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 Heathers
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The experience overall is like laughing down a gun barrel, a little bit tiring, a lot sick and maybe far too perverse for less jaded moviegoers.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    A ruthlessly unsentimental portrait of a German war profiteer's epiphany that inspires neither sorrow nor pity, but a kind of emotional numbness.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Though computer-animated rather than hand-drawn, this wry, rippingly paced buddy movie is as delightful in its own way as any of Walt Disney's traditional fairy tales.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    With its spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope, is a dream come true.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Star Wars had all the right stuff, and unlike its confounding progenitor, "2001: A Space Odyssey," it was fairy-tale simple: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," good met evil. [Special Edition]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    A magnificent melodrama that draws both tears and laughter from the everyday give-and-take of seemingly ordinary souls.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    It spins its wheels in a giddy sort of way, then puts the pedal to the mettle, lays rubber and fairly takes wing.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A flurry of stunts, close shaves and deeds of desperate daring, it easily transcends its television origins to become a stylish pacemaker-buster.
    • 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]
    • Washington Post
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    What "The Big Chill" was to baby boomers, the inspirational sex, lies, and videotape is to the mall crowd. It's designer soul-searching, a looking glass for a generation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Weird, warm, monumentally entertaining comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The movie is really almost tasteful considering [Cronenberg’s] stomach-churning capacities. He always does it for a higher purpose, though, which is why his films sometimes win wider audiences. This one probably won't cross over, because it's too queasy. [23 Sept 1988]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Unlike Hollywood's hygienic undersea dramas, Das Boot graphically depicts the nasty intimacy of a long mission.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An engrossing chronicle.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    The brothers, who have always seemed fond of their characters, have never taken quite so overt a stand for life's simple joys.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A steely neo-noir thriller with a nasty comic veneer.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Delicious with foreboding, a masterly suspense thriller that toys with our anticipation like a well-fed cat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An episodic drama rich in sly humor and symbolic imagery.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    This rapturous romance is not only laugh-out-loud funny but demonstrates how little humankind has evolved in matters of the heart.
    • 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.

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