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

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Blade Runner
Lowest review score: 0 See Spot Run
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Built with fine materials and boasts a gorgeous ocean view. Unfortunately the family dramedy's design is overblown and the construction is pretty flimsy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A sporadically amusing romp modeled on "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A sometimes inspired but sputtering parody of the fashion industry. It's desperate to please, yet never unzips the fancy pants of haute couture.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Nicely acted, wonderfully scenic but emotionally vapid.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Unhappily, the attractive twosome never give into the pull, just as this coquettish variant of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" never arrives at its promised destination.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Meet Joe Black, with Brad Pitt, is a near-death experience: Time seems to stop as we stiffen in our seats and the actors all whisper as if they're at a wake.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    The movie updates Disney's blueprint without altering it in any meaningful way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Gattaca may be all done up in new-fangled notions, but underneath all the guff about designer babies, it rests on a notion that was a staple of the original "Star Trek" series.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Private Parts, lifted from Stern's best-selling autobiography, is a choppy amalgam of "Revenge of the Nerds," "Father Knows Best" and "Network."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Fans of Gere and Roberts may not care about the movie's many implausibilities and other shortcomings because the stars do indeed sparkle like the bubbles in wedding champagne. But the rest of us will find the vintage too sweet.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Rusnak, who was the second-unit director of "Godzilla," brings plenty of style to this ambitious yet utterly anticlimactic thumb-sucker.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Waterworld isn't "Fishtar," but Kevin Costner's pricey, post-apocalyptic sloshbuckler isn't a seafaring classic either.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A sloppily structured, snoozily paced psychodrama about living in harmony with nature and all the rest of that tree-hugging hooey.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Takes its cues from the musical dramas of the '70s, but this otherwise engaging young-adult romance never quite catches Saturday night fever.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Potter-philes are sure to get what they want -- if what they want is, in fact, an exacting version of J.K. Rowling's charming children's fantasy. If it's enchantment they are after, that's quite another matter.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Predictable, slightly painful and as embarrassing as all get-out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    An implausible action adventure with the most geriatric payload since a community of retirees lifted off in "Cocoon."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Though he is a master thief with a heart of gold, the new Templar has all the charm of one of those ladies behind the counter at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Doesn't pack the punch of Schrader and Scorsese's career-best collaborations ("Raging Bull," "Taxi Driver").
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Mike Werb's screenplay -- just a rickety framework for Carrey's consummate clowning -- lacks a propelling plot and has zip in terms of secondary character development.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Oscar and Lucinda seems like the perfect story for director Gillian Armstrong, that of a free-spirited proto-feminist chafing at the strictures of tight-laced colonial Australia. But in the end, she's created a beautiful but annoying Victorian-era melodrama. [30Jan1998 Pg.D.06]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    The movie faithfully records the rivalries among the various members of a fractious Baltimore family, but it never really attempts to resolve any of the internecine conflicts. In that sense, it's less ambitious than many a TV series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Deceptively labeled a domestic epic by writer-director James Cameron, the $100 million movie is, in fact, a weird hybrid of action juggernaut, buddy cop caper and reactionary soft-core pornography.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Based on Gerry Conlon's own account of his arrest and subsequent incarceration, the film takes forever to do what "60 Minutes" does with the same meat in a single segment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A star vehicle from its onset, this peculiar, mediocre comedy strains to accommodate the talents of both Mutt and Jeff, Terminator and troll. It's a Frankensteinian thing, an unsettling combination of two-fisted beefcake and mean-spirited shtick.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Linklater, who introduced the blithe, but bemused slacker subculture to America in 1991, gets bogged down not only in Bogosian's for-stage structure, but especially his middle-aged perspective.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    The Theory of Flight, an unlikely marriage of malady movie and romantic comedy, never quite soars, but beats its wings with the desperate tenacity of a wounded butterfly. Alas, the proportion of lift to drag isn't quite enough to defy the gravity of its subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    It has more complex stunts, more technical perfection, and more than a touch of genius. It's fun at both ends. But it's also mean-spirited and corrupt at its core.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Howard entices us into overlooking the film's faults with some genuinely amusing scenes, particularly those featuring Japanese-American Gedde Watanabe as a beleaguered Assan executive who doesn't fit the corporate mold. [14 Mar 1986, p.27]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Uncle Buck is competent comedy, a bit simplistic, a bit stale, no gremlins, no gushiness, no surprises. A Hughes movie offers the kind of reliability you expect from major household appliances or a good set of radials.