Robert Hanks

Robert Hanks

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Independent
Total Reviews:
105
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 88% La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris (2009) Independent
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 65% The History Boys (2006) Independent
Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 62% The Joneses (2010) " Borte, directing his first film, does a smooth, confident job, so that even though the set-up isn't quite plausible you're happy to go along with it." — Independent
Posted Apr 12, 2011
2/5 86% Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005) Independent
Posted Mar 29, 2011
89% Séraphine (2009) " This biopic, which swept the board at the Césaires, is somewhat over-inclined to reverence and simplification; but it is also, some of the time, rewarding and touching." — Independent
Posted Nov 27, 2009
1/5 48% Nativity! (2014) " The plot wouldn't pass muster as an episode of a CBBC drama, but its various twists and turns and grotesque emotional idiocies are engineered through some of the most wooden dialogue I've ever heard." — Independent
Posted Nov 27, 2009
1/5 15% Mr. Right (2006) " Despite efforts towards the end to import a little serious sentiment, much of the time it feels as though Mr Right is setting out deliberately to confirm every nasty stereotype about gay men." — Independent
Posted Nov 27, 2009
2/5 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) " The film's entertainment value resides almost entirely in the ingenuity of Butler's modus operandi; but this is cancelled out by the film's underlying stupidity." — Independent
Posted Nov 27, 2009
2/5 65% Bunny and the Bull (2011) " The sets have a cardboard cut-out charm that recalls the old animated Paddington Bear series; but that isn't enough to sustain interest once it dawns that for a supposed comedy this is remarkably humour free." — Independent
Posted Nov 27, 2009
2/5 61% The Horseman (2008) " In the end, good intentions are overwhelmed by repetitive nastiness - you've seen one man beaten about the face with a crowbar, you've seen 'em all." — Independent
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 94% Tales from the Golden Age (2011) " Given what we know of Ceausescu's Romania, the Orwellian penetration of the state into every corner of daily life, the mildly comic, wistful tone of this portmanteau of short dramas seems puzzling." — Independent
Posted Oct 30, 2009
2/5 10% Dead Man Running (2009) " Is there any way of stemming the flow of post-Guy Ritchie cockney crime comedies? Would, say, sticking Danny Dyer's head on a pike somewhere in Bethnal Green be enough of a deterrent? Because I for one would be willing to pay that price." — Independent
Posted Oct 30, 2009
2/5 73% Starsuckers (2009) " A shambling mix of strained metaphor and truism in the service of a silly conspiracy theory." — Independent
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 91% National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) " Animal House is a self-congratulatory mess; but it's also spattered with terrific one-liners and sight gags, and it's the best showcase extant for John Belushi's subversive, attention-grabbing screen presence." — Independent
Posted Oct 30, 2009
5/5 100% Citizen Kane (1941) " It would be nice to be able to buck the critical orthodoxy and say how tired and overrated Citizen Kane is; but the dulll truth is, it's still, indisputably, one of the great masterpieces of cinema." — Independent
Posted Oct 30, 2009
4/5 91% An American Werewolf in London (1981) " Some of the special effects are a little creaky now, but the snap of Landis's editing and the razor's-edge balance of horror and comedy are still fresh." — Independent
Posted Oct 30, 2009
2/5 57% 9 (2009) " A Disneyfied cliché, disfigured by incoherent mysticism and trite warnings about the dangers of technology." — Independent
Posted Oct 30, 2009
4/5 94% An Education (2009) " Nick Hornby's screenplay lays out the progress of their relationship, up to the point where David proposes marriage, with great economy and wit." — Independent
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 80% Chevolution (2008) " This intelligent documentary wonders how it happened, and how a hardline Marxist keen on political violence became a marketing tool and patron saint of every vaguely anti-establishment movement on the planet." — Independent
Posted Sep 18, 2009
2/5 36% Je Veux Voir (2008) " Sincere and nicely shot, but unengaging." — Independent
Posted Sep 18, 2009
2/5 67% The Agent " Another low-budget home-grown product - a comedy with touches of very mild suspense - about an unsuccessful writer confronting his agent." — Independent
Posted Sep 18, 2009
3/5 100% Three Miles North of Molkom (2007) " Amusing but overlong documentary about the No Mind festival deep in the lakeside woods of Sweden." — Independent
Posted Sep 18, 2009
2/5 67% The Firm (2009) " Given that the original's on DVD, Love's done hooliganism, and the plot gets shut down just when it's getting interesting: why?" — Independent
Posted Sep 18, 2009
3/5 96% BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi (2008) " By the end, it is leaning towards melodramatic simplification; but its broad sympathies, startling landscapes and non-professional cast make up for that." — Independent
Posted Sep 18, 2009
8% 31 North 62 East (Too Close to the Truth) (2009) " A low-budget British "thriller" that is comfortably the worst film I can remember seeing: threadbare plot, clunking dialogue, brain-dead conspiracy theorising, and a gallery of embarrassing racial stereotypes. Avoid at all costs." — Independent
Posted Sep 18, 2009
3/5 87% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) " It's not The Incredibles, but it has a solid gag ratio and good animation (the spaghetti tornado is spectacular)." — Independent
Posted Sep 18, 2009
3/5 67% Away We Go (2009) " Away We Go is slight, implausible and more fuddy-duddy than it wants to let on, but it's well-made, interesting, cynical enough to undercut its moments of sentimentality, and kind of fun. When I came out, I felt a little more cheerful than when I went in." — Independent
Posted Sep 18, 2009
2/5 56% Encarnação do Demônio (Devil's Reincarnation) (Embodiment of Evil) (2009) " It's a very peculiar film indeed, the self-conscious nastiness at odds with Joe's rather bland philosophy of materialism and self-determination." — Independent
Posted Jul 3, 2009
2/5 80% Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) (1994) " It verges on the preachy, but it's a generous and intriguing film." — Independent
Posted Jul 3, 2009
1/5 8% Freakdog (Red Mist) (2009) " It isn't scary enough or funny enough to be worth your time." — Independent
Posted Jul 3, 2009
2/5 60% Am I Black Enough For You? (2010) " Olsson, a Swedish enthusiast, doesn't manage to resolve the questions or even convince me that they're interesting enough to sustain a whole film." — Independent
Posted Jul 3, 2009
3/5 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) " It's not nearly as funny or as cute as it needs to be, but it will do as holiday entertainment for children who liked the first two and have reasonably short memories." — Independent
Posted Jul 3, 2009
76% 24: Day 7 (TV, 2009) " In this context, one more conspiracy, one more betrayal, can never be much of a surprise; worse, it's not even going to be that much fun. " — Independent
Posted Jan 11, 2009
3/5 51% What Just Happened? (2008) " Levinson keeps the pace sharp, and at moments you get an acute sense of the crushing weight of ego and money." — Independent
Posted Nov 28, 2008
3/5 64% To Get to Heaven, First You Have to Die (Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon) (2006) " It feels like a Central Asian remake of some American indie thriller, except that few American films would be prepared to take things so slowly, or with so few words." — Independent
Posted Nov 28, 2008
3/5 86% Lorna's Silence (2008) " Unclassifiable, accomplished and mysteriously enjoyable." — Independent
Posted Nov 28, 2008
2/5 56% Flawless (2008) " If only the plot was as sleek." — Independent
Posted Nov 28, 2008
1/5 73% The Year of the Nail (2007) " The story, about a Mexican boy's overheated crush on an American student, is indescribably banal and amateurishly acted." — Independent
Posted Nov 28, 2008
2/5 25% Four Christmases (2008) " A fabulous cast is thrown away on forced gags; still, by the genre's standards the message is interestingly complex and ambivalent - pro-family, naturally, but with such qualifications that you almost feel it's sincere." — Independent
Posted Nov 28, 2008
63% Changeling (2008) " There are so many hints of a really good film lurking here that at times it feels as if the real article has been stolen away, an inferior knock-off put in its place. Heck, I'll settle for the one I've got." — Independent
Posted Nov 28, 2008
3/5 75% Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009) " But on balance, they're outweighed by some striking and funny moments, and Moretti's immensely charming, reassuring presence." — Independent
Posted Oct 24, 2008
1/5 23% Incendiary (2009) " After that, cliché piles upon cliché, interspersed with moments of wild unreality and some ill-thought out conspiracy theory. It makes you feel embarrassed for everyone involved." — Independent
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/5 85% Ghost Town (2008) " A warm, clever and often very funny film. On this showing, Gervais's assault on Hollywood looks winnable." — Independent
Posted Oct 24, 2008
2/5 73% Chocolate (2008) " The slightly slushy plot is really an excuse to catch your breath between the action sequences, which are fast, loud and crammed with references that only Bruce Lee fans will properly appreciate." — Independent
Posted Oct 24, 2008
2/5 40% Guta-yubalja-deul (A Bloody Aria) (2006) " I suspect it falls between two stools: not nearly grisly enough for the aficionado of extreme Asian cinema, rather too grisly for everyone else." — Independent
Posted Oct 24, 2008
1/5 65% High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) " Next to this, Dawson's Creek and Gossip Girl look like Ken Loach." — Independent
Posted Oct 24, 2008
1/5 64% The Aerial (La Antena) (2007) " The Tim Burtonish retro design and the blatant references to silent masterworks don't amount to a style; and even if they did, wouldn't make up for the kitsch story." — Independent
Posted Aug 1, 2008
1/5 57% We Own the Night (2007) " A sombre, intelligent, feeling crime drama set in a working-class New York characterised by striving and shabbiness." — Independent
Posted Dec 14, 2007
37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) " Better to prepare your children for the world with a DVD of Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy." — Independent
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/5 93% Enchanted (2007) " The animated sequences are disappointingly flat, the real-life parts underwritten, but Amy Adams works hard and keeps a straight face in the lead, and the time passes amiably enough." — Independent
Posted Dec 14, 2007
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