For 620 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Miller's Crossing
Lowest review score: 0 Not Another Teen Movie
Score distribution:
620 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Old-fashioned Hollywood filmmaking at its best .
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Sweetly dopey, kid-friendly, if overly contrived comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    A surprisingly tame and humorless effort by director Curtis Hanson of Hitchcock-spoofy The Bedroom Window, the movie does provide a couple of good jolts.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Tomorrow is propelled by relentless action. Chase scenes are interrupted not by witty conversation or sexy conquests but by the rattle of machine gun fire.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    A nostalgic paean to China's fading pastoral ways, might easily be taken for an audition tape for Zhang Ziyi.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    The dazzle doesn't make up, however, for the movie's lack of depth.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    As a persona of epic polarities, [Harrison Ford] animates this muddled, metaphysical journey into the jungle.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    The charismatic comedienne pulls the slipshod spy adventure Jumpin' Jack Flash out of the fire. [10 Oct 1986, p.N29]
    • Washington Post
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Three losers of late, the actors succeed quite nicely in unifying the movie's multiple personalities, its ricocheting screenplay.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Though it lacks the gloss, twists and star power of earlier Grisham movies, The Chamber does possess Gene Hackman's most cantankerous turn since the lowdown lawman he created in "Unforgiven."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    The movie faithfully records the rivalries among the various members of a fractious Baltimore family, but it never really attempts to resolve any of the internecine conflicts. In that sense, it's less ambitious than many a TV series.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    As long as the script tracks the men's relationship with the baby, the picture is lively froth. But when screen writers James Orr and Jim Cruickshank of Tough Guys stray, the story goes stale.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Director John Milius, the barbarian behind Conan, co-wrote this anti-gun-control, anti- Communist, survivalist script with Kevin Reynolds. Sick and silly as it is, the idea could have been intriguing, had it gone anywhere, which it didn't.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Unhappily, the attractive twosome never give into the pull, just as this coquettish variant of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" never arrives at its promised destination.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
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    Everything has been modernized except for the characters, and that's this movie's tragic flaw.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Built with fine materials and boasts a gorgeous ocean view. Unfortunately the family dramedy's design is overblown and the construction is pretty flimsy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A star vehicle from its onset, this peculiar, mediocre comedy strains to accommodate the talents of both Mutt and Jeff, Terminator and troll. It's a Frankensteinian thing, an unsettling combination of two-fisted beefcake and mean-spirited shtick.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Takes its cues from the musical dramas of the '70s, but this otherwise engaging young-adult romance never quite catches Saturday night fever.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Potter-philes are sure to get what they want -- if what they want is, in fact, an exacting version of J.K. Rowling's charming children's fantasy. If it's enchantment they are after, that's quite another matter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Lorenzo's Oil, which is further encumbered by its funereal pacing and woebegone score, is definitely a remarkable story, but as told by Miller it isn't really an uplifting one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Based on Gerry Conlon's own account of his arrest and subsequent incarceration, the film takes forever to do what "60 Minutes" does with the same meat in a single segment.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Steven Brill, who has a small role in the film, constructed the screenplay much as one would put together some of those particleboard bookcases from Ikea.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Predictable, slightly painful and as embarrassing as all get-out.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A sporadically amusing romp modeled on "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Screenwriter David Veloz makes his debut behind the camera with this stale and stodgily paced depiction of Stahl's highs and lows. The story, which Veloz also wrote, unfolds via a series of momentum-draining flashbacks. [18 Sep 1998, p.C07]
    • Washington Post
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    An implausible action adventure with the most geriatric payload since a community of retirees lifted off in "Cocoon."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Those who do go with the fantasy are probably hopeless romantics.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A bittersweet duet convincingly, if unexcitingly, performed by Baye and Lopez.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Waterworld isn't "Fishtar," but Kevin Costner's pricey, post-apocalyptic sloshbuckler isn't a seafaring classic either.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    It's a monumental biopic that cheapens the hero's successes by glossing over the failures that surely also shaped the man.

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