For 401 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Abele's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Neighboring Sounds
Lowest review score: 0 Detention of the Dead
Score distribution:
401 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    For Sedaris fans, C.O.G. is a regrettably patronizing washout.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    If La Bare had snarky voice-over narration, it could be a segment on "The Colbert Report."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    For all the ways Dickerson vigorously dramatizes the stages of solitary confinement — nervous humor, fear, rages, survival ingenuity (including a nifty breathing apparatus) — it's never enough to explain why this particular individual's story is worth telling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Thin, neatly folded, paper-airplane of a movie threatens to nose dive into tweeville.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Abele
    The FP so desperately wants to be cultishly admired for its bad-taste rollout of wacko characters, ugly costumes and vulgar slang that it forgets to be genuinely offbeat or funny.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Jaglom is too spiritually and cinematically lazy to do anything but evoke glib, artless solidarity, and let us know he's heard of Twitter and Facebook.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Abele
    The self-serious POV visual style has none of Brian DePalma's cheeky, unnerving and self-implicating virtuosity — it just reinforces how sick and dumb this whole feel-bad exercise in misogyny and dimestore pathology is.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Suffers from the tired POV gimmickry, the weak characterizations, the numbing sameness of stuck-in-the-woods-with-dolts narratives.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    With all the finesse of a bullhorn that sprays noise and blood, All Cheerleaders Die shows just how difficult it is to pump life into the shopworn teen horror-comedy genre.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    This film from writer Kenny Golde and director Mark Schmidt slaps a clichéd war-movie dressing over everything so that what should have felt heart-poundingly incredible comes off as heavy-handed, ludicrous and unintentionally queasy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Abele
    Without a human dimension to ground its construct, The Brass Teapot ultimately feels like an interminably stretched-out skit rather than a storybook lesson stained with blood and hurt.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    A structural, chronological mess of information and emotion, so chaotically shot and edited to move from stat to image to sound bite that it suffers from its own concentration issues.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Besides never knowing where to stick a camera, or how long a given scene should last, Hopkins quickly ditches any potentially subversive joy in her cartoon vigilante by saddling her with a redemptive love story opposite James Badge Dale's kind-eyed sheriff.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Lowell, a sitcom actor ("Enlisted") and photographer, lards his "The Big Chill" ripoff with plenty of arty touches... He assumes this will lend the needed heft to paper-thin characters, witless exchanges and emotional recriminations you can see coming a mile away.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    A routine home invasion movie more interested in B-horror tropes and bloodletting than a thought-provoking look at "Hunger Games"-ish class warfare.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Abele
    Movies with no redeeming qualities are rare, but the execrable Found comes pretty close.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Abele
    [Antoine Fuqua] gives in to terrible instincts here, flirting with overwrought patriotism, one too many laugh lines amid numerous characters being shot in the head, and a general chaos-inspired editing technique all too rampant in today's action cinema.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    A true tale of high school football achievement becomes a strained, by-the-numbers grab bag of uplift in the Christian sports drama When the Game Stands Tall.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    It's a junky, unscary genre piece with a misleading title, because director and co-writer John Pogue jacks up the decibels so often to manufacture frights that you fear a punctured eardrum more than anything else.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Abele
    Lopez is a middling ringmaster of doom at best. But there's so little context to the litany of ugliness — some played for laughs, some meant to shock — that it's hard to discern where the entertainment value lies in any of this.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Abele
    A predictable hodgepodge of uninteresting psychological cat-and-mouse, dimly lighted action.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Abele
    None of it works, really, as either musical satire or genre Chex mix.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Abele
    An entertainment-free sinkhole of Dramamine-worthy nonsense.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    The ghost scenario that this boring, CW-ready, "Scooby-Doo" gang uncovers isn't nearly as shocking as the blasé attitude they have toward friends dying off.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    It's called The November Man, but it's really just another forgettable August release.

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