For 146 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 26% 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 Norm of the North
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 146
  2. Negative: 6 out of 146
146 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Rife
    The necessity of constructing basically an entirely new narrative means that Suspiria sometimes feels scattershot and overstuffed in its plotting, a notable flaw in this otherwise beautiful fever dream of a film. The craft and attention to detail throughout are sublime.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    The fantasy and horror sections of The House With A Clock In Its Walls, including a scene where our core trio must fight reanimated jack-o’-lanterns, are full of wonder. Some of them — and this is a sentence we never thought we’d write about an Eli Roth movie — downright sparkle.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    Putting Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny on screen together was a wonderful choice—one that doesn’t deserve to be drowned in a torrent of confusing, implausible, and just downright dull ones.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    If your tastes in crime fiction lean more toward whiskey-soaked detectives, A Simple Favor might be bubbly enough to give you a headache despite the darkness of its themes. But that’s okay. More prosecco for the rest of us.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    The acting is hammy, but intentionally so, as is the crude, greasepaint-and-baby powder makeup on the ghosts. Clearly, Vesely has pushed the stylization of the piece as far as it can go in order to compensate for Slice’s low budget.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Rife
    Nyoni is clearly confident in her vision and the story she wants to tell, and in her capable hands, the result is spellbinding.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Rife
    If your heart skips a beat during this movie, it’ll probably be from laughter. But if you adjust your expectations and go in expecting something loud, lurid, and frequently utterly ridiculous, it’s good for a cheap adrenaline rush all the same.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    Like "Amer" and "The Strange Color Of Your Body’s Tears," Let The Corpses Tan is fetishistic, kaleidoscopic, and obsessed with the intersection between sex and death.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Katie Rife
    Something worse than bad. It’s utterly forgettable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    With its blaring hardcore punk soundtrack and aggressive neon color palette, The Ranger isn’t remotely subtle. Given the type of movie it is, that’s mostly a good thing, though the in-your-face style gives away some of the aforementioned character-driven twists earlier than it should.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    It’s Close’s wonderfully subtle characterization of Joan that lifts The Wife above its cliché setups and neat role reversals, which is really rather ironic. Once again, it’s the wife doing all the hard work. At least this time, she gets top billing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Rife
    The film’s dialogue and characterization are similarly undercooked: The script strains painfully hard for off-the-cuff vulgarity, but never quite achieves it, and while the pop culture references—always a punching bag for critics when dealing with nostalgia-themed entertainments—are applied sparingly, the tin-earned dialogue gives them an awkward, shoehorned-in quality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    In fact, all the weed smoking and street-smart sidewalk banter aside, Skate Kitchen’s perspective is, in many ways, downright innocent; as such, it may be a better fit for adolescent viewers than adult ones.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Rife
    Much of what’s around them is rote and uneven, but Kunis and McKinnon are a comedic duo worth hanging on to.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Rife
    The film is consistently beautiful to look at in an “industrial metal album cover” kind of way, pairing dimly lit, black-and-white cinematography and artfully composed mise-en-scéne.
    • 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.
    • 67 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.

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