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 Vincent & Theo
Lowest review score: 0 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    The region's stark beauty and the filmmaker's eye for composition compensate somewhat for its predictability and obvious if misguided feminist agenda.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Breaks no new ground.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Benefits from affecting performances from a gifted cast headed by R&B heartthrob Usher Raymond.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    The movie is a little crude for the subtlety of the emotions it plays with.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    The trouble is, we don't really much care about this philandering billionaire glamour puss, who seems perfectly capable of taking care of herself. We don't care about her husband or lover either.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    And while it's intermittently engaging, the drama's flatter than a sucker's wallet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Unfortunately, the story isn't inventive and Newell's methodical approach to it verges on monotony.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    The Three Musketeers, a rusty trio of middle-aged retirees, have all but changed their motto from "All for one and one for all" to "I have fallen and I can't get up" in this less-than-rollicking adaptation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    A brain-cramping and eye-straining experiment in digital filmmaking.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Hardware doesn't make a movie; characters, be they Blawp or human, do. And as so often happens with such outsize undertakings, they are overwhelmed by the gizmos. Technology, one. Astros, naught.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    How many times can we be awestruck by Day-Glo Gumbies? And why do these creatures always travel with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Robert Redford does everything but wear a crown of thorns as the selfless war hero of The Last Castle, a heavy-handed military prison melodrama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Hardly a real pip (indeed, it has been rendered Pip-less), but then this loosey-goosey adaptation isn't aimed at those of us with library cards.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    The audience hasn't the slightest idea what is going on.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Tired conventions, hoary themes and obvious conclusions.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Desperado also has some entertaining twists, some sexy goings-on, but on the whole, watching the film is about as much fun as sitting on a cactus.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    It couldn't be any less revolutionary in style. It is straighter than a guitar string.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    The story's tired, as are the main characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Twister not only blows, it sucks, too.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Heckerling lacks the intuition to let things flow. The actors seem rushed and the scenes incomplete. For instance, Stacy and her brother Brad (Reinhold) almost build a poignant scene outside the abortion clinic. Just when they're about to show us their stuff, poof, it's off for a car crash or a football game. [13 Aug 1982]
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Despite its hopeful title and a warm inland location, this dawdling family dramedy proves as sodden as a bed-wetter's mattress.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Its splendor cannot be denied, but then again neither can the emptiness of this Henry James adaptation.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    The Empire strikes out.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Baldly manipulative, emotionally counterfeit melodrama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    For a while, the film is screamingly funny, but the further it goes, the more muddled the narrative becomes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Tea With Mussolini is really about the first women in the Italian director's life. It's drawn from a single chapter of his book but suffers from a lack of focus. None of these great ladies is willing to give up center stage; nor, for that matter, are the grande dames who bring them so vividly to life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    In some ways, Contact is just like the universe: big, star-bright and seemingly endless. Not to mention that it begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Sparse and implausible screenplay.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Although the newly paunchy Stallone is credible as a weak, conflicted small-time sheriff, this suburban "Serpico" is a noble, passionless charade.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    A mite sluggish.