Robert Horton

Robert Horton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Robert Horton has been a film critic in Seattle for about 25 years, yet he mysteriously retains the blush of youth. He comments on film for The Herald (Everett, Washington), KUOW-FM, and the Seattle Channel. He is also the curator and host of the monthly Magic Lantern series at the Frye Art Museum, a periodic contributor to Film Comment and other publications, and the author of Billy Wilder: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2001) and Frankenstein (Wallflower Press, 2009); his work was also included in Best American Movie Writing 1999 (St. Martin?s Griffin, 1999) and the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers (St. James Press, 2000). In his role as an onstage interlocutor, Horton has interviewed the likes of Debra Winger, Steven Soderbergh, Eva Marie Saint, Peter Greenaway, Buck Henry, Peter Fonda, and Elliott Gould. His interview with director James Longley is included on the Iraq in Fragments DVD, and he did the liner notes for the DVD of Tous les Matins du Monde. He has also been president of the Seattle Film Society, a film teacher, and an annual guest at the Port Townsend Film Festival. He was a mainstay of the original incarnation of and has written for many publications online and off, including Newsday, the Chicago Reader, and the Seattle Times. He grew up in Seattle, is married, and is now weary of saying all this in the third person.
30 fave films, in chronological order: Un Chien Andalou; M; Monkey Business (Marx Bros. version); Freaks; The Wizard of Oz: The Great Dictator; Cat People (Jacques Tourneur version); A Matter of Life and Death; The Lady From Shanghai; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; The Third Man; The Quiet Man; Sansho the Bailiff; The Night of the Hunter; Rebel Without a Cause; Rio Bravo; Some Like it Hot; North by Northwest; Jules and Jim; Jason and the Argonauts; Help!; Masculin-Feminin; The Wild Bunch; Two English Girls; Duel; Chinatown; Barry Lyndon; The American Friend; Cutter's Way; Local Hero.
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90% The Kill Team (2014) " Is the story of The Kill Team singular? That's the unspoken question that hangs over this award-winning documentary, another artifact from the "war on terror."" — Seattle Weekly
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/4 50% Cannibal (2014) " No, this cannibal we do not root for -- although eventually we might feel pity." — HeraldNet
Posted Jul 31, 2014
80% As It Is In Heaven (2014) " For the most part this movie joins other recent cult studies in identifying the apocalyptic simmer that runs beneath current American culture." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) " Rey is dull-witted and childlike, and although Pattinson might be over-busy at times, his twitchy performance makes an effective contrast with his co-star." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Jul 7, 2014
95% Particle Fever (2014) " [The film] serves as a needed reminder of the excitement of science, a practice that need not be left exclusively to nerds. " — Seattle Weekly
Posted Apr 8, 2014
62% Dans Paris (Inside Paris) (2007) " Dans Paris is not merely allusive to the French New Wave, it's practically Tarantino-esque. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2013
—— 10:30 P.M. Summer (2007) " Jules Dassin's sense of craft trumps the art-cinema pretensions of 10:30 P.M. Summer" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2013
61% Bad Milo! (2013) " It's funny, it's gross, and it has a few serious things on its mind. Is it any wonder David Cronenberg is thanked in the end credits?" — Seattle Weekly
Posted Oct 4, 2013
0% Rad (1986) " Any film calling itself Rad had best be taken with a grain of salt, regardless of its subject matter. As it happens, the subject matter of Rad constitutes probably the dorkiest storyline we've seen this year." — HeraldNet
Posted Aug 21, 2012
52% Grassroots (2012) " The treatment here is unabashedly on the side of the misfit idealists; it's possible Grassroots would be a better movie with a couple of grains of salt in its recipe. But its spirit feels authentic." — HeraldNet
Posted Jun 25, 2012
100% Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011) " To hear the soaring craziness of Fishbone's "Sunless Saturday" is to wonder how such musical inspiration could possibly miss." — HeraldNet
Posted Dec 16, 2011
74% The Whistleblower (2011) " Whether this will get viewers interested in the subject at hand or numbed by the cruelty of it remains to be seen, but if any story deserves to generate outrage, this one certainly does." — HeraldNet
Posted Aug 19, 2011
62% The Blue Tooth Virgin (2009) " Playing like a junior version of an early David Mamet talkfest, this arch look at the ups and downs of struggling screenwriters has more than its share of well-landed zingers." — HeraldNet
Posted Oct 30, 2009
98% The Life of Reilly (2007) " It doesn't pretend to be a movie, really, but it's an unexpected treat from a man who made a living out of being silly." — HeraldNet
Posted Mar 10, 2009
96% Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) " As documentary subjects go, the Salton Sea was ripe for the plucking: This man-made phenomenon is one of the weirdest stories of the West." —
Posted Jun 4, 2007
65% Big Eden (2001) " The dialogue crackles happily and the performances charm." —
Posted Jun 14, 2001
60% The Anniversary Party (2001) " Feels more like a backyard relaxation than a movie." —
Posted Jun 7, 2001
10% What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) " The movie is a mess." —
Posted May 31, 2001
68% About Adam (2000) " There's more than enough freshness of place and keenness of observation to justify this movie's existence." —
Posted May 3, 2001
13% Town & Country (2000) " When Charlton Heston is the funniest thing in a comedy, you've got problems." —
Posted Apr 26, 2001
34% The Center of the World (2001) " Everyone involved is capable of more interesting work than this." —
Posted Apr 20, 2001
11% Freddy Got Fingered (2001) " There is the spectacle of Green forcing things, of desperately willing something to happen when it is all too plain that nothing is happening." —
Posted Apr 19, 2001
81% Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) " One imagines Bridget Jones attending the film and then writing about it later in her diary, and the likelihood of her savaging the evening seems high." —
Posted Apr 12, 2001
11% Joe Dirt (2001) " Robbed of his usual caustic style, Spade can't work up many laughs, and the movie flops around." —
Posted Apr 12, 2001
32% Along Came a Spider (2001) " Potter doesn't resemble a Secret Service agent in any significant way, but so little in this movie rings true that it hardly matters." —
Posted Apr 5, 2001
71% Shadow Magic (2000) " It has a real sense of the wonder." —
Posted Apr 5, 2001
15% Tomcats (2001) " Let's leave Tomcats in the gutter where it belongs, and re-adjust the levels of cinematic hell, because Porky's just got bumped up a notch." —
Posted Mar 29, 2001
100% The Taste of Others (2000) " Like an Eric Rohmer film, but with a bit more breeziness and youth to it." —
Posted Mar 22, 2001
63% The Brothers (2001) " Hughley and Jones have an explosively comic chemistry together." —
Posted Mar 22, 2001
96% The Dish (2001) " If it weren't so pushy about selling itself, The Dish might have been a very special movie." —
Posted Mar 16, 2001
19% Blow Dry (2001) " It may be possible that people who never go to the movies will stumble across Blow Dry and find it a charming way to spend an hour and a half, but the rest of us will have the ending written in our heads by the end of the first five minutes." —
Posted Mar 8, 2001
46% The Caveman's Valentine (2001) " Ambitious and more than a little tedious." —
Posted Mar 1, 2001
56% The Mexican (2001) " Deadly dull." —
Posted Mar 1, 2001
20% Monkeybone (2001) " There are laughs here, but Selick doesn't corral them, and the movie has no shape." —
Posted Feb 22, 2001
16% Sweet November (2001) " Charlize Theron has charm and skill, but no actress could survive this role, which has the gravity and verisimilitude of a sketch from a late-sixties Nancy Sinatra TV special." —
Posted Feb 15, 2001
39% Hannibal (2001) " More complicated, more outrageous, less controlled in every way." —
Posted Feb 8, 2001
62% The Claim (2000) " Seems suffocated by its sources." —
Posted Feb 7, 2001
10% Head Over Heels (2001) " This lightweight concoction can't justify a trip out to the multiplex, unless you're a girl between the ages of 12 and 17." —
Posted Feb 1, 2001
17% The Wedding Planner (2001) " The film overloads itself." —
Posted Jan 25, 2001
78% The Pledge (2001) " Much of the film's power is in the worn gravity of watching 'Jack Nicholson' as he treads through a particularly obsessive and difficult character." —
Posted Jan 18, 2001
92% Traffic (2000) " Traffic is movie excitement from beginning to end." —
Posted Dec 28, 2000
48% An Everlasting Piece (2001) " Mild but amusing." —
Posted Dec 22, 2000
83% Thirteen Days (2000) " This overdone project dissipates its energy in strange ways, and makes you wish its makers had shown the same restraint the government did during the crisis." —
Posted Dec 22, 2000
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) " This particular excursion into screwball madness is often heavenly, and frankly leaves critical explication somewhat unnecessary." —
Posted Dec 21, 2000
42% Miss Congeniality (2000) " It all coalesces in a TV-level pleasantness, which isn't quite enough to fill a big screen." —
Posted Dec 21, 2000
73% Finding Forrester (2000) " A lot more intriguing than it might have been." —
Posted Dec 20, 2000
54% What Women Want (2001) " Despite the best efforts of both actors, the attraction between Gibson and Hunt doesn't flare into light." —
Posted Dec 14, 2000
81% Pollock (2000) " Harris's intensity in the role and commitment to it is ferocious." —
Posted Dec 14, 2000
48% Vertical Limit (2000) " Vertical Limit is so wound up in its own bungee cords, it leaves itself hopelessly tied in knots." —
Posted Dec 7, 2000
13% Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 (2000) " Just another bad horror film with inadequate young actors chased around a big house by something." —
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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