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:
561

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 561
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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) (2013) " 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
71% 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
55% 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
3/5 83% Dislecksia: The Movie (2013) " Has a necessary charge to it, but also a distractingly goofy side." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2.5/5 27% Sweetwater (2013) " As violent act begets silly exchange begets another violent act, "Sweetwater" squanders its noteworthy resources ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/5 —— We Came Home (2013) " "We Came Home" has its amateurish side, but it's effortlessly affecting when showing how music acts as an extended hand across generations and cultures. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/5 —— Cleaver's Destiny (2013) " An earnest but ultimately amateur production on all fronts that misses an opportunity to deal seriously with topics writer-director-star Karl Lentini obviously cares about." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/5 48% Zaytoun (2013) " It's just all too breezy to have any real effect." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/5 70% C.O.G. (2013) " For Sedaris fans, "C.O.G." is a regrettably patronizing washout." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/5 65% Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) " The overall sense is of a rushed, simplistic installment in a well-worn biography franchise." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/5 71% Newlyweeds (2013) " More a series of darkly comic vignettes than a conventional romance, King's exploration of chemically altered human chemistry is amusing if slight, and his two leads are appealingly solid, especially Cheatom." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
55% The Big Bang Theory: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) " You have to assume the pile of scripts on his (Burrows') desk in this hurting age for the three-camera studio-audience format isn't what it once was. " — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2013
2/5 —— Unacceptable Levels (2013) " The movie is not much of an argument to begin with, since there's very little science yet that can give us answers to Brown's or anybody's hand-wringing." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 13, 2013
2.5/5 35% Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013) " By a certain point the deliberate pokiness and lackadaisical attitude toward character development and resolution feels like spilled food that never gets completely wiped up." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2/5 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " This busy-yet-dull sequel feels like Wan robotically flexing his manipulation of fright-film signposts, an exercise more silly than sinister." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 61% My Father and the Man in Black (2013) " Despite the clunky mix of narrative formats, "My Father and the Man in Black" makes for an illuminating alternate history of sorts to the Hollywoodized version of Cash's ascendancy in "Walk the Line."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 34% Hell Baby (2013) " Its modest (if occasionally gross-out) stabs at genre parody rarely insult our intelligence and even allow for the kind of retro deadpan silliness Mel Brooks used to underline his louder punch lines." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/5 34% Passion (2013) " After the clinically dull first half, it's more desperate pantry raid than feast." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 30, 2013
3.5/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " Swanberg achieves an occasionally heady aura of improvisational flirtatiousness mixed with a churning will-they-or-won't-they suspense." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 30, 2013
2.5/5 —— The United States Of Football (2013) " Made with palpable anxiety for the future of a beloved sport, "The United States of Football" is nevertheless its own missed play." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
1.5/5 71% Paradise: Faith (2013) " With little room to feel for or even understand Anna Maria, "Paradise: Faith" rarely seems more than high art with low intentions." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3.5/5 74% You're Next (2013) " The surprisingly adept mixture of tones ... is offbeat enough to keep even hardened connoisseurs of body-count entertainment on their toes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 55% Now, Forager (2012) " Despite an awkwardly jokey title, Now, Forager has charm, intelligence and a cool passion for its principled characters -- an appealing off-menu slice for hungry indie admirers." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 20, 2013
4/5 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) " This Is Martin Bonner takes a magnifying glass to everyday goodness and lingering pain, illuminating their contours and complexities but pulling away before the movie can ever burst into sentimental flame." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
1/5 —— Abandoned Mine (2013) " "Abandoned Mine" is all that its title promises: something generic and empty, with the sense that much has been left behind." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
1.5/5 —— Implanted (2013) " [Dissolves] under the interminable self-importance and narrative laziness of someone overreaching for Christopher Nolan-like mind-bendingness." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/5 82% Jug Face (2013) " Kinkle shows welcome restraint in pacing his grimy little tale, even if the sum of its parts never quite feels like more than an admirably rendered campfire yarn." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
Showing 51 - 100 of 561
  • Sort by Rating:

    Sort results by this critic's rating. This option is only available for critics with a rating system (4 star, letter grade, 1-10, etc.)

  • Sort by T-meter:

    Sort results by the Tomatometer (percentage of critics recommending a certain movie)

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile