For 507 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Koehler's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Lowest review score: 0 The One
Score distribution:
507 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Koehler
    One of the most wildly entertaining docs of recent years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Koehler
    A rock-ribbed sense of committed, personal cinema and a core belief in people being able to pull themselves out of misery supports Ballast, an extraordinary debut by editor-writer-director Lance Hammer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Koehler
    An exquisite ode to a working-class hero, Cinderella Man takes the almost impossibly perfect elements of the saga of underdog boxer James J. Braddock and fills it with emotional gravitas, wrenching danger and a panoramic sense of American life during the Great Depression.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Koehler
    The concert film has never looked or sounded classier than Jonathan Demme's superbly crafted Neil Young: Heart of Gold.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Ghobadi in this pic displays a complete command of his art as he shifts between -- and even blends -- wrenching tragedy and amusing comedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Picture sets the gold standard for political documentaries.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Belzberg's unsparing camera sometimes portrays a level of cruelty that tests viewers' tolerance, but her fearless aesthetic is also a measure of the film's brilliant indictment of any society that can allow its most vulnerable to slip into oblivion.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    A resoundingly old-fashioned and well crafted study of evil infecting an American family, Frailty moves from strength to strength on its deceptive narrative course.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    The balance between feeling and distance is never a contradiction here but, rather, the dynamic that makes this film an especially humanistic entry in the Maysles canon.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Jacobson produces a remarkably creepy piece of cinema that disturbs by suggestion, nuance and ambiguity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Elegantly constructed, deceptively complex documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    A gently and genuinely observed film whose subject is a garish, artificial display of mayhem.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    This edition of the seminal example of genre sensationalism refined by the cream of Hollywood craftsmanship is more complicated than a standard director's cut.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Captures the excitement of lightning in a bottle.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    The elusive, quicksilver nature of young love is often reduced to crude simplicities by the movies, but director Sebastien Lifshitz and writing partner Stephane Bouquet have observed it with a superb balance of aesthetics and insight in Come Undone.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    A powerful and creative film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    A triumph of indie casting of unknowns, Good Housekeeping is knee-deep in delicious thesping.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Los Angeles may be the most photographed city in the world, but it has never have been captured with such complex layers of meaning and fascination as in Thom Andersen's remarkable Los Angeles Plays Itself.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Observing locally and thinking globally, Laura Dunn's astonishing debut doc feature The Unforeseen is the kind of transformative viewing experience that has made the current period a golden age for nonfiction film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Similar in its battlefield passages to last year's Danish-made "Armadillo," Dennis' film scores a layered perspective that follows Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris into combat and back home.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Jeter's film takes on the quality of a sustained dream, as if the theatrical conceits of Jean Genet were married to a children's story retold via William Faulker's Southern brand of stream of consciousness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Departing from two decades' worth of domestic and personal dramas and returning to his roots as Japan's maestro of mayhem, Kinji Fukasaku has delivered a brutal punch to the collective solar plexus with one of his most outrageous and timely films.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Plentiful screen time for three generations of femme jazzers, led by energetic and witty gals from the golden age of big band and swing who unlock a treasure trove of memories, make this a real crowdpleaser.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    A blast and a half -- as entertaining as mainstream American docus get.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    A beautifully observant and wholly unpretentious film with roots more in Cassavetes than Sundance-style showbiz.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Irresistibly entertaining and full of unique character portraits.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Eye-popping lensing and an appreciation of social complexities combine for an entirely satisfying experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Brimming with cinematic confidence, cynicism, chutzpah plus dramatic bungles, Andrew Niccol's ambitious Lord of War views today's international arms trade through its anti-hero.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Even more than in "Far From Heaven," Moore's housebound wife is a study in pent-up brilliance, with extraordinary devotion to her family.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    A stunning indictment of Belgium's brutal colonization of the Congo in the late 19th century, Brit documaker Peter Bate's White King, Red Rubber, Black Death illustrates how European exploitation in Africa caused irreparable damage to the continent.