Rob Dean

Rob Dean
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The movie creates an impressive and well-thought-out world with beautiful production design but then populates it with hollow characters and a boring story. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) The film tries to have it both ways, subverting the genre in its parodic send-up while also basically sticking to those same story beats. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) This retelling of the Arthurian legend is an incredible throwback that captures the spirit of the most rollicking young adult tales ... and produces something both familiar and unique. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) It's the best Transformers film thus far, but that is damning with so much faint praise as to be a verbal shrug. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Into the Spider-Verse is an exciting expression of love and adventure that will remind viewers of the unlimited potential of their imaginations. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 94% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is at turns hilarious, intriguing and depressing but remains a singular cinematic event that culminates in the disparate elements joining together to paint a woeful picture of humanity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) [Widows has] enough stylistic flourish and character nuances to keep the audience engaged and entertain them through the familiar parts. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Though it's a diverting watch with some really strong stuff baked in, on the whole, the film feels undercooked. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 80% Overlord (2018) There are moments that are entertaining and well-executed, but they're too few and far in between, awash in old tropes that should have been retired by now. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 61% The Oath (2018) [The Oath] serves as a perfect reflection, skewering and rumination of our times. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) The latest relaunch of the Halloween franchise eschews all the other follow-ups to John Carpenter's original to tell a story about how traumatic experiences reverberate through decades and even generations. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Drew Goddard has crafted an engaging meditation on identity and the burdens of mistakes that's wrapped up in a fun, pulpy tale full of action and quippy dialogue. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Director Eli Roth has turned in a charming slice of cinema that should become a Halloween staple for many children going forward. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3.5/5 32% The Predator (2018) [The Predator] doesn't reach the heights it could have, but it's still a very entertaining time at the theater that will leave audiences smiling and laughing amidst the carnage. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/5 12% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint is an oft-told story full of trite characters that brings nothing new to the table. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/5 18% The Darkest Minds (2018) A by-the-numbers sci-fi thriller for the YA set that treads water in overly recognizable elements without offering much in the way of anything new or entertaining. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Though it boasts some cool action scenes and a strong central performance, the movie is weighed down by a muddled script and bland storytelling efforts. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/5 58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Many of the horror moments are effective and creepy, especially within the confines of the mundane computer screens and windows. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) By never losing its focus on what matters to viewers, "Skyscraper" is able to rise above pedestrian action fare. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/5 54% The First Purge (2018) The First Purge is a fine entry in the ongoing franchise, but it never hits the heights that it promises. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
4/5 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The film is tense and entertaining across the board, presenting a fully realized world with real emotional weight that still has the ability to include dramatic flair and exciting moments. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has fun moments, stylish sequences and cool imagery but is ultimately undone and undercut by a script that has no emotional weight and makes no logical sense. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 88% American Animals (2018) The lack of a concrete tone or a script that makes the emotions more solid lets the movie down, but it's ultimately an interesting and unique journey that will appeal to true crime enthusiasts. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 25% Overboard (2018) The story is overly complicated, and at almost two hours long, it's far too drawn out, but the filmmakers do a good job of creating a semblance of an emotional throughline. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4.5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It is a massive spectacle full of fun character moments, impressive action sequences and a real sense of stakes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
2/5 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) ["I Feel Pretty] attempts to deliver an inspiring message but ends up undercutting itself at every opportunity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/5 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Truth or Dare [uses] the well-worn teenage party game as a means of racking up a body count without much to set it apart from other horror fare. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) The film is incredibly tense, with a great sense of pacing and tone that ratchets up the anxiety with each scene as it careens toward an amazing climax. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
4/5 83% Blockers (2018) Cannon delivers a strong film by blending together hilarity and poignancy so that it becomes more than an episodic scene list of increasing craziness. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) The movie provides a fun time at the theater, but it's also a wildly uneven ride that runs the gamut from boring to inspiring. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
4.5/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs is hilarious, touching and inventive and carries with it a strong and much-needed message of defiant love. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Although the movie delivers some interesting new characters and a clever plot, it's saddled with a weak script that makes it a shadow of its predecessor. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3.5/5 38% Gringo (2018) There are some flaws in the script and direction, but it's a very entertaining ride that is buoyed by strong performances and an infectious sense of fun. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 46% Red Sparrow (2018) It's an entertaining spy movie, more in the vein of a John Le Carré novel than a Jason Bourne adventure, that is engaging throughout its runtime. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
4.5/5 88% Annihilation (2018) The film is a masterful journey into strange new territory that is equal parts beautiful, frightening, mysterious and wholly captivating. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/5 81% Early Man (2018) Early Man relies on a lot of lazy, easy jokes that were never an issue with Park's earlier work. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) The Commuter never thinks it's something it's not; the movie knows it's a straightforward potboiler and performs adequately as such. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
4.5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The film is a great ode to the power of falling in love and discovering one's own truth and identity through the reflection of another. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) The film never totally gets a grip on the story it's telling, only the story it wants to tell, and as such becomes a tedious exercise in shallow extravagance and wasted talent. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3.5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a muddled movie that has some incredibly high points and beautiful scenes... [but] also contains a lot of distracting filler. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It's a moving and charming film that doesn't shy away from the ugliness of life, choosing instead to celebrate beauty wherever it may be found. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
4.5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) James Franco's film is a triumphant and uproarious comedy that celebrates flawed creators and their mistaken creations. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2.5/5 57% LBJ (2017) For all of its speechifying and heavy-handed attempts at framing history, LBJ doesn't deliver anything truly memorable to understanding history or its subject in any way. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) It's a brilliant fable that mashes up cold pragmatism with the light of magical realism ... [to] produce an utterly unique experience that will leave audiences a bit shaken but with much to ponder. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
1.5/5 7% The Snowman (2017) There is very little at all engaging about the film as it meanders its way toward a finish line that feels cheap, rushed and simply nonsensical. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 64% The Foreigner (2017) [Jackie] Chan is hands down the best part of The Foreigner, ably portraying a sense of quiet grief and anger that is touching and all too human. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/5 71% Happy Death Day (2017) The movie has inventive elements to it and lots of positives like creative editing and strong performances, but it ultimately underwhelms due to its lack of urgency or an underscoring point. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) If style was all that a film needed to succeed, Atomic Blonde would be one of the best movies of the year. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) Propelled by smart and authentic dialogue, strong characterizations and the occasional burst of brutal violence, [Wind River] is a testament to Sheridan's abilities as a storyteller. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4.5/5 69% mother! (2017) A riveting and moving look at the power of creation, the price of devotion and the obsession that lies at the heart of all types of love. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017