Nathan Rabin

Nathan Rabin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , The Dissolve
Total Reviews:
696

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 95% 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 22% 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 17% 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 42% 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 86% 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 33% 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 81% 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
60% Dream with the Fishes (1997) " The quirky-misfits-on-the-road genre is nothing new or revolutionary, but the film possesses a naive charm that is as refreshing as it is rare." — AV Club
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2.0/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Like far too many misfiring prestige films, this attractive mediocrity all but nominates itself for an Academy Award before it's done anything to prove itself remotely award-worthy." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 13, 2014
91% High Fidelity (2000) " A film pragmatic enough to concede that almost every relationship is doomed, but romantic enough to realize that it's worth it to carry on in spite of that fact, High Fidelity is one of the smartest and funniest romantic comedies of the past few years." — AV Club
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3.5/5 75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) " It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World remains a technological and creative marvel for reasons beyond its sometimes fitful ability to make audiences laugh." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.0/5 —— Tomorrow Night " [Louis] C.K. has always seemed to be the type who learns by doing, and Tomorrow Night marks an important step in his creative evolution, even though it's more notable for its only intermittently realized potential than for its level of achievement." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/5 63% Cat People (1982) " An appropriately strange beast-part moody, sex-saturated art film, and part slick genre fare." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 3, 2014
2.5/5 38% Life of a King (2014) " Though ostensibly based on a true story, the film feels like it has been finessed, exaggerated, and beaten into formulaic fiction. It's a twisted parody of high school and mentoring whose achievements are entirely accidental." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " Hart's manic comic invention and textured persona elevates it somewhere beyond the level of pleasing mediocrity onto the slightly more distinguished realm of the agreeable-enough time waster." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/5 77% Explorers (1985) " A strange, wounded beast, filled with wonderful sequences and homemade charm, but also confused and anticlimactic." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 8, 2014
3/5 57% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " A supremely masturbatory endeavor that prominently features naked men actually masturbating, Interior. Leather Bar. is obsessed with itself and with its co-creator, but its fascination is understandable and even justified." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 8, 2014
1/5 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " 47 Ronin is elephantine and lumbering, a wobbly, would-be epic that aspires to the scope and majesty of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, but comes up woefully short. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 8, 2014
3/5 78% All The Light In The Sky (2013) " It's casual, but also quietly moving." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 18, 2013
0/5 19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " The film may sound like an instant camp classic, but while it's staggeringly odd, it isn't much fun." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3.5/5 96% Let's Get Lost (1989) " Isn't a conventional documentary profile so much as a dreamy fantasia on the idea of Chet Baker that glides past its subject's fatal flaws in a wash of adolescent romanticism and swooning hero-worship." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3.5/5 —— George Washington Slept Here (1942) " George Washington Slept Here never transcends or even makes much of an effort to conceal its stagebound origins, but ultimately, it doesn't need to." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 9, 2013
4/5 89% The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) " The same brazen, idiosyncratic qualities that made Midnight a bomb at the time of its release also make it a quirky, unconventional, audacious winner in history's more forgiving, indulgent eyes." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3.5/5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Out Of The Furnace is a defiantly old-fashioned, well-crafted piece of storytelling whose power lies in its unadorned simplicity." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3.5/5 89% White Reindeer (2013) " That's the perverse Christmas miracle of White Reindeer: As outrageous as it gets, it almost never loses its exquisitely wrought tone of bittersweet melancholy." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 3, 2013
2.5/5 42% Homefront (2013) " Homefront is only really compelling when it's exploring the hassles and complexities of being an overwhelmed small-time meth dealer, or when it makes good use of the local color of its backwoods Louisiana setting." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 2, 2013
2/5 9% Caught in the Web (2013) " Caught In The Web has just a little too much in common with the shallow, slick world it's ostensibly critiquing." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 26, 2013
88% Shrek (2001) " Shrek's ability to fit in a number of touching, funny moments says much about the intelligence and wit behind it. It's just a shame that the film is never as clever or as hip as it so desperately feels the need to be." — AV Club
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3.5/5 71% Weekend Of A Champion (2013) " Weekend Of A Champion takes audiences close enough to the brink of oblivion to really drive home what a remarkable accomplishment that represents." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3.5/5 94% The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) " The same qualities that make The Bells Of St. Mary's quaint are also the qualities that make it, if not great, then at least solidly entertaining." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " It's a pleasure to catch up with these characters as they approach the complexities and compromises of middle age with all manner of literal and figurative baggage." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 14, 2013
1.5/5 27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " This visually overdriven, woefully underwritten exercise in style for its own sake ends up feeling more like a 103-minute music video." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/5 78% Body Bags (1993) " Even with the impressive talent assembled in front of and behind the camera, and a healthy budget for a television movie, Body Bags is still little more than an agreeable lark. " — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 12, 2013
4.5/5 97% Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) " In Assault On Precinct 13, hell is an abandoned police station in Los Angeles and the only means of survival is cooperation across racial, class, and legal lines." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 12, 2013
2/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " It's the geriatric equivalent of a ramshackle teen sex comedy, only intermittently elevated by the caliber of the talent involved." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1.5/5 45% Big Sur (2013) " Polish's agonizingly dull adaptation of Jack Kerouac's Big Sur unwittingly illustrates why movies continue to be the Beats' Kryptonite. " — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3.5/5 78% The Big Bus (1976) " The Big Bus [is] a consistently clever comedy that had the misfortune of being a couple of years ahead of its time." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3.5/5 100% I Married a Witch (1942) " The film is powered by swooning romanticism, impish wit, teasing sexuality, and an underlying sophistication." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2.5/5 49% Carrie (2013) " Carrie travels a predictable, distressingly straight line...hitting all the expected notes along the way diligently, but with little inspiration." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 17, 2013
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