Robert Koehler

Robert Koehler

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Double (2011)

"Like a magician performing one too many tricks, "The Double" overplays its deception while spinning a mildly diverting yarn." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 3, 2016

Brothers in Arms (2003)

"A respectfully modest effort that allows Kerry and his Swift boat comrades to tell their stories in their own voices." ‐ Variety
Posted May 5, 2015

Buzzard (2015)

"Buzzard is in fact a salad of cinephilia." ‐ Filmjourney
Posted Mar 17, 2014

In Bloom (2014)

"Like a bomb triggered to go off, In Bloom builds in the viewer's gut, a drama coiled to attack." ‐ arts meme
Posted Mar 7, 2014

7 Boxes (2014)

"Certain to be one of the first titles from Paraguay to make a serious dent in the international marketplace, the pic makes a pleasurable surplus from minimal resources and plenty of ironic-comic-violent storytelling energy." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2014

Breakfast With Curtis (2013)

"As unkempt, free-floating and bucolic as that Providence, R.I., abode, Colella's tale of a lad's seminal summer will win hearts and minds at Anglo and Euro fests." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 6, 2013

Couleur de peau: Miel (Approved for Adoption) (2013)

"The hand-drawn animation here emphasizes the directness of the hand forming the image on paper, and the film becomes the ultimate expression of what started as the mere scribblings of little boy trying to find his place in the world." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013

A Band Called Death (2013)

"[An] unexpectedly emotional docu on the revival of an African-American rock group that's among those to usher in punk music." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2013

I Do (2013)

"The combustible possibilities surrounding a same-sex marriage involving partners of different nationalities is turned into rather tepid stuff in I Do." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 7, 2013

Call Me Kuchu (2013)

"While a local filmmaker's perspective may have brought more dimensions, the coverage of events here is impressive and on the mark." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2013

Only The Young (2012)

"The helmers find consistently invigorating camera angles and a smooth editing scheme, despite what was surely a raft of footage." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2013

The History Of Future Folk (2013)

"Close encounters of the charming kind infuse The History of Future Folk." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 28, 2012

Klovn: The Movie (Klown) (2012)

"Mikkel Norgaard serves up an edgy brew that skewers just about everything Danish in sight, including the Dogma style of cinema, which comes off as increasingly passe." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 23, 2012

One Day On Earth (2012)

"One day on Earth proves too little and too much for One Day on Earth." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 14, 2012

Ultrasonic (2012)

"Undone by tone-deaf repetitiveness and a particularly slack midsection, this debut feature by jack-of-all-trades filmmaker Rohit Colin Rao has some interesting ideas, but is unable to convincingly dramatize them." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 6, 2012

The Samaritan (2012)

"If anything, this Canadian production misses a great opportunity to dig into its setting and examine the dark side of seemingly pristine Toronto, even as the script by Elan Mastai and director David Weaver labors over a mostly boilerplate storyline." ‐ Variety
Posted May 11, 2012

We the Party (2012)

"The pic feels like a quickie knockoff between major projects, offering the writer-director's handsome son Mandela and other younger Van Peebles loads of screentime." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2012

Brake (2012)

"Brake may not be the kind of film that Dorff's thesp character in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere is pining for, but the actor fully commits to the arduous demands of the part." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 21, 2012

Goon (2012)

"The job of a hockey enforcer, invisible to many non-fans and even casual fans, is definitively presented here by taking the viewer into Doug's world and letting him do his thing." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2012

Act of Valor (2012)

"A mechanically efficient yet soulless dramatization of the U.S. Navy SEALs in action." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012

Buda as sharm foru rikht (Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame) (2007)

"An erratic and obvious fable on how girls and boys contend with hefty matters of war, education and the decent treatment of others." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2012

The Wise Kids (2012)

"Cone's feature is among the best of a recent spate of dramas observing American Christian life." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2012
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Shelf Life (2006)

"It's hard to remember another movie that has turned library storytelling sessions for kids into a rebellious act, or that lends the mere reading of a book the weight of a life-changing event." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Bonsái (2012)

"One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2012
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The Perception Of Moving Targets (2012)

"Each of the pic's sections is driven by nightmares and memories both ethereal and material, but cinematic interest (generated by such devices as the alternating aspect ratios) is deflated by an obtrusively amateurish approach to staging and editing." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2012

The Other Dream Team (2012)

"An uplifting docu from longtime producer and first-time director Marius Markevicius about the nation's unique love affair with basketball." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2012

The Law In These Parts (2012)

"Adopting a postmodern method quite different from that of his remarkable The Inner Tour, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz poses his questions from a legal angle, and finds these minds stumped by a system they've professionally defended." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2012

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012)

"Like a doctor's carefully structured analysis of a patient's condition, the film breaks down its massive subject into manageable, clear, but not simplified parts." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2012

California Solo (2012)

"Lewy's script is less attuned to the way rock 'n' rollers talk, and more concerned with pressing character and story details in as direct a fashion as possible." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2012

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012)

"Skate culture remains in solid hands with filmmaker Stacy Peralta, who fashions his most personal doc on the sport-cum-lifestyle." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2012

28 Hotel Rooms (2012)

"Lacking much dramatic or intellectual stimulation, it's ultimately a limp effort." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2012

LUV (2013)

"Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2012

For Ellen (2012)

"So Yong Kim takes what could have been routine story elements and transforms them into something deeply sad and touching." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2012

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

"An intelligent overview that makes a radical artist's work comprehensible to audiences with no previous awareness of her or her chosen path." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2012

Filly Brown (2013)

"A trite piece of storytelling, with character development and plot points that feel not so much lived in as borrowed from other movies." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2012

Excision (2012)

"Excision is technically polished juvenilia that provokes without resonance." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2012

Liberal Arts (2012)

"The film [feels] perilously close to widescreen sitcom." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2012

If I Were You (2012)

"If anything, that Harden shines in such a problematic starring role only reaffirms her stature." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 18, 2012

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2011)

"When this Enemy Within settles into key action sequences, such as a stunning nighttime ambush or a daytime battle against Fabio, it becomes wildly entertaining." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 4, 2012

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (2012)

"Ultimately the docu shows Jobs, as always, ahead of his time." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 18, 2011

Dragonslayer (2011)

"Despite a slew of skateboarding films in recent years, each one quite distinct, Patterson's pic arguably comes closest to channeling the culture's punk vibe and youthful abandon, albeit filtered through an outsider's aesthetic." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 8, 2011

Dream House (2011)

"Daniel Craig does everything to dispel comparisons to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining with a finely tuned performance, but the film flattens as it tries to explain his character's psychological state." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 30, 2011

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

"More boring than stomach-churning, the film nevertheless contains scattered scenes and sequences so far beyond the tolerance of the squeamish that it can't be overstated." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2011

Anonymous (2011)

"A handsomely staged and decidedly straight-ahead costume drama under Roland Emmerich's nearly CGI-free direction." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 28, 2011

Better This World (2011)

"A case of solid journalism that happens to be cinematically interesting." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2011

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

"It's easy to forget the story altogether in the sheer rush of Rama's fight to the top floor; instead, viewers will wonder how the amazing battle that just ended could possibly be topped. But it is, again and again." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2011

Fake It So Real (2012)

"An affectionate portrait of an all-American subculture." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 24, 2011

Fright Night (2011)

"A cleverly balanced mix of scares and laughs that is funnier and more terrifying than the 1985 original on which it's based." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2011

Unraveled (2012)

"How he lost his way is really never sufficiently explained, making the decision to cast Dreier as the central narrator of his own tale highly questionable." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2011

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

"Following his terrific performance in the R-rated I Love You Phillip Morris, Carrey has turned to a soft PG vehicle, and shows too much strain to make the comedy viable." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2011
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