Tasha Robinson

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For 626 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tasha Robinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 0 Sydney White
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 626
626 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tasha Robinson
    The film never lets banter, visual gags, or the usual manic kid-flick running about interfere with its more delicately handled thoughts on loyalty, longing, broken relationships, and generational continuity. It honestly earns its emotion, moment by painstakingly executed moment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tasha Robinson
    It’s essentially a stroll through a fantastically detailed pastel world, in which the plot is little more than an excuse for Miyazaki to dive into a world teeming with colorful (and sometimes prehistoric) life.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Tasha Robinson
    Inside Out has a rich, unpackable story. But like all Pixar’s best films, it’s fleet and accessible, trusting the audience to keep up with an adventure that unfolds at a breakneck pace.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Tasha Robinson
    While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Tasha Robinson
    For Kaige, The Promise can't exactly be called a return to form--it's more a return to "Hero" and "House Of Flying Daggers" director Zhang Yimou's form. Either way, it's still glorious.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Tasha Robinson
    It's a wildly exciting ride, the fastest-moving, most enthusiastically kinetic kids' action film since "The Incredibles."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Tasha Robinson
    The King's perception of religion is hardly friendly, but it's only one aspect of a terrific drama, one that ultimately admits that people can be as much of a terrifying mystery as their creator.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tasha Robinson
    It's dizzying and tremendously sad, but simultaneously exhilarating due to Nemes' complete control of his environment, and complete merging of his narrative and compositional elements. It isn't just a unique story, it's a unique execution.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tasha Robinson
    The results are nothing short of magical.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Tasha Robinson
    It's Pixar's most daring experiment to date, but it still fits neatly into the studio's pantheon: Made with as much focus on heart as on visual quality, it's a sheer joy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Tasha Robinson
    All the beats proceed exactly as expected, but they hit with admirably precise timing, amid a strikingly beautiful landscape where every leaf is rendered with loving clarity. The humor, the wonder, and the awwww moments all hit home comfortably. This is such a perfect execution of the Disney formula, it feels like the movie the studio has been trying to make since Snow White.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Tasha Robinson
    Like so much of Key & Peele’s comedy, Get Out is refreshing in its naked, frank aggression about confronting racial issues, with comedy, drama, and sharp, unsparing insight.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    What the film lacks in specificity and interest in taking sides, it makes up for in style, authentic emotion, and terrific performances.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Slumdog Millionaire features the simplest story Boyle has ever told, which may explain why its many pleasures are so pure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    War Witch is a remarkably mature portrait that trusts its audience to have their own reactions to its material; it doesn’t yank at the heartstrings so much as expertly strum them.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Its complete lack of restraint, cynicism, or self-consciousness invites viewers to drop their own reservations and just feel the big, broad, simple emotions as they're played out on-screen, through memorable songs and elaborate fantasy sequences.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Yet another celebrity-voiced animal adventure, but it stands out from the crowd of similar films with its lightning wit and whirlwind brio.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    It's the most glorious, wonderful mess put onscreen since Terry Gilliam's "Brazil."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    The performances are winning, the story is surprising without relying on unlikely twists, and the relationships are the richest and most nuanced since Leigh's "Secrets & Lies."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    It's an ambitious premise and a risky approach, but Cahill and his cast execute it beautifully.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    The larger messages about spirituality often seem forced, and it's more compelling to focus on Lee's visceral cinematic experience than on the larger, fuzzier messages Martel's story conveys about humanity's connection with God.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    The characters are simply rendered, but when it comes to capturing cities and scenes, the cinematography takes on the color and detail of a Mexican street mural.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    A compelling, well-researched, beautifully assembled document.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Schnabel's sleepy, drifty, at times morbidly funny film tackles something more ambitious, by getting into the head of someone who's trying to get out of there himself.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    When it's funny, it's hilarious; when it's serious, it's powerful; and either way, it's an endless pleasant surprise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Filmed in long, quiet takes across gorgeous, all-but-empty landscapes, Mountain Patrol feels more like Gus Van Sant's "Gerry" than like the cops-and-robbers thriller its plotline suggests.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    It acknowledges grief, horror, and loss, but never lets it get in the way of a big, bright laugh.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    The film unravels a bit in the last few moments, amid unanswered story questions and a simplistic climax, but until that moment, Redbelt is Mamet's richest film of the decade.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Tattoo is as much mood piece as mystery, and the mood is almost always disturbing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Plenty of films give the viewers far more information and still wind up feeling opaque and distanced from the characters' lives. But The Fits is all about the experience of the moment, and it winds up feeling remarkably immersive and lyrical.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Kross and Winslet's intense performances and Daldry's deliberately placid control of tone make the material work as a love (and hate) story as well as a metaphor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    The Informant! chooses to earn its exclamation point with giggles as well as shock, and the results are thoroughly entertaining.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Even when making movies for small children, Studio Ghibli produces stories that are more emotionally sophisticated, and less philosophically polarized, than most adult fare.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Bird and his co-writers leave room for quiet moments and gentle morals, but for the most part, they send visual gags and verbal punchlines tearing past at an enjoyably demanding speed, whipping up the film's energy at every turn.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    Over The Hedge stands out as genuinely witty and even a little barbed. Its chipper, sneering outsider's look at suburban sprawl and conformity isn't going to change the world, but it's still self-aware enough to be reasonably smart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    A surprisingly intimate behind-the-scenes documentary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    An indie version of Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," albeit with none of the star power, a quarter of the budget, half the angst, and twice the charm.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Tasha Robinson
    It's a gorgeously rendered marvel that pulls out all the stops to wow its viewers, but in spite of its crowd-pleasing ploys, it holds onto its integrity with a smart and surprisingly deep story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Tasha Robinson
    Riveting, eye-opening issue film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Tasha Robinson
    Like all Burton's best work, it takes place in a distorted, vividly colored, meticulously crafted world where whimsy and gleeful ghoulishness mix freely.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Tasha Robinson
    The most tremendous thing about Starred Up is exactly how simple it keeps things, and what a richly nuanced story emerges in the process.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Tasha Robinson
    Ernest & Celestine isn’t just cute or thrilling, though: It’s openly funny, in a wry, unpredictable way.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Tasha Robinson
    A wonderful encore, marked by the painstaking attention to detail and artful balance between terror and joy that make Miyazak's work unique.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Tasha Robinson
    The miracle of Weiner is that like the complicated man at its center, it's open to interpretation. Schadenfreude seekers who just want to see Weiner sweat and suffer will get their money's worth. But so will curious viewers who show up in a spirit of inquiry, looking for the full story. They'll get more than one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 89 Tasha Robinson
    Foster's daringly different comedy is more interested with observing its well-drawn characters, and what it takes to change them on a fundamental level. It's easy to see it as a drama that fails to fully address America's shortcomings. It's actually something better: an insightful comedy about human perspective.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Tasha Robinson
    For all Thompson's talent and promise, King Jack still rests most on the actors, and the way they suggest inner worlds deep enough to get lost in, without pushing or forcing the point.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Tasha Robinson
    It's a rousing, thrilling adventure, beautifully animated in rich, deep hues with a look that meets neatly between the flow of hand-drawn cels and the smoothness of digital animation. But it's also a powerfully emotional piece, about family and friendship, about betrayal and disappointment, and about first love and old enmities.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Tasha Robinson
    For all the methodical pacing and old archetypes, Hell or High Water is a thoroughly contemporary action film, complete with fast chases and flashes of dark comedy. But like the classic Westerns, it invites viewers to evaluate, one more time, the myth of the American outlaw, and the idea of criminals as heroes.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 87 Tasha Robinson
    Moonlight is hypnotic not just as a character study, or as a coming-of-age story. It's hypnotic as a performance piece, full of flawless portrayals of a kid figuring out who he is, not just in relation to other people, but in relation to himself.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Tasha Robinson
    Wonder Woman represents a number of delicate balancing acts: between humor and gravitas; angst and adventure; full-blown, unvarnished superhero fantasy and the DCEU’s usual unpacking of what those fantasies mean.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Tasha Robinson
    For those capable of falling into the spell del Toro is casting, The Shape of Water is a breathless film, anchored by Hawkins’ visible, ardent longing for connection, and her fierce defiance when the things she loves are threatened.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 87 Tasha Robinson
    Brigsby Bear holds together because it’s so flawlessly navigated and so utterly sincere. James has his ups and downs, but they aren’t manipulative, cheap, or calculated.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Tasha Robinson
    A film that so perfectly reveals its characters both through the way they charge past calamity, and the way they subtly reflect their own pasts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Tasha Robinson
    McKay's film is coated in sugar to make it go down easy, but at its center, it's a bitter pill to swallow.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Tasha Robinson
    It's a cynical look not just at society and its structures and strictures, but at love itself. But it's still mesmerizing in its oddity, and it's exceptionally daring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Tasha Robinson
    In terms of narrative ambition, and giving meaningful screen time to an ever-growing stable of onscreen characters, Civil War rivals Joss Whedon's MCU standout The Avengers. And in terms of sheer thrill, it surpasses Avengers — at least for fans who come prestocked with an emotional investment in these characters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    For the first time in years, it feels like Disney has done its namesake proud.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Anyone already planning on seeing Stoker, the English-language film debut of Oldboy and Thirst director Park Chan-wook, shouldn’t read this review. Or watch a trailer. Or read anything about it at all, really...It’s best taken one tense, exhilarating moment at a time, without anticipation or expectation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    So polished that it might pass for a scripted narrative feature, but that's not a bad thing. They found a remarkable spokesman in Bolivian teenager Basilio Vargas, and while his cogent, organized descriptions of his life, beliefs, history, and ambitions sometimes seem too calculated, at least they're calculated to communicate efficiently and appealingly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Plenty of horror movies are willing to settle for making audiences jump. Mama is more ambitious by far: It makes sure viewers are emotionally committed even when they aren't clutching their armrests or covering their eyes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Svankmajer's nihilistic story isn't for everyone, but he skillfully manages its disturbing execution in ways no one else could, and he brings it across in a darkly comedic way that encourages simultaneous laughter, horror, and thought. If that isn't art, what is?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    In a real sort of way, Gilliam IS Parnassus, carrying his tatterdemalion show forward from year to year and trying to get people to pay attention, and the mingled sense of bitterness and hope in his story makes this whole crazed fantasy into something far more real.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    The occasional missteps (some overly precious symbolism, the grimy DV look) rarely get in the way of the film’s many winces, gasps, and breathless, cringing anticipation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    This is the most epic of the Harry Potter movies, the one that finally dispenses with side-quests and open-ended plotlines and offers up all the final payoffs.
    • The A.V. Club
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    As with the Wallace & Gromit films, most of the fun is in the deft characterizations, the zippy banter, and the joyous sight gags.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    This is Csupo's feature directorial debut, but as creator, producer, and writer of "Rugrats" and "The Wild Thornberrys," among several other series, he's had a long career in animation, and he handles the CGI setpieces masterfully.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    It's a beautifully shot, beautifully acted piece of fluff.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    While the film doesn't dig deep, or hit particularly hard, it neatly achieves its modest goals: presenting a real-life heroine in real-life terms. A film this fictionalized rarely feels this much like fact.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Though Prometheus follows "Alien's" story beats, it's a looser and less satisfying story, more intellectual than visceral, and not fully satisfying on either level. But in part, that's because it's trying to do so much more.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Up
    Up is challenging, emotionally and narratively, but it trusts viewers to keep up; Pixar has never been interested in talking down to children or their parents.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    What keeps the story fresh isn't so much Guadagnino's swooning sense-reveries, which sometimes flow with dreamlike wonder and sometimes just drag; instead, most of the power comes from Swinton, who always makes the most of characters imbued by passion, but straitjacketed by expectations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Attempts to address grief frankly, gently, and without didacticism, and it largely succeeds.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Maybe Stiller just seems stilted because he's the only one here who isn't playing to the rafters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    The film bounces along on cheap but entertaining Mel Brooks-worthy audio and visual gags, like the live-chicken-throwing fight, or the sequence where the camera discreetly pans away from Dujardin and a partner making out on his hotel bed--only to focus on a full-length mirror in which they're still fully visible.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    While In Darkness sticks to formula, it brings across that formula effectively.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    The story should be a standard mismatched-couple-falls-in-love tale, but the script and the sprightly directing give the story plenty of snap and humor, and the animation is so luminously beautiful that even a falling-in-love sequence cribbed in part from The Little Mermaid is overwhelmingly magical.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    It's an accomplished potboiler entertainment, as calculated and clever as the stories Irving spins to stay afloat in the growing sea of his own lies.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    The moody tone and carefully balanced drama turn a grubby premise into something unexpectedly elegant.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Like the best claustrophobic thrillers, the film keeps finding clever new ways to complicate what initially seems like a limited setting with limited story options.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Disney’s triumphant return to hand-drawn 2-D animation still holds an awful lot of familiar, comfort-food charm.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    The King's Speech is admirably free of easy answers and simple, happy endings; it's a skewed, awards-ready version of history, but one polished to a fine, satisfying shine.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    It's a daring, even mildly challenging mixture for a superhero film, and while the pieces don't entirely add up, the puzzle is at least original.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Only Washington stands out; he's charming, intense, and charismatic as ever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Spider-Man: Homecoming brings the character back to his basics. In the process, it shows why he’s always been such a popular draw, and it makes a strong argument for a branch of the MCU / Sony heroverse that operates on a smaller scale than the rest of the world.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Mermin presents all this without editorial comment, and her film would be worth watching if only for its look at a profound culture-clash. But it goes one better, and delves into one of those clashing cultures, capturing it in a moment of change that goes far beyond one beauty academy's superficial concerns.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    While it's essentially just another slick Spielberg action machine, it's operating effectively on all cylinders throughout.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    The film has any number of chances to exploit the setting and Butterfield's wide-eyed innocence, but instead, it mines a vast, eerie tension by keeping both boys in the dark.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    At its best, Micmacs is a robust, enjoyably lunatic game. It's social commentary by way of a good Looney Tune.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Anyone who's been closely involved with a wedding knows exactly how these beleaguered schmucks feel. Those who haven't may just take Confetti as a lighthearted but convincing argument for elopement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    A film so joyfully insane that it feels like Kon is overcompensating.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Public Enemy openly raises the question of why officers of the law hated Mesrine so much that they were willing to turn his death into a block party.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    It’s a dark, grim, suffocating story that only missteps by overplaying its hand, making the larger message about prostitution increasingly overt.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    The whole film is too reliant on action-movie cuts and zooms, plus James Horner's insistent score, but it's beautifully rendered and convincingly exciting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Mangold delivers a taut modern take on a lesser classic, preserving the "High Noon" themes about doing the right thing against all odds, and injecting a more modern pacing and urgency without going overboard. His film isn't Leonard's classic, but it's a solid, genre-respecting Western in its own right.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    The surreality is distancing, but authentic, believable performances and a low-key affect keep Running From Scissors from turning shrill.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    What is surprising is how he (Darabont) rebounds from his weak, awkwardly compressed opening to produce one of the scariest King films since Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    There's nothing wrong with animation aimed at adults, but this may be the first kids' movie that throws fewer bones to its supposed intended viewers than to their parents.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Nair's film is a joyous triumph in the way it makes the story accessible, without losing sight of the specifics that make it not just a true story, but a complete and real one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    The film moves effortlessly, with plenty of tense thrills and surprise reveals. It’s relentless, but rarely rushed. The action is terse, and in one unexpected case, breathless and terrifying.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Tasha Robinson
    Cars is a fine example of the formula, with pleasant chemistry, the patented Pixar cleverness, and the usual sweetly melancholy nostalgia courtesy of songwriter Randy Newman.

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