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Robert Levin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 85% 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 77% 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 70% 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 60% 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 95% 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
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 27, 2015
2/4 73% 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 9% 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
3.5/4 73% Everest (2015) The picture utilizes every bit of the expanded 3-D frame to provide an immersive experience. But that's combined with a real sense of brutality. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 16, 2015
2.5/4 74% Black Mass (2015) Black Mass is being framed as Johnny Depp's return to the real world after more than a decade of mostly playing fantasy characters. Don't believe it. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 16, 2015
3.5/4 90% Coming Home (2015) A bold and beautiful work of cinema that externalizes deeply-felt emotions onto a canvas defined by the filmmaker's mastery of the melodrama. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 16, 2015
3/4 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) The picture is made with the consummate skill of the predominant documentarian of our age, getting as close as conceivably possible to the essence of Jobs. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Oct 16, 2015
1.5/4 43% American Ultra (2015) It is, in every sense, a dopey shoot-em-up, regardless of the casting. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3/4 66% Digging For Fire (2015) In classic Joe Swanberg form, it makes an art out of extracting significance from small, fleeting moments. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
2.5/4 77% People Places Things (2015) Jemaine Clement is terrific, and there's a lot to admire, but the picture is subsumed by an inescapable aura of insubstantiality. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Guy Ritchie's grinning at us the whole time, and for once it feels good to grin right back. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3/4 79% Cop Car (2015) A film made with the highest attention to detail and the all-important awareness that so much of what makes a movie work unfolds below the surface of its plot. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) The film is achingly apt in the ways it captures Minnie's intense emotions. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) What sounds suffocating plays as an openhearted piece of cinema, thanks to the filmmaker's great grasp of observational technique and the fine performances. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3/4 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) Works so well because the filmmakers understand that the personalities at the center of the fray should anchor things. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
2/4 26% Vacation (2015) Lacks the poignancy that set the first film apart. It apes the National Lampoon formula for humor but seems bereft when it comes to showing dad's desperate love for his brood. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3/4 66% Unexpected (2015) A rare movie about pregnancy that recognizes and engages with the reality that it can be a complicated and confusing process. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3/4 98% Phoenix (2015) The sheer magnitude of what Nelly has experienced is evident and deeply felt in Nina Hoss' every sad glance and hesitant gesture. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
2.5/4 83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) History has taught us these basic principles time and again and this admirable movie fails to adequately convey what made this particular experiment so notable. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 23, 2015
2/4 44% Irrational Man (2015) A labored thought experiment masquerading as a motion picture entertainment. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) It's very funny and very smart, much like its creator. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 51% Boulevard (2015) It's a wonderful thing to see Robin Williams in full again, one of the generation's great actors transporting us into the depths of a wounded soul. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2.5/4 19% Self/less (2015) The letdown comes in terms of a narrative that fails to uphold the initial promise, descending into a series of progressively sillier plot developments. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2.5/4 61% Southpaw (2015) The filmmaker is a notable stylist, a skilled purveyor of urban excess, but his worst instincts kick in far too often. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.5/4 89% Cartel Land (2015) Cartel Land is essential viewing because it is enmeshed in the haze of reality, not the simplicity of fiction. There are no easy answers. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/4 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) Few will attend this sequel for the cinematic touches. And that's fine. Hollywood has spent enough time objectifying women. Why not return the favor? ‐ amNewYork
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/4 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) The ingenuity is long gone, but there isn't even enough left in the most basic sense to tell a story that is anything but a shallow imitation of its predecessors. ‐ amNewYork
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/4 45% A Little Chaos (2015) It's stupefyingly boring, as only a movie might be that seeks to qualify the 'chaos' in its title with the adjective 'little.' ‐ amNewYork
Posted Jul 2, 2015