Adi Robertson

Adi Robertson
Adi Robertson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Verge
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T-Meter Title | Year
67% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) The Zoom interviews are understandable during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they're frustratingly abstract, offering no sense of what it means to actually live your life convinced the world is fake. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
85% Censor (2021) While its ending doesn't deliver on its incredibly effective setup, [Niamh] Algar captures Enid's hollow-eyed, increasingly harrowed exhaustion as she tries to solve a mystery that nobody else believes in. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
86% The Social Dilemma (2020) The drama undercuts The Social Dilemma's ostensible message - or maybe just reveals its weaknesses. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
96% La Llorona (2020) An excellent indie movie that puts a supernatural twist on a story of very human horror. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) The best part of Shirley is Elisabeth Moss as a sharp-tongued and gloriously frumpy agent of chaos. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
95% Feels Good Man (2020) Feels Good Man presents a heavily covered story in a thoughtful and vivid way. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
58% Tesla (2020) It's more noteworthy as an ambitious movie made with intriguingly tight constraints - even if the results, like Tesla's big ideas, don't always work. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
89% Zola (2021) Directed by Janicza Bravo, it's a stylish dramatization of the dramatization, polishing a social media narrative into something neater and a little more conventionally dramatic, but also bringing it to life with an excellent cast and vivid look. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
66% Spree (2020) If you're the kind of person who can laugh at slapstick murder vignettes, a lot of Spree works very well. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Minute to minute, it's an enjoyable movie, and at its brightest points, it captures Star Wars at its best. But Abrams just hasn't pared down the bombast enough to keep his story grounded... - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
85% Empathy, Inc. (2019) Empathy, Inc. can arguably be too effective at puncturing the mystique of its own world... Still, Empathy, Inc. uses a classic science fiction premise to explore contemporary tensions about technology and social class. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
63% Paradise Hills (2019) It's bizarre and often delightful. Paradise Hills captures a futuristic fantasy aesthetic that feels familiar in video games, but fresh in movies. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
No Score Yet I Am Human (2019) A moving trio of narratives about people who are trying to overcome serious physical limitations with cutting-edge brain science. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) See You Yesterday is a compelling blend of nuanced drama, teenage adventure-comedy, and thought experiment. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday is a story about the pure and timeless nature of music - but it often comes off as more rote than heartfelt. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
84% Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Offers catharsis in a restrained, sometimes skin-crawlingly tense story. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
100% Snatchers (2019) This film could have been smarter or more distinctive, but it remains a generally good-natured comedy about the trials of being a teenager - albeit one with a lot of severed limbs. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
96% Jawline (2019) Jawline explores what's unique about social media stardom without overemphasizing its novelty, so the film works as a dissection of modern digital celebrity, but also a classic story about beautiful young people struggling to get famous. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
87% The Great Hack (2019) The Great Hack is sometimes fascinating, especially when it's delving into the shady inner workings of Cambridge Analytica. And it covers timely and important themes. But for a film about resisting propaganda, it's surprisingly credulous. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
91% I Am Mother (2019) I Am Mother isn't an incredibly smart or memorable take on artificial intelligence, but the film still taps into some potent cultural anxieties. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Thinning (2016) The film seems utterly indifferent toward its own subject matter. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
No Score Yet The Creepy Line (2018) The Creepy Line is supposed to provide a rigorous, scientific analysis to back it up. Instead, it's a blinkered and misleading guide to how internet platforms work. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) "Technology is horrible" is hardly an unusual premise, but Bahrani's Fahrenheit 451 doesn't even stay consistently technophobic. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
100% General Magic (2019) General Magic, directed by Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude, offers a detailed, affectionate look at the company's brief rise and sudden fall. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
88% Alt-Right: Age of Rage (2018) Age of Rage is most effective not at "explaining" the alt-right, but at providing a snapshot of it, alongside its anti-fascist opposition. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
96% A Quiet Place (2018) Even though some of its parts don't quite fit together, A Quiet Place is unique high-concept science fiction that's grounded solidly in human drama. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
74% Assassination Nation (2018) That of-the-minute aesthetic makes Annihilation Nation frequently cathartic. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
90% Mandy (2018) Mandy combines the most absurd aesthetic excesses of '70s and '80s horror films with the most absurd thespian excesses of Nicolas Cage, and the movie works best if you're already fond - or at least tolerant - of both. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) [Golden Circle] is good at hitting the best notes of The Secret Service, and it's just as stylish - and as grotesque - as its predecessor. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
47% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) It's a loving, enthusiastic rendering of a world that's delighted readers for decades. Instead of populating that world with characters, though, Besson built a story around audience placeholders. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
100% The Sensitives (2017) Xanthopoulos approaches the subject of being essentially allergic to modernity in a way that's refreshingly non-symbolic. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Conversely, The Disaster Artist - a new film about the making of The Room - is not only the rare example of a genuinely funny biopic, but a subtle meta-commentary on the state of cult filmmaking. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
No Score Yet Miyubi (2017) It represents a clean break with the "immersion for immersion's sake" mold where virtual reality film started, and points a way forward for work to come. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
75% Future '38 (2017) As it stands, I still enjoyed Future '38, but mostly by pretending it was a 2098 parody of a 2017 version of a 1938 comedy set in 2018. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
49% Bushwick (2017) Bushwick suffers from an aimless start, stretching the revelation of the invaders... Once the film answers this question, it settles into a deceptively cathartic cosmopolitan revenge fantasy. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
18% Assassin's Creed (2016) There's no great leap of faith in Assassin's Creed, but a surprising amount of the time, it at least finds steady footing. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
54% Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016) It's a plea for the election of Hillary Clinton, delivered with a combination of rousing earnestness and shaky optimism. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) The film's dusty, cobbled-together props and costumes are drawn straight from The Road Warrior. Fury Road drops the '80s big hair and headbands, but overall, it's amazing how well the aesthetic has held up. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2015
68% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) It's hard to make a good blockbuster about a hero being virtually useless. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2014
64% Dark Touch (2013) It's hampered by its need for easy resolutions and horror set pieces, neither quite embracing nor escaping its genre roots. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2014
No Score Yet Lil Bub & Friendz (2013) This is, without a doubt, the cutest movie I have ever seen. But maybe some stories are better left as YouTube clips. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2014