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Robert Koehler

Robert Koehler
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The End Of Poverty (2008)

"As a sign of the film's structural sloppiness, Cobb's cure for global poverty is nearly lost in a welter of unsourced stats and factoids." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 19, 2009

Fired Up (2009)

"If the sorry state of Hollywood comedy could use a boost from a pep squad, it's let down by the droopy Fired Up!" ‐Variety
Posted Feb 11, 2009

Push (2009)

"A confused jumble of parts in search of a whole." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2009

Not Easily Broken (2009)

"The pigeonholed characters constrict Chestnut and the usually good Henson from portraying fully developed adults; the same dilemma hits most of the supporting cast." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 9, 2009

Delgo (2008)

"A boring, ungainly piece of animation." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 11, 2008
D 28%

Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen (House of the Sleeping Beauties) (2008)

"With the mounting number of first-rate foreign-language films locked out of movie theaters due to wary distributors, it's worth pondering why such laughable dreck as German director Vadim Glowna's House of the Sleeping Beauties actually made it through." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 21, 2008
A 89%

Bolt (2008)

"There's something both simple and sweet about Bolt, yet epic, that's entirely surprising." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 21, 2008
C- 48%

Twilight (2008)

"A hackneyed jumble of cuts and pastes from the book, blended with second-rate music video bits and third-rate visual effects, and finally undone by the fatal casting of Kristen Stewart as Bella." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 21, 2008
C 12%

Lake City (2008)

"The astonishingly inept finish could serve as a primer in screenwriting classes on how not to wind up a family drama." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 21, 2008

Frailty (2002)

"A resoundingly old-fashioned and well crafted study of evil infecting an American family, "Frailty" moves from strength to strength on its deceptive narrative course." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 21, 2008
C 64%

Traitor (2008)

"Competence is fine, but imagination is what's really demanded from such material, and Nachmanoff's remarkably dull-headed way with dialogue is certainly no help." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 21, 2008

Saw V (2008)

"The periodic traps set for five new victims, all linked by a rotten real-estate deal, are neither as terrifying nor as yucky as in the earlier films. The only real horror in these scenes, in fact, is the jaw-droppingly bad acting on display." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 24, 2008

El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet) (2007)

"The Pope's Toilet excels most in its expression of a particular time and place, which Charlone films with the kind of physical intensity and realism associated with recent Argentine cinema." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2008

El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest) (2008)

"Playing at just over 90 minutes but feeling twice as long, Burman's latest attempts several ill-judged leaps into fantasy that are meant to reflect a man's psychological confusion in deep middle age." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008

August Evening (2007)

"Eska's tale of a woman's unconditional support of her father-in-law is told with a faux-poetic sensibility that never really connects with his characters' lives." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (2008)

"Excessively overwrought and drawn out." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Timeline (2003)

"Yet another case of making time travel a messy ordeal rather than a load of fun, Timeline lacks the consistent tone, pace and point of view for either a science fiction thriller or medieval war adventure." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Trumbo (2007)

"It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008

This Beautiful City (2007)

"Gass-Donnelly's over-calculated, crisis-fueled script links yuppies, crack addicts and a cop, with few signs of its origins as the writer-helmer's stage play Descent." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008

The Garden (2008)

"It becomes clear that a more thorough, objective and serious journalistic approach was required once the story delves into the intricacies of the property's murky history." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
No Score Yet

The Memsahib (2008)

"Unfortunately, not only Grace, but every major character in Majmudar's script exists to embody an idea rather than a person or personality, each uttering their point of view with an absolute, repetitive conviction that's the death of interesting drama." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)

"Atwater's career is viewed here with fascination and some sympathy, and the pic is sure to win votes in election season with specialty distribs and public tube mavens." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Deuces Wild (2002)

"This is a movie that can't say no to a melodramatic opportunity, and whatever verisimilitude inspired Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale to write a script based on Kimatian's memories of the gangs has been utterly lost along the way." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Talento de Barrio (2008)

"As blatant vehicles for rising rappers go, Talento de barrio won't do much to help Puerto Rican hip-hopper Daddy Yankee." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 10, 2008

Eagle Eye (2008)

"The pic's first 35 minutes sizzle until a Byzantine plot nudges the story toward near-parody in the final act." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2008
B- 77%

Appaloosa (2008)

"In another era, Harris -- and Mortensen, for that matter -- would have already starred in several westerns. Harris should do more of them; only next time, much less carefully." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 25, 2008
D 53%

Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) (2007)

"Given that Brazil, as a Latin American moviemaking powerhouse, steadily produces vibrant, vital films of real impact and humanity, it's a crime itself that Elite Squad may be the only Brazilian film that American audiences see this year." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 25, 2008
B 78%

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2008)

"[Wayne] Wang's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers gives the impression of a director reborn, or at least a director who has his mojo back after closely studying the masterpieces of family life by Edward Yang and Yasujiro Ozu." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 25, 2008
C- 61%

The Duchess (2008)

"The Duchess is a lumbering number that takes its identity as a costume drama quite literally: How many outfits, and how well Keira Knightley wears them, are the only things that matter." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 25, 2008

Changing Lanes (2002)

"Combines a knack for storytelling with a rare instinct for exploring ideas within the framework of a major, star-driven Hollywood movie." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2008

Windtalkers (2002)

"A powerful premise turned into a stubbornly flat, derivative war movie." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2008

What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

"A fine example of traditional American storytelling lined with full-bodied performances, pic is especially notable for giving Mark Ruffalo the kind of complete role this subtle, instinctive actor has long deserved yet too seldom gets." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2008

The Brothers Bloom (2009)

"As a pair of brothers raised to be topnotch grifters, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo are seldom allowed to play off of each other amid the film's breathless busyness and adoration for eccentricity." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2008

The Tree of Life (2008)

"It's clear why Volterra would have felt driven to make such a film. It's less clear why anyone not related to her would pay to see it." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2008

The Other Man (2008)

"The promising intrigue of a husband's bullheaded obsession with his wife's lover falls flat in The Other Man, directed with an indifferent hand by Richard Eyre." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2008
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Chain Link (2008)

"Dylan Reynolds' rough, intimate drama that struggles to make a downhill life seem something more than just inevitable." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2008

The Matador (2008)

"PETA activists will be apoplectic, but the pic is geared to more culturally open-minded viewers unacquainted with the subtleties of the corrida, revealing that it's a primitive though complex sport, and that Fandila is an athlete with a dancer's skills." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2008

Death Race (2008)

"As hard as metal and just as dumb, Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race couldn't be further from producer Roger Corman and director Paul Bartel's goofy, bloody 1975 original, Death Race 2000." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 22, 2008

I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

"This is less a film than an argument -- so much so that it's hard to imagine many film critics, or audiences, without some knowledge of economic history being able to respond to it in any way except with sheer terror." ‐L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2008

Religulous (2008)

"In a string of frank, often hilarious but always well-considered conversations with various Christians, Maher incisively asks them exactly what skeptics always ponder about religion in general and Christianity in particular." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 21, 2008

The New Guy (2002)

"Distinguished by certain rodent-like features, Qualls is a bargain-basement, pre-adult version of David Spade -- and becomes just as tiresome." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 6, 2008

Stealing America: Vote by Vote (2008)

"Functions as an organizing tool for people worked up about the important issue, but is hardly suitable as a commercial doc release." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 1, 2008

Bruce Almighty (2003)

"There's remarkably little done with a premise snatched from high-concept heaven, adding yet another file to the growing cabinet of under-realized comedies." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 29, 2008

Bustin' Down the Door (2008)

"With verve, style and a fine sense of the human side of surf culture, Jeremy Gosch makes a terrific splash with his debut doc." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 23, 2008

The Auteur (2008)

"Half of the laughs stem from X-rated spins on famous movie titles, but a gentle, less ironic humor also occasionally pokes through." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 23, 2008

Dirty (2006)

"A no-nonsense dramatic response to the LAPD Rampart scandals of the '90s." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2008

Turning Green (2005)

"Nivola makes an astounding left turn from his nice husband role in Junebug and Hutton loses himself in the sort of part fit for a Walter Hill film." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2008

Explicit Ills (2009)

"Actor-turned-director Mark Webber combines the worst of two schemes in his debut feature, Explicit Ills: overweening artistic pretense with a crudely conceived political message." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 1, 2008
No Score Yet

Big Heart City (2007)

"The film tends to dawdle where it could be penetrating, and the telltale sign is an open ending -- after a quirkily staged climax -- that feels more vapid than fascinating." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 26, 2008

Take Out (2004)

"A deeply affecting portrayal of a struggling Chinese emigre in contempo Gotham." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2008
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