Rob Dean

Rob Dean
Rob Dean's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Grindhouse
Originally from Massachusetts but now based out of Austin, TX, Rob writes some things for the Internet: sometimes film reviews, sometimes funny stuff, but all embedded with secret Masonic messages. He loves film, comic books, and is still mourning the loss of Pushing Daisies. His dream is to one day have his musical based on The Goonies debut on stage. Yes, that last part is real.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 40% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) The pieces were there to create a special movie, but instead, Snake Eyes is a crudely assembled film that bores where it should thrill. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
2.5/5 28% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Make no mistake, Space Jam: A New Legacy is painful to watch. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
2.5/5 62% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) Gunpowder Milkshake is sloppy and doesn't have enough excitement to distract from its flaws; it only offers enough potential to further frustrate viewers. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
1.5/5 42% The Ice Road (2021) An infuriating misfire that takes a previously great story ... and then turns it into a sodden mess of warmed-over action movie clichés, cardboard-thin characters and a complete misunderstanding of how tension, psychology or even cinema in general works. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
4.5/5 59% F9 (2021) By all accounts, F9 should be a train wreck, but instead, it becomes a collision of so many impossibilities that what emerges is a fantastically entertaining movie for which no words can truly do it justice. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
3/5 66% Fatherhood (2021) Fatherhood has the exact same ups and downs as every other film of its ilk, though the acting certainly elevates it more than others in the field. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
3/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) There's some great chemistry among its stars, the occasional solid joke and Hayek's fantastically bombastic performance, but it's a step down from its predecessor. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
3/5 95% In the Heights (2021) Chu delivers a vibrant film with impressive musical sequences that explode with energy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
3/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Though it has some fairly good sequences, a couple of strong performances, serviceable imagery and a pretty pat story, it's that total level of mediocrity that essentially dooms the film. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
3.5/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Army of the Dead is a fine action-horror movie that has some standout moments ... but the winning performances and cool spectacle are often undermined due to its by-the-numbers story. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
2/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral isn't the worst movie - it's not even the worst Saw movie - but watching it can feel like its own form of torture at times. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) The Woman in the Window may owe a debt to Hitchcock, but it plays more like one of his lesser, forgotten films in that it has some great moments but a lot of missed opportunities. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/5 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) While director Stefano Sollima delivers a good-looking movie with some well-staged action, much of the script feels like paint-by-numbers, which sucks out the excitement and intrigue. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3.5/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Mortal Kombat may not be a straight adaptation of the beloved game, but it honors the spirit and delivers where it counts. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3.5/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Godzilla vs. Kong is meant as a joyous celebration of mega-monster melees, serving up massive amounts of kaiju kayfabe that is usually lacking. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
3/5 84% Nobody (2021) Nobody is a fine movie with inspired set pieces and enough delightful bits of violence and charm to make it an entertaining experience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
2.5/5 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Snyder improves a lot of areas from the 2017 release ... [but] all of Snyder's bad habits are amplified as well. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
3.5/5 49% Coming 2 America (2021) Coming 2 America is a fun trip back to familiar territory that feels justified in its decision to revisit these characters. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/5 22% Chaos Walking (2021) While it boasts strong performances, some cool visuals and multiple engaging sequences, a lot of Chaos Walking feels like it's missing key pieces needed to make it a more enjoyable movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) With Judas and the Black Messiah, King has crafted a movie that serves as a vital chapter in American history - a snapshot of a moment in time that continues to echo well into the present. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 75% The Mauritanian (2021) Despite some clunky bits, there's a lot to admire in Macdonald's film, including many affecting scenes that will leave people infuriated, deflated and hopeful in equal measure. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
2.5/5 45% The Little Things (2021) It's hard to tell if Hancock is trying to do something clever with The Little Things or if it's exactly as clichéd as it seems. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Despite some compelling strengths scattered throughout, they're not enough reason to simply forgive and enjoy Wonder Woman 1984 in the face of its flaws. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/5 88% News of the World (2020) There's great beauty and poignant moments, but ultimately, it feels like a pulled punch from a director who's usually interested in evoking visceral reactions from audiences. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/5 45% Monster Hunter (2020) Monster Hunter, the latest video game adaptation from Anderson, is full of the usual highs and lows, resulting in a diverting if unremarkable film. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
1/5 9% Songbird (2020) Songbird is an exploitative Children of Men knockoff that possesses neither the soul nor intelligence to portray a massive and profoundly tragic subject matter such as this pandemic. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
4.5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland is concurrently a celebration of the pioneering spirit and an elegy for a frontier that may have never existed. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) There is a lot to like about PENINSULA, with co-writer/director Yeon refining his ability for staging action that was already engaging. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
3.5/5 84% Freaky (2020) Freaky is a truly entertaining slasher film that uses [its] gimmicks with an inventive flair to produce something familiar yet wholly unique at the same time. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3.5/5 48% The Craft: Legacy (2020) Lister-Jones has created a film that alternates between a sincere ode to empowerment and a parody of the millennial ideal of 'wokeness.' - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is a bold and inventive installment that narrows its scope of satire while unearthing moments both sincere and genuinely shocking. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/5 39% Honest Thief (2020) Honest Thief is like the eighth or ninth film in the past decade where [Neeson's] played the exact same role. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) The War With Grandpa is a fairly by-the-numbers, all-ages comedy that offers a few moments of genuine hilarity amidst baffling dramatic scenes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
2.5/5 29% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum falters due to the disconnect between what the filmmakers envision as deep and what instead comes across as needlessly brutal. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 48% Unhinged (2020) Unhinged is the perfect distillation of this moment in American culture, but it's hard to tell what [director Derek] Borte and writer Carl Ellsworth are trying to say with their reflection. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
74% The Rental (2020) Instead of synthesis that expands on what came before, Franco's film is a jumble of negativity and pieces of other movies that produces nothing truly new or engaging. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 79% Greyhound (2020) There are elements that work well, and many that land with a shrug, but it's striking how much better [Greyhound] plays in contemplation and theory than in actual experience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
2.5/5 80% The Old Guard (2020) The Old Guard is an aggressively average movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2020
93% We Are Little Zombies (2020) [WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES is] a full-throated barbaric yawp of an impressive and new major talent arriving on the cinematic scene...[delivering] a joyful movie about being isolated, forgotten, and even feeling devoid of happiness... - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
No Score Yet Don't Run (2019) While DON'T RUN may not be a stellar movie and most people should probably pass it by, I still can't wait to see what the filmmaker does next. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
No Score Yet Cry Havoc (2020) [CRY HAVOC] sounds like an incredible collision of schlock ideas that should be...fodder for a decent future cult film. execution, the film ends up bogged down by bad technical elements...and an inability to recognize where [its strengths] lie. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
78% Tapeworm (2019) While not as surreal as their shorts, TAPEWORM still traffics in similar sense of aloof absurdity that darts back and forth between bathos and pathos, leaving viewers not entirely certain how they should feel about what they just watched. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
2.5/5 64% Cargo (2020) CARGO, from writer/director Arati Kadav, is an impressively made film that looks great and has a ton of ideas and emotions it wishes to capture and explore-but unfortunately there is a lack of coherence to these threads. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
64% Same Boat (2020) ...There is a lot of impressive talent on display that shows a lot of promise for the cast and crew in their future endeavors. SAME BOAT is flawed and could have been great, but it will just have to settle for being truly unique and fairly entertaining. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
57% The Hunt (2020) The Hunt...[has] a lot of excellent action sequences, surprising splatter, fun banter, and strong performances by all involved. While it nails those subgenre targets, [it] completely whiffs on any sense of political depth. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/5 30% Bloodshot (2020) There was a lot of potential for Bloodshot to become a true cyberpunk action classic, but what ends up on screen is only a mildly entertaining film with too few bright spots. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3/5 83% The Way Back (2020) For every scene that feels like part of a checklist of sports movie clichés ... there's a moment of human fallibility and ugliness that rings true. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN takes...conversations happening in our society now and marries them to a vividly tense and creepy atmosphere...[for] a stockpile of new possibilities, emotional urgency, and thrilling filmmaking. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 37% Downhill (2020) Downhill explores familiar territory but is different enough from the original to display the filmmakers' eye for human behavior and weird social constructs. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4.5/5 64% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Gretel & Hansel is a hypnotic journey into the shadows of our collective unconscious and a return to the unsettling days of our youth. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020