Richard James Havis

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For 36 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard James Havis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 90 Mother of Tears
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Love
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
36 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Richard James Havis
    Certainly should appeal to viewers with an interest in current affairs.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Richard James Havis
    Those expecting a reflective Buddhist piece will be surprised. First-time director Neten Chokling's film actually is a powerful revenge drama.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Richard James Havis
    Toilet humor, jokes about paraplegics and serious overacting make this lowbrow comedy an irritating watch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Richard James Havis
    The film successfully replicates the mellow charm of Brit hits "About A Boy" and "Love Actually."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Richard James Havis
    As the characters' lives fall apart, Ledger fails to bring the necessary gravitas to the role, and he looks a bit too healthy throughout.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Richard James Havis
    A neatly observed take on Manila street life. Pegged to a gay theme, it works best as a character-driven slice of social realism.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Richard James Havis
    Has thoughtful and funny characters, something that should give this droll drama appeal beyond a niche gay audience.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Richard James Havis
    This silly film does nothing to enhance Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang's reputation. The acting is below par, the mise-en-scene is clumsy and the structure is lazy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Richard James Havis
    This Spanish supernatural thriller begins interestingly and finishes intriguingly. But what lies between drags because the film lacks a driving story line.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Richard James Havis
    It's a typically poetic film, rich in powerful imagery, which sees a bitter personal tragedy unfold against the major events of 20th century Greece. Although the director doesn't mine any new ground here, either in terms of style or content, it's still a pleasure to sit through nearly three hours of perfectly controlled, visually evocative filmmaking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Richard James Havis
    Stalwart Iranian actor Ali Nasirian plays Nemat with a thoughtful hubris, uniting the various plot strands by force of character.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Richard James Havis
    The story is certainly predictable, but it contains just enough conflict and drama to engage the viewer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Richard James Havis
    Entertaining and piquant. The film does possess some of the bittersweet qualities that usually mark Hallstrom's films, but it's generally a tougher, more incisive work that ranks as one of his best.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Richard James Havis
    Tigers shares a penchant for rigorous self-analysis with such relatively recent films as "Chumscrubber," "Mysterious Skin" and "Tarnation."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Richard James Havis
    Witty to the point of hilarity, blood-soaked and thoroughly politically incorrect, Mother of Tears: The Third Mother follows 1970s cult classics "Suspiria" and "Inferno" to complete Argento's "Mother" trilogy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Richard James Havis
    The film lacks Hong's usual insight and narrative innovation. It occasionally even feels self-indulgent.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Richard James Havis
    The result is a pleasingly discursive film that depicts Klimt and the ideals and locales of fin de siecle Vienna.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Richard James Havis
    This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach not only makes for pacey entertainment, it also allows director Christopher Bell to delve deep into the matter at hand.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Richard James Havis
    This precision-controlled film once again highlights Alexander Sokurov's mastery of the medium. The third entry in his Men in Power series employs refined performances, a controlled script, excellent sound and fluid camerawork.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Richard James Havis
    Three Times offers a careful examination of the changing ways people have reacted to each other during the past 100 years. As such, it's an interesting essay but certainly a minor work from a master.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Richard James Havis
    Exists as a freaked-out drama rather than a parody.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Richard James Havis
    This quirky documentary about a group of American hairdressers who establish exactly that shows that the power of hair salons should never be underestimated.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Richard James Havis
    Contains no shocks. But it works as a funny and slicker-than-expected parody of the genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Richard James Havis
    It is a grimly exciting film that is picturesque and brutal by turns.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Richard James Havis
    It is an intelligently written piece that only falters during the finale.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Richard James Havis
    Although the story takes place during a tumultuous period, historical events never obscure the gaming genius' story. Rather it's a scrupulous examination of a somewhat naive intellectual.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Richard James Havis
    Even the easygoing Broderick can't inject any lift or charm into the story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Richard James Havis
    It's a roller-coaster action film that thunders along with top-notch set pieces and studiously researched period settings. The only letdown is that the focus on action drowns out any character development.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Richard James Havis
    Although a little too open-ended to be wholly satisfying, Water Lilies is still an excellent directorial debut.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Richard James Havis
    Consequently, though it's difficult to work out what's going on, it's never boring.

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