Rene Rodriguez

Rene Rodriguez

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Miami Herald
Critics' Group:
Florida Film Critics Circle, Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1574

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 83% Joe (2014) " Cage surprises you with his portrayal of a man who doesn't care whether the world likes him but discovers he's capable of taking an interest in someone who desperately needs help but can't bring himself to ask." — Miami Herald
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 71% Oculus (2014) " As Oculus builds toward its gruesome (but not unexpected) finale, the characters get lost in a series of hallucinations and flashbacks that don't amount to much other than eat up screen time." — Miami Herald
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " Every time you think The Raid 2 can't possibly top itself, writer-director Gareth Evans goes "Oh, yeah? Watch THIS." " — Miami Herald
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 63% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " A last-minute twist (and an intentionally limp finale) implies von Trier intended the whole 4 1/2-hour series as a kind of high-minded goof, and so should you - provided you can keep from looking away during the tougher scenes." — Miami Herald
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 82% Rob the Mob (2014) " One of the pleasures of Rob the Mob, director Raymond De Felitta's serio-comic crime drama, is watching Pitt and Arianda as the rambunctious, lovestruck pair who can't believe the scam they've stumbled upon." — Miami Herald
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " The point to take home is the message the movie leaves you with, which works regardless of your faith (or lack thereof). Humans are inherently flawed. How we deal with those defects is what truly matters." — Miami Herald
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Think of Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 as the first half of a longer tale which, if von Trier has taught us anything, will grow infinitely darker and more harrowing." — Miami Herald
Posted Mar 22, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The movie is a flume ride through the imagination of one of the most creative minds making movies today, and the pleasure curls your toes. Also, be ready to crave some macaroons." — Miami Herald
Posted Mar 22, 2014
3/4 89% Omar (2014) " Like most movies about the Middle East conflict, Omar is ultimately about the futility of violence and how it feeds on itself." — Miami Herald
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 24% Pompeii (2014) " Pompeii is half sword-and-sandal epic, half disaster movie and all guilty pleasure." — Miami Herald
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 100% 7 Boxes (2014) " A fun, relentless thriller set in the mean streets of Paraguay." — Miami Herald
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3/4 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " This lake is a sexual refuge, about to be stained by sin and blood." — Miami Herald
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " In The Monuments Men, director George Clooney takes a wild, stranger-than-fiction true story and turns it into a dull, prestigious slog." — Miami Herald
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " A manic and surprising comedy inspired by toys that has more imagination and creativity than all the Transformers pictures combined." — Miami Herald
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 99% Gloria (2014) " The movie lets you make up your own mind about this vivacious woman, who is doing her best not to surrender to her inner loneliness. " — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2/4 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " There's little to the movie other than shocks and gross-outs." — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3.5/4 94% The Past (2013) " The Past is about people who wish they could erase what came before and just live in the now, but life doesn't let anyone off the hook that easily." — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 24, 2014
1/4 —— The Last Match (2014) " A superficial take on a fascinating cultural hypocrisy, doused in sudsy melodrama and wobbly acting." — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 23, 2014
4/4 94% Her (2014) " Her shares a lot of themes with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, another story about the difficulty of moving on from relationships that once seemed destined to last forever." — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3.5/4 93% No (2013) " Gripping and suspenseful even though the ending is already known." — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 1, 2014
2.5/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " There's so much crammed into this 139-minute movie that it often leaps from one event to the next too swiftly to make much of an emotional impact." — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3/4 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is filled with small, memorable moments that coalesce into a sweet, if predictable, parable about embracing life. " — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The Wolf of Wall Street isn't a celebration of bad behavior: It's a condemnation." — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/4 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coens' smallest movies - this one doesn't have the broad appeal of True Grit or No Country For Old Men - but like Llewyn's music, it comes from the heart and is deeply felt. It is also one of their best." — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 19, 2013
1/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Fans have been clamoring for a sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for so long, Will Ferrell (and financier Paramount Pictures) finally decided to give the people what they wanted. The moral of the story? Be careful what you wish for. " — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Most people will come away from Saving Mr. Banks feeling like they just sat through a feature-length ad for the magic of Walt Disney, with P.L. Travers' life tacked on as an afterthought." — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " To borrow a phrase the film's con artists are prone to saying, American Hustle works from the feet up, and the fun is intoxicating." — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/4 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " For a good while, writer-director John Sayles tricks you into thinking Go for Sisters is a crime thriller. But the movie turns out to be something different." — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2/4 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " A bloated, dawdling and distended adventure that throws in so many extraneous characters and subplots, the eponymous hero - Bilbo Baggins - is edged off the screen for large chunks of time." — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/4 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Out of the Furnace is a boozy, searing portrait of disenfranchised people trying - and not always succeeding - to eke out an existence. But the movie celebrates their struggle and makes you share their scalding pain, like molten steel on bare flesh." — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/4 80% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " The Broken Circle Breakdown manages to pull off a small miracle, using joyous music and tenderness to tell a tragic story that moves you but doesn't depress you" — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3.5/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " Payne remains a deeply humanist filmmaker: He loves people no matter their flaws, and he once again conveys that sympathy through a beautiful, haunting film that initially feels slight but grows large in your memory." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 26, 2013
1.5/4 42% Homefront (2013) " Franco, who brought so much dynamic weirdness to the role of Alien in Spring Breakers, looks as engaged here as he did while hosting the Oscars." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " Has the ring of classic Disney seamlessly combined with a modern-day sensibility. " — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2.5/4 42% Oldboy (2013) " So much of Oldboy works so well that it's a huge disappointment when the movie loses its nerve in the climax, opting for a radically different and less subversive ending than the original." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3.5/4 89% Narco Cultura (2013) " Narco Cultura shows in fascinating detail how these merciless killers who have taken over the city have become Robin Hood-style folk heroes." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Catching Fire is a work of thoughtful, emotionally engaging sci-fi - everything that its predecessor The Hunger Games was not." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3/4 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " A straight-up portrait of a man who figured out a way to cling to life longer than anyone expected and, in the process, learned to let the world in." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2/4 66% Sunlight Jr. (2013) " Sunlight Jr. is what is often described as a slice-of-life drama, but this one is more of a tiny sliver, and it doesn't leave you with much to chew on." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/4 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Forget the controversy and see Blue is the Warmest Color for what it truly is: a warm and compassionate ode to the vagaries of the heart." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 7, 2013
2/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " All is Lost is a testament to a great actor, an experimental piece of cinema and a bit of a bore." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3/4 72% The Motel Life (2013) " Unlike most pictures about people living on the fringe, The Motel Life is never drab or depressing. " — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 7, 2013
2/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " At a time when Marvel Studios should be building on their success and embarking on more ambitious narratives, Thor: The Dark Side takes three steps back." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 7, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " 12 Years a Slave is at times difficult to watch but always impossible to turn away from." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2/4 60% Bad Milo! (2013) " Here is a movie that, much like its eponymous character, never quite figures out what it wants to be." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 90% Paradise: Hope (2013) " The film stands alone as a tender portrait of adolescence at its most vulnerable and how we manage to survive it, even when surrounded by predators and wolves." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 93% The Trouble with the Truth (2012) " Who knew My Dinner with Andre could be reworked into such an engaging romantic comedy?" — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 23, 2013
3/4 89% Informant (2013) " This timely documentary passes the test as a work of balanced journalism about a man of fascinating contradictions." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/4 49% Carrie (2013) " Kimberly Peirce's new adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel is a grave but listless thriller." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3/4 94% After Tiller (2013) " The movie takes a calm and intellectual approach to an inflammatory subject, elevating what could have easily come off as propaganda into a reasoned and thoughtful work of journalism." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 10, 2013
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