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:
535

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
63% No God, No Master (2014) " A series of issue-driven snapshots instead of something genuinely illuminating." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
—— Go With Le Flo (2014) " Countless movies are funnier, cuter, livelier and smarter than "Go With Le Flo," but few match this proudly cheapo dud's near-contemptuous lack of thoughtfulness and entertainment value." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
71% Oculus (2014) " Less concerned with fake shocks and show-me violence than the grimly calibrated rotting of personalities, "Oculus" is one of the more intelligently nasty horror films in recent memory." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
—— Bad Country (2014) " [A] thoroughly routine, straight-to-video-reminiscent action thriller set in Louisiana." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
—— Hot Guys With Guns (2014) " If the material isn't always smooth or funny or well-thought-out, the tone and spirit are agreeably light, with a visual sophistication for a meager budget that's admirable." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
21% Frankie & Alice (2014) " Lamentably by-the-numbers, treated like an affliction-of-the-week TV movie by its eight (!) credited writers and directed by Geoffrey Sax as if he knew where commercials should go." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
29% Alien Abduction (2014) " As the found-footage horror genre reaches the please-lose-it-again point, "Alien Abduction" arrives to remind us how tedious the camping trip set-up has become as well." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " We may never know if the midnight movie maestro's "Dune" would have been a game-changer or a head-scratcher. (Or both.) But the documentary about it is speculative catnip for cineastes of all stripes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
74% Enemy (2014) " "Enemy" may be built more on questions than answers, but in the probing it generates a satisfyingly arch hum of weirdness." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " Though it's hardly an odd duck, "A Birder's Guide to Everything" has its own sweet call." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
12% The Right Kind of Wrong (2014) " "The Right Kind of Wrong" works often in spite of its willful eccentricities." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
—— Sparks (2014) " Busks its 1940s saga of dark redemption with considerable visual energy, if not always coherence or competence." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
23% Shirin In Love (2014) " The only possible reaction to an amateurish romance like "Shirin in Love" is: Do the filmmakers think we're all idiots?" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
47% The Art of the Steal (2014) " The actors give it punch, but in the grand scheme of caper comedies, "The Art of the Steal" is more breathlessly imitative than authentic." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
81% Grand Piano (2014) " Not all the right notes are hit in "Grand Piano," but for an elegantly schizoid B movie, it's more B-sharp than B-flat." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
44% The Face of Love (2014) " Rather than indulging the weird Sirkian "Vertigo" (minus the murder plot) nipping at the edges, director and co-writer Arie Posin regrettably sticks to the tastefully designed, artless tear-jerker." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
33% Haunt (2014) " By the time the final act unleashes its revelations and peril, "Haunt" has felt more like an exercise in formal spookiness than a full-blooded story of lingering malevolence." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
25% Awful Nice (2014) " Even when bits go thud, there's a brittle, unsentimental wit about kin's inexplicable tug that's hard to ignore, and the leads - game for some surprisingly sublime bits of physical comedy - eventually wear one's anti-charm defenses down." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
48% Stalingrad (2014) " Though plenty of road-tested war truths about sacrifice, honor, grit and intimacy get trotted out, "Stalingrad" is deep down a spectacle campaign forged in operatic violence and a siege of the senses, and on those terms it has its moments." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
45% The Pretty One (2014) " What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
11% Barefoot (2014) " "Barefoot" has the distinction of featuring what has to be the only female character no actress of any pedigree could ever make believable." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
58% The Returned (2014) " Though an admirable shake-up of the typically overbearing, munch-intensive undead yarn, "The Returned" is still a far cry from the smarts-and-shocks zombie allegories George Romero mastered." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
13% Brightest Star (2014) " Beware any movie that talks about what it is before being what it is." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
81% Mitt " Although Whiteley's unrestricted there-ness effortlessly yields an avuncular striver ... it means little when the viewpoint is so hermetic." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
15% May I Kill U? (2014) " The only real response to a thuddingly unfunny vigilante satire like "May I Kill U" is, "Well, I hope that filmmaker got something out of his system."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
50% Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014) " Trashmeister director and co-writer Lloyd Kaufman delivers, if your order includes cracks about Jerry Sandusky and high school shootings along with Troma in-jokes and countless movie references." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
11% Back in the Day (2014) " Cloying and smug when it's not being unfunny and crass, the high school reunion comedy "Back in the Day" hits lows with a frequency that suggests a world-class sharp shooter or free-throw king." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
78% Breaking Bad: Season 1 (TV, 2008) " Breaking Bad... could wind up being one of the more toxically exhilarating shows to corrupt the programming schedule. " — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 15, 2014
44% Wrong Cops (2013) " Pitched somewhere between a DIY alt-humor video and a knockabout comedy, this meandering lark about a corrupt, spiteful and hopelessly distracted police force in a decriminalized, sun-scorched city never quite finds the funny bone." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 27, 2013
89% White Reindeer (2013) " Hollyman takes this woman's barely controlled dignity on a quietly brave, revealing ride." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 19, 2013
—— Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen (2013) " The overall effect here is of parallel biographies juiced to feel important whenever they intersect, and an undercooked paean to lost masculinity." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
—— The Apostle (O Apóstolo)(El apóstol) " The movie isn't exactly scary, and it has a tendency to meander. But the crumbling, ornate sets are an atmospheric marvel, and a cutout-animated collage sequence unveiling Xanaz's damned origins is Terry Gilliam-level..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
41% Here Comes the Devil (2013) " Fond of lurching weirdness, jarring inserts and sonic loudness, Bogliano shows he's invested as much in conveying the psychodrama of a fractured home as he is the signposts of edgy, bloody retro-infused terror." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
53% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " Everything ultimately gives way to the stately, simplistic, inevitable pace of by-the-numbers biopics, from some woefully tinny, hit-and-run screenwriting to the usual difficulties surrounding the dramatization of an author's craft." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 28, 2013
—— Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury " The mix of computer-generated imagery, hand-drawn simplicity in the humans and depth-conscious, textured backgrounds makes for a potent visual intelligence." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
83% Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony (2013) " Despite the good intentions, structurally it's all over the place with an excess of montages, archival footage, interviews and information practically drowning out any chance to appreciate the richness of the German composer's beloved achievement." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
67% Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (2013) " Provides plenty of breathtaking footage and a strong sense of both the journey's illuminative highs and treacherous (as in altitude and terrain) lows. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 14, 2013
64% 12-12-12 (2013) " Busy, but not exactly invigorating." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 14, 2013
27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " Pulpy dross of surpassing dumbness, "Charlie Countryman" takes the blender approach to mixing dark adventure, doofus comedy and pie-eyed romance, but forgets to put the lid on when pulsed." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 14, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) " Why is "The Book Thief" set in Nazi-occupied Germany ... if it won't engage with the era's shattering momentousness?" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 8, 2013
28% Ass Backwards (2013) " Where movie comedy teams once required a "straight" member - or so-called normal characters - off which to bounce stupidity or silliness, Raphael and Wilson believe total immersion in thickheadedness and failure is riot enough." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 7, 2013
70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " The brutally efficient shooting style Reeves employs to film master choreographer Yuen Woo Ping's breathtaking fights is refreshingly grounded and old-school kinetic." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 4, 2013
57% Capital (2013) " What's lacking is most surprising from this dissident filmmaker: the emotional outrage." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 1, 2013
45% Big Sur (2013) " There's a strange heft to its hollowness." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
8% Diana (2013) " While "Diana" is hardly a fully effective film, it admirably tries to understand a lonely public figure made briefly, energetically whole through a nourished intimacy." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
64% Bastards (2013) " "Bastards" is a thriller truly etched in darkness, pools of black broken mostly by the stricken yet soldiering faces of her main characters, like ships in a sea of stormy nights." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3.5/5 87% Il Futuro (2013) " In the complexly stoic Martelli and masterfully craggy, haunted Hauer, an alluringly opaque pas de deux of loss and uncertainty is wonderfully realized." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3.5/5 —— Zinda Bhaag (2013) " "Zinda Bhaag" is thoughtful enough to bode well for the possibility of noteworthy Pakistani imports in years to come." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3/5 49% Escape Plan (2013) " "Escape Plan" is mostly a gray, thudding metal machine of throwback exploitation, but the goateed, goofy Ah-nold is so happy to be in the thick of an old-school bruiser again that he makes it feel like the dumb-fun flashback party it is." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 10% Cassadaga (2013) " "Cassadaga" tries to scoop up enough tropes to satisfy a wide range of potential fright fans but lacks the cohesion to ever truly be effective." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
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