For 61 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Staeger's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 90 Creepy
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 61
  2. Negative: 18 out of 61
61 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Staeger
    What's the opposite of a jump scare? Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has mastered it in the superb Creepy, revealing the upsetting details with such slow-build subtlety that you don't notice your skin crawling until it's halfway out the door.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Staeger
    Early scenes overplay the shock of these phantasms, but just as you expect Geoghegan to crank up the effects, the film mixes in some subtler scares.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Staeger
    With Stonehearst Asylum, director Brad Anderson doles out a vintage Halloween treat — a straightforward Poe adaptation of the sort that Vincent Price used to star in — and gives it a freshness and complexity that make it a delight.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
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    Director Dennis Iliadis doesn't overdwell on the existentialism of the concept; he lets emotional beats strobe against the WTF experience of the temporal doubles, peppering the action with distinct images and events to make the repetition stand out.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    Writer-directors Micah Wright and Jay Lender are kids'-cartoon vets and show a facility for comedy on a more human level here — as does the nimble cast, which ably handles the tonal shift from travel nightmare to actual nightmare.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    Filmgoers who brave We Are the Flesh may regret seeing it. Forgetting it is another matter entirely.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    Where most post-Shrek animated films are manic and all too eager to please, Rémi Chayé's deliberately paced Long Way North tells its story with clarity and an urgent calm.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    He Never Died is a Tootsie Pop of a movie. It has the outer shell of Taken...but there's an altogether different treat in the center.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    Bogliano is not a subtle director — check his sudden zooms on items of portent — but he painstakingly shows us Caro opening her mind to the possibility of supernatural evil, and he's careful not to tip his hand too soon as to whether it's real or imagined.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    A concurrent plot involving Ava's family doesn't land quite as well, as it travels down some more familiar paths, but the twelve-step satire had me grinning like a fiend.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    Cawthorne's performance underpins the resulting power fantasy with genuine emotion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    Overall, it's a strong sampler, with surprising variety.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    Not quite a biopic, the film presents an overview of Ip's years in Hong Kong; Anthony Wong's dignified performance begins with the grandmaster almost fully formed.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    The film is most successful when humanizing the people behind the objectification, with lives beyond the smut.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    Not every gamble works: The girls' intrusive Bejeweled-like social-media game annoys at every turn, and the plot itself is murky. But #Horror mesmerizes nonetheless, filled with tension, cruelty, and can't-look-away style.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    Bishop isn't afraid to leave the club behind, confidently expanding beyond the seedy premise to become a three-way chase among the bachelor party guys, the club management, and a ferocious supernatural force.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Staeger
    Fans will clamor for Wyrmwood 2; the brothers have the talent to aim higher.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    Vincent Guastini's makeup effects are the star here, a refreshing change from the inky CGI morphing of too much modern horror.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    The anthology is a mixed stocking; if you reach inside, something's likely to grab you.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    The film itself works best once most of the soldiers have been dispatched—too often in the first half, the constant running and discharging of firearms proves too similar to watching a first-person-shooter video game.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    Kevin and Michael Goetz's direction emphasizes the remoteness of the setting. The howl of the desert wind and the unflagging hammer of the sun are the backdrop for every bad decision, lending them a plausibility they wouldn't have in comfort.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    In Fear traffics in suspicion, ratcheting tension, and shocks — including a few really effective ones — more than in satisfying explanations.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    The Lennon Report loses some steam in its second half as the immediacy of the operating theater dissipates in press conferences and obituary voiceovers. Even so, Profe does an admirable job walking us through the day's events, weaving together the accounts of people on the scene.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    The drama plays out as expected — the ending, particularly, seems too pat — but offers several well-executed moments of tension along the way.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    After a promising start, rote possession imagery eventually becomes the focus, culminating in a by-the-numbers ending.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    Green seems to be asking: In the face of beasts whose scale and life cycles we can't begin to grasp, how can we allow our fellow human beings to be so unknowable?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    The film is playful throughout... Unfortunately, the shoddy treatment of the film's sole LGBT character and a tendency to use people in wheelchairs as punchlines mar this otherwise delightful gruesome confection.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    Director Jordan Rubin and the cast know the material is ridiculous, but calibrate the tone so that the dangers still feel dangerous.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    The film suffers from a series of unsatisfying endings, but it's nonetheless refreshing to see a zombie movie with brains behind the camera instead of on the menu.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Staeger
    The feudal revenge drama sacrifices thrills in favor of moral reflection in the unspoiled French countryside, keeping most of its violence at arm's length.

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