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 10.3 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 The Sweetest Thing
Score distribution:
394 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Gaghan's a filmmaker for the gamer who doesn't need to have the plot follow a neat, linear path. Besides, you don't need to know precisely what's going on; no one else in the film does either. Which is Gaghan's point.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Statham's totally believable. He might yet become Bruce Willis.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Somewhere between setup and punch line, American Pie 2 starts feeling less like a sequel and more like the second episode of a TV series, a case of fine-tuning after the pilot's been picked up by the network.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    It's left to Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman as Greg's parents to warm up the picture, and they light it on fire. Indeed, they're having such a swell time as Roz and Bernie Focker that they seem to be in an entirely different movie--a funnier one, a sexier one and a smarter one.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    Murphy inhabited Jif like a sweet, innocent child, almost as though he were delighted to shed the cynicism and get down to the sweet, chewy center. Or day-care center, in this case.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    Farrell's performance possesses a touch too many mannerisms on loan from Tyrone Power and Clark Gable; you can almost hear the gears turning in his brain each time he cocks his head or raises an eyebrow in homage.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    Ultimately, it's the songs that energize this highlight, and lowlight, reel; you may forget the movie when you walk out of the theater, but you will do so while humming the soundtrack.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    The movie's so hung up (pardon) on its gimmick it never transcends it; might have been better had Kiefer called Moviefone.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    Feels less like a brand-new movie than a greatest-hits compendium. It offers nothing new and instead makes do with presenting the warmed-over like something pulled fresh from the oven.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    After trying to prove himself a serious actor in deadly dull movies, Ledger lightens up and brightens up a movie that attempts the trick of bringing a new spin to an old story but can't pull off the stunt.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    The result is something that feels very much like an overachieving made-for-TV movie--a history lesson dolled up like an action movie, with the action relegated to the final third, and even then, the battle is over before it really begins.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    The cynics will scoff and dismiss it all as manipulative, the heartstring-tugging machine on hyperdrive. But this movie isn't for them; did you not see the PG? It's a sweet, sincere, utterly affable kids' movie about how parents are all kinds of screwed up and unable to tell their kids what they want or show them how they feel.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    For the first time, Burton seems comfortable walking around the real world.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    It almost plays like a darkly comic "Peanuts" special.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    This new version, which retains nearly every character and echoes nearly every scenario, is somehow its complete opposite--a slight, breezy incarnation that tries like hell to dishearten, which only makes it disingenuous.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    A trifle at best, a lightweight, wink-wink amalgam of myriad other films, some of which have even starred Chan and Wilson.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    It's war porn, a movie that revels in the carnage.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    That's not to say Simone doesn't offer a good time. Shove aside its self-righteous agenda and it's a deft kick, a light comedy whenever it's not trying to play heavy. And it's bolstered by Al Pacino in a lively performance.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Wilonsky
    This is a Julia Roberts Movie about only one thing: being a Julia Roberts Movie.

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