For 595 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Abele's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Dragon Inn (1967)
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)
Score distribution:
595 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Abele
    Director and co-writer David Wnendt is after serious comedy here, a character study of psychic pain, wounds hereditary and self-inflicted, and body-conscious absurdity that treats the human condition with wry intelligence, not empty prurience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Abele
    Heart of a Dog is that rarest of pieces, an unabashedly experimental work that's as inviting as a visit with an old friend, one who may not always make sense, who's sometimes goofy, but has been through a lot lately and treasures the opportunity to artfully unload.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Abele
    By turns Dickensian, Marxist and dystopian, it's a movie as deliriously unclassifiable as it is expertly focused in its desire to provoke and entertain.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Abele
    A director in command of everything from the watchful eyes of his actors, to the beauty of a misty morning light, to the heart-stopping vectors of arrows and swords bursting across a widescreen frame, Hu creates cinema that's the definition of kineticism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Abele
    [Filho's] mastery of pacing, theme and stylistic eccentricity throughout Neighboring Sounds is so assured as to be breathtaking. Don't miss it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Abele
    The fertility of Shults' image-making and storytelling skills is almost breathtaking, and much of Krisha draws on the subconscious power of his direction in tandem with Krisha Fairchild's mesmerizing turn.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Abele
    It humanely, intelligently questions the very nature of our desire to make sense of the past with the tools of the present, when the human mind remains the most aggressively obliterating battlefield of all.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 95 Robert Abele
    This fourth entry after a nine-year break for Damon and Greengrass should represent, for those ready and able to separate popcorn mayhem from the grim realities of world headlines, a bruising and exhilarating ride.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Robert Abele
    Is the relentlessness too much? At two and a half hours, perhaps, but inventiveness abounds.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    Post Tenebras Lux is that real rarity in cinema, a visually striking archaeology of the psyche that benefits both the moviegoer primed to engage Reygadas' ideas, and the ones open to being swallowed in an art film wave.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    It's Stevens, as the all-American cover-model mercenary both friendly and fatal, who gives The Guest its literally killer personality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    Deliberate and marked by uncommon grace, In The Family manages to feel politically and culturally acute without ever resorting to melodrama, or having to wave banners for issues or causes, except perhaps in its quiet way for a renewed humanism in movies and a return to stories about everyday lives.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    The same intelligence, wit and mature spirit that actress Vera Farmiga brings to her performances is richly apparent in her directorial debut as well, the inquisitive spiritual drama Higher Ground.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    The details are mesmerizing as is the rule-breaking psychology behind it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    With American independent filmmaking all too often a ready punching bag in today's cinéaste culture, this frequently dazzling, eccentric portrait of mutually assured destruction is that most delirious of combos: charmingly funny and emotionally terrifying.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    The real skill in Lane’s colorful tale about self-made millionaire, “inventor” and maverick John R. Brinkley is that it revels in how fun it is to believe in the unbelievable, and how sinisterly effective the mixture of fact and fiction can be. That includes, Lane eventually reveals, documentaries themselves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    A low-key, near-total charmer, writer-director Charles Poekel's Christmas, Again captures something ineffably moving about the holiday grind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    One of the best sports documentaries in recent memory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    Though Dheepan is another triumph for Audiard, it could have just as easily not worked had its leads not been so affecting
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    Zhang and his sterling actors have made something fairly unforgettable about the tragedy of forgetting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    Ferran's eccentricity is an acquired taste, but the light, emotional artfulness of Bird People — a cry for the senses in a world that so often dulls — is welcome.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    The movie’s physicality is never pushed to suggest suffering. It’s like a constant meditation, something to absorb and exhale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    Slaboshpytskiy has made one of the most unusual and disturbing films about criminality of the new century.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    In giving historical context to the poisonous nature of our oft-bemoaned political discourse, "Best of Enemies" showcases brainy bloodsport with humor, nostalgia and, appropriately, a lacing of melancholy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    Though the breathless tale and full-throttle tunes give "Filmage" plenty of rollicking energy, it's the through-line of genuine soulfulness and tireless artistic commitment that sets it apart.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    While thrashing chords score this gutbucket nightmare, Saulnier's way with overwhelmed characters, pressing evil and dangerous escape mechanics is practically symphonic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    Though it deals with complicated emotions surrounding acceptance and individuality, Holmer’s movie, which she wrote with Saela Davis and Lisa Kjerulff, is a model of control, not unlike its strong, watchful central character.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    Bastards is a thriller truly etched in darkness, pools of black broken mostly by the stricken yet soldiering faces of her main characters, like ships in a sea of stormy nights.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    It's a B movie made with A-student love for the relentless thrill of bodies in brutal motion.

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