For 797 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Abele's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Tower
Lowest review score: 0 Code of Honor
Score distribution:
797 movie reviews
    • 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
    Though its chronological organization and issue management is rough around the edges, Esquenazi’s passionately argued film...easily convinces that the charges are impossible to believe.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Has a necessary charge to it, but also a distractingly goofy side.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The gory final act can't help but be an explanatory letdown after so much enigmatic fizz, but that's little bother when the rest of "Honeymoon" delivers a steady dose of newlywed nightmare.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    When I, Daniel Blake regrettably piles it on at the end, it’s Loach growing weary of humanizing details and desperate to shake you up with consequences, didacticism and speechifying. It’s the finger-pointer in him, but as this movie frequently shows in its best moments, he’s still a practiced veteran at open-arms affection for the dignity of the downtrodden.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    As doomed as Noredin’s actions often seem, they’re tinged with enough simmering humanity to keep us caring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Although Greene swerves unnecessarily into obvious audience indictment at the end, Kate Plays Christine makes for a twisty, unsettling probe into our fascination with transforming lives, and deaths, into digestible storytelling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The movie isn't exactly scary, and it has a tendency to meander. But the crumbling, ornate sets are an atmospheric marvel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    While the movie balances a spirited celebration of America’s space race ingenuity with a satire about the cleverness of mass deceit, it’s hard to ignore the one thing Operation Avalanche understands implicitly: whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, a well-crafted image can sell anything.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    DuVall shows a welcome light touch with tone, easing back and forth between humor and neurosis and never treating her material as the last word on relationships.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    It’s a movie that ultimately may mean more to those raised in heavily Catholic cultures, but it has an engaging prickliness as a satiric peek into the life of a brooding idealist.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    At times exquisitely attuned to the commingling of the bitterly funny and tragic, and at other times an eye-roll-worthy collection of ready-made fetish videos (Flores is one brave avatar of outré sexuality), The Dance of Reality is nonetheless proof that the legendary provocateur is still a font of out-there invention.
    • 61 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Resourceful writer-director Jim Mickle covers both in his realism-tinged indie Stake Land and shows that a savvy mixture of characterization, atmosphere and gore-eographed suspense can make even the most familiar fright tropes feel vaguely organic again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    A documentary that begs to be seen in a theater, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang offers an inviting glimpse into the life of a truly international artist, one whose colorful fireworks displays literally paint the air.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Can you tell it’s a play? Absolutely. Does that mean a damn thing? Not when the writing is this richly evocative, and the cast so often soars with it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The getting-to-know-them is the best part of this Ghostbusters: these women are a true democratic caucus of funny. That leaves the aforementioned bloat — CGI bigness and the current vogue for drawn-out showdowns — the only nagging glitch, although it’s all slickly rendered by the visual effects team.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    No matter how reflectively mellow the gray-haired, reminiscing interviewees are, the blizzard of featured illustrations from the magazine's '70s heyday offer scads of they-couldn't-get-away-with-that-today laughter.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Though not the most sure-footed of superhero entries, as an offbeat perspective on the genre, They Call Me Jeeg merits an enthusiast’s look.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Though the documentary’s early musings about athletic integrity in general are ultimately usurped by a tale of personal responsibility and nefarious global power, the disruption feels acute and essential.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    By its bittersweet end, Fifi Howls From Happiness has stayed almost entirely in one apartment and yet somehow unveiled both a life in full and a blank canvas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    A Space Program may find cheeky humor in our quest for meaningful science. But it certainly hints that there's something worshipful in the details.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Gleefully dumb but eager to entertain, this is cheeseball stuff baked with deliciously outsized performances and low comedy and photographed across mighty beautiful landscapes.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    If its wobbliness doesn't always serve its commanding central performance, the movie does mark a sensitive, low-key approach to outsiders of any kind, one that legitimizes their struggle without selling them as ready-made saints.

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