For 301 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Wilonsky's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 House of Flying Daggers
Lowest review score: 0 Road Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 301
301 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    "Meatballs" handled the sleep-away sex stuff better; here it feels like filler between the killer musical numbers that make even special guest Stephen Sondheim smile on his way out the door.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Johnson, who was computer-generated in "Mummy" and only looked it in "Scorpion King," keeps it engaging, displaying a comedic knack first revealed during his Saturday Night Live appearance in 2000; he has the timing of a Rolex, even when playing straight man to American Pie's Stifler.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    School of Rock, populated by bright-shiny faces given a "Revenge of the Nerds" happy ending, is light and meaningless but never worthless. It merely aspires to be a good time and is just that and nothing more, a grin-worthy buzz that wears off in the parking lot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Aimed at the brain, when it should have been one for the heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Nathaniel will sometimes take it too far. It's particularly distracting, and even a little distancing, when he waits till the end of a lengthy interview to tell one of his father's former collaborators and friends that he is Louis' son.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    The Ladykillers fits snugly among the Coens' lighter and breezier movies--the ones you forget after you see them once and begin to appreciate and finally adore the more often you revisit them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    The first Kill Bill was nothing but violence--swordfight upon swordfight, till the clanking of steel blades drowned out anything anyone said. The second is its emotional counterpart, the heart without all the blood drained from it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    It puts us in the shoes of men and women for whom the war is not something distant and intangible but a bloodbath in their own back yard, which makes them the very definition of embedded journalists.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    As frantic and frenzied as its source material.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Just as you feel the numbing, clammy clench of paranoia on your neck, you realize, nope, the grip is just the director's attempt at tickling you to death. Demme's movie had no right to work. It does, and then some.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    What the books suggest, the movie reveals and revels in--the songs, in other words, those brilliant, backbreakingly fast anthems.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    If only Condon kept up the Q&A format, because when he ditches it the movie turns flat and familiar.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    A fun and loving biopic
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    This is phony, absolutely, but the good feeling it leaves behind is plenty real.