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 Vincent & Theo
Lowest review score: 0 See Spot Run
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Cerebral, frenetic and funny, this chamber piece from filmmaker James Toback provides a timely if inconclusive comment on monogamy.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The experience overall is like laughing down a gun barrel, a little bit tiring, a lot sick and maybe far too perverse for less jaded moviegoers.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Adapted from Valerie Martin's psychosexual novel, this maudlin film transforms the legend of Jekyll and Hyde into a talky romantic love triangle. [23 Feb 1996]
    • Washington Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Barkin's succulence and De Niro's showboating lend sizzle and ferocity to the proceedings, but the film draws its poignancy from 18-year-old DiCaprio's performance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The picture seems muted, the flower's petals a little brown at the edges.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    While the plot is thin and there's little action till the big blow some 60 minutes into the film, a volcano offers a greater variety of thrills than your basic cyclone ever could.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock isn't really a movie, it's a happy reunion. The Enterprise is 18 years older and the crew members look like Gray Panthers in space. It may be old stuff, but it's still the right stuff up there. [8 June 1984, p.23]
    • Washington Post
    • 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
    Adam Sandler is surprisingly likable as Robbie, a struggling musician who is left at the altar early in this modest romantic comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    McGregor, the movie's most engaging performer, is convincing enough to sell the mutual attraction. The "Trainspotting" star is usually playing some kind of freak, and this is a nice stretch for him.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Bill Forsyth's Being Human, an anthology about the hesitant ascent of man, is a whimsically offbeat, stubbornly upbeat tour of man's progress as seen through the eyes of five guys named Hector. [06 May 1994]
    • Washington Post
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    With it's many knotty connections and complex exposition, the movie is definitely something of a muddle, but for that matter so are most conspiracy theories.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Mulan may be exotic, but it's hardly a risky enterprise, what with its sentimental show tunes, wholesome morals and plucky teen heroine.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    It's plenty entertaining, but the ending is disappointing, given the buildup.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The caper isn't as passionate as the title suggests—in fact, it's facile—but Ryan and Kevin Kline, as her attractive opposite, are irresistible together.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    This wonderfully acted romance brings the touching fantasy "Truly, Madly, Deeply" to mind.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A decidedly medieval enterprise, darker in text and tone than a Gothic cathedral by the light of the moon.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Just isn't as fresh, focused or uniformly funny as "Waiting for Guffman."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Showcases its cast's athleticism and Ping's kinetic high-wire artistry. But unlike similar Western-made fare, it doesn't take itself seriously.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A solid second film from director Gary Fleder ("Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"), it's sure to set pulses racing and spines tingling. Too bad it's at the expense of the dignity of young women everywhere.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    About as understated as a 21-gun salute... What's missing is anything of Reiner himself.
    • 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
    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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    It satisfies your appetite for totally tasteless but deliciously flaky boy movies.
    • 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.

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