar attempt to revamp the undead genre by introducing computer-generated splatter and a casketful of themes from genetic tinkering to conspiracy theories.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The premise is tragically flawed and politically incorrect. In fact, it is blatantly cat-ist.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights.

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