Rob Vaux

Rob Vaux

"“You know what a cautious fellow I am.” — Harrison Ford, Raiders of the Lost Ark “You rotten man. Here, let me take your rotten bloody picture… for the rotten bloody newspapers.” — Arthur Kennedy, Lawrence of Arabia “I tried to stand up and fly straight, but it wasn't easy with that sumbitch Reagan in the White House…” — Nicholas Cage, Raising Arizona “Are you gonna let it go or are we gonna drive around pissed all night?” — Edward Norton, The Score “Okay: I'm going home. Keep your money.” — Kurt Russell, Big Trouble in Little China"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

A native Californian, Rob Vaux grew up in the greater Los Angeles area before attending college in Minnesota and graduate school in Syracuse, NY. He moved back to So Cal after earning his M.A. and currently works as a writer and editor, as well as serving as a film critic for and The Sci-Fi Movie Page. He's also a faithful fan of the Anaheim Angels, though he considers the Rally Monkey a dubious asset at best. He lives in the suburbs, has three black cats, and probably liked The Phantom Menace more than you.
Brazil, The Third Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Throne of Blood, West Side Story, Wings of Desire, Miller's Crossing, John Carpenter's The Thing, and too many others to count. The Lord of the Rings is moving up with a bullet.
Publications: , Flipside Movie Emporium , , Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Online Film Critics Society
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The greater Los Angeles area.

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C- 23% Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter (1984) " Considering how long these movies kept going and how many of them there were, it's strange that only this one had everything in its proper place." —
Posted Apr 15, 2014
C 49% Rio 2 (2014) " Colorful, blandly inoffensive, test marketed to within an inch of its little life, and set upon the world with a resounding "you could do worse!"" —
Posted Apr 11, 2014
A- 72% Oculus (2014) " The strongest horror movie since Cabin in the Woods and a testament to what this genre can do in the hands of a real expert." —
Posted Apr 11, 2014
A 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Sometimes, the biggest heroes don't need to bash the bad guys. They need only stand up and say 'this isn't right.'" —
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B+ 64% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) " As long as they stay in the jungle, this Tarzan may be one of the very best versions of the character you're likely to see." —
Posted Apr 1, 2014
A 87% Romancing the Stone (1984) " This may be a lark, but grown-ups need those too and the lack of pandering to teenage sensibilities helps it stand apart from other adventure films of the era. " —
Posted Mar 31, 2014
A+ 77% Noah (2014) " The Right is dumping on it for its pro-environmental message, which is kind of like condemning the story of Christ for being too sympathetic to the poor." —
Posted Mar 27, 2014
C 41% Police Academy (1984) " The movie had its moment in the sun, somebody made a lot of money from it and then it vanished. Mercifully so in most ways, but not without leaving at least a little whiff of younger, happier days behind. " —
Posted Mar 24, 2014
C 40% Divergent (2014) " Divergent has a few things going for it, but the bulk of its interesting material appears to be on back order. " —
Posted Mar 22, 2014
B 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The gang's still got it. " —
Posted Mar 21, 2014
B+ 92% Splash (1984) " Line up a row of Howard's films and ask someone to choose. Chances are, their hands will fall to Splash as often as any other" —
Posted Mar 17, 2014
A- 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Mr. Peabody and Sherman won't score much in the originality department, but everything else? Aces across the board." —
Posted Mar 17, 2014
D 38% Children of the Corn (1984) " Send it to the cornfield, Anthony. That's where it belongs, after all. " —
Posted Mar 14, 2014
B+ 23% Need For Speed (2014) " It certainly understands its purpose in life, and goes about it with the flair and pizzazz one expects from a modest bit of entertainment." —
Posted Mar 14, 2014
C 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " I'm pretty sure someone quotes Vince Lombardi in the middle of it all." —
Posted Mar 7, 2014
A 98% Repo Man (1984) " It's kind of a road movie and kind of a science fiction movie and kind of a look at those unsung heroes who repossess cars amid the haze of serious drug use. " —
Posted Mar 4, 2014
A+ 95% This Is Spinal Tap (1984) " Yes Nigel, you did go to 11. Where would cinematic comedy be if you hadn't?" —
Posted Mar 3, 2014
B 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Liam Neeson kills a man in the airplane lavatory at 40,000 feet. You now know everything necessary to determine whether Non-Stop is for you." —
Posted Feb 28, 2014
B+ 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " Maybe it's best that he leaves us with a soft good-bye rather than a blaze of glory. Otherwise, we might feel the loss all the more. " —
Posted Feb 24, 2014
C- 24% Pompeii (2014) " Too full of itself to respect, but not outrageous enough to really love." —
Posted Feb 24, 2014
B+ 56% Footloose (1984) " It dates itself in the best possible way for a little throwback kick." —
Posted Feb 18, 2014
C 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " The film deserves credit for boldly leaping headlong into its premise. No one told it that it was such a far fall from there." —
Posted Feb 15, 2014
B+ 48% RoboCop (2014) " Like its armored protagonist, it's what's going on beneath the surface that counts." —
Posted Feb 12, 2014
B 63% Nurse 3-D (2014) " As good-to-be-bad movies go, Nurse is about as good as it gets. Or bad. Or... wait I don't know. Look, Paz de la Huerta is naked, okay?! " —
Posted Feb 9, 2014
A 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " A film whose inexplicable coolness flies right in the face of the fact that it's basically a 100-minute toy commercial." —
Posted Feb 9, 2014
C 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " Awful... but under the night sky at an old-school drive-in - or with the appropriate spirit in tow - that awful can be a lot more fun than a good number of its betters. " —
Posted Jan 25, 2014
D 18% Devil's Due (2014) " It's so derivative they may as well have named their heroine Rosemary." —
Posted Jan 18, 2014
B+ 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " It deftly reboots one of Hollywood's more durable franchises for a whole new generation." —
Posted Jan 17, 2014
F 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " The kind of resolute badness that makes you idly wonder if you shouldn't just slip next door to catch the end of The Hobbit. " —
Posted Jan 11, 2014
B- 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " We shriek and giggle at the right points, the backstory elaborates a little more unnecessarily than it needs to, and the allotted time spools out with a minimum of regrets." —
Posted Dec 31, 2013
A 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Stiller shows us how you can still find something interesting to say in seemingly very ordinary ways." —
Posted Dec 25, 2013
C 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " You thought this was a good idea, movie? Really? Why, exactly? And how the hell did all this cost upwards of $200 million?" —
Posted Dec 25, 2013
A 94% Her (2014) " Rarely do romances come as strange, sad and beautiful as Her." —
Posted Dec 19, 2013
D+ 31% The Keep (1983) " Great concept, great cast, stellar production values, and yet somehow Michael Mann - pound for pound one of the best filmmakers in the game - just can't bring it together." —
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B+ 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " It sets the franchise back on track and leaves us with elevated hopes for finishing with a flourish." —
Posted Dec 12, 2013
C 56% Sudden Impact (1983) " Considering that Sudden Impact delivers one of the most memorable lines in movie history, it's surprising how forgettable the rest of it is. " —
Posted Dec 11, 2013
F 88% Scarface (2003) " By ignoring its massive, toxic, nuclear-fallout shortcomings, it finds its way to the hallowed status of camp classic." —
Posted Dec 11, 2013
C 65% Christine (1983) " Christine shows us what great filmmakers can do with flawed material, and how even their greatness can't solve every problem. " —
Posted Dec 9, 2013
B+ 89% Frozen (2013) " These are the first princesses who actually seem born to rule: doing real, important things rather than fulfilling the tweener fantasies about gowns and balls and boys and stuff." —
Posted Dec 3, 2013
A- 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " This Hunger Games feels richer and more detailed than the first." —
Posted Nov 23, 2013
D 0% Amityville 3-D (1983) " It so utterly fails to articulate its threat that the scary stuff presumably facilitated by everyone's moronic behavior turns into a running joke." —
Posted Nov 19, 2013
A 88% A Christmas Story (1983) " An underlying sweetness keeps the cynicism from getting out of hand, while the more subversive moments help temper its saccharine tendencies." —
Posted Nov 18, 2013
B 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Simple, blunt and very good at what it does; in that sense, it matches its amiable lunkhead of a hero." —
Posted Nov 8, 2013
B+ 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Ender's Game is as solid a work of filmmaking as you'll find, but some of the implied profundity here doesn't quite pass muster." —
Posted Nov 1, 2013
B- 18% Free Birds (2013) " What a weird little movie this is." —
Posted Nov 1, 2013
B 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Those who appreciate Knoxville's particular brand of fun are apt to find a very dirty good time waiting for them here." —
Posted Oct 25, 2013
A 90% The Dead Zone (1983) " The Dead Zone ultimately ranks as one of the best King adaptations to date." —
Posted Oct 21, 2013
B- 75% Dawn of the Dead (2004) " There are scares aplenty in Dawn of the Dead; enjoy them and be well. Twenty years from now, though, I know which version I'll still be watching." —
Posted Oct 21, 2013
C 49% Carrie (2013) " Neither bold enough to strike its own path nor powerful enough to match the first film" —
Posted Oct 18, 2013
B 49% Escape Plan (2013) " As we pause in anticipation of Oscar season, it's nice to have some good dumb fun to keep us company. " —
Posted Oct 18, 2013
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