For 884 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Abele's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Krisha
Lowest review score: 0 Back in the Day
Score distribution:
884 movie reviews
    • 29 Metascore
    • 35 Robert Abele
    Visually, Ratchet & Clank has its appeal.... But the story is ultimately too predictable and forgettable to make Ratchet & Clank anything but a kid-targeted holdover between slavishly awaited tentpole behemoths from the comic book world.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 35 Robert Abele
    This Ben-Hur may not be an epic fail, but its steady stream of shortcomings are certainly a cautionary journey for anybody with the hubris to try and rebuild the monuments of movies past.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 35 Robert Abele
    It’s as if Haley viewed his star’s strengths — laconic wit, unforced masculinity, polite romanticism — as the only elements needed for a Sam Elliott showcase, rather than as the building blocks from which to mold an original character.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 35 Robert Abele
    The clichéd story wouldn’t even be an issue if the movie were enjoyable. But little works as humor or suspense or sentiment once the job is on.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 35 Robert Abele
    This Flatliners plays like a malpractice case: a cheap horror film grafted on to an episode of “House.”
    • 43 Metascore
    • 35 Robert Abele
    The movie’s ambitions are misguided, which makes it all too fuzzy of an experience.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 35 Robert Abele
    If you’re going to see a comedy that isn’t all that funny, you could do a lot worse than the slapdash all-ladies feel-good of A Bad Moms Christmas.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Consider Twelve its own memory-retarding narcotic.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    One can't help experiencing the same dread about the exhausting flood of lackluster horror films that swamp our screens and, as Case 39 unfolds, realizing we're enduring one more.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    This hollow downer about deep wells of male anger, wallowing regret and mental disintegration is ultimately a thematic cop-out.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    South Korean filmmaker Sngmoo Lee's debut feature is less a genre-spanning romp than a tiresome lab experiment in computer-generated tropes and green-screen oppressiveness.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    As a misfit-centric slap at religious conformity, the story's premise couldn't be more primed for trenchant social comedy, but screenwriter Knight and director Eyad Zahra opt for maintaining a thin veneer of tiresome obnoxiousness over exploring the contours of an emotionally complicated subculture.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Gone is the scrappy, brutal wit of the original - nothing more than an unfettered showcase for Jaa's talents - and in its place is more of the overwrought myth making that sunk "Ong Bak 2: The Beginning."
    • 20 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Hansel and Gretel are this movie's breakout stars, but it's not enough to make Hoodwinked Too feel like anything but a storybook hurled straight at your head.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Brings vampires, werewolves, zombies, detective noir and spoofy comedy together for a murky genre gumbo with barely any flavor.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Unformed protagonists don't come more wallowingly irritating and contradictory than George.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Though the title hints at a tale of infatuation, Levy sheds little light on interpersonal conflict or why we're such an addictively self-documenting modern society.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Stay past the credits, though, and you'll find a tongue-in-cheek rap video recap with the cast - and directed by star Dustin Milligan - that carries the kind of spoofy insouciance missing from the main attraction.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    No image or moment is grounded – every shot is augmented with restless animation, smart-ass narration or video game sounds. The artificiality of it all is smothering.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Writer-director Abe Sylvia slathers on the cartoonish characterization and neon-colored '80s pop - Benatar! Joan Jett! The Outfield! - for an easy-bake mood-setting, which is tedious enough. But his attempts at situational humor on the road - including a stripping scene for Dozier as coming-out metaphor - fall embarrassingly flat.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Frankly, it's hard to imagine even George Clooney making such ill-used screen minutes interesting. But the movie around those moments is even worse.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    In the wake of "Bridesmaids," Sandler's lipsticked tomfoolery - and inability to share the screen with genuinely funny women - feels particularly regressive and stale. Both movies have diarrhea gags, but only one feels defined by such humor.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    If only 11-11-11 had arrived a little closer to Thanksgiving - the turkey connection would have been entirely appropriate.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    All cartoon and no charm.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    An undercooked, "Glee"-like hybrid of grating indie pop songs and forest slasher flick.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    The only way to describe this movie's trio of party-throwing protagonists is numbingly predictable, as if writers Michael Bacall and Matt Drake had "Superbad" on a loop in the background.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    If you've seen most any rom-com you know where this one's headed. Unfortunately, under director Sheree Folkson's unsteady hand, getting there is more frustrating than fun.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Plodding, predictable, amateurishly staged and with wild swings in acting quality - sometimes within the same person (Roberts) - this is the kind of well-meaning, homemade concoction hopelessly enamored of the kind of clichéd potboilers that don't get made anymore. And with good reason.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    The nonstop adversity lacks any real sense of danger. Or, for that matter, emotional punch. Why these two long-distance runners keep each other alive should be of front-and-center concern. Instead, My Way is mostly an endurance test.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    When Rebecca De Mornay shows up as the criminals' fiercely doting matriarch, the ready crackle of her studiously demonic performance brings welcome distraction from this otherwise crude litany of torture and wretched death.

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