Robert Daniels

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For 34 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Daniels' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 David Byrne’s American Utopia
Lowest review score: 10 Antebellum
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
34 movie reviews
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    • 83 Robert Daniels
    Featuring a breakout performance from an enrapturing Wong-Loi-Sing, and a beguiling turn from Siriboe, Really Love is a timeless black romance. Kristi Williams is an assured new voice already nestling herself inside audiences’ hearts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Robert Daniels
    Boyega is superhuman here. Because no matter the decade, Logan isn’t an easy character to understand with regards to decision making. Yet Boyega’s sincerity holds us in this story, even when we can’t fully understand the why behind Logan.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Robert Daniels
    Mangrove is rebellion. Mangrove is liberation. McQueen’s Mangrove, in its every personal minute, is love and devotion, not just to the now, or even the past, but for the progress of Black generations yet to come.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Robert Daniels
    While many will draw parallels between scenes involving civil unrest to the events of 2020, the philosophical differences between Hayden and Abbie — cultural versus electoral revolution, respectively — ring closely to the debates raging within progressive politics today, and actually prove more interesting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Robert Daniels
    A brisk film that could do with twenty more minutes, Green’s “Good Joe Bell” has its heart in the right place, but the limited gaze the writers and director offer withholds this redemptive tale from being the uplifting critique of homophobia and bullying that it needs to be.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 83 Robert Daniels
    Lover’s Rock is a personal love note, not only to an era and a culture, but to the days of youth and all-night parties.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Robert Daniels
    Pollards’ MLK/FBI is more than an eye-opening look at an icon, and the evil forces working to tear him apart, it’s a critical chapter that should be imprinted inside every white American’s heart. Especially right now.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Robert Daniels
    Concrete Cowboy breathes new life into the western genre and sheds a brighter light on a faction of Black culture that was largely unknown by white audiences until today.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Daniels
    David Byrne’s American Utopia is an ideal world; it’s exhilarating and joyful; and Byrne and Lee actually do make a perfect pair.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Daniels
    It’s a fun soulful documentary that’s rarely ever invasive, depicting the type of statesman we’re sorely missing today.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Daniels
    Brendan Walsh’s cold survivalist thriller, Centigrade, is a creatively crafted claustrophobic study of a fractured marriage. Strongly acted, the drama wallows in melancholy while presenting peaks of hope amid its simple icy setting.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Daniels
    Though the filmmakers hoped to balance the historical atrocities of slavery with contemporary racial oppression, Antebellum — yet another unnecessary slave movie — rarely feels like a horror flick. Instead, its needless brutality, ropy character work, and misguided twist make it easily 2020’s worst movie so far.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Robert Daniels
    Sprawling and ambitious, flawed yet admirable, failure and success concurrently reside in every minute of Tenet. A technical feat but a narrative dud.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Daniels
    Though Willmott has the best intentions with The 24th, and the story of this infantry is ripe for the Black Lives Matter era, the narrative drama is a missed opportunity to honor these fallen heroes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Robert Daniels
    Peninsula combines components from I Am Legend, Mad Max, and the Fast & Furious series for a nonsensical joy ride that, while entertaining, lacks the sharpness of its predecessor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Robert Daniels
    Greyhound is the bare essentials when it comes to war films. With little character development on paper, the narrative finds victory through Hanks’ patient physical performance and the craftsmanship within the battles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Daniels
    While not perfect, nothing worthwhile ever is, Da 5 Bloods sees Lee exploring brotherhood, PTSD, greed, and how lost legacies and voices have led to present protests for a deceptively rousing war drama.
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    • 63 Robert Daniels
    Through its images of peaceful protests and demonstrations from the era, McDonough's narrow but inspiring film finds deeper relevance in the face of the current protests surrounding George Floyd’s murder.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Robert Daniels
    Even if this rom-com never completely coalesces, Showalter’s The Lovebirds does ultimately deliver a worthwhile conclusion
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Daniels
    Barker takes his initially enthralling documentary and dilutes the story with this new feature, creating melodramatic lightness without an affectingly heavy touch due to the tepid tone and wheezing tempo. In short, it snoozes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Robert Daniels
    While The Call of the Wild is silly, and never completely pulls the wool over the eyes with respect to the CGI, there’s enough meat on the bone to gnaw on before burying it in the backyard.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Robert Daniels
    It ultimately crashes into a heap due to a host of rambling non-connective ideas and tonally grating dialogue.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Daniels
    Charm City Kings is beautiful and important, unabashedly Black, yet rarely traumatic, and almost always determined statement. Soto has crafted an incredible empathetic narrative, one mile of road at a time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Daniels
    Palm Springs adds meaning to the seeming meaninglessness of life, with infectious fun and introspective pleasure to boot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Robert Daniels
    Unique and unfazed, hilarious yet philosophical, Black Bear is the comedic form reinvented and re-conformed to mad and intoxicating ends.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Daniels
    Possessor is a bloody existential fever dream that, at its best, is unnerving and thrilling, and, at its worst, is tiring and misbegotten.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Robert Daniels
    A tightly constructed narrative, which examines the role of forgiveness,The Two Popes is a lowkey buddy comedy that simply follows two actors at the top of their game.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Robert Daniels
    If Radioactive spent more significant time with Curie’s eccentricities . . . we might have arrived at a real character study. Instead, the biopic’s strained narrative bonds dissolve, awash in a series of disconnected events.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Robert Daniels
    Little Wome fills and drains your heart, fills and drains your heart, fills and drains the heart. But the best remains the same. ‘Little Women’ lives by vitality and hope.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Daniels
    The director’s best asset remains his indelible style. In his films, he usually doesn’t employ much fluff, limiting how often he cuts. Instead, he relies on pans and savvy blocking. That’s imperative in Richard Jewell, a steady biopic whose best upticks arrive through patience.

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