Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet A Married Couple (1969) It is on the simplest verbal level that the movie, with its frank naturalism, grabs us. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
89% The Boys in the Band (1970) One leaves it exhausted, as one does all rubberneck excursions, but neither emotionally elevated nor intellectually enlightened. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
75% Tropic of Cancer (1970) In this pretty film an important essence is lost, and it is ironic that the spoken Miller prose keeps reminding us of what we are missing. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
93% Z (1969) What's so great about Director Costa-Gavras' simple, forceful reconstruction of the event is its understatement. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
86% Marooned (1969) The special effects are swell and I ended up feeling nice and tense despite myself. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
29% The Happy Ending (1969) Disgusting. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
50% Gaily, Gaily (1969) It's a likable movie, but an unsatisfying one. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
80% The Reivers (1969) A rambling and pointless movie. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
50% John and Mary (1969) Under Peter Yates' tasteful direction, it turns out to be a mildly chic, mildly engaging little thing. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
No Score Yet Un monde nouveau (1966) It remains a disappointment, as any self-consciously imitative film must be, but it is never a total lie. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
29% What's New, Pussycat? (1965) It is a witless attempt to cash in on the spirit of Camp which now blights our laud. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
72% Ship of Fools (1965) The result, in both book and movie, is a Ship without buoyancy and with an alarming tendency to wallow in heavy seas. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
69% Darling (1965) I hope that Darling, Schlesinger, will finally establish him where he belongs -- in the very first rank of the younger directors. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
No Score Yet I Could Never Have Sex with Any Man Who Has So Little Regard for My Husband (1973) I Could Never may be the least important -- certainly the least pretentious -- movie of the year. But it is far from the least amusing. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970) In short, Stanley Sweetheart is a piece of cold, if ill-calculated, cynicism that tries to cover its tracks by zapping us with all sorts of visual tricks and trips. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
80% Rider on the Rain (1970) From the artful sensitivity of Forbidden Games to the sophisticated scares of Purple Noon to the slack shallowness and childlike elaborateness of plot on view here is a far fall for a man of talent. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
57% Too Late the Hero (1970) One can't help but feel we've been slogging through this movie jungle since childhood. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
64% Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) The resurrection of cliches is always a dubious proposition, but the revival of ones that were vulgar from the start strikes me as little short of insanity. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
No Score Yet Made for Each Other (1971) Some of its set pieces are rough-cut, crudely set gems. They are honest, artless and strangely moving, perhaps because they evoke laughter touched by the bitter universal experience. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
80% Minnie and Moskowitz (1972) The nicest thing about [Minnie and Moskowitz] is its refusal to generalize or to impose a meaning on the humble, familiar people it makes us care so much about. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
89% A Clockwork Orange (1971) The film, though surprisingly faithful to the plot line of the novel, is entirely faithless to its meaning. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
No Score Yet Sky West and Crooked (Bats with Baby Faces)(Gypsy Girl) (1966) It is merely what it is -- an atypical film about atypical people living in what is now an atypical environment. But it is also, as movies run today, atypically honest, modest and humane. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
81% Fahrenheit 451 (1966) Ultimately, the film has a powerful emotional impact, but it is achieved the hard way -- through the mind rather than the viscera -- and only in Its own good time. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
33% Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) It's a fine, tough, funny movie, distinguished by Furie's extraordinary feel for empty spaces and the empty people that inhabit them, by strong acting, most of all by the success with which it makes an unfamiliar milieu familiar. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
No Score Yet Adalen '31 (Adalen Riots) (1999) Adalen '31 leaps with life and with a marvelous variety of incident. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
No Score Yet The Family Way (1966) It takes intelligence to find genuine drama within the common lot, and real sensitivity to make of it something as consistently touching and funny as The Family Way. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
100% The Last Picture Show (1971) It transcends and transforms its near-banal material partly because it contains, all the way through the cast, some of the best acting you're likely to see this \ear, mostly because it is so sensitive to the details of time and place. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
60% The Hot Rock (1972) One enters the theater with great expectations. And one leaves muttering '"Promises, promises.'' - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
83% The Boy Friend (1971) It is an acute, duplicitous, discomfiting movie whose message, finally, is that all times are tough for the people who must live through them, and glow golden only for those who survive them, or imagine them. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
91% The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) (1971) The Emigrants is one of the great movies about this country, about America as an idea, America as an experience. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
61% Wild in the Streets (1968) A movie entirely made by untrustworthy-older 30s, it is an attempt to cram into an antique philosophical and esthetic frame a phenomenon that had, long before they began shooting, transcended that frame. - LIFE EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
39% Scream 3 (2000) [The cast] is good. And so are director Wes Craven's inventive stagings of these set-tos. Not so good is the absence of hip cross-references to the classic horror tropes. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
32% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) It is going to make a ton of money, but you never feel that's the only reason it was made. It respects itself and it respects us, and there's no reason to begrudge its success. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
54% The Hi-Lo Country (1998) Mammas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. And while you're at it, don't let them grow up to make movies about cowboys either. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
55% Mighty Joe Young (1998) This Christmas you could do worse than introduce the kids to the big Furby, one who carries a certain moral weight very lightly. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
82% The General (1998) Neither film nor actor tries to resolve Cahill's contradictions or anyone's feelings for him. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
61% A Civil Action (1998) A richly acted - see especially Robert Duvall's dreamy-fox opposition lawyer - subtly suspenseful, blessedly unmoralizing morality play. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
80% The Thin Red Line (1998) The film is a gorgeous garland on an unknown soldier's grave. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
45% Stepmom (1998) Under Chris Columbus' direction, they make a pretty but utterly misleading picture in which cheap sentiment is used to supply easy, false resolutions to agonizing issues. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
21% Harlem Nights (1989) Harlem Nights offers a depressing answer to that not entirely pressing question, "Will success spoil Eddie Murphy?" It looks as if it has. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
10% Orca - The Killer Whale (1977) The moviemakers have thumbed heavily through the literature of the sea in their search for dramatic cliches. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
41% Young Guns (1988) A grownup could die in this wasteland. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
54% Cruel Intentions (1999) Our fascination with this tale has always derived from its cool portrayal of utter amorality, which Kumble and his cast nicely energize with their heedless, youthful intensity. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
38% Ishtar (1987) Reasonably genial and diverting. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
44% Twins (1988) The whole movie has a warmth about it that never slops over into sentiment: there is much more here than tall-guy, short-guy jokes. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
49% Mommie Dearest (1981) Lacking psychological intelligence or, for that matter, awareness of Hollywood sociology, Mommie Dearest is just a collection of screechy scenes further distanced by convictionless direction. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
100% ...And the Fifth Horseman is Fear (...a paty jezdec je Strach) (1968) Director Brynych's stark, symbolic explorations of human despair lift The Fifth Horseman to a high level of creative cinema. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
43% Bye Bye, Braverman (1968) The result, called Bye Bye Braverman, has a lot to talk about, and nothing much to say. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
22% The Flintstones (1994) Once again, prehistory has been good to the film's producer, billed here as Steven Spielrock. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
53% King Kong (1976) The special effects are marvelous, the good-humored script is comic-bookish without being excessively campy, and there are two excellent performances - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017