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 10.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Wilonsky's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Road to Perdition
Lowest review score: 0 Joe Dirt
Score distribution:
394 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    The film, from its deadpan start to its languorous finish, provides the most joyous moviegoing experience in years.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    That's all Full Frontal is: a brilliant gag at the expense of those who paid for it and those who pay to see it.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    The film is a whirlwind blur, a kinetic thrill ride through the industrial backwater that was one of punk and post-punk's most fertile Promised Lands: Manchester.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    De Sica's 1952 neorealist masterpiece; it's a stark snapshot in which all is revealed about the "daily life of mankind," as the director once offered by way of description.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    It's everything most movies this year have not been: deeply felt, genuine, gracious.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Altman gladly admits there's not much of a story here; his movies are driven by characters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Willis gives a remarkable, wrenching performance: He is the most fragile indestructible man ever created.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Hoffman, though, is the real gas--the vet getting dopey and loopy and handsy because, hey, what the hell...The midnight cowboy rides again.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Charlie doesn't have a point, doesn't give a damn about giving a damn. It is what it is: a beautiful goof, a drunken supermodel in search of one more party before the sun comes up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Breezy and easy to swallow. Its maker, Steven Spielberg, hasn't had so much fun in two decades.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    The star's the thing, the only thing, and he's brilliant at playing a thinly veiled version of himself.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Anderson and Sandler were meant for each other, and their romance is, unbelievably, our reward.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    If there's a flaw with the film, it's that Justman doesn't trust his narrators enough; too often he'll stage a re-enactment while someone's talking, as if he's afraid the mere tales themselves won't hold our interest. But they will, as long as there's a kid slapping a bass, a sampler swiping a groove or some middle-aged couple slow dancing to Marvin Gaye or the Miracles.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Provides Hoffman with what he's long deserved: a movie of his own.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    As enormously entertaining as it is appalling.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    This Shrek is both funnier and warmer than its predecessor; it's better-looking, too, no longer as clunky and junky as video-game graphics.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    A remarkable movie, because, like "Crumb" or even "American Splendor," it adores the very people most of us might ignore if they passed us on the street. It's a love letter to someone who desperately needs one, even 10 years after his death.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    The movie is stirringly, thrillingly animated; Stander, as some say around Johannesburg, lives.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It's hagiography, yes, but also powerful and poignant.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    The movie works because Berg never forgets to keep his heart in the game and not just his head.

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