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 Capote
Lowest review score: 0 Bewitched
Score distribution:
394 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    It's just a familiar bore, offering chills and thrills only to those who have never seen a movie before.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Crowe renders David's dream (and its accompanying nightmare) so literal we can't help but leave the theater feeling as though we've been lectured to, told how to feel and what to think. And for an audience, that's a bit of a nightmare.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Wilonsky
    Never quite works, despite the wonderful performances or the decency in the screenplay's margins.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    It's chatty when it wants to pretend it's deep and spiritual, messy when it's striving for chaotic and thrilling, and boring when it has no other options left.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    To damn Herbie: Fully Loaded as soporific crap, as lazy profiteering, as yet another needless and cynical remake in a season populated by such con artists, would be as pointless as the movie itself.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    It's easily the ugliest film Gilliam's ever made, a movie shot with a lens someone forgot to wipe. It's also his loudest: Every scene is amped up to 11, and every line of dialogue is delivered as though it's a cry for help from the bottom of the well.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    It has but one thing going for it: a cast filled with Oscar nominees.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Any goy, too, can fall for this tripe, especially if they've a fondness for mawkish cliché, sitcom pacing, popcorn psychology, and lousy cinematography.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Its execution is stultifying, laughable and ultimately a little offensive.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    A muddle—not amiably ambling, not affably shaggy, just a mess that gets messier till, at times, the whole thing looks improvised by amateurs more concerned with being clever than something resembling affectionate.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Yes, the "Taxi Driver" parallels are intentional: Hill spells them out in the press notes, all but branding Observe and Report a Scorsesefied remake that reeks of stale Cinnabon.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Banal sit-comedy masquerading as religious deepthink dolled up as boy-meets-goy love story.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Obnoxiously dull.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Like a half-remembered dream, the movie's often so overwhelming that even its dull, dead moments (of which there are many, unfortunately) leave you wondering what you're missing and what you've just forgotten.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Final is one big hunh? barely worth the effort; just because it doesn't make any sense doesn't mean it's art.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Plays like something Dr. Phil and "Sex and the City's" Carrie Bradshaw might have written during a commercial break, a feel-good fantasy that sounds deep but has no more depth than a kiddie pool drained for winter.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    It's utterly frustrating: What could and should have been biting and droll is instead a tepid waste of time and talent.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    No one is more blameworthy than Witherspoon...With her newfound clout and charm, she could make better films; instead, she strolls up to the audience standing in line at the ATM and demands we fork it over or else.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    One can only assume all the, ah, good stuff landed on the cutting-room floor, because it sure as hell didn't make it to Mars.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Turns out some folks just don't know Philip K. Dick about making movies.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Which leaves Witherspoon, that delicious pastry, to heave the movie on her small shoulders and carry it home. The load is light -- the movie weighs no more than a glass of flat champagne -- but even she can't withstand the burden.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Paycheck is a terribly muddled mess, a Hitchcock homage (with generous, obvious nods to The Birds, Strangers on a Train and North by Northwest) by a great filmmaker trying to say a great deal with so very little.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    So convoluted and half-assed it's tempting to dismiss it as unfinished; it feels like six different movies cut together by a blind editor.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    It's as light on its feet as a dead elephant. It's never clever or smart, nor is it terribly thrilling or engaging during its numerous fight sequences.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    Feels like a quirky sitcom -- "Arrested Development" without the development.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    The most overrated movie of the year (of all time?) by people who should know better.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Wilonsky
    It's barely a movie at all, more like a thousand car commercials spliced together in an hour.