For 525 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 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Safe
Lowest review score: 0 Not Another Teen Movie
Score distribution:
525 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Poltergeist proves closets are full of skeletons and scurrying ids. Hooper and company arouse childhood fears, teasing away adult defenses, making us hunker in our seats as the kids dive under the "Star Wars" sheets. It gives us the jeebies, third stage, without letting up, but spiritually, it's uplifting. [4 June 1982, p.13]
    • Washington Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    "Lethal Weapon," that BMW of buddy movies, spawns Lethal Weapon 2, a blacktop-blistering bad-guy-getter that's nearly twice as much fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A steely neo-noir thriller with a nasty comic veneer.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Forget the heavy stuff. This monkey shines.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    As for Billy Bob, they all steal the money, but he steals the show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    You have the right to remain silent. But if you do, call 911 -- your funny bone is busted. [2 Dec 1988]
    • Washington Post
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Cuaron approaches the film not as a fairy tale for children, but a work of magic realism. And perhaps best of all, he doesn't talk down to young folks, in the audience or in the cast. The performances are as natural as skinned knees and missing teeth.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Part cop caper, part coo-fest, it is a feel-good movie, a jolly little button-pusher about a street-smart cop who brings law and order to a classroom full of unruly but adorable youngsters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Mann, who's best known for such urban crime dramas as "Vice" and "Manhunter," is equally at home whether the chase concerns a cigarette boat or a birch-bark canoe. He brings the same flair pairing action and style to The Last of the Mohicans, an attempt to resurrect and redefine the American hero.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Subtle, sensitive and every bit as swoony as a Barbara Cartland bodice-ripper, James Ivory's superb screen translation of E.M. Forster's Maurice.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    The key to success: The audience must really like both characters and believe that they deserve a fairy-tale ending. That's definitely the case in this nicely acted love story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An ingratiating West German "Heaven Can Wait." (Review of Original Release)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Consistently absorbing family saga is primarily a safari of the soul.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It's a good ride, briskly paced, well played and vividly photographed by Caleb Deschanel.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An intriguing, visually startling murder mystery that showcases the virtuosity of Samuel L. Jackson.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    All the performances are exceptional.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Coppola, who both wrote and directed this entertaining adaptation, follows the well-thumbed scenario, but with the help of his winning cast he disguises the absence of invention.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It's like a chick flick for men--and the women who love them, sniff-sniff.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Director Joe Johnston, a veteran of Industrial Light and Magic, brings a wry Rube Goldberg approach to his first-ever feature. The sets are definitely plastic, but that slightly homemade look is refreshing in the hardware movie decade.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Though the Oscar-nominated documentary captures the fight and the fighters, it also explores Ali's role in reintroducing black Americans to their African culture.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Wickedly clever.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    The movie is not only a better version of the book, it's a work unto itself.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    You seldom leave a theater walking on air, much less float all through a movie. But the joyous Bend It Like Beckham never lets you down.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An entertaining tangle of pop aesthetic and comic book myth that occasionally bogs down, but manages to be ingratiating for all its defects.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss star in this hilarious brain-teaser about a patient who suffers acute separation anxiety when his psychiatrist goes on vacation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    The story holds a potential for sap that is mostly unfulfilled thanks to Beresford's stately approach, the stars' better judgment and the protagonists' sharp wits. Admirably, Driving Miss Daisy takes the road less traveled.

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