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 Reversal of Fortune
Lowest review score: 0 Total Recall
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    More than just one of the best movies so far this year, it is a revolution in young-adult entertainment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Enormously entertaining and surprisingly touching.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    It is a wacky, happy, daring, darkly comic tale of parenting outside the law. It celebrates the middle-of-the-road dreams of decidedly off-center folks. It's a bundle of joy.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    A magnificent melodrama that draws both tears and laughter from the everyday give-and-take of seemingly ordinary souls.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Delicious with foreboding, a masterly suspense thriller that toys with our anticipation like a well-fed cat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    What "Raising Arizona" was to baby lust, "Barton Fink" is to writer's block -- a rapturously funny, strangely bittersweet, moderately horrifying and, yes, truly apt description of the condition and its symptoms.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    With its spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope, is a dream come true.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    As disturbing and densely beautiful as its opening image, a lofty forest that dwarfs the gangsters as they laugh over their kill.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    Vincent & Theo is more than art appreciation, it is a treasure in its own right, unframed and arcing in the projector's light.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    There are films as lovely, but none lovelier.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    The French originals are always much breezier, the characters more genuine and the actors subtler even if the situations are just as silly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Warmhearted, wonderfully witty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Gripping, troubling and deftly acted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Yet much of the movie's validity stems from time and place recreated with such authenticity that you can sense the wet chill in the morning air and the new wax pungent on the old gym floor. [27 Feb 1987, Weekend, p.n29]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    The real story lies beneath the surface of this superbly acted, strangely moving film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Apollo 13 is humanized by Hanks's reassuring portrait in courage, by Harris's nicotine-stained fingers and Quinlan's lacquered French twist.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    It's a movie that walks on air.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    A hip, hilarious new animated feature.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    A hilarious new addition to the wonderfully warped Generation X-Files.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Joyous redemptive romantic comedy.