Robert Horton

Robert Horton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Biography:
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 Film.com 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.
Favorites:
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.
Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , Film.com , HeraldNet , Parallax View
Total Reviews:
193
Location:
Seattle

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 193
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
57% Mad About Mambo (2000) " Everything about the movie is fine and dandy and dull." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
80% Fight Club (1999) " Relentlessly funny." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% Being John Malkovich (1999) " A hilariously novel conception." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
53% How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) " Ron Howard seems much more engaged by the anarchy and mischief of the Grinch than he does with the pleasantries and communal feeling in Whoville. Perhaps there's hope for him yet." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
82% X-Men (2000) " One must give credit for the film's cheeky attitude to director Bryan Singer." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
20% The Crew (2000) " A pleasant surprise." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
81% South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999) " Even clean-thinking people may be tempted to admit that the thing is shamelessly, raucously hilarious!" — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
71% The Cider House Rules (1999) " Misses Irving's main gifts, despite his own best scriptwriting intentions." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
14% Red Planet (2000) " Despite the persuasive scenery, director Antony Hoffman can't figure out a way to build scenes, or momentum, or much of anything." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
90% Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) " It may be fluff, but this movie works." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
44% Stepmom (1998) " A very bland pudding!" — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Almost Famous (2000) " A triumph of personal filmmaking ... because it exhibits the care and specificity of an artist working through his own mind, not through a committee's idea of what a movie should be." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
60% Mystery Men (1999) " Could use a little more brain, and a little less spleen." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
64% Anywhere But Here (2000) " Portman's terrific performance in Anywhere But Here is replete with razor's-edge emotions, a watchful stillness, and an exact physical sense of how a teenager struggles to fit into her own body." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
61% American Pie (1999) " Any kind of conversation, such as the boys' gatherings at a diner, is beyond the powers of filmmaking brothers Paul and Chris Weitz." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
28% The Story of Us (1999) " The movie feels shaved down from some larger conception." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
29% Jakob the Liar (1999) " Sluggish!" — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
46% Deterrence (2000) " Deterrence does serve up some wonderfully chewy pulp during its generally engaging 101 minutes, along with a certain vagueness of point-of-view." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
19% The Beach (2000) " The movie feels like a mixed-up collection of high points from a book." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) " The cast from the first Flintstones movie has gone off to break rocks somewhere else." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
82% Beyond the Mat (1999) " The rampant hucksterism of big-time wrestling is in a long American tradition, and Beyond the Mat is a very smart first step in opening the subject up to clearer view." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% The Truman Show (1998) " This is a smart, engaging movie." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
47% The Perfect Storm (2000) " Like so many things about this movie, that speech is intended to deepen our understanding of the character and ennoble his quest, but winds up sounding as real as the proverbial fishing story." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
10% Soldier (1998) " Soldier doesn't work, although it has potential." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
54% Goya in Bordeaux (2000) " Worth a look." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
67% Sleepy Hollow (1999) " Thrilling to look at." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3% Down to You (2000) " Doesn't summon up quite enough quirky personality to maintain its momentum through the final act." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
62% The Tigger Movie (2000) " There's something about The Tigger Movie that exemplifies the subpar state of movies today." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
62% Still Breathing (1998) " This is a story that has been told many times before, but generally with more energy than this." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
11% End of Days (1999) " The acting is hammy, all the 666 Book of Revelations stuff has been worn out since The Omen, and the film never quite focuses on anything long enough to build up any pseudo-religious creeps." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
40% Lake Placid (1999) " A funny film!" — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
48% Me, Myself & Irene (2000) " The movie flounders around in all directions." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
67% Charlie's Angels (2000) " Charlie's Angels is something rare: a mess of a movie that is somehow infectious, and infectious not despite the mess, but because of it." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
92% Go (1999) " When the writing is good, Go is good, and when the writing is flat, things fall apart." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
17% Here On Earth (2000) " Here on Earth is so very general in its characters and story that it actively keeps you from enjoying the simple pleasures of a movie like this, even with your sights set low." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
83% There's Something About Mary (1998) " I laughed at this movie, but I also felt a little shell-shocked afterward." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
76% Mansfield Park (1999) " Mansfield Park is quick and funny, and a refreshing break from period-film stuffiness." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3% Battlefield Earth (2000) " It's generic sci-fi right down to the last detail." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
25% Isn't She Great (2000) " What's not there is the ability to stitch together the light tone of screwball comedy with the uncomfortable business of real biography." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
26% Breakfast of Champions (1999) " Breakfast of Champions is a weirdly stillborn experience." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
56% Godzilla 2000 (2000) " I'd say this movie fulfills its duties." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
22% Little Nicky (2000) " Casting strokes are plunked out there without the slightest development or elaboration." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
27% Hollow Man (2000) " As Hollow Man scrambles toward its conclusion, the dialogue founders and logic retreats." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
64% The Yards (2000) " It is so choked with its own solemnity that it barely musters the energy to tell a story." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
22% Lucky Numbers (2000) " All of the main characters in this movie are despicable. This is why they are fun." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
67% Stir of Echoes (1999) " The first two-thirds of the movie is engagingly spooky, more so than The Sixth Sense." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
22% Coyote Ugly (2000) " It's no picnic." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
67% The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) " A showcase for a showhorse leading lady!" — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
55% The Mummy (1999) " A weightless, instantly forgettable picture!" — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
83% The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) " The Talented Mr. Ripley may be Hitchcock on holiday, but that's a perfectly enjoyable vacation." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
76% Pola X (2000) " If Pola X is a failure, it is a more stimulating failure than most successful films." — Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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