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:
1259
Total QuickRatings:
308
Location:
Madison, WI

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 62% 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 57% 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 23% 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 83% The Double (2014) " This may seem strange to say, but Eisenberg has great chemistry with himself." — Madison Movie
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/4 94% 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 87% 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 94% 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 43% 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 55% 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 99% 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 71% 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 92% 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 31% 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 85% 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
3.5/4 86% At Berkeley (2013) " "At Berkeley" is an epic watch, but you certainly come out of there feeling like you've learned a lot." — Madison Movie
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " At one point, Moore talks about how much she loves flying overseas. "For six hours, nobody can reach you. You're just living in the present." The same could be said of enjoyable, disposable escapist entertainment like "Non-Stop."" — Madison Movie
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Ah, to be wealthy, gorgeous and dead inside in Rome!" — Madison Movie
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2.5/4 61% Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2014 (2014) " I know there are tons of interesting and innovative short films being made out there - I just wish I could see more of them in the Academy Final Five every year." — Madison Movie
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/4 100% Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2014 (2014) " The six films I have seen are enough to highly recommend one of the best animated collections in recent years." — Madison Movie
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/4 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " The animated film lovingly and cleverly captures the appeal those little plastic bricks have on kids, whether you played with them yesterday or during the Carter Administration." — Madison Movie
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " At some point during the making of "Camille Claudel 1915," writer-director Bruno Dumont surely must have considered featuring Juliette Binoche's face in extreme close-up for the film's entire running time." — Madison Movie
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/4 22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " It's a feature-length pamphlet." — Madison Movie
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " "Jack Ryan" is competently-made entertainment, which is often the best we can hope for in the doldrums of January." — Madison Movie
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " This is brutally efficient filmmaking - Berg seems to never pass up the chance to show us a bullet wound or a broken bone, and many of both accumulate." — Madison Movie
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/4 94% Her (2013) " It's funny, wise, chilling, beautiful, perceptive - and, above all else, it's a genuine love story." — Madison Movie
Posted Jan 10, 2014
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