Rob Staeger

Rob Staeger

Agrees with the Tomatometer 63% of the time.

Rob Staeger's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
54% Closer To God (2015) "The drama plays out as expected - the ending, particularly, seems too pat - but offers several well-executed moments of tension along the way. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2015
22% The Stranger (2015) "For viewers who don't need to suck down every last drop of vampire lore, The Stranger never gets the blood pumping. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2015
92% We Are Still Here (2015) "Early scenes overplay the shock of these phantasms, but just as you expect Geoghegan to crank up the effects, the film mixes in some subtler scares. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 2, 2015
62% The Water Diviner (2015) "Russell Crowe proves to be a proficient director in need of better material with The Water Diviner, an adaptation of Andrew Anastasios and Dr. Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios's inspired-by-true-events novel. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015
33% Laugh Killer Laugh (2015) "Conversations meander and fizzle; characters repeat themselves, speaking in banalities and clichés. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015
19% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) "It's taxing to watch, and Green moves between scenes with Malick-inspired ellipses, frustrating momentum. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2015
66% Zombeavers (2015) "Director Jordan Rubin and the cast know the material is ridiculous, but calibrate the tone so that the dangers still feels dangerous. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2015
No Score Yet Ghoul (2015) "Ghoul rewards attention for much of its running time with subtle scares and growing unease, before squandering it in a shaky chase through twisted corridors that goes nowhere unexpected. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2015
77% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) "Australian filmmakers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner remind us why we love these bloody movies in the first place, evincing Raimi-esque glee at twisting the rules of zombiehood like so much taffy. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 10, 2015
32% Dark Summer (2015) "Paul Solet's direction relies on disorienting tight shots as Daniel creeps through the halls, followed by never-quite-frightening appearances by Mona in her bloody hoodie. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2015
25% Wolves (2014) "If you're in the bag for werewolves (or have a thing for hairy dudes smoking distinctive pipes), Wolves is a beckoning howl in the night. As an action movie, however, it's surprisingly tame. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 11, 2014
75% ABCs of Death 2 (2014) "There's no denying this mixed bag contains some really choice severed heads. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2014
No Score Yet Blood Ransom (2014) "While the portentous glances and oblique dialogue of the undead evoke stylish '70s Euro-vampires - as do the trippy cuts and fade-outs - Oliver's manhunt feels more like a low-budget '80s potboiler. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2014
52% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) "The implicit criticism of psychiatry without compassion makes this confection unusually filling. Vincent Price never had it so good. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 21, 2014
85% Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) "After a high-speed recap, Dead Snow 2 broadens the canvas almost immediately. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014
0% Catch Hell (2014) "Catch Hell suffers from both a drowsy start and a dragging ending. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014
56% Inner Demons (2014) "What's most interesting about Inner Demons is its third ingredient: a film crew that stirs up trouble with an intervention-themed reality show. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 2, 2014
No Score Yet Asmodexia (2014) "Is it possible to be decidedly unsubtle and also maddeningly opaque? Marc Carreté's exorcism film Asmodexia threads that infuriating needle. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 23, 2014
100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) "There's enough diamond lore here to please baseball diehards, but Ellis's outsize life will grip even casual fans. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 2, 2014
31% The Possession of Michael King (2014) "It's a testament to director David Jung's smart script and Shane Johnson's performance that Michael King's decisions seem largely free of horror-movie logic - the stubborn refusal to acknowledge danger, an insistence on going it alone. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2014
71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) "Unfortunately, Dinosaur 13 never manages to display the story's many complex parts in a way that enables viewers to grasp the whole beast ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2014
25% Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014) "Vincent Guastini's makeup effects are the star here, a refreshing change from the inky CGI morphing of too much modern horror. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
20% Come Back To Me (2014) "A film in which every character states her motivation out loud, and even so-called "shocking" revelations are underlined with a hand-holding voice-over. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 22, 2014
62% The Sacrament (2014) "The Sacrament infuses the past with ghoulish immediacy. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
63% Rigor Mortis (2014) "Has some frantic action scenes, but never quite enough spring in its step. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
50% Age of the Uprising (2014) "This muted approach robs the film of sorely needed momentum, but offers a rare opportunity for contemplation, a trade-off that only occasionally satisfies. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
No Score Yet Happy Camp (2014) "Eventually, all of the mundane squabbling is topped by a ridiculous climax full of jumbled, indecipherable action and bargain-basement CGI. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
83% In Fear (2014) "Logic is a torch we can use to fight our fears. If it flickers only dimly here, perhaps that's by design. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
40% Holy Ghost People (2014) "Director Mitchell Altieri helms the thriller with a sure hand ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 18, 2014
58% The Returned (2014) "Carballo squeezes an impressive amount of exposition into news reports and medical briefings, but Holden-Ried's and Hampshire's performances are what ground the film ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2014
52% Lucky Bastard (2014) "The film is most successful when humanizing the people behind the objectification, with lives beyond the smut. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2014
54% Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014) "Some clever ideas -- the new Cretins harmonize, setting their atrocities to barbershop quartet numbers -- don't negate the tired, exploitative nature of most of the action. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
39% Here Comes the Devil (2013) "Horror movies punish the sexually irresponsible; the Spanish-language film Here Comes the Devil manages to indict a married couple with that slasher-movie charge. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 10, 2013
50% Contracted (2013) "There's no payoff to the paranoia. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
No Score Yet Zombadings 1: Patayin sa shokot si Remington (Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings) (2013) "Using hate crimes-even cartoonified ones-as a source of humor is troubling ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 22, 2013
8% Nothing Left to Fear (2013) "When a family is as generic as the Bramfords, you get a little antsy waiting for them to be killed off one by one. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 9, 2013
36% Ghost Team One (2013) "Thanks to the shakiest of shaky-cams, you don't know whether to wince or lose your lunch. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 8, 2013
73% +1 (2013) "Director Dennis Iliadis doesn't overdwell on the existentialism of the concept; he lets emotional beats strobe against the WTF experience of the temporal doubles, peppering the action with distinct images and events to make the repetition stand out. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 18, 2013
65% Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) "A film that's less a kung-fu movie and more a meditation on kung fu's limitations. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 17, 2013
60% The Frozen Ground (2013) "The Frozen Ground hits the familiar notes. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2013
65% Scenic Route (2013) "The howl of the desert wind and the unflagging hammer of the sun are the backdrop for every bad decision, lending them a plausibility they wouldn't have in comfort. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2013
71% Cockneys vs Zombies (2013) "Weightless as a bag of crisps, this matinee fare offers more laughs than scares. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2013
67% Frankenstein's Army (2013) "Designed by Raaphorst and brought to life by Rogier Samuels's effects studio, Unreal, the half-glimpsed creatures are magnificent and repellent. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 23, 2013
No Score Yet The Romeows (2013) "If the film lacks momentum, it's still an hour or so spent among people who obviously love one another. In such company, who would quibble with the cook? " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 18, 2013
84% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) "Playing like a Down Under Elmore Leonard novel, 100 Bloody Acres features lucky breaks and quick reverses; a persistent soundtrack of Aussie oldies helps keep the mood cheery, despite a literal vatful of blood. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 25, 2013
55% Hatchet III (2013) "If you don't like sequels where the title's Roman numerals are rendered in jagged slashes of blood, this isn't for you. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013
No Score Yet Prey (2010) Village Voice
Posted Jun 6, 2013
67% The Prey (2013) "If the thrills it yields are expected ones, the pleasure in the formula remains. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 4, 2013
13% Hello Herman (2012) "The dialogue is all surface: Emotions are laid out on the autopsy table for the audience to dissect and analyze, but rarely feel. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 4, 2013
No Score Yet Re-emerging: The Jews Of Nigeria (2013) "Admirably, the film gives skeptics their say, however briefly. Yet in the face of the authenticity of Shmuel's faith, the evidence for or against the Judaic heritage of the Igbo is beside the point. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 14, 2013
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