For 525 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 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Daughters of the Dust
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
525 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 20 Rita Kempley
    A cynical, sexist and shallow work from cinema's premier misanthrope, Robert Altman, who here shows neither compassion for -- nor insight into -- the human condition.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Obstreperous, male-bashing pain in the patoot.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 20 Rita Kempley
    A typical student film with its arty angles, bad lighting and pretentious observations.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Rita Kempley
    Writer-director Nicole Holofcener's earnest first feature is a low-budget comedy drawn from the pages of her own dear diary. Most women have sense enough to burn theirs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A punky, futuristic effort by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, it is a tasteless variation on "Sweeney Todd" set geographically near the border of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Though it's allegedly a comedy, there is nothing funny about this tasteless, shallow and mean-spirited slam.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 0 Rita Kempley
    Broken Arrow, a deafening, brain-deadening action thriller, takes a mighty blase approach to nuking Denver.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 10 Rita Kempley
    The slogging melodrama that emerged still more closely resembles the daily musings of an infatuated teenager than a well-crafted, thoughtful story. [14 Aug 1998]
    • Washington Post
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Passionately anticipated and much ballyhooed, the film, alas, is little more than a foppish, fang de siecle costume drama. Its pulse barely registers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    An overgrown hybrid of disaster epic, can-do combat adventure and '50s sci-fi movie, this craft has visited our world many times before. And while she's a beaut, the sticker on her titanium bumper reads: "Been There, Done That, Beam Me Up, Scotty."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    There's a sense of mystery in this purply palette and one of majesty in the landscapes, but the drama of the drawings is never really echoed by the skimpy and predictable story.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    For all their sass, brass and bewitchery, the starring troika can't breathe life into these characters, much less transform them from women scorned into hellbent furies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Rita Kempley
    The Fast and the Furious is "Rebel Without a Cause" without a cause. The young and the restless with gas fumes. The quick and the dead with skid marks.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 10 Rita Kempley
    Should never have been released, not even on video. It should have been placed in a hazardous waste container, encased in concrete and dumped into the Farrelly brothers' septic tank.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 0 Rita Kempley
    The overall effect is like wading through hospital waste. Verhoeven, who also directed the maliciously stylistic "Robocop," disappoints with this appalling onslaught of blood and boredom.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Rita Kempley
    An insufferable, self-important, sloppily made bore.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Rita Kempley
    With its callow cast and playful tone, there is nothing dangerous about Forman's variation on the novelist's schemes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Writer Alan Sharp gets so caught up in the legend and the lush language that he doesn't seem to know he's written "Death Wish" in kilts.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 10 Rita Kempley
    The only good thing you can say about "Rocky V" is that at least Stallone has the sense to throw in the towel.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    In the translation from page to film, the life seems to have gone out of the story
    • 53 Metascore
    • 37 Rita Kempley
    Baby Boom is an '80s fable based on a beer ad philosophy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Rita Kempley
    Ford's earthy Everyman and Pitt's vengeful youth are probably more interesting than they have any right to be inside these tired macho roles. Of course, Rory and Tom could be bursting with blarney and the movie still wouldn't gather any momentum.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A tarted-up but tedious reprise of the '70s TV series.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Rita Kempley
    It's stingy at heart. Burton, who collaborated with British screenwriter Jonathan Gems, brings nothing of "Edward Scissorhands's" magic or "Beetlejuice's" wacky fun to this sadly empty exercise. Aimlessly plotted and blandly written.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The ultimate in deja viewing:an overfamiliar and exasperating game of cat-and-mousie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The result is cutesy but harsh, a hybrid of saucer-eyed anime and square-jawed angularity that brings to mind an edgier "Pokemon."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Rita Kempley
    Promises to speed up the pacemakers of grumpy old Republicans with its ruthless indictment of the unzipped presidency.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A glittery but dunderheaded murder mystery.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Rita Kempley
    It's exactly like "Star Wars" -- if you subtract a good story, sympathetic characters, intelligence, wit and moral purpose.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Rita Kempley
    Piddling spoof.

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