Martin Roberts

Martin Roberts

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Martin Roberts's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Fan The Fire

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) "Ambitious and spectacular. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 25, 2011
4/5 84% The Princess Of Montpensier (2011) "It's played pretty straight (though Tavernier allows us a couple of wry laughs) and crucially it maintains the weight of a real drama, as opposed to feeling like a teen romance in a castle (which is essentially what it turns into). " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 25, 2011
3/5 75% Stake Land (2011) "Despite its issues Stake Land is a more-than-competent and often very entertaining vampire thriller. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 15, 2011
4/5 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "The film in general handles its narratives well, but it does feel like the screenplay wants very much to get everything in place for a sequel by the time the credits roll. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted May 31, 2011
3/5 94% Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2011) "Do all public places need to be drenched in inadequate lighting? In horror they do. The centre for the blind that Julia visits early in the film is a great, looming edifice, bathed in shadows and rust. And that's a public health centre. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted May 20, 2011
3/5 94% Win Win (2011) "It won't blow you away, but it remains a well-played and solidly entertaining family film. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted May 20, 2011
2/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) "I was going to make some lame joke about Pirates swashbuckling under the pressure but, in reality, it hasn't; it's played it safe, it's stuck to the series' guns; to the film's detriment but probably to the box office's delight. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted May 16, 2011
4/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) "There are few greater compliments one can offer a film than to say they feel shorter than they really are, and Bridesmaids' two hours positively flew by. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted May 11, 2011
3/5 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) "Proof that Guy Richie can still make good films, though it's not without flaws. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted May 9, 2011
3/5 80% I Saw the Devil (2011) "Ji-woon handles difficult set pieces and violence well, managing not to appear over-indulgent despite the film's obvious roots in exploitation cinema. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 27, 2011
2/5 37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) "Most kids (and any accompanying parents) will find this to be of a noticeably lower standard than many of the other children's films that have been released recently. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 12, 2011
2/5 45% Drive Angry (2011) "The film is saved, not by its star, but by a supporting turn from William Fichtner as The Accountant, an underworld bounty hunter stalking Milton's every move. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 6, 2011
2/5 23% Sucker Punch (2011) "Bar some decent choreography and effects in the trenches sequence, the fantasies are tedious and overall it's overblown and shallow. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 28, 2011
3/5 71% Oranges And Sunshine (2011) "It has a few dips here and there, and the first act is unfortunately the weakest, but overall this is a story worth-telling, well-told. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 23, 2011
4/5 92% Source Code (2011) "Duncan Jones has done nothing to suggest that his successful debut was a one-off. This is more mainstream, granted, but it still has ideas and isn't afraid to explore them. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 23, 2011
3/5 30% Sanctum (2011) "Its flaws are initially off-putting, but stick with it and Sanctum does do a good job of establishing tension and comes with some well-staged set pieces. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Feb 18, 2011
3/5 96% Animal Kingdom (2010) "The film rarely depicts violent events, and what set-pieces there are are subtle and short, though well-staged. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Feb 18, 2011
2/5 46% Hereafter (2010) "All of the strands are weak in their own ways, but the film at least would have had redemptive moments if it wasn't structured so badly. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 31, 2011
4/5 64% Biutiful (2010) "It's bleak, certainly, but not despairing, although it is indicative of the film's tone that one final, redemptive act is rendered ambiguously through dirty glass. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 31, 2011
4/5 90% Tangled (2010) "Tangled serves as a welcome reminder that before Pixar there was another animation house that led the pack; here's hoping that this is the start of a new generation of Disney excellence. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 11, 2011
4/5 86% Rabbit Hole (2010) "One slow-motion flashback sequence is perhaps a little distracting, but this is a strong effort with good lead performances and a satisfying conclusion. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 11, 2011
3/5 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) "It would be too much to say Apted has revitalised the franchise - this is still not as good as it could be - but the third of Lewis' novels always seemed like it would suit the modern screen and, to a certain extent, it has. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Dec 7, 2010
3/5 52% The Next Three Days (2010) "The restaurant-set introduction is a little clunky, and it may be a little overlong (with too many supporting characters), but overall Haggis' film is a competent thriller, subtly directed and well acted. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Dec 7, 2010
3/5 89% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) "Mesmeric and meandering, Uncle Boonmee is worth a viewing, and it has great qualities, but as an overall experience it never quite reaches the heights it often feels like it might reach. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Dec 7, 2010
3/5 88% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) "With a closing reel that will put a smile on your face, Helander's film may feel stretched and a little inconsequential at times, but Rare Exports is a unique take on Christmas cinema and is worthy of your time. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Dec 7, 2010
3/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) "Exposition heavy, Potter 7: Part One is an entertaining but flawed prelude to the real finale. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Nov 15, 2010
2/5 72% We Are What We Are (2011) "In the final third the pace quickens, building toward a well staged climax that at least allows the film to bow out on a high. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Nov 10, 2010
3/5 85% Easy A (2010) "The film's funniest moment comes courtesy of Tucci; the writers making swift but brilliant use of adoption humour. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Oct 21, 2010
2/5 50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) "It isn't terrible, but it is hugely disappointing, particularly because it has a nicely established aesthetic and an unusually dark tone. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Oct 13, 2010
3/5 28% Life as We Know It (2010) "Certainly the story is contrived in places and the tone only just manages to resurface after an early plunge, but if you're willing to go along with it and get involved, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be at least a little charmed. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Oct 13, 2010
3/5 72% Monsters (2010) "The fact that nothing major really happens, and that the monsters are almost entirely off-screen, ends up being less of a problem than it may initially appear to be. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Oct 13, 2010
3/5 45% Confucius (2010) "The narrative feels unfocused at times and the pace is changeable, but give it a chance and the presence of Chow Yun-Fat, at least, will win you over. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Oct 13, 2010
3/5 80% Cyrus (2010) "It won't blow you away, and in some respects it feels like a missed opportunity, but there is something genuine about the Duplass' film that is pleasing to see. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 1, 2010
4/5 65% Dog Pound (2013) "Building to a bravado climax that suddenly becomes almost apocalyptic in its aesthetic, the film succeeds wholeheartedly in breaking through its inspirations to stand on its own as a great prison movie. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2/5 42% 22 Bullets (2013) "In the end 22 Bullets fails to live up to its potential by descending into a series of 'hits' that, whilst they carry a perverse level of justice that is satisfying on one level, end up diluting the film's sense of character and pathos. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 13, 2010
4/5 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) "It's difficult to feel attached to it on anything other than an aesthetic level, but it is satisfactorily geeky, funny enough to recommend, and in the end not quite like anything else you'll see in the cinema this year. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 13, 2010
2/5 41% The Expendables (2010) "Strip away the modern day polish and the bluster of its gimmicky (though admittedly satisfying) cast and you're left with an 80s-esque action spectacle. That's the point, of course, but it isn't enough to earn the film a genuine recommendation. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 5, 2010
2/5 52% Knight & Day (2010) "This film is saved from complete failure by Cruise, who seems to be having fun and does his best to inject some verve into the lacklustre plot and monotonous chase sequences. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jul 17, 2010
3/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) "The film should be commended for updating the story so well, and for allowing a new generation (who may not be interested in the 1984 original, but might love Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan) to appreciate the timeless story. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jul 16, 2010
5/5 86% Inception (2010) "It is hugely impressive that, given what was at stake, Nolan has managed to not only pull this out of the bag, but to absolutely nail it. The film is as all-encompassing as the concept of its title: grand, epic, smart and unforgettable. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jul 10, 2010
3/5 68% Leaving (Partir) (2010) "Corsini's choice to focus on passion, on selfishness, on sex, unfortunately means that the film can't quite make up its mind and never quite settles the way you expect it to. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/5 43% Robin Hood (2010) "In part shaken off the shackles of rumoured script problems to provide an experience that remains entertaining despite some rigidly formulaic filmmaking. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted May 12, 2010
3/5 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) "Hot Tub Time Machine won't change your mind about this type of comedy if it doesn't appeal to you, but you could do much worse than choosing to see this if comedy is what you're after. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 21, 2010
4/5 49% The Losers (2010) "If the cast are to be thanked for raising this film above standard fare, then so too should the writers, who've produced a script that is much much funnier than most people will expect. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 21, 2010
3/5 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) "The film can't seem to make up its mind whether it wants to be an audience pleasing popcorn treat or a serious, political thriller. It ends up being partly both... with varying degrees of success. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 15, 2010
4/5 91% Crazy Heart (2009) "It isn't perfect and it isn't wholly original in terms of narrative, but the film has a warm heart and a depth of performance that makes it deserving of recommendation. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 15, 2010
2/5 22% Repo Men (2010) "Served up in a high-concept soup, Repo Men's morally dubious characters and divisive splatter elements will certainly sour the tastes of some viewers. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 15, 2010
3/5 53% Green Zone (2010) "It's certainly more intelligent than your average blockbuster - but it doesn't carry the weight of its convictions. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 22, 2010
1/5 19% Legion (2010) "If it wasn't taking itself so bloody seriously one could at least laugh with it, but as it stands Legion is a film that one can't help but laugh at. " ‐ Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 5, 2010
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