Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Robert Levin'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
4/4 99%

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 17%

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 43%

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 83%

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 81%

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 74%

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 77%

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 82%

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 69%

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 26%

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 63%

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 69%

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

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." ‐
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/4 79%

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 86%

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 26, 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 26, 2015
3.5/4 94%

Carol (2015)

"The film is rooted in the most essential truth of all: Carol and Therese need each other in order to become the best people they can be." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 26, 2015
2/4 74%

Trumbo (2015)

"A great cast is hampered by a directorial approach that is more committed to period verisimilitude than a mining of the psychological depths." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 26, 2015
3.5/4 97%

Brooklyn (2015)

"The camera never strays too far away from Ronan, who connects this young Irish woman's faraway journey to all of ours, evoking the trauma, the sadness and the joys of change." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 26, 2015
2/4 35%

Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

"There's nothing remotely shocking about any of this and the satire therefore plays tepidly. " ‐ amNewYork
Posted Nov 26, 2015
3/4 73%

Suffragette (2015)

"[Mulligan] brings a name and a face to this milieu; Maud in her hands becomes less of a figurehead representing generations of women and more of an individual with hopes and dreams of her own." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 23, 2015
0.5/4 8%

Rock the Kasbah (2015)

"A debacle that suggests there's nothing like some good old-fashioned American weaponry to solve the world's problems." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 94%

Room (2015)

"There's acting, there's ACTING and then there's what Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay achieve here, which is something closer to a small miracle." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 20, 2015
2.5/4 62%

Truth (2015)

"You can't shake the sense that a thorough accounting of the facts here would be more interesting than a dramatized whitewashing." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3/4 71%

Crimson Peak (2015)

"There's only one character that really matters in this sumptuous, romantic ghost story -- the grandiloquent decaying mansion at its center." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 20, 2015
4/4 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"The master of popular entertainment once again shows himself to be an accomplished portrayer of subtle human behavior against a large period canvas." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 20, 2015
2.5/4 34%

Knock Knock (2015)

"The characters aren't really characters -- they're archetypes -- and the movie plays as a soft core lark rather than more substantial entertainment." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3.5/4 86%

Steve Jobs (2015)

"It's an intense motion picture befitting its single-minded main character that evokes something elemental about the loneliness of life in the spotlight." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 18, 2015
3.5/4 89%

Mississippi Grind (2015)

"Ben Mendelsohn takes an individual who might, in a lesser movie, be simply described as a loser, and imbues him with compassionate regard for his plight." ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 16, 2015
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