Tasha Robinson

Tasha Robinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

AV Club , Chicago Tribune , Los Angeles Times , Metromix.com , Orlando Weekly , The Dissolve
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " The Maze Runner's story only really works if viewers live in the moment and react to the characters' immediate and intense fears and trials, rather than analyzing the situation that produced them. " — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3.5/5 88% The Drop (2014) " The entire film vibrates with understated tension, but almost never raises its voice above a hissed threat or a discomfited mutter. " — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
4.5/5 99% Starred Up (2014) " The most tremendous thing about Starred Up is exactly how simple it keeps things, and what a richly nuanced story emerges in the process." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 3, 2014
3 53% The Zero Theorem (2014) " Regardless of how Gilliam may have finessed the material, the finished film feels like a heavily edited Gilliam show-reel-not just like a director working in a signature style, but like a crazy-quilt sewn together from well-known fragments." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2014
1.0/5.0 35% The Giver (2014) " Mostly the problem is that every aspect of The Giver feels both painfully familiar and like an awkward, unsupportable stretch." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 14, 2014
4/5 89% Calvary (2014) " [Calvary] amounts to a Bible story more spiritually and emotionally accurate than most Bible adaptations actually put on film." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 31, 2014
5% Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Movie (Yûgiô: Gekijô-ban) (2004) " Effectively a strategy guide and commercial in vaguely filmic form." — AV Club
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3.5/5 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " For much of its length, Magic In The Moonlight feels like an exquisitely shot costume drama set at a high-spirited, long-running party. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/5 48% I Origins (2014) " Cahill's script says all scientists are romantics at heart, then bears that out through a floaty story that's simultaneously about the mechanics of a huge discovery and the feelings it stirs." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " The film's original title was the not-entirely-rhetorical question Can A Song Save Your Life? Carney makes it clear that in his opinion, yes, it can." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/5 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Between the high-gloss, desaturated prestige-picture look of the film and the visibly fakey soundstage sets of the Jersey boys' hometown, Jersey Boys feels plastic and artificial throughout." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 24% Third Person (2014) " As with Crash, the individual stories bring a great deal of passion and pain to the table, but the crossovers turn the entire thing into an exercise in empty, wallowing bathos." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The film's real emotional heart comes from its unabashed fanboy love of dragons." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Hugely warm and winning, thanks in large part to Boone's unfussy, wistful direction" — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " In a story that explains too much about something that didn't require explanation, [Jolie], at least, maintains a welcome air of mystery." — The Dissolve
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/5 63% In Your Eyes " In Your Eyes isn't a terrible film, it's just familiar, unchallenging, and generic. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 22, 2014
4.5/5 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) " Ernest & Celestine isn't just cute or thrilling, though: It's openly funny, in a wry, unpredictable way [...] It explores the silly side of the bear/mouse dynamic without puncturing the specificity that makes the story work." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2.5/5 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " The prospect of the two needing each other, but being separated by uncaring bureaucrats, might be poignant, if it weren't handled so loudly and brainlessly[.]" — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3.5/5 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " The Wind Rises' minimal moral component doesn't get in the way of Miyazaki's always-compelling imagery." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/5 33% A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2014) " [A Fantastic Fear of Everything] leaps all over the place narratively and conceptually, servicing the comedy of every individual scene without considering or linking the others." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4.5/5 —— The War Between Men and Women (1972) " [W]hat differentiates [The War Between Men and Women] from the Knocked Ups of the world is how uproarious the funny parts get, in part because they're so daringly nasty, and how authentic and well-earned the ending seems by comparison." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2.0/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " I, Frankenstein looks suspiciously like it was conceived more as a ready-made franchise property than as a strong individual story. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/5 99% Gloria (2014) " Most films past the mid-life point either don't acknowledge romance and sexuality, or make it the central point of the story; the frank, comfortable, yet warmly erotic way Gloria deals with it is a breath of fresh air. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
95% Amadeus (1984) " Forman's tormented, iconoclastic subjects are often pitted against iconic or impersonal antagonists, but Amadeus' conflict remains rivetingly intimate, in spite of its sumptuous, larger-than-life settings." — AV Club
Posted Feb 4, 2014
1.5/5 10% The Nut Job (2014) " [P]icking and choosing the worthwhile moments out of this disorganized grab bag of tones, gags, and ideas feels like picking through a cheap assortment of mixed nuts, looking for the occasional pecan among peanuts." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Jackson's The Hobbit...is shaping up as a weirdly overblown attempt to force a much smaller story into the epic size of his previous movies." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 12, 2013
89% Tokyo Godfathers (2003) " No amount of shoehorned-in razzle-dazzle can keep this forced fable from feeling like a shadow of Kon's early work." — AV Club
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3.5/5 89% Frozen (2013) " Following closely in the footsteps of 2010's Tangled,...Frozen hits many of the same beats, and finds some of the same freshness in a complicated family dynamic." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 2, 2013
97% Spirited Away (2001) " Miyazaki's luminescent, gorgeously realized world is relatively safe for children, but it also acknowledges blood, pain, dread, and death in ways that other animated films wouldn't dare." — AV Club
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/5 46% The Book Thief (2013) " The Book Thief crams story after story into such a small space that it can't realize any of them in depth." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/5 67% How I Live Now (2013) " As Daisy's situation worsens, she becomes progressively less clear, specific, and interesting as a character, and flattens into a generic striver, except when she's being nasty." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 7, 2013
2.5/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " It's a brutal story and a heady high-concept idea, but it plays out through characters with no identity other than their symbolic ones, and through shouted, simplistic arguments that repeat the same points over and over." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " It's a formulaic story that takes full advantage of these broad, familiar formulas to win viewers, but finds enough unique detail to retain its own identity." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 30, 2013
3.5/5 100% The Square (2013) " While The Square isn't always cohesive, or even informative, it feels more honest than a more packaged story would be." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2.5/5 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " ...an abbreviated version that preserves the high points, zips past the rest, and never approaches the depth of the full text." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/5 98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " The second most striking thing about Jason Osder's documentary Let The Fire Burn is that it's composed entirely of archival footage. But the most striking thing is the actual story it tells with that footage." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 2, 2013
1.5/5 —— The Citizen (2013) " It's pushing its agenda at every moment, first gently, then relentlessly." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 30, 2013
4/5 68% Haute Cuisine (2013) " Vincent seems to have consciously designed Haute Cuisine as a small movie...But that simplicity is a winning choice." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3.5/5 89% Rush (2013) " Rush's changing sympathies keep the outcome in doubt, and stage the final contest breathlessly, while sticking to the facts." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " The many-threaded approach makes it feel narratively rich and sophisticated, but it also shorthands and shortchanges some of the most interesting characters. " — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/5 48% All Is Bright (2013) " A film that veers between caustic comedy, melodrama, and heartstring-tugging, without finding the spark of sympathy that would hold the film together." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3/5 59% Riddick (2013) " Riddick taps into a primal well of audience wish-fulfillment, but over the course of its unrelieved, monotonous length, it does its best to suck that well dry." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 6, 2013
2.5/5 30% Austenland (2013) " Austenland embraces convention, and the result is a romantic comedy in which the ending seems not just foreordained, but promised via contract from the first moment of the film." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " A messy, confused, over-the-top mixture of brutality and sick comedy, puckishness and ugliness, self-awareness and tone-deafness." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/5 26% Planes (2013) " It's a pleasant enough expression of a series of familiar story beats, but apart from a few brief action-sequence moments, it could hardly be more rote or vanilla." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " While The Artist And The Model is about an artist rediscovering his creative passion through a vibrant young woman, it's remarkably distant and bloodless about the process." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 1, 2013
1/5 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " The problem with Smurfs 2 isn't the message, it's the way the film repeats it so baldly and emphatically that even the youngest kids can get it." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 100% Cloudburst (2013) " In its peaceful moments, it's a gem, but the wild stabs at wacky comedy are usually groaners, a shame in a story that's so smart and savvy when it isn't showing off, being dense, or winding down to a painfully pat ending." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " The Wolverine does stand out, and even excels, in many isolated places ... It's just that the great pieces don't fit together to suggest a whole." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3.5/5 96% Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast) (1987) " While Babette's Feast is bleak, and often ponderous and stony, it eventually resolves as a moving hymn to art." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 23, 2013
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