Nathan Rabin

Nathan Rabin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 43% Adult Beginners (2015) " Yet in the end, Adult Beginners is sort of a mumblecore Jerry Maguire, albeit without the crowd-pleasing catchphrases and mega-watt star power. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/5 36% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) " The niche it aims to fill has already been occupied by people willing to go much deeper than Pollak. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1/5 4% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) " Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 takes a page from the Think Like A Man Too playbook by moving its sequel to Las Vegas, and a page from seemingly every other bad sequel by essentially remaking the original. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3.5/5 32% Desert Dancer (2015) " Desert Dancer is blessed by a powerful sincerity. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 9, 2015
1/5 17% Last Knights (2015) " This old-school international hodgepodge production is weighed down by a lumbering humorlessness and a glacial pace that makes it seem far longer than its 115 minutes. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 2, 2015
1.5/5 29% Get Hard (2015) " it requires an awful lot of dense conceptual thinking to see Get Hard as a genuine satire of race, and not an exercise in old-fashioned stereotype-based comedy. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 21% Marfa Girl (2015) " Clark seems content to make a film just like all the ones that came before, but lacking in the brutal dark comedy that redeemed superior earlier efforts like Bully. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 25, 2015
2.5/5 22% Tracers (2015) " It goes about its idiotic business swiftly and efficiently, which is about all you can ask for from this manner of silliness. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 19, 2015
0/5 9% The Cobbler (2015) " The Cobbler is such a weirdly somber comedy that it would almost be in poor taste to laugh during it, though there's not much danger of that happening. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/5 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) " Kidnapping Mr. Heineken diligently chronicles the true events, but never provides an adequate answer to why this is a story worth telling. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) " It's as if someone decided to film a standard Hangover knock-off script as the kind of painfully sincere, dour exploration of shattered dreams and squandered expectations. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) " The humor is seldom character-based: It's more a matter of actors saying whatever outrageous thing springs to mind at that moment. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 23, 2015
4/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) " Waititi and Clement bring to the material the same deadpan, straight-faced sensibility that paid such rich dividends in Flight Of The Conchords. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 11, 2015
2/5 35% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) " Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus is the best kind of failure, impassioned and singular, but it's a failure all the same. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 11, 2015
0/5 40% Lovesick (2014) " Audiences should know well enough to stay away from this perversely bland, achingly dull romantic comedy. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 4, 2015
2.5/5 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) " Even on Cinemax with Shannon Tweed in the lead in 1994, The Boy Next Door would still feel laughably overheated and histrionic, low-budget and unhinged. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1/5 28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) " The idea is to keep the action at a fast pace, overwhelming audiences with zaniness so they can't notice that the film is built upon a rotten, crumbling, vaguely hateful core. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1/5 4% Vice (2015) " Low-budget and devoid of imagination, Vice seems less like a proper film than a bargain-basement SyFy pilot, shot cheap and drafting off Willis and Jane's star power. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 15, 2015
.5/5 25% Black November (2015) " The film is devoid of subtext, filled with cardboard stand-ins for contrasting viewpoints on the powder keg of social and political issues facing Nigeria. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/5 100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) " Tales Of The Grim Sleeper has much of the fish-out-of-water comedy and offhanded sociology of Broomfield's best work. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 17, 2014
3.5/5 88% Top Five (2014) " It's a big leap forward for Rock as both an actor and a filmmaker, written and directed with the nervous, live-wire energy that has eluded his on-screen work for so long. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 15, 2014
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) " Eyes Wide Shut is above all a masterpiece of sustained tone, a tightrope act that pays off in rich and unexpected ways. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 13, 2014
2/5 6% The Color of Time (2014) " Despite the ambition on display, the film feels awfully slight, like a dream forgotten immediately upon waking. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 10, 2014
1.5/5 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) " Sudeikis and Day's dumb-and-dumber shtick feels tired, and Bateman sags under the joyless weight of being the token adult in yet another lowbrow romp beneath his dignity. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 1, 2014
1.5/5 36% V/H/S: Viral (2014) " It prizes frenetic action over coherence to the point where it can be difficult to tell what's going on, and pointless to try. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 24, 2014
1.5/5 17% A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) " Even with Williams in fine, feisty form in perhaps his final major role, it still never comes close to justifying its slender existence. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 10, 2014
.5/5 70% Sex Ed (2014) " The film is sex-positive in theory, but nevertheless seems to view aggressive sexuality as the domain of the broken, creepy, and superficial. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 5, 2014
3/5 77% Fury (2014) " For Ayer, there's no romance in warfare, only endless brutality, and Fury is deeply immersed in a visceral realm of blood, piss, and vomit. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 22, 2014
2.5/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) " St. Vincent is full of indie clichés. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 13, 2014
4/5 95% Whiplash (2014) " The film's aversion toward clichés and hitting expected beats lends it a rare, welcome edge of danger. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 8, 2014
2.5/5 2% Left Behind (2014) " Left Behind feels almost intentionally incomplete and unsatisfying. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/5 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) " It's no masterpiece, but it's a strong, substantive look at an album whose greatness was apparent immediately, but that's still grown in stature since its release. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 1, 2014
2.5/5 87% 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 67% 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 56% 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 43% Frank Miller's 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 86% 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 No Score Yet 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 88% 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
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