Robert Abele

Robert Abele

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Robert Abele's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% The Mend (2015) ""The Mend," about a pair of oil-and-water brothers in free fall, is by turns opaque, harsh, self-aware, indulgent and wickedly funny. It's never dull, pummeling you with its prickly smarts. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2015
90% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2015) "Through little dialogue, mostly improvised by the nonprofessional cast, Quemada-Díez creates much compassion toward his young travelers and the emotional truths they uncover. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
83% Blood Punch "Mostly crass, witless snark, and the fresh-faced, hollow actors don't have the scuzzy charm or fatalistic comic rhythms needed to make this material disreputably fun. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "Ultimately "Hitman: Agent 47," like the profession it worships, feels purely contractual. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
78% Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2014) "What sets "Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery" apart is how breezily compassionate it is toward a master deceiver and how damning its tone is toward a greedy art world that allowed him to flourish. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
12% Sinister 2 (2015) "Nothing about "Sinister 2" comes close to the feel-bad ode to literally and figuratively dark interiors that distinguished the title-earning original. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
38% She's Funny That Way (2015) "So hopelessly nostalgic about the madcap fizz and fury of screwball pictures, it never works up a head of steam as a funny, in-this-moment comedy on its own. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
0% Some Kind of Beautiful (2015) "A string of hackneyed situations and faux "edgy" humor you wouldn't find on even the worst episode of "Frasier." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
91% Metropolitan (1990) "Stillman hasn't made as hermetically appealing a movie since, but for those lamenting the absence of the written word in modern comedy - rather than the improvisationally blurted-out kind - "Metropolitan" makes for delightful memory-lane viewing. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
7% Return to Sender (2015) "Mikati never settles on whether he's steering an identity crisis drama or an exploitative vengeance fantasy. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
30% Amnesiac (2015) "With no names given to the characters, you never have to remember them. But it's really best to forget about all of "Amnesiac." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
100% Two Step (2015) "The Austin-set thriller "Two Step" approaches tension a lot like the region's barbecue, with enough methodical, indirect heat to make for plenty of flavor when it's time to bite. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
78% Cop Car (2015) "There's no denying Watts' skill at a certain kind of desolate cat and mouse, but it's in the service of what is ultimately a somewhat heartless exercise. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
26% Dark Places (2015) "A convoluted, airless procedural that generates practically no suspense and little that's thematically resonant about lost souls and poisoned memories. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "Fleet, brutally funny and ultimately mournful for the lost art of informed public intellectuals brandishing wounding insights, the film is a fizzy bath of expertly organized archival footage and commentary ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
76% I Am Chris Farley (2015) ""I Am Chris Farley" sticks to slickly edited, bite-sized anecdotes about an attention-starved Midwestern goofball unprepared for stardom, accompanied by storybook music that accentuates Farley's childlike nature over his darker impulses. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
58% Felt (2015) ""Felt" is a moodily disturbing character study of a besieged woman for whom art is engagement and coping mechanism, but also conversely a source of alienation and even a weapon. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
74% Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2015) "Abdel's compassionate but controversial handling of a cancer-riven elderly woman provides the meatiest storytelling in this otherwise ho-hum workplace drama. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
35% Strangerland (2015) "The nagging sense sets in that Farrant and screenwriters Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons are after something arty with their story, and the movie can't ambiguously end fast enough. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
83% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) ""A Poem Is a Naked Person" is a tuneful peculiarity, capturing singer-songwriter Leon Russell and his bandmates, his friends, guest musicians and Oklahoma eccentrics. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
75% A Murder In The Park (2015) "Whatever your feelings on capital punishment, "A Murder in the Park" has a gripping story to tell ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) "The heartache and outrage are there already. The movie wisely doesn't force it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
36% Into The Grizzly Maze (2015) "Rarely do you sense that any key performer was ever in the vicinity of a real animal. You'd be more likely to believe Patty Duke had an identical cousin. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
86% Gabriel (2015) ""Gabriel" exhibits a welcome understanding of the broken, and the ripple effect of their pain. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
75% Big Game (2015) "Gleefully dumb but eager to entertain, this is cheeseball stuff baked with deliciously outsized performances and low comedy and photographed across mighty beautiful landscapes. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
86% The Tribe (2015) "One need not read it as a metaphor for the director's homeland to appreciate the movie as a tour de force. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
26% Burying the Ex (2015) ""Burying the Ex" is a genre-mashing low for Dante. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
88% Dope (2015) ""Dope" is, in the end, just another unfunny grab bag of stereotypes. Don't believe the hype. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
100% Rebels of the Neon God (2015) "A clinical, cool-suspicious dissection of disaffected youth maneuvering Taipei's grimier, noisier corners. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
22% The Stranger (2015) "An amateur play at gravitas, one unsupported by dully weighted scenes and clunky dialogue, delivered mostly by English-speaking actors straining to hide Latin accents. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
93% We Are Still Here (2015) "Once "We Are Still Here" unsticks itself from hommage mode, it finds something cathartically funny inside the fearsome. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
17% Wild Horses (2015) "[Duvall] loses the thread - and our attention - one too many times in a sea of lackluster conversations and unremarkable plot strands. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
70% The Nightmare (2015) "Ascher is too content to let repetition of experience take over his film. No sleep studiers or brain experts or anybody else, for that matter, are interviewed. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
100% Apu Trilogy "Adapting a pair of novels about a Bengali boy from a poor village and his maturation as a student and writer, then as a husband and father, Ray established himself on the world stage as a master of eloquent images, storytelling grace and empathy ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 28, 2015
No Score Yet Quiet Riot: Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back (2015) "There are occasionally interesting peeks into the hard work of keeping a flame alive that burned briefly 30 years ago. But mostly this is a video tour book for fans, no more, no less. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 21, 2015
17% The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) "If you hate movies, and you find sexual assault funny, "The Human Centipede III: Final Sequence" should meet your needs. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 21, 2015
No Score Yet Absolution (Mercenary: Absolution) (2015) "Seagal looks like a disgraced Vegas magician, swaddled in a big coat and sporting an unfortunate goatee, drowsy line readings and the combat prowess of a walrus. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 20, 2015
26% Every Secret Thing (2015) "Crushingly listless and at times as off-putting as a needle scratching vinyl ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
100% Shake the Dust (2015) "For the most part "Shake the Dust" is a passably engaging ode to joy, the kind that feels special because it's hard-earned and communal, and it displaces adversity, however briefly. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
63% Days of Grace (2015) "Gout undermines his own spiky, ambitious narrative with all the visual interference, as dazzling as it often is. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
74% The Connection (2015) "Despite the pedestrian screenplay (by Jimenez and Audrey Diwan), Dujardin and Lellouche are magnetic performers who slip easily into their antagonistic roles. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
No Score Yet The Ocean of Helena Lee (2015) "This is narratively thin, tone-poem stuff: pretty images of raggedly beautiful L.A. set to a driving score, with emotions always at a music-video remove. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 8, 2015
51% Saint Laurent (2015) "A mostly jumbled array of biographical swatches. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 7, 2015
44% The D Train (2015) "A recognizably delusional schlub sits at the center of the loser comedy "The D Train," thanks to the sad-sack acumen of Jack Black. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 7, 2015
47% Ride (2015) "This is suitably engaging coming-of-middle-age material, but at nearly every turn, Hunt shines in one discipline while leaving much to be desired in another. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
31% Cas & Dylan (2015) "There's a full tank of clichés for the mismatched-strangers road movie "Cas & Dylan," the feature directing debut of Jason Priestley, and the sputtering is cacophonous even with two gifted actors leading the way. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
No Score Yet Bass Clef Bliss (2015) "Director Patrick Scott willingly sacrifices emotional storytelling and unforced observance for staged scenes, jarringly edited interviews and cloyingly scored nuggets of positivity from everyone in Terrence's orbit. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
18% Little Boy (2015) "Tolerance, World War II history and faith are served up with a sticky sentimental gloss in the family film "Little Boy." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
65% The Harvest (2015) "At its creepiest, "The Harvest" plays like something ripped from the section of a community newspaper devoted to all things rural and weird. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
17% The Squeeze (2015) "Between plot and character, there are definitely 18 holes in "The Squeeze." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
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