Richard Corliss

Richard Corliss
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
82% High School Musical 2 (2007) At best, it's an honorable sequel to the thing of last year -- but I'm pleased it exists, and more tickled that the franchise is so successful. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
40% The Black Hole (1979) No matter what its story means to tell us about the sterility of science and the tyranny of the computer, The Black Hole is executed with such impersonal craftsmanship that it ends up on the side of the machines. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Promise (1978) When, at year's end, critics vote The Promise the Drippiest Movie of 1979, you may want to know first-hand what all the pouting was about. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
78% Yanks (1979) Yanks, a tribute to sentimental war movies as much as to the camaraderie of war, concentrates on murmurs of the middle-class heart. And in its soft-spoken fidelity to the domestic emotions, it is indeed gorgeous. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
86% The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) The best reason for seeing Joe Tynan is Meryl Streep. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
67% Saint Jack (1979) It's good to have [Bogdanovich] once again feeding his habit -- and ours -- for well-made movies with engaging characters and a fine feeling for time and place. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
100% Pane e Cioccolata (Bread and Chocolate) (1974) Bread and Chocolate provides a yeasty, semisweet couple of hours at the movies -- no mean accomplishment these days. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
88% The Muppet Movie (1979) The Muppet Movie packs all the thrills, laughs and excitement of a... well, two-ring circus. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Bell Jar (1979) Read the book. Flee the movie. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
83% North Dallas Forty (1979) The movie boasts some fine performances -- by Nolte, Mac Davis as the Bulls' quarterback and John Matuszak as a fired-up lineman -- but it's too concerned with celebrating the mating and bonding rituals of overgrown adolescents. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
71% Agatha (1979) Even the seeker after that most honorable of movie pleasures -- a good time -- is likely to say, "Nice. But why bother?" - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Last Married Couple in America (1980) There are no valid historical or esthetic reasons to see this out-of-date ode to California compatibility. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet Lost and Found (1979) Melvin Frank has a fine track record as a comedy write, but he hasn't the directorial ability to bring off this uneasy blend of slapstick and satire. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
81% The Jerk (1979) Carl Reiner, who has made his own contributions to comedy with Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks and Dick Van Dyke, does little to set a mood or rhythm or even an aura of good feeling that will carry audiences over the slow spots. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
78% Hardcore (1979) Despite its subject, the movie is beyond austerity -- it's inert. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
38% When a Stranger Calls (1979) When a Stranger Calls does not herald a major film-making talent -- it's just another textbook experiment in terror. You will jump, though. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet Hero at Large (1980) Hero at Large elicits a few laughs, a thrill or two and a climactic bucket of tears. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
45% The Way of the Gun (2000) What aims at being terrifying is just loud and goofy. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
78% The Dark Crystal (1982) As narrative, the incidents in The Dark Crystal are unremarkable; as the excuse for special effects, fanciful decor and eccentric characters, they do nicely enough. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
95% Les Vampires (1915) Les Vampires, with thrill upon stunt upon criminal chicanery, is as modern as Rush Hour or The X Files. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
52% Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) Some movies ought to be reviewed not by critics but by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
22% Patch Adams (1998) Comics who want to do Hamlet often end up, as here, serving big, sticky slices of ham. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
88% Affliction (1997) There are too many of these men in life, and not enough films that tell their sad tales. That gives Affliction a therapeutic worth. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
56% I, Robot (2004) In the end, I, Robot is just an assembly-line product of a not very advanced model. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
50% Oliver & Company (1988) Oliver & Company is Dickens with a twist, and Disney with a treat. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
43% Space Jam (1996) The movie could have been a gleaming showcase for cartoon wit. Instead it's an 87-minute commercial peddling sainthood for Michael Jordan. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
40% A Chorus Line (1985) Richard Attenborough's movies are like the best-behaved guests at a Swiss embassy reception; they never offend, never impress. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
52% Death Becomes Her (1992) Meryl Streep shines in a glitzy black comedy, but it's still She-Devil with a make-over. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
13% An American Carol (2008) The mean spirit of Zucker's satire hardly jibes with the liberal spirits of the original tale. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
50% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Director Ron Howard usually lets his comedies gestate organically, but his Grinch is frantic from start to finish. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
36% Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) Only marginally insufferable, the Ernest movie is...a big-screen example of the TV-sitcom tendency to go broad and sappy with a token Yuletide show each December. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
28% Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) We're not knocking the transformation of a hallowed holiday figure into a homicidal maniac...it's the pleasure Billy and the movie take in leering at, then dicing up young women that lands Charles E. Sellier Jr.'s sicko Santa on our worst list. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
73% Frosty the Snowman (1969) To those of middle age who remember Frosty fondly, we offer this warning: Look again, and yawn. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
14% Wholly Moses! (1980) There are a couple of droll sight gags, but nothing can redeem Wholly Moses! from its destiny of eternal mirthlessness. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
94% Howards End (1992) Elegant and powerful, accommodating collisions of class and temperament with the grace of a perfect Edwardian hostess, Howards End is the work to which all Merchant Ivory's other films have pointed and aspired. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
69% Black Sunday (1977) Black Sunday may well make a bundle, thanks to the technical skill with which it manages its long-delayed payoff. But it is getting tiresome to be forced to admire, for want of anything else to do, the skill with which moviemakers jerk audiences around. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
42% Everybody's All-American (1988) As the one character who grows and doesn't just calcify, Lange brings wily zest to each step in Babs' coming-out party. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
66% The Pillow Book (1997) In The Pillow Book, text and texture meet so exquisitely. Sex is a visual art, Greenaway says, and writing is a matter of life and death. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
93% Salaam Bombay! (1988) Salaam Bombay! deserves a broad audience, not just to open American eyes to plights of hunger and homelessness abroad, but to open American minds to the vitality of a cinema without rim shots and happy endings. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
93% 99 Homes (2015) Shannon as actor and Carver as charismatic scoundrel are winners, and neither needs a government bailout to possess every minute of 99 Homes. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2015
85% The Sacrifice (1986) In The Sacrifice, the cryptic Tarkovsky style helps create a towering cathedral. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
90% Mad Max (1979) [The] film has been consigned to the grind houses, where audiences are responding as Miller wants them to. From there Mad Max will find its way to the film schools and revival houses, where its tough-gutted intelligence may be appreciated. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
87% Fresh (1994) [Fresh is] made with a subtle precision that suggests a Vermeer landscape of the ninth circle of hell. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) The year's most seductive high-IQ drama. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) It's an enormous, steroidal blast, and as much ingenious fun as a blockbuster can be. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2015
28% Get Hard (2015) Laughter trumps political fairness; and Get Hard made me laugh at, and with, situations I hadn't thought could tickle me. The movie has a warm heart beating under its seemingly scabrous shell. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2015
16% Serena (2015) Filmed in 2012 and finally limping into theaters like a glamorous zombie, the movie has star wattage but zero emotional voltage. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2015
28% Insurgent (2015) With its repeat itinerary, Insurgent is less a sequel than a remake. The movie has an ordinary middle-chapter scenario, and less The Empire Strikes Back than Attack of the Clones. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
85% Cinderella (2015) Nearly a century after that black-and-white cartoon short, and 65 years after a "classic" animated feature that missed the mark, Disney finally got Cinderella right -- for now and, happily, ever after. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2015
82% Talk Radio (1988) Stone wants more. In Salvador and Platoon he found drama to match his message; here he must invent tragedy to suit his spleen. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015