For 93 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Nelson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Room 237
Lowest review score: 10 Killers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 93
  2. Negative: 12 out of 93
93 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Nelson
    Charles Ferguson's sophomore film Inside Job is the definitive screen investigation of the global economic crisis, providing hard evidence of flagrant amorality -- and of a new nonfiction master at work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Nelson
    A handsomely mounted adaptation of the like-titled Portuguese novel, Ruiz's 4 1/2-hour epic establishes the essential ambiguity of its chameleonic characters from the get-go and proceeds thereby, with riveting results and revelations that continue right to the end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Nelson
    Handsomely produced and never less than hugely entertaining, Ascher's film is catnip for Kubrickians and critics both professional and otherwise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Nelson
    Focusing on the absurdly ultraviolent tit-for-tat tussles among a trio of Tokyo crime families, the film is a beautifully staged marvel that confidently reasserts Kitano's considerable cinematic gifts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Nelson
    Skillfully adapted from Tim Tharp's novel, evocatively lensed in the working-class neighborhoods of Athens, Ga., and tenderly acted by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, this bittersweet ode to the moment of childhood's end builds quietly to a pitch-perfect finale.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Nelson
    A dynamic and immersive piece of you-are-there verite.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    Debuting writer-director Anusha Rizvi manages to wrest a lively feature out of a gravely serious issue, capturing the desperation of India's village farmers, as well as the nation's shift from agriculture to industrialization, without losing sight of the entertainment principle.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    In purely cinematic terms, Buried, set in late 2006, is an ingenious exercise in sustained tension that would make Alfred Hitchcock turn over in his grave.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    Repugnant content, grislier than the ugliest torture porn, ought to have made the film unwatchable, but it doesn't, simply because Kim's picture is so beautifully filmed, carefully structured and viscerally engaging.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    There's no mistaking Jardin's playful mastery of the Hollywood-style action aesthetic; his movie starts in high gear and accelerates steadily from there.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    Much like the band's self-conscious synth-pop itself, "Shut Up" is initially satiric but ultimately disarming in its emotional resonance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    First-time writer-director Aurora Guerrero beautifully captures the fluctuating dynamics of friendship between 15-year-old girls in Mosquita y Mari.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    A highly satisfying Western-cum-noir in the old tradition, Deadfall is alive in ways that are all too rare among American movies.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    Give or take the titular disclosure, John Dies at the End is a thoroughly unpredictable horror-comedy -- and an immensely entertaining one, too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, The Crash Reel is a thoroughly winning docu portrait of former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    Director Jesse James Miller’s bio of ‘80s-era World Boxing Council lightweight champ Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini connects on emotional levels in the telling of an up-from-nothing brawler whose colorful career climaxed in tragedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    The ups and downs of a decades-long friendship are charted with warmth and sensitivity in Shepard and Dark.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    [An] initially playful, ultimately haunting documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    An aptly intense and innovative study of pioneering rock poet Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth playfully disguises itself as fiction while more than fulfilling the requirements of a biographical documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    A digressive, daringly experimental study of a flailing musician, magnetically played by accomplished bluesman and poet Willis Earl Beal.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    Slight but winning and often funny, the scrappy Amerindie Wah Do Dem is a fish-out-of-water comedy driven by Sean "Bones" Sullivan's offbeat performance.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    Those wearing black finger-polish are bound to appreciate it, but first-time feature director Alexandre Franchi deserves mainstream cred for his own cheeky role-play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    Sparked by wonderfully lived-in performances from Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right is alright, if not up to the level of writer-director Lisa Cholodenko's earlier pair of new bohemian dramas, "High Art" and "Laurel Canyon."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    Splashy colors, oddball framing, super-cool threads and cranked-up retro music supply the picture's bizarre love triangle with a dance-club atmosphere that'll seduce young audiences of most any orientation.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    Despite amply funded f/x, including some spectacular muscle-car stunts, the movie motors to the grindhouse with squealing tires and guitars, gratuitous nudity and gore, and a scantily clad greasy-spoon waitress endearingly played by Amber Heard.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    More compelling as an intellectual exercise than an emotional one, Certified Copy finds deep-thinking writer-director Abbas Kiarostami asserting there's nothing new under the Tuscan sun, particularly not his own conventional romantic drama set in rural Italy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    A possession thriller less terrifying than fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    Distinguished by splashy cinematography, engaging performances from Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt as the girl's go-get-'em parents.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    An aptly gorgeous-looking Manhattan meller whose quartet of sexy actors proves no less attractive than the well-mounted picture as a whole.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    Under African Skies is appreciably smarter than most celebrity musician documentaries.

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