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 82% of the time.

Biography:
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 Mania.com 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.
Favorites:
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:
Filmcritic.com , Flipside Movie Emporium , Mania.com , Sci-Fi Movie Page
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1921
Total QuickRatings:
860
Location:
The greater Los Angeles area.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1921
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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. " — Mania.com
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?" — Mania.com
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." — Mania.com
Posted Feb 28, 2014
B+ 89% 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. " — Mania.com
Posted Feb 24, 2014
C- 29% Pompeii (2014) " Too full of itself to respect, but not outrageous enough to really love." — Mania.com
Posted Feb 24, 2014
B+ 56% Footloose (1984) " It dates itself in the best possible way for a little throwback kick." — Mania.com
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." — Mania.com
Posted Feb 15, 2014
B+ 48% RoboCop (2014) " Like its armored protagonist, it's what's going on beneath the surface that counts." — Mania.com
Posted Feb 12, 2014
B 60% 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?! " — Mania.com
Posted Feb 9, 2014
A 95% 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." — Mania.com
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. " — Mania.com
Posted Jan 25, 2014
D 18% Devil's Due (2014) " It's so derivative they may as well have named their heroine Rosemary." — Mania.com
Posted Jan 18, 2014
B+ 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " It deftly reboots one of Hollywood's more durable franchises for a whole new generation." — Mania.com
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. " — Mania.com
Posted Jan 11, 2014
B- 38% 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." — Mania.com
Posted Dec 31, 2013
A 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Stiller shows us how you can still find something interesting to say in seemingly very ordinary ways." — Mania.com
Posted Dec 25, 2013
C 14% 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?" — Mania.com
Posted Dec 25, 2013
A 94% Her (2013) " Rarely do romances come as strange, sad and beautiful as Her." — Mania.com
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." — Mania.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B+ 74% 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." — Mania.com
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. " — Mania.com
Posted Dec 11, 2013
F 84% Scarface (1983) " By ignoring its massive, toxic, nuclear-fallout shortcomings, it finds its way to the hallowed status of camp classic." — Mania.com
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. " — Mania.com
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." — Mania.com
Posted Dec 3, 2013
A- 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " This Hunger Games feels richer and more detailed than the first." — Mania.com
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." — Mania.com
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." — Mania.com
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." — Mania.com
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." — Mania.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
B- 18% Free Birds (2013) " What a weird little movie this is." — Mania.com
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." — Mania.com
Posted Oct 25, 2013
A 90% The Dead Zone (1983) " The Dead Zone ultimately ranks as one of the best King adaptations to date." — Mania.com
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." — Mania.com
Posted Oct 21, 2013
C 49% Carrie (2013) " Neither bold enough to strike its own path nor powerful enough to match the first film" — Mania.com
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. " — Mania.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
D 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Doomed to join the ranks of the very schlock it presumes to upend. " — Mania.com
Posted Oct 11, 2013
B 60% Never Say Never Again (1983) " A fitting farewell to 007's most enduring embodiment: as much a playful send-up as a loving final embrace." — Mania.com
Posted Oct 7, 2013
A 97% Gravity (2013) " An incredible, flawless, irresistible, white-knuckle, pound-your-head-against-the-wall-like-a-gorilla-smashing-coconuts exercise in technique." — Mania.com
Posted Oct 4, 2013
A 89% Rush (2013) " Howard's most accomplished film to date." — Mania.com
Posted Sep 28, 2013
B 82% Prisoners (2013) " Its flaws compound the somber tone, making it a tough film to watch at times. But the sheer craftsmanship on display is too strong to ignore." — Mania.com
Posted Sep 20, 2013
C 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Insidious 2 could have done better and almost does sometimes. More's the pity that it couldn't close the deal." — Mania.com
Posted Sep 13, 2013
59% Riddick (2013) " If the last few months have left you jaded and spent, then Riddick will do wonders for your exhausted spirit. We needed popcorn this tasty to show up just a little bit earlier." — Mania.com
Posted Sep 6, 2013
D —— Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) " Stop for a moment and ponder just how stupid it is to blow the ending of your movie in the title." — Mania.com
Posted Aug 30, 2013
F 17% Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1982) " If you hear the phrase "Italian caveman epic" and your heart doesn't sing at least a little bit, then I pity your sad and joyless existence." — Mania.com
Posted Aug 30, 2013
B 71% Strange Brew (1983) " Frankly, I was sold the moment the MGM lion gave out an inebriated belch. " — Mania.com
Posted Aug 30, 2013
F 14% Hercules " You could do worse... by which I mean you couldn't possibly do worse. " — Mania.com
Posted Aug 30, 2013
B —— Fire and Ice (1983) " It fully conjures a universe that other movies had to infer with cheap sets and silly costumes." — Mania.com
Posted Aug 30, 2013
F 2% Getaway (2013) " It's a car movie made by people who couldn't find reverse in a Volkswagen; a puzzle box thriller assembled by the functionally insane. " — Mania.com
Posted Aug 30, 2013
B+ 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " It definitely finds a few interesting places to go." — Mania.com
Posted Aug 24, 2013
D 74% You're Next (2013) " Smug and unfocused, falling prey to the very genre clich├ęs it presumes to upend." — Mania.com
Posted Aug 24, 2013
A 89% The World's End (2013) " Like his earlier films, Wright refuses to rest on mere genre convention" — Mania.com
Posted Aug 24, 2013
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