For 577 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 55% 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: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Remains of the Day
Lowest review score: 0 Boxing Helena
Score distribution:
577 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Robert Redford does everything but wear a crown of thorns as the selfless war hero of The Last Castle, a heavy-handed military prison melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    This belabored charade of mistaken identities is guided by Herbert Ross, who has directed everything from The Sunshine Boys to Footloose. Apparently, he's decided to cater to younger moviegoers with this discordant mix of MTV imagery and classic farce.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Twister not only blows, it sucks, too.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    The Three Musketeers, a rusty trio of middle-aged retirees, have all but changed their motto from "All for one and one for all" to "I have fallen and I can't get up" in this less-than-rollicking adaptation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 37 Rita Kempley
    If there's an amnesia movie worse than Overboard, it slips my mind.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 37 Rita Kempley
    Baby Boom is an '80s fable based on a beer ad philosophy.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The result is a script so needlessly complicated that it defies comprehension.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Mr. Whipple squeezing his Charmin is scarier than this phony baloney computer effects-driven anaconda.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The script boasts more writers than the computerized menagerie's got megabytes, but they haven't come up with much variety or humor in what is essentially a string of catastrophes.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Hardly out of the driveway before director Penny Marshall loses control.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    About as persuasively ethnic as an episode of "Friends."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Though it's allegedly a comedy, there is nothing funny about this tasteless, shallow and mean-spirited slam.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    If laughter is the best medicine, Patch Adams is but a sugary, fitfully amusing placebo.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Sans emotional depth or narrative drive, Lee's latest flick is little more than a profane litany punctuated by Oscar-caliber orgasms.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Many of the visual effects are stunning, but others are downright cheesy -- especially an attempt to fuse the Rock's head onto a scorpion's body.
    • 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."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    It just isn't a Meg Ryan movie unless she's got male.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    So solemnly paced and deliberately performed that it seems to solidify before your very eyes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The ultimate in deja viewing:an overfamiliar and exasperating game of cat-and-mousie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A slight, disingenuous script that robs the characters of their histories.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    My Blue Heaven puts you in a stupor comparable to the one that comes on after Thanksgiving turkey. Written by Nora Ephron, it makes you long for the awful "Heartburn."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Always is an unfulfilled promise, a plummeting dove.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Sphere, an unfathomable chowder of recycled science fiction and undersea thrillers, briefly bubbles with promise only to plummet into the murky depths. Weighed down by inconsistencies and pretensions, the tale founders like a stinky beluga.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Body Double twists and turns miserably between the comic and the macabre; it's definitely not dressed to kill.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    The story isn’t bright enough or grand enough to contain all of Roberts’s star power.

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