Richard Roeper

Richard Roeper
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 92% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) Small things transpire. Life-changing events happen. All of it framed in that one summer, where most days are about 90 percent despair and 10 percent hope and joy - but when you're 16, that 10 percent just might be enough to see you through to 17.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Canal Street (2019) Director and co-writer LaMarr does a fine job of cutting back and forth to the various storylines, and connecting them when the moment is right.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/4 36% Glass (2019) Mostly, though, it's an underwhelming, half-baked, slightly sour and even off-putting finale. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 68% Fyre Fraud (2019) Fyre Fraud is a little zippier and pop culture-y in its skewering...‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 91% Fyre (2019) As Fyre makes painfully clear, just about everyone involved with the project had to have known they were tumbling down a mountain at rapid speed and headed for almost guaranteed scandal and disaster‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/4 39% The Upside (2019) Among other problems, the overlong story is stuffed with unnecessary and momentum-blocking detours...‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2018) Thanks to the subtle brilliance of Reilly and Coogan, even someone who's never heard of Laurel and Hardy would likely see how magical these two were together.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) This movie works as a timeless romance, a family drama, a legal thriller and a poignant social commentary. A great American novel has been turned into a great American film.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3.5/4 62% Bird Box (2018) Great, shudder-inducing stuff.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/4 64% Vice (2018) In Adam McKay's free-ranging, tone-shifting, darkly funny, super-meta, hit-and-miss, absurdist biopic Vice, Bale nails it as the resilient, backstabbing, front-stabbing, ruthlessly ambitious Cheney.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/4 71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Well-intentioned and occasionally inspirational but mostly flat and safe and cliché-riddled "origins story" about Ginsburg's nascent career.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/4 41% Second Act (2018) So much of the humor and so many of the situations in "Second Act" feel like warmed-over Second Helpings of a dinner from long ago. A dinner that wasn't all that memorable in the first place.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) One of the many graceful touches in Welcome to Marwen is the total lack of pity or condescension in either world. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 64% Aquaman (2018) The saving grace of director James Wan's great-looking and reasonably entertaining but also meandering and sometimes truly ridiculous Aquaman is that everyone from screenwriters through the talented cast seems to get the sheer, waterlogged lunacy...‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
1/4 59% Vox Lux (2018) Through it all, Natalie Portman is a gamer, but in the case of this neon nightmare of a film, it was Game Over long before she hit the concert stage. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) [A] lack of consistency makes far too many pivotal plot points seem arbitrary, as if the filmmakers realized, "we have to get things moving!"‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/4 67% The Mule (2018) An entertaining enough offbeat crime comedy/drama featuring an amazing cast - led by the grizzled, shuffling, mumbling, wisecracking old dog playing the lead.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 79% Ben is Back (2018) Through it all, though, there's the magnificence of Julia Roberts, and the fine performances from Hedges, Vance and the rest of the cast. They do great justice to this finely constructed slice of fractured family life.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 84% Dumplin' (2018) There's so much more to enjoy, from the nuanced work by Jennifer Aniston that ensures Rosie's never a caricature of a pageant mom; to the warm and natural best-buddy chemistry between Danielle MacDonald and Odeya Rush...‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 55% Asher (2018) Dreyfuss sinks his teeth into his handful of scenes, while Bisset hits different but equally effective tones in her moments. The underrated Janssen, striking as ever, does her usual stellar work.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) Cuarón's artistry yields a film with the pinpoint authenticity of a docudrama, but also the intoxicating and lyrical poetry of memories as filtered through a perfect dream.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Favourite (2018) It's a period piece with a wink. It's also funny as hell and a true big-screen treat.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
1/4 16% Robin Hood (2018) It's legitimately funny. Not sure that was the intention.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 83% Creed II (2018) Even though we've seen this movie before (and more than once), there's a strong beating heart to this franchise.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) For such a sweet-natured, candy-colored, family-friendly animated adventure, Ralph Breaks the Internet serves up quite the mega-helping of meta material.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3.5/4 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) After a darkly hilarious musical number, the Buster story loses steam in its goofy closing moments - but that's OK, it's time to move on to the next chapter!‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 81% Green Book (2018) Thanks in large part to the winning chemistry between Ali and Mortensen, and a pretty darn inspirational true-life story as its foundation, this was one of the best times I've had at the movies this year.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) "The Front Runner" doesn't hit us over the head with parallels to today's political and media world. It doesn't have to.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/4 82% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family has heart and good intentions. It's a shame the journey is such a bumpy ride as it takes us all over the map.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/4 91% Widows (2018) As always, Steve McQueen is an original and bold storyteller, delivering the goods with dazzling creativity.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
2/4 58% The Grinch (2018) From time to time you'll laugh and maybe shed a tear, but this isn't the kind of Grinch you'll want to see each year.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 89% A Private War (2018) The most surprising - positively surprising - performance in the film comes from Jamie Dornan.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The movie is too busy bouncing all over the place, stuffing subplot after subplot into the mix.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/4 80% Boy Erased (2018) To its great credit, "Boy Erased" never reduces Jared's parents to monolithic, backwards-thinking caricatures.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) [It] creates magical, fantastic scenes that should utterly amaze audiences. Yet, the all-important emotional bonds between the characters feel thin and scripted. Where's the excitement? The sense of discovery? The amusing comic interplay?‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/4 94% Wildlife (2018) Here is a film with much to recommend - and yet the screenplay is just a little too uneven, and from time to time there's an unsettling creepiness and change in tone that seems inconsistent and manufactured, and I was left underwhelmed.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/4 64% Suspiria (2018) Ambitious, grandiose, occasionally compelling but far more often irritating and laughable.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/4 37% Hunter Killer (2018) All the actors are sunk by playing caricatures prone to spitting out leaden, often unintentionally humorous dialogue.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 88% What They Had (2018) Blythe Danner does a remarkable job of conveying Ruth's irreversible path into total memory loss without turning her into a movie-of-the-week cliché.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/4 77% Mid90s (2018) For most of the ride, Mid90s feels like an accurate time capsule - and a relatable journey even if you've never been on a skateboard in your life.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) At times Can You Ever Forgive Me? is actually quite funny and of course McCarthy is great in those scenes - but she's equally effective in the darkest, most dramatic moments. It's one of the finest performances of the year.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 89% Studio 54 (2018) In 98 minutes, Studio 54 captures the club on its best nights and on its worst mornings.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet is asked to hit some big notes in this performance, but we never see him acting. That's true greatness in the making.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 61% The Oath (2018) I found it to be the equivalent of a free-swinging slugger who is willing to strike out once, twice, even three times - but then hits one clear out of the park. It's worth the risk-reward ratio.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 79% Halloween (2018) Director Green isn't trying to reinvent the squeal. Halloween, the 2018 version, is the B-movie sequel Halloween, the 1978 version, has always deserved.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Taking turns in the spotlight, everyone in the cast is outstanding.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Tillman has an excellent touch for the quietly impactful scenes with Starr and her family, as well as the news footage-style depictions of marches and protests that go sideways...‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/4 88% First Man (2018) What makes the movie so memorable, so good, so strong, is the unvarnished, warts-and-all perspective.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 87% All About Nina (2018) Nina's Bjork and her Kristen Stewart are pretty good - but her impression of Werner Herzog is fantastically weird. And simply fantastic.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
1.5/4 29% Venom (2018) A tone-deaf, uneven and maddeningly dumb clunker that never settles on an identity, all the way to the closing credits.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018