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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Lowest review score: 0 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Yes, it's corny and reemerging cynics need not apply. But it is blissfully heartwarming.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    The movie is not only a better version of the book, it's a work unto itself.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Wickedly clever.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An enchanting, staggeringly beautiful epic at sea, is poetry in motion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A compelling French Canadian drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A joyous genre-blender guaranteed to crank up your karma.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Hilarious ... It's dishy, but not swishy.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    All the performances are exceptional.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Affecting, gloriously acted.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Cerebral, frenetic and funny, this chamber piece from filmmaker James Toback provides a timely if inconclusive comment on monogamy.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A steely neo-noir thriller with a nasty comic veneer.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    As for Billy Bob, they all steal the money, but he steals the show.
    • 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]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Carrey is not only under control, but funnier than ever.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Doesn't go down smooth, but it doesn't promise to.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Though lovely to behold, this film isn't meant to send you home with a song in your heart.
    • 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."