Rob Carnevale

Rob Carnevale
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix still deserves to be celebrated on its own merits. It does bring a decent sense of closure, it excites on a visceral level, and it still manages - albeit on a smaller scale - to explore some weighty and relevant issues. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/5 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The sequel is a brisk, warm-hearted affair that is both wildly amusing and clever enough to drop in some sly observations about the challenges of parenting and finding your place in an ever-changing, often dangerous world. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 17% Hellboy (2019) The film takes some familiar genre elements and mixes them up a little, delivering something that feels fresh, occasionally subversive yet -- at times -- as moving as it is outrageous. It's a comedy with plenty of smarts. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) In most regards, it's monster mayhem done well but [most] people behaving stupidly. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The third instalment in the John Wick franchise is a wildly entertaining action epic that embraces its own ridiculousness to rip-roaring effect. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is a cinematic achievement unlike any other. And it is a gift... a thank you to those fans who have taken the journey. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 91% Shazam! (2019) The overall result is a welcome new entry into the superhero genre that chills, thrills, subverts and massively entertains. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park, an ambitious but ultimately flawed attempt to mix adult themes with child-friendly fun. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) For while the lack of certain genre conventions may be frustrating for some, there is still a lot to appreciate once the dust has settled on what you may have been anticipating. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) It's good, just not great. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is another winning entry into the MCU, with Larson emerging as a highly appealing kick-ass heroine with brains to match her brawn. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/5 19% Serenity (2019) A head-scratcher not for the right reasons, Knight's film is a story of two halves that intrigues for long periods before dropping in a twist that not only undermines a lot of what has come before, but throws what follows into the realms of the absurd. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
3/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit is an average thriller that would otherwise have been a solid performer for Neeson, the go-to guy for this kind of thing. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Visually rich and emotionally compelling, this offers up a fittingly poignant finale to a genuinely beloved film (and TV) series. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) Ali presents Shirley as a fierce pioneer, whose bravery and humanity is easy to admire. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 66% Vice (2018) [A] no holds barred take down anchored by a mesmerising central performance from Christian Bale. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 74% Destroyer (2018) Director Karyn Kusama imbues the film with a gritty reality that makes for a frequently tough watch. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Jon S Baird's affectionate tribute to the genius of Laurel & Hardy is as heart-warming as it is tear-jerking - and a film that successfully ensures their legend will live on. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 14% Life Itself (2018) Dan Fogelman's Life Itself masquerades as a film that dares to tackle the unpredictable nature of life in a mature, honest way. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
3.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's a flight of musical fantasy that's tailor-made for bringing families together and losing themselves in the moment. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) It's a Transformers movie to enjoy and even care about... and one capable of turning around this franchise's fortunes for the better. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It's edgy, it's colourful, it's playful and it's alive with invention. It's often breath-taking to look at. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & The Gun offers a fond farewell to Redford that captivates thanks to another virtuoso performance from its charismatic veteran. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks The Internet still rates as a triumphant return for a beloved set of characters that will charm, exhilarate and wildly entertain on its own terms. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
5/5 91% Widows (2018) A muscular thriller of the highest order that lacks none of the social awareness or political heft of past McQueen presentations. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
5/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Bradley Cooper makes a stunning directorial debut with A Star Is Born, an emotionally devastating rollercoaster of a journey that exhilarates as much as it devastates. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 22% Mile 22 (2018) Peter Berg's fourth collaboration with actor Mark Wahlberg is arguably one of the most pumped up, aggressive action films you're likely to see in a long time. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/5 32% The Predator (2018) The result, while enjoyable enough, also feels like a missed opportunity, especially given that its come from a veteran of the franchise. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 50% Equalizer 2 (2018) The Equalizer 2 is a guilty pleasure - a by-the-numbers sequel given extra impetus by the presence of one of Hollywood's finest leading men. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 82% Beirut (2018) Jon Hamm delivers a powerhouse performance in this intelligent and taut thriller, Beirut. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man & The Wasp, the studio's first release post-Thanos clicking those fingers, is a breezy, heart-warming romp that plants its tongue firmly in its cheek. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) That being said, Fallout really delivers where it matters most: in spectacle. The action sequences genuinely do astound, by virtue of their chutzpah, magnitude and ability to exhilarate. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) A follow-up that may not surpass the achievements of its illustrious predecessor, but which still manages to deliver a classic in its own right. You'll have a blast. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2018
4.5/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It may be missing half the creative team behind the original Sicario but this equally gripping follow-up maintains the quality of its predecessor as well as the brutal efficiency. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/5 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom is a viciously entertaining treat - one that embodies the values that have helped sustain this franchise to five films and counting... - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo is fun, flawed and ultimately forgettable. It's an amiable popcorn adventure... and sometimes that's all you need. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) As Deadpool himself might say, it's a superhero film that exists to be bad for all the right reasons. So why not just go with the flow? - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 86% Tully (2018) Tully is a continually engrossing examination of parenting in the modern era. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
4.5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It's a rollercoaster ride that leaves you breathless, invested and eventually panting for more. Marvel's Cinematic Universe really is something to savour and hold up as special. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Pacific Rim: Uprising is a film that's fully aware of its limitations but one that's happy to work within the confines of them and even utilise them to its strengths. As a result, it's a much more enjoyable ride than anyone might dared to have hoped. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) For all of its many flaws, Ready Player One is hugely entertaining without ever coming close to the masterpiece status of Spielberg's earliest and genre-defining work. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2.5/5 39% Gringo (2018) While there are moments that impress and amuse, Gringo never quite manages to sustain its momentum. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) It is a landmark moment in blockbuster cinema that couldn't be more timely or more confident in its ability to be so. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/5 93% Journey's End (2018) It is a moving, thought-provoking piece of work that genuinely impresses. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/5 81% Early Man (2018) It adheres to a classic British sense of humour, traditional values and warm-hearted storytelling. And yet, simultaneously, it's alive with invention. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
5/5 97% Coco (2017) Coco is a magical journey that is as uplifting as it is -- at times -- heart-breaking. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/5 88% The Post (2018) The Post is a smart, astute piece of cinema that entertains in spades while still having plenty to say on a political, social and journalistic level. It is a film worthy of the heavyweight talent it has attracted. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) A trashy, enjoyable B-movie that succeeds in spite of its own absurdity. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
5/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Such is the power of McDonagh's screenplay, that you'll feel as though you've been taken on a journey that's as profound and moving as it is -- at times -- shocking and thought-provoking. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
4/5 81% Molly's Game (2018) Molly's Game functions as both a scintillating character study and a fascinating expose. It's well worth booking a seat at this table. - Indie London EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018