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:
576

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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
14% 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
46% 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
36% 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
17% 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
26% 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
17% 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
85% Coherence (2014) " The conceit is alluringly mind-bending without ever seeming off-puttingly brainy." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
63% 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
54% 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
48% 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
33% 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
25% Mr. Jones (2014) " A nature-meets-nightmare tale that unfortunately gets lost in its own thicket of tricks." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 1, 2014
31% Bad Johnson (2014) " A movie of our times, even if it's not an especially good, funny or interesting one." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 1, 2014
38% The M Word (2014) " Meandering, mirthless and meh." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 1, 2014
78% The Machine (2014) " "The Machine" percolates with an elegantly palpable sense of wonder and danger." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " A determined historical sweep masks a small-minded bid for easy outrage and heartstrings-pulling in the schematic World War II drama "Walking With the Enemy."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " Pogue jacks up the decibels so often to manufacture frights that you fear a punctured eardrum more than anything else." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
69% 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
74% 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
25% 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
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