Robert Koehler

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For 508 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 9.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Koehler's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Man on Wire
Lowest review score: 0 Freddy Got Fingered
Score distribution:
508 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    A triumph of indie casting of unknowns, Good Housekeeping is knee-deep in delicious thesping.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Jacobson produces a remarkably creepy piece of cinema that disturbs by suggestion, nuance and ambiguity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    A powerful and creative film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Captures the excitement of lightning in a bottle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 90 Robert Koehler
    Its mind-bending storytelling and themes of play and paranoia make it perhaps the quintessential Gallic movie of its era.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    With Undisputed, writer-director Walter Hill is back in contention as one of Hollywood's last defenders of the muscular, no-nonsense genre movie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Sandler turns the joke around on his detractors and manages to lead a devilishly energetic vehicle that contains about as many laughs as his previous features combined.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Burning with a quiet intensity, Monster's Ball is bolstered by a poetic, intelligent sensibility not seen in an American film since Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Director Phil Alden Robinson -- has done just about everything he can do to build a sleek, involving and -- for a few minutes -- terrifying movie that can get viewers past the young Ryan factor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    The deft shading he (Byler) elicits from his thesps is of a piece with his dramatics and his understated, artful approach to compositions and movement.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Disney's tradition of intelligent, live-action family period cinema is magnificently revived in Tuck Everlasting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Though animated sequels of popular kids' fare tend to perform lower than their progenitors, this one should buck the trend.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Light, taut and compact, the zippy adventure is sometimes much too hip for the room.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Superior sequel, which is the very model of the limber, transnational Hollywood action comedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    The forthcoming line of high-octane summer entertainments will be hard-pressed to top this one for both thrills and wit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Though quite routine on the logistics of deep-sea exploring, pic develops a visual style as it replays the events of the sinking that some viewers may find more visually exciting and satisfying than what Cameron staged in his original mega-blockbuster.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    The funny stuff continues for a quite satisfying conclusion during the wedding prep and ceremonies, which Stifler single-handedly transforms into his own personal gross-out comedy masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Melds a great cause and Dominique's incandescent charisma with care using research from nine years of filming and reporting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Gleefully upends expectations and delivers an energetic comedy tracing two guys'all-night search for the perfect White Castle burger.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Superbly researched and constructed, pic is an improvement over last year's "The Weather Underground," which backed away from judging political terror on the left.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Tender, sensitive Sunset Story sidesteps a maudlin tone for a wide-ranging account of two fragile but opinionated retirees.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    A blast and a half -- as entertaining as mainstream American docus get.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Magnificently renders a fresh view of life on planet Earth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    The Francises are aces behind the camera, displaying an elegant sense of composition that makes their subject visually ravishing. Andreas Kapsalis' gorgeous score lends doc a grand quality.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    So harsh and damning is the pic toward the current Catholic leadership -- personified by Los Angeles-based Cardinal Roger Mahony, who oversaw O'Grady's stewardship at various central California parishes in the 1970s and '80s, that charges the church operates "like the Mafia" sound spot-on.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Christian Bauer's engaging The Ritchie Boys captures the excitement, ironies and "good war" feel of World War II.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Often mocked and rarely understood, the movement in communal living that blossomed with Flower Power in the '60s gets its most honest appraisal yet on film with Jonathan Berman's Commune.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Leo Heiblum's pulsating music and Samuel Larson's dense, fascinating sound editing rewardingly compliment Rulfo's electrifying visuals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    De Felitta seems a born documaker. He brilliantly constructs a tale born of a genuine love of jazz and a need to understand how Paris went from sensation to footnote in a generation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Intense, fair-minded entry in the pileup of Iraq pictures.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Made with gentle grace and sensitivity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    With verve, style and a fine sense of the human side of surf culture, Jeremy Gosch makes a terrific splash with his debut doc, Bustin' Down the Door.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Akomfrah's steady, patient pace makes it fairly easy and ultimately fascinating to absorb his many heady references.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    When this "Enemy Within" settles into key action sequences, such as a stunning nighttime ambush or a daytime battle against Fabio, it becomes wildly entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    The former Beatle, a longtime Maysles friend, could have found no better documentarian.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Detailing the birth, life and death of America's first major urban housing project in St. Louis, Chad Freidrichs' The Pruitt-Igoe Myth combines concise but thoroughgoing sociological-historical analysis and elegant cinematic resources in service of an uncommonly artful example of film journalism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Taking the genre to a higher level of intensity, the Welsh-born Evans continues what he started in previous Indonesia-set actioner "Merantau," but this picture will seal his cult status.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    As a struggling rocker making a last-ditch attempt to gain shared custody of his daughter, Paul Dano delivers a beautifully wrought performance in a different key from any of his previous roles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Adopting a postmodern method quite different from that of his remarkable "The Inner Tour," Ra'anan Alexandrowicz poses his questions from a legal angle, and finds these minds stumped by a system they've professionally defended.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    [Mock] has made a movie that vitally captures an extraordinary character in extraordinary circumstances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Haroun’s tender but unsentimental regard for his characters allows his storytelling a natural gravitas thoroughly suited to the simultaneously unfolding private and national tragedies.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    While a local filmmaker’s perspective may have brought more dimensions, the coverage of events here is impressive and on the mark.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Koehler
    Solnicki demonstrates that a work of art can be made from the humble materials of home-shot video and various 8mm formats, especially when the eye and ear behind the camera are as observant and unabashed as they are here.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    All-encompassing drama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Despite occasional awkwardness in character motion, viewers will be swept away by the luxuriant creation of alternate universes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Samuel L. Jackson instantly takes the mantle from Mr. Shaft himself, Richard Roundtree, and runs with it on pure style and charisma.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    It's the soundtrack, as much as the opticals, which makes this brief Imax trip a thoroughly sensory experience.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    While the loyal male-teen aud core will not be disappointed with the spate of gags just for them, story contains solid date-movie material.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Not surprisingly based on a comic book series by Brett Lewis and R.A. Jones (whom pic fails to credit), pic hurtles along at a pace designed by vet music vid and ad helmer Paul Hunter to engage short attention spans.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    The most extensive interplay of live action and animation since "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Balances intelligent humor, slapstick, Blighty reserve and Yank spunk along with environmentalism.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Uneasily pivots between comedy and drama, with its best parts strongly reminiscent of Schepisi's previous, British-made drama about aging and dying buddies, "Last Orders."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Gains much greater texture from the intercutting between the two performers than had it remained simply a Seinfeld promotional project.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    De Niro's reunion with helmer Michael Caton-Jones doesn't stoke the same fire as their previous pere-fils drama, "This Boy's Life," partly because De Niro's latest portrayal of a troubled cop feels so familiar.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    The moments of inspired originality are all too infrequent. There's enough eye candy and marvels on screen, however.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    While it creaks along at times, director Csaba Kael's new film version of a Hungarian opera masterpiece, Ferenc Erkel's Bank Ban, is ultimately an invaluable entry in the opera-on-film library.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Never rising above routine episodic storytelling, White Oleander nonetheless retains something of its source novel's ravaged emotional surface and cool, observant manner.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    In a brilliant and precise reversal of Hollywood's current casting game of matching older male stars with younger female starlets, Roth takes hold of the mature end of a love affair with the ultra-handsome Becker and steers a course of vivid sexual and emotional power.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    The film is, at times, emotionally riveting -- yet also has an institutional feeling, largely because it attempts to cover too much ground in too little time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Fascinating assemblage combines strike footage first shot in 1979 by Perry when he was working for the Texas Farm Workers Union with film and video lensed over the ensuing 20-plus years.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    While lacking originality, pic is a case of cogent moviemaking that really knows its business. Traces of early Steven Soderbergh and recent Larry David enhance one of the most satisfying comedies in a fallow season.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Pic drifts onto a familiar obstacle course for its wide-eyed hero, but displays a spirited, open-hearted goodness along the way. Combination of warmth, humor, danger and a cosmopolitan take on young, urban Eire sets pic distinctly apart.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    With Iraqis pointing cameras at each other, the result is cheerier than might be expected.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Patiently told and lovingly made.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Though it never disguises its sympathies for Kasparov and contempt for a powerful corporation's machinations, documentary is finally a speculation on the limits of the human mind and how truth can never be fully known.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    An unusually intelligent adventure film scaled for younger viewers, which never leaves adults behind.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Certainly not a piffle, nor an impressive departure into a new filmmaking realm, Allen's second film in a row about crooks ranks in the middle range of his work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    At its best, Garbus' account quietly depicts a set of wasted lives, and a closing image of Allen's plywood casket carted away by a bulldozer is emblematic of the tragedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Both an inspirational sports movie and an unexpected multi-level urban drama that plays by its own clock.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    This amusingly light (but oh-so-gut-busting) reverie on one man's titanic efforts to rise to the top ranks in the very unofficial sport of competitive scarfing goes down quickly as a good example of documaking on freakish behavior and freakier subcultures.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    A history of verse is laid alongside that of warfare, and the ways in which they are braided together proves fascinating.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Perky and effortlessly smooth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Full of bold dramatic strokes and complex character shadings.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    A refreshingly honest film about the life and times of Hollywood uber-power player Lew Wasserman.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Stylish and substantial enough to prompt even a couch potato to action, Kelly Duane's Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America delivers a stirring and visually dense account of the life and times of Brower.

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