Rob Staeger

Rob Staeger
Rob Staeger's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly Village Voice
Publications: L.A. Weekly, Village Voice

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
40% The Super (2018) "I was in The motherf**king Wire!" I imagine that thought was running through the head of Paul Ben-Victor as he grouched his way through The Super. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
58% Calling All Earthlings (2018) The film skirts the edges of its story like a garrulous pothead, its interviews never quite getting to the point. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
47% Occupation (2018) Occupation is an action-movie throwback, a comfortable old combat boot. It's rousing in the old, familiar ways, but shouldn't all that sound and fury signify something? - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
No Score Yet Psychotic! (2016) The amped-up acting is oversaturated in self-aware irony, and the few laughs wrung from the characters' train wreck of a band aren't worth the time spent listening to it. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
75% The Price (2017) ... the interaction of the film's many tensions nonetheless brings it to complex life. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
88% B&B (2018) Ahearne deftly builds the suspense, raising the stakes before steering the story into surprising new directions. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
20% A*sholes (2017) What begins as revolting and off the rails peters out into a weak-sauce final payoff presented as an intervention-themed reality show, so tired and quaintly stupid it no longer offends. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
79% Realive (2017) Realive's greatest strength is that it takes its premise so seriously, engaging with its moral and spiritual questions. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
53% Shot (2017) The characters deal with guilt, disability, and trauma, culminating in an intense final confrontation...and an underlying whiff of a Very Special Episode. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
60% The Monster Project (2017) It's sometimes tough to follow the action, but for a short while it's breathless fun, as escaping one monster leads the group to the next. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
64% It Stains the Sands Red (2017) Like a dog turd lurking in the middle of a jelly doughnut, a needless, brutal rape scene poisons the whole experience. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
11% Dead Awake (2017) The whole affair plods along in by-the-numbers fashion, and the characters are all types, displaying little evidence of interior lives. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
65% Another Evil (2017) Proksch tilts his wretchedness into menace, and Mell stages a climax that's thrilling and ridiculous in equal measure. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet Eloise (2017) Mysteries of the characters' pasts are revealed, but Dushku and Crawford are so bland that their secrets barely registered to begin with. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
77% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) Filmgoers who brave We Are the Flesh may regret seeing it. Forgetting it is another matter entirely. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
68% SiREN (2016) A lot can go wrong in a movie centered on a supernatural strip club. So why is Siren so damn entertaining? - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
91% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) The performances are compelling all around, but Kagawa stands out: His Nishino, somehow as cowardly as he is sinister, recalls the oily nervousness of Peter Lorre. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
57% The Lennon Report (2016) Profe does an admirable job walking us through the day's events, weaving together the accounts of people on the scene. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) Where most post-Shrek animated films are manic and all too eager to please, Rémi Chayé's deliberately paced Long Way North tells its story with clarity and an urgent calm. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
62% Carnage Park (2016) Much of Carnage Park is merely a sun-bleached desert creepshow, a murky soup of a murderer toying with his victims simply because he's cra-a-azy. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
17% Intruder (2016) Even [its] looming threat can't enliven the plotless lollygagging in the foreground. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) There's no explicit attempt to put forth a Grand Unifying Theory of Zappa; Schütte immerses us in the competing aspects of Zappa's public persona for their own sake. The results are fascinating. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
78% What We Become (Sorgenfri) (2016) In our zombie-glutted media landscape, this is familiar territory; we know what's coming, pretty much beat for beat. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
31% Sacrifice (2016) This watered-down throwback to The Wicker Man never really heats up. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
47% They're Watching (2016) Writer-directors Micah Wright and Jay Lender are kids'-cartoon vets and show a facility for comedy on a more human level here - as does the nimble cast, which ably handles the tonal shift from travel nightmare to actual nightmare. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
38% The Final Project (2016) Slipshod in every way, The Final Project can't even be bothered to show the important stuff ... - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2016
64% Ava's Possessions (2016) Jordan Galland's Ava's Possessions begins where most demonic-possession movies end. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2016
50% The Pack (2016) Ultimately, these feral dogs pose no danger that couldn't be solved by staying inside, boarding the windows and barricading the doors. It's not a bad approach to the film itself. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
55% Jeruzalem (2016) As impressive as the Old City locations can be, one narrow alleyway looks much like another when the Paz brothers' camera is bouncing to and fro. Not much substance is buried beneath the irritating style. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2016
45% Intruders (2016) Like the house, the movie is something of a shifting puzzle box; if only the backstory that turns its gears weren't so rotten. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2016
87% He Never Died (2015) He Never Died is a Tootsie Pop of a movie. It has the outer shell of Taken ... but there's an altogether different treat in the center. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
77% Dementia (2015) As a suspense film, Dementia is solid but unremarkable, even considering its ugly snarl of an ending. But hidden underneath, the film has all the elements for a compelling, sharp-edged family drama. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
No Score Yet I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine (2015) Brutality is the only thing director R.D. Braunstein cares to show with any specificity; everything else is so vague as to seem imaginary. J - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
50% #Horror (2015) First-time director Subkoff shoots even the mundane sniping in horror mode, and makes the hallucinations pay vivid dividends: - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
81% A Christmas Horror Story (2015) The anthology is a mixed stocking; if you reach inside, something's likely to grab you. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
87% Deathgasm (2015) Confident and giddily brutal. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
No Score Yet Muck (2015) The plot is as scant and demeaning as the costumes... - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
27% Amnesiac (2015) The film's palette is relentlessly beige, and Bosworth and Bentley echo that, speaking in elliptical hushes. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
65% Bloodsucking Bastards (2015) ...the film sinks its teeth into toxic elements of office culture, such as the trampling of individuality...or simply how no one ever bothers to learn the janitor's name. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
89% Blood Punch (2013) A fun, dark movie made by the stars and staff of a kids show. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015
18% The Vatican Tapes (2015) At no point does this film strive to be more than a second-rate version of what it is: a halfhearted attempt to make some scratch while pretending the devil exists. Some trick. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
53% Closer To God (2015) The drama plays out as expected - the ending, particularly, seems too pat - but offers several well-executed moments of tension along the way. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
25% The Stranger (2015) For viewers who don't need to suck down every last drop of vampire lore, The Stranger never gets the blood pumping. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2015
95% We Are Still Here (2015) Early scenes overplay the shock of these phantasms, but just as you expect Geoghegan to crank up the effects, the film mixes in some subtler scares. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2015
61% The Water Diviner (2015) Russell Crowe proves to be a proficient director in need of better material with The Water Diviner, an adaptation of Andrew Anastasios and Dr. Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios's inspired-by-true-events novel. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2015
33% Laugh Killer Laugh (2015) Conversations meander and fizzle; characters repeat themselves, speaking in banalities and clichés. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2015
17% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) It's taxing to watch, and Green moves between scenes with Malick-inspired ellipses, frustrating momentum. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2015
71% Zombeavers (2015) Director Jordan Rubin and the cast know the material is ridiculous, but calibrate the tone so that the dangers still feels dangerous. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
25% Ghoul (2015) Ghoul rewards attention for much of its running time with subtle scares and growing unease, before squandering it in a shaky chase through twisted corridors that goes nowhere unexpected. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
81% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) Australian filmmakers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner remind us why we love these bloody movies in the first place, evincing Raimi-esque glee at twisting the rules of zombiehood like so much taffy. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2015