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.

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:
1889
Total QuickRatings:
861
Location:
The greater Los Angeles area.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1889
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
58% 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 clichés 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
C+ 59% Cujo (1983) " Wallace's turn will not be denied, and fans of real horror will recognize the greatness in her work here." — Mania.com
Posted Aug 13, 2013
C 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " None of it's particularly unpleasant, it just smacks of zero effort: a cast and crew perpetuating the franchise solely because some number-cruncher decided it was worth the investment. " — Mania.com
Posted Aug 9, 2013
D 26% Planes (2013) " Even the worst Pixar effort to date operates several levels above this direct-to-video disaster." — Mania.com
Posted Aug 9, 2013
A 68% Elysium (2013) " This is the product of a major filmmaking talent." — Mania.com
Posted Aug 9, 2013
B- 64% 2 Guns (2013) " Everyone seems to be having a grand time, and yet it doesn't feel unduly indulgent." — Mania.com
Posted Aug 2, 2013
B+ 95% National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) " The humor in Vacation also taps into something beyond the trials and travails of a road trip gone wrong." — Mania.com
Posted Jul 31, 2013
B 33% Krull (1983) " You enjoy it for that long-ago ten-year-old who remembers how great it seemed." — Mania.com
Posted Jul 31, 2013
F 11% Jaws 3 (1983) " A living testament to how low a studio will stoop to generate a few bucks." — Mania.com
Posted Jul 26, 2013
A- 69% The Wolverine (2013) " Climbs far higher than many of its bigger and louder brethren. " — Mania.com
Posted Jul 26, 2013
D 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " Rarely has the phrase "going through the motions" felt more fitting. " — Mania.com
Posted Jul 19, 2013
B- 42% Red 2 (2013) " There's nothing wrong with it at all... save the fact that it doesn't show much of a purpose beyond exploiting a marketable brand name." — Mania.com
Posted Jul 19, 2013
B+ 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Big, dumb and loud in all the very best ways." — Mania.com
Posted Jul 12, 2013
B 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " Future entries would do well to follow the example set by this one." — Mania.com
Posted Jul 12, 2013
B+ 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " The film easily surpasses the original, while leaving room for further sequels." — Mania.com
Posted Jul 3, 2013
B- 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " The kind of movie that summers used to be for: the kind that makes you forget your troubles instead of repackaging them in a more colorful form. " — Mania.com
Posted Jul 1, 2013
B 87% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) " The "no worries mate" tone actually seems to fit an otherwise straightforward hunters-vs.-hunted scenario." — Mania.com
Posted Jun 28, 2013
D 51% White House Down (2013) " White House Down isn't the worst movie of the year, but it's definitely the stupidest." — Mania.com
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B 65% Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) " If the first half completely lost us, the second effortlessly added a few more sleepless nights to our tally. " — Mania.com
Posted Jun 24, 2013
B+ 67% World War Z (2013) " It stays sleek and fast-moving, with a white-knuckle intensity we expect from summer tentpoles surrounded by a story that makes more sense than normal. " — Mania.com
Posted Jun 21, 2013
B 78% Monsters University (2013) " Scanlon and his team take a very shaky proposition, and turn it into a smart and enjoyable piece of family entertainment." — Mania.com
Posted Jun 21, 2013
C+ 56% Man of Steel (2013) " There are so many great things in Man of Steel and yet none of them quite knows where to go." — Mania.com
Posted Jun 14, 2013
B+ 83% This Is the End (2013) " It's not profound, but hot-damn is it hysterical." — Mania.com
Posted Jun 12, 2013
B+ 38% The Purge (2013) " An effective little thrill ride that dares to ask some really interesting questions." — Mania.com
Posted Jun 7, 2013
B 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " Whedon hasn't created the best version of the tale, but he clearly understands what makes it tick. " — Mania.com
Posted Jun 7, 2013
B 59% Psycho II (1983) " You can chide Psycho II for its hubris, and the fact that it won't ever get within shouting distance of a classic. But for a quiet summer escape with an old motel owner we used to know... yeah, it could be a lot worse. " — Mania.com
Posted Jun 5, 2013
B 75% The Man with Two Brains (1983) " Steve Martin made his share of bad movies, but sometimes he could pull one out through sheer force of comedic will. " — Mania.com
Posted Jun 5, 2013
B 92% WarGames (War Games) (1983) " Memory makes the heart grow fonder, even when you're blowing up the world. " — Mania.com
Posted Jun 5, 2013
D 11% After Earth (2013) " Though a scant 100 minutes long, After Earth feels longer and slower than your average PBS pledge drive." — Mania.com
Posted May 31, 2013
D 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " he tail end of a good idea that was stretched well beyond its breaking point. " — Mania.com
Posted May 24, 2013
B 64% Epic (2013) " It doesn't do anything groundbreaking, but its attention to detail produces a reliably entertaining family adventure." — Mania.com
Posted May 24, 2013
B 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " What used to be unintentional goofiness now fully embraces its camp side, along with some impressive action sequences and a few welcome new cast members to keep us hopping. " — Mania.com
Posted May 24, 2013
D 17% Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983) " The producers in their infinite wisdom decided to release it five days before the single most anticipated science fiction epic of all time. " — Mania.com
Posted May 22, 2013
A 78% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) " The Force was always with it, and time, though not entirely kind, still affirms that most important truth." — Mania.com
Posted May 22, 2013
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