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 Inside Job
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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    The docu’s accomplished summary of tension-filled events as they transpired from minute to minute comes at the expense of wide-angle historical context.
    • 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."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    Audaciously giving itself license to do whatever it wants, Leos Carax's narratively unhinged, beautifully shot and frequently hilarious Holy Motors coheres -- arguably, anyway -- into a vivid jaunt through the auteur's cinematic obsessions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    Under African Skies is appreciably smarter than most celebrity musician documentaries.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    It takes pains to make the political personal, forging the viewer’s identification with Scahill by making persistent use of his voiceover narration and keeping him oncamera throughout.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    Solidly acted but aloof and slow as molasses.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    An aptly infuriating expose of sexual abuse within the U.S. military, Kirby Dick's documentary The Invisible War calls high-ranking officials to account for turning a blind eye to a violent epidemic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Nelson
    [An] initially playful, ultimately haunting documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    The clearest achievement of Dolan’s typically self-indulgent eye-popper comes in equating its gender-bending protagonist’s metamorphoses with those in any relationship that lasts for years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    The picture scores big points by drawing a sharp distinction between corporate vidgame programmers and indies.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Nelson
    The movie is witty only on occasion. But it lingers in the mind, thanks largely to its trio of actors -- especially Alex Karpovsky.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Nelson
    This low-budget shocker eventually pays off, displaying just enough narrative ingenuity to compensate for a cinematically crude and logistically sketchy deployment of the requisite blood-and-guts mayhem.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Not clever enough to be truly pretentious.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Some genre fans who prefer the silly to the satiric may bite, but the anemic pic isn’t remotely weird or witty enough for cult immortality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Nelson
    Rossato-Bennett’s over-the-top narration often sounds cloying and banal... But the filmmaker succeeds in providing context, medical and historical, in between awakenings.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (“The Garden”) favors formulaic uplift over investigation, failing to offer a p.o.v. on whether young creative people should be driven as mercilessly as these. Lackluster videography further dulls the pic, which culminates in frustratingly fleeting glimpses of the students’ year-end performances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Nelson
    First-time writer-director Stephen Chbosky adapts his young-adult bestseller with far more passion than skill, which suits familiar scenes of adolescent awkwardness aptly enough.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    An extraordinarily engrossing tale becomes an extremely uncinematic experience in the hands of Israeli documentarian Nadav Schirman.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    A movie that tries and fails to channel the indelibly dreamy mood of Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides." Well-intentioned but derivative and only intermittently engaging, the suburban Michigan-set indie hits at least as many false notes as true ones.

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