Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Robert Levin's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 69% Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of (2015) "Less of a nostalgia trip for millennials than a film infused with the tension of what it's like to know that your best days are probably behind you. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 3, 2015
3.5/4 99% Timbuktu (2015) "A movie about real people sinking into an abyss as unrelenting as the sand surrounding them. It offers no easy answers or hopeful pleas, but it demands to be seen. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 3, 2015
2/4 36% Song One (2015) "There are only so many scenes of Hathaway tearing up while either a) staring at her brother or b) watching James strum his guitar that one can take. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 3, 2015
3/4 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "Embraces extremes in a fashion that will put off a lot of people. Yet the approach enhances the essence of what is in fact quite an ordinary relationship. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 3, 2015
2/4 49% Cake (2015) "The film evokes a tangible sense of crippling loss. It just fails to translate the honesty of its quiet moments to the scenes in which the characters interact with each other. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 3, 2015
3/4 98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) "A true multicultural comedy, equally at home in its hipster Brooklyn and Iranian immigrant settings, taking a loving and scornful look at both. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 3, 2015
2.5/4 89% Still Alice (2015) "Julianne Moore deserves all the accolades but the movie wants tears and never quite earns them. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 3, 2015
1.5/4 9% Taken 3 (2015) "The movie stinks. It doesn't stink in a clever or interesting way. It's not even so bad that it's funny. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3.5/4 92% Togetherness: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The brothers find genuine pathos and even suspense in these everyday people and their everyday experiences, which collectively comprise the transformative journey of life. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3/4 84% Predestination (2015) "It's always risky to make a film that shifts and reformulates what it is and what the audience should derive from it straight through the final shot. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Jan 13, 2015
2/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "A foray into the heating oil business in New York circa 1981 that drowns in drabness under a low winter sun. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3/4 94% The Search For General Tso (2015) "This is an unlikely subject for a movie but a strangely beautiful one, hitting poignant notes on a cross-country journey to restaurants in big cities and small towns, all in a bid to understand where this dish came from and what it represents. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 30, 2014
3.5/4 99% Selma (2015) "What makes this one of the year's most notable movies, is the way DuVernay cuts through the immense mythology to delve into King's brilliant political mind. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 23, 2014
2.5/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "The premise is just impossible to accept.There's simply no way a company would torpedo itself by allowing this situation and the movie can't be taken seriously because of it. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 23, 2014
2/4 46% The Gambler (2014) "The bulk of the movie simply doesn't live up to the promise of its great opening sequence. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 23, 2014
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) "The movie gives us the first two acts and glosses over the third, reducing the most noteworthy component of Zamperini's story to an end credits footnote. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 23, 2014
3/4 72% Big Eyes (2014) "Tim Burton brings the disparate elements together into an affecting whole by keeping his focus squarely on the struggle and triumph at the heart of the story. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 23, 2014
2.5/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "It's not clear why the film needs to exist; the story itself isn't compelling enough and the filmmaker remains agnostic as ever when it comes to expressing a point of view. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 23, 2014
3/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) "It's a filmmaker and, by extension, an entire studio smartly and vividly understanding that genius need only be translated to a different medium, not tampered with. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Dec 23, 2014
3.5/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "The film looks and feels like a Turner painting, thanks to Leigh's collaboration with cinematographer Dick Pope, capturing the immense beauty that so transfixed this man. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 23, 2014
2/4 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "This is material more apt for a Coen Brothers treatment. Two-and-a-half hours of pretty, Paul Thomas Anderson-sculpted nonsense is a lot to take. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 12, 2014
2/4 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "Intends to be a character study, a serious exploration of who this biblical icon might have been, but it also packs on the CGI-heavy combat and tired characterizations. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/4 62% Life Partners (2014) "It's funny and sweet, with a believable friendship at its core and conflict derived from recognizable experiences. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/4 84% Zero Motivation (2014) "The minutes, hours and days blend together and the movie achieves something profound in the malaise. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/4 90% Wild (2014) "Blessed with an inherent desire to take full stock of this person, flaws and all, that's amplified by the dignity and smarts of Reese Witherspoon's work. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Dec 12, 2014
4/4 98% The Babadook (2014) "An expressionist masterpiece that engages with personal concerns in a fashion that is terrifying and emotional. It will one day be ranked in the pantheon of horror classics " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 29, 2014
3/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "It's frustrating but the movie works thanks to Cumberbatch's excellent performance and the eternally powerful image of the tortured hero. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 29, 2014
3/4 88% Happy Valley (2014) "It's an essential documenting of where we are, and it leaves you with a lot of necessary, troubling feelings. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 29, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "So much of this one feels disposable in the grand scheme of things. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 29, 2014
3/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "An expressionistic rumination on a society rotting under the weight of delusional, media-fed and pop culturally-promulgated notions of who we are and what we should be. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 14, 2014
2.5/4 77% Rosewater (2014) "The movie is sincere and earnest but rendered in such a straightforward fashion that the stakes never seem especially high. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3.5/4 82% The Homesman (2014) "A studied and thoughtful examination of the unfair pressures faced by women on the frontier that also reconsiders the ways they've been classically portrayed in the Western. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 14, 2014
2.5/4 41% The Better Angels (2014) "It's beautiful, even moving, but comes across as more invested in imitating Terrence Malick than it is in truly illuminating the formative years of a great man. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3.5/4 100% Virunga (2014) "The conflict in the Congo, as depicted here, is more than your everyday fight. It's a war for the soul of this place, on powerful, urgent display. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 10, 2014
4/4 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "A portrait that mirrors the mysteries of the vast universe with those of life on this terrestrial plane. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/4 71% Interstellar (2014) "The spirit of exploration and discovery lives in Interstellar and that alone makes it a cinematic trip worth taking. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/4 90% The Great Invisible (2014) "No matter how imperfect the movie might be, it never seems less than important. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3.5/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "The film embodies the dark night of the main character's soul as well as our own. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3.5/4 98% Citizenfour (2014) "This is gripping, edge-of-your-seat stuff, offering the chance to experience a defining historical moment from the front lines. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/4 63% Rudderless (2014) "The picture is performance-driven, without a wandering eye, to the extent that you can't help but feel moved every time Billy Crudup's Sam busts out his guitar. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3.5/4 92% Birdman (2014) "Keaton has tapped into something truly special and deeply personal here and emerged at the helm of a movie that's a hall of mirrors that reveals a lot about us all. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/4 77% St. Vincent (2014) "It's a chance for Murray to act the hell out of a juicy part. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3/4 94% Whiplash (2014) "Whiplash smartly shows the sacrifices required to achieve greatness. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/4 98% The Overnighters (2014) "This is a damning indictment, a modern-day Grapes of Wrath chronicling nothing short of basic decency's collapse in a depressed environment of mistrust and unease. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 3, 2014
1.5/4 47% The Judge (2014) "This film has about as much in common with reality as a man saving the world while encased in a flying suit of iron. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 3, 2014
1.5/4 2% Left Behind (2014) "My goodness, what on earth is Nicolas Cage doing in this movie? " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 61% The Equalizer (2014) "The familiar can be welcome when the practitioner is so good at what he does. And there are few actors more commanding than Washington when he's taking out bad guys. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 90% The Guest (2014) "Absurd and stupid but fabulously entertaining, crafted with steadfast commitment to seeing that stupidity through to its conclusion. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 81% Tracks (2014) "It understands that life is fundamentally about embracing the mystery and majesty of the inexplicable. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 31, 2014
2.5/4 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "The picture's apparently deeply held belief in its significance ultimately serves as its undoing. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3.5/4 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) "It's dreamy and evocative stuff without fetishizing the experience of grieving or succumbing to the usual cliches " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 31, 2014
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