Rob Vaux

Rob Vaux

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Rob Vaux'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

Unfriended (2015)

"I wouldn't call it brilliant horror, but it is effective horror... and if you squint at it right, it actually has something to say about the world we live in. " ‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jun 12, 2015

Furious 7 (2015)

"I'm waiting for the scene in this series when Vin Diesel straps himself to a Wile E. Coyote rocket and lights the fuse. " ‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jun 12, 2015

Get Hard (2015)

"Ferrell has made shaky projects work on pure star power before, but even he seems to have given up on this one. The audience is strongly advised to follow his example." ‐ Cinema-stache
Posted Jun 12, 2015

Insurgent (2015)

"Ah, that story we ordered last year finally arrived." ‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jun 12, 2015

Cinderella (2015)

"For those who don't look for miracles, this Cinderella resolutely delivers everything you could reasonably expect." ‐ Cinema-stache
Posted Jun 12, 2015
B+ 80%

Black Sea (2015)

"It might not be the most original submarine movie you've ever seen, but don't be surprised if it ranks among the better ones." ‐
Posted Jan 23, 2015
A 60%

The Last Unicorn (1982)

"We don't see stories like this anymore. In point of fact, we never did... which makes this movie all the more wonderful. " ‐
Posted Jan 16, 2015
B- 34%

Blackhat (2015)

"While it isn't great, the director's technical flourishes and storytelling elements remain consistently compelling, " ‐
Posted Jan 16, 2015
A- 98%

Paddington (2015)

"The movies can still be worth it, despite considerable evidence to the contrary. If you need proof, look no further than Paddington. " ‐
Posted Jan 16, 2015
C 44%

Runaway (1984)

"A cautionary tale about robots run amok that ages as badly as keyboard ties and shoulder pads." ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2015
D 11%

Taken 3 (2015)

"[It] isn't so much out of gas as it is dragging itself away from the stalled car across the baking desert by its fingernails. " ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2015
F 20%

Breakin' 2 - Electric Boogaloo (1984)

"Its blithe self-confidence shows not the slightest inkling of just how terrible it all is: a wonderful kind of terrible that makes you weep for joy. " ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2015
C+ 72%

Big Eyes (2014)

"The talk at Denny's afterwards is going to be much more enjoyable than the movie itself." ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B 71%

Into the Woods (2014)

"It performs its duties competently, benefits from some fantastic casting, and gives us some fun tunes to whistle on our way home. But Sondheim was hunting for bigger game." ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2015
C- 21%

The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015)

"This is a case of taking things too far without the proper structure in place, leaving it trapped like its hapless protagonists far from safety." ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B+ 81%

1984 (1984)

"Its accuracy goes hand-in-hand with its unobtrusive nature, perfectly creating the ordinariness of Orwell's dystopian nightmare in ways that unsettle you only in retrospect." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2014
B- 59%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

"Even Jackson seems a little weary of Middle-earth by now, a land whose cinematic history The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an overly delayed close." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2014
A 81%

Starman (1984)

" We see a sweet side to the director that never appeared anywhere else: an emotional palate that he rarely indulged in, but which he handles with surprising grace and subtlety." ‐
Posted Dec 16, 2014
B- 57%

Dune (1984)

" It's bad - as bad as they come - but also built to last, and as the years roll on, its fascinating qualities continue to grow." ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2014
C 27%

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

"A well-meaning movie directed by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time who just can't get his finger on the pulse of this story." ‐
Posted Dec 12, 2014
D 13%

The Pyramid (2014)

"Ah, found footage: my old nemesis. We meet again." ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2014
A 98%

The Babadook (2014)

"It wants to get to the core of our fears: the ones that don't need a fright mask to keep us up at night. " ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2014
D 7%

Supergirl (1984)

"A festering dump of bad ideas, corny lines and Hollywood excess." ‐
Posted Nov 24, 2014
B 39%

V/H/S: Viral (2014)

"I credit it for really engaging with our culture's omnipresent voyeurism instead of just using it as an excuse to cut the budget. " ‐
Posted Nov 24, 2014
B+ 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

" It doesn't pull the trick off quite as slickly as it should, but it never fails to engage us and more importantly, it leaves us wanting more." ‐
Posted Nov 24, 2014
B 83%

Night of the Comet (1984)

"The irreverence at the perceived end of the world constitutes Night of the Comet's biggest selling point: borrowing some of the cheekiness that George A. Romero used so well, and making it the main dish rather than the garnish." ‐
Posted Nov 18, 2014
C 29%

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

" Its overall desperation makes it a much more depressing experience than the first one, despite sporadic fits of humor." ‐
Posted Nov 17, 2014
D 21%

Missing in Action (1984)

Posted Nov 17, 2014
A 94%

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

" Not since the shower scene in Psycho did one director discover our most intimate vulnerabilities: in bed, while we're asleep, in a state of consciousness where absolutely no one could help us. " ‐
Posted Nov 11, 2014
D 31%

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

" It had its moment and then vanished, like all garbage does. " ‐
Posted Nov 11, 2014
B+ 89%

Big Hero 6 (2014)

"With this film, Disney expresses a willingness to test new waters in a genre flirting with stagnation." ‐
Posted Nov 7, 2014
B 71%

Interstellar (2014)

"Whenever Christopher Nolan has something to say, it pays to listen." ‐
Posted Nov 7, 2014
D+ 17%

C.H.U.D. (Chud) (1984)

"Boring in the extreme, lurching along in search of diversion before fitfully delivering what the customers presumably paid to see. " ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2014
C 75%

Dreamscape (1984)

"I really wanted Dreamscape to work and when I was younger, it probably worked better. " ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2014
F 67%

Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

"It distills the 80s down into diamond-hard pellets, dumps them into a shotgun, and unloads both barrels right in your face." ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2014
F 33%

Sheena (1984)

"An earnest mid-80s attempt to bring a comic-book heroine to life in ways that make Halle Berry's Catwoman look like Anne Hathaway's Catwoman. " ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2014
B+ 28%

House on Haunted Hill (1999)

"In our post-torture-porn era of gloom and doom, its ebullience feels like a breath of fresh air." ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2014
A 91%

All of Me (1984)

"His manic thrashing actually hides a very measured and deliberate performance. We can see the twin halves of his body struggling to work in sync, turning a simple walk to the bathroom into a piece of comedic gold." ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2014
A- 91%

Birdman (2014)

"I don't expect to see a lot of movies like this, nor do I want to. It wouldn't be as special otherwise." ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2014
D+ 7%

Ouija (2014)

"The sheer brazen chutzpah of turning a horror movie into an advertisement may be the most original concept here, all the more bizarre because of the horrors unfurled by the product in question. " ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2014
B 85%

John Wick (2014)

" If we've learned nothing else from the movies, it's that you don't mess with a man's dog. Because said man is likely some supreme ultimate bad-ass who goes on to kill you, your idiot buddies and the massive criminal organization to which you belong. " ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2014
B+ 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"Gone Girl jumps right into the thick of the gender gap at a time when women's rights are in the news every day. " ‐
Posted Oct 3, 2014
C- 29%

Annabelle (2014)

"This couple could have avoided all of it just by acting with the intelligence God gave the average stink beetle." ‐
Posted Oct 3, 2014
B+ 60%

The Equalizer (2014)

"Solid revenge porn: the kind that lets you be a grown-up in the most childish way possible. That's not a criticism. " ‐
Posted Sep 26, 2014
B- 67%

Space Station 76 (2014)

"It's almost as hard to hate Space Station 76 as it is to recommend it without an apologetic grin." ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B 65%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"It presumes nothing and works hard to make us respect it, a sign of good filmmaking first and franchise building second. " ‐
Posted Sep 18, 2014
A- No Score Yet

Devoured (2014)

"Olliver borrows more than his share from Polanski, but never hides his inspiration, and indeed does justice to it instead of just regurgitating its tricks." ‐
Posted Sep 5, 2014
C- 25%

As Above, So Below (2014)

"Dear horror movies, ENOUGH WITH THE GODDAMN SHAKY-CAM!" ‐
Posted Aug 29, 2014
C 60%

Cloak and Dagger (1984)

"For a movie so obsessed with the line between reality and make-believe, it never knows which side it wants to be on." ‐
Posted Aug 13, 2014
C+ 53%

Red Dawn (1984)

"Red Dawn knows what it wants to say; it just has a hard time saying it, and too often it goes for the easy score instead of really delving into the possibilities of the scenario." ‐
Posted Aug 11, 2014