Rob Nelson

Rob Nelson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Rob Nelson's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3% McHale's Navy (1997) "All apologies to the handful of Americans who've waited decades for this big-screen update of the '60s sitcom--the result is both awful and awfully irrelevant. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 5, 2009
11% Larger Than Life (1996) "Of course, the elephant Vera keeps sticking her trunk in where it isn't wanted, literally consuming tons of candy and stepping on Murray's cellular phone. Ha ha. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 5, 2009
55% Extreme Measures (1996) "The good liberal Michael Apted seems to think he's directing a film about society's exploitation of the homeless. In fact, the exploitation is all his. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 5, 2009
26% Daylight (1996) "Still more millennial fear and commuter angst get routed through this toll-heavy disaster vehicle set in New York's Holland Tunnel--call it The Tunneling Inferno. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 5, 2009
47% One Fine Day (1996) "Privilege and coincidence have always been central to screwball comedy, but the speed of crosstown travel here rivals Die Hard 3 for plausibility. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 5, 2009
80% Ed's Next Move (1996) "When the jokes aren't sexual or xenophobic, the movie's sense of humor is merely strained. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 5, 2009
17% Jingle All the Way (1997) "God forbid Arnold should have to shell out for one of those Spanish-speaking turbomen being hocked in the bad part of town. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 5, 2009
71% Brother of Sleep (1995) "The film's real pleasure isn't its humor so much as its overall excess, the tone it projects of several major chords being struck at once. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 5, 2009
60% The Preacher's Wife (1996) "Houston's inevitable chart-toppers aside, the film mainly sells the values of cooperation and good-samaritanism. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 5, 2009
28% Gamer (2009) "Literally playing an action figure, bulky Butler doesn't deliver a performance so much as a workout routine; the best that can be said for him here is that he shows endurance. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2009
94% Home (2009) "Director Ursula Meier generally distinguishes her feature debut by not pushing elements to melodramatic or farcical extremes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
No Score Yet No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008) "Spanning the pair's half-century-long friendship and individual work on strikingly shot films of the past four decades, pic deftly combines personal, political and cinematic histories through anecdote-laden interviews and eye-popping clips. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
43% The Reflecting Pool (2009) "The 9/11 truth movement might believe it has found its JFK here, despite the cold, hard fact that the pic is criminally pedantic when not dramatically absurd. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
No Score Yet Woodpecker (2008) "A birdwatchers' Best in Show, Alex Karpovsky's mock-doc Woodpecker stretches its single joke to feature length, earning a beakful of yuks. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
79% A Summer In Genoa (2009) "Genova conveys its strongest themes through insinuation, and modulates its shifting moods through Winterbottom's precisely calibrated DV processing. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
82% Pontypool (2009) "However shrewdly contrived to keep its budget low, Pontypool, set almost entirely in a basement radio station, is a zombie flick sans bite. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
No Score Yet Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's (Maman est Chez le Coiffeur) (2008) "The film makes attractive use of vivid period detail, but its episodic narrative never takes hold. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
65% Is Anybody There? (2009) "Profoundly (and some would say pleasurably) formulaic, the film possesses scant cinematic energy, relying wholly on the familiar transformation of a grumpy old man into an infectiously weepy humanist. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
77% Examined Life (2009) "Taylor's stimulating film, enlivened by creative location shooting, will surely find an appreciative audience among highbrow cinephiles. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
No Score Yet Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2009) "Alternately political and apolitical, pessimistic and optimistic--but rarely, if ever, cinematic. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
73% Hansel & Gretel (2007) "Hardly innovative, but effective and handsomely produced, Hansel & Gretel puts the "grim" in Grimm while placing South Korean director Yim Phil-sung on the shortlist of Pan's Labyrinth emulators to trust. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
67% The Killing Room (2009) "A high-concept/low-impact twist on torture porn, The Killing Room will likely do its slaying on DVD. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
62% When You're Strange (2010) "Primo footage of recording sessions, concert perfs and various backstage trips is ubiquitous--and sadly squandered--amid wall-to-wall voiceover narration that is punishingly banal when not factually sketchy or flat-out false. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
81% We Live in Public (2009) "Like Timoner's DIG!, this astounding new docu burrows into the thin and darkly funny spaces between artistry and vanity, isolation and community, collaboration and exploitation, sanity and madness. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
20% Motherhood (2009) "Though pregnant with possibility, Motherhood fails to deliver. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
13% The Informers (2009) "Rating less than zero on the sophistication scale, The Informers is thus a totally faithful adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel--and an accurate look at early '80s-era Los Angeles. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
29% 12 Rounds (2009) "Heavy on stunts but light on plausibility, humor, surprise, visual ingenuity or psychological depth. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
63% Crank 2: High Voltage (2009) "Yet another D.O.A. for the ADD era. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
85% Polytechnique (2009) "Lensed in black-and-white, the 77-minute film is plenty arty and only arguably constructive in its tasteful fictionalization of a violent tragedy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
No Score Yet Call of the Wild 3D (2009) "Alternately jerking the audience's tears and splashing snow in their faces, 3-D indie Call of the Wild loses focus (literally) but gets by on its good-hearted demeanor. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
40% Don McKay (2010) "Writer-director Jake Goldberger's mild riff on Double Indemnity, etc., works best as a showcase for its veteran cast. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2009
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) "Six decades before Diablo Cody and Juno, Preston Sturges carried unplanned comedy to term. " ‐ minnpost.com
Posted Sep 1, 2009
No Score Yet Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections (2008) "Earnhardt's film is pointedly infuriating, not least when it uses the simplest mathematical equations. " ‐ minnpost.com
Posted Sep 1, 2009
97% His Girl Friday (1940) "The ultimate lesson of His Girl Friday--that it's tougher to manage a marriage than a newspaper--looks in 2008 like pure nostalgia. " ‐ minnpost.com
Posted Sep 1, 2009
87% Shine a Light (2008) "Note to self: Need more yoga ASAP. " ‐ minnpost.com
Posted Sep 1, 2009
70% Religulous (2008) "The Passion of the Maher " ‐ minnpost.com
Posted Sep 1, 2009
21% Spread (2009) "Shooting in widescreen while conveying a sharp sense of verticality, [director David] Mackenzie gets us dizzy from the wealth of playthings on display, from swimming pool to private parts. " ‐ minnpost.com
Posted Sep 1, 2009
92% Ponyo (2009) "There's a miraculous transformation in almost every moment of the film. " ‐ minnpost.com
Posted Sep 1, 2009
87% Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) "Invoking social realism more than pulp fiction, Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress is an innovative genre film on several counts. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
80% Casino (1995) "To understand that Scorsese suffers for his art, it isn't important to know that he's been married four times, or that he considered joining the Catholic priesthood before choosing the equally masochistic experience of NYU. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
100% A Short Film About Love (1988) "A Short Film About Love, despite its title, has more to do with guilt and remorse and manipulation; it might not be about love at all. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
83% A Short Film About Killing (1988) "Thou Shalt Not Miss " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
90% Chungking Express (1996) "Pure sensation, yes, but with a distinct point of view. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
90% Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) "Welcome to the Dollhouse puts an ugly duckling through her paces. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
90% Planet of the Apes (1968) "Signifying Monkeys " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
60% Independence Day (1996) "Independence Day Restores Order to the Millennium. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
89% Trainspotting (1996) "A monster hit in Britain, Trainspotting is defiantly contradictory: an exhilarating portrait of heroin use, a black comedy of errors capped off by one character's sarcastic decision to "choose life." " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
88% Girls Town (1995) "Girls Town Subverts the Patriarchy. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
53% The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) "Princess of Tides " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
52% Mars Attacks! (1996) "The pinko commie Independence Day, Burton's film orders an invasion of little green men not to reinvigorate our all-American bloodlust, but to make us look like complete and utter boobs. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
86% Breaking the Waves (1996) "Von Trier may put his characters and the viewer through the ringer, yet his empathy toward both is unmistakable. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 1, 2009
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