For 340 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 9.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Abele's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Neighboring Sounds
Lowest review score: 0 Detention of the Dead
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 340
  2. Negative: 96 out of 340
340 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Although Whiteley's unrestricted there-ness effortlessly yields an avuncular striver... it means little when the viewpoint is so hermetic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    It all leaves "Drewe" and its often jarring turns of motivation and tone - feeling haphazard and cartoony, and the whole thing more a vibrant mess than something comically disarming.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Light, frenetic and anecdote-rich, it's the kind of back-patting Hollywood toast to the guy behind the guy that's breezy good fun if you don't examine it too hard.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    An attempt to counter noisy, hyper effects-laden alien invasion flicks with something teasing, indie and good for you. Instead, it's like a pendulum swing too far in the other direction.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Even for the most techno-wary at the Toronto assisted living centers where the movie was primarily filmed, the lure of virtual visitation seems to go a good way toward bridging what's been a large and digitally contoured generation gap.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Eden is never less than suspenseful, but rather than sentimentally pander to easy outrage, or indulge in icky women-in-distress titillation, the movie...zeros in on the details of how dignity can be stripped like bark from a tree, and the queasy determination it takes to stay alive in a living hell.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Though not without its mini-heartbreaks and melancholic turns, North Sea Texas explores emergent sexuality and first love with a refreshing optimism.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The movie is an arty lark of ambiguous entertainment value, pulsing with melancholy. It's rarely less than interesting visually or tonally, thanks in large part to Korine's prurient sense of humor and the rich location textures and Crayola sweep provided by gifted cinematographer Benoit Debie ("Enter the Void").
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The sights, sounds and sociological quirks of Lyle's and Nina's particular circle of existence are what give Newlyweeds its indie resonance, less a city symphony than an urban alt-fugue.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    An agreeable visit with comedy titans who clearly cherish the opportunity to regale their peers with war stories and opinions about the state of comedy today.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Commendably entertaining.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Dragon has enough interesting left turns in style, mood and psychodrama to make it stand out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Warriors is a bruising, relentless experience, one more tiring than inspiring.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Not all the right notes are hit in Grand Piano, but for an elegantly schizoid B movie, it's more B-sharp than B-flat.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The brusque teen humor, underpinning turmoil and sentiment all seem to be pulled and massaged from the same organic whole, and that's refreshing in a genre so often built on gimmicks and stereotypes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    Less concerned with fake shocks and show-me violence than the grimly calibrated rotting of personalities, Oculus is one of the more intelligently nasty horror films in recent memory.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Director Wendy J.N. Lee, who made the grueling trek with a solar-powered camera operated by a monk, provides plenty of breathtaking footage and a strong sense of both the journey's illuminative highs and treacherous (as in altitude and terrain) lows.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    With little room to feel for or even understand Anna Maria, Paradise: Faith rarely seems more than high art with low intentions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Enemy may be built more on questions than answers, but in the probing it generates a satisfyingly arch hum of weirdness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    By the end, Fightville feels authentic about this world, where success may be measured in wins, but the balance of unrelenting brutality and self-discipline needed for those wins is a trickier equation.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    For Sedaris fans, C.O.G. is a regrettably patronizing washout.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    A feature-length lampoon needs more than rubbery performances, so-so silliness and the constant thrum of meta humor to make it a consistently amusing variation on a theme.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    There's storytelling vigor here and fine performances, plus some pointed exchanges about the burdens of cultural identity and emotional preservation in the aftermath of immense upheaval.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    In key spots, thanks to Simmons' brilliantly wounded gruffness and Pucci's nimble toggling act between vacancy and awakened spirit, The Music Never Stopped achieves an admirable poignancy about our emotional, healing relationship to the songs we love.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Visual sumptuousness trumps the coldly erotic dastardliness of previous incarnations, but where this version feasts is on close-ups, with exchanges between pairs of eyes - the predatory versus the hesitant, the manipulatively comforting opposite the blindly vulnerable - that recall the silent era.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    If you meet the fiendishly deadpan Rubber halfway, its assured mix of cinephile artiness and grindhouse spoof will offer some oddball surprises.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Kinkle's debut refreshingly sacrifices gore showpieces (though it is bloody at times) for a steadily increasing dread tied to a young woman's desperation.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    For moviegoers who prefer cheeky wit, down-and-dirty mayhem and grown-up suspense in their air-conditioned escapism, The Prey deserves to light up the summer art house.