Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Rob Thomas's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 94%

Creed (2015)

"If you don't feel a thrill when, during that championship bout, the original "Rocky" theme suddenly kicks in, I can't help you." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 24, 2015
1/4 24%

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

"I expected the latest iteration of the Frankenstein franchise to be bad, but would it be enjoyably bad? Then, in the first scene, we see Daniel Radcliffe capering about as a hunchback in clown makeup, and I thought, "Go on . . . I'm listening."" ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 24, 2015
4/4 96%

Spotlight (2015)

"The film takes the dogged, persistent, mundane work of old school newspaper reporting - digging through records, interviewing people, connecting dots - and makes it the stuff of high drama, exciting and even heroic." ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Nov 20, 2015
4/4 94%

Room (2015)

"Movie theaters keep adding new amenities, from recliner seats to fancy bars and restaurants. But where are the Sobbing Lounges for those of us who have just seen "Room"?" ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/4 34%

By The Sea (2015)

"It's tempting, of course, to speculate about how much of the Pitts' marriage is poured into that of the fictional couple. But if this was a French or Italian film starring a pair of unknown faces, I would still have been pulled in." ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 97%

Cemetery of Splendor (2016)

"The placid, normal-seeming exterior seems appropriate for a film that is about digging beneath the layers, digging to the past, digging to the subterranean heart of ourselves." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 17, 2015
3.5/4 95%

The Wonders (2015)

"As Rohrwacher did with her previous film "Corpe Celeste," she sinks so deep into the life of a pre-teen girl and her flawed but loving family that we feel like we're immersed in a novel as much as a film." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet

Run Free: The True Story Of Caballo Blanco (2015)

"it just might propel you to get up the next morning and try to be "easy, light and smooth" - whether you go out running or not." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 13, 2015
2/4 81%

Labyrinth Of Lies (2015)

"It's just surprising that a film called "Labyrinth of Lies" would be so straightforward and predictable." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3/4 97%

All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015)

"This is Tower's story, and Hanks tells in a way that will resonate with both grizzled music veterans who have hung onto their physical collections, and millennials wondering what all the fuss was about." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3/4 65%

Spectre (2015)

""Spectre" contains clever action sequences, spectacular locales, colorful baddies, and another assured performance by Craig in his fourth outing as 007. It's just that the suit fits him maybe a little too well this time." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 62%

Truth (2015)

"it loses momentum when it tries to grapple with Big Issues, letting Mapes, Rather and Grace's character all stop the film to give speeches on the importance of good journalism. But was this good journalism?" ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 30, 2015
2.5/4 60%

In The Courtyard (2015)

"I enjoyed it, and I probably won't ever think of it again five minutes after I finish this review." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 28, 2015
3.5/4 86%

Steve Jobs (2015)

" Instead of the traditional and-then-this-happened biopic, "Steve Jobs" is a bold, funny and poignant film - five bars, fully charged filmmaking." ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Oct 23, 2015
3/4 85%

Meet The Patels (2015)

"Rather than taking a firm position for or against arranged marriages, "Meet the Patels" is a big-hearted, poignant and truly funny documentary that shows people will try anything to find love - and sometimes "anything" works." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 16, 2015
3.5/4 100%

Peace Officer (2015)

"Deftly weaving in Lawrence's crusade against the larger backdrop of recent changes in law enforcement philosophy, "Peace Officer" is as much on the side of cops as it is on the citizens." ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/4 71%

The Final Girls (2015)

"If you're enough of a horror fan to know what a "Final Girl" is, ironically, you might not be the right audience for it." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3.5/4 86%

Goodnight Mommy (2015)

"The first time you watch "Goodnight Mommy," you may spend the last half-hour watching the movie through your fingers. And then you'll immediately want to watch it again." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/4 96%

Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)

""Taxi" is a brave and strange film from an essential filmmaker, a moving statement for artistic freedom." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3.5/4 92%

The Martian (2015)

"I'm going to be a sucker for any movie that includes a shoutout to '80s Infocom text adventures. But, "Leather Goddesses of Phobos" aside, "The Martian" is a terrific piece of entertainment." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 1, 2015
3/4 72%

Pawn Sacrifice (2015)

""Pawn Sacrifice" makes the safe and smart decision to spend as little time on the chess pieces as possible, instead focusing on the minds of the players. And, in the case of Bobby Fischer, there is plenty to focus on." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 26, 2015
3/4 97%

Listen To Me Marlon (2015)

"It's a story that has the grandeur and the contours of Greek tragedy, but the beauty of "Listen to Me Marlon" is that the documentary presents him as an intensely human person, full of contradictions and inner pain." ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/4 83%

Uncle John (2015)

"For a first film, it's very assured filmmaking, and from here Piet and Crary could choose to go in either direction "Uncle John" points to - or any direction, really." ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/4 92%

Grandma (2015)

"Weitz isn't aiming for sweeping profundity, instead making a character study that's small, sour and sweet - like one of those hard candies your grandma had in a bowl by the front door." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/4 74%

7 Chinese Brothers (2015)

""7 Chinese Brothers," modest and unassuming, wins us over too, even though I can't figure out what the R.E.M. song has to do with the movie. Plus, it looks like Byington could only afford 2 Chinese brothers at most." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 15, 2015
3/4 68%

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015)

"Gibran encouraged his readers to savor every drop of life, even the bitter ones, and viewers should relax and savor every panel of this film." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3.5/4 92%

Queen of Earth (2015)

"It's that tension - will Catherine really go off the rails, and how far will she go when she does? - that makes "Queen of Earth" such a transfixing experience." ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3.5/4 98%

Phoenix (2015)

""Phoenix" is a film that starts slow, gathers momentum and hits you with the force of an express train at the end." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3.5/4 93%

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)

"Although Heller's debut does have some stylistic flourishes, this is not an exercise in style, but a refreshingly honest film, both funny and sad, about growing up female in all its messy complexity and wonder." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/4 45%

No Escape (2015)

""No Escape" is really a horror film at heart, the Dowdles effectively using the tricks of the trade to build dread in the viewer. It's just that, instead of a serial killer or a demon, the boogeyman this time is an entire country." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 25, 2015
3/4 72%

The Salvation (2015)

"Writer-director Kristian Levring says there are 62 different references to classic Westerns in his own oater "The Salvation." Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay his film is that I never looked for them. I was too busy enjoying the film." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 25, 2015
2/4 16%

Aloft (2015)

"For much of the film, the audience is busy connecting dots between the two storylines to figure out what happened between mother and son. But the lines that get drawn are unsatisfying." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 24, 2015
3/4 87%

Lambert & Stamp (2015)

""A fresh and invigorating film that avoids many of the clichés of the 'rockumentary.'" " ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Aug 21, 2015
2/4 39%

She's Funny That Way (2015)

"To call this comedy featherweight would be an insult to the substantiveness of feathers." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2.5/4 58%

Saint Laurent (2015)

""Saint Laurent' is a fascinating tour of the man's life and times, but too often we feel like it's a portrait that's not even skin-deep, but fabric-deep." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2.5/4 67%

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

"There's a rather witty scene with the two heroes arguing over which purse their female accomplice should wear with each outfit, and you think yeah, this could be the entire movie: "The Spy Who Loved To Tell Me What Not To Wear."" ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 72%

I Am Chris Farley (2015)

"For an officially-sanctioned documentary , the film does go deeper than I expected into the insecurities and self-loathing that underpinned both his comic genius and his vices. It's Midwestern polite, but also Midwestern honest." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 11, 2015
2.5/4 44%

Irrational Man (2015)

""Beautifully shot and more narratively disciplined than some of Allen's later films, it shows there's life in the old dog yet." " ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2/4 25%

Dark Places (2015)

"When one character implores, "I know this is a lot to take," I had to agree. It's like Flynn couldn't settle on one solution to her mystery, so decided to check "all of the above." " ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/4 99%

Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

""Shaun' isn't quite as magical as "Chicken Run" or "Curse of the Were-Rabbit," not amounting to much more than a series of gags. But they are brilliant gags, and come forth in giddy waves that easily sustain a feature-length film." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 4, 2015
2/4 61%

Southpaw (2015)

"A lot of blood, sweat and tears was obviously poured into "Southpaw." But very little sense." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 85%

Trainwreck (2015)

"I liked "Trainwreck" just fine, but can't help wondering what a romantic comedy made by the Amy Schumer behind "Last F---able Day" would look like. Hopefully "Trainwreck" does well enough that she'll get the freedom to make it." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 81%

Ant-Man (2015)

"If you're worn out by superhero movies featuring apocalyptic battles in which cities are leveled, may I present "Ant-Man," in which the climactic showdown takes place aboard a Thomas the Tank Engine train set. And not even the deluxe version." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 84%

Do I Sound Gay? (2015)

"As a filmmaker, Thorpe is merely serviceable, and "Do I Sound Gay?" has trouble keeping all its different strands - political, cultural, personal - from tangling on screen." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 15, 2015
2.5/4 56%

Minions (2015)

"Little. Yellow. Not that different." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/4 97%

Tangerine (2015)

"Don't judge an L.A. trans prostitute unless you've walked a mile (or 50 yards) in her high heels. That's the message of writer-director Sean Baker's enormously entertaining and empathetic feature." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 8, 2015
1.5/4 82%

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

"I've never seen a movie so carefully engineered to be an indie hit. It's like it was created in an underground lab by corduroy-wearing scientists listening to Sufjan Stevens playing over the loudspeakers." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 3, 2015
4/4 94%

Hard to be a God (2015)

"It's the sort of masterpiece that's worth suffering through." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/4 82%

The Overnight (2015)

"In the morning Brice finds an ending for his film that's rather sweet and wise. Certainly sweeter and wiser than you'd expect from a movie with this many prosthetic penises." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/4 68%

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015)

"There's a strange, almost perverse lesson here about a well-lived life, how Allan manages to move through life without regret or fear. He's crossed every item off his bucket list - and then blown up the bucket." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 26, 2015