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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Viva Riva! (2011)

"A blast from start to finish, writer-director Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Viva Riva! marks the Congo as an African filmmaking center to watch." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 2, 2011

Circumstance (2011)

"Circumstance suggests a new way of showing stories about young Iranians even as it stumbles and falls over myriad narrative miscalculations." ‐ Variety
Posted May 9, 2011

Fast Five (2011)

"The Fast and Furious roadshow isn't slowing down a bit in Fast Five, by most measures the best of the bunch, combining fresh casting choices, interesting Rio locales and literally smashing bookended action sequences." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 21, 2011
No Score Yet

Zokkomon (2011)

"Safary brings loads of energy and goodwill to the action, while Fadnis adds another angle to her growing filmography." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 20, 2011

The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2011)

"Nothing is resolved in the film, but Bouchez and De Tavira are exceptionally paired, and attuned to Durra's easygoing intellectual eros shorn of dramatics." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 15, 2011

Kati with an I (2011)

"Sensitive if somewhat messy." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 5, 2011

Louder Than A Bomb (2011)

"Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's Louder Than a Bomb is an affecting and superbly paced celebration of American youth at their creative best." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2011

Dog Sweat (2011)

"Great for ADD-style viewing but not for advancing Iranian cinema's currently challenged profile." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2011

The Tree (2011)

"The film's fairly blunt expository dialogue might have been usefully trimmed, but the elemental conflict is expressively filmed." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2011

Like Dandelion Dust (2010)

"An on-the-nose though cathartically emotional melodrama giving Mira Sorvino her most substantial bigscreen role in years and featuring a head-turning performance by Barry Pepper." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 29, 2011

The 5th Quarter (2011)

"The film is poorly written and directed at the most basic levels." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 24, 2011

Limitless (2011)

"[A] propulsive, unexpectedly funny thriller." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2011

The Inheritors (2011)

"The harsh, relentlessly arduous conditions experienced by children toiling in the Mexican countryside are observed with striking vision and cinematic poetry by filmmaker Eugenio Polgovsky." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 10, 2011

Granito (2011)

"As well-intended as it is artless." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 9, 2011

Down the Shore (2013)

"The virtue of this standard family tale is James Gandolfini's most substantial feature role to date." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2011

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011)

"Entertaining as a sleuthing expedition though amateurish as filmmaking." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2011

I Melt with You (2011)

"A weekend romp for four middle-aged buddies devolves into a drug-fueled, suicidal hell in Mark Pellington's ill-conceived and executed I Melt With You." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2011

Life in a Day (2011)

"The most important player in the project is editor Joe Walker, who has melded more than 4,500 hours of footage into a surprisingly coherent whole." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2011

The Last Mountain (2011)

"Director and co-writer Bill Haney lacks a sense of poetry about the documentary form and opts for something closer to a sledgehammer approach." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2011

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) (2010)

"The effect of Richet's hyperventilating filmmaking is akin to that of an extended-play trailer." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2011

Some Days Are Better Than Others (2011)

"Lonelyhearts going nowhere fill every corner of Matt McCormick's Some Days Are Better Than Others, a film that verges on a parody of American indie cliches." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 2, 2011

Faster (2010)

"This misfired actioner marks Dwayne Johnson's return to muscle movies, this time without any measurable humor." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 23, 2010

Eichmann (2010)

"Dry, detached and mechanical." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 31, 2010

Repeaters (2010)

"Repeaters drifts into a flatlining exercise in pseudo-thrills long before its eventual moralistic ending." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 20, 2010

Casino Jack (2010)

"Compounding matters is an ungainly lead perf by Kevin Spacey, emphasizing superficial cynicism, and George Hickenlooper's direction, which lacks the bravura necessary to bring the most emblematic episode of recent Washington corruption fully to life." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 27, 2010

Casino Jack And The United States Of Money (2010)

"Auds will feel info-glut over the course of the two-hour-plus film, which is hardly the desirable response for a piece of reporting on the vital issue of the corrupting effect of money in American politics." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2010

The American (2010)

"Clooney may not have a hit this time, but he continues to apply considerable intelligence to his work as an actor, still trying to deliver something fresh and interesting for his fans." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2010

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

"Tamra Davis' labor of love... is a tender ode from one friend to another, but it's also another wheel in the hype machine that persists around the late, famed painter who blew apart the art scene in the 1980s." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Munyurangabo (2009)

"Free of any mannerism or displays of bravura, the filmmaking is strongly informed with a sense of poetry, cinematic sophistication and a desire to allow scenes to play out fully, but no longer than they must." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005)

"A vital if less than objective slice of film journalism on the U.S.'s troubled history in the Third World." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Treeless Mountain (2009)

"Drawing out beautifully natural performances from her child actors, Kim once again has a distinct way of letting her camera observe her characters with kind thoughtfulness, allowing for a quiet mood to wash over the scenes." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010

A Screaming Man (2011)

"Haroun's tender but unsentimental regard for his characters allows his storytelling a natural gravitas thoroughly suited to the simultaneously unfolding private and national tragedies." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010

The Dry Land (2010)

"Debuting writer-director Ryan Piers Williams struggles to find fresh dramatic variations on a familiar (and sadly cyclical) American tragedy." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Raavanan (Villain) (2010)

"A cop and self-styled Robin Hood face off in a wild and brawny contest in Mani Ratnam's bullets-and-dance spectacle Raavan." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010

The Living Wake (2010)

"In the end, however, pic defies all categorization, joining a small pantheon of pics including "Withnail & I" and Peter Greenaway's "Drowning byNumbers" that whistle past the graveyard with aplomb." ‐ Variety
Posted May 21, 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"The most attention-getting, stupid/brilliant high-concept title since Snakes on a Plane turns out to be the first and last memorable thing about Hot Tub Time Machine." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 24, 2010

Harlem Aria (1999)

"Despite pro handling on both sides of he camera, the storytelling and filmmaking ring false, especially, in the characterizations." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2010
No Score Yet

Southern District (2009)

""Southern District" observes the fissures between Bolivia's segregated white and indigenous groups but with no fresh insight, which no amount of cinematographic histrionics can provide." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2010

7 Days (Les 7 jours du talion) (2010)

"Director Grou lacks the gene for sheer, bloody exploitation, he also doesn't know how to rack up the tension and get under viewers' collective skin." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2010
C 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"The Ugly Truth is a highly calculated attempt to recalibrate with raunch the family entertainment template and cash in." ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 24, 2009

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2010)

"Mesrine: Killer Instinct is episodic to a fault, with few scenes playing more than a minute or two. The effect of Richet's hyperventilating filmmaking is akin to that of an extended-play trailer." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 24, 2009
No Score Yet

Everybody Dies (2009)

"The movie is a mess but an interesting one when viewed as a fractured, stream-of-consciousness memory piece." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 30, 2009

Every Little Step (2009)

"Life imitates art imitating life in James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's heartfelt doc, Every Little Step, tracking the audition process of director Bob Avian's 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 22, 2009

Slackers (2002)

"This debut for helmer and vid vet Dewey Nicks and scribe David H. Steinberg, a feverishly naughty revenge comedy, is awful and subversively spunky at the same time." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2009

Soul Survivors (2000)

"A horror movie without horror, a spook pic without spookiness and a metaphysical drama without the slightest spiritual tug." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009

My Boss's Daughter (2003)

"Comedy's cardinal rule is never make it look hard, but that wisdom is ignored in My Boss's Daughter." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2009

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

"[An] utterly miscalculated film adaptation of Wilde's play." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2009

Pokemon 3: The Movie (2001)

"The animation doesn't display the kind of artistic advances that would compensate for the underdeveloped story." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2009

Waiting For Dublin (2007)

"Waiting for Dublin can't end soon enough." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2009

Bob Funk (2009)

"Carlisle's film is designed with a certain suburban flatness that at times perfectly reflects Bob's inner deadness, though not his periodic spurts of sarcastic rage." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2009