For 386 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 49% 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
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 100 Level Five
Lowest review score: 0 I Melt with You
Score distribution:
386 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The darkly funny Australian charmer Griff the Invisible introduces its titular hero to us as nighttime caped crusader first, mild-mannered daytime office drone second.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The picture benefits from its performances, notably Evans' roguish appeal as a guy simultaneously driven and destructive.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    A movie you keep expecting to fizzle because of its punching-the-air gracelessness, but there's something weirdly effective about the artistic desperation, which includes inserts of chalkboard animation and to-the-camera testimonials.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The effect is both visceral and thoughtful, demonstrating a knack for cinematic dread rarely shown by today's manipulative horror meisters.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    There's nothing terribly original about Safe, but it's a suitably grimy playground for action cinema's reigning pit bull.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    With storytelling economy and dramatic precision often missing from today's independent films, Batmanglij augments the building blocks for a nifty paranoid thriller with sharp commentary on our faction-centered society and the pitfalls of reinvention.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The film's three-pronged narrative does a fair job of laying a spooky groundwork for the revelatory emotional sadism that lies behind most acts of evil; it just takes a bit of clunky exposition to get there.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The movie treats a girl's burgeoning sexuality as neither epic nor problematic, or mutually exclusive of feelings of love, but rather simply, refreshingly, as one part of maturing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Bhargava's naturalistic approach to capturing the sights and sounds of a city in full revelry on rooftops and in the streets is colorfully vivid - reminiscent of Wong Kar-Wai's silky urban baths - but it threatens to keep the human drama at arm's length.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    A chunky spectacle, to be sure – overstuffed with plot and characters - but at times, it's an insanely entertaining one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Wherever you stand on healthcare and the fact that uninsured people nationwide use emergency rooms for basic services, the documentary The Waiting Room is a revealing portrait of the often tough transactions between patients and hospital staff at the urgency level.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Although the sentiment threatens to flatten out an intriguingly nervy vibe, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best has plenty of rhythmic charm about its responsibility-challenged strivers.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Despite an awkwardly jokey title, Now, Forager has charm, intelligence and a cool passion for its principled characters - an appealing off-menu slice for hungry indie admirers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    As a tale of digital power-tripping both exhilarating and terrifying, We Are Legion stands as a useful 21st century narrative.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Dragon has enough interesting left turns in style, mood and psychodrama to make it stand out.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Bullet to the Head is an adrenaline shot to your movie memory if the blunt, gleefully dumb, no-nonsense ways of '80s-style action flicks are your nostalgia drug of choice.
    • 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").
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The ambitions toward '70s-era paranoia thrillers aside, as a connect-the-dots narrative, Dirty Wars is eye-opening, a fierce argument that there are chilling ramifications to endless, vague aggression.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Downloaded is still a vigorous retelling of Fanning's and Parker's wildfire achievement and its ethical pitfalls, even if there's little in the way of journalistic balance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    A skillfully rendered narrative that should satisfy fans and pique the interest of the uninitiated.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The movie is itself rough around the edges, notably in some chintzy attempts at animating pulp graphics. But it's briskly pieced together from interviews and archival footage.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Its modest (if occasionally gross-out) stabs at genre parody rarely insult our intelligence and even allow for the kind of retro deadpan silliness Mel Brooks used to underline his louder punch lines.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    In the end, despite the clunky mix of narrative formats, My Father and the Man in Black makes for an illuminating alternate history of sorts to the Hollywoodized version of Cash's ascendancy in "Walk the Line."
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Has a necessary charge to it, but also a distractingly goofy side.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Although no less fawning and indulgent about its self-centered subject, played by Jean-Marc Barr (who also narrates, run-on style), the muted emptiness of the ill-fated sojourn wills its way toward something like existential meaningfulness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The brutally efficient shooting style Reeves employs to film master choreographer Yuen Woo Ping's breathtaking fights...is refreshingly grounded and old-school kinetic.

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