For 521 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Vincent & Theo
Lowest review score: 0 Total Recall
Score distribution:
521 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    A spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change -- and surely Spike Lee's most universally appealing film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Joyous redemptive romantic comedy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    It's a deliciously dishy comedy, but like sushi an acquired taste.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Gripping, troubling and deftly acted.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Go
    The latest furiously paced, perversely entertaining "Pulp Fiction" for puppies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Zemeckis, an undisputed master of film technology, shows off an equal aptitude for vivid storytelling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    It's a movie that walks on air.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    JFK
    JFK is Stone's best and most emotional film since "Platoon."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    There are films as lovely, but none lovelier.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Marshall masterfully plays our strings without becoming either melodramatic or maudlin. Like Brian De Palma's "Bonfire of the Vanities," hers is an adaptation that ends with a wake-up call, only here it's done successfully and in context.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    In a performance of enormous complexity and nuance, emotions seem to race across McKellen's face like hurrying clouds.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Obliged to go from lost soul to demigod, Sewell's performance is as fascinating as Proyas's mystical vision.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Unforgettable, especially in Pearce's startling performance.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Unlike "Heathers," a satiric treatment of teen suicide, Pump Up the Volume is passionately caring. It's a howl from the heart, a relentlessly involving movie that gives a kid every reason to believe that he or she can come of age. It appreciates the pimples and pitfalls of this frightening passage, the transit commonly known as adolescence.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Written by former deejay Audrey Wells, the observant and funny script includes some wonderful scenes for the leading ladies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    A delectable reworking of the ultimate girl's myth, a corporate Cinderella story with shades of a self-made Pygmalion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Weird, warm, monumentally entertaining comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    A quirky, tender, splendidly acted fable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Warmhearted, wonderfully witty.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    A riot from start to finish, Carrey's first feature comedy is as cheerfully bawdy as it is idiotically inventive.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Amelie is joie de vivre in a nougat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Remarkable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    The movie is sleek and shiny as a new bullet, reflecting Scott's patented surplus of style.
    • 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]

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