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Robert Levin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 85%

Jackie (2016)

"[Larraín's] film deepens the general understanding of this person at this terrible time, while also keeping her truest and deepest thoughts exactly where they must be - out of our reach." ‐amNewYork
Posted Dec 2, 2016
1.5/4 23%

Bad Santa 2 (2016)

"What was once charmingly weird now plays as creepy, mirroring the movie itself." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 60%

Allied (2016)

"Here's an old-fashioned adventure that could have been made at the height of the classical Hollywood period with almost no modifications, a throwback in the truest sense." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 29, 2016
2/4 72%

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals dives so far through the proverbial looking glass that it lands nowhere in particular." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 18, 2016
2.5/4 71%

Bleed For This (2016)

"Teller totally immerses himself in the physically taxing role and the movie distinguishes itself thanks to its painstaking depiction of the real-life Paz's grueling comeback." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/4 97%

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"It's a magisterial achievement, a piece that captures the deepest recesses of the soul as they're found within the sort of ordinary man that's typically invisible on the big screen." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 18, 2016
3.5/4 94%

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

"Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig pitches the movie in a state of heightened panic, capturing the pain and frustration that engulfs Nadine after a revelation that only serves to enhance her already dominant sense that she's alone in the world." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 18, 2016
1.5/4 45%

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

"[It's] a spectacular mess - thoroughly uneven in its plotting, filled with character touches that aggressively strain credulity and performances that sacrifice naturalism and authenticity in favor of an abiding artifice." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 11, 2016
2.5/4 89%

Elle (2016)

"It consistently defies expectations in terms of how a narrative in this vein typically plays out." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3.5/4 93%

Arrival (2016)

"[Villeneuve creates] a mood of lingering unease, crafting a series of immense images set to the orchestral dread of Jóhann Jóhannsson's score that powerfully suggest the mystery at hand without indulging in obvious instincts." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 94%

The Eagle Huntress (2016)

""The Eagle Huntress" exemplifies the best and most noble function of documentary cinema: taking a world that's far removed from our own and presenting it in a relatable fashion while retaining some of its mysteries." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 4, 2016
3.5/4 89%

Loving (2016)

"Edgerton and Negga seamlessly create that strong bond, sharing small moments of aching tenderness and subdued joy while expertly conveying the fear and uncertainty that accompanies this grueling ordeal." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 4, 2016
3/4 87%

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"Mel Gibson is such a polarizing figure that it's easy to forget or underestimate his considerable filmmaking talents." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/4 98%

Moonlight (2016)

"This is a movie set in an on-screen world that feels familiar, the American inner city, in this case one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods. But it meticulously defies the conventions typically associated with movies about that milieu." ‐amNewYork
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2/4 19%

American Pastoral (2016)

"This is a movie of glossy mid-20th century New Jersey surfaces and Vietnam era America-in-turmoil clichés." ‐amNewYork
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 94%

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"The level of craft is so consistently high that it's impossible to be anything less than entertained." ‐amNewYork
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"It's acted with great passion and helmed with steadfast commitment to a glossy psychologized aesthetic." ‐amNewYork
Posted Oct 15, 2016
3/4 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"It's the usual, rote "meet the players" tactic that movies in this vein incorporate to provide you with just the right touch of character details so that the coming destruction resonates as more than an effects reel." ‐amNewYork
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3.5/4 84%

Christine (2016)

"The movie offers a portrait of a woman in full, played by Hall with the sort of fervent conviction that earns awards attention." ‐amNewYork
Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/4 72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"The agony and desperation of slavery, the sheer magnitude of the total dehumanization that defines it, has been captured in The Birth of a Nation by director, star and writer Nate Parker with stunning force." ‐amNewYork
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 78%

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"The details of Kim's cinematic obsession are vividly spelled out by filmmakers Ross Adam and Robert Cannan, illustrated with clips of Shin's North Korean movies and ample footage of the familiar, coordinated mass displays of patriotism." ‐amNewYork
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/4 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Things couldn't possibly seem more wheezy and tired than they do when played out in a narrative framework that had already run its course by the time Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen took it on in 1960." ‐amNewYork
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2.5/4 63%

Snowden (2016)

"The film would have been better served by a healthy degree of Oliver Stone's characteristic urgency and outrage." ‐amNewYork
Posted Sep 10, 2016
2/4 85%

Sully (2016)

"Sullenberger is, fundamentally, not that interesting of a protagonist. He's so heroic, so evidently in the right in terms of his actions, that his struggles don't resonate." ‐amNewYork
Posted Sep 7, 2016
3/4 33%

Max Rose (2016)

"Jerry Lewis is, of course, the reason to see writer-director Daniel Noah's movie, which otherwise hits its beats with an obviousness that borders on heavy-handedness." ‐amNewYork
Posted Sep 7, 2016
2/4 43%

The Hollars (2016)

"The movie so eagerly touches on all the quadrants we've become accustomed to expect from Sundance-lite pictures that it starts to seem ridiculous." ‐amNewYork
Posted Sep 7, 2016
2.5/4 70%

White Girl (2016)

"After awhile, scenes depicting Leah's ceaseless pursuit of pleasure... start to feel less like important character details and more like punishment." ‐amNewYork
Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/4 25%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"To pull that off in an affecting way requires more than the dramatic ploy of Jesus popping up to offer teachings about peace and co-existence. It demands characters with substantial depth and performances that inspire the audience's investment." ‐amNewYork
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2.5/4 59%

The Lost Arcade (2016)

"Takes an important place in the cultural firmament even if it fails to make a persuasive case that the Mott Street institution was a place truly worth mourning." ‐amNewYork
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

" There's a real sense of desperation embedded in the core of the picture." ‐amNewYork
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"These guys couldn't make a boring movie if they tried. But it's time to move on from Bourne." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jul 29, 2016
2/4 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"Cranston is the best possible actor for the story, of course, having navigated the same terrain in a far more engaging fashion in "Bad," but even his quality work plays like a second-rate leftover." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jul 15, 2016
2/4 70%

Café Society (2016)

"Woody Allen's latest movie, Café Society, plays less like an organic motion picture about characters and a story worth investing in than it does a self-parody." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jul 15, 2016
2.5/4 94%

Life, Animated (2016)

"The human story told in the documentary Life, Animated has ample inspirational value but on the other hand there's something deeply uncomfortable about the whole enterprise." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jul 8, 2016
75%

The BFG (2016)

"It stresses exactly why Spielberg remains in a realm of his own when it comes to filmmaking for families and stands out because it offers a more authentic form of nostalgia than the big-screen norm." ‐Salon.com
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/4 80%

The Family Fang (2016)

"Filmed with an economic focus on revealing character details, and lit in shadowy brown tones that reflect the inner darkness surrounding these siblings, "The Family Fang" grounds itself in the emotional truths of their states of mind." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jun 6, 2016
3/4 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"It's a doozy of a satirical premise concocted by Yorgos Lanthimos, who directs and co-wrote the screenplay, that evokes the fundamental absurdity of the very real social pressure to find a mate and proceed along a pre-determined path of existence." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jun 6, 2016
4/4 96%

Weiner (2016)

"There's plenty here for political junkies, and even more for those fascinated by the behind-the-scenes machinations that propelled this improbable redemption story." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jun 6, 2016
3/4 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

""The Nice Guys" turns on the chemistry between Gosling's manic detective and Crowe's tough-but-humorous Healy." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jun 6, 2016
2.5/4 84%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

""Maggie's Plan" offers a reasonable imitation of a quality romantic screwball comedy, with all the requisite elements of a fine entry in a storied tradition." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jun 6, 2016
2.5/4 77%

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"The men of The Lonely Island have proven themselves to be masterful tweakers of celebrity imagery, and the movie gets plenty of comic mileage from the phalanx of big names taking part in the circus." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jun 6, 2016
4/4 90%

The Witness (2016)

"It offers, for the first time, a tangible picture of who Kitty was and who she hoped she might become, while keeping her shrouded in mystery, while powerfully conveying a truth about how grief and trauma ripples out from a tragedy like this." ‐amNewYork
Posted Jun 6, 2016
3.5/4 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"The movie is defined by Shannon, though, who finds a way to universalize the experience of being Elvis without totally downplaying the abiding weirdness." ‐amNewYork
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/4 71%

A Hologram for the King (2016)

"[Hanks] complicates his everyman by playing up his feelings of alienation and despair, so that it's impossible not to share in the emotions inherent in Alan's journey." ‐amNewYork
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2.5/4 61%

Concussion (2015)

"The fact that this movie exists at all is astounding, but the quality of the filmmaking never quite lives up to the caliber of the subject." ‐amNewYork
Posted Apr 8, 2016
3/4 60%

Joy (2015)

"The movie's quieter moments provide the necessary depth so that the ultimate litmus test is fulfilled: When Joy presents her mop on QVC, you feel every bit of her emotions." ‐amNewYork
Posted Apr 8, 2016
1.5/4 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"So crammed with authentic technospeak about the financial markets, collateralized debt obligations and tranches, you could be forgiven for thinking it's actually smart." ‐amNewYork
Posted Apr 8, 2016
3/4 80%

Macbeth (2015)

"The merit of any Shakespearean adaptation rests heavily on its actors, and Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are well suited to the narrative's conflicts." ‐amNewYork
Posted Apr 8, 2016
2.5/4 69%

The Danish Girl (2015)

"There's just something about Lili that remains forever outside the movie's grasp." ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 27, 2015
3/4 94%

Creed (2015)

"It is as much about us, and our association with this nearly 40-year series, as it is about its characters. " ‐amNewYork
Posted Nov 27, 2015
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