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Richard Corliss

Richard Corliss
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) Once in awhile, a reviewer's darkest suspicions about a film butt up against a sneaky pleasure in its incidental epiphanies. I confess to being conflicted. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
32% Men, Women & Children (2014) Men, Women & Children attempts to achieve the tone of Reitman's early films, pirouetting between behavioral levity and dark melodrama, yet it often falls flat. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
74% Inherent Vice (2015) Never quite transcending the sum of its agreeably disparate parts, IV is less groovy than gnarled and goofy, but in a studied way. Call it an acquired taste with a kinky savor. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
90% The Guest (2014) The Guest ravels smartly; and, after too many herky-jerky entries in the faux-found-footage subgenre, it's nice to see a scare film with a pearly visual style, which gives the enterprise the patina of both elegance and plausibility. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
88% The Good Lie (2014) If a moviegoer can't cry for the great tragedy of these Sudanese children, and be touched by their small victories, then who on earth deserves our tears and cheers? ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
89% The Drop (2014) You have to sit through the slow parts to savor the cool parts. The movie's little surprise is that you didn't waste your time watching it; you were just being primed for an explosion of low volume and high impact. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
23% Dracula Untold (2014) [Evans] carries Untold by admirably fulfilling the two essential functions of a period-movie hero: to enunciate comic-book dialogue with Shakespearean authority and to look great with his shirt off. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
29% Annabelle (2014) Quality is often irrelevant in a horror movie; shock is the key. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) Directing with a cool, steady hand that renounces shaky-cam the way Fletcher would denounce rock 'n roll, and getting strong performances from his two leads, Chazelle provides a potent metaphor for artistic ambition as both a religion and an addiction. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2014
48% The Judge (2014) Billed as a heavyweight championship bout, The Judge is more a middle-of-the-card time-passer. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
78% St. Vincent (2014) The overqualified actors often give quirky life to a script that denudes their characters of nuance. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) In a movie of subtle tones and wild swerves, Pike expertly mixes a cocktail of hot and cold blood. She is the Amazing Amy you could fall for, till death do you part. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) The lightly derisive, live-action-cartoon tone robs the movie of any majesty, even of the comic-book type, and the many violent deaths of their suitable gravity. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2014
60% The Equalizer (2014) If The Equalizer is the hit it should be, it will give this veteran action star his very first movie franchise. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2014
75% The Boxtrolls (2014) The Boxtrolls has its penny-dreadful moments, but it's mostly a larkish stroll through a cemetery where the monsters are the good guys. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) This ghost of a movie star is never more at home than when walking among the tombstones. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2014
65% The Maze Runner (2014) Like Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit-tentialism, but more crowded and with the musk of bottled-up testosterone. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2014
86% The Skeleton Twins (2014) The characters and their anxieties are for the most part nicely judged. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2014
80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) As the gags pile up remorselessly, and the viewer strains to keep up with the story line and the cutting subtext, a furious but benign apnea takes hold. You can't enjoy a good long laugh because you'll miss too much. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2014
75% Yol (The Way) (1982) Güney is a firebrand of his country's intellectual left. His films -- slow, ruminative, defiantly indigenous -- smolder with an ideologue's indignation and a poet's ironic compassion. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2014
44% Life After Beth (2014) Plaza, whose wide-eyed stare suggests a zombie as painted by Margaret Keane, plausibly navigates Beth's journey into full-throttle Linda Blair demonic dementia. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2014
36% If I Stay (2014) You may wonder how Moretz landed in the Cartoonistan of this dewy melodrama, and chalk it up to alien abduction. Yet she almost convinces you, solely on the power of her commitment. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2014
86% Altered States (1980) It opens at fever pitch and then starts soaring -- into genetic fantasy, into a precognitive dream of delirium and delight. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2014
80% Get On Up (2014) Incarnating James Brown in all his ornery uniqueness, [Boseman] deserves a Pulitzer, a Nobel and instant election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2014
82% Scarface (1983) It is a serious, often hilarious peek under the rock where nightmares strut in $800 suits and Armageddon lies around the next twist of treason. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2014
19% And So It Goes (2014) And So It Goes may touch the frayed heartstrings of some older viewers, but it's pretty bad - the failed attempt to Heimlich a venerable movie genre. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2014
67% Lucy (2014) The summer's best, coolest, juiciest, smartest action movie. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2014
0% Staying Alive (1983) As always Travolta is urban gorgeous and very charming. The rest of the film is neither. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
17% Sex Tape (2014) Preposterous yet boring. Sex Tape doesn't fall off the cliff of competence so much as it executes a slow, agonized mudslide of failed intentions. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) When it gets going, it's a pretty fine movie. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2014
98% Boyhood (2014) Boyhood shimmers with unforced reality. It shows how an ordinary life can be reflected in an extraordinary movie. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2014
15% Howard the Duck (1986) The movie is too scuzzy to beguile children, too infantile to appeal to adults. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2014
5% The Avengers (1998) Some bad movies are bold outrages; many others become hits. This one hasn't the juice to be either. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) [It] could be an artifact from some alternate universe: the creatures there resemble Earthlings but have an entirely different and debased idea of what's funny. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 2, 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Nothing coheres. Movies usually try to come together at the end; this one falls apart. If that's Bay intention, then cinema has finally entered its Age of Extinction. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) Michôd not only stints on the big backstory but is sometimes weak on story. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2014
52% Jersey Boys (2014) Why is the Jersey Boys film a turgid botch? ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2014
20% I Love Trouble (1994) Julia Roberts is the oddest of star commodities in Hollywood: a Lamborghini that few people know how to drive. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2014
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) Nearly two hours of rationalizing repetition, even by winking at it, can get wearying. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2014
80% Pretty in Pink (1986) First-Timer Howard Deutch is a nice surprise too. His precise, unexploitative direction is sympathetic to the awkward pauses in teen talk, to the mopery of first love, to the suicidal bravado of words spoken in heat. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) Hazel and Augustus will live in film lore because of the young actors who play them. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2014
91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Only toward the climax, when the live/die/repeat cycle is abandoned, does Edge of Tomorrow go logy. But it's two-thirds of a sensational ride -- one you can ride over and over without buying additional tickets. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2014
91% Diner (1982) The film is wonderfully cast and played. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
79% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) Screen dreams are strangest and strongest when they hit close to home. In Terence Davies' searing [Distant Voices, Still Lives]... mystery resides in the vision of his mother, magically poised on the hall sill, washing the outside windows. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) The latest and loveliest alternative universe created by Charlie Kaufman, America's most -- we should probably say only -- intellectually provocative screenwriter. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 30, 2014
50% Maleficent (2014) Except for Angelina Jolie, exemplary as the fairy badmother who laid a narcotic curse on an infant princess, this pricey live-action drama is a dismaying botch. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 29, 2014
90% Chungking Express (1996) Wong made Chungking in just 23 days, and the film's mad-dash energy is nicely reflected in his quartet of stars. Wong, himself a star of cinema's future, has already shown that he possesses a uniquely '90s voice, eye and spirit. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 28, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) A sagebrush comedy whose visual grandeur and appealing actors get polluted by some astonishingly lazy writing. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 28, 2014
30% Lost River (2015) It's an oneiric hymn to destruction, an Armageddon anthem - a movie to see, if at all, under the influence. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
74% Godzilla (2014) Godzilla dawdles toward its Doomsday climax; the movie could win a prize for Least Stuff Happening in the First Two-Thirds of an Action Film. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 14, 2014