For 546 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Sling Blade
Lowest review score: 0 Boxing Helena
Score distribution:
546 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Unlike Hollywood's hygienic undersea dramas, Das Boot graphically depicts the nasty intimacy of a long mission.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Beyond Thunderdome the film falters. The new, mild Max is banished to the desert, where he meets a tribe of feral children and leads them out of the desert like Moses. Naturally, it's a pleasure to watch Gibson, no matter what his mood. And as usual, the costumes and sets are imaginative and elaborate. But since "The Road Warrior," punks have adopted the style and none of it looks that original anymore. [12 July 1985, p.27]
    • Washington Post
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Breaks no new ground.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Marvels of animation abound in Monsters, Inc. -- when it comes to irreverent humor and real heart, Monsters doesn't quite measure up.
    • Washington Post
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Unfortunately, the story isn't inventive and Newell's methodical approach to it verges on monotony.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    A weak handshake of a movie, it is slightly repellent -- hardly gripping, much less knuckle-whitening. This "Psycho" for fatsos is as self-aware as it is styleless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Tucker came up with a classic, but poor Coppola has turned a great American tragedy into a gas-guzzling human comedy
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Tim Burton remains the Wizard of Odd with this eye-filling if problematic confection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Despite the quirky trappings, Something Wild is often as tame as its star couple.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    An implausible action adventure with the most geriatric payload since a community of retirees lifted off in "Cocoon."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Sorry, Antz has no show-stopping song and dance numbers, no catchy melodies and no love songs either. The score, made up of old standards, does, however, enhance one of the movie's wittier episodes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Pi
    In the end, it's primarily a brain teaser, obtuse and ultimately limited in its emotional impact.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Lacks emotional depth and intellectual sincerity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    It's wage earners versus employers, his same old pitch. No curveballs, no spitballs, no surprises.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Doesn't pack the punch of Schrader and Scorsese's career-best collaborations ("Raging Bull," "Taxi Driver").
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Twister not only blows, it sucks, too.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Writer-director Stephan Elliott is obviously fond of his characters, and this may account for the upbeat story line, but it blinds him to how very annoying two hours of dishing can be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Hobbled by a multiplicity of narrative lines and superfluous, often stereotypical characters, the movie suffers from a lack of both focus and passion.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A bittersweet duet convincingly, if unexcitingly, performed by Baye and Lopez.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Unlike the ronin, the heroes of a Japanese legend, these guys are still searching for a story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    The dazzle doesn't make up, however, for the movie's lack of depth.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Private Parts, lifted from Stern's best-selling autobiography, is a choppy amalgam of "Revenge of the Nerds," "Father Knows Best" and "Network."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Heckerling lacks the intuition to let things flow. The actors seem rushed and the scenes incomplete. For instance, Stacy and her brother Brad (Reinhold) almost build a poignant scene outside the abortion clinic. Just when they're about to show us their stuff, poof, it's off for a car crash or a football game. [13 Aug 1982]
    • Washington Post
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Like Shepherd's speech, The American President touches on all manner of issues but illumines none of them. And while there are some engaging glimpses of the president's staff in action...the film's principal pleasures lie in the president's pursuit of a first lady.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    The region's stark beauty and the filmmaker's eye for composition compensate somewhat for its predictability and obvious if misguided feminist agenda.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Directing with an eye to "Rebecca," Branagh brings more mood than suspense to this apparent hommage to Hitchcock. Still, he raises no goose bumps.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Most egregiously, the filmmakers set up a classic struggle between right and wrong and then, in a coy coda, refuse to take a stand.

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