For 301 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Wilonsky's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Mystic River
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 301
301 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    Yes, yes--The Incredibles is beautiful to look at, but even more lovely beneath the computer-generated surfaces.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    The first relevant film about rock and roll and the music industry, the first film that lets you in on the secret.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    A gentle, frank, and often hysterical love story about two people destined, and occasionally doomed, to be together forever. Some of us should be as lucky, as blessed, as Harvey Pekar.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    May be the most wrenching, profound and perfectly made movie nobody wants to see.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Capturing the Friedmans does not end after its credits roll; audiences will try the case over and over again in their heads. Jarecki does not judge, but leaves only tragic clues for us to ponder.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    It reminds one of "The Constant Gardener," another globetrotting thriller bereft of thrills that looks more important in retrospect than on the screen. Certainly, one man's trash is another man's masterpiece, and more power to the viewer who can stick with this deadpan travelogue and make it to the ending that actually satisfies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    Its exquisiteness can overwhelm in a single sitting.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    Feels like something entirely brand-new; such are the gifts of Kaufman and Gondry, inventors and magicians.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    How often does one see a masterpiece about a masterpiece?
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    One of the most remarkable things about Murderball, which is easily among the year's best movies, is how little of its time is filled with the playing of the game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    It is a remarkable achievement in filmmaking, a beautiful and brutal work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    What makes About Schmidt so extraordinary is how ordinary its tale is; it's a gray picture about gray people looking for some kind of meaning in their gray lives.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    The performances are uniformly remarkable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    The film, from its deadpan start to its languorous finish, provides the most joyous moviegoing experience in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    The most overrated movie of the year (of all time?) by people who should know better.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    If Steven Soderbergh taught Clooney how to act in "Out of Sight," then Reitman has taught him how to stop acting. This is the most vulnerable, the most playful, the most human performance of his career.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    In the end, The Apostle feels like a con, a movie that embraces its contradictions only because it's not smart enough to reconcile them; everything feels complex, but, in fact, it's far too simple.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    There's something more REAL about this version, more human, more lived-in; though their words may have been penned 200 years ago, when Austen was a young woman writing about her idealized self, this cast and crew nudge the material into the now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    Treacherously funny and wrenchingly sad.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    That's what directors do when they have nothing new to say: They go back and rewrite the past, if only to avoid facing the future
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    Sometimes junk is junk, no matter how fancy the platter upon which it's served. Which isn't to say A History of Violence is useless junk. It provides a few pleasures and a few giggles; it's a comedy, after all, an action movie in which things unfold at a deadpan pace.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    Jackson is merely indulging himself here, too, doing a thing not because he should but because he can. And maybe that's a good reason but not good enough. The girl still cries, the ape still dies and all you're left with is a ringing in your ears.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    Miyazaki's movies are as stunning as they are confounding.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.