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 The Silence of the Lambs
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A crackling courtroom drama with more twists than O.J. had alibis.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It isn't wildly imaginative, but its subjects are novel enough in their own right. They're a little bit country and a little bit Rachmaninoff.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    If emotional catharsis is what you seek, Stepmom delivers the goods.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It's a literate though strained uplifter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    The movie is as visually inventive and wildly eccentric as the Coens' earlier movies, but it lacks the emotional maturity and moral clarity of 1996's "Fargo."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Soderbergh won't hit the Oscar jackpot with Ocean's Eleven, but he has come up with a stylish winner.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Doesn't go down smooth, but it doesn't promise to.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    As intoxicating as the flower it's named for, and its characters, most of them as flawed and fascinating as the film itself, seem intoxicated by the overpowering scent.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It's a good ride, briskly paced, well played and vividly photographed by Caleb Deschanel.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Wickedly clever.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Yes, it's corny and reemerging cynics need not apply. But it is blissfully heartwarming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A captivating comic allegory about daring to be different in the face of conformity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Consistently absorbing family saga is primarily a safari of the soul.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It's a wonderfully corny story, performed exuberantly by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. When these two get together, you practically have to get out the fire extinguishers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Sharp, wildly funny social satire behind the profanity and potty jokes.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A tantalizing spine-tingler.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Though far from a seamless work, the film is gorgeously crafted, and Silberling obviously has a passion for angels. But then these days, who doesn't?
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Star Wars had all the right stuff, and unlike its confounding progenitor, "2001: A Space Odyssey," it was fairy-tale simple: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," good met evil. [Special Edition]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    The movie is not only a better version of the book, it's a work unto itself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Hounsou, a West African model with beauty and presence but no acting experience, carries much of the movie on his broad shoulders with surprising skill and strength.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Cerebral, frenetic and funny, this chamber piece from filmmaker James Toback provides a timely if inconclusive comment on monogamy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    All the performances are exceptional.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An uplifting, superbly acted and intelligent family drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A provocative, but extremely profane work, it is surely Allen's bawdiest since "Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Classy fare, with posh settings, gorgeous scenery and lots and lots of polishing from director John Madden ("Ethan Frome") and writer Jeremy Brock.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Hilarious ... It's dishy, but not swishy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Preposterous, predictable, but excessively entertaining, this frenzied thriller draws both story and characters from such action classics as "The Fugitive," "Die Hard," "The Dirty Dozen" and "The Silence of the Lambs."