Robert Levin

Robert Levin
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 86% Happiest Season (2020) "Happiest Season" is another movie to add to the list of holiday season staples. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
2/4 90% Run (2020) This is a silly, ordinary thriller that never does anything to distinguish itself from countless predecessors, but it does have the benefit of a legitimately great performance from newcomer Kiera Allen. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
2.5/4 71% LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) Parents looking to share their "Star Wars" love with their children should add this to the list. It's not essential viewing for anyone else. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/4 94% Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) This documentary is every bit as special as the album, Springsteen's best in years. It's joyful, it's magical and, yes, it's life affirming, too. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3.5/4 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) What we get instead of the familiar indictment of garden variety, casual racism is a blistering summation of what might be deemed the alternative facts era. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
1.5/4 40% Rebecca (2020) The movie plays as a languid melodrama when it should be something more elemental. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/4 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) Each actor captures something unique and essential about men who want nothing more than to live their lives on their terms. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
2.5/4 91% Enola Holmes (2020) An ideal work for its target audience, with its positive and affirmational message and the considerable charm of its star. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
1.5/4 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) To watch it is to suffer right along with its miserable characters, desperate for some ray of hope or sunshine to peek through the heavy portents of death. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/4 92% The Speed Cubers (2020) A documentary about competitors that shifts the focus away from winning and losing and toward a portrayal of mutual respect. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
3/4 87% Get Duked! (2020) It's fun and the satire has a bit of depth to it, even if the movie never quite carves out its own identity. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
2.5/4 60% Project Power (2020) An entertaining revenge movie, but the dark and weird material is rendered without enough regard for that potential. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
3/4 73% An American Pickle (2020) Sweet and earnest when it could be condescending, with an edge to the generational conflict at its center. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
0.5/4 28% The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) If you're looking for 107 minutes of utter pabulum disguised as a motion picture with characters and a plot, well, you should "Dare to Dream" no more. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
4/4 91% Father Soldier Son (2020) Captures something essential about how our families shape us and help us make sense of the inexplicable. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
2/4 90% We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) This is a disappointingly insubstantial documentary about a significant creative phenomenon that plays as a minor cog in the Lin-Manuel Miranda hype machine. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
1/4 15% Desperados (2020) The logical leap required to accept a premise as monumentally stupid as this one transcends mere suspension of disbelief and lands somewhere more troubling. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
2/4 70% 7500 (2020) You're never less than fully aware of the gambit, and while it's possible to marvel at the achievement on some level, there's never a moment where the story takes precedence. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2020
2.5/4 91% Spelling the Dream (2020) There is plenty to like about "Spelling the Dream," an affecting documentary with admirable ambitions. But it tries to be a sports movie, a multicharacter study, a work of sociological inquiry and a history piece all in the span of 82 minutes. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
2/4 65% The Lovebirds (2020) It is unlikely to be remembered as anything more than a diversionary lark. But it does stand as a testament to the ways in which the right actors can elevate even the most lackluster of material. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
3/4 92% Holy Motors (2012) You'll either run with it or you won't, but you can be sure you've never seen anything quite like it. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3/4 67% Extraction (2020) Illustrates an important principle in escapist entertainment: you don't have to one-up your predecessors. Sometimes, it's enough to replicate what made them successful. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
2.5/4 43% Sergio (2020) A worthy biopic in some respects but it doesn't complicate its subject enough to resonate. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/4 32% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) It's perfectly possible to have a very good time watching Love Wedding Repeat even if you know exactly where it's going from the very first shot to the last. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
3/4 85% Big Time Adolescence (2020) This is a sweet and touching movie that makes perfect use of Pete Davidson and is far smarter than you might assume it to be. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet Last Ferry (2019) It's formulaic and pedestrian when it should be treading mysterious psychological depths. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
1.5/4 37% Spenser Confidential (2020) There are many things to like about Mark Wahlberg as an actor, but he's not very good when his characters have to put their thinking cap on. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
2.5/4 83% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) The better way to come close to an understanding of who The Band was is to re-watch The Last Waltz instead. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3/4 93% Ordinary Love (2020) An engaging and well-acted drama that finds catharsis and hope in a terrible personal ordeal. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
2.5/4 86% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) The movie from director Matt Ratner and Levittown-raised screenwriter Peter Hoare covers well-worn territory without generating much of a compelling reason for the audience to join them on it. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2/4 74% The Lodge (2020) There's an atmosphere of genuine dread but the screenplay makes way too many illogical choices for the movie to work. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3/4 91% Miss Americana (2020) "Miss Americana" offers an effective backstage look at Taylor Swift that works best when the megastar opens up about her life and experiences in surprisingly candid ways. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The Gentlemen" might best be regarded as a greatest hits compilation. But the whole aesthetic is tired and could use some genuine refreshing. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
1/4 16% Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace (2020) Tyler Perry's Netflix debut was filmed over just five days and it plays like a movie defined by that schedule more than anything else. It's a total mess. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2.5/4 68% Troop Zero (2020) There is a lot to admire in this movie about girls daring to be proudly, defiantly different, but it never lives up to its otherworldly promise. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
1/4 36% 6 Underground (2019) This is a terrible action movie that utilizes Michael Bay's worst instincts and none of his best. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) "The Two Popes" tells the story of one of the most consequential moments in the history of the Catholic Church with subtlety and grace, including two of the finest performances of the year. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) It's a return to this familiar milieu that is nonetheless powerfully different, with the energy of youth replaced by the melancholic wisdom of the decades that have passed. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/4 41% The Laundromat (2019) It manages to muddle simple concepts in the process by being too cute with them and to meander when it should entertain, though a couple storylines have an absurdist flair to them when taken in miniature. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3.5/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Tom Hanks, perfectly cast, delivers a performance that affects the serene, calming demeanor but complicates it by suggesting that even Mister Rogers struggles inside. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 82% Judy (2019) There is one urgent reason to see this movie and that is to experience Renée Zellweger's performance as the icon. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) You don't have to know a thing about Rudy Ray Moore, the subject of the rollicking biopic Dolemite Is My Name, to respond to the sheer blast of unfettered joy that emanates from the movie. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 87% Hustlers (2019) A scathing satire of the fickleness of the American economy. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Fortunately, director John Crowley and screenwriter Peter Straughan know their way around prestige material and the picture never feels like it's blatantly calculated for golden statues. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3.5/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) LaBeouf's performance as his own father is nothing short of monumental; he's a terrifying force in the way he dominates his son's life, but also deeply, tangibly broken. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The movie is alive with the feeling of being heard for the first time, and of how great music can make the world seem smaller and less foreboding. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/4 45% After the Wedding (2019) ... just not a recipe for a compelling cinematic experience. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 86% 7 Days in Hell (2015) This sort of sports documentary format, with its ridiculous elevation of athletic competition to a place of heightened significance, is ripe for this takedown. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is a movie infused with a love for this place and this world, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of it. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/4 98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is a rare and rewarding gem, a movie that trades in pauses and silences and understands that it's the space in between that so often defines our lives. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019