Olly Richards

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For 187 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Olly Richards' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Life of Pi
Lowest review score: 20 Outlaw
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 187
  2. Negative: 1 out of 187
187 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    A sequel that feels less necessary than willed into being, but that doesn’t mean it’s not pleasantly entertaining. There are more fluffy animals than in the first movie, more set-pieces and about the same number of laughs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    It’s impossible to overstate how much this film owes to Ryan Reynolds. Even if you don’t understand Pikachu’s world, everyone can understand a great joke superbly delivered.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    Efron gambles with his image, but he knows when to up the star power. It’s perhaps fitting that the film falls flat when he, playing a killer who loved the spotlight, leaves the screen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Olly Richards
    Coogan and Reilly’s performances are among the best either has ever given. This film, which pays wonderfully funny tribute to two comic legends, richly deserves them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Olly Richards
    Mary Poppins Returns has boundless creativity, stacks of charm and not a cynical second. If it’s not quite practically perfect, it comes close enough.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Olly Richards
    One of von Trier’s most confrontingly horrible films is also one of his weakest. A story about a man disguising his lack of worthwhile contribution with violent self-interest is guilty of every point it’s making.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Olly Richards
    For all his ambition, Serkis can’t find the right tone for Mowgli and it becomes a very confused beast, neither fun enough for all ages to enjoy nor complex enough to be the visceral, grown-up thriller he nudges at.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    Like Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody is three parts good but not terribly exciting, and one part absolute joyful, fabulous entertainment that makes you forget everything else around it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Olly Richards
    A fascinating documentary that captures all the glamour and grubbiness of the 20th century’s most famous nightclub. All the thrill of being there with none of the hangover.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Olly Richards
    It’s way over the top in its style, which is a good thing, but grounded with realistic, loveable characters. This is a romcom milestone and the best thing to happen to the genre in years. It’s crazy good.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Olly Richards
    The smart visual trickery lifts what might otherwise have been a fairly conventional thriller, but it also lets Chaganty say some interesting things about our online lives. Technophobes should stay away.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    If it’s surprisingly sweet-sounding subject matter for Albert Hughes’ first solo film, he treats it with respectful seriousness. It’s a family movie but one unafraid to show some very sharp teeth.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    It’s a promising idea that starts well, and although it starts to flounder by the end, Kunis and McKinnon do sterling work making sure it never completely runs out of energy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    Zosia Mamet is the major selling point here. In a film that’s lovely but unlikely to prove memorable, she shows she can carry a film with immense charm.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    A sequel nobody needed, and very few demanded, but one that is nice to have anyway. Very daft and very childish and mostly very funny.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Olly Richards
    An absolute treat of an interview with a man who has told other people’s stories wonderfully for decades and tells his own just as well.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Olly Richards
    If you came for cute canines you’ll get them, but you’d get more entertainment from an hour of dog videos on YouTube.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    A well told, beautifully acted drama that offers nothing new but a comforting level of familiarity and cosiness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    Ridiculous, of course, but not as ridiculous as it might have been. As much fun as it has with the idea of animals stomping cities to rubble, it seems shy of going completely over the top, and it’s the poorer for it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Olly Richards
    As both teen comedy and mid-life crisis comedy it’s terrific. It feels honest and modern in a genre that so very often uses dick jokes and gross-outs to cover old-fashioned morals.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    The animals are cute and Gleeson is extremely game. What keeps Peter from Paddington-style delight is a self-conscious need to distance itself from its source material.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Olly Richards
    A story with all the qualities of a classic LA noir is given a very effective spin by transposing it to politically charged Cairo. It’s angry, frustrated and thrilling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Olly Richards
    Describe it and this sounds completely weird and a bit creepy, like some extremely niche fetish porn with a budget. Watch it and it’s magical; fantastic in all senses. It’s the biggest risk of del Toro’s career and it could not have paid off more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Olly Richards
    It’s a classy weepy with some killer dialogue, but Bening is the big sell here. Given one of the juiciest roles of her career, she makes every moment count.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Olly Richards
    A very smart take on the stalker movie, which resists easy laughs for harder truths, and might make you think twice the next time you’re lining up a photo for social media.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Olly Richards
    Paddington 2 is every bit as enchanting as the first, perhaps even more so, but it feels arbitrary to pick a winner. The film is a pure delight, as sweet and sharp as, well, marmalade, really.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Olly Richards
    A film that’s at once light, joyful and emotionally devastating, with deeply affecting central performances. A full-hearted romantic masterpiece.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Olly Richards
    Una
    It’s a film to see for the performances, which are faultless, but while it’s sometimes riveting this play has been awkwardly translated to screen.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Olly Richards
    Even if the film takes a moment to sheepishly acknowledge its more offensive gags, it’s still asking for laughs from them.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Olly Richards
    Innately sweet, due to the high number of fluffy animals, but it has the gloopy emotion and silly plotting of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Nicholas Barks, if you will.

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