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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Lowest review score: 0 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Sweetly dopey, kid-friendly, if overly contrived comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Howard's film, like McConaughey's performance, is unassuming, ingratiating and a little rough around the edges.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Washington Post
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    A prosaic, sexually perverse thriller masquerading as a critical look at military injustice.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    The dazzle doesn't make up, however, for the movie's lack of depth.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    In Burton's hands, Washington Irving's spooky classic is reincarnated as an overripe, grisly Goth cartoon.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Tim Burton remains the Wizard of Odd with this eye-filling if problematic confection.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Like last winter's "Pleasantville," this movie juxtaposes classic virtues against modern mores. The former did so with far more invention.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Three losers of late, the actors succeed quite nicely in unifying the movie's multiple personalities, its ricocheting screenplay.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    An endearing comic roundelay about the can't-commits.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Hobbled by a multiplicity of narrative lines and superfluous, often stereotypical characters, the movie suffers from a lack of both focus and passion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Pi
    In the end, it's primarily a brain teaser, obtuse and ultimately limited in its emotional impact.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Unlike the ronin, the heroes of a Japanese legend, these guys are still searching for a story.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    The X-Files movie is really just a two-hour teaser for the series's sixth season. And little else. You will feel exactly like Mulder when he says, "How many times have we been right here before, Scully? So close to the truth?"
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Like the South, the movie is sumptuous and somnolent.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Unfortunately, Harrer's inner struggle isn't as grand as the sweep of Jean-Jacques Annaud's direction.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Gets by on quirky charm and slacker chic-but just barely.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Everything from time travel to melodrama figures in this whimsically daft story, a romanticization that tries your patience even as your tear ducts well.