For 522 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 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Howards End
Lowest review score: 0 Not Another Teen Movie
Score distribution:
522 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A bittersweet duet convincingly, if unexcitingly, performed by Baye and Lopez.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Doesn't pack the punch of Schrader and Scorsese's career-best collaborations ("Raging Bull," "Taxi Driver").
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
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    Everything has been modernized except for the characters, and that's this movie's tragic flaw.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    An implausible action adventure with the most geriatric payload since a community of retirees lifted off in "Cocoon."
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Directing with an eye to "Rebecca," Branagh brings more mood than suspense to this apparent hommage to Hitchcock. Still, he raises no goose bumps.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Awkwardly acted.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Predictable, slightly painful and as embarrassing as all get-out.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Those who do go with the fantasy are probably hopeless romantics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A sporadically amusing romp modeled on "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    The movie updates Disney's blueprint without altering it in any meaningful way.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Wendy Wasserstein brings a dull pen to this literary adaptation, which shows none of the bite or savvy of Stephen McCauley's novel.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A coy seriocomedy distantly related to--but missing the sting of--"Kiss of the Spider Woman."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Waterworld isn't "Fishtar," but Kevin Costner's pricey, post-apocalyptic sloshbuckler isn't a seafaring classic either.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Washington Post
    • 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.

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