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

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Moonstruck
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    As disturbing and densely beautiful as its opening image, a lofty forest that dwarfs the gangsters as they laugh over their kill.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    More than just one of the best movies so far this year, it is a revolution in young-adult entertainment.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    This engrossing mystery-comedy peeks through the keyholes of the rich and infamous in a manner both droll and delicious.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Merchant and Ivory have regathered many of the cast and crew from their earlier films to work on this reproduction to exquisite effect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Hopkins and Thompson's downright marvelous duet is supported by a host of deft players, and the detailed re-creation of this small universe is in all ways remarkable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    An instant slapstick classic from Disney and Steven Spielberg. Already, it's a hare's breadth away from legend. [22 June 1988]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    A magnificent melodrama that draws both tears and laughter from the everyday give-and-take of seemingly ordinary souls.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Enormously entertaining and surprisingly touching.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Like the eloquent, darkly funny dialogue, the film's characters, setting and cadences draw us into its world, with all its terrors and tenderness. What emerges is a masterpiece of Southern storytelling that draws a sharp line between good and evil.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    It is a wacky, happy, daring, darkly comic tale of parenting outside the law. It celebrates the middle-of-the-road dreams of decidedly off-center folks. It's a bundle of joy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Delicious with foreboding, a masterly suspense thriller that toys with our anticipation like a well-fed cat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    What "Raising Arizona" was to baby lust, "Barton Fink" is to writer's block -- a rapturously funny, strangely bittersweet, moderately horrifying and, yes, truly apt description of the condition and its symptoms.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    A tour de force so haunting that other films can't exorcise the memory of its radiant cast, exquisite craftsmanship or complex system of metaphors. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    With its spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope, is a dream come true.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Grand enough in scale to carry its many Biblical and mythological references, Blade Runner never feels heavy or pretentious -- only more and more engrossing with each viewing. It helps, too, that it works as pure entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    A great big beautiful valentine of a movie, an intoxicating romantic comedy set beneath the biggest, brightest Christmas moon you ever saw. It's a monster moon, a Moby Dick of a moon, whose radiance fills the winter sky and every cranny of this joyous love story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    The Little Shop of Horrors is a thoroughly original adaptation, if that's possible. With its toe-tapping cadences, its class cast and its king-sized cabbage, it's destined to become a classic of camp comedy. It's vege-magic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Vincent & Theo is more than art appreciation, it is a treasure in its own right, unframed and arcing in the projector's light.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Warmhearted, wonderfully witty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    The real story lies beneath the surface of this superbly acted, strangely moving film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    A delectable reworking of the ultimate girl's myth, a corporate Cinderella story with shades of a self-made Pygmalion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    A deliciously mordant French spine-tingler.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    A brainy, superbly acted buddy movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    The French originals are always much breezier, the characters more genuine and the actors subtler even if the situations are just as silly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Profound, powerful Czech import takes a tragicomic approach to the Holocaust, though unlike Benigni's film, the movie does not sentimentalize those caught up in the Nazi dragnet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
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    The latest furiously paced, perversely entertaining "Pulp Fiction" for puppies.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    There are films as lovely, but none lovelier.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    In a performance of enormous complexity and nuance, emotions seem to race across McKellen's face like hurrying clouds.