Robert Roten

Robert Roten
Most editors are failed writers, but then, so are most writers -- Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965)

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Robert Roten'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
B+ 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "A mesmerizing ride of non-stop action and imaginative weirdness from beginning to end. It also has more than just action. There are interesting characters and some glimpses into an amazing desert society. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted May 17, 2015
C+ 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Like most sequels, this one isn't as good as the original. There's plenty of action and loud noises, but many of the characters seemed weaker and not as well-defined or as vividly portrayed as they were in the first film. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted May 3, 2015
B+ 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Unlike most science fiction films, this one has smart characters, a smart plot and smart dialog. It also has romance, murder and suspense. This is a suspenseful, disturbing and thought-provoking film. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Apr 30, 2015
B 51% Woman in Gold (2015) "There is suspense, drama and emotion in this story. Reynolds and Mirren give great performances with good supporting performances by Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes and Allan Corduner. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Apr 15, 2015
B 91% To Be Takei (2014) "Before watching this film I thought of Takei as being just another celebrity, but this film makes it clear that Takei is a guy who has done something with his life. He has made his life count for something. He's a fascinating character. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Apr 4, 2015
B+ 81% Furious 7 (2015) "The film ends on a sentimental note with a tear-jerking tribute to the late Paul Walker. The audience applauded at the end. I did too. Many of us sat through the credits hoping to see a Fast 8 teaser. There isn't one. None of us want this series to end. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Apr 4, 2015
B 96% It Follows (2015) "This is a genuinely creepy movie with a few scary moments, mostly caused by sudden, loud noises and quick film cuts. The landscape of urban decay is used to good effect. The raggedy edges of Detroit look like row upon row of haunted houses. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Apr 1, 2015
B 31% Insurgent (2015) "I think the reason critics and audiences are divided by this movie has to do with the main character, Tris. She is a strong female character. An argument can be made that she is a much stronger female character than Katniss is in the Hunger Games series. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Mar 25, 2015
B 84% Cinderella (2015) "The actors in the film all give strong performances. This film is gorgeously staged with wonderful costumes, sets and production design. Scenic locations are expertly lensed by cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Mar 18, 2015
C 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "While no doubt determined to make a sequel worthy of the original, the makers of this movie ended up with a film that comes in second best by a long shot. It achieves mediocrity only because of the talent of the actors carried over from the original film. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Mar 16, 2015
B 60% Run All Night (2015) "Neeson, Kinnaman, Harris and D'Onofrio all give strong performances in this film. The main characters are believable. While the story does have some unnecessary detours, it is basically a good, powerful drama with enough action to satisfy action fans. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Mar 16, 2015
B 79% McFarland USA (2015) "In a time when organized school, college and professional sports are tainted by corruption, this is a throwback to sports movies of old. It inspires us, and shows us we are stronger united than we are when we are divided. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B 30% Chappie (2015) "I liked the actors and characters in this film. While some are simple, others are more complex and they evolve. The plot has holes in it, but I was willing to overlook them because the characters are worth following. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) "This is a funny romantic comedy with some feeling. It is witty, well-written, well-acted and well-directed. The characters are interesting and complicated. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 28, 2015
C+ 53% The Interview (2014) "I didn't laugh at all that blood and gore, but I did laugh at some of the running jokes about junk news shows and celebrity interviews. That stuff is close to the truth. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 28, 2015
B 84% Predestination (2015) "Perhaps the best adaptation to date of a story written by science fiction legend Robert A. Heinlein. This is a very complex story and it is handled well by The Spierig Brothers, who co-wrote and co-directed the film. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 28, 2015
C+ 56% Focus (2015) "This is a fun movie with a lot of twists and turns in the plot. There are some nice set-ups and the story is clever in places, but not quite clever enough. The acting is solid, the pace is fast and the production values are good. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 28, 2015
B 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "The fight scenes are very well staged in this film. The acting is solid in all the main characters, which are fleshed out better than are the characters in most spy movies. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 15, 2015
C 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "This joyless, twisted tale of royal interstellar intrigue looks gorgeous on the screen, but the story stalls out and falls flat. The story gets tangled up in convoluted plot twists and half-revealed schemes that choke the life out of it. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 9, 2015
B 86% Top Five (2014) "This is a funny, loud, profane, obscenity-laced film about the lives of entertainment celebrities, reality TV, alcoholism and show business. The film demonstrates Chris Rock's sharp observations of society and show business. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 9, 2015
B 91% The Way He Looks (2014) "There are a lot of 'coming of age' movies and a lot of romantic comedies, but very few good ones. This is one of those rare good ones. It isn't a great film, but it is certainly a good one. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 5, 2015
C+ 84% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) "What makes this rock doc a little different is that there are interviews of other people in Sheffield who talk about Sheffield as a city and as a backdrop for Pulp's music. This movie will appeal to Pulp fans and those interested in Sheffield. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 5, 2015
C 89% Stray Dogs (2014) "This, like some other experimental art films, is a string of long takes shot with a stationary camera. It is a slow-moving film and there are lengthy periods where nothing happens. It's like watching outtakes from a security camera. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
C+ 69% Visitors (2014) "This is a slow moving film, but it does have a few abrupt cuts. There are some striking images in this film. This is mainly for contemplative people who have patience, and for fans of Godfrey Reggio's films. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
C 89% Wetlands (2014) "Carla Juri easy on the eyes, but I got tired of the dead end flashbacks and fantasy sequences. I did not care for most of the gross-out scenes and I got tired of Helen's incessant narcissism, naïveté and irresponsibility as well. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
C+ No Score Yet Without Shepherds (2014) "This is a film, shot over a two year period in Pakistan, paints a picture of life in Pakistan through portraits of six people. It gives the viewer a look at some aspects of life there that one seldom sees in popular culture. In a way, it is scary. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
C+ 88% Coherence (2014) "While the character motivations in this film are pretty strange, the acting is solid by a cast of relative unknowns. This is a thought-provoking, complex science fiction story. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
B 51% Low Down (2014) "John Hawkes, a really fine actor, gives a towering performance in this film. He is as good in this film as any actor I've seen this year, including all those guys nominated for all the 2014 top awards. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
B 91% Art and Craft (2014) "This documentary about one of the most prolific forgers in history is a fascinating character study of two men, the forger, a man compelled to copy works of art and pass them off as originals, and the man compelled to stop him from from doing that. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
C No Score Yet Soul Of A Banquet (2014) "The movie has a great banquet, and it does give you a sense of Chiang's personality and history, but it falls far short in the telling of Chiang's amazing story. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
C 75% Teenage (2014) "This movie does have interesting snippets of history about people on society's fringes, especially people who were way ahead of their time in terms of youth culture, but if you want a better overview of this issue, you will have to read the book. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
B+ 93% Metro Manila (2014) "The acting is very good in this movie and the story is well-written and compelling. The production values are solid. This is a good looking film. This is a grim, depressing tale, but there is more to it than that. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
B 100% Jingle Bell Rocks (2014) "Movies like this are a labor of love. Often, they don't work, but this one does. This is a fascinating musical and cultural journey through a unique aspect of Christmas. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
C+ No Score Yet The Past Is A Grotesque Animal (2014) "While Kevin Barnes, and the band, are different in some ways from other musicians and bands, they are also similar in a lot of ways. This is a slightly above average musical documentary, not very different than many others in this genre. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
C 93% Stranger by the Lake (2014) "While I found the characters interesting, the story was not very compelling and it was slow-moving as well. I learned a lot more about homosexual sex techniques than I wanted to know, and less about the characters than I wanted to know. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Feb 2, 2015
C+ 86% Abuse of Weakness (2014) "Huppert's performance in this film is outstanding. She's so convincing that I thought maybe she actually did suffer a stroke. She covers a range of emotions from laughter to rage in this film. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C+ 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "When you strip away the celebrity status of those involved, this is just another story about a crazy guy with a gun who murders an innocent person. It just happens, but the film doesn't make you care about this particular murder. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
B+ 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "The story, though considerably altered to make it more dramatic, is an interesting one, and Turing and Clarke's relationship is compelling in the film. Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley both give great performances in this film. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
B 94% The Dog (2014) "John Wojtowicz, filmed over a 10-year period before his death, is the star of his own show. A very flamboyant character, he talks about the loves of his life, and there were many, heterosexual, homosexual and transgendered. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C 95% Manakamana (2014) "This is an interesting experiment as a movie, but I don't think it is a terribly successful one. It takes a lot of patience to sit through the dull bits, where nothing much happens, to get to the more interesting parts. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C+ 100% Maidan (2014) " This reminded me of the old radio and TV show "You Are There" which recreated historical events. This film is like that, but it really does transport the viewer into historical events. In this film, you are really there. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C+ 85% Night Moves (2014) "The actors in the story give very good performances. The story is fairly solid. It is a bit subdued and there are some logical holes in it, but on the whole it is a fairly realistic scenario. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C 90% Norte, the End of History (2014) "Even though this movie is over four hours long, it presents only part of the story. A lot of its length is due to long, uncut static camera shots where little or nothing is happening. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C 71% Red Hollywood (2014) "In the end, this film is an interesting, but disjointed look at the efforts of blacklisted filmmakers to influence society. It isn't always successful in convincingly illustrating its claims, but it is historically important. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
B 88% Remote Area Medical (2014) "This movie provides a snapshot of what health care in America was like for some people before many provisions of Obamacare took effect, and it is a depressing snapshot. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
B 99% Selma (2015) "It is a moving and well-meaning film that never quite manages the greatness one expects, given its soaring subject material. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C+ No Score Yet In Bloom (2014) "This film out of Georgia (the country, not the state) depicts a society not far removed from anarchy, or the Middle Ages, for that matter. There's not much light or laughter in this grim tale of limited choices. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
A 98% The Overnighters (2014) "This story, touching many social issues, is told on a very personal level. There is an extraordinary revelation near the end of the film. It is as if it was written by a great screenwriter, but instead, it is real life. Amazing. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
A 72% American Sniper (2015) "This is one of the best films of 2014, even though liberals and pacifists will hate the political message it sends. But politics aside, the craftsmanship of this film is flawless. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C+ 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) "This defiance of the law, combined with the skill, speed and excitement, is part of the romance that draws Pug and other kids into the biker life. It is like the wild west. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 2, 2015
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