Robert Wilonsky
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For 394 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 10.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Wilonsky's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Down from the Mountain
Lowest review score: 0 Coyote Ugly
Score distribution:
394 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    The fanboy in me loves it, being wrapped in the warm projected glow of nostalgia for a movie I've memorized since age 9.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Steers' film will likely polarize the audience, which, if nothing else, gives it rare resonance; at least it makes you feel, where many similar indie efforts make you sleepy.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    A celebration of the naughty joke and the courage it takes to tell one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    It's everything most movies this year have not been: deeply felt, genuine, gracious.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It's not hard to see why actors love working with Penn, even in the smallest roles; he lets them speak monologues even when they're saying nothing at all.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    The movie works because Berg never forgets to keep his heart in the game and not just his head.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It's hagiography, yes, but also powerful and poignant.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Aimed at the brain, when it should have been one for the heart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It just feels like the real thing, which is a trick few writers can muster and even fewer directors can master.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    As surreal as it is obscene, as clever as it is crude. It plays like some raw offspring of underground comix and the comedies of the 1920s.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    What makes Crash so gripping--so terrifying in spots, so moving in others, and even a little funny at times--is how nothing happens as we think it will.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    Clooney has become a movie star, and the Coens have given him his very own "It Happened One Night." The man, and the movie, are downright bona fide.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Statham's totally believable. He might yet become Bruce Willis.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    As he did in "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz", Wright immerses his heroes in pop culture's detritus and diversions, but doesn't drown them in it. You don't have to be dazzled or tickled by the movie, or get every joke, to be touched by it, too.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Not only an exceptional thriller, but a transcendent summer movie: It assumes, for two hours, you've brain and heart enough to stick with a film that doesn't condescend, doesn't beat you up and doesn't dumb you to death.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It's more like the déjà vu machine. But that does not negate this movie's copious pleasures, chief among them its prudent decision to act like it's never supposed to be more than good time, a thrilling test-drive in a car you love but can't afford to actually buy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    The movie resonates precisely because it serves as documentary only pretending to be fiction: It's set in a real place recovering from real pain, which Lee makes tangible.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Hard to watch, harder still to ignore.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Garden State charms with ease and moves with grace; it's warm but never mushy, languorous but never groggy, rueful but never despondent. It's like a perfect pop song--that thing that makes you smile and tear up at the same time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Without being too glib about it, World Trade Center is a most improbable thing: an upbeat film about September 11, one of the few stories to emerge from that day to come with a happy ending.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    The film is ultimately so extraordinary because it deals with something so ordinary: the desire to be better than we are, without knowing how to do it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Scott and Olds' is an essential movie, and one of the year's very best.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It's a movie about discomfort and distance, like an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" or "The Larry Sanders Show" shot in deadpan black-and-white.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It succeeds where its recent predecessor miserably fails because it demands that you suffer the dreadfulness of war from both sides. That might not make it a milestone, but it's a hell of an improvement.

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