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 Howards End
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Director Jonathan Demme has nailed one with this playful, but dangerous, gangster farce.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    X marks the G-spot perhaps, for this is an orgiastic comedy of terrors and errors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    JFK
    JFK is Stone's best and most emotional film since "Platoon."
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    Lethal Weapon opens with a shot of Mel Gibson in his birthday suit and just gets better. Likewise we meet costar Danny Glover in the bathtub, fĂȘted by his family on his 50th birthday. This endearing double exposure introduces us to the vulnerabilities of these superduper heroes, an odd couple of cops who mature into friends as they quell crime.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rita Kempley
    It crackles with comedy, but it's no space cartoon, nor self-lampoon. It's a happy, heartfelt chapter that reunites the original cast with the original TV format, shying away from the cold and epic scale of the preceding movie adventures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Ramis...does extract every last yuk from this lively clash of id and superego, this spoofy buddies' odyssey from underworld to Prozac nation.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Forget the heavy stuff. This monkey shines.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An enchanting, staggeringly beautiful epic at sea, is poetry in motion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Simple fare, a feel-good movie that re-creates a time and place with gentle humor and a reminder that the Aussies have the right stuff, too.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An intriguing, visually startling murder mystery that showcases the virtuosity of Samuel L. Jackson.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Director DeVito, who never did know when to quit, manages to be as clever as he is vicious. His first movie, "Throw Momma From the Train," seems almost lyrical in comparison to the ruthlessness of this vehicle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Though its attitudes are decidedly French, this intelligent film goes a long way toward explaining America's obsession with Martha Stewart Living, fake designer labels and TV talk show makeovers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It's like a chick flick for men--and the women who love them, sniff-sniff.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    The chatty, romantic roundelay takes a lighthearted look at the misadventures of six in the city.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    War is hellishly entertaining, especially in Behind Enemy Lines, a 21-gun salute to the commitment and preparedness of the U.S. military.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Astute and entertaining documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    As for Billy Bob, they all steal the money, but he steals the show.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An episodic drama rich in sly humor and symbolic imagery.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Along with witty, appropriately rough-hewn repartee and genuine poignancy, writer Simon Beaufoy manages to sustain suspense to the last gyration.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Roberts and Richard Gere costar in this bubbly scamper, which goes to the head like champagne -- the cheap, sweet kind that leaves you with a throbbing head. And yet this monstrously derivative romance is great giddy fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A flurry of stunts, close shaves and deeds of desperate daring, it easily transcends its television origins to become a stylish pacemaker-buster.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A steely neo-noir thriller with a nasty comic veneer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    This is not a movie that wraps up its story in a tidy bow, but it's a lot more fun than most of the ones that do.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An engrossing chronicle.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A joyous genre-blender guaranteed to crank up your karma.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Like the director, the cast seems to have burrowed into the material, made all the more wrenchingly realistic by Dogme precepts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Though lovely to behold, this film isn't meant to send you home with a song in your heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A compelling French Canadian drama.