For 132 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Katie Rife's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 91 City of Ghosts
Lowest review score: 25 The Snowman
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 132
  2. Negative: 5 out of 132
132 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Rife
    A film that’s refreshingly free of the gushing sound bites from sycophantic celebrities that too often dominate fashion documentaries.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    In the end, though, it’s the very concepts that make The Night Eats The World sound insufferably pretentious on paper — namely, its high-minded ideas and emphasis on small moments — that tip the film toward intriguing rather than, well, zombifying.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    Despite the sensitivity of its storytelling, and Chastain’s career-defining passion for playing headstrong, independent women like Mrs. Weldon, it also never really comes to life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Rife
    Flavorless and unexciting, thanks to an execution as formulaic as a well-worn copy of "The Joy Of Cooking."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    When the new SuperFly does show flashes of street-smart wit...its energy is infectious. Mostly, though, it needs to take its hero’s advice and take things up a notch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Rife
    In the end, Nancy is a bit too dogmatic in its refusal to provide easy answers, its emotional impact dissipating like dust in a sunbeam with every understated non-revelation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    Pin Cushion is as quirky and as prickly as its title, an unclassifiable dramedy about bullying and mother-daughter relationships that proposes that mean-girl behavior doesn’t go away after high school.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    Whannell strikes out on his own with his first truly original concept as a writer-director...in a film whose production is as ambitious as its story is formulaic. Thankfully, the former mostly compensates for the latter, making Upgrade a genre-bending summer treat for those who don’t mind a little (okay, a lot) of blood with their popcorn.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Rife
    The script is so lazy and outdated in its humor, it condescends to the same audience it purports to empower.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Rife
    The way the script pulls its punches is less offensive than simply toothless, giving Overboard the feel of a film written by a focus group, or maybe a script-writing robot programmed with the latest demographic trends.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    Duck Butter is clever without being all that hilarious, and personal without being all that revealing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    It’s not a great film by any means, but it is the epitome of a “Fantastic Fest movie,” meaning enjoyed best with friends and a few drinks.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Katie Rife
    It’s a muddled, contradictory, confusing mess, made even more so by the darkly cynical streak that runs through the film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Rife
    Although The Endless works just fine as a standalone film, looking at it in the wider context of Benson and Moorhead’s work highlights another, more meta theme: the desire to return to an earlier, simpler period in one’s life, and relive those glory days forever.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 42 Katie Rife
    So what was Tyler Perry going for here? Based on the sanctimonious streak that runs throughout his work, one might posit that he was trying to wrap a gleefully outrageous thriller around a lesson on marriage, like a slice of bacon around a particularly bitter pill. Except, at some point, the bacon got hopelessly overcooked.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    The film works best if you approach it as a fantasy, with Jen as a near-supernatural angel of vengeance; otherwise, it’s easy to get hung up on the inconsistencies as the action grows increasingly over-the-top.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    Beyond the characterization of its complex anti-heroine, though, I Kill Giants doesn’t stray too far from an established collection of story beats, stretched thin over a slightly too-long 106-minute run time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    Viewers who are looking for something thought-provoking as well as thrilling have come to the right place.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    It’s a serviceable period ghost story that’s slight in story and not exactly subtle in themes, but contains a few genuinely striking images and atmosphere to spare.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    The shining star of this little community is Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas), who’s put together an intimate gathering of friends to celebrate her recent promotion to Shadow Minister for Health.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 33 Katie Rife
    Turns out, what really turns series creator E.L. James on is well-heeled domesticity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    An amiable crime dramedy from a more under-the-radar pair of filmmaking brothers, Ian and Eshom Nelms.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Katie Rife
    She’s (Henson) a compelling leading woman, all in all. Too bad she’s stuck in such an incompetently directed mess of a movie.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 42 Katie Rife
    Bright gestures vaguely at an allegory about police brutality and race, which may have been more impactful in the original script. It’s hard to tell. For his part, Landis has largely disowned the final product, which buries some glimmers of interesting ideas under a thick layer of adolescent tough-guy posturing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    While Bening does a studied impression of Grahame’s supple body language, she uses a light touch when recreating her Betty Boop-esque voice, letting Grahame’s seductiveness ooze from her gorgeously refined pores.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    Fast-paced, frequently funny, and consistently entertaining.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    This particular film is a collection of cutesy “going in style” clichés — old lady on a motorcycle? Check. Senior-citizen oral sex joke? Check. — compiled into a road movie with shades of "About Schmidt" and "Little Miss Sunshine," and a morbid streak that comes in to cut the quirkiness just a little bit too late.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    The film features some of the most clichéd aphorisms about kindness and inner beauty this side of an inspirational wall hanging. But honestly? It could have been a lot worse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    The years have not mellowed Miike’s flair for over-the-top bloodshed, but they have refined his style. His decades of action-movie experience are evident in this kinetic, punchy live-action cartoon, which remains lively and charming enough to keep the audience engaged throughout most of its epic 140-minute running time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    It’s another portrayal of mental illness that keeps My Friend Dahmer from fully immersing viewers in its reality.

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