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 Total Recall
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rita Kempley
    With its foibles and quirks, it's something like a Sam Shepard play by way of the Black Forest.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rita Kempley
    Hell's belles! Nicholson's back. And that old Jack magic has us in his spell.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    While it celebrates the triumph of humor, invention and the human spirit, Life Is Beautiful is not the transporting experience it might have been. Benigni knows how to make us laugh, but he has not yet figured out how to make us cry.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A lively, affectionate and well-acted romantic comedy, takes a raunchy look at relationships from the black male perspective.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Big Night, a scrumptious tale of great food and grand passions, belongs on the menu with such mouth-watering movie fare as "Babette's Feast" and "Like Water for Chocolate."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Sure it's slight, but also as cute as the curly tail on its tender protagonist.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    This knowing, low-budget comedy will appeal to men, who'll recognize their behavior, but also to women, who'll see it as goosing the gander.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    There are laughs -- lots of them, too -- but at some point the source of the laughs -- Vaughan's Ricky, a yammering loose cannon -- goes from entertaining to obnoxious.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A sweet but labored love story.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    This sweet little tale is as informative as it is entertaining for its target audience, the very youngest of the Muppet franchise's fans.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The tale is propelled by its characters and buoyed by the film's warm and loving spirit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Lacks the edge and depth of a truly inspired work.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Along with a lot of 10-gallon laughs, Happy, Texas rustles up plenty of goodwill for its larcenous, sexually ambiguous leading men.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    It's worth seeing at the very least because it is so different from standard Hollywood fare.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    It's a quirky film -- extremely profane and violent -- a respite from reverential sigh-fi. It's like visiting the bus depot late at night, and finding you kind of like it. [14 Sept 1984]
    • Washington Post
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The movie is really almost tasteful considering [Cronenberg’s] stomach-churning capacities. He always does it for a higher purpose, though, which is why his films sometimes win wider audiences. This one probably won't cross over, because it's too queasy. [23 Sept 1988]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The trouble is that the picture is far from over when suddenly we find ourselves watching another movie -- a punishing, overly complex melodrama in which the Gingerbread Man receives his comeuppance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A celebration of buddies and butts, it's an unconventionally structured, wonderfully acted group portrait of the regulars at a Brooklyn cigar store.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    This is screenwriter Richard LaGravenese's directorial debut and now that he's in charge, he finally has his chance to give dialogue and character their due.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Sliding Doors is frothy stuff, far more complicated in structure than in content.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    About as understated as a 21-gun salute... What's missing is anything of Reiner himself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A densely plotted, visually dynamic post-apocalyptic thriller.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Sonnenfeld, who demonstrated a knack for Gothic comedy in "The Addams Family," brings the same mischievous gleefulness to this deliriously macabre enterprise.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Primarily, it's a warm, fuzzy and funny duet between Spacey and Bridges, one that brings to mind the interplay between Spock and Kirk.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A knowing, somewhat slight, often hilarious sendup of cubicle culture.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The most unlikely of undertakings: an energetic feel-good movie about sex, drugs and other rock-related depravities.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Proud to be junk food, but it still tackles the serious subjects of illiteracy, teen-age pregnancy and young adult alcoholism. [22 July 1987]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    With its outrageous double-entendre, gonzo performances and appalling lack of restraint, the sequel is more than a guilty pleasure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Whiny, quirky and urbane.

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