For 16 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 22.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Kogan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 42
Highest review score: 100 Aliens
Lowest review score: 0 Police Academy 3: Back in Training
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 8 out of 16
16 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kogan
    Though the racing action scenes are initially satisfying, one soon tires of the mountain scenery. And the obvious-from-the-start ending robs the race of whatever dramatic tension it ordinarily might have possessed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kogan
    Despite the obvious talents of the stars-McCarthy is especially arresting-there is an empty feeling that we're taking a tour of a garish ghetto without a tour guide. [6 Nov 1987, p.55]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Kogan
    Jason Lives is not a good movie. It is as predictable as a City Council vote in the Daley era; a lamely acted film filled with the most contrived slaughter and utterly lacking in suspense. [4 Aug 1986, p.C5]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Kogan
    A limp retelling of the werewolf legend that is about as frightening as a rubbery Richard Nixon mask.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Kogan
    Though Aliens is unable to eschew some obvious sci-fi conventions and those of other genres as well, it brings a fresh and lively spirit to this tired cinematic clime. Scene to scene, encounter to encounter, its tension builds unrelentingly. So, fasten your seat belts. It`s a blast.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Rick Kogan
    At its worst, a distasteful series of homophobic, racist and sexist jokes, and otherwise little more than jollies of the most juvenile and locker room sort. [24 Mar 1986, p.5C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Kogan
    Heavily laden with antinuclear messages, bad dubbing and worse dialogue, Godzilla 1985 is a pale imitation of the original film, a calculated bit of cinematic nostalgia that leaves one yawning. [20 Sep 1985, p.J]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Kogan
    Though the film does contain a few minutes of patented Carpenter camera magic, it is unable to sustain either story or character. For all its flash and color, it is a dull film--an artless dig in the Spielberg garden. [02 July 1986, p.C3]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Kogan
    Having carefully and sensitively drawn an interesting character and put him in an interesting place, the filmmakers start painting with their fingers and ultimately provide a very familiar picture.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Kogan
    Bereft of wit or charm, the film is forced to rely heavily on its special effects. These, however, have a tacky, homemade feel. The dinosaur, for instance, recalls those goofy Godzillas from the heyday of Japanese monster movies. A Stone Age man and some goons from after the apocalypse look like they came from a wax museum. [13 Aug 1985, p.5C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Kogan
    For its many lighter moments, Critters is careful to balance its laughs with a number of chills. It unabashedly and wittily pays homage to other films. But ultimately it stands firmly on its own, a little bit frightening and a lot of fun. [15 Apr 1986, p.3C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Kogan
    Director Charles Martin Smith, an accomplished actor, gets some very good performances from his cast, notably from Mark Price as Eddie and Lisa Orgolini as his girl. (Gene Simmons, of the rock group KISS, has a small part as a radio deejay). In his directorial debut, he shows an attractive visual style and a sure hand for both humor and horror. [27 Oct 1986, p.5C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 20 Metascore
    • 0 Rick Kogan
    A study in formula film making and a lousy movie. [03 Sep 1985, p.5C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Kogan
    It was a very uneasy 80-some minutes. Watching John and Kipper express their fears and weaknesses and desires respresented a peek under covers that might best have been left unmussed.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Kogan
    Teen Wolf is a clever and inventive film, a soft and contemporary retelling of the familiar werewolf tale.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Kogan
    A mess of a movie, a no chills nightmare about what happens to a group of rubes at a Carolina truck stop when the machines go nuts. [29 July 1986, p.3]
    • Chicago Tribune

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