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:
1270
Total QuickRatings:
308
Location:
Madison, WI

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 45% 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 32% 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 34% 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 21% 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 65% 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 78% 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 92% 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 61% 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 65% 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 89% 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 53% 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% 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
2.5/4 72% Palo Alto (2014) " "Palo Alto" is good at capturing the aimless rhythms of teenagedom, from party to car to school to party. It doesn't always make for compelling viewing, but it certainly feels accurate." — Madison Movie
Posted May 23, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " After being burned out on the X-Men for a while, I'd be up for another outing. Maybe in the next film they can head back to the '80s ("Mr. Magneto, tear down this wall!")" — Madison Movie
Posted May 23, 2014
3/4 82% Fed Up (2014) " I'll bet when employees clean up the theater after a screening, they find lots of half-drunk Cokes and half-eaten popcorn boxes." — Madison Movie
Posted May 17, 2014
3/4 34% God's Pocket (2014) " Slattery's aiming for a very tricky tone here, taking care not to sneer at these people but not make Jenkins' mistake of glorifying them either. With that heavyweight cast, led by the great Hoffman, I think he pretty much nails it." — Madison Movie
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " The male escort subplot turns on Fiorevante setting up a three-way with Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara for $2,000. That's $2,000 that they're paying him!" — Madison Movie
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/4 88% It Felt Like Love (2014) " Hittman wraps her pointed agenda in a deceptively lovely tone poem about adolescence and summer, almost impressionistic in its evocation of the raging hormones of the teenage years." — Madison Movie
Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Roger Michell's acidic and poignant film is less "Before Sunrise" and more "Before Midnight."" — Madison Movie
Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " Its demographic double play aside, "Neighbors" is very good at blending its two kinds of comedy - frathouse raunch and new-parent angst - together into a tight and consistently funny package. " — Madison Movie
Posted May 9, 2014
4/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " This is a filmmaking career you want to get in on the ground floor of." — Madison Movie
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " If nothing else, "Finding Vivian Maier" urges us not to hide our own lights under a bushel." — Madison Movie
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " The pleasure and the drama come in watching for the real emotions peeking beneath the fancy costumes and flowery dialogue (by screenwriter Abi Morgan), all the more fierce because they must be repressed." — Madison Movie
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3.5/4 88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " I walked out of a screening feeling like I had just put my tongue on a 9-volt battery. In a good way." — Madison Movie
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " This could be cloying in a "Lake House" sort of way, but instead "Lunchbox" is warm and sweet-tempered, as these two private people are able to reveal their inner selves in a way they can't to those closest to them." — Madison Movie
Posted Apr 12, 2014
3/4 83% Rob the Mob (2014) " The f-bombs are hurled, but lovingly." — Madison Movie
Posted Apr 12, 2014
3/4 74% Enemy (2014) " If their previous collaboration, "Prisoners," was a major-label studio album, than "Enemy" is the EP put out on their own label - rougher, less conventionally satisfying, but with a nervy spirit all its own." — Madison Movie
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 42% The Face of Love (2014) " What should have been a thoughtful late-middle-aged love story instead becomes a game to see how long the film can handle its contrivances before they blow up in its face." — Madison Movie
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/4 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " See past all the fumblings in the bushes, and writer-director Alain Guarardie's film reveals itself as a chilling psychological drama about the limits of desire, and the attractiveness of self-destruction." — Madison Movie
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The franchise is in good hands - even if some of those hands are made of felt and have only three fingers." — Madison Movie
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3.5/4 84% Coherence (2014) " If you're into indie sci-fi in the vein of "Primer" or "Another Earth," where the thrills up the spine come from ideas rather than visual effects, get a ticket now to see James Byrkit's mindbender "Coherence."" — Madison Movie
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/4 21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " A classic case of a film trying to have it both ways on an audience. " — Madison Movie
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/4 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " It's a sophisticated treatise on the intersection between creativity and technology, presented with all the offhand charm of a great tale told over a round of beers." — Madison Movie
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/4 99% Wadjda (2013) " Her film is like she is, ostensibly playing by the rules, but throwing us enough sidewise glances to let us know that she's much smarter than she appears." — Madison Movie
Posted Feb 28, 2014
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