Rodrigo Perez

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For 184 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rodrigo Perez's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Witch
Lowest review score: 0 Fifty Shades of Grey
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 184
184 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rodrigo Perez
    You may not be able to figure it out, but that's part of the point of this sensually-directed, sensory-laden experiential (and experimental) piece of art that washes over you like a sonorous bath of beguiling visuals, ambient sounds and corporeal textures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Rodrigo Perez
    Enemy is a transfixing grand slam that certifies Villeneuve as the real deal and one of the most exciting new voices in cinema today.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rodrigo Perez
    It’s a breathlessly told movie; both meticulous and frenetic, sweat-soaked and methodical. It will take hold and won’t let you go, and it’s one of the most engaging movies of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Rodrigo Perez
    This terrific and sublime experience, and strikingly original film, is mandatory watching for the adventurous viewer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Rodrigo Perez
    Featuring two exceptional lead performances from these two boys, first rate beauty-in-ugliness photography and an unusually extraordinary command of tone, Carbone’s picture skillfully articulates the inexpressible.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Rodrigo Perez
    A deeply impressive first film by director Robert Eggers, “The Witch” is immaculately constructed, evinces an exquisitely ominous tone, and is unequivocally haunting. It’s exacting look at the dissonance of human nature is terrifying.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Rodrigo Perez
    A heartbreaking and poignant story about choices, country, commitments, sacrifice, and love, Brooklyn is a superb, luminous, and bittersweet portrayal of who we are, where we’ve come from, where we’re going, and the places we call home.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Rodrigo Perez
    Anxious and tightly-wound like “Citizenfour,” with similarly shocking and disturbing content, (T)error is a gripping parallel investigation of illegitimate counter-terrorist stratagems that not only considers the moral consequences of informing, and the wider troubling landscape around it, but does so from a deeply intimate and remarkable perspective.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Rodrigo Perez
    Immersive and committed to its austere form, the solemn, often-dialogue free Dark Night never spoon feeds and always allows the viewer to draw their own conclusions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Extraordinarily suspenseful, extremely well-told and effortless in its complex tonal balance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Deeply resonant and soulful, Life Of Pi, is a harrowing journey of survival, self-discovery and connection that both inspires and awes in equal measure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Lowery is the real deal and understands filmmaking, and this is abundantly clear in this searing, romantic crime drama and love story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    A wonderfully eccentric examination of unlikely friendships that illuminates the absurd and lovely corners of life, Prince Avalanche is a deeply enjoyable, wondrous delight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    The picture is often graphic and pulls no punches in its disturbing violence, but its unflinching nature gives it a memorable sear that won't soon be forgotten.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Her
    It’s an incredibly melancholy, intimate and yet often hilarious look at relationships and connection that provides a surprisingly great deal of insight into the human condition. It’s both sweet and considered, as well as observant about our fears, masks and growing alienation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Mordaunt’s eye indicates a thoughtful filmmaker able to listen to the winds of what a movie needs. Effortlessly natural, his workmanlike craft carries the capacity to keep an ear open to happenstance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Calvary may not be for all audiences, with its pitch-black heart and sober existentialism not exactly commercial stuff, but its unwavering commitment to the intelligent thorniness of its themes, and the masterful control McDonagh exerts over the shifts in tone are worth cherishing, bringing it soaring close to something divine.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Trenchantly reflecting on the mishandling of success, blind ambition, idolatry, hero worship and the complex and competitive nature of artists in romantic relationships, Listen Up Philip is brilliantly chock-a-block with resonant observations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    In truth, the deeply absorbing and thematically rich ‘Apes’ sequel is more akin to a drama than an action film, but it's one that still satisfies the desires and demands of big, blockbuster filmmaking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    There’s tremendous social and moral texture throughout the drama, but the socio-economic commentary of the movie is fabric, not heavy handed accessory. And the provocative ethical breaches—savage and scathing in the latter half—give the movie its delectable and wicked bite.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    An absorbing office saga and diverting dark comedy, Zero Motivation is a surprisingly insightful coming-of-age tale, utilizing the milieu of the military to look at desire, loneliness, identity, fitting in and many aspects of everyday complex female life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Meticulously crafted and investigated (and no doubt heavily vetted by lawyers), Berg brings a sobering solemnity to a very grave matter, but also lends a dignity to its subjects without pandering.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    The Salt of The Earth is a mesmeric and unforgettable look at the world and it sufferings through the eyes of a remarkably insightful and honorable artist.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Goodbye To All That is not going to impress the visual, form or style cinephiles of the world, but it really shouldn’t matter. The content is tops. And as an astute and empathetic portrait of human crisis, resolve and survival, it’s a wonderfully authentic and perfectly touching one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Brimming with wit, crushing last-act melancholia, laughs, and poignant heart, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is a spectacular delivery of tears, love and laughter, and a beautifully charming, captivating knock-out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Alvarez’s clinical but deeply engrossing execution of the drama is mesmerizing in its directness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    As warped and sadistic as Entertainment is, its brilliance is in the embrace of humiliation and failure, and the way it forces us to confront and sit with those embarrassing, uneasy feelings.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Perry’s observations of complicated female dynamics are extremely perceptive and the emotional specificity of alienation, disenchantment, and mistrust is wonderfully precise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    The Forbidden Room is a cinephile’s delight, another Maddin dream fantasia that’s visually distressed, suffused in feverish melodrama, and strangely poetic. Surrender yourself to its demented genius. The Forbidden Room will trap you in its bewitching spell, and you’ll be better for it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    A deliriously quick-footed and orchestrally pitched character study, Steve Jobs is an ambitious, deeply captivating portrait of the high cost of genius.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Rodrigo Perez
    Junun is Paul Thomas Anderson at his most laid back. Not bothering with instructive context, the picture finds him absorbing the energy of the musicians through their instruments and personas. A scrappy film that never feels precious about itself or its subject matter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Swims forward with tenacious shark-like energy and therefore is sleek, efficient and utterly engaging.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    An electric, sprawling and ambitious effort that's easy to become absorbed by, and a picture that should impress those keen on the director's intelligent, composed and determined brand of filmmaking.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    As epic, grandiose, and emotionally appealing as the previous pictures, The Hobbit doesn't stray far from the mold, but it's a thrilling ride that's one of the most enjoyable, exciting and engaging tentpoles of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Loose, limber and driven by a fierce energy and staccato/pause rhythm we haven't seen previously from this filmmaker, Noah Baumbach's sublime Frances Ha is a fresh and vivacious near-reinvention of the director/writer's comedic milieu.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Beautiful, yet dark and moving, unsparing, but told with a sympathetic eye, Ginger & Rosa is sometimes relentless in its examination of emotional pain.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    A beguiling romantic comedy with a heart, soul and pulse that will pleasure you for a full 90 minutes with hardly breaking a sweat.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Intimate, expressive, agonizing and beautifully rendered.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    It’s part raw and ugly character study, part ensemble comedy, but it’s that first element that is so striking, bold and unnerving, while the latter element is sometimes amusing, but familiar.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    While Muscle Shoals and its presentation doesn't reinvent the wheel—this is your standard talking heads documentary—the treasure trove of stills and found footage makes for a compelling and effortlessly watchable film that even the casual music fan should find themselves totally engrossed in.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Narco Cultura is gripping, gruesome and arresting; a disquieting look a pop (sub)-culture phenomenon that is mushrooming all over the United States and Latin America.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    As an sensory experience, 'WOWS' is mostly a terrifically visceral one, a full throttle fast and furious bacchanalia of drug-fueled madness. But as a scathing indictment of American rapacity, it isn't particularly deep or resonant beyond the exterior.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Warm, soulful, funny and quietly insightful, Boyhood shines in its engrossing, experiential understanding and it’s a special achievement that should be cherished and acknowledged.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    I Origins is a fascinating examination of belief, spirituality and otherworldliness through the skeptical lens of science, however, it's not always perfect.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Kumiko The Treasure Hunter is a striking film, a bizarre joy and a beautiful delight.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    The Babadook is a smart, respectful horror that puts character and emotional issues first, yet never at the cost of a delightful and haunting fright.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Political thriller, procedural, emotional drama and rousing cry for basic human rights and values.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Straightforwardly shot and sensitive of its subject, Art And Craft is a intriguing depiction of counterfeit impulses (both wrongly perceived and irrepressible), immense talent gone awry and what lies behind the desire to create.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Big, wonderfully oddball, sometimes confounding and beautiful, Inherent Vice supplies good dosages of stoner giggles. But its doobage is potent and reflects some heavy ideas you’ll need to unpack and meditate on for a long while.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Young Ones and its serious, bone-dry approach won’t be for everyone. The picture is languidly paced, but its ideas, moods and tones strike many thought-provoking chords.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    A darkly mysterious and extremely accomplished first feature.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Blackhat is a meticulous and exacting procedural, as obsessive with its hunt for its intangible antagonist as Mann’s compulsive desire to appreciate the flow of 1s and 0s in the virtual space. It’s chockablock with technobabble and jargon that may alienate the average viewer, but Mann’s secret weapon is his infectious fascination with the subject. The movie is like a conductive surface for his unmitigated zeal, and its potency is viral.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Intimate, soul-baring, and winning, The End Of The Tour is a special, lovely little gem.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    As uneven as it can be at times in its last fifteen minutes, Marielle Heller has crafted a super promising debut that evokes the idea of unlocking the secret world of teenage girls and letting us live inside the special little jewel box if ever so briefly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    The good certainly outweighs the uneven. Dope is both intelligent and crowd-pleasing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Baumbach’s sharp examinations of the limitations of the callow arrogance of youth and the fatuous nature of egocentricity are pointed and riotously enjoyable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    A dark, but spirited fable about the pitilessness of the West, the meaning of home on the range and the worthwhile qualities of wicked, seemingly irredeemable men, “Slow West” is a terrific little parable, and a strong debut by John Maclean worth treasuring.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    A terrifically solid and sturdy effort across the board, Bluebird is the real deal and a true package of strong collaborators coalescing to make a wonderful debut film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    While perhaps not perfect by Farhadi’s standards, About Elly is a classic tragedy that can be devastating and draining, and in that sense is an immersive, almost emotionally exhaustive experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Come for the blistering, full-tilt action, stay for the thought-provoking consideration of the post-apocalypse.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Jurassic World takes the sensibilities of Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” the sense of wonder, the awe, the thrills, and transports them into the 21st century with ease, plausibility and storytelling clarity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Measured, assured and featuring across-the-board strong performances, Glass Chin in many ways is a tiny little drama about the virtues of character. But its scale belies its heart, which is dented, but authentic and golden.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Kaufman and fellow director Duke Johnson strike the right balance here, deftly mixing spiritual crisis and despondency with moments of painful awkwardness and biting hilarity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Nielsson’s documentary portrait is a tragic look at the broken political process in Zimbabwe.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Rodrigo Perez
    Though it may feel threadbare for some, Iñárritu’s near exhausting movie is still unforgettably visceral and there’s so much to be dazzled and experientially shaken by.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    An engaging and initially very promising drama about alcoholism, redemption and forgiveness that grows uneven and long-winded as it progresses.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Richard Linklater's Before Midnight isn't the most digestible picture, but its challenging, funny, painful, very present and alive depiction of relationships at 40 is so honest and real that we wouldn't have it any other way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    The Spectacular Now is wise beyond its years, charismatic, measured and authentic in its depiction of the pains, confusions and insecurities of the teenage experience, and while its deliberate rhythm may prove to be a harder sell among the teen crowd, it’s a valuable and honest film that’s worth the investment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    A genuinely sweet, charming and funny tale of identity lost and found.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    The film does possess ample charms and insights, though admittedly, they do take quite a long time to coalesce.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Cold In July doesn’t always work and it takes quite a long time to get adjusted to its coiling rhythm, but it’s far better than it has any right to be and perhaps, more significantly, is unusually absorbing and memorable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Spanning across several continents, and obviously decades, Days Of Future Past feels vast and epic in scope. But as large as the movie is, it never loses sight of character and themes (at least the ones that matter).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Magic In The Moonlight is good in many regards, and mostly enjoyable for most of its 97 minute running time. But it’s also admittedly uneven in spots, familiar and ultimately a bit slight.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Gibney never quite finds Fela, and the quest isn’t always remarkable either, but such is the spirited brio of the seminal subject that some of his dynamic essence still shines through.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    The Imitation Game is entertaining and well-crafted, but one still can’t help but wish the drama had a bit more bite and nerve throughout.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Mond’s film doesn’t feature traditional structure or many familiar character beats of self-improvement, but as a visceral, in-the-moment portrait of struggle and suffering, it’s a striking first film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Results isn’t always a successful film, but its philosophies about the myths of perfection as they apply to love are at least credible, funny and well observed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Digging For Fire is low-lit and pitched in a minor key, a quiet meditation on compromise, individuality, the loss of identity within a marriage, and the aftermath of disorientation that comes with having children and losing touch with your former life.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Seedy, unsettling and nightmarish, director Gerard Johnson crafts a suspenseful and anxious journey despite the destination pointing to obvious points well known.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    While Dirty Weekend may not quite live up to its title and is certainly his least tart effort to date, the film's milder flavor and less acidic aftertaste is mostly a pleasurable switchup.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Well intentioned and commendable, Tim Blake Nelson’s film does not put his dialogue or writing strengths into question. But movies have to convince us on myriad levels, and this can be tough enough as it is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Comedy enthusiasts will love the look back on the groundbreaking magazine, its talented players, and the way the doc captures its irreverent spirit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    The Yes Men Are Revolting is an entertaining and interesting examination of the anxieties that make us question who we are and if we’re making a difference. But on the whole, this minor film is not nearly as imperative as the vital activism these guys have dedicated their lives to.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Well-drawn and intimate, Miller’s best observations come incidentally; Five Star explores ideas and relationships rather than spelling them out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Ultimately, as inconsequential as it all is, Rogue Nation is not pretending to be anything it isn’t. And as a sensory escapist experience with laughs, pleasures, and excitement, Rogue Nation will likely be a most satisfying mission audiences choose to accept repeatedly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Room has unforgettable, must-witness performances, and its soulful mother and son narrative is one of the most touching dynamics you’ll see in theaters this year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    The Walk is broadly written with two clunky first acts that are saved, arguably superseded entirely, by its nerve-wracking, majestic and spectacular finish.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Bridge Of Spies is one-third courtroom drama and two-thirds Cold War thriller, and while an engaging watch thanks to fine actors and terrific filmmaking, it’s not without its issues.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Rousing in spirit, surprisingly emotional and visually dynamic, filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s first studio movie, Creed, is a worthy successor to the best of the “Rocky” movies and proves the young director is the real deal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    Joy
    Playing like a slightly more reflective B-side to the director's greatest hits, his style in this film isn’t for the more cerebral audiences. But for the viewer who relates to family dysfunction, its maddening contradictions and its mercurial tenor, Joy can be painfully funny, engaging and full of relatable heartache.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    This soulful and serio-comedic drama is far less interested in race and much more concerned with examining the state of contemporary male friendship.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rodrigo Perez
    As uneven as the psychodrama can be at times, one thing is clear, Ross is a major talent worth watching. He’s got an eye, a strong p.o.v., and the movie has many perceptive observations about the self-destructive perils of possessiveness, ownership, and holding on too tight.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Rodrigo Perez
    Anyone who finds this conclusion a humanistic or socially reprehensible dealbreaker can hardly be faulted. Before these questionable issues come to a head and then falter in the finale, there is a lot of value in The Girl.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Rodrigo Perez
    While far from perfect, Welcome To Pine Hill works more often than it doesn’t and is an intimate and existential character study of a man out of place with his past, himself, and his surroundings, and the push and pull of former and future worlds beckoning him.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Rodrigo Perez
    There's a great movie somewhere inside Touchy Feely desperately trying to swim to the surface, but its obscurity also comes with an inarticulateness that robs it of its potential.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Rodrigo Perez
    Unflinchingly honest and grim, Sunlight Jr. is a valuable piece of work from a filmmaker who has a distinctive voice and concerns.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Rodrigo Perez
    Time Is Illmatic is comprehensive, even wisely holistic, but still feels as though something is missing; it’s as if in trying to cover the history, the music, the ecosystem, the upbringing and the man itself, each cancels out the other out, leaving only a surface exploration.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Rodrigo Perez
    Its craft can be impressive: Zobel’s film possesses a searing, slow burn tone that’s beautifully controlled. The movie is admirably patient and gives breathing room and space for these relationships to bloom believably and organically. But the build to a climax is far too slow and with little emotional payoff.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Rodrigo Perez
    Sure to baffle some, it’s a weird movie that isn’t actively weird, but what’s striking about the picture is Sobel’s point of view and confidence. While the movie is amorphous and porous, it’s clear this is exactly what the filmmaker is going for, and that’s certainly bold for a first timer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Rodrigo Perez
    An admirable and touching picture, Last Days In The Desert can be deeply moving in moments, but as restrained and elegant as it is, the picture never quite transcends.

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