Richard Roeper

Richard Roeper
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 78% 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 67% 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 97% 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 94% 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 82% 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 58% 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 81% 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 57% 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 63% 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 76% 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 60% 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 28% 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
3.5/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Forrest Tucker's swan song moments in The Old Man & the Gun are well tailored for Robert Redford's swan song as an actor. It's a damn good performance that also serves as a fitting curtain call.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) This is the best Star Is Born yet, and one of the best movies of the year.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/4 96% Blaze (2018) Hawke tells Foley's story with heart and style, and that's going to make Blaze Foley even more of a legend, and deservedly so.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 87% Colette (2018) Here's a movie with Keira Knightley that really does merit the sequel treatment.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) For the first three-quarters of The Sisters Brothers, the offbeat adventures and the fine performances are more than enough to carry the day - but then the wheels come off.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/4 29% Night School (2018) On occasion this Kevin Hart vehicle dabbles in real-world situations, but for the most part it's a feature-length sitcom that doesn't take full advantage of the wonderfully talented cast and settles for being ... OK.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) It's not often an animated children's movie features lessons about critical thinking, especially when the movie on the whole is a zippy, silly, zany, cheery little tale with the obligatory upbeat musical numbers.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3.5/4 88% Love, Gilda (2018) There's just too much Gilda greatness - on and off camera - to be contained in an 86-minute box.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
1.5/4 18% A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2018) Even if the above factors were clicking on all cylinders, the wrong touch in the editing bay could sink the moment.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
1.5/4 21% Little Italy (2018) My favorite groaner moment takes place during a backyard barbecue, where everyone drinks Peroni beer and makes sure the labels face the camera.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
3/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Moore hasn't lost his fire, or his touch for poking us in our collective consciousness (and consciences) to say, WAKE UP.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
1/4 13% Life Itself (2018) Life Itself... comes across as a ghoulish, five-alarm fire of a movie.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
1.5/4 10% God Bless the Broken Road (2018) After nearly two hours of plodding storytelling, and despite an affecting performance by Pulsipher, we know nothing about Amber other than her difficult circumstances and maybe the fact that she likes Rascal Flatts and Scrabble.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 65% American Chaos (2018) Stick with your instincts, good sir. Keep questioning how we got to where we are.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/4 33% The Predator (2018) Tremblay's work is so strong, so subtle, so natural, it's as if he's in another, much better movie.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 56% Slice (2018) The insanely zany storyline and the energetic performances, and yes, Chance eventually transforming into a werewolf - all of it kept me entertained throughout, and bless this movie's black little heart for that.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3.5/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) At times we can only laugh at how ridiculous A Simple Favor becomes - but that's OK, because the film has beat us to the punch and is inviting us to have fun with it. Invitation accepted.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Next Gen (2018) One certainly can't fault [it] for playing it safe or taking its foot off the accelerator.There's a LOT going on in this ambitious, visually impressive, sometimes entertaining but ultimately overstuffed and overlong adventure.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018