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 The Silence of the Lambs
Lowest review score: 0 Not Another Teen Movie
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    In some ways, Contact is just like the universe: big, star-bright and seemingly endless. Not to mention that it begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    While disaster yarns aren't known for subtlety, there are limits, and Volcano giddily goes beyond them.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    A queasy union of savagery and uplift, the film ought to be unnerving. Instead, it finally becomes routine. [18Apr1997 Pg. C.07]
    • Washington Post
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    The film fleetingly touches on the underfunding of schools and other administrative problems as well as the more compelling personal issues of teen pregnancy and violence. But the characters are so poorly drawn and underdeveloped that they seem to be little more than personifications of these societal ills.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Bad movies have a way of writing their own epitaphs.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    He's slightly more articulate than usual, but the lines still fall from his lips like beaten boxers to the mat. Not that it much matters, given the constant mayhem.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    He's obsessed with the physical details instead of the human emotions. The actors are really just part of the scenery.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Unfortunately, the filmmaking couple take the fetishistic masquerade far too seriously. They may describe it as a "departure" from traditional fare, but it's simply the same old action-packed guff.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Ricki Lake makes an appealing, though unlikely, fairy tale heroine in the derivative romance Mrs. Winterbourne: If only this stale trifle didn't call for the bewitching or pixilating, for the abracadabra of a Bullock or a Pfeiffer. For a Cinderella story, it's sorely without magic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala bring the customary polish, but no pizzazz, to this simplistic portrait of the artist as a dirty old man.
    • 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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Alas, it's too coarsely drawn and broadly directed by Brit Jonathan Lynn to effectively skewer what ought to have been an easy target.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    With 10 writers gnawing on it, there is little originality left in the story.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Under the direction of "Die Harder's" Renny Harlin, the movie has a crackling pace and a glossy look. It's all the more pernicious for that, this slick glorification of hate and loathing that portrays women as sexually promiscuous and men as infantile, violent and feeble-minded. Here's one Ford that doesn't have a better idea.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Kansas City is basically a head-scratcher.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Alien Nation wants to be "In the Heat of the Night" as science fiction, but it's neither morally instructive nor prophetic. It proves a lumbering marriage of action and sci-fi that alienates both audiences. It's too dull for one and too dumb for the other.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 37 Rita Kempley
    Baby Boom is an '80s fable based on a beer ad philosophy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Though it's allegedly a comedy, there is nothing funny about this tasteless, shallow and mean-spirited slam.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Isn't really a movie, it's only impersonating one.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    This character was an abusive swine. Perhaps it would be best to let his art stand on its own.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The result is a script so needlessly complicated that it defies comprehension.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    It just isn't a Meg Ryan movie unless she's got male.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A slight, disingenuous script that robs the characters of their histories.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Mark Childress, who wrote the screenplay based upon his book of the same name, would have been better off leaving this Southern Gothic between two covers.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Solemn, earnest and as laboriously paced as a fat Sicilian's funeral procession.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A pooped, poorly executed buddy-cop comedy with more cliches than expletives.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Aficionados of movies in the so-bad-they're-good category might just revel in this overheated costume melodrama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    In the translation from page to film, the life seems to have gone out of the story
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Frankly, scarier critters have checked into Roach Motels. [13 June 1987, Style, g1]
    • Washington Post
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Hardly out of the driveway before director Penny Marshall loses control.

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