Rob Harvilla

Rob Harvilla
Rob Harvilla's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice The Ringer
Publications: Village Voice, The Ringer

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
16% Dolittle (2020) Dolittle is not very good and certainly not subversive in the slightest, but it'd be far, far worse if it were. No doubt that the Artist Formerly Known as Iron Man is concocting baffling and controversial schemes to unleash in the years to come... - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) [Murphy] is still the guy everyone loves, and still the guy who makes everyone just a little bit nervous, at least. You'd love him less if he weren't. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) Throughout, Banderas and Oldman pop up in ever-louder tuxedos to further boast about their deviousness, chewing so much scenery that eventually the very soundstage they're standing on is nearly bare. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Joker turns nihilism into an Olympic sport, and given that aspiration, if that's even the right word, there was only one song worthy of the soundtrack. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) ...this movie is entirely devoted to capturing what makes Springsteen so beloved and enduring, and willing to risk looking uncool to get there. It's not trying to convert you, but it does a fine job of depicting the unembarrassed fervor of the converted. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) It has the distinct, lazy "80 percent of an actual movie" vibe you get from most Netflix originals...you've seen this movie before, worse versions, maybe, but better versions, definitely. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The remake's ceiling is Good Enough. Favreau hits that ceiling often enough, sure. But even in those moments, don't expect to be thrilled-only soothed. It is, indeed, a problem-free philosophy. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
75% Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness (2019) Chasing Happiness has a familiar and pleasing rise-and-fall-and-rise arc from ungodly success to grim disillusionment to triumphant rebirth. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 functions as a reverent send-off for both Woody and Hanks, with a denouement every bit as stingingly sweet as Endgame's... - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Homecoming is a full-blown and painstakingly lush concert film dropping quick bursts of backstage footage amid the glamor and grandiosity of the instantly beloved show itself. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
76% Guava Island (2019) Guava Island is a breezy fable with insurgent aspirations that are better off not being fully realized; likewise, for the discerning Amazon Prime subscriber, it gives you what you want, which is to be left wanting more. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
64% Unicorn Store (2019) Larson has a winsome quirky-comedy energy, but can't yet tell a joke either on camera or behind it; she has big ideas and societal aspirations that will quadruple in impact once her movies no longer insist on spelling them out in giant bubble letters. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
75% Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999) Guy Ritchie's scrappy, twisty, cheerfully ultraviolent tale of hapless small-time English hoodlums might be his best work. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
93% Being John Malkovich (1999) Accept that even Jonze and Kaufman will most likely never provide a worthy substitute to Being John Malkovich themselves. It's awfully hard, even 20 years later, to find a movie even half as bizarre that was also even half as successful. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
39% The Dirt (2019) Anyone watching this film for actual Musical Content is bound to be disappointed... - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
70% Scrooged (1988) Scrooged is, indeed, phenomenally loud, and also very mean, and somehow also ultimately heartening, in a loopy yuletide sort of way. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is a B+ kids movie and an A+ parental nightmare. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody will do as a start. But I still think Sacha Baron Cohen had the right idea. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
90% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) [Sandler] sneaks other disarmingly tender moments into 100% Fresh, including tributes to his daughters and his long-suffering wife. But the Farley song, and the quiet intensity with which Sandler delivers it, is something else entirely. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) The Predator is pure ultraviolent frivolity, as weightless and tasteless and frictionless as its five overachieving-B-movie predecessors. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Here We Go Again will get to you eventually: It will surprise no one that this is all leading to a brief Meryl Streep cameo that is, to repeat, very effective. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
No Score Yet Gotti (2018) The pace drags; the sporadic violence fails to either titillate or disgust. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) Jesus Christ Superstar, even at its gaudiest, never once registered as a joke, or an out-of-control melodrama in need of a collective social media puncturing. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
88% David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) Even if Last Five Years builds a conventional framework for a notoriously unconventional person, that dissonance is its own sort of tribute, and offers another lesson: He did all this stuff because he's the only person alive who could've thought of it. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
77% The Other F Word (2011) Flea almost cries. Twice. There's your four-word summation of The Other F Word, a half-poignant, half-absurd documentary on punk-rocker dads. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2011