Rita Kempley Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rita Kempley

Rita Kempley
Rita Kempley's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85%

Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) (2001)

"This consistently absorbing family saga is primarily a safari of the soul." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 28, 2003
41%

The Core (2003)

"Sloppily made, poky, extra cheesy adventure." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 28, 2003
85%

Bend It like Beckham (2003)

"You seldom leave a theater walking on air, much less float all through a movie. But the joyous Bend It Like Beckham never lets you down." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 28, 2003
7%

Boat Trip (2003)

"A smutty, imbecilic farce." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 21, 2003
71%

Piglet's Big Movie (2003)

"Sure it's slight, but also as cute as the curly tail on its tender protagonist." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 21, 2003
29%

The Hunted (2003)

"A good ride, briskly paced, well played and vividly photographed." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 14, 2003
39%

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

"Sorely lacking in suspense, humor or originality, Agent Cody Banks aspires to the lowest rung of the peanut gallery." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 14, 2003
34%

Bringing Down the House (2003)

"An embarrassment for all concerned, this witless, odd-couple comedy slings separate but equal gibes at blacks and whites... and still manages to ridicule gays and Hispanics." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 7, 2003
96%

Elsker Dig For Evigt (2002)

"The cast seems to have burrowed into the material." ‐Washington Post
Posted Mar 7, 2003
26%

Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

"It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 28, 2003
67%

Ballad of Bering Strait (2003)

"It isn't wildly imaginative, but its subjects are novel enough in their own right." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 28, 2003
60%

Old School (2003)

"This movie's enough to give you a big fat Greek dreading." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 22, 2003
19%

The Life of David Gale (2003)

"After two hours of bludgeoning by Parker's moralistic mallet, even those who came in sympathetic to his views may leave with second thoughts." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 21, 2003
57%

The Guru (2002)

"A joyous genre-blender guaranteed to crank up your karma." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 14, 2003
80%

Private Parts (1997)

"A choppy amalgram of Revenge of the Nerds, Father Knows Best and Network." ‐Washington Post
Posted Nov 7, 2002
8%

Double Dragon (1994)

"While clumsily paced by first-time director Jim Yukich and amateurishly acted, the picture does take place against the imaginative backdrop of New Angeles, the urban archipelago formed when the Big One crumpled Southern California." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 22, 2002
77%

372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning) (1986)

"Like Zorg, we are bedazzled by Betty's bright eyes, big moue and wild child's ways." ‐Washington Post
Posted Oct 2, 2002
31%

For Queen and Country (1989)

"For Queen & Country is suspense-free, a laboriously paced look at the poor man's impotence in an unjust society." ‐Washington Post
Posted Sep 9, 2002
71%

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

"A misbegotten attempt to update the genre that only proves the enduring -- if not downright inviolable -- appeal of the boy-meets-girl scenario." ‐Washington Post
Posted Aug 29, 2002
87%

Donnie Brasco (1997)

"Unfortunately, the story isn't inventive and Newell's methodical approach to it verges on monotony." ‐Washington Post
Posted Aug 14, 2002
29%

The Saint (1997)

"Reinvention in the hands of Hollywood is seldom cause for celebration." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jun 26, 2002
5/5 96%

Sling Blade (1996)

"A masterpiece of Southern storytelling." ‐Washington Post
Posted May 8, 2002
4.5/5 90%

Lantana (2002)

"A perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 3, 2002
0/5 10%

Slackers (2002)

"Although no pastry is violated, this nasty comedy pokes fun at the same easy targets as other rowdy raunch-fests -- farts, boobs, unmentionables -- without much success." ‐Washington Post
Posted Feb 1, 2002
1.5/5 43%

Piñero (2002)

"This character was an abusive swine. Perhaps it would be best to let his art stand on its own." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 25, 2002
1.5/5 34%

I Am Sam (2001)

"A well-intentioned but ludicrous tale." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 25, 2002
96%

Supercop (1996)

"With martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, older may be better." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2002
13%

Carpool (1996)

"A clunker of a chase movie that gets more mileage out of its cut-the-cheese jokes than it does from the this comic duo." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2002
10%

House Arrest (1996)

"There's little to commend this formulaic and misleading fantasy, which seems sadly aimed at an especially fragile audience -- kids from broken homes who all too often blame themselves." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2002
14%

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

"Farley, a real lightweight compared to such late, great predecessors John Belushi and John Candy, brings none of Belushi's edgy intelligence, nor Candy's gentle pathos to this comic caricature." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2002
19%

Spawn (1997)

"The nonsensical screenplay can barely stand-up to the hellzapoppin,' Beelzebubbin' effects mustered by first-time director Mark Dippe." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2002
1.5/5 46%

Orange County (2002)

"Strictly a vanity vehicle with a mess of star babies on board." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2002
94%

Fargo (1996)

"Gunderson (Frances McDormand) [is] the most endearing, hilarious and wholly feminine heroine since Thelma or Louise." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 18, 2002
72%

Forrest Gump (1994)

"Skillfully adapted by screenwriter Eric Roth, the story belongs in the company of such sweet classics as Rain Man and Harvey." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 16, 2002
2.5/5 32%

Charlotte Gray (2002)

"Sometimes war is predictable hell." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 11, 2002
4/5 82%

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

"Fun-loving, carefully crafted romp." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
3.5/5 75%

Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius (2001)

"This little charmer both celebrates and kids the corny conventions of family sitcoms." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
1/5 29%

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

"Cage's ancestors may have come from the Old Country, but he's no more Italian than Franco-American SpaghettiOs." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
4/5 45%

Planet of the Apes (2001)

"Splendidly envisioned and boldly executed." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
3/5 42%

Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)

"Murphy, who was upstaged by the talking animals in the original, brings bite as well as bark to the funnier sequel." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
1.5/5 22%

Impostor (2002)

"Impostor isn't really a movie, it's only impersonating one." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
3.5/5 90%

Iron Monkey (2001)

"A crackling Cantonese action caper in the tradition of Robin Hood, Zorro, Batman et al." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
1.5/5 32%

America's Sweethearts (2001)

"The premise falters along with much of the shtick." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
3.5/5 44%

Rat Race (2001)

"Fitfully amusing farce." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
4/5 64%

Bandits (2001)

"It's just about impossible not to fall for the ingratiating trio, especially Thornton's Terry." ‐Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
1.5/5 50%

Kate & Leopold (2001)

"Apparently they were made for each other (unfortunately the actors weren't)." ‐Washington Post
Posted Dec 25, 2001
3.5/5 55%

The Shipping News (2001)

"It's worth seeing at the very least because it is so different from standard Hollywood fare." ‐Washington Post
Posted Dec 25, 2001
4/5 80%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"Chock-full of quotable lines and silly surprises." ‐Washington Post
Posted Dec 21, 2001
5/5 91%

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

"Spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope ... a dream come true." ‐Washington Post
Posted Dec 19, 2001
0/5 29%

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

"Save your time, save your money, save your soul. Stay at home." ‐Washington Post
Posted Dec 14, 2001
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