Robert Wilonsky

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For 395 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Wilonsky's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 100 The Squid and the Whale
Lowest review score: 0 New Best Friend
Score distribution:
395 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    The cynics will scoff and dismiss it all as manipulative, the heartstring-tugging machine on hyperdrive. But this movie isn't for them; did you not see the PG? It's a sweet, sincere, utterly affable kids' movie about how parents are all kinds of screwed up and unable to tell their kids what they want or show them how they feel.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    It really happened, it's really corny, and it's really great.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    This is the smart-ass stoner's "E.T.," the movie the fanboy parent won't be able to hand down like some tattered, squeaky-clean memento to their action-figure-collecting kids. It's just not quite right without Wright, who could have helped Frost and Pegg stuff Mel Brooks back into their Han Solo Underoos.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    It's a dark lark, no more and no less, a caper comedy full of enough kinky jokes to remind the audience that, indeed, you're supposed to laugh at it every now and again.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    Here's a bizarre hodgepodge of influences: "Kindergarten Cop" meets "Sound of Music," filtered through the Hulk Hogan movie "Mr. Nanny." The formula, by now so overused it's actually formless, is pure Disney
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Wilonsky
    There's nothing more enervating than a stupid film with only random, and perhaps accidental, flashes of smarts; the rare prescient moments only serve to highlight how banal and vacant the rest of the movie is, especially when it stoops to conquer the gross-out market bled dry by the Farrelly Brothers and their myriad acolytes.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Moore invested his characters with flaws, with a tangible humanity; God knows they never felt the need to explain themselves, as the film does, rendering it something akin to one long footnote.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    It's left to Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman as Greg's parents to warm up the picture, and they light it on fire. Indeed, they're having such a swell time as Roz and Bernie Focker that they seem to be in an entirely different movie--a funnier one, a sexier one and a smarter one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    It's the most uplifting movie of a numbing year -- a feel-good film full of songs about feeling god-awful.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    The screenplay does enough sabotage on its own; the nose, perhaps, is there to give us something to focus on lest our minds wander and wonder just how we chose to kill an hour and 48 minutes giving this crime caper access to our pocketbooks. (Might be good on video, though. Or cable.)
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    At last, his (Howard's) first great (and filling) movie--inspirational, yes, but far from hokey; moving, absolutely, but never saccharine; and gripping, despite its being a fixed fight.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    That Osmosis Jones plays like a sloppy hodgepodge is no surprise: The live-action scenes were done by the Farrellys, the animation by Sito and Kroon (whose names sounds like bodily functions), and the script was penned by another first-timer, Marc Hyman. Nobody seems to be on the same page.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    Match Point may well be a return to form but only for those who love "September" and "Interiors," movies populated by Bergman evacuees too inert and dreary to even crack a smile.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    This movie would be worth feting in any season. It's wrenching but never manipulative, stoic but never dull, exhausting but never wearying.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Wilonsky
    Andrew Litvack, whose inability to direct is outweighed only by his inability to write anything remotely witty, enlightening, or engaging. Calling this a farce would be, well, a farce.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Robots doesn't rely on being current, which will ultimately render it as timeless as any great fable. At its center is a big, beating heart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Elf
    Elf may be no more than a pleasant, amusing trifle, a grin that fades well before Thanksgiving, but it also will endure in the way all decent Hollywood-made Christmas fairy tales last if they're rendered with good cheer and good will.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Wilonsky
    Isn't any fun at all, which is ultimately the most damning thing you can say about a Bruckheimer movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    It's everything most movies this year have not been: deeply felt, genuine, gracious.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    No one is more blameworthy than Witherspoon...With her newfound clout and charm, she could make better films; instead, she strolls up to the audience standing in line at the ATM and demands we fork it over or else.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    Where Peter was yee-ha giddy with the discovery of his newfound powers in the first film, he's crushed by the weight of responsibility that comes with them in its far superior successor.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    This is phony, absolutely, but the good feeling it leaves behind is plenty real.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Wilonsky
    So utterly awful, you're tempted to build a time machine, then go back in history and try to make sure Ward's parents never meet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    A remarkable movie with an unsatisfying ending, which is just the point.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Here it is -- another double cross for which you will, and should, hand over your few grubby bucks.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    That's where the movie falters: It tries to give Garcia's book a heart and conscience it didn't need and never demanded.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Wilonsky
    Singleton's version is cynical and silly--one long set-up to a closing scene that promises, or threatens, a sequel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    Virgin is astoundingly astute but also wondrously clever, written with more care and joy than any hundred comedies to come out of Hollywood in years.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Wilonsky
    Who wants to pay to see a movie so bad the actors and writer-director feel the need to keep reminding us of how bad it is?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    Ray
    Were it not for the performance of Foxx, the movie, which touches every base and slows to a crawl near home plate, would sink even when the score soars.

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