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 12 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 Basic
Score distribution:
396 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Altman gladly admits there's not much of a story here; his movies are driven by characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    Like so many other allegedly scary movies, it gets so tangled up in The Twist that it chokes the energy right out of the very audience it seeks to frighten.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Northfork may be doomed, but the Polish brothers and cinematographer M. David Mullen (who worked with the brothers on their previous features, "Twin Falls, Idaho" and "Jackpot") make the place feel like heaven on earth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    Funnier when high -- what isn't? -- Harold and Kumar may also serve as the first infomercial for weed and burgers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    Identity is an outright blast, so fun it's--pardon--scary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    An ethereal, creepy, almost breathtaking meditation on the life of a mind snapped in two.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    The Dancer Upstairs would have made a suitable double feature with "The Quiet American"; both films unfold slowly, build toward an anxious climax and end with a shrug of grief.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Wilonsky
    An ambitious, frustrating drag.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    Kind of meaningless--a thriller with delights that wear off before the credits even roll, a movie you might have watched on cable some Saturday afternoon and decided you didn't really waste that much time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    What makes Silverman a truly gifted comic is her timing and delivery.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    The droll has been made dull, a most inexplicable and unfortunate turn of events for so adored a genius, goofball work as this.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Penn's lead performance is the main attraction here, and it's a fine piece of work--far superior to his overly showy Oscar-winning role last year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    If Allen owns The Upside of Anger, she is generous enough to loan it to Costner, who, despite the dim, glazed eyes, is more alive here than he's been in years.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    The movie is stirringly, thrillingly animated; Stander, as some say around Johannesburg, lives.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    Though it does cheapen itself with some dreadful moments of product placement, it doesn't instantly date itself with cheap pop-culture gags; it will play to our kids' kids tomorrow just as it does today, like something made for children who don't know to expect more from their cartoons than just pleasant, nostalgic mediocrities.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Willis gives a remarkable, wrenching performance: He is the most fragile indestructible man ever created.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    The more technically proficient Anderson gets as a filmmaker, the more emotionally barren his movies become, till at last The Life Aquatic drowns in a sea of self-indulgent touches that delight the filmmaker but distance the filmgoer who wants to love the director and his characters but just can't, not anymore.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    The Interpreter dashes the suspense by talking the audience to death.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    Like all films constructed out of pop-culture effluvia, Zoolander runs the risk of being so last month; this is a movie that treats Fabio as the ultimate punch line and regards David Bowie as the prince of style.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Wilonsky
    In the end, it's a film so short on style and verve it feels lifeless; audiences might feel imprisoned in the Château d'If, praying for escape or quick death. Thankfully, one need not tunnel out of a movie theater.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    The jokes in Extract play almost like afterthoughts, the last-second add-ons of a former animator who, until now, has always treated his flesh-and-blood characters a bit like cartoon caricatures and vice versa.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    The Guys is less a tearing open of old wounds than a balm to be applied over them. It doesn't wallow. It doesn't weep.

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