For 506 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 The Remains of the Day
Lowest review score: 0 See Spot Run
Score distribution:
506 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    War is hellishly entertaining, especially in Behind Enemy Lines, a 21-gun salute to the commitment and preparedness of the U.S. military.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A tantalizing spine-tingler.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It's a literate though strained uplifter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Sharp, wildly funny social satire behind the profanity and potty jokes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    You seldom leave a theater walking on air, much less float all through a movie. But the joyous Bend It Like Beckham never lets you down.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A downright entertaining combo of mystery, melodrama and action adventure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Though the Oscar-nominated documentary captures the fight and the fighters, it also explores Ali's role in reintroducing black Americans to their African culture.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Tender, touching and downright delightful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An ingratiating West German "Heaven Can Wait." (Review of Original Release)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Writer-director Todd Solondz is far from clueless when it comes to the agonies of early adolescence, which he mercilessly re-creates in his caustic suburban comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    And you will laugh till your ribs ache -- not because director Chris Columbus of the "Home Alone" movies has a gift for farce, which he does, but because Williams is to funny what the Energizer Bunny is to batteries. He keeps going and going and going.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Aimed at kids, but written with parents in mind, The Santa Clause balances the sugar with the spice, which Allen sprinkles on just right.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It practically celebrates convenience of plot, over-the-top acting and follow-the-footprints dialogue, but mostly it is a salute to sequins and sashay. With just a hint of sarcasm.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    The potential for hokum is there, but Duvall and co-star James Earl Jones capably avoid the sticky pitfalls of Tom Epperson and Billy Bob Thornton's sugar-cured script.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Cuaron approaches the film not as a fairy tale for children, but a work of magic realism. And perhaps best of all, he doesn't talk down to young folks, in the audience or in the cast. The performances are as natural as skinned knees and missing teeth.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Diane Keaton's kooky sensibilities as a director are ideally suited to the sweet madness of Unstrung Heroes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It's not the monotonous, neurotic's ego trip you'd imagine, but a karate-chop crawl against a rising tide of complacency.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    With its droll underpinnings, Robocop does for cyborgs and Detroit what "Blade Runner" did for androids and L.A.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Subtle, sensitive and every bit as swoony as a Barbara Cartland bodice-ripper, James Ivory's superb screen translation of E.M. Forster's Maurice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    This is painless sexual politics, a fiendish comedy full of prickles and pain and the bright shiny pinks of a matador's cape. The farce falters from time to time, the pace is imperfect, but who can resist this "Twilight Zone" of limitless coincidences?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Grounded in a good cause but never puffed up or preachy, the father-daughter drama transcends the issues.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    "Lethal Weapon," that BMW of buddy movies, spawns Lethal Weapon 2, a blacktop-blistering bad-guy-getter that's nearly twice as much fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Part cop caper, part coo-fest, it is a feel-good movie, a jolly little button-pusher about a street-smart cop who brings law and order to a classroom full of unruly but adorable youngsters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss star in this hilarious brain-teaser about a patient who suffers acute separation anxiety when his psychiatrist goes on vacation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Parker, a director of breadth, not depth, never supplies the big answers, but he does powerfully depict the climate of the Confederacy in the "Freedom Summer" of 1964.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Weaned on the homilies of "Happy Days" and the hominy grits of Mayberry, Ron Howard brings sitcom aphorisms to bear on the sticky-fingered realities of the beamish Parenthood.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Armstrong applies a dusting of contemporary feminism, but the stubborn sentimentalism of Alcott's endearing family portrait endures. [21 Dec 1994]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It's rambunctiously entertaining, a loop-de-loopy bumper car ride through a firecracker sky, all bright lights, sonic booms and impossible heroics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    The story holds a potential for sap that is mostly unfulfilled thanks to Beresford's stately approach, the stars' better judgment and the protagonists' sharp wits. Admirably, Driving Miss Daisy takes the road less traveled.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Mann, who's best known for such urban crime dramas as "Vice" and "Manhunter," is equally at home whether the chase concerns a cigarette boat or a birch-bark canoe. He brings the same flair pairing action and style to The Last of the Mohicans, an attempt to resurrect and redefine the American hero.