Robert Levin

Robert Levin
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 15% The Hustle (2019) ...the actors further struggle because there's simply no consistency in this relationship, which shifts and transforms according to the whims of whatever might be needed at a particular moment. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 80% Long Shot (2019) The biggest problem with what is otherwise a relatively pleasant and diverting experience is, again, the most basic one. No amount of free-spirited antics and humorous conversations could possibly sell the romance here. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 86% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) The story of his life is told in the long silences, the heavy pauses, the weary sighs and subtle gestures that Herzog provokes and the movie stands as a necessary and important work because of it. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 85% Her Smell (2019) Elisabeth Moss proves that she's among the most essential actors of her generation as punk rocker Becky Something. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) This isn't a movie about Toby or Javier or anything in its fictional world. It's about Gilliam, and it's worth celebrating, because in a world that's less than friendly to his type, the filmmaker's impossible dream is finally real. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 94% Us (2019) For all the ideas Peele nods toward, and all the moments of genuine suspense in a classical sense, it all comes back to Nyong'o. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/4 45% Captive State (2019) Captive State is crisply edited and propulsive, with a minimalist driving score that underlines the urgency and enhances the tension. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) If anything, this material is too rich for a single documentary. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 71% Triple Frontier (2019) From Isaac to Hunnam, [the actors] invest their characters with richer human qualities than the story probably required. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore is constitutionally incapable of being less than terrific onscreen, but this is some of her finest work, a performance of shattering intelligence and consumate grace. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/4 98% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 is nothing short of a miracle, in which the filmmaker Todd Douglas Miller crafts a vast amount of unseen NASA footage surrounding the moon landing into a gripping thriller and tribute to American enterprise. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/4 92% High Flying Bird (2019) The picture continues Soderbergh's own experimentation with the iPhone as his camera of choice, the fluidity of which gives the movie a loose and naturalistic quality. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/4 89% Arctic (2019) The instinct to say less is admirable, but the movie is too scarce with exposition, too limited in back story and eventually suffers from a dearth of dramatic payoffs. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/4 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Only smart and talented people could make a movie like Velvet Buzzsaw, an art world satire meshed with a horror movie that trades in big ideas but finds precious little that's new to say about them. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser in the best possible sense: let's be honest, if you're going to make a traditional Hollywood movie about an underdog fighting an unjust system, it'd be tough to find a more appropriate subject. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/4 67% Vice (2018) It should surprise no one that Christian Bale is so authentic as Dick Cheney in Vice that it's positively creepy. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 61% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux is a discomfiting, trying movie that also has the confidence to establish its particular perspective and see it through to the end. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It should be much more gripping than it is. The movie only really enlivens in its portrayals of the most particularly savage and gruesome moments of the story. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) ...the greatest film Alfonso Cuarón has made. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 93% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos takes a great deal of pleasure in depicting the scheming involved. The movie has a core of dry, biting wit... - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 63% Outlaw King (2018) Even if you've seen all of this before, the film offers plenty of authentic Scottish atmosphere: The sweeping landscape shots highlight the diverse beauty of the land and you can practically feel the cold, gray chill pouring out from the screen. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) ...a propagandistic cop-out and simply too wrong for this moment to ignore. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) It's the sort of impressionistic pastiche, the tweaking of iconic Americana, that defines so much of the Coens' best work. The other chapters have their moments - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) It is primarily a visceral, unsettling experience, one that remains somewhere out of total grasp but nonetheless clear in the notion that a strange, terrifying and altogether meaningful awakening is occurring inside Susie within the Markos walls. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/4 87% What They Had (2018) These actors convey every inch of this layered emotional terrain. Swank puts her aptitude for externalizing inner desperation to great use, while Shannon's wild-card sensibility intriguingly congeals with his regular guy bar owner character. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) This is a true vintage New York writer's movie in the best sense. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 80% Mid90s (2018) An authentically naturalistic depiction of rebellious youth culture on the city's gritty, wayward streets. But other impulses lessen the dramatic impact and suggest that Hill could have used some more time with his screenplay. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/4 87% First Man (2018) Chazelle brings the movie a keen eye for immersive action, including a multitude of point-of-view shots and other techniques that aim to put the audience squarely into Armstrong's perspective. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) "A Star is Born" never sacrifices the conviction of its earliest moments, which so smartly connect these characters as artists and humans while also upholding the sanctity of their individual journeys. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 99% Free Solo (2018) It is an amazing cinematographic achievement, filled with breathtakingly intricate camerawork that gives such a tangible sense of the extraordinary dangers facing this man. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Reilly carries the movie with a performance rife with melancholy and weariness. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3.5/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The Flint scenes are the movie's best and most affecting. Moore frames his hometown as a representation of America as a whole: exploited, stricken by chaos and despair and on the brink of collapse, but filled with people who simply won't stop trying... - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2.5/4 66% Lizzie (2018) Straightforwardness, really driven home by the romance, robs these events of their most haunting, opaque quality. There should be a degree of ambiguity here in terms of the character that's missing. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 91% Mandy (2018) Mandy is the real deal. It's a disturbing, expressionist horror picture. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 93% Support the Girls (2018) It's an experience that's relatable in some fashion to anyone who has worked for minimal wages at a service job, and the film derives its sly and unexpected power in the naturalistic way its presented. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
0.5/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It sinks to depths far below even the most liberal and relaxed of expectations. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) It remains relentlessly soft around the edges, committed to a glossy romantic comedy aesthetic that underplays the inherent weirdness of this cosmically unlikely scenario. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 91% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is a coming-of-age movie in which the formative experiences at hand are defined by intense primal sensations rather than specific waypoints in a predetermined narrative. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Finds Lee in that vintage mode; it's a period piece, infused with anger and sarcasm, that tells a stranger-than-fiction true story, but one that is animated by the tumultuous American present. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) A gleefully dopey action-comedy with a nonsense plot and the expected high jinks that nonetheless consistently entertains. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2.5/4 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Akhavan takes a restrained approach to chronicling Cameron's journey and Moretz is never up to the task of conveying any sense of inner struggle. The character is too static and feels too sure of herself for the movie to deliver the gut punch it should. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3/4 94% Blindspotting (2018) That it feels as authentic and well-honed as it does is a testament to its creative talent's innate familiarity and love for this city, and deeper understanding of the degree to which the Oakland experience is the American one. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It's simply not what we need right now, or ever. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
77% The King (2018) [The film is] a biographical study that achieves the noteworthy result of contextualizing one of the most famous and well-documented American lives in an entirely new and relevant way. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2.5/4 69% Damsel (2018) The world needs more offbeat comic Westerns like "Damsel," which fearlessly takes up space in subgenre terrain that's rarely occupied these days. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
0.5/4 No Score Yet Gotti (2018) Even the most liberally tempered expectations cannot explain the extent and scope of the disaster here, the sheer lack of basic cinematic competence. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
4/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Here is a film that evokes the ugliest and darkest corners of our most fundamental selves, viewing our genetic identity as a maximum-security prison of sorts. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) There's no effectively captured emotional underpinning shaping the film, and no tangible larger motivating factor. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2/4 39% Mary Shelley (2018) It's undercut by the hazy, magical realist aesthetic, the general insufferable nature of the men and the fact that a work that strives to be a serious, feminist piece too often feels like gothic romantic fiction. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3/4 93% First Reformed (2018) Hawke offers one of his best performances, a masterful blending of outward stoicism and strong and challenging emotions. - amNewYork EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018