For 455 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: 50
Highest review score: 100 Wetlands
Lowest review score: 0 I Melt with You
Score distribution:
455 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    The naughty-yet-nurturing tone is certainly unusual, but in working so hard to be the adult who "gets" kids yet lectures them at the same time, he's ended up with a colorful but superficial mess.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over, the teen horror-spoof Detention is a patience-trying exercise first, energetic genre-jumble comedy second.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    The film is ultimately a stodgy, overblown and repetitive slog.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Director/co-writer Adam Sherman's Bukowski-lite character study is one of those exercises in masculine self-pity and glib misogyny that frustrates because of its shortsightedness.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    A movie with a location named Snake Island should deliver more fun than this.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Why Stop Now? feels trapped in the limbo between comedy and drama where many indies gamely venture, but from which few emerge with any resonance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    For a movie about moonshine, something so imaginatively made, mood-altering and once violently sought-after, it goes down way too blandly.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    As always, Jovovich's game face is admirable - whether giving gunslinger shade or play-acting a protective mother storyline straight-outta-Cameron. But it can't be easy when all around her are line readings that recall the glory days of baroquely dull foreign-movie dubbing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Had V/H/S been a nasty jolt of three, it might have been memorable, but at nearly two hours, the gimmick punctures a hole in itself, causing ambience bleed-out. Recommended cure: a tripod
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    An investment in theatrical self-indulgence with diminishing returns.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    It's terribly long and repetitive for so delicately dreamy a diptych, and at times the modern-day story feels like little more than a drawn-out apologia for the wandering male gaze.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Though assured in execution and not without a few moments of genuine tension — mainly emanating from Combs' flinty weirdness — Would You Rather is hardly a most dangerous game night at the movies.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    The noir-ish contours of writer-director Ana Piterbarg's story yield a frustratingly dissipated movie, one with few storytelling pleasures and an overabundance of forced mood.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    There's still a nagging, cartoonish emptiness — and a trilogy-ending installment still to come.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    With many languid scenes and little narrative momentum, Algrant may have been aiming for a more ethereal father-son heartbreaker. But all that comes across is twee hipster romanticism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    A flavorless feast, with the movie's few mystical leaps clunkily handled.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    No One Lives is a cheap horror prank that's ultimately not clever or accomplished enough to sustain its eccentricities, and they are very bloody eccentricities indeed.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    A sweet, sincere, yet ultimately tepid story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Unfinished Song is a movie so geared toward hitting its spots, it amounts to emotional Muzak rather than something truly played live.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    The hour of mike time isn't as strong as such previous dispatches as "Seriously…Funny."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    What could have been an empowering and amusing riff on the typically male underdog genre is mostly charmless.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    There's a great story at the heart of Matej Minac's documentary Nicky's Family, if only it were allowed to be told unvarnished.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    The Rooftop is a bullet train to bananasville, its tonal eccentricities sure to wear out even the most dedicated connoisseur of silly cinema.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    There's little that feels fresh, freaky or funny about one more batch of eccentric reactions to hungry corpses, one more attempt to creatively splatter, one more metaphor for zombie invasion.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    When Drift sticks to the likable, gently humorous contours of occasionally fractious brotherly love, broken up by thrillingly shot surfing footage, it has plenty of charm, period flavor and breezy visual breadth... Where the movie routinely disappoints, though, is in pursuit of a perfect storm of conflict story lines.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    This busy-yet-dull sequel feels like Wan robotically flexing his manipulation of fright-film signposts, an exercise more silly than sinister.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Brown's argument is hampered, however, by the chaotic rush of information and speculation, overuse of winking archival footage of commercials and old industrial films, and Brown's charmlessness as a "what's going on?" guide.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Cassadaga tries to scoop up enough tropes to satisfy a wide range of potential fright fans but lacks the cohesion to ever truly be effective.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Busy, but not exactly invigorating.

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