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Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Buffalo '66 (1998) Gallo, who also wrote, directed and scored Buffalo '66 , is a smart young filmmaker, not least in his casting. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2016
88% Semi-Tough (1977) Semi-Tough may or may not turn out to be the year's best comedy -- there's Annie Hall to remember and Mel Brooks yet to be heard from -- but it is without a doubt the year's most socially useful film. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2016
94% Moneyball (2011) It is, in fact, quite a good movie. I don't think it is entirely subversive to suggest that it might have been a little bit better. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Feb 26, 2016
97% The Artist (2011) Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist is not for a nanosecond fun-though it works hard to be so. Basically, it is A Star Is Born knockoff. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Feb 24, 2016
83% My Week with Marilyn (2011) It would be easy to overpraise this very slight little picture. But its heart is in the right place. Marilyn was now and then, here and there, kind of fun to be with. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Feb 24, 2016
95% The King's Speech (2010) It is a film that knows its limits -- and then transcends them almost casually, but with resonant and powerful effect. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Feb 23, 2016
58% The Laughing Policeman (1973) It loses a great deal in the translation from Stockholm to San Francisco's Dirty Harry country. Gloomy authenticity, for one thing; pace and a genuine sense of puzzlement, for others. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2015
82% Papillon (1973) McQueen works hard and al most manages to triumph over his star presence, while Hoffman submerges himself eccentrically and amusingly in his coward's role. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) [This] eerily beautiful film constantly reminds us that there is an irresistible fascination, an absurd and terrible beauty, in the violence of our times. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2015
52% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Magic is an enjoyable film in its minor way. You will not leave it disappointed or feeling in some way cheated. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Jul 24, 2015
33% Telefon (1977) Instead of winding tighter and tighter, as a suspense story should, Telefon just winds down, rather like -- come to think of it -- a phone call between two people who don't really have much to say to each other. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2015
0% Inchon (1981) Inchon is, as military spectacles go, one of the sorriest in movie history. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2015
63% Back to the Future Part II (1989) Satirically acute, intricately structured and deftly paced, it is at heart stout, good and untainted by easy sentiment. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2015
97% Airplane! (1980) Airplane! is a splendidly tacky, totally tasteless, completely insignificant flight, a gooney bird of a movie that looks as if it could never get off the ground and then surprises and delights with its free-spirited aerobatics. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2015
39% Rocky IV (1985) Padded with clips from earlier Rocky pictures, adding nothing to his mythic, let alone human dimensions, it lacks even the primitive suspense and crude capacity to release underdog emotions that permitted its predecessors to conquer one's better judgment. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 13, 2015
71% The Offence (1973) Lumet's direction strives to give to material that is neither edifying nor suspenseful a fake profundity, stretching it to unconscionable lengths. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 12, 2015
35% The Woman in Red (1984) Writer-Director Wilder has fashioned an ironic, worldly, yet sternly moral comedy that gives an energizing twist to every farcical convention and finds the perfect timing for every rubber-faced reaction to calamity. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 23, 2015
89% The Stunt Man (1980) The fun lies in the journey. It is a trip of constantly shifting perceptions and sharply etched satirical sketches of movie types. It is also a carnival of bang-up stunt scenes. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
88% Naked (1993) Thewlis, who won the best-actor prize at Cannes for a performance so perfectly perverse that much as you want to, you cannot turn away. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2015
86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) [McTiernan's] alternation of menace and human interest, technological wizardry and action sequences is subtly calibrated, ultimately hypnotic in its effect. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2015
54% Valmont (1989) Milos Forman and Jean-Claude Carriere, while fiddling with the plot of this deliciously nasty tale, have studiously embalmed its spirit. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2015
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) There is in Cruise a kind of passionate watchfulness and in Kidman a desperate and touching candor, and they keep drawing us past the narrative's improbabilities to its human heart. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2014
86% Dragonslayer (1981) This movie has two big things going for it -- the dragon and the man who masterminds its slaying. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2014
83% Experience Preferred... But Not Essential (1982) Guess what Annie did on her summer vacation the year before she started college? Yes, of course, you're right. And on the first try too. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2014
85% Bugsy (1991) The picture belongs, in every sense of the word, to Beatty. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2014
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
82% 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 (1981) 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
94% 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
55% The Polar Express (2004) 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
78% 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