Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Film Comment Magazine , The Atlantic , Time Canada , TIME Magazine
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
67% Maverick (1994) " [Gibson and Garner] can make you smile contentedly even when the script is wandering and they're just sort of standing around waiting for its next good part to develop." — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2014
97% Babe (1995) " He's brave and bright, good-natured and ambitious, naive and vulnerable. All in all, he's probably the most winsome orphan to appear on the screen since Freddie Bartholomew impersonated David Copperfield 60 years ago." — TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2014
72% The Ring (2002) " An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2014
10% I Dreamed of Africa (2000) " This film, based on a true story, transcends its handsomeness to present a subtle portrait of a woman's growing consciousness." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2014
12% Striptease (1996) " Writer-director Andrew Bergman presents [Moore] as a rather abstract object of desire. He wants us to know that his mind, at least, is not in the gutter--can't afford to waste time there, given the amount of busy work he has to." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) " Wild, Wild West poses this not very pressing question: Can a comedy costing something north of $100 million hope to succeed solely on the basis of special effects, cross-dressing and a vertically challenged villain?" — TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2014
81% My Own Private Idaho (1991) " [Van Sant] disdain[s] narrative. He got away with Drugstore Cowboy because its band of drugged-out dodoes were engaged in a petty crime spree that almost passed for a plot. But My Own Private Idaho is a different story. Or rather nonstory." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
39% Days of Thunder (1990) " The nerve of these people, recycling that story. No, the shrewdness of these people." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 20, 2014
46% The Babe (1992) " An honestly unheroic view of a hero, with a grand-slam performance by John Goodman." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 9, 2014
10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) " Eddie Murphy needs to shoot off his mouth. It's his best weapon, and the one that's unique to his arsenal. When a movie mostly requires him to shoot off a gun he becomes just another action star, and another talent wasted in lazily miscalculated material." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 2, 2014
59% Disclosure (1994) " Douglas, with Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct behind him, knows all about playing male victimization without total loss of amour propre. Moore's ferocity is totally unredeemed, therefore totally riveting." — TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2014
76% 8 Mile (2002) " Because it rejects easy victories, this may be one of the few inspirational movies that could actually inspire someone, somewhere, sometime." — TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2014
87% Far From Heaven (2003) " Quaid makes a decent man's anguish richly palpable. Moore makes us feel hidden frenzy with a cool and ultimately heartbreaking grace." — TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2014
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) " If you go with it, you'll love the film." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2014
25% Endless Love (2014) " Is Brooke Shields truly obsession worthy? And can she carry, commercially, another movie about another kind of obsession? The answer is no." — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2014
93% About a Boy (2002) " Hugh Grant hilariously redefines the word "playboy" in the first half of this film, then gets human, without losing his comic edge, under the influence of the title waif." — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2014
88% American Beauty (1999) " Boldly challenging our sympathies, [Lester] somehow wins them because, to borrow a phrase, he's a man in full." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2014
75% Ransom (1996) " Its major sin -- a certain ineluctable improbability -- is pretty much offset by the moments of winsome humanity Gibson finds for his freebooter; by the rich, nicely tuned portrayals of the other actors; and by director Ron Howard." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2014
56% The Polar Express (2013) " At some point very early in the 3-D IMAX version of The Polar Express, technology trumps banality and you helplessly surrender to the shock and awe of this big, often thunderous movie." — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2013
75% The Santa Clause (1994) " You can get the same emotional and imaginative kick staying home and rereading your Christmas cards." — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
77% Bad Santa (2003) " Best of all, it plugs into -- and electrifies -- the mostly unacknowledged grimness that lies just beneath our holiday cheer. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2013
31% Mandingo (1975) " Until this moment we cannot be certain that the movie is going to employ every cliche of antebellum melodrama." — TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
73% Conrack (1974) " The spirit behind Conrack is so relentlessly idealistic in tone and uplifting in intent that one feels vaguely guilty for not responding to the film generously and forgivingly." — TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2013
92% Insomnia (2002) " The film represents a triumph of atmosphere over a none-too-mysterious mystery. Which is to say that Nolan makes you feel the end-of-the-earth bleakness of his setting, makes you feel the way it can discombobulate people once they internalize it." — TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2013
94% Dave (1993) " A genial, expertly played political comedy proves that the spirit of Mr. Smith still lives." — TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 2, 2013
85% Presumed Innocent (1990) " Conscientiously as this movie has been made, it does not work as well as the novel did or as some of Pakula's other films have." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2013
81% An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) " It is full of bang-on melodramatics and simple, romanticized characters with carefully supplied motivations." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2013
95% Midnight Run (1988) " A performance like De Niro's, in a well-made entertainment like Midnight Run, is cheap at any price. And capable of restoring the audience's faith in the form." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2013
23% Dying Young (1991) " Hilary O'Neil is poor but healthy, uneducated but full of spunky common sense. Victor Geddes is rich but mortally ill, overeducated and understandably fearful and withdrawn. In other words, they are made for each other." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
80% The Untouchables (1987) " It goes to that place that all films aspiring to greatness must attain: the country of myth, where all the figures must be larger and more vivid than life." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3% Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997) " The human propensity to tamper with a good thing is probably ineluctable." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 28, 2013
3% Battlefield Earth (2000) " The worst movie in living memory." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 28, 2013
29% The House of the Spirits (1994) " The thing works in its goofy way, mainly because Bille August is a man of apparently dauntless conviction. He has written and directed every scene with serene authority." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 20, 2013
30% Freebie and the Bean (1974) " Freebie (James Caan) is a cop whose corruption is supposed to be charming." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 17, 2013
80% Fight Club (1999) " It is working American Beauty-Susan Faludi territory, that illiberal, impious, inarticulate fringe that threatens the smug American center with an anger that cannot explain itself, can act out its frustrations only in inexplicable violence." — TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2013
89% Superman II (1981) " Let's face it, times change, and Superman and friend have sweetly embraced the spirit of the '80s as well as each other." — TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2013
54% Basic Instinct (1992) " [The film has] a smug faith in the ability of its own speed, smartness and luxe to wow the yokels." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2013
71% Dirty Dancing (1987) " If the ending of Eleanor Bergstein's script is too neat and inspirational, the rough energy of the film's song and dance does carry one along, past the whispered doubts of better judgment." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2013
78% F.I.S.T. (1978) " F.I.S.T. stands for nearly 2 1/2 hours of almost unmitigated boredom-a misfired would-be proletarian epic with Sylvester Stallone misplaying the Jimmy Hoffa part with a self-confidence that borders on the sublime." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2013
76% A Beautiful Mind (2001) " The result is mainstream moviemaking at its highest, most satisfying level." — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2013
56% The Turning Point (1977) " You yield to The Turning Point relucantly, knowing well that it is conning you -- with sentiment, with flamboyance, with sheer slickness." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2012
76% Black Hawk Down (2001) " Black Hawk Down makes that point without preachment, in precise and pitiless imagery. And for that reason alone it takes its place on the very short list of the unforgettable movies about war and its ineradicable and immeasurable costs." — TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2011
76% Top Secret! (1984) " This time, though, the creative group has neglected to build to the kind of giddy, everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink climax that made Airplane! such a memorable exercise in anarchy." — TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2011
78% The Long Riders (1980) " Hill is very much in the American grain, the inheritor of the Ford-Hawks-Walsh tradition of artful, understated action film making." — TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2011
98% The Right Stuff (1983) " Moviegoers seeking a grand yet edifying entertainment, right-stuffed with what Kaufman calls "seriousness of subject matter and a wild humor that comes out of left field," now know where to look..." — TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2011
88% The Big Easy (1987) " A movie that manages to be atmospherically rich while also satisfying the slash-crash imperatives of the police-action genre." — TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2011
83% The Onion Field (1979) " The Onion Field is a serious and most uncompromising movie. It lacks, however, the sort of disciplined craft that might have made it a powerful and affecting one." — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2011
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) " Raiders of the Lost Ark has it all -- or, anyway, more than enough to transport moviegoers back to the dazzling, thrill-sated matinee idyls of old." — TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2011
80% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) " Here is a dream as old as adolescence, and it is fun to be reminded of its ageless potency, especially in a movie as good-hearted as this one." — TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2011
92% Rocky (1976) " The story is achingly familiar, and though Stallone has a certain power, he is certainly not the subtlest actor to crawl out from under Marlon's overcoat." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2011
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