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 Road to Perdition
Lowest review score: 0 Basic
Score distribution:
394 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Certainly it exists solely to sell a soundtrack; the movie, like most made for teens, is well beside the point.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Before things have even begun we know how they will end; this is pure Hollywood product, slicker than the insides of an oilcan.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    It's too turgid to awe the nonbelievers, too zealous to inspire and often too silly to take seriously, with its demonic hallucinations that look like escapees from a David Lynch film; I swear I couldn't find the devil carrying around a hairy-backed midget anywhere in the text I read.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    In the end, The Apostle feels like a con, a movie that embraces its contradictions only because it's not smart enough to reconcile them; everything feels complex, but, in fact, it's far too simple.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Smith used to make movies to make fun of movies like Jersey Girl; now he's just another guy working the assembly line, which won't make you a sell-out if no one buys it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Hellboy is as much a wreck as "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" or "The Punisher," coming and going in two weeks, and as much a bore as "The Hulk."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    What could have been an engaging, maybe even enlightening story about the unfairly high price a woman pays for conducting herself like a man winds up as nothing more than a worthless, harmless and ultimately charmless piffle.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Nothing about Laws of Attraction is remotely original; even its title has the dull ring of the generic, like "Opposites Attract" or "He Said, She Said." See it or don't. You will never notice the difference.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Sitting through Raising Helen is an exercise in frustration, because somewhere inside this big heap of Hollywood nothing is a something (someone, actually) worth saving and savoring. Her name is Joan Cusack.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    It's stunning, really, to consider how much time and expense went into something so chintzy and dull--a script full of non sequiturs shouted by a screen full of chum.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    The movie comes off as willfully eccentric when it should have been charmingly touching.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Never quite works, despite the wonderful performances or the decency in the screenplay's margins.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Aims to be loud, dumb fun, only it takes itself too seriously to offer anything approaching a good time.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Redundant to the point of being absolutely pointless, a sequel that's almost a note-for-note, beat-for-beat redo of its predecessor, only with all the entertaining stuff left out.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    A spin-off of a sequel... It doesn't even try to be different, because it assumes the moviegoer wants only the same-ol' and then offers even less.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    The droll has been made dull, a most inexplicable and unfortunate turn of events for so adored a genius, goofball work as this.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    A tenth of a movie masquerading as a full feature.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Even if there were a great movie here, it would have been undermined by two lead actors who are barely even there, asked to deliver lines they can't handle: Bale, playing the Batman with clipped wings, and Katie Holmes as an assistant district attorney who doesn't have the gravitas to pass as an intern. Come back, Alicia Silverstone; all is forgiven.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    A comic-book movie unashamed of its roots, meaning it's unabashed about being silly, overwrought nonsense, which works to its benefit--so much so that you're almost rooting for it by the end.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    As the movie enters its final chapter, you will come to the sad, sickening realization that the filmmakers have played you for a chump. What seemed so smart, so well crafted and finely tuned, falls apart into a flaming heap of c---, and all goodwill is dashed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Into the Blue drowns before it even surfaces.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    The movie's a bust in myriad ways, especially because almost every scene possesses the oily feel of manipulation and condescension.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    It's too turgid and redundant to have any real impact. As a thriller, it barely thrills; as a lecture, it has nothing new to say.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    A little too loud, and a lot too boring.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    A particularly painful event for those of us weaned on Brooks' earliest films, Saturday Night Live shorts and vintage clips of his deadpan standup appearances. It contains precisely two funny moments.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Whatever goodwill one harbored toward the first Pirates film is quickly dashed by its sneering successor, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which is less a film than a two-and-a-half-hour trailer for the final installment in this accidental trilogy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    The actual finale, which so betrays what's come before it that it leaves one walking out of the theater holding a grudge against what was.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Either a put-on or a straight shooter; that you can't tell the difference underscores its small but ultimately overwhelming flaws.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    I liked when they had the paint fights and the pillow fights.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    It's far more than merely disappointing that Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams lacks the charm and wit -- and humanity --of its predecessor. It's dispiriting.
    • New Times (L.A.)