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 Man on Wire
Lowest review score: 0 Divorce: The Musical
Score distribution:
509 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    It's the soundtrack, as much as the opticals, which makes this brief Imax trip a thoroughly sensory experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Viewers unaware of the music --hugely popular among Mexicans -- and the often intensely nationalist sentiments behind it, may blanch at the open chauvinism and celebration of outlaw lifestyles. But part of the pic's strength is its presenting the cultural strain as it is, without comment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Alternately breezy and profound, pic hits enough emotional chords to connect with audiences, which will be charmed by a newly mature Joshua Jackson, a deeply aged Donald Sutherland and a friskily romantic Juliette Lewis.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    The picture has a first-rate team of actors who visibly enjoy their roles and the sharp dialogue by Baruchel and Goldberg.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Sincere but fairly soft piece of ennobling journalism that gives a positive spin to some of Africa's seemingly intractable problems.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Lacking the outrage and wit of Michael Moore's "Sicko," which dealt with the different matter of health insurance, this documentary is stronger on finding viable solutions.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    All-encompassing drama.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Debuting helmer Ti West taps into the realist-horror spirit of mentor and exec producer Larry Fessenden, and makes a scarier pic than any by his master.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    To the film's credit, Maher never engages in Michael Moore-style gotcha tactics, but rather asks questions that raise more questions, in the form of a Socratic dialogue. To believers expecting a blind hatchet job, this will prove both thought-provoking and a bit disarming; skeptics may be surprised (as Maher is) by the occasionally smart replies to his queries.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Both an inspirational sports movie and an unexpected multi-level urban drama that plays by its own clock.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Close encounters of the charming kind infuse The History of Future Folk, which will likely be remembered as the first neo-hipster Brooklyn sci-fi movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    With an accountant's eye for precision and a political scientist's grasp of the machinations that move national policy, Charles Ferguson's No End in Sight itemizes the errors, misjudgments and follies that have defined the Bush Administration's invasion of Iraq.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    By turns gentle, deadpan, droll and sarcastic, Jimenez's film reflects on Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" to track a sweet but doomed love affair between literary -- and pleasurably randy -- college students.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Diesel makes a violent bid to align himself with the Clint Eastwood-Charles Bronson-Steve McQueen tradition, but he lacks the charisma, emotional strength and humor to do so.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Building his dry comedy out of a basic confusion of names, an Army recruitment slip and one man's curiosity, Jacobs creates a droll, meandering and defiantly uncommercial film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    A vital if less than objective slice of film journalism on the U.S.'s troubled history in the Third World.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    For a guerrilla-style, no-budget Yank indie to even tackle issues of jihad terror and naive Western thinking is noteworthy in itself, but Gamazon and Dela Llana inflame the issues with a gutsy, athletic filmmaking package that shows what can be done with a minimum of tools.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    The cop genre receives a shot of adrenaline in helmer Chris Fisher's Dirty, a no-nonsense dramatic response to the LAPD Rampart scandals of the '90s.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Ghost throws its most powerful punch in its second half, reporting on contempo events as a direct repeat of the ghastly Leopold era.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    With Iraqis pointing cameras at each other, the result is cheerier than might be expected.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Though it can't hide occasionally crude dramatics, pic is an undeniably bold and daring tragedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    No trendsetter or breakthrough, this is more than anything else a welcome chance for the fine actor Melissa Leo to finally dominate a film in a terrific and affecting lead role.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    Besides proving to be a faithful mimic of Craven's filmmaking, Aja pours on the gore. But where Aja's version really leaps beyond Craven's both atmospherically and on the violence scale is in the second hour.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    First-time feature director's disciplined objectivity is coupled with humanism in this collaboration with a gifted cast and cinematographer. The artistic success, though, may be a bit too cool.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Koehler
    It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about the price paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net.

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