Robert Koehler

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For 509 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 10.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Koehler's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Ballast
Lowest review score: 0 Divorce: The Musical
Score distribution:
509 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    An unembarrassed, high-octane demonstration of the virtues of a U.S. military with a mission, the latest war pic from 20th Century Fox -- a studio with a proud tradition in this field -- couldn't be better timed to fit the popular mood.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    The temptations of allowing a promotional video to seep inside a genuine non-fiction study nearly overtake East of Havana and its look at a bubbling hip-hop culture in Cuba.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Before the music takes over, the film inserts a few bits of charm, such as Emmylou Harris excitedly following the latest Major League Baseball scores.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Falco, light years from "The Sopranos," is exquisitely vulnerable and her scenes play well with Hutton, in his finest role in years as a good man who knows he's sold out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    The unlikely success story of superstar Brazilian country music duo Zeze di Camargo and Luciano receives a polished if highly manipulative treatment in Two Sons of Francisco.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Fascinating if overly self-involved Slamdance entry is among the few U.S. pics that deliberately smudges the line between non-fiction and invention as it tells how Crumley and Buice meet online and develop a relationship.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    The time away from the ring has done Rocky and the franchise some good, although it takes pic a good long while to gather momentum and clout before a surprisingly satisfying third-act heavyweight bout.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
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    A brawny commercial attraction strategically tapping into the auds for extreme sports, spy pix, thrill rides, popcorn actioners and anyone looking to see Diesel kick butt, blow stuff up and/or take his shirt off.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    This rambling and episodic autobiographical saga of three friends coming of age in Inglewood, Calif. (aka The Wood) in the '80s is so determined to be likable that it forgets to be interesting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Zhang Yimou's strangest and most troubled film, abounds in hysterical, mannered Tang Dynasty-era palace intrigue and dehumanized CGI battle sequences.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    As a showcase for rising young star Michael Angarano and Christopher Plummer, pic offers the pleasures of connecting Hollywood traditions and generations in the spirit of Peter Bogdanovich's films about and inspired by the movies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    As beautiful as it is unrevealing, James Longley's Iraq in Fragments rests on a debatable but firm premise -- that the embattled country is irrevocably separated by its three dominant groups, Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds -- but brings back nothing journalistically substantial from the war front .
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Takes a notorious true story about a loyal soldier-turned-bank robber, and pumps it up into charged if uneven entertainment.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Unusually slick, mini-budgeted and broad piece of slapstick that liberally borrows from Neil Simon and "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight'' with the twist that gay hit men are the romantic heroes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Unlike the disturbingly mysterious original, Saw III is a neatly wrapped-up package that explains everything -- including Jigsaw's evil contraptions and the background of his crazed female assistant.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Exceptionally strong cast is pictures beating heart.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Assuming the victims' point of view in the type of kidnapping that's now epidemic in Latin America, Jonathan Jakubowicz's Kidnap Express depicts a nocturnal Caracas with tense energy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Smokin' Aces blows some cool smoke rings until it makes the very un-cool mistake of overstaying its welcome.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    The winner by a knockout is Eddie Jones...Without Jones, pic is a standard drama on the sweet science with the usual tropes and a slight tweak on the usual conflicts.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Good-natured but only memorable as a platform for the amusingly feisty Peter Falk, The Thing About My Folks plies a light approach to the problems grown children face when their parents appear on the verge of divorce.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Extraordinary perfs by a mostly young cast likely will be cancelled out by the grim subject.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    With intermittently amusing glee, writer-director Ryan Shiraki's tyro film, Freshman Orientation, frolics through the political minefields of a typical college campus.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Powered by exceptional displays of physical filmmaking, Deep Blue Sea is pulled back to shore by the usual suspects -- weak plotting and weaker dialogue.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Because plot is the sum total here, the alarming holes, inconsistencies and impossibilities in Chris Morgan's script corrode this drama of distress.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    A satire for its time. What Judge is less sure of here than in his previous, perfectly pitched live-action comedy "Office Space," is how to build a complete movie around his key ideas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Unlikely to draw new fans but destined to please followers who couldn't catch the live act.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    A mixed bag of near-risible storylines, second-rate CG effects, some fabulous set pieces, somewhat cartoonish martial arts fighting and difficult international casting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    A determined and often affecting romance that doesn't speak down to audiences.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Comes too late, far surpassed by similar and more visually stunning devices in "The Matrix," and even by the mind-bending realities of "eXistenZ."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Picture's leaps into the fantastic and rampantly farcical tend to be overextended, but finally don't detract from what is a well-judged, light entertainment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Alternates too deliberately between jaunty comedy and serious message-making.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    More interested in finding fresh ways to stage execution scenes than in finding meaning behind the human urge for self-appointed righting of wrongs, (the film) is stuffed with effects that have no lasting impact.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Superior family entertainment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Obediently follows the verities of the submarine movie and its true story origins but without the imagination needed to refresh the genre.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Admirably jostles and upends the fatigued killer-for-hire genre.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    A sweethearted trifle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Though tinged with the sheer gumption and personal resolve of amateur vidmaker and would-be rapper Kimberly Roberts, this is ultimately a minor doc contribution to the bulging library of Katrina-related films and TV reports.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    A sweetly raucous adventure. Widely quoted comparisons to "Billy Elliot" and Tim Burton overstate the case for what is really a modestly eccentric entertainment.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Never entirely convincing yet always watchable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Imax 3-D process has lost its original novelty, and little is done in Deep Sea to find new and exciting ways of using the medium.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Renee Zellweger, in another Blighty role, struggles to make Beatrix credible.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Deeply influential, even to his enemies, Atwater's career is viewed here with fascination and some sympathy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Taking control of what would otherwise be a trite and preachy fable about the need for African American families to accept their gay brethren, Devine builds a jolly and touching character from the stock figure of a Georgia mom coming to terms with her disaffected gay son.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Sharp wit but shaky storytelling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    This wobbly docu-drama ends up being caught in between the impulse to make theatrical a true story and the usual Imax mission of imparting information about the natural world in an entertaining way for families.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Though it isn't the entirely original creation "Metropolis" was, Bebop is more satisfying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    An especially dramatic, if needlessly frantic, work of polemical reportage on racism in America.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Despite a reliable cast led by Scott, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard, the human impact is ultimately lost in a too calculated scenario.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Writer-director Montiel creates a movie of many parts that don't always congeal. Mix this with the many meaty scenes and a roster of often exceptional actors and the effect is one of a fabulous acting showcase more than a wholly finished work.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    A work that continually seems on the verge of genuine excitement but sabotages itself at every turn...results will intrigue only those interested in the nooks and crannies of Mamet's career.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    What sends this initially tense thriller over the precipice is a plot scheme that never knows when enough is enough.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Interplay between a jaunty Freeman as an unemployed movie star and the magnetic Paz Vega as a no-nonsense grocery store checker gives pic humanity and lift.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    The effects prove extremely uneven, with sub-par touches alongside astonishing and truly unforgettable shots.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Koehler
    Writer-director Matt Mulhern confidently anchors his drama-comedy about an alcoholic Atlantic City pit boss with good writing and sharp dialogue. Script never treats characters as less than human.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Never really busts out of second gear.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Von Trotta’s Arendt biopic feels like a movie stuck in another era, stolid and rote, more of an outline for a dramatic treatment than the real thing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Succeeds in displaying the physical drive and demands of cheerleading.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Never quite sure what it wants to be -- a magical-mysterious love story, a psychodrama, a sprawling family saga, or an uneasy combination of these.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    The results will be received with a large, loud yawn by all but the most loyal fans of Pinter and hard-working co-stars Michael Caine and Jude Law.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Although this "Sopranos" writing vet delivers several flashes of that show's dark humor and irony, the pic leaves a hollow feeling at the end.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Latest pic directed by Gil M. Portes, could be called "To Madam With Love"; vet Filipino helmer is out to open maximum tear ducts with sentimental tale.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Coming in the wake of the physically astonishing "Bad Boys 2," S.W.A.T. seems square.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Seldom boring but also rarely electrifying.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    A pleasantly tuned vehicle for R&B star and budding actor Usher.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Mere recitation of homilies for better living -- which is what Nick Nolte's gas station guru imparts to a struggling young gymnast -- and a half-baked account of the athlete's comeback are no substitutes for a complete movie.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Despite fine casting...familiarity sets in and lack of surprises directly lessen what could have been emotionally gripping.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Contains most of the elements of a "Get Shorty"-type romp without the character depth and wit.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    In the end, under-realized direction and characters deliver less than a full deck.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Uma Thurman, a female superhero with emotional problems and dating issues, doesn't so much fight the forces of evil as battle the wit-starved movie's torpor -- indeed, her perf suggests what the entire film might have been.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    The 2003 edition written by Nat Mauldin and Ed Solomon and helmed by Andrew Fleming places the Douglas-Brooks combo inside a much more complicated if not quite as funny world.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    You'd half expect the Xbox logo to pop up on the credit roll for XXX: State of the Union, since what's on view is closer to a videogame than a movie. While that will be music to the ears of young gamers, it's noise to anyone hoping for a coherent action movie.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Ultimately implodes, letting down the 'hood, hip-hoppers and Jamie Kennedy fans looking forward to his first major starring role.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    The cool hand of Canadian writer-director Jeremy Podeswa proves a disappointing match for Fugitive Pieces, a generally dull and unmemorable adaptation of Anne Michaels' extraordinary prose-poetry novel.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Bridges gives the movie its only genuine pulse as a gym coach known for his hard and manipulative ways.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Campbell's performance is attuned to the extremes of unnerving calm and intensely erotic; unlike the pic, she pulls it off.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Pic's not-so-hidden agenda is to promote the fusion of science and New Age religion, making it a close cousin to ventures as Bernt and Fritjof Capra's "Mindwalk."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Mexican-born helmer Alejandro Monteverde's debut will be remembered as a curious case of a mediocre film that wows crowds.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Writer-director Craig Ross Jr. offers both rigorously effective dramatic sections and terribly pedantic and melodramatic strokes of overkill.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Thesping and production values are solid and sometimes even attractive, but pic's overall American-style gloss becomes extremely odd and discomforting given the setting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Giving Jonathan Rhys Meyers the kind of manly yet paternal role Spencer Tracy once mastered, this carefully wrought international production relates the basic story of reporter George Hogg without any vibrancy, emotion or style.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Unconvincingly attempts to update the futurist dystopian traditions of Orwell, Huxley and William Gibson.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Seems to be playing the author's music, but like a string quartet that plays a half-beat off.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Even with ties to the true story of high school hoops coach Jim Keith and his unlikely triumph with a 1960s Oklahoma high school girls' squad, the hackneyed, overlong Believe in Me is much too similar to a recent flood of inspirational basketball pics to distinguish it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    A textbook case in which the parts are greater than the whole.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Respectfully modest effort.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    The picture's first 35 minutes sizzle until a Byzantine plot nudges the story toward near-parody in the final act.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Another superficial film about music from Scott Hicks ("Shine"), picture runs a distant second to the superior new film on John Adams and Peter Sellars, "Wonders Are Many," which really captures how a composer works.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    It's a wipeout once the pic skids into melodrama and an overly schematic sense of how success tore the group apart.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Frustratingly fritters away what fascination it develops and bows to the basic conventions of a standard detective story mixed with the theme of a physician healing himself.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Picture's tendency to lecture on the power of faith and religion and on the demerits of science seems to assume an almost childlike audience that needs to be spoon-fed Pablum.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Not content with a straight psychological police procedural, Alvart mixes in distracting -- and unconvincing --Biblical symbolism in a curious bid for weightiness.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Michele Maher's Garmento appears more shocked at the fashion industry's cynical side than moviegoers are likely to be, making its drama of corruption a preordained snooze.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Director Mark Pellington hardly lets a moment pass without suggesting some bad vibes creeping onto the edges of the screen, but he's let down by Richard Hatem's script, based on John A. Keel's book, which delivers an ounce when it promised a gallon.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Plays closer to an after-school special (with HBO-standard dialogue) than a satisfying feature film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    While the picture's reporting on government repression of alternative cultural ideas and lifestyles is noteworthy more than anything, it's a blatant promo for Chong's career.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Saddled with more industry/celebrity baggage than a high-class safari voyage, Sahara is a rousing and only occasionally ridiculous adventure yarn.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    While there's the sense that this old guy/young guy spy angle has been done better by films like "Spy Game" a decade ago, Gere, never looking tougher or handsomer, and Grace, adding some action skills to his relatively cerebral persona, invigorate the proceedings in roles that would seem to benefit the actors' career arcs.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    As insistent as its heroine to get its point across, She's the Man gathers up enough energy and likeable goodwill that it almost skirts past some extremely strained passages in which Bynes plays out being a boy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    The wild, unhinged life of Andy Warhol's favorite "superstar," Edie Sedgwick, is refashioned in Factory Girl as a tame biopic with little feel for the 1960s New York Underground.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Koehler
    Shows both how far Hollywood's tech departments have advanced in 40 years and how shallow the pool of solid action thesps has become.

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