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 Blade Runner
Lowest review score: 0 Total Recall
Score distribution:
506 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Delicious with foreboding, a masterly suspense thriller that toys with our anticipation like a well-fed cat.
    • 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
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    An instant slapstick classic from Disney and Steven Spielberg. Already, it's a hare's breadth away from legend. [22 June 1988]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    A great big beautiful valentine of a movie, an intoxicating romantic comedy set beneath the biggest, brightest Christmas moon you ever saw. It's a monster moon, a Moby Dick of a moon, whose radiance fills the winter sky and every cranny of this joyous love story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Zemeckis, an undisputed master of film technology, shows off an equal aptitude for vivid storytelling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    The Little Shop of Horrors is a thoroughly original adaptation, if that's possible. With its toe-tapping cadences, its class cast and its king-sized cabbage, it's destined to become a classic of camp comedy. It's vege-magic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    It's a deliciously dishy comedy, but like sushi an acquired taste.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Remarkable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    There are films as lovely, but none lovelier.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Profoundly affecting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Unforgettable, especially in Pearce's startling performance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Enormously entertaining and surprisingly touching.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    The real story lies beneath the surface of this superbly acted, strangely moving film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    We've seen it all before, most recently in "Gardens of Stone," most romantically in "An Officer and a Gentleman," but never more elegantly than here as Kubrick sustains the athletic ballet of obstacle courses and white-glove inspections for a breathtaking 40 minutes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    As a good fairy tale should, The Princess Bride teaches but never preaches. It's a lively, fun-loving, but nevertheless epic look at the nature of true love.