Robert Abele

Robert Abele

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, LA Weekly
Publications:
Chicago Tribune , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles Times
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
591

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
77% Honeymoon (2014) " The gory final act can't help but be an explanatory letdown after so much enigmatic fizz, but that's little bother when the rest of Honeymoon delivers a steady dose of newlywed nightmare." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 12, 2014
73% Take Me to the River (2014) " "Take Me to the River" is at its most interesting when zeroing in on the back-and-forth between musicians of different eras ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
91% Wetlands (2014) " Its nastiness sings, instead of stings." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
70% Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering (2014) " This one's for the conspiracy-minded only." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 5, 2014
100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) " Radice talks with plenty of Ellis' teammates, family members and charmed-then-beleaguered wives, and he makes good use of archival interviews and footage in constructing his engaging portrait of a complicated but vivid sports figure." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 5, 2014
7% The Identical (2014) " "The Identical" is ultimately too schematically sentimental, even with Liotta playing against type, to have much of an impact." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 5, 2014
82% The Expedition to the End of the World (2014) " Dencik's travelogue reveals a journey with curious traces of the past, eye-popping encounters with a wild present and ... a weighted reminder of our future as stewards of the Earth." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
28% As Above/So Below (2014) " An entertainment-free sinkhole of Dramamine-worthy nonsense ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
62% Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014) " "Jamie Marks Is Dead" admirably refuses to hew to conventional horror tropes and is acted with integrity by its young performers, but the film nonetheless has a nagging pulse problem." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
76% The Congress (2014) " Ambitiously trippy and compulsively watchable ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
60% May In The Summer (2014) " There's goodwill to go around in Dabis' modestly engaging yarn, from its appealing performances to the times it zeroes in on the ways culture, tradition and individuality cause headaches and heartaches as much as comfort." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
36% The November Man (2014) " It's called "The November Man," but it's really just another forgettable August release." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 26, 2014
0% The Prince (2014) " Unless you're a fan of yawn-worthy shootouts and showdowns, "The Prince" is a "Taken" retread hardly indicative of any special set of skills." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 24, 2014
17% Jersey Shore Massacre (2014) " There's no ignoring the aggressive stupidity and crassness behind the whole enterprise." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " A true tale of high school football achievement becomes a strained, by-the-numbers grab bag of uplift in the Christian sports drama "When the Game Stands Tall."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
—— NightLights (2014) " NightLights achieves something admirably genuine about the queasy mixture of anguish and joy attached to caretaking for the most needy of loved ones." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 18, 2014
—— Found (2014) " Strictly for sexual violence fetishists and unspeakable-gore apologists." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
100% Level Five (2014) " A richly digressive, provocative meditation on the cross-currents of technology, engagement with history and wounded national identity ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
100% Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) " By its bittersweet end, "Fifi Howls From Happiness" has stayed almost entirely in one apartment and yet somehow unveiled both a life in full and a blank canvas." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
20% Let's Be Cops (2014) " The promising tang of something anarchically amusing is in the air, which makes the rote, slipshod and unfunny rest of the movie all the more dispiriting - like a drug that's as much fun as precinct paperwork." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2014
—— No Cameras Allowed (2014) " Haney's movie is little more than a superficially stylish, self-congratulatory tale - studded with his captured band footage - of how party-crashing got him coveted insider status." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
47% About Alex (2014) " The movie stalls in a limbo of half-realized characters and superficial weightiness." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
95% The Dog (2014) " The film is a real "whew"-factor yarn, a hearty soup of thick accents, bold personalities and complicated motives, with an unmistakable taste of charismatic, ornery American hedonism." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
37% Child Of God (2014) " "Child of God" fascinates like a song sung just out of tune but rhythmically sturdy enough to keep you listening in the hopes it'll right itself." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 1, 2014
14% Louder Than Words (2014) " A true story, good intentions and meandering filmmaking make for bland uplift in the family drama "Louder Than Words."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
29% Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014) " Director Kaare Andrews' and screenwriter Jake Wade Wall's interminable set-up is hardly worth the uninspired rollout of the second half's carnage follies ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
18% And So It Goes (2014) " Even with these star wattage pros, Rob Reiner's senior citizen romantic comedy is about as engaging as a drooling nap on a porch." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
17% Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2014) " The title's promise of violence is dutifully met in gory, sonically squishy close-quarter melees shot in Confuse-o-vision, as if the camera had been strapped to a whirring blender before the footage was edited with the puree button." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
18% Video Games: The Movie (2014) " It's a lovefest in which critics' voices and debate are simply absent, and the only talking space is wonder, nostalgia and excitement for the future." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
0% Among Ravens (2014) " Indie movie clichés about nature and innocence served up with staid determination." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
100% The Only Real Game (2014) " A stirring ode to cultural bridge-building." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
84% Coherence (2014) " The conceit is alluringly mind-bending without ever seeming off-puttingly brainy." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
62% The Sacrament (2014) " The first half is a cautiously dread-inducing tour de force... The second half, however, when all hell breaks loose a little too quickly, is the disappointment." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
55% The Signal (2014) " There's bravura manipulativeness to The Signal, the stylish, slyly funny question mark of a movie from director and co-writer William Eubank." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
85% Korengal (2014) " The focus is on the psychology of wartime existence, descriptions of sights, sounds and feelings, girded by the vérité footage rather than driven by it." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
47% All Cheerleaders Die (2014) " With all the finesse of a bullhorn that sprays noise and blood, "All Cheerleaders Die" shows just how difficult it is to pump life into the shopworn teen horror-comedy genre." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Light, frenetic and anecdote-rich, it's the kind of back-patting Hollywood toast to the guy behind the guy that's breezy good fun if you don't examine it too hard." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
89% For A Woman (2014) " There's storytelling vigor here and fine performances, plus some pointed exchanges about the burdens of cultural identity and emotional preservation in the aftermath of immense upheaval." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
—— The Odd Way Home (2014) " The mismatch-couple, road-trip indie "The Odd Way Home" has all the hallmarks of a director - in this case, one Rajeev Nirmalakhandan - eager to announce, "Look what I can do!"" — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 29, 2014
50% Age of the Uprising (2014) " It's a strong story of lonely, even futile righteousness, which makes the plodding execution by director Arnaud des Pallierès somewhat mystifying." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 29, 2014
63% Filth (2014) " Even tastelessness requires some consistency of acrid flavoring, and "Filth" uneasily mixes a not-uninteresting character study in self-destruction with '90s-nostalgic stylings..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 29, 2014
52% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " It's just not stirring enough as historical drama." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 23, 2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " Every scene between two people comes off like drunkenly shot video of a play rehearsal gone horribly wrong." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 22, 2014
93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " Proof that the legendary provocateur is still a font of out-there invention." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 22, 2014
50% DamNation (2014) " Directors Ben Knight and Travis Rummel have made a fleet movie with a convincing argument for systemic dam removal (some of which is caught thrillingly on film) and arresting nature-drenched cinematography." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 15, 2014
79% Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) (1994) " A model of heaving, combustible history, in which period lavishness and performance energy aren't mutually exclusive." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 15, 2014
34% Stage Fright (2014) " Likely to inspire much exiting stage left and right." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 15, 2014
80% Redwood Highway (2014) " The script (by director Gary Lundgren with James Twyman) is modestly feel-good to a fault and the scenery expectedly beautiful, but it's the unforced acting providing the most nourishment." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 9, 2014
75% Cyber-Seniors (2014) " Affable and optimistic, the Canadian documentary "Cyber-Seniors" depicts the efforts of enterprising teenagers to get a technology-averse older generation to sign on, log in and start friending." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 8, 2014
12% Walk Of Shame (2014) " An unintended nightmare scenario for women in Hollywood, and the persistent humiliation required just to get noticed." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2014
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