For 895 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rita Kempley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The Truman Show
Lowest review score: 0 Total Recall
Score distribution:
895 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    It's a monumental biopic that cheapens the hero's successes by glossing over the failures that surely also shaped the man.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Rita Kempley
    Blame It on Rio, ha. Rio is innocent. Let's put the blame on executive producer Gelbart along with Caine and Bologna. Unlike the starlettes they've taken in tow, these three guys are old enough to know better.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    The charismatic comedienne pulls the slipshod spy adventure Jumpin' Jack Flash out of the fire. [10 Oct 1986, p.N29]
    • Washington Post
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Writer Alan Sharp gets so caught up in the legend and the lush language that he doesn't seem to know he's written "Death Wish" in kilts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Compromising Positions has its problems, especially Julia's weak performance. But it's often on target, exposing the mechanics of the heroine's marriage, the woman herself and her languorous community where two patrol cars respond to a call about graffiti. [6 Sept 1985, p.23]
    • Washington Post
    • 57 Metascore
    • 10 Rita Kempley
    Should never have been released, not even on video. It should have been placed in a hazardous waste container, encased in concrete and dumped into the Farrelly brothers' septic tank.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Rita Kempley
    Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reprise the roles of a pair of Minnesota mossbacks in the heartwarming, albeit warmed-over, sequel Grumpier Old Men—though given its scatological bent, it might have been called Grump and Grumpier.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Gibson, the thinking man's Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Spacek, a rawboned Raggedy Ann, are nearly silent partners in this largely visual parable. Despite their good looks and best efforts, the film falters. [11 Jan 1985, p.19]
    • Washington Post
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    The experience overall is like laughing down a gun barrel, a little bit tiring, a lot sick and maybe far too perverse for less jaded moviegoers.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Troop Beverly Hills is a dog of a movie, one of those nasty little yappy dogs with fancy hairdos, pedicures and pedigrees.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    A queasy union of savagery and uplift, the film ought to be unnerving. Instead, it finally becomes routine. [18Apr1997 Pg. C.07]
    • Washington Post
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    It would be cornier if it weren't so well acted by Nunn, Bening and 12-year-old Allen.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    An enchanting, staggeringly beautiful epic at sea, is poetry in motion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    The movie faithfully records the rivalries among the various members of a fractious Baltimore family, but it never really attempts to resolve any of the internecine conflicts. In that sense, it's less ambitious than many a TV series.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    Cryer, a talented comedic actor, struggles mightily but can't wring laughs from the lowbrow humor. The screenplay, written by Jeff Rothberg and Joe Menosky, is statically directed by Bob Giraldi, a maker of Michael Jackson videos and Pepsi-Cola ads, in his faint feature debut.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    It is a wonderfully wacko work, sparked with Cook's oomph, Dunaway's cackle and the superstar power of the sensational Slater. What a face! As long as people prevail over effects, Supergirl glitters, she glows. [23 Nov 1984, p.27]
    • Washington Post
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Rita Kempley
    Tender, touching and downright delightful.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Rita Kempley
    As fascinating as it is frightful. But despite all the occult patter and tony trimmings, Angel Heart is bogus -- only the bogeyman again.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Adapted from Valerie Martin's psychosexual novel, this maudlin film transforms the legend of Jekyll and Hyde into a talky romantic love triangle. [23 Feb 1996]
    • Washington Post
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Rita Kempley
    As disturbing and densely beautiful as its opening image, a lofty forest that dwarfs the gangsters as they laugh over their kill.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    Excess of vision and a weak underpinning are the potholes in the Streets of Fire. If you can swerve around them, Happy trails to you. [01 June 1984, p.25]
    • Washington Post
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Rita Kempley
    Eating Raoul is an American film that's good enough to be European. [05 Nov 1982, p.19]
    • Washington Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rita Kempley
    Barkin's succulence and De Niro's showboating lend sizzle and ferocity to the proceedings, but the film draws its poignancy from 18-year-old DiCaprio's performance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    As long as the script tracks the men's relationship with the baby, the picture is lively froth. But when screen writers James Orr and Jim Cruickshank of Tough Guys stray, the story goes stale.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    A trite vehicle that lumbers along like its namesake. Clankety-clank. [16 Mar 1984, p.19]
    • Washington Post
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Rita Kempley
    Another tediously sanctimonious message movie from Alan Parker.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Rita Kempley
    A deliciously mordant French spine-tingler.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Rita Kempley
    A sexless seriocomedy that would be a bust without the support of Burt Reynolds and Ving Rhames. The pair bring a much-needed lift to this tale of a mother at the mercy of the system. Without them, the movie is mostly a showcase for the star's personal trainer.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rita Kempley
    Ninety minutes of Shock Treatment feels like a week in "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," a Quaalude interlude, a quart of Sanka laced with Valium. No jolt...Despite flashy lights, splashy sets and plump girls in tight white corsets, "S.T.'s" a bore -- a blatant try for teeny-punk bucks. It's a lesson for filmmakers: You can't force a cult film, they just happen. [28 May 1982, p.13]
    • Washington Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Rita Kempley
    How many times can we be awestruck by Day-Glo Gumbies? And why do these creatures always travel with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?

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