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 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lowest review score: 0 Total Recall
Score distribution:
525 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    The story holds a potential for sap that is mostly unfulfilled thanks to Beresford's stately approach, the stars' better judgment and the protagonists' sharp wits. Admirably, Driving Miss Daisy takes the road less traveled.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Mann, who's best known for such urban crime dramas as "Vice" and "Manhunter," is equally at home whether the chase concerns a cigarette boat or a birch-bark canoe. He brings the same flair pairing action and style to The Last of the Mohicans, an attempt to resurrect and redefine the American hero.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Director Joe Johnston, a veteran of Industrial Light and Magic, brings a wry Rube Goldberg approach to his first-ever feature. The sets are definitely plastic, but that slightly homemade look is refreshing in the hardware movie decade.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Poltergeist proves closets are full of skeletons and scurrying ids. Hooper and company arouse childhood fears, teasing away adult defenses, making us hunker in our seats as the kids dive under the "Star Wars" sheets. It gives us the jeebies, third stage, without letting up, but spiritually, it's uplifting. [4 June 1982, p.13]
    • Washington Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rita Kempley
    With its foibles and quirks, it's something like a Sam Shepard play by way of the Black Forest.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rita Kempley
    Hell's belles! Nicholson's back. And that old Jack magic has us in his spell.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A sweet but labored love story.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Primarily, it's a warm, fuzzy and funny duet between Spacey and Bridges, one that brings to mind the interplay between Spock and Kirk.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Though a thematically ambitious and deftly acted thriller, the film is also shockingly coldblooded and not a little reactionary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A scrappy independent film that packs the same emotional punch as "Rocky."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    This sweet little tale is as informative as it is entertaining for its target audience, the very youngest of the Muppet franchise's fans.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    This wonderfully acted romance brings the touching fantasy "Truly, Madly, Deeply" to mind.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A complex, compelling examination of personal-injury law as well as a portrait of personal redemption, the movie quickly sets its tone with a heartless summation of an individual's relative worth.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The tale is propelled by its characters and buoyed by the film's warm and loving spirit.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    There are laughs -- lots of them, too -- but at some point the source of the laughs -- Vaughan's Ricky, a yammering loose cannon -- goes from entertaining to obnoxious.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Along with a lot of 10-gallon laughs, Happy, Texas rustles up plenty of goodwill for its larcenous, sexually ambiguous leading men.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A lively, affectionate and well-acted romantic comedy, takes a raunchy look at relationships from the black male perspective.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    It's plenty entertaining, but the ending is disappointing, given the buildup.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    This knowing, low-budget comedy will appeal to men, who'll recognize their behavior, but also to women, who'll see it as goosing the gander.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Big Night, a scrumptious tale of great food and grand passions, belongs on the menu with such mouth-watering movie fare as "Babette's Feast" and "Like Water for Chocolate."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A decidedly medieval enterprise, darker in text and tone than a Gothic cathedral by the light of the moon.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    With its energetic cast and insistent street score, it still manages to be poignant without becoming bathetic, and violent without being exploitative.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    This little charmer both celebrates and kids the corny conventions of family sitcoms.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Just isn't as fresh, focused or uniformly funny as "Waiting for Guffman."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    With its outrageous double-entendre, gonzo performances and appalling lack of restraint, the sequel is more than a guilty pleasure.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    And even though the jokes keep on coming, not all are side-splitters. But before it's all over, they will have viewers howling at one or more pants-wettingly silly moments.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The movie is really almost tasteful considering [Cronenberg’s] stomach-churning capacities. He always does it for a higher purpose, though, which is why his films sometimes win wider audiences. This one probably won't cross over, because it's too queasy. [23 Sept 1988]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A knowing, somewhat slight, often hilarious sendup of cubicle culture.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Showcases its cast's athleticism and Ping's kinetic high-wire artistry. But unlike similar Western-made fare, it doesn't take itself seriously.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Diverting and provides a satisfying alternative to teen-oriented summer comedy.

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