For 506 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Blade Runner
Lowest review score: 0 Total Recall
Score distribution:
506 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    The Perrier of dumb-and-dumber movies, an effervescent idiot's delight that burbles from the wellspring of silliness inside star Adam Sandler's head.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Tom Schulman's script is on the sloppy side and offers few surprises; still, it's not entirely bereft of laughs.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Mary Stuart Masterson, a delicate blond, steals the show as the sensitive gal under the tomboy's leather jacket, her natural magnetism offsetting the story's predictability.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    The dazzle doesn't make up, however, for the movie's lack of depth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Lacks emotional depth and intellectual sincerity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Tomorrow is propelled by relentless action. Chase scenes are interrupted not by witty conversation or sexy conquests but by the rattle of machine gun fire.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Director Kevin Rodney Sullivan, a television veteran making his feature film debut, has fluffed up this undemanding material much as one would a pillow. But pillows have their place and so do girlfriend movies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    A prosaic, sexually perverse thriller masquerading as a critical look at military injustice.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Even the most ardent fans of the natural-born Bond are more apt to be shaken than stirred by the 68-year-old's implausible feats in this inert romantic adventure.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    An endearing comic roundelay about the can't-commits.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Unlike Hollywood's hygienic undersea dramas, Das Boot graphically depicts the nasty intimacy of a long mission.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Old-fashioned Hollywood filmmaking at its best .
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    A raunchy parody that's hip-deep in the mainstream it aims to rip, and sometimes does despite a glut of smug inside jokes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Unfortunately, Harrer's inner struggle isn't as grand as the sweep of Jean-Jacques Annaud's direction.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Sorry, Antz has no show-stopping song and dance numbers, no catchy melodies and no love songs either. The score, made up of old standards, does, however, enhance one of the movie's wittier episodes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Marvels of animation abound in Monsters, Inc. -- when it comes to irreverent humor and real heart, Monsters doesn't quite measure up.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Sweetly dopey, kid-friendly, if overly contrived comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    A nostalgic paean to China's fading pastoral ways, might easily be taken for an audition tape for Zhang Ziyi.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    A ruthlessly unsentimental portrait of a German war profiteer's epiphany that inspires neither sorrow nor pity, but a kind of emotional numbness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    In Burton's hands, Washington Irving's spooky classic is reincarnated as an overripe, grisly Goth cartoon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Gets by on quirky charm and slacker chic-but just barely.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Like the South, the movie is sumptuous and somnolent.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    A spoofy paean to cheerfolk that has more bounce per flounce than most tales about teen queens.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Like Shepherd's speech, The American President touches on all manner of issues but illumines none of them. And while there are some engaging glimpses of the president's staff in action...the film's principal pleasures lie in the president's pursuit of a first lady.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Though it lacks the gloss, twists and star power of earlier Grisham movies, The Chamber does possess Gene Hackman's most cantankerous turn since the lowdown lawman he created in "Unforgiven."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Most egregiously, the filmmakers set up a classic struggle between right and wrong and then, in a coy coda, refuse to take a stand.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Director John McTiernan, who redefined the action genre in the original "Die Hard," does devise some smashing explosions, crashes and so on, but nothing really new.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Pollack makes a solid job of it, as does Cruise. But solid isn't enough when it comes to thrillers -- or courtroom dramas, for that matter. Solid is great when it comes to office furniture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    While this adaptation of Waller's treacly bodice-ripper leaves out a lot of the lurid excess, it is not altogether free of pomposity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reprise the roles of a pair of Minnesota mossbacks in the heartwarming, albeit warmed-over, sequel Grumpier Old Men—though given its scatological bent, it might have been called Grump and Grumpier.