For 97 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 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: 44 out of 97
  2. Negative: 13 out of 97
97 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    This fawning docu goes to lengths to portray the octogenarian Playboy magazine founder as among the greatest figures of 20th-century American popular culture, while only cursorily acknowledging his status as a pioneering softcore pornographer.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    The narratively jumbled film...features too many scenes that amount to mere stargazing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    Alternately gutsy and preachy, specific and scattered, the righteously angry pic risks alienating those who could be galvanized by its proof of Big Oil's corrupting omnipotence.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    The helmer’s narrative dead end here registers not as a lack of nerve so much as a lack of imagination.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    Oddly overstuffed with cameos by bigscreen actors playing tongue-in-cheek versions of themselves, Webber's Los Angeles-set, microbudget dramedy delivers some rare and beautiful moments of daddy day-care, but its tone shifts more wildly than a preschooler's disposition and its narrative is stillborn.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    Far less chilling than versions from 1951 and 1982, Universal's latest take on The Thing at least has a strong lead thesp in Mary Elizabeth Winstead, recruited for the studio's bid to turn a tale of ice-cold macho paranoia into a beauty-vs.-beast shocker a la "Alien."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    Even devotees of the Replacements' defiant perversity will be unsatisfied with this talky tribute to a noisy band.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    A weaker "Elephant," Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve's school-shooting drama Polytechnique nevertheless distinguishes itself by endeavoring to comprehend the 25-year-old man who murdered more than a dozen female students at Montreal's Polytechnique School in 1989.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Nelson
    A costumer that's well named for being pleasant and conventional but little more.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Mistaking over-the-top dysfunctional family cruelty for comedy and drama, Another Happy Day tries and fails to channel "Rachel Getting Married" in its protracted tale of a wedding-party weekend that turns predictably from scabrous to redemptive.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Shovels enough dirt on the Tea Party guru and self-described hockey mom to satisfy her haters, but lacks sufficient humor and insight to make it a must-see for anyone outside the Brit muckraker's fan base.
    • 76 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    The effort of sussing out this satire’s attitude seems silly for the fact that its jokes just aren’t funny enough.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Not clever enough to be truly pretentious.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    A typically smart performance by Juliette Binoche isn't enough to keep Elles from drowning in pseudo-intellectual pretension and general banality.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    This monotonously deadpan coming-of-age comedy has little to recommend it beyond some beautiful widescreen cinematography and the momentary kick of seeing David Duchovny looking like a stoned Jesus as Goat Man.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Acquitting herself capably in a lead role that strips her bare in more ways than one, Robin Weigert (HBO’s “Deadwood”) proves worthy of a future in features, whereas first-time writer-director Stacie Passon mainly exposes her background in commercials.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Abundantly goofy, but atmospheric only in spots, this flat-affect screwballer has its moments, and may attract a minor cult.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Bursting with cheap f/x, the pic is often tedious when not repugnant, but it’s hard to dislike.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Finding a pulse only in the band's late-reel performance of "Alive," a lusty passage that would've begun a pic intent on making a case for the group's greatness, "Twenty" simply counts the years from 1991 via sludgy backstage and onstage footage whose rarity can't forgive its inclusion. Crowe's critic mentor, the late Lester Bangs, would cringe.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Formulaic and forgettable.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Nelson
    Pulling off the thespian equivalent of running a marathon, the hyperventilating Olsen works awfully hard in the service of a film that, in the end, does little or nothing to preserve her character's integrity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Nelson
    In the curious absence of religious satire, toilet humor isn't enough to constitute comedy, while the leads' grating performances make 81 minutes feel eternal.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Nelson
    In this case, Montiel's awkward appropriation of gritty crime-drama conventions results in a film that's contrived and implausible, at times absurdly so.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Nelson
    Milkshake sucks all the flavor out of a tasty premise.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Nelson
    Director Argento half-heartedly mixes schlocky 3D f/x with one-dimensional characters for a near-two-hour joke that ought to have been funnier.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Nelson
    Straining to be a distaff “Deliverance,” indie thriller Black Rock is unable to shock, much less convince.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Nelson
    Unlike his "Snakes on a Plane," director David R. Ellis' sharks-in-a-lake thriller displays little sense of its scenario's camp potential. Gore, too, is in short supply on account of the pic's PG-13 rating, which renders the attack scenes nearly toothless.

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