Nathan Rabin

Nathan Rabin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , The Dissolve
Total Reviews:
743

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 88% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " The Skeleton Twins has a similarly keen feel for the emotional terrain of depression, but the film falls into a dour rut early on, and seldom rouses itself." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
1.5/5 70% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " The movie itself seems to be in mourning, which turns a crowd-pleasing look at a plucky dolphin and the humans who refused to give up on her into a joyless dirge. " — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
2.5/5 —— The Remaining (2014) " The Remaining has to qualify as one of the most stirringly adequate, totally acceptable explicitly Christian horror movies ever made." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/5 70% High School Confidential! (1958) " What makes High School Confidential a spectacularly unconvincing anti-marijuana manifesto also makes it a consistently amusing, eminently re-watchable camp comedy. " — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 8, 2014
.5/5 11% The Longest Week (2014) " The film's constant nods to the artificiality of its narrative highlight its precious, cloying phoniness rather than subvert it. " — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 5, 2014
1.5/5 27% As Above/So Below (2014) " For a film that takes place underground in tightly enclosed spaces, it's surprisingly thin on suspense and palpable physical danger. " — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 3, 2014
0/5 46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The film's brainless, chest-beating brand of hyper-pulp calls into question whether Sin City was any good at all, or whether the novelty of its visuals and storytelling merely masked a howling nothingness at its core. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2014
90% Angels in America: Season 1 (TV, 2003) " Thanks to a phenomenal cast, Mike Nichols' sensitive direction, and Tony Kushner's script, it generally achieves its generation-defining ambitions. " — AV Club
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3.5/5.0 86% Kink (2014) " It's not all about catharsis and transcendence for these folks; sometimes it's just about providing sordid sexual fantasies to people who need them." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/5.0 87% The Trip To Italy (2014) " The Trip To Italy ends abruptly, but for almost two distinctly pleasurable hours, the film lets audiences be third parties in Coogan and Brydon's dinner conversation." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/5 84% Operation Petticoat (1959) " There's a distinct lack of forward momentum plaguing Operation Petticoat, which takes forever to get going, and even then only moves in fits and starts, plot-wise." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 4, 2014
9% Marci X (2003) " Rudnick can be an extraordinarily clever writer, but he doesn't seem to understand that a screenplay has to entail more than a series of skit ideas strung together." — AV Club
Posted Jul 29, 2014
18% Trippin (1999) " Intermittently funny and good-natured, Trippin' won't disappoint its target audience." — AV Club
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3.5/5 54% The Fluffy Movie (2014) " Sometimes it takes a long time to get to a particular punchline, but the journey there is always pleasant and honest." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/5 90% The Kill Team (2014) " The Kill Team tells a compelling story, but the 79-minute runtime leaves that story feeling incomplete." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 23, 2014
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 91% 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 62% 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 56% 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 78% 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 24% 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 43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " A heavy-handed, substance-light, spectacle-driven period film. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 75% 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 23% 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 55% 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 13% 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
82% 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 24% 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 86% 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
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