Rex Roberts

Rex Roberts

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, Film Journal International
Publications:
Film Journal International
Total Reviews:
198

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
88% The Drop (2014) " No, the performances are good enough, the story engaging enough, but The Drop never convinces us that the events unfolding on the screen are more than a filmmaker's conceit." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 11, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) " Calvary, however, offers no redemption or even catharsis - at best, some talk of forgiveness - and McDonagh's crude drollery, if that's the word for it, feels forced, fake, as though anger is acceptable if delivered with a punch line." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 31, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) " A rom-com that knows its demographic -- boomers coping with the heartache and natural shocks that flesh is heir to -- Words and Pictures is too earnest for its genre." — Film Journal International
Posted May 21, 2014
89% Locke (2014) " Locke is everything most of [Steven Knight's past films] aren't, with an identifiable character struggling with real problems, but compressing time and place to concentrate emotion and heighten mood." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 21, 2014
51% Cuban Fury (2014) " It's all in good fun, the movie doesn't outstay its welcome, and even wallflowers will vouchsafe the feel-good ending." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 10, 2014
65% The French Minister (2014) " Other than Tavernier's odd decision to draw Taillard de Worms with broad strokes, while sketching the remaining ensemble with considerable nuance, The French Minister has one big barrier to audiences who don't speak French: There are too many words." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 20, 2014
96% The Lunchbox (2014) " Like pineapple raita, The Lunchbox is sweet and savory, although its ending invites anxiety, like a too-spicy curry." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 24, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " ...Goldsman tends, like many successful filmmakers, to wax effusive, so an affecting love story inflates into an overwrought passion." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 12, 2014
89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " An original and endearing documentary from Penn & Teller asks the question: How did he do that?" — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 5, 2013
47% Last Vegas (2013) " Here's a movie that needs no review. Last Vegas doesn't live up to its tagline -- "It's going to be legendary" -- but it delivers the shtick promised in the film's ubiquitous trailers." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 31, 2013
34% The Counselor (2013) " McCarthy has a Biblical sense of evil, palpable in his dark novels, but his attempts to shock us in The Counselor fall as flat as his studied dialogue and contrived characters." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 25, 2013
50% A Single Shot (2013) " Sam Rockwell delivers another outstanding performance in this saturnine meditation on greed set in backwoods Appalachia." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 19, 2013
63% The Rise (Wasteland) (2013) " It's all good for having a laugh, for Wasteland, despite its ponderous title, gives us a likeable bunch of rascals we can root for, increasingly rare in the genre..." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 25, 2013
55% The Look of Love (2013) " The Look of Love stays on the surface, and since decadence no longer shocks or even titillates, that surface has lost its luster. " — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 2, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Jay-Z meets Jay G in this hyperventilated version of F. Scott's eloquent novel about an enigmatic self-made millionaire-the film isn't for purists, but Baz should generate a buzz with young audiences." — Film Journal International
Posted May 7, 2013
68% Trance (2013) " Danny Boyle reworks familiar tropes--stolen art, expedient amnesia and the ever-titillating love triangle--into a stylish, diverting thriller." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 2, 2013
80% Reality (2013) " Garrone is exploring weighty matters in Reality, questions of spirituality alternating with those pertaining to living a good life in the world, but the filmmakers seem to be having so much fun, the movie never grows ponderous." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 15, 2013
91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " Fraught with anxiety and callousness, Beyond the Hills can be hard to watch, although the severe sets, adumbral cinematography and wintry landscapes lend stark poetry to the proceedings. " — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 7, 2013
46% The Sweeney (2013) " Pulpy Brit actioner for die-hard fans of Ray Winstone, whose close-to-camp turn as '70s TV hero Jack Regan isn't enough to warrant a booking." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 5, 2013
82% Like Someone in Love (2013) " A companion piece to Certified Copy but reminiscent of Taste of Cherry, it falls somewhere between those celebrated Kiarostami signature pieces, yet his new film has a sense and style of its own." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 14, 2013
100% Flight of the Butterflies (2012) " Short, easy-to-like and informative movie is refreshingly upbeat, as bright as its subject, and at just under 45 minutes, a perfect entertainment for restless youngsters. " — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 3, 2013
93% Barbara (2012) " An intimate meditation on freedom set in East Germany at the end of the Cold War, but this time, it's personal." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 19, 2012
94% Photographic Memory (2012) " This modest coda to Ross McElwee's autobiographical trilogy will interest fans of this eccentric documentarian but bore those less familiar with his work." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2012
94% Knuckleball! (2012) " An uplifting documentary about perseverance and determination reminds us that the national pastime still offers old-school heroes." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2012
58% The Eye of the Storm (2012) " Wry drama adapted from a the novel by Australia's Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick White showcases outstanding acting, good writing and an excellent score." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 6, 2012
72% Klown (2012) " Klown is funny, the characters inexplicably appealing, and its portrait of Denmark an unexpected "reveal." So why do we feel icky having laughed and learned?" — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 25, 2012
78% Killer Joe (2012) " A paean to pulp fiction, this gruesome but thoroughly entertaining Geek tragedy features a son plotting to kill his mother and prostitute his sister, with his father a willing accomplice." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 25, 2012
65% Trishna (2012) " Imaginative, evocative adaptation of a classic Victorian novel is fresh and compelling, with Freida Pinto delivering a moving performance as the tragic heroine." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 11, 2012
91% Gypsy (2012) " A portrait of a denigrated people disguised as revenge tragedy, Gypsy is a window onto a way of life rarely glimpsed by outsiders." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 27, 2012
75% The Intouchables (2012) " Endearing and exuberant comedy about unlikely friends who help each other overcome handicaps-physical and otherwise." — Film Journal International
Posted May 24, 2012
21% Elles (2012) " A movie made by women for women, Elles will find a sympathetic audience among those who identify with the woman-in-crisis. The rest of us will be perplexed, if not flummoxed..." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 26, 2012
86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " Aardman's first stop-motion feature in 3D doesn't overdo the now-ubiquitous special effects, but the added dimension refreshes the studio's signature chases without dampening its endearing drollery." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 26, 2012
80% Cirkus Columbia (2012) " Cirkus Columbia is not as clever or complex as Danis Tanovic's masterpiece, No Man's Land, but it has its charms, not least its beguiling depiction of Balkan life before the war." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 21, 2012
51% The Iron Lady (2012) " Margaret Thatcher as you've never seen her...This imaginative, entertaining biopic is as unconventional as its subject, and as clever as the actress who plays her." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 28, 2011
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " Director Tomas Alfredson's ability to establish mood and place turns out to be an effective way to tell a complicated tale." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 8, 2011
33% London Boulevard (2011) " Screenwriter William Monahan trades in South Boston for South London, only to discover he forgot to pack his A to Z." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 11, 2011
63% Mammuth (2011) " Cynical and sentimental by turns, Mammuth takes a ride on the wild side, but well within speed limits." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 30, 2011
94% Moneyball (2011) " Dramatizing executives at their labors, even those privileged to bask in sexy industries like Major League Baseball, shouldn't make for scintillating cinema, but Moneyball, like the team it celebrates, finds a way to win." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 22, 2011
33% Burke and Hare (2011) " John Landis returns with a macabre spoof of Enlightenment Scotland, starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as entrepreneurial serial killers furthering the cause of science...and the arts." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 9, 2011
69% sleep furiously. (2011) " A paean to a way of life that, regardless of Dylan Thomas' furious injunction, is going gently into that good night." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 29, 2011
44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) " Can a Hollywood movie be highly derivative and refreshingly original at the same time? Would Indiana Jones and James Bond make a good buddy flick?" — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 28, 2011
45% Bad Teacher (2011) " Bad teacher, worse movie...this summer comedy is an underachiever that should have been held back." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 23, 2011
89% The Trip (2011) " Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon pair up again, ostensibly for a culinary tour of northern England, but really to win bragging rights for the best Michael Caine." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 9, 2011
85% Viva Riva! (2011) " Notable as the first feature-length film produced and shot in Congo, Viva Riva! should attract audiences interested in international cinema, plus fans of the '70s blaxploitation phenom." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 9, 2011
75% Tuesday, After Christmas (2011) " Deliberately paced drama of adultery depends on nuance and subtext, the latter holding far more meaning than the subtitles." — Film Journal International
Posted May 25, 2011
60% The Beaver (2011) " An incongruous mix of fable and realism, giddiness and gloom, The Beaver gnaws off more than it can chew, but Mel Gibson's earnest performance and Jodie Foster's able direction shore up the dam." — Film Journal International
Posted May 5, 2011
72% Hanna (2011) " Hanna starts out edgy and fresh, but runs out of steam and imagination, ending up, after many obligatory chases, in the same old place." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 7, 2011
93% The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011) " Those so disposed can think deep thoughts as they ponder the perennial mysteries of nature and the cinematic gaze, but the strength of this pantomime depicting the stages and states of life is its simple beauty." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 30, 2011
85% Cedar Rapids (2011) " There's a whole lot of swearin' in this otherwise sweet film about conventioneers gone wild, with producer Alexander Payne further establishing his comic brand." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 9, 2011
75% The Way Back (2011) " The story is inspiring and the filmmakers' intentions noble, but The Way Back too quickly loses its narrative direction." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 19, 2011
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