Robert W. Butler

Robert W. Butler

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Arizona Republic , Contra Costa Times , Dallas Morning News , Houston Chronicle , Kansas City Star , Sunday Mail (Australia)
Critics' Group:
Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
1588

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5% 'Til There Was You (1997) " 'Til There Was You is a rarity -- a film in which absolutely nothing works. Nothing. Not one redeeming performance. Not one convincing moment. Not one solid laugh." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 5, 2014
3/4 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " "Jurassic Park" is such an impressive technical achievement that it seems churlish to note that it accomplishes this at the expense of more substantive elements." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 4, 2013
3.5/4 77% In A Better World (2011) " Is it more manly to fight back or to turn the other cheek? This film will have you debating such issues long after the lights come up." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 20, 2011
3/4 —— Last Breath " Ty Jones' Last Breath won't be everyone's cup of sadism, but beneath its torture-porn exterior this Lee's Summit-lensed thriller has heart and, even more remarkable, soul." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 13, 2011
3.5/4 79% Earthwork (2011) " Hawkes' performance reflects the gentle unaffectedness of Ordal's writing and directing. Earthwork hasn't any big bombastic moments. Instead it worms its way into your good graces slowly and thoughtfully until you're hooked." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 13, 2011
3/4 75% Everything Must Go (2011) " Funnymen seem to have a secret desire to play drama.At least Will Ferrell has the chops for it." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 13, 2011
3/4 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " It's Hangover raunchy, yet this ribald comedy is also surprisingly perceptive when it comes to confronting middle age, maintaining friendships and finding one's way in the world." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 12, 2011
3/4 37% I Am (2011) " Looking for proof that humans are hard-wired for compassion and altruism? Look no further." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 6, 2011
3.5/4 96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) " The art on display in Cave of Forgotten Dreams is so jaw-droppingly beautiful that it can move a viewer to tears." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 6, 2011
2/4 11% There Be Dragons (2011) " It offers good production values, name performers and insights into the chaos of civil war. But it's too stiff, too cautious, too calculating to feel genuine." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 6, 2011
2.5/4 77% Thor (2011) " A pleasant diversion that may not make you smarter but at least won't make you dumber." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 6, 2011
3/4 83% Potiche (2011) " Who knew that beneath her coolly gorgeous exterior, Catherine Deneuve is actually funny?" — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 28, 2011
1/4 11% Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011) " This sequel is that rarity -- a film in which practically nothing works." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2/4 77% Fast Five (2011) " It's when the action slows down that you can feel the brain cells dying." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3.5/4 93% Of Gods and Men (2011) " It's an attempt to capture the essence of monasticism: self-sacrifice, introspection, obedience and achingly lovely moments of quiet brotherhood." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 21, 2011
2.5/4 60% Water for Elephants (2011) " The strong suit of this melodrama from music video director-turned-feature filmmaker Francis Lawrence is its sense of time and place, namely America in 1931." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 21, 2011
3/4 88% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) " This one practically screams "foreign film" ... and that's a good thing." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 14, 2011
3/4 82% The Elephant In The Living Room (2011) " A documentary that examines the exotic animal phenomenon and discovers -- without getting sanctimonious -- much madness." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 14, 2011
2.5/4 55% The Conspirator (2011) " The film seems obsessed with making political points at the expense of storytelling. Not even McAvoy and Wright, who have repeatedly shown their ability to anchor films, can bring it convincingly to life." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 14, 2011
2.5/4 58% Scream 4 (2011) " The Scream movies have always been clever. The problem is that they never move beyond cleverness." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 14, 2011
3/4 63% Kill the Irishman (2011) " [Stevenson is] crazily charismatic here, a blend of brash cockiness and sensitivity, and he makes a satisfying film even better." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 7, 2011
2.5/4 17% Miral (2011) " It feels strangely undernourished, as if the filmmakers were afraid to really let go and express big emotions." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 7, 2011
2.5/4 72% Hanna (2011) " Wright's direction starts out realistically enough but gradually deteriorates into what feels like a messy parody of a European art film." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 7, 2011
98% Born To Be Wild (2011) " The "awwwww" factor is off the charts for Born to Be Wild." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 7, 2011
3/4 84% Jane Eyre (2011) " This may be the most psychologically dangerous film version yet of Charlotte Bronte's novel." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 7, 2011
3/4 94% Win Win (2011) " It's a solid effort that delicately balances hilarity, suspense and affection for its characters' foibles." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 7, 2011
1.5/4 26% Arthur (2011) " Only Mirren really delivers. Her depiction of Hobson's love for/exasperation with the errant Arthur provides the only genuine moments in this misfire." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 7, 2011
3/4 87% The Last Lions (2011) " There's some heartbreaking stuff here but also moments of triumph. Not to mention visuals that will leave audiences breathless." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 4, 2011
3/4 99% Bill Cunningham New York (2011) " Lots of us are interested in clothes. But few can match Bill Cunningham's passion for fashion." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 31, 2011
3/4 97% Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2011) " An engaging, sobering documentary that celebrates his life and music while suggesting that in the Dylan-Ochs rivalry, Ochs never had a chance." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 31, 2011
3/4 92% Source Code (2011) " Remarkably coherent and weirdly compelling." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 31, 2011
3/4 81% In Search of Mozart (2007) " Perhaps the neatest thing about Phil Grabsky's In Search of Mozart is that after watching it for more than two hours your first impulse is to rush to the Internet and download a slew of Mozart recordings." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 31, 2011
3.5/4 —— Ready, Set, Bag! (Paper or Plastic?) (2010) " Ready, Set, Bag! delivers plenty of warm and fuzzy while giving us a mainline fix of the sort of small-town cheerfulness you might have thought died with the Andy Hardy franchise." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 24, 2011
3.5/4 73% Harvest (2011) " A modest but terrifically acted independent feature. In just his second feature film, director Marc Meyers hits the right buttons." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 24, 2011
3/4 65% The Music Never Stopped (2011) " It's an audience-friendly drama about family, conflict and the healing power of music." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2.5/4 83% The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) " Charismatic and oozing oily self-confidence, the character Mick Haller dovetails perfectly with McConaughey's skill set and dazzling grin. After a string of desultory romantic comedies, this actor once again has a winner." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2.5/4 70% Limitless (2011) " Despite the presence of De Niro and Cornish, Limitless is pretty much a one-man show. Happily, Cooper is up to it. Limitless may not be a slam dunk, but this guy's got it." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2.5/4 25% Lord Of The Dance 3D (2011) " When you're not slack-jawed in amazement at the fancy footwork, you'll probably be giggling (or groaning) at Flatley's overcooked sense of the dramatic." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2/4 88% White Material (2010) " Some will find White Material's puzzlements evocative. Others -- including yours truly -- will leave irritated and unfulfilled." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 11, 2011
2/4 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) " This isn't your typical fairy tale version of Little Red Riding Hood.Actually, it's hard to tell just what this film by Catherine Hardwicke is meant to be." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/4 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " A metaphysical love story with some wonderfully droll ideas." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 3, 2011
2.5/4 76% Cold Weather (2011) " Not for everyone. But for those who can revel in the moment, this seemingly nondescript effort offers some unexpected depths." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3/4 88% Rango (2011) " The film features some of the most astounding computer animation ever, and, thanks to a slew of terrific voice actors who are obviously having a great time, the film is wildly, weirdly amusing." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 3, 2011
2.5/4 28% Take Me Home Tonight (2011) " None of this is remotely surprising, yet I frequently found myself laughing (particularly at Fogler's wild-man behavior) and sympathizing with Matt's predicament (face it, Grace is impossible to dislike)." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3/4 100% Waste Land (2010) " The result is a film that works on multiple levels, casting light on a worldwide problem while delivering a big jolt of human hope." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 3, 2011
2.5/4 35% The Grace Card (2011) " This effort from writer/director David G. Evans gets points for soft-peddling dogma in favor of human stories. And the film benefits from a compelling performance by Michael Joiner, a Kansas City-based stand-up comic who provides a watchable center." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 25, 2011
2/4 34% Hall Pass (2011) " Ultimately the film takes a long time to go nowhere." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 25, 2011
3/4 80% Barney's Version (2011) " Barney's Version is narratively awkward, but in the performances of Giamatti and Pike it finds a truth that cannot be dismissed. " — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 17, 2011
2.5/4 85% Cedar Rapids (2011) " Reilly is an absolute hoot as a glad-handing carouser with an inexhaustible supply of cheesy catchphrases, while Heche finds unexpected depth as a wife and mother on the prowl." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 17, 2011
2.5/4 72% Somewhere (2010) " Somewhere begins with a fancy sports car driving in circles out in the desert. It's a great-looking machine, but it isn't taking us anywhere. It's a metaphor for the entire movie." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 17, 2011
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