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:
1231
Total QuickRatings:
308
Location:
Madison, WI

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 84% 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 73% 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 44% 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 95% 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 83% 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 88% 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 85% 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 78% 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 23% 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 76% 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 (2014) " It's funny, wise, chilling, beautiful, perceptive - and, above all else, it's a genuine love story." — Madison Movie
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/4 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " "Davis" may be the saddest comedy you ever see, or the funniest drama. In other words, this is a Coen Brothers movie, odd and endearing, and one of their best." — Madison Movie
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " If you're looking for a clockwork-perfect crime plot, you won't find it here. But if you want to hang with some wildly unpredictable and complex characters and wonder who will come up on top, "Hustle" is a lot of fun." — Madison Movie
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2.5/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " "Anchorman 2″ is worth seeing for the first time, but it's not as good as seeing "Anchorman" for the sixth time." — Madison Movie
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/4 91% Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013) " Two emotions fight for dominance while watching the saga - the exhilaration that comes from seeing great artists working at the peak of their powers, and the frustration of watching the world ignore those great artists." — Madison Movie
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3.5/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " Dig down beneath those wintry grays, and Payne's latest is a wonderful and quietly life-affirming film about a dysfunctional family trying to get its act together" — Madison Movie
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/4 64% Bastards (2013) " "Bastards" is being marketed as the first bonafide thriller from the director of "White Material" and "Friday Night," but in Denis' fragmented, jagged film, the thrills soon give way to a mounting sense of dread." — Madison Movie
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " "Frozen" is far and away the best animated movie of 2013. It's not even close." — Madison Movie
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " If you want a reminder of how well "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" does what it does, make sure to get to the theater early to see the trailers for all the other young-adult films trying to emulate it." — Madison Movie
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/4 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " "Blue is the Warmest Color" is a beautifully imperfect film about a beautifully imperfect love affair." — Madison Movie
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 87% The Attack (2013) " It's a sorrowful film, as Amin finds some answers he doesn't want to hear, and discovers that other answers are simply unknowable." — Madison Movie
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3.5/4 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " There's a delicious discomfort in watching a funny person deliberately not being funny - think Jerry Lewis in "King of Comedy" - that gives "Afternoon Delight" an agreeably tart flavor." — Madison Movie
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " There's much talk in "The Dark World" of the Nine Realms all coming into alignment for the first time in 5,000 years, but that's nothing - try and keep nine superhero franchises lined up." — Madison Movie
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/4 69% About Time (2013) " It's sweet and charming and utterly preposterous and, despite the trailers, it's not as much of a love story as you might think. Or at least, not that kind of love story." — Madison Movie
Posted Nov 8, 2013
4/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " "All is Lost" is disciplined, elemental filmmaking built around a disciplined, elemental performance, and it's one of the best films of the year." — Madison Movie
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " In a movie concerned with tactics and battle formations, "Ender's Game" is really a Trojan Horse. It enters the theater disguised as a shiny sci-fi action film, only to reveal itself as an old-fashioned morality play about the war for one boy's soul." — Madison Movie
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/4 45% Big Sur (2013) " It feels like we get closer to the real Kerouac here, the man behind the book, unable to escape its shadow." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 62% Byzantium (2013) " It's stylish and gory, with excellent performances and a similarly grim approach to the life of a vampire. And it's not really a scary movie, although, whatever it is, it's a good one." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 30, 2013
2.5/4 69% Mr. Nobody (2013) " The aptly titled Nobody is just a white ball bouncing around the roulette wheel, as likely to land on this number as the next. It's fun to watch "Mr. Nobody" go round and round, but where it lands doesn't really matter to us." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/4 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " It's more a situation than a story, but a pretty funny situation." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 33% Best Man Down (2013) " When your film's most compelling character dies in the first five minutes, your film has a problem." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 15, 2013
2.5/4 57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " You feel like you want to support the sheer guts it took to make this film, even if you wish it could have been better." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3.5/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " It's not just the camera that shakes you up." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/4 49% Parkland (2013) " "Parkland" finds those telling moments in the margins, tying them together to show an America trying and failing to process what it was living through." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 4, 2013
4/4 97% Gravity (2013) " As an experience of pure cinema, an appreciation of its ability to show terrible and wonderful things, I can't think of its equal in 2013." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/4 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " It's one of those performances, like Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," where a young actress comes seemingly out of nowhere and becomes indelible." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/4 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " Wilde and the other actors really seem to relish Swanberg's approach, getting to say things that real people might actually say, communicating not with big speeches but with small moments." — Madison Movie
Posted Oct 2, 2013
3/4 93% The Hunt (2013) " Thomas Vinterberg ("The Celebration") creates a modern-day "Crucible," a frighteningly plausible examination of how suspicion can spread through otherwise decent people." — Madison Movie
Posted Sep 30, 2013
2.5/4 65% Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013) " Once this new Journey has become a success, "Don't Stop Believin'" doesn't have a whole lot more to say on the subject." — Madison Movie
Posted Sep 23, 2013
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