For 586 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 10 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Abele's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Neighboring Sounds
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)
Score distribution:
586 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Ever mindful of the line he straddled between thinker and flamethrower, this "Gore Vidal" is nevertheless a lovingly packaged greatest hits from a legendary rebel of letters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Korengal is a bracing reminder of the inexplicable will to endure hell and come out the other side alive.
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    • 80 Robert Abele
    NightLights achieves something admirably genuine about the queasy mixture of anguish and joy attached to caretaking for the most needy of loved ones.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    In conjuring a fantastical slippery slope in which technology, pharmaceuticals and the entertainment industry co-star in a takeover of our lives, The Congress boasts a propulsive image-making pull.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Private Violence makes painfully clear the emotional and legal hurdles battered women endure just to feel safe again in or outside the home.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Like any good purveyor of noir, Boyle, who wrote the film with Joel Clark and Michael Lerman, understands that identifying someone is only one endgame while the mystery of identity is naggingly, tragically endless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    As a first film, it is incredibly accomplished, its influences (French New Wave, Wong Kar-Wai) apparent but integrated.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    A documentary that shouldn't have to be made, about a law that needn't exist, explored via a crime that could have been avoided: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets is a thought-provoking, mournful experience, perhaps more so in the wake of the killings in Charleston, S.C.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Whatever your feelings on capital punishment, A Murder in the Park has a gripping story to tell about, oddly enough, the corrosive effects of storytelling on the justice system when it gets the best of reasoned minds.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Its oddball colors and willful wanderings betray a sweet, savory, uncompromising air that showcases Russell's uniquely fused brand of American harmony with rascally ebullience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    By turns opaque, harsh, self-aware, indulgent and wickedly funny. It's never dull, pummeling you with its prickly smarts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Prophet's Prey is a sobering reminder that tyrannical monsters who hide behind religion can be homegrown too.
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    • 80 Robert Abele
    A rich, occasionally stirring and ultimately plaintive ode to the craft of velvet gloves, iron fists and how to point with either or both.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    The filmmakers' approach is inherently positive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    The access that Bécue-Renard got, reportedly after five months of being there without a camera, is remarkable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    A raucous, weird, occasionally fascinating entry in the genre of disease-documenting, a portrait of raw nerve in the face of deteriorating nerves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    it's Nowar's ability to tell his tale so firmly from the viewpoint of his quickly growing-up protagonist, and to elicit so unforced a performance from Eid, that may be the most impressive achievement of this intimate, well-paced film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Censored Voices is a soul debriefing of sorts. The soldiers' tales of killing the captured and uprooting entire villages lead them to question whether the war was more about expansion than survival.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Instead of sinking into crude, one-night-stand joke territory, Night Owls roots around for the spark of real chemistry and, in the winning turns of Pally and Salazar, finds it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    In a way, the movie is a tug of war between the fruits of exhaustive research into old-world madness — which plays out most prominently in the richly possessed performances (particularly Taylor-Joy and young Scrimshaw) and the evocative frontier trappings — and an entertainer's pulpier instincts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    [A] poignant, funny and well-seasoned portrait of autumnal fervor.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    It's a fitting tribute to the influential journalist-essayist-filmmaker: insightful about the life of a successful writer, engaging about how a smart modern woman navigated the world, but also quizzical about how Ephron was as a daughter, sister, wife and mother.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    In the new documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato do an ultra-fine job tracing a born provocateur's commitment to his calling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Sensitively handled yet unafraid to elicit squirming, and boasting a seriously affecting turn by Lindon — who won last year’s Cannes award for Best Actor — it’s a miniature portrait of quotidian desperation that nevertheless speaks to the collective psychic moan of job-seekers and those barely holding on everywhere.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Unlocking the Cage, despite its cameras being on hand for a historic animal rights push, shouldn’t be confused for some hot-button doc ready to slap you into sensibility about its fight. Hegedus/Pennebaker are too smart to get ahead of themselves about something they clearly believe in, when simply hewing to a can-do guy provides enough momentum.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Abele
    Thankfully the creators of this expansive adventure, a crime-solving saga starring a bunny who wants to be a cop, have a bit more in mind than the usual strains of aww-dorable humor and frenetic action.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    If Pusher III is the trilogy's least effective, that may be because the soured-deal plot line is by now a given, and its theme is the simplest: Old habits die hard.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Whenever Rebney gets to be Rebney -- be it insulting, sweet or wearily perturbed -- "-Winnebago Man shows a full tank of irascible charm.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The Viking saga Valhalla Rising, from the brutally stylish Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, has the bones of an action epic but the soul of something cultier.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    As with many well-intentioned scare flicks, the wrapping-up feels dissipated and obvious, but for a good while The Last Exorcism makes for an atmospheric, character-rich stab at movie fright.

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