Rob Humanick

Rob Humanick

"We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. - T.S. Eliot"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Projection Booth , Slant Magazine , Stranger Song , Suite101.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
734
Total QuickRatings:
75

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
82% The Double (2014) " Despite its pleasures, the film proves ultimately little more than an echo, forgoing a thorough exploration of its themes for a more literal approach that treads close to lip service." — Projection Booth
Posted Aug 25, 2014
96% Blue Ruin (2014) " A prismatically efficient thriller." — Projection Booth
Posted Aug 12, 2014
1/4 67% Ragnarok (2014) " In the end, any and all potential B-movie fun is extinguished by Ragnarok's depressingly listless anonymity." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2014
89% Locke (2014) " Hardy's introspective intensity helps to achieve and sustain and level of intimacy that's more thrilling than many films with 100 times the budget." — Projection Booth
Posted Aug 11, 2014
99% Boyhood (2014) " For all of its contained and implied profundities, Boyhood succeeds in large part thanks to a virtually unnoticeable sleight of hand." — Projection Booth
Posted Aug 11, 2014
.5/4 61% Hercules (2014) " The film fluctuates haphazardly between semi-serious reverence and tongue-in-cheek camp, with no shortage of opportunities for the inevitable Rifftrax accompaniment." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2/4 14% Rage (2014) " It's sobering conclusions are heartfelt, but ultimately unearned." — Projection Booth
Posted Jul 22, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " It isn't too soon to add Only Lovers Left Alive to the list of the greatest vampire films." — Projection Booth
Posted Jul 21, 2014
86% The Immigrant (2014) " As haunting, and haunted, as any of [James Gray's] prior achievements." — Projection Booth
Posted Jul 21, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Merits near-hyperbolic praise." — Projection Booth
Posted Jul 15, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) " Emotionally raw, visually spare, and poetic, even in its imperfections." — Projection Booth
Posted Jul 15, 2014
0/4 8% America (2014) " Beholden to the same plethora of taboos, half-truths, and outright lies traded en masse by mainstream conservatism for the last seven years." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2014
84% The Unknown Known (2014) " It is, by definition, nonfiction, but at times suggests a horror movie." — Projection Booth
Posted Jun 30, 2014
94% Ida (2014) " A painterly act of contemplation and one to compare with any of the greatest films made about the nature of faith." — Projection Booth
Posted Jun 27, 2014
97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " Were the film made 30 years ago, it would be the kind many families would have worn thin from endless VHS repeats. I can't wait to watch it again." — Projection Booth
Posted Jun 16, 2014
90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " This film would have been well-made regardless of its casting, but the pairing of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt is an inspired one." — Projection Booth
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " If [the film] ultimately resolves without quite plumbing its own depths as much as I'd have preferred, I'm still more than impressed with where it opts to go in the first place." — Projection Booth
Posted May 4, 2014
4/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Under the Skin doesn't just affirm the movies' ability to draw us out of our worldview: it raises the bar. I can't wait to watch it five or six more times, at least." — Projection Booth
Posted Apr 30, 2014
1.5/4 46% That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (2014) " It rarely feels like anything more than an effort to pander to the kind of audiences that enjoy Quentin Tarantino's films for all the wrong reasons." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2014
1.5/4 83% The Short Game (2013) " This window into the world of youthful competition almost entirely disposes of social awareness in favor of routine drama." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1.5/4 15% Winnie Mandela (2013) " The film's tonal inconsistencies speak less to the struggles of its titular subject than to its own grasp-exceeding ambitions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3.5/4 90% Out of the Clear Blue Sky (2013) " By de-emphasizing politics in favor of humanitarianism, Danielle Gardner's work also suggests how Americans might yet unify even as the world around them threatens to tear itself apart." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2013
1.5/4 40% American Made Movie (2013) " The documentary's refusal to challenge the comfort zones of its target audience is apparent throughout." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2013
52% Clear History (2013) " Clear History's shorthanded characterizations and ethical vacuum prove so flaccid that it fails even if one views it as a nihilistic statement." — Projection Booth
Posted Aug 10, 2013
3/4 —— Postales (Postcards) " Throughout the film, writer-director Jash Hyde avoids Paul Haggis's patronizing white liberal attitude toward class warfare. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2013
1.5/4 62% Nicky's Family (2013) " This is a powerful chapter in our human history, but it's made melodramatic and dull through Matej Minac's indulgence of hokey reenactments and sound-augmented archival footage." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Suggests someone painting by numbers with Herculian intensity, and the effect is hollow and dispassionate." — Projection Booth
Posted Jul 7, 2013
3/4 77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013) " The film employs a flashy text-and-graphics aesthetic that immediately brings to mind the satirical undercurrent of a Grand Theft Auto video game." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2013
—— Going Up The Stairs " The triumph of an artistic spirit conquering its invisible chains is potent in front of and behind the camera." — House Next Door
Posted Jun 22, 2013
67% 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013) " ...never speaking to the diversity and complexity of a social movement and only inadvertently to its often inherent disorganization." — House Next Door
Posted Jun 22, 2013
82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " The film benefits greatly from the young feminists' understanding of political theater." — House Next Door
Posted Jun 22, 2013
78% Fatal Assistance (2014) " ...holds an appropriately cynical attitude toward spectacle..." — House Next Door
Posted Jun 22, 2013
100% Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington (2013) " Hetherington's portrait-like approach to his subjects is itself a form of cinema." — House Next Door
Posted Jun 22, 2013
—— Camera/Woman " ...so exquisitely captured sans breaking the fourth wall that it occasionally suggests a Kiarostami-esque blurring of fact and fiction." — House Next Door
Posted Jun 22, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " Eschews camp and lends Superman a genuinely fantastic, spiritual heft, one that grounds the ruthless destruction to come and elevates it above mere popcorn spectacle." — Projection Booth
Posted Jun 18, 2013
1.5/4 25% The Guillotines (2013) " Despite the multitude of cinematic tricks the prolific Andrew Lau has up his sleeve, the film is a disappointingly rote entry in the wuxia pantheon. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Luhrmann makes the most out of what might be considered the text's music video counterpart." — Projection Booth
Posted May 22, 2013
2/4 —— 3 Geezers! (2013) " The film's self-aware mockumentary setup indicates that this is all meant to be taken as an exercise in self-deprecating rib-nudging, though the proceedings rarely rise to the occasion." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2013
1/4 20% Pilgrim Song (2013) " It aims for a sense of soulful introspection that instead comes off as an unwitting parody of languid indie conventions." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 8, 2013
78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " A superhero movie with enough intelligence and personality that it should appeal to plenty outside its intended comic book demographic." — Projection Booth
Posted May 7, 2013
2.5/4 73% Free The Mind (2013) " Phie Ambo deftly captures her subjects' sense of paranoia and helplessness without encroaching on their brave candor." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 2, 2013
.5/4 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " For a movie ultimately about what freaks we all are behind the fronts we build for the sake of normalcy, the apathetically performed The Big Wedding couldn't possibly be more square." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2013
2/4 71% Fists Of Legend (2013) " The film is so generous in its characterizations that it's easy to overlook the fact that its hot-topic drama (bullying, economic marginalization, etc.) amounts to little more than padded lip service." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2013
1.5/4 75% Murph: The Protector (2013) " One wonders if the filmmakers ever asked themselves who their film was intended for, or if it was at least a consciously self-serving effort from the outset. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3.5/4 56% Vanishing Waves (2013) " A scintillating sci-fi throwback, Vanishing Waves draws inspiration from Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky, among others, but without feeling plagiaristic. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3/4 69% Greedy Lying Bastards (2013) " What Craig Scott Rosebraugh's film lacks in originality, it makes up for in comprehensiveness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2013
1/4 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " Scenes of solemn importance drag on to the point of self-parody in an attempt at establishing mood, while dialogue reeks of connect-the-dots spoonfeeding." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3/4 100% Pavilion (2013) " George Washington this isn't, but there's enough heft here that the comparison can be tastefully made." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2013
1.5/4 33% Escape From Planet Earth (2013) " An energetic but thoroughly watered-down kiddie flick. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2013
2/4 33% The Berlin File (2013) " A sporadically entertaining, modestly ambitious shoot 'em up that frequently succumbs to spelling out its subtext. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2013
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