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 Sling Blade
Lowest review score: 0 Broken Arrow
Score distribution:
506 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Director Jonathan Demme has nailed one with this playful, but dangerous, gangster farce.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    X marks the G-spot perhaps, for this is an orgiastic comedy of terrors and errors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    JFK
    JFK is Stone's best and most emotional film since "Platoon."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Marshall masterfully plays our strings without becoming either melodramatic or maudlin. Like Brian De Palma's "Bonfire of the Vanities," hers is an adaptation that ends with a wake-up call, only here it's done successfully and in context.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Lethal Weapon opens with a shot of Mel Gibson in his birthday suit and just gets better. Likewise we meet costar Danny Glover in the bathtub, fĂȘted by his family on his 50th birthday. This endearing double exposure introduces us to the vulnerabilities of these superduper heroes, an odd couple of cops who mature into friends as they quell crime.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Unlike "Heathers," a satiric treatment of teen suicide, Pump Up the Volume is passionately caring. It's a howl from the heart, a relentlessly involving movie that gives a kid every reason to believe that he or she can come of age. It appreciates the pimples and pitfalls of this frightening passage, the transit commonly known as adolescence.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rita Kempley
    It crackles with comedy, but it's no space cartoon, nor self-lampoon. It's a happy, heartfelt chapter that reunites the original cast with the original TV format, shying away from the cold and epic scale of the preceding movie adventures.