For 595 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 9.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Abele's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 White God
Lowest review score: 0 Detention of the Dead
Score distribution:
595 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    A troop-rallying campaign infomercial as imagined by Michael Bay: hero-worshipping, crescendo-edited at a dizzying pace, thunderously repetitive and its own worst enemy as a two-hour, talking-points briefing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    For the show's rabid viewership, these testimonials are probably integral to a celebratory experience like the "Glee" live show. To everyone else, it's all gonna be Gleek to you.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The unintended take-away is that you can grasp why the Securities and Exchange Commission - terribly negligent though it was in investigating Madoff - might dismiss the claims of someone so theatrically odd.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    In the end, Trespass steps all over its own genre strengths.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Janie Jones is ultimately its own uneven tune, a mixture of discordant notes and way-too-familiar chords.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Killing Bono whips up a frenzied mix of musical jealousy, wishful stardom and farcical lucklessness into a movie too slippery to hold onto.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Fans, go be with your people. Others, approach cautiously.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Even with three charismatic leads, the talky, convoluted nature of the cat-and-mouse between Zhang and Huang and their respective gangs is impossible to follow or care about, and the mix of identity comedy, cartoonish violence, philosophizing and grief over killed loved ones is hardly smooth.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The busy star (Cage) acquits himself well enough in this otherwise rudimentary thriller from deliriously unsubtle director Roger Donaldson.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Though there's plenty of movement and enthusiasm, director Susan Seidelman is content with a metronomic approach to manipulating our feelings - buoyant Latin music never felt so routinely scene-setting - and seems afraid to let anyone on-screen depart from established caricature.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    If only the falling-in-love machinations and character details weren't so wispy, Tonight You're Mine might have had more resonance. That said, the film has its moments.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    You might not "like" Perry's movie, but it's hard to deny the forensically assured sensibility at work.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Even with a gripping subject like blues-singing convicts, the documentary Music from the Big House has a disconcerting emotional distance.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    It all remains remarkably free of memorable comic situations, dramatic tension or emotional insight. Adolescence may be bruising, crazy or normal, but it's rarely this staid.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Often more distracting than diverting with its everything-goes aesthetic - there are strains of steampunk, manga and silent film comedy, with video-game touches.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    As a flashy, country-hopping ridealong with a style icon, it will appeal to fashionistas, but you won't learn much about the high-end world of clothing design beyond its ability to stretch someone's schedule to the breaking point, and land that someone a gig outfitting Jamie Foxx and Will Smith.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The provocative noir experience that Talaash promises, with its jazzily scored, moodily lighted opening montage of a Mumbai red-light district at night, is nowhere to be found once this meandering mystery begins.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    LUV
    What begins as a promising peek into the tragic cycle of waylaid promise that's crippling broken inner-city families is itself dispiritingly pulled sideways in the Baltimore-set indie LUV.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    A snapshot of Los Angeles artists during a cultural pivot point, the documentary Young Turks sparks fascination and frustration in equal measure.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    It's all slight stuff with a typically oversold Bollywood score, but there are pleasures here and there.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The frustrating thing about the British heist flick Wasteland is how it creates two admirably entertaining storytelling strands — one a friendship saga, the other a robbery caper — yet can't merge the two successfully.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Passion will only rekindle your love affair with De Palma to the extent that his luridly artisan chiller classics are readily available afterward for another viewing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The overall sense is of a rushed, simplistic installment in a well-worn biography franchise.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    It's just all too breezy to have any real effect.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    As violent act begets silly exchange begets another violent act, Sweetwater squanders its noteworthy resources — a cast enjoying themselves (especially Isaacs and Harris), and some effectively brooding outdoor cinematography.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    As a showcase for accomplished performers tugging heart strings in a holiday awards season, it's perfectly serviceable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The overall effect here is of parallel biographies juiced to feel important whenever they intersect, and an undercooked paean to lost masculinity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Bogliano — who hit it big in indie horror with "Penumbra" and "Room for Tourists" — is a mood man, adept at unease and admirably judicious about shock moments, if not exactly skilled with storytelling or pacing.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    This meandering lark about a corrupt, spiteful and hopelessly distracted police force in a decriminalized, sun-scorched city never quite finds the funny bone.
    • 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.

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