For 1,058 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Abele's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Krisha
Lowest review score: 0 Detention of the Dead
Score distribution:
1058 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Robert Abele
    The movie’s real showcase gold lies in the magnetic appeal of screwball comedy natural Erskine (Hulu’s “PEN15”); she’s a major talent who rightly runs away with the movie, conjuring in the viewer’s head a constellation of wishful star turns to come.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    It’s a fascinating story of endurance, shaky scientific methods, and solidarity that’s been given a thoughtful resurrection thanks to the writings of Genovés himself – acted in voiceover by “Zama” star Daniel Giménez Cacho – and the recollections of seven participants.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    If Scorsese’s 2005 Dylan documentary “No Direction Home” was the exhaustive origins portrait that reveals how a man and myth were launched, “Rolling Thunder Revue” is the home movie party that energizes and humanizes while still preserving a counterculture god’s mystique.
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    • 80 Robert Abele
    Deadpan and over-the-top, these scenes make for a view of turbulent reality that is episodic and nonsensical — and wholly Ruizian.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Avant’s skin color is one aspect of his inspiring story, for sure, but the heart inside The Black Godfather — and the ways an honorable soul with personal power can effect meaningful change — spins its own joyful melody.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    The man is the movie, and the long stretch of lived road Frank describes as an immigrant grappling with his adopted country’s faults is revealing, at times heartbreakingly so.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    The mix is for the most part a welcome one, save one unappealing character, a retrograde love story, and an air that’s almost too blasé for its own good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    It’s as absorbing as a caper, as maddening as a broken romance, and as thought-provoking as an impassioned editorial.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Ultimately, Ferrara makes a convincing case for being Pasolini’s biographical caretaker, one troublemaker looking after another’s legacy, albeit with a more serious, thoughtful approach than a transgressive one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    By keeping things short, sweet and dutifully tuneful, Echo in the Canyon is like the doc version of one of the period’s sonic nuggets, leaving you with a peace/love/understanding high and a desire to break out the vinyl for more of the same.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Joy
    Both riveting character study and experiential glimpse at the Africa-to-Europe sex slave trade, Austrian-Iranian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy” builds its reservoir of sadness with pulsing efficiency.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    There is much that is finely wrought here as a tactile slice of women’s history told in careful observances, hidden textures and the sights and sounds of nature unbound.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Robert Abele
    While we can perhaps be grateful that the superficiality of Brightburn probably kept it from opting to exploit elements of disturbed-kid narratives that have been all too common in our more tragic news stories, what remains is still never terribly entertaining as either popcorn or a bent take on superhero myths.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Heightened but airless, this “Castle” is like a checklist of the novel’s peculiarities, rather than its singular soul brought to life.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    It’s an old-fashioned injustice barn burner with narrative and emotional beats so sturdy you can practically see the rivets. But on the big screen, it’s just not convulsive enough to stir us and instead feels trapped in a limbo of not quite awards-prestigious, but not exactly indie-fired.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    At its intimate best, Merata is an embrace and an education, a son’s love letter and for cineastes, a celebration of inclusion and voice.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 68 Robert Abele
    How are the action sequences? They’re fun until they feel familiar, and even then they’re still a trip because the long takes demand admiration for the sheer brute exertion at work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Shéhérazade wins us over with what we love about love: its strength in even the direst of circumstances.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The combination of technique and message is ultimately winning. It’s tempting to think of Biggest Little Farm as the real-life equivalent of an epic pastoral storybook tale, but with the kind of happy ending that suggests a blueprint for saving the earth.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Abele
    In its modest, stripped-down way, it’s a worthy cousin to the genre stalwarts, anchored in the unvarnished power of Canet’s performance, and the no-nonsense approach to Christian Carion’s direction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Abele
    When Ask Dr. Ruth is over, you’ll believe a human being can be as special as any computer-generated effect.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Less a journalistic endeavor than an admirer’s tour — with room for blackly funny Herzog-ian touches in his choice of archival clip or patently demonic voice-over.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    Where Dern and Stewart kick-start something worth exploring, the movie around them is pleased spectator instead of engaged participant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Keene made only a couple of films in her abbreviated life, but The Juniper Tree is absorbing enough to make one rue there weren’t more.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Abele
    One of the more plastic molds of troubled heartthrob storytelling in recent memory...is the kind of dispiriting effort that thinks it’s scratching an itch for masochistic young girls, but primarily suggests that romance, desire and sexuality aren’t worth genuinely exploring.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Writer-director Max Minghella’s U.K.-set fairy tale Teen Spirit — which takes Elle Fanning’s lonely immigrant adolescent from karaoke dreams to singing contest heights — is somewhere between feeling abbreviated and wearing out its welcome.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    At its best, when we can live Dogman through Marcello’s eyes, the movie keeps reminding you of that opening, of people and animals, menace and kindness, and the cages we sometimes don’t realize we’ve made for ourselves.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The problem is that for all the ways this story is entertaining as a magazine article or Dateline segment, it’s an awkwardly bloated bore when Love makes the affable, naïve Hyden not just his key interviewee but also his reenactment star.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Abele
    Though Peterloo brims with 19th century authenticity, from its hardscrabble interiors and stately halls of power to the quiet beauty of its rural scenes, it’s no costumes-and-decor drama — Leigh’s focus is on the rhythms of talk in all the ways it influences: as rant, argument, posturing, strained politeness, open skepticism, and full-on performance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Roll Red Roll is about what happens when a crime’s outrage only begins with the cold facts, expanding as one realizes that this is behavior bred, encouraged, accepted and shielded from punishment.

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