For 208 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Katie Rife's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 91 The Love Witch
Lowest review score: 0 The Haunting of Sharon Tate
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 208
208 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    For the most part, it works. True, the haunted objects are silly at times, but unlike The Nun, Annabelle Comes Home is only funny when it’s supposed to be. And it’s enjoyable because of its clockwork efficiency, not in spite of it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Rife
    As a show-business fairytale, Wild Rose is pretty standard. But as a character study, it’s something special. That’s due largely to Buckley’s star-making performance as Rose-Lynn.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    Now, Garris’ unflagging enthusiasm for uplifting his fellow creators has found a new manifestation: Nightmare Cinema, a sort of sideways revival of the Masters Of Horror franchise.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Rife
    Director F. Gary Gray, while experienced in both action and comedy, also struggles to keep the film’s picaresque plot on track.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
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    Spencer provides her character the kind of human dimension only a performer of her caliber could muster.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Rife
    You can’t just have two hours of kaiju slapping each other around like a gargantuan WWE highlights reel.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    The Perfection takes deep, fetishistic satisfaction in pushing the envelope, then pushing it some more, building in seductive fits and shocking starts to an orgiastic frenzy of cinematic excess. Is it a progressive movie? Not especially, but that’s okay as long as you know what you’re getting into.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Rife
    What good high school movies do is take the basics of the teenage condition and refocus them for a specific generation’s point of view. That’s where Booksmart excels.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Rife
    Director Gail Mancuso, a TV comedy veteran, gets the desired effect — as manipulative as it may be — out of both the funny scenes and the sad ones, leading up to a finale that can only be described as weapons-grade tearjerker material.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    While the chemistry between the core cast is easy and convincing, generated by skillful banter and impromptu singalongs, the scripted elements of Wine Country are more mixed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    For as much as Charlie Says tries to reframe everything we know about the Manson Family, its characterization of the women remains shallow.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    The scales ultimately tip slightly in favor of style, but when that style is this gorgeous, remembering a movie for the way it looks rather than its plot isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    The film is so full of jump scare fake-outs and shout-at-the-screen moments, it neglects to build sustained suspense — a far worse sin than its lack of logic, which can actually be kind of fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    While Benjamin’s choice to give Wendy little to no backstory makes sense given the film’s overall efficiency, Body At Brighton Rock would be more memorable if she was fleshed out a little further. It’s more fun to cheer for a character that you really feel like you know — even if you just met them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Rife
    Little Woods revolves around a remarkable lead performance: Thompson shows her range as an actress in this film in ways that, as fun as they can be, she just doesn’t get to in any of her blockbuster roles.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    In some ways, Rafiki recalls Nijla Mu’min’s 2018 film "Jinn," which also superimposes a unique, beautifully realized point of view onto a conventional coming-of-age story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    Lane’s lighthearted approach will probably convert more than a few viewers to the TST cause — it’s a short walk from pissed-off atheist to smirking satanist. Given how entrenched the culture wars have become in America, maybe all Satan needs at this point is a good publicist.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 Katie Rife
    Less a thrilling adventure tale than a trip to a teenager’s messy, sock-strewn bedroom.
    • 8 Metascore
    • 0 Katie Rife
    The worst part of The Haunting Of Sharon Tate is how seriously it takes its ham-fisted themes of fate and the nature of reality; the movie opens with an Edgar Allen Poe quote, for f*ck’s sake.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    It’s a candy necklace of a movie: sweet but chalky.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    Farrell’s Kentucky accent here is as merely passable as his Chicago accent in Widows was, and Parker’s precocious interest in physics and chemistry seems similarly phoned-in. Both characters are just there to keep the story moving, to provide awestruck reaction shots as we move from oddly muted spectacle to agreeable callback to the heartwarming happy ending.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    If you can tolerate a little saccharine piano music and ethereal backlighting with your food porn, Ramen Shop is an appetizing little bite of multicultural foodie edutainment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    The slimness of the plot—and its familiarity, if you’ve seen Lelio’s original film — also allows the viewer to focus on Gloria Bell’s true raison d’être: the one and only Julianne Moore.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    This is a slight film, unlikely to be remembered in the long-term by anyone but completists who discover it during deep dives into its leads’ respective filmographies. But, oh, what a giddy ride awaits them.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    It’s a feature-length in-joke for fans who will always pause if My Best Friend’s Wedding pops up during a lazy Saturday afternoon channel-surfing session, but who ultimately consider rom-coms a slightly shameful guilty pleasure.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    One thing that does translate is Morland’s extremely dry, extremely dark sense of humor, which manifests at the bleakest moments of the story like whoopee cushions lining the pews at a funeral.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Rife
    It reinvents the zombie movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Katie Rife
    Unlike "Gotti," King Of Thieves doesn’t have one iconic actor burning through decades’ worth of goodwill. It has six.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Rife
    Rather than defanging the story, sanding down The Standoff At Sparrow Creek’s political implications foregrounds its exceptional dialogue and strong performances, revealing the lean, punchy, beautifully shot ’70s-style thriller underneath the controversial premise.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Rife
    This year’s entry into the winter animal-movie canon, A Dog’s Way Home, comes this close to just being a simple, cute animal movie, until the humans complicate things.

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