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Nathan Rabin

Nathan Rabin
Nathan Rabin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): AV Club, The Dissolve

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D 20% Ace the Case: Manhattan Mystery (2016) Too violent and dark for kids but too juvenile and bland for grown-ups. ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 79% Ip Man 3 (2016) The plot of the film is pretty silly, but it functions largely as a fight-delivery system, and on that level it's relatively successful. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 22, 2016
72% Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) The result miraculously resurrects a seminal moment in rock history, elevating Ziggy Stardust into the landmark cultural event it always should have been. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 13, 2016
1.5/4 81% Man Up (2015) Bell and Pegg are utterly defeated by a screenplay that favours plot over characterization to an almost surreal, parodic degree. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 20, 2015
51% The World Is Not Enough (1999) What do the James Bond series, the Chicago Cubs, and Master P's No Limit empire have in common? All owe their considerable commercial success more to loyalty, marketing, and tradition than to quality. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 2, 2015
B- 45% Cooties (2015) If Cooties subscribes slavishly to the conventions of teacher movies, it at least has fun with them. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 33% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015) In Dragon Blade, East meets West in a murky, mediocre muddle. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 4, 2015
D- 0% Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015) At an egregious 106 minutes, Joe Dirt 2 feels like a director's cut where every single moment of footage was carefully preserved, no matter how pointless or unfunny or digressive it might be. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 22, 2015
57% Blade II (2002) The world can always use another entertainingly trashy B-movie, and Blade II fits the bill. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 14, 2015
1.5/4 19% Self/less (2015) Tarsem Singh has a reputation for making movies that are visually stunning but woefully inert and convoluted in their storytelling (see The Cell and The Fall). Singh's most recent film, Self/less, lives up to at least half of that reputation. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 13, 2015
B- 89% Fresh Dressed (2015) It's not deep but it is thoroughly entertaining and edifying, albeit not quite as educational or as substantive as it could have been. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) The film's tone may be one of unrelenting absurdist melancholy, but Andersson does a dynamite job alchemizing despair into big, albeit deadpan, laughs, and the ugliness and banality of everyday existence into moments of beauty ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 12, 2015
1.5/4 19% Aloha (2015) Aloha is a marshmallow of a film: soft on the inside, soft on the outside and wholly devoid of substance. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/5 48% Adult Beginners (2015) Yet in the end, Adult Beginners is sort of a mumblecore Jerry Maguire, albeit without the crowd-pleasing catchphrases and mega-watt star power. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/5 36% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) The niche it aims to fill has already been occupied by people willing to go much deeper than Pollak. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1/5 5% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 takes a page from the Think Like A Man Too playbook by moving its sequel to Las Vegas, and a page from seemingly every other bad sequel by essentially remaking the original. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3.5/5 32% Desert Dancer (2015) Desert Dancer is blessed by a powerful sincerity. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 9, 2015
1/5 14% Last Knights (2015) This old-school international hodgepodge production is weighed down by a lumbering humorlessness and a glacial pace that makes it seem far longer than its 115 minutes. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 2, 2015
1.5/5 29% Get Hard (2015) it requires an awful lot of dense conceptual thinking to see Get Hard as a genuine satire of race, and not an exercise in old-fashioned stereotype-based comedy. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 27% Marfa Girl (2015) Clark seems content to make a film just like all the ones that came before, but lacking in the brutal dark comedy that redeemed superior earlier efforts like Bully. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 25, 2015
2.5/5 27% Tracers (2015) It goes about its idiotic business swiftly and efficiently, which is about all you can ask for from this manner of silliness. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 19, 2015
0/5 9% The Cobbler (2015) The Cobbler is such a weirdly somber comedy that it would almost be in poor taste to laugh during it, though there's not much danger of that happening. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/5 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) Kidnapping Mr. Heineken diligently chronicles the true events, but never provides an adequate answer to why this is a story worth telling. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) It's as if someone decided to film a standard Hangover knock-off script as the kind of painfully sincere, dour exploration of shattered dreams and squandered expectations. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) The humor is seldom character-based: It's more a matter of actors saying whatever outrageous thing springs to mind at that moment. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 23, 2015
4/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) Waititi and Clement bring to the material the same deadpan, straight-faced sensibility that paid such rich dividends in Flight Of The Conchords. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 11, 2015
2/5 43% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus is the best kind of failure, impassioned and singular, but it's a failure all the same. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 11, 2015
0/5 36% Lovesick (2014) Audiences should know well enough to stay away from this perversely bland, achingly dull romantic comedy. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 4, 2015
2.5/5 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) Even on Cinemax with Shannon Tweed in the lead in 1994, The Boy Next Door would still feel laughably overheated and histrionic, low-budget and unhinged. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1/5 29% The Wedding Ringer (2015) The idea is to keep the action at a fast pace, overwhelming audiences with zaniness so they can't notice that the film is built upon a rotten, crumbling, vaguely hateful core. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1/5 4% Vice (2015) Low-budget and devoid of imagination, Vice seems less like a proper film than a bargain-basement SyFy pilot, shot cheap and drafting off Willis and Jane's star power. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 15, 2015
.5/5 25% Black November (2015) The film is devoid of subtext, filled with cardboard stand-ins for contrasting viewpoints on the powder keg of social and political issues facing Nigeria. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/5 100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) Tales Of The Grim Sleeper has much of the fish-out-of-water comedy and offhanded sociology of Broomfield's best work. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 17, 2014
3.5/5 86% Top Five (2014) It's a big leap forward for Rock as both an actor and a filmmaker, written and directed with the nervous, live-wire energy that has eluded his on-screen work for so long. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 15, 2014
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Eyes Wide Shut is above all a masterpiece of sustained tone, a tightrope act that pays off in rich and unexpected ways. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 13, 2014
2/5 5% The Color of Time (2014) Despite the ambition on display, the film feels awfully slight, like a dream forgotten immediately upon waking. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 10, 2014
1.5/5 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Sudeikis and Day's dumb-and-dumber shtick feels tired, and Bateman sags under the joyless weight of being the token adult in yet another lowbrow romp beneath his dignity. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 1, 2014
1.5/5 39% V/H/S: Viral (2014) It prizes frenetic action over coherence to the point where it can be difficult to tell what's going on, and pointless to try. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 24, 2014
1.5/5 16% A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) Even with Williams in fine, feisty form in perhaps his final major role, it still never comes close to justifying its slender existence. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 10, 2014
.5/5 64% Sex Ed (2014) The film is sex-positive in theory, but nevertheless seems to view aggressive sexuality as the domain of the broken, creepy, and superficial. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 5, 2014
3/5 77% Fury (2014) For Ayer, there's no romance in warfare, only endless brutality, and Fury is deeply immersed in a visceral realm of blood, piss, and vomit. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 22, 2014
2.5/5 78% St. Vincent (2014) St. Vincent is full of indie clichés. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 13, 2014
4/5 94% Whiplash (2014) The film's aversion toward clichés and hitting expected beats lends it a rare, welcome edge of danger. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 8, 2014
2.5/5 2% Left Behind (2014) Left Behind feels almost intentionally incomplete and unsatisfying. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/5 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) It's no masterpiece, but it's a strong, substantive look at an album whose greatness was apparent immediately, but that's still grown in stature since its release. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 1, 2014
2.5/5 86% The Skeleton Twins (2014) The Skeleton Twins has a similarly keen feel for the emotional terrain of depression, but the film falls into a dour rut early on, and seldom rouses itself. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
1.5/5 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) The movie itself seems to be in mourning, which turns a crowd-pleasing look at a plucky dolphin and the humans who refused to give up on her into a joyless dirge. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
2.5/5 56% The Remaining (2014) The Remaining has to qualify as one of the most stirringly adequate, totally acceptable explicitly Christian horror movies ever made. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/5 70% High School Confidential (1958) What makes High School Confidential a spectacularly unconvincing anti-marijuana manifesto also makes it a consistently amusing, eminently re-watchable camp comedy. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 8, 2014
.5/5 11% The Longest Week (2014) The film's constant nods to the artificiality of its narrative highlight its precious, cloying phoniness rather than subvert it. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 5, 2014