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 Down from the Mountain
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
394 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It's bright and spry, giggly and bouncy, but also cuddly with occasional touches of cruelty--a movie in which best friends, when let loose in the wild, suddenly realize one's a little higher on the food chain.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    The filmmaker who once aimed to enchant his audiences with cheerful stories of beatific visitors from outer space now wants only to scare the hell out of us. E.T., as it turns out, is a mass murderer after all, and we are his Reese's Pieces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    A celebration of the naughty joke and the courage it takes to tell one.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Scott and Olds' is an essential movie, and one of the year's very best.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    What makes Silverman a truly gifted comic is her timing and delivery.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Scorsese's rockudrama withstands big-screen scrutiny some 24 years after its initial release.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Delightful almost in spite of itself.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Hard to watch, harder still to ignore.
    • 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.)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    If Dubus' work always resembled some sort of literary therapy session, as has often been said, then Field's version requires grief counseling. It is, at times, that devastating.
    • 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.)
    • 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.)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Audiard keeps things shaky, grim, claustrophobic, doomed. His film has the feel of documentary, as he follows Clara through the daily grind that pulverizes her. We're in her head, literally.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    As stirring as it is slight, as effective as it is familiar.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Here it is -- another double cross for which you will, and should, hand over your few grubby bucks.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    For all its kinetic energy, for all its camera tricks, for all its dark humor, there's still something a bit off about these Rules, and it's not really Avary's fault.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Co-directors and writers John Musker and Ron Clements doll it up so marvelously you're sucked into the screen and forced to confront the fact that at their best, these filmmakers can make the two-dimensional astonishingly warm and full-bodied.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Do not read too much into Burger's mockumentary, then; it's just having a lark, poking fun at conspiracy theorists, taking the piss out of the dozens of docs out there that present themselves as The Real Story About the Killing of John Kennedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    It has just enough "comedy" to qualify as crowd-pleaser.
    • 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.