Nathan Rabin

Nathan Rabin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

AV Club , The Dissolve
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 —— So This Is New York (2014) " At 79 minutes, So This Is New York rolls by at a crackling pace, delivering a steady stream of sophisticated laughs." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3.5/5 90% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " A Most Wanted Man is a cold film that examines its characters from a clinical distance, but its iciness gives way to raw emotion in a powerful final sequence." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3.5/5 58% Mood Indigo (2014) " A delightful romp that initially seems to inhabit a world without death or suffering grows increasingly gloomy, and the first act's goofy, mind-melting fun gives way to something much more morose." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 15, 2014
1/5 53% Made in America (2014) " Made In America is an all-too-accurate reflection of the safe, boring, middle-aged politician Jay-Z has become." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 8, 2014
4/5 93% Happy Christmas (2014) " [Happy Christmas] has the ramshackle, slice-of-life, ragged verisimilitude of mumblecore at its best, but fused with a story with actual momentum and unfailingly excellent performances by smartly cast professionals." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 7, 2014
0/5 —— School Dance (2014) " Cannon is a big believer in the power of repetition. He apparently nurses a strong belief that if a gag isn't funny the first time around, it will somehow become hilarious the eighth or ninth time it's repeated." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3.5/5 23% Tammy (2014) " A crowd-pleasing, proudly working-class celebration of large women, old women, broke women, and women who love women. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2.5/5 60% Vinyl (2014) " [Vinyl] begins to lose momentum once the focus shifts away from the hoax and onto a series of listless subplots pulling the film away from satire and into the realm of bloated family drama." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/5 48% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " A heavy-handed, substance-light, spectacle-driven period film. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 71% La Bare (2014) " It's a slick crowd-pleaser, but it's perversely unrevealing about anything other than Manganiello's affection for a the stripper experience." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1.5/5 24% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " These sequences make it apparent that Story, despite his last name, would really rather just be shooting home movies of his attractive friends goofing around" — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 19, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) " In the tradition of such unwatchable blockbusters as Armageddon, Con Air, and Godzilla comes Wild Wild West, yet another cinematic Spruce Goose that illustrates how bigger is rarely better." — AV Club
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2.5/5 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " Ivory Tower asks a lot of provocative, important questions, but it's decidedly short on answers, and even shorter on satisfying or convincing answers." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 12, 2014
1.5/5 55% The Signal (2014) " The film's ambition and eclecticism would be much more admirable if it didn't feel like three bad movies for the price of one." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 12, 2014
91% Suburbia (1983) " It still shows enormous empathy and sensitivity in capturing the angst and alienation of American youth, making it seem both rooted in a specific time and place and strangely timeless." — AV Club
Posted Jun 9, 2014
1/5 54% Ping Pong Summer (2014) " It offers a Pixy Stix rush of nostalgia that wears off quickly." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Supermensch is a loving tribute to a friend, but in gushing effusively and endlessly over Gordon ... Myers shortchanges the audience." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3.5/5 100% Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (2014) " Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, the solid, great-sounding new documentary on this essential fixture of independent hip-hop, has an unmistakably melancholy air." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3.0/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " [MacFarlane] is so naturally gifted at delivering glib laughs that he doesn't really need to try, and A Million Ways To Die In The West would benefit from a lot more effort and a little less of MacFarlane's cavalier confidence." — The Dissolve
Posted May 29, 2014
25% Pearl Harbor (2001) " Leave it to Bay and Bruckheimer to reduce one of America's biggest military tragedies into a three-hour avalanche of Kodak moments, and one of America's defining crises into a facile exercise in fake uplift." — AV Club
Posted May 27, 2014
1/5 11% Crocodile Dundee II (1988) " The default strategy for arbitrary sequels is to give audiences what they loved about the first film, in much greater doses. Crocodile Dundee II boldly if idiotically pursues the opposite approach. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 27, 2014
3.5/5 89% Crocodile Dundee (1986) " It's an unhurried film, content simply to let its lovable hero loose in New York, then watch the genial hijinks as he tries to acclimate himself to a pre-Giuliani Big Apple." — The Dissolve
Posted May 27, 2014
96% La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore) (1973) " The film's brilliance lies in its reluctance to pass judgment on its characters, put them through some sort of arbitrary plot, or make them hit their marks." — AV Club
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/5 14% Blended (2014) " It's almost as if Sandler and his Happy Madison production company are baiting viewers, engaging them in a sadistic, decades-long thought experiment to see how many repellent films he can make before they turn on him." — The Dissolve
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/5 82% Fed Up (2014) " [Fed Up] should spark a culture-wide debate that can only be healthy for society, if not for Coca-Cola or McDonald's bottom line." — The Dissolve
Posted May 9, 2014
2.0/5 18% Moms' Night Out (2014) " Moms' Night Out is purposefully un-hip, but that doesn't keep it from trying to keep up with the times in ways that are so painfully, unconvincingly of the moment that they already feel dated." — The Dissolve
Posted May 9, 2014
1.0/5 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " The best children's films have a tendency to both traumatize and amaze, but Legends Of Oz does neither. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 9, 2014
83% The Double (2014) " Beneath all The Double's cynicism, misanthropy, intense stylization, and distance lies a core of genuine tragedy, and that's what gives the film an emotional resonance beyond its aesthetic achievements." — The Dissolve
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/5 64% Chances Are (1989) " As a featherweight trifle rooted in young death, an endless mourning process, and quasi-incestuous stirrings, the film suffers from jarring tonal shifts on a continual basis. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 5, 2014
3.0/5 83% Belle (2014) " [T]he film seems to belong to the distant past. Perhaps appropriately for a work of art inspired by a work of art, it feels detached, not so much a movie as a museum piece." — The Dissolve
Posted May 1, 2014
1.5/5 23% The Other Woman (2014) " Every generation gets the battle-of-the-sexes female-buddy revenge comedy it deserves [...] The current generation must have done something terrible to merit a revenge comedy this dire." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 24, 2014
4.5/5 100% The Pawnbroker (1965) " The Pawnbroker is a paradoxically obsessed with death, yet roaring with life, a jazzy urban tragedy that sees shadows of the Holocaust in the suffering and exploitation of the dead-eyed souls of East Harlem. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3.5/5 91% The Final Member (2014) " Directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math favor a deadpan, clear-eyed, strikingly simple approach that brings out both the humor and the pathos in the story." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5 86% Young at Heart (1954) " Young At Heart is a smartly cast, expertly acted ensemble film, but it unmistakably belongs to Sinatra. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 15, 2014
4/5 84% Joe (2014) " [...]Joe is paradoxically brutal yet tender, populated by hard men who wear the scars of difficult lives inside and out [...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 9, 2014
76% 8 Mile (2002) " Since his ascension to pop-culture royalty, Eminem has transformed the messy emotions of his life into musical black comedy. In 8 Mile, that life becomes an equally riveting drama." — AV Club
Posted Apr 7, 2014
1.5/5 21% Frankie & Alice (2014) " Dusted off a full five years after it finished filming, [Frankie & Alice] is now a strange, wounded beast that cries out for Academy validation with every histrionic frame, yet has already missed its window of opportunity." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/5 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " The film seems more intent on educating and inspiring than entertaining." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
25% Wicker Park (2004) " Wicker Park then doubles back on itself, layering flashback upon flashback, but instead of building toward a grand romantic climax, it just gets sillier before exploding into a torrent of unintended laughs." — AV Club
Posted Mar 18, 2014
1.5/5 16% The Single Moms' Club (2014) " [...]Single Moms Club cannot muster up the energy to be as insulting and offensive [or] as overtly, aggressively sexist as most of Perry's films [but the film] feels suspiciously like a glorified pilot for a television show[...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 17, 2014
1.0/5 21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " When screenwriting manuals and college courses admonish aspiring filmmakers to use narration sparingly, if at all, and to show rather than tell, they're talking about movies like the dreadful new quirk-fest Better Living Through Chemistry. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/5 100% Big Men (2014) " [The film is] about the inherent faults and weaknesses in human nature, and how they manifest in the social systems these innately flawed people construct." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 11, 2014
2.0/5 41% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " The film feels epic in scope, visually at least, but the depth of its deep-focus composition is bitterly at odds with the flimsiness of its characterization and plotting. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 7, 2014
81% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " If [Anderson] and Wilson love their actors, characters, and ideas too much to reign themselves in, they at least overreach in the service of one of the year's warmest, funniest films." — AV Club
Posted Mar 4, 2014
75% Wisconsin Death Trip (1999) " Wisconsin Death Trip chronicles, in bleakly funny vignettes, the marathon of perverse, violent, and frequently inexplicable acts of violence and insanity that gripped the seemingly cursed Wisconsin town of Black River Falls during the late 19th century." — AV Club
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3.5/5 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " Film doesn't suit Alan Partridge as well as other media, but Coogan and company have nevertheless delivered a consistently lively satirical comedy that would stand on its own merits[.]" — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 3, 2014
1/5 —— Repentance (2014) " Repentance likes to imagine it traffics in shock, but it's the kind of movie where everyone and everything is exactly as they appear. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 3, 2014
1.5/5 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " The wackiness of a man simultaneously trying to juggle the antithetical roles of Mr. Mom and James Bond is continually undercut by grim themes the film doesn't have the intelligence, depth, or decency to tackle adequately[.]" — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 21, 2014
0.5/5 40% Black Out (2014) " Black Out strains to shock and offend, but at this point, 20 years after Pulp Fiction, its conception of transgression is so familiar and toothless that it borders on quaint." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.0/5 82% Grand Piano (2014) " [Grand Piano] keeps a frothing-at-the-mouth level of insane melodrama going for 75 minutes, aided by [Elijah] Wood's sweaty, terrified performance, a screenplay rich in ridiculous contrivances, and a swooping camera that never stands still." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 14, 2014
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