Robert Wilonsky
Select another critic »
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 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Wilonsky's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Spider-Man 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Sweetest Thing
Score distribution:
394 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Anderson and Sandler were meant for each other, and their romance is, unbelievably, our reward.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Altman gladly admits there's not much of a story here; his movies are driven by characters.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    What Constantine offers is a deceptively thoughtful tale tricked up like an action movie; it's beautiful to look at but even more lovely to ruminate over.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It's but a witty, engaging hodgepodge of archetypes and clichés; it retreads not only the TV show's story lines, but also those of every "Star Trek" and "Gunsmoke" episode. It needed the room of a big screen just to fit all of its influences into a single place.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It's hagiography, yes, but also powerful and poignant.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Breezy and easy to swallow. Its maker, Steven Spielberg, hasn't had so much fun in two decades.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Signs blessedly displays a sense of giddy dark humor absent from Shyamalan's previous outings. It appears for much of the film he's merely having fun with the genre, goofing on its paranoid roots.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    My Kid Could Paint That's about art—and it IS art, among the best documentaries ever made about that elusive process of manufacturing something out of nothing. But it's also a must-see for every single parent who believes their children are special, when all they want to be is your children.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Rodriguez clearly assumes Sin City to be his "Pulp Fiction," his rambling portmanteau--a blending of disparate tales to form a complete, overwhelming epic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    As stirring as it is slight, as effective as it is familiar.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of About a Boy is how substantial it plays -- as a feel-good film with weight, a knowing comedy with dramatic depth.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    As enormously entertaining as it is appalling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    What makes Silverman a truly gifted comic is her timing and delivery.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    This is phony, absolutely, but the good feeling it leaves behind is plenty real.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    A remarkable movie with an unsatisfying ending, which is just the point.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 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.
    • 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.

Top Trailers