Robert Wilonsky

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For 396 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 11.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Wilonsky's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 The Squid and the Whale
Lowest review score: 0 The New Guy
Score distribution:
396 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Cinema has done a fine job of documenting the anti-apartheid movement, even if too often the spotlight shone brightest on the white man through whom the black man's story was being told.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    "Meatballs" handled the sleep-away sex stuff better; here it feels like filler between the killer musical numbers that make even special guest Stephen Sondheim smile on his way out the door.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Johnson, who was computer-generated in "Mummy" and only looked it in "Scorpion King," keeps it engaging, displaying a comedic knack first revealed during his Saturday Night Live appearance in 2000; he has the timing of a Rolex, even when playing straight man to American Pie's Stifler.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    School of Rock, populated by bright-shiny faces given a "Revenge of the Nerds" happy ending, is light and meaningless but never worthless. It merely aspires to be a good time and is just that and nothing more, a grin-worthy buzz that wears off in the parking lot.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    The first half of Intolerable Cruelty is more than tolerable; it's a dopey kick full of goofy jokes tossed off so quickly you're reminded less of bickering-bantering Grant and Rosalind Russell than Groucho and Chico Marx.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Though it's a blast to watch, it becomes tiresome over the long haul--25 minutes of Thurman hacking her way through the crowd to get to a woman whose fate we're informed of early on. It's the most climactic anti-climax in recent film history, a no-d'uh coda awaiting the ending it really deserves but never gets. Not this year, anyway.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Aimed at the brain, when it should have been one for the heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Nathaniel will sometimes take it too far. It's particularly distracting, and even a little distancing, when he waits till the end of a lengthy interview to tell one of his father's former collaborators and friends that he is Louis' son.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    The Ladykillers fits snugly among the Coens' lighter and breezier movies--the ones you forget after you see them once and begin to appreciate and finally adore the more often you revisit them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    The first Kill Bill was nothing but violence--swordfight upon swordfight, till the clanking of steel blades drowned out anything anyone said. The second is its emotional counterpart, the heart without all the blood drained from it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    It puts us in the shoes of men and women for whom the war is not something distant and intangible but a bloodbath in their own back yard, which makes them the very definition of embedded journalists.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    As frantic and frenzied as its source material.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    At its best it plays like modern-day Marx Brothers in which every single thing that happens makes no sense and serves no purpose and nothing happens for any reason at all. It exists solely to get a laugh, not to make a point.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Just as you feel the numbing, clammy clench of paranoia on your neck, you realize, nope, the grip is just the director's attempt at tickling you to death. Demme's movie had no right to work. It does, and then some.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Klein's the perfect actor to play Howard--a man so actory he probably signs his checks in that thin movie-poster type.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    What the books suggest, the movie reveals and revels in--the songs, in other words, those brilliant, backbreakingly fast anthems.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    If only Condon kept up the Q&A format, because when he ditches it the movie turns flat and familiar.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    A fun and loving biopic
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    This is phony, absolutely, but the good feeling it leaves behind is plenty real.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Here's a tip: When Vaughn and Wilson are outed as impostors and forced to leave Walken's estate, grab your stuff and walk out. You'll think you just saw a comedy masterpiece.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    It's this moralizing, this slamming down of a stop sign every time the movie wants to rev its engines, that keeps Lord of War from being great. But it's three-fourths of a great movie, if nothing else, it has more brains and balls than most studio releases, for which it's to be commended and recommended.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    The Weather Man is not the wacky movie Paramount is selling, nor is it cynical Oscar bait. It's just a little movie about little people trying not to get wet or freeze to death or get burned when they walk outside, and good luck with all that.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    No matter how well you think you know this tale, you do not know it at all. It offers the oldest clich├ęs polished up like some brand-new thing by director Greg Whiteley.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    It may feel familiar, but it's a bleak and profound piece of work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Gaghan's a filmmaker for the gamer who doesn't need to have the plot follow a neat, linear path. Besides, you don't need to know precisely what's going on; no one else in the film does either. Which is Gaghan's point.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    As ridiculous, as mawkish and schizophrenic as The Family Stone is, it's also surprisingly endearing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Zucker!'s a bona fide hit in Germany, where, apparently, there's been a shortage of Jewish comedies since, oh, 1939, give or take. But it deserves its imported rep; rare's the movie that has an Orthodox Jew tripping on Ecstasy while getting a massage from a Palestinian prostitute hours before his mamala's funeral.

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