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
3.5/4 93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "It isn't about questioning a belief system but rather those who would manipulate and exploit it. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3.5/4 96% It Follows (2015) "An intricate piece of work that derives its significant scares out of sheer cinematic bravado. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/4 60% Run All Night (2015) "An entertaining NYC-set revenge picture in which grizzled Irishmen go at each other across the gritty streets that have inflamed the imaginations of filmmakers for decades. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/4 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) "The movie suffers when Anthony Hopkins isn't on screen but the plot advances with precision and the filmmaker pays a great deal of attention to authenticity. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/4 79% Deli Man (2015) "When deli man Ziggy Gruber says smelling the food makes him feel like his grandpa is standing there with him, you know what he means. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/4 30% Chappie (2015) "The film has a sly sense of humor and style to spare; the production design seamlessly integrates futuristic tropes and industrial decay. It just collapses in the third act. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/4 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "The filmmakers build a strong and comprehensive case in a movie that offers an essential grounding in one of the defining issues of our time. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2/4 13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "The picture is in desperate need of a personality, a perspective, something that justifies its existence. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/4 97% '71 (2015) "It's a tense, introspective action movie, not the broad look at the geopolitical and on-the-ground realities that one might expect out of the sweeping title. And that's fine " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Mar 6, 2015
4/4 96% Wild Tales (2015) "A satirical masterwork. You don't need to be Argentine to get it; you simply must be a citizen of the world. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) "A fine family drama that's as much about shattering racial stereotypes and presenting a positive image of immigrant life as it is about Kevin Costner's coach. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "The highest compliment to pay this film is to note that it's one of the best Christopher Guest movies that Guest never made. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3.5/4 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "A world is constructed inside a spare room; the camera doesn't move, cutting between medium shots and close-ups, with each placement reflecting a Sisyphean quest for freedom. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 25, 2015
1/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "It looks and feels like a sequel to Twilight, with deadly dull talk about S&M replacing endless consternation over turning into one of the undead. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 11, 2015
3/4 73% The Voices (2015) "The film presents an askew world that blends bright kitsch and a pop sensibility with the main character's dark inner life. Ryan Reynolds pulls off the challenge. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 11, 2015
3/4 84% Ballet 422 (2015) "The film conveys the magnitude of these efforts with low angles and tight close-ups, giving a full picture of the challenges in a dance spectacle coming together. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Feb 11, 2015
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 88% 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 72% 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 90% 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 89% 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 43% 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
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