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 Secrets & Lies
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Though lovely to behold, this film isn't meant to send you home with a song in your heart.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Affecting, gloriously acted.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Writer-director Todd Solondz is far from clueless when it comes to the agonies of early adolescence, which he mercilessly re-creates in his caustic suburban comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A compelling French Canadian drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Carrey is not only under control, but funnier than ever.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    This is painless sexual politics, a fiendish comedy full of prickles and pain and the bright shiny pinks of a matador's cape. The farce falters from time to time, the pace is imperfect, but who can resist this "Twilight Zone" of limitless coincidences?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An edgy, irreverent, thoroughly winning comedy.
    • 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]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A tantalizing spine-tingler.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Parker, a director of breadth, not depth, never supplies the big answers, but he does powerfully depict the climate of the Confederacy in the "Freedom Summer" of 1964.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Weaned on the homilies of "Happy Days" and the hominy grits of Mayberry, Ron Howard brings sitcom aphorisms to bear on the sticky-fingered realities of the beamish Parenthood.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An episodic drama rich in sly humor and symbolic imagery.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    If emotional catharsis is what you seek, Stepmom delivers the goods.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Yes, it's corny and reemerging cynics need not apply. But it is blissfully heartwarming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An engrossing chronicle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Sharp, wildly funny social satire behind the profanity and potty jokes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A crackling courtroom drama with more twists than O.J. had alibis.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Armstrong applies a dusting of contemporary feminism, but the stubborn sentimentalism of Alcott's endearing family portrait endures. [21 Dec 1994]
    • Washington Post
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Aimed at kids, but written with parents in mind, The Santa Clause balances the sugar with the spice, which Allen sprinkles on just right.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    A joyous genre-blender guaranteed to crank up your karma.

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