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 Raising Arizona
Lowest review score: 0 Total Recall
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The most unlikely of undertakings: an energetic feel-good movie about sex, drugs and other rock-related depravities.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Sure it's slight, but also as cute as the curly tail on its tender protagonist.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A dumbed-down adaptation of Michael Crichton's techno-novel on the dangers of dinosaur cloning, it's not Spielberg at the top of his game, but it's dino-mite just the same.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Like many of his recent films, The Mexican would be an independent movie if Pitt, not to mention the queen of popcorn cinema, weren't part of the picture. This is not your typical star vehicle.
    • 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]
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Funny without being flip.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The case is tried off-screen. Thank goodness for the maid (Sarah Flind), who runs home from her chores with tidings from the outside world -- we hear from the maid that Sir Bobby gave a helluva final argument. The jurors wept, the crowd went wild. Too bad we missed it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    It's worth seeing at the very least because it is so different from standard Hollywood fare.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Lacks the edge and depth of a truly inspired work.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    A densely plotted, visually dynamic post-apocalyptic thriller.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Whiny, quirky and urbane.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    It's the individual characters, so carefully crafted, who count, as opposed to a tidy conclusion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Romantic comedies don't get more formulaic than this bouncing-screwball valentine, but then they don't get much more delightful, either.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The decade has been fondly spoofed in capers like "The Brady Bunch," but Lee's film takes a much more searing, if initially hilarious look at the sexual revolution's migration to a New England suburb and the community's subsequent meltdown. [17 October 1997, p.D6]
    • Washington Post
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Brendan Fraser breathes loopy new life into the swinging '60s TV cartoon icon.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The action scenes are beautifully mounted and photographed and offer a sense of the rigors of the sport.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    It satisfies your appetite for totally tasteless but deliciously flaky boy movies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    About as understated as a 21-gun salute... What's missing is anything of Reiner himself.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    An absorbing, if overlong adaptation of Tom Clancy's bestseller.

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