Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, Capital Times, Madison, WI
Publications:
Capital Times (Madison, WI) , Madison Movie , Wisconsin State Journal
Total Reviews:
1292
Total QuickRatings:
308
Location:
Madison, WI

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 58% Rudderless (2014) " "Rudderless" is a film about how much - and how little - you can know someone through their art, and the film itself feels like an extension of the scruffy but sincere characters Macy has been playing for decades. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 17, 2014
1/4 8% The Best Of Me (2014) " "I never thought a movie would make me long for the gritty realism of 'The Notebook.'" " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " In both style and substance, "Venus in Fur" feels tossed off, a finger exercise to get Polanski warmed up for another project. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 14, 2014
2.5/4 63% For No Good Reason (2014) " Steadman's illustrations could burst with baroque details, but one thing you would never call them is "busy." They had a focus, a mission, that "For No Good Reason" often lacks. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/4 90% Wetlands (2014) " The right viewer will find it a singular, even somewhat moving experience. And no film will provide better motivation for you to clean the bathroom this weekend. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " "Gone Girl" is an absolutely delicious mystery, one that parcels out revelations and surprises at just the right moments. But it's also a movie about the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/4 80% Land Ho! (2014) " "Land Ho!" is a high-spirited and life-affirming film about drinking life down to the last drop. "Don't get that Sunday afternoon attitude," Mitch admonishes Colin near the end of the trip. "It ain't over with yet." " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3/4 83% Human Capital (2015) " It's fun puzzling through the different strands to get at the truth, but the sum total doesn't come near the profound statement that Virzi seems to be going for. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 1, 2014
4/4 96% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " "Manuscripts Don't Burn" is one of the best films I've seen this year, and one of the hardest to watch. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 1, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes (2014) " Sometimes watching "Pay 2 Play" is like playing "Monopoly" with a six-year-old; they're into the game for a while, but then their mind wanders away to focus on the cat or that they really want some ice cream. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 1, 2014
2.5/4 85% Cold in July (2014) " If you want to recreate the experience of watching a movie on HBO at 12:50 a.m. in 1991, Jim Mickle's "Cold in July" is your movie. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 1, 2014
3.5/4 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " In its evocation of the early '80s Stockholm middle-school girl punk rock scene, "We Are The Best!" could hardly be more specific. But in its depiction of the joys and sorrows of adolescence, it could hardly be more universal. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 1, 2014
2/4 62% The Equalizer (2014) " By the time we see Washington walking towards the camera in slo-mo as a fireball erupts behind him, you almost feel bad for him. Where did that spark go? " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3.5/4 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " "Love is Strange" captures scenes, such as a day Ben spends painting the city from his rooftop, of ordinary, perfect moments, ones that turned out to be the end of something. But you didn't realize it at the time. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 72% Alive Inside (2014) " "We are made to age," filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett says about halfway through "Alive Inside," which may be the most radical statement you'll hear in a movie theater all year. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2.5/4 39% Tusk (2014) " When it sticks to that "do it on a dare" spirit, especially in its absolutely bonzo third act, "Tusk" can be a lot of fun. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 92% Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (2014) " Why they've decided to make this journey, whether they'll make it, and what it will mean when they get where they're going are questions that pull us along, every step of the way. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/4 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " "Only Lovers Left Alive" may be a vampire film to us, but it's a zombie movie to them. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 88% The Drop (2014) " The film loves its gritty, desperate characters and their attempts (often misguided, sometimes tragic) to reach for something a little bigger than themselves. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " "The Trip to Italy" does feel kind of like a second helping of pasta - just as tasty as the first, but not quite as necessary. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3.5/4 93% Frank (2014) " The film finally demolishes the old rock 'n' roll stereotype that mental illness can bear the fruit of creative genius. I suspect the truth is closer to what one character says: "It slowed him down." " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3.5/4 85% Night Moves (2014) " This is still a powerful film from one of America's best filmmakers who continues to push herself. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/4 89% Calvary (2014) " The film ends with the faintest glimmer of hope, but even that hope comes wrapped in despair, suggesting that we're each all we have to rely on. Because the man upstairs isn't answering our calls. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/4 44% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Here's the news from Sin City, where all the men are strong, the women are good-looking and the plotting is below average. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/4 35% The Giver (2014) " It felt like at the start of every scene I was getting one of those emotion-suppressing injections. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2.5/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " It's a comic shift some hardcore action fans may not like, but, honestly, you probably shouldn't have been taking this stuff so seriously in the first place. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3.5/4 89% Locke (2014) " Knight's clever, tight screenplay and Hardy's tour de force performance collaborate to create a constantly captivating and even suspenseful film. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 11, 2014
2.5/4 20% Into The Storm (2014) " "Into the Storm" is a decent enough workout for your local multiplex big screen and sound system. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " There is softcore food porn and there is hardcore food porn, and Lasse Hallstrom's drama is of the sort that would be banned in several Southern states. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " Linklater strings these ordinary moments together like Christmas lights to make an entrancing portrait of life. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 79% Get On Up (2014) " It's as if Brown's life was one long groove, and he always stayed deep in the pocket no matter where he was. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " I could watch a "Guardians" movie that's just the five of them sitting around a table with a pitcher of beer and a deck of cards. Hard to say that about the X-Men. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2.5/4 51% Cuban Fury (2014) " If "Cuban Fury" launches Frost into bigger and better films, it's worth it. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3/4 60% Hercules (2014) " This is a refreshingly unpretentious "Hercules" with human-sized heroes and villains. It's really more like a Western - specifically, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" with killer pecs. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/4 66% Lucy (2014) " It's like he wants to make his own "2001," but can't resist putting in a climactic gunfight between HAL and Dave. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 25, 2014
1.5/4 24% Third Person (2014) " When you cast Liam Neeson as your on-screen avatar, you're not exactly raking yourself over the coals. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/4 82% The Double (2014) " This may seem strange to say, but Eisenberg has great chemistry with himself. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Within the space of a 60-foot-by-9-foot train car, "Snowpiercer" packs in more action, inventiveness, energy and ideas than most summer blockbusters that have whole galaxies at their disposal. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 7, 2014
4/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " Ebert inspired legions of movie writers and movie fans throughout his life. But it's how he faced his last few years - with dignity, humor and grace - that should inspire everybody. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2/4 88% Obvious Child (2014) " The film tiptoes around the issue as much as something like "Knocked Up" did - it just tiptoes around the other side. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3.5/4 95% Ida (2014) " Devastatingly brisk at 80 minutes, "Ida" is a beautiful film to watch, with Pawilowski creating stunningly composed scenes that have the weight of historical photographs and the urgency of real life. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " It's either one of the worst pornos ever made or one of Von Trier's best films. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/4 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " It's either one of the worst pornos ever made or one of Von Trier's best films. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " In this battle of words vs. pictures, words win in a landslide. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 54% Citizen Koch (2014) " The documentary "Citizen Koch" is uneven and scattershot at times, but when you're target is as big and fat as corporate money in politics, you can afford to be a little scattersot and still hit your mark. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 55% Capital (2013) " "Capital" isn't as good as "Margin Call" or "Arbitrage," in part because Costa-Gavras holds these characters in such contempt rather than trying to understand what motivates their insatiable greed. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3.5/4 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " It was an act of utter destruction, a people not just killed but their entire culture erased. Panh's poignant and innovative documentary is an act of creation, remaking the forgotten Cambodia, one clay figure at a time. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/4 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " If you like Tom Cruise, then you will like "Edge of Tomorrow," and if you don't like Tom Cruise, then you will like it even more. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Why did it leave me so oddly happy, this story of a beautiful dream that never came true? Perhaps because there's beauty in the dreaming itself. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 30, 2014
2.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " MacFarland just can't go toe-to-toe with the likes of Liam Neeson or Charlize Theron. Parts of "West" look like those old Oscar intros where Billy Crystal would be spliced into actual movies. " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 30, 2014
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