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Robert Levin

Robert Levin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 97% The Big Sick (2017) It's painstakingly authentic in its evocation of what sometimes feels like the entire conceivable range of emotions. That's because Nanjiani... and Gordon are sharp writers with a knack for underpinning deadpan dialogue with understated emotions.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 74% The Beguiled (2017) It's consistently engaging, and it's assembled with an expert hand, even if it's a more serious approach than the story deserves.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 87% It Comes At Night (2017) It's a genre picture bathed in overwhelming darkness and torment.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2/4 15% The Mummy (2017) It doesn't really know what it is. In trying to offer a little bit of everything, it instead amounts to a lot of nothing.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
1.5/4 63% Dean (2017) It all plays out in painstakingly milquetoast fashion.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/4 94% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) An engaging movie that expands its highly specific setting into a universal moral inquiry.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) The film resonates not because of its scares or effects, but thanks to the simple fact that the filmmaker wholly commits to building an atmosphere of sadness and dread around it.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
0.5/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Every moment is surrounded by so much busy nonsense that virtually every plot detail is obscured.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
1.5/4 51% The Dinner (2017) The actors don't have time to develop focused characterizations because they're constantly being yanked around.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2.5/4 79% Chuck (2017) The story's just not as interesting as the filmmakers think it is; it spends too much time on Chuck's downward spiral, and when it comes to this sort of life in this sort of place at this particular time, we've seen it all before.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3.5/4 85% The Lovers (2017) The Lovers finds levels of tension that rival the best thrillers and depths of dark comedy that compare favorably with past classics of marital despair.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
1/4 15% The Circle (2017) A ham-fisted slog through sanitized doldrums, packed with platitudes and speechifying about technology and privacy.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/4 46% Going in Style (2017) There's precious little actual drama, few laughs, and almost no reason to see this movie except, again, for the undeniable pleasure of watching these three men.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) It's a study in contrasts, a B-movie on one hand and an earnest drama with a mean streak on the other, and neither mode is fleshed out enough to really matter. But the ambition is inspiring.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2.5/4 46% Wilson (2017) It succeeds in fits and starts, but not enough to justify such a prolonged investment in this character.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1/4 53% The Belko Experiment (2017) There needs to be something more than the sheer spectacle of fine character actors like Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley and others butchering their colleagues in every conceivable way.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
2.5/4 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) A story that's ultimately too abstract and slight to sustain itself.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/4 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Personal Shopper, a new film from writer-director Olivier Assayas, a native of the city, that stars Kristen Stewart in a performance that further confirms her status as one of the most adventurous and compelling actors working in movies today.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 68% Contemporary Color (2017) The filmmakers, Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross, add depth to the spectacle by creatively interweaving the arduous rehearsal process and stressing the fleeting nature of this unforgettably beautiful evening.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2.5/4 67% Before I Fall (2017) It all comes down to the fact that this landscape's too well-tread and the central conceit should have remained retired.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) While it doesn't offer any answers, it both thrills and makes you think.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
2/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) What the movie offers in scale it lacks in substance, and it is so much, so relentlessly, that the initial escapist thrills become increasingly deadened.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/4 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) One shouldn't underestimate the sheer pleasure of encountering a project that's willing to deviate from the typical obsession with plot and hitting storytelling beats in an attempt at something grander.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/4 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) The loneliness and regret permeating the movie illustrate eternal truths about the lingering consequences of such massive destruction on the everyday individuals tasked with carrying it out.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/4 84% The Founder (2017) A story worth reflecting upon, perhaps now more than ever.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2.5/4 75% Split (2017) The movie as a whole is not serious enough to work as a drama and not entertaining enough to qualify as escapism.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/4 100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) [Bright Lights] deepens our understanding of who these people were, why they mattered and what their oft-examined and perhaps misunderstood bond might have been really all about.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/4 89% 20th Century Women (2017) The movie doesn't have a plot, and it doesn't really need one. The stars, all superb, say all that needs to be said in their characters' quiet yearning and desperate search for meaning in a world finally allowing them to find it.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) Here is an unexpected emotional powerhouse, a movie that defies the odds in serious ways, even with the imprimatur of writer-director Jim Jarmusch.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/4 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Don't Think Twice depicts the travails of a longstanding improv troupe in New York City and it does so with the sort of exacting specificity only possible from a filmmaker who understands that world intimately.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3.5/4 93% Hidden Figures (2017) As a reminder of what can happen when Americans pull together behind a collective and ambitious cause, it's welcome, a rejoinder to the great strife and division that permeates the national mood today.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Under the skillful eye of director Maren Ade, the movie is certainly unafraid of embracing the weird, but it is an inherently sweet and oftentimes moving picture about the lengths to which a parent can go to help a child in distress.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 85% Silence (2017) Martin Scorsese's Silence is a movie about the nature of faith itself and so it's rife with contradictions. ‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Some nightmares play out in ornate and stylized fashion, while others are categorized by a slow drip of disasters and frustrations. I, Daniel Blake, the new movie from Ken Loach, locates itself squarely within the latter category.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Even the most hardened of hearts will be transformed into a blubbering, quaking mess by the time the lights come up.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 94% Neruda (2016) Bathed in expressive natural light and bestowed with a sense of constant movement, the movie also pulls even further back from the specifics of Neruda's story to depict a battle for the essence of a nation at war with itself.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/4 93% Fences (2016) Washington's approach gives Wilson's extraordinary words and rich metaphorical story the platform they deserve.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/4 93% La La Land (2016) It's a picture filmmakers have propagated since time immemorial, a valentine to show business itself, and yet filmmaker Damien Chazelle renders it anew in La La Land, an original musical that pays tribute to the city and all it represents.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/4 89% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
2/4 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals dives so far through the proverbial looking glass that it lands nowhere in particular.‐ amNewYork
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/4 96% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3.5/4 95% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
1.5/4 46% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
2.5/4 90% Elle (2016) It consistently defies expectations in terms of how a narrative in this vein typically plays out.‐ amNewYork
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016