Robert Roten

Robert Roten
Most editors are failed writers, but then, so are most writers -- Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965)

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Robert Roten's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 100% Maidan (2014) " This reminded me of the old radio and TV show "You Are There" which recreated historical events. This film is like that, but it really does transport the viewer into historical events. In this film, you are really there. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C+ 85% Night Moves (2014) "The actors in the story give very good performances. The story is fairly solid. It is a bit subdued and there are some logical holes in it, but on the whole it is a fairly realistic scenario. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C 90% Norte, the End of History (2014) "Even though this movie is over four hours long, it presents only part of the story. A lot of its length is due to long, uncut static camera shots where little or nothing is happening. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C 71% Red Hollywood (2014) "In the end, this film is an interesting, but disjointed look at the efforts of blacklisted filmmakers to influence society. It isn't always successful in convincingly illustrating its claims, but it is historically important. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
B 88% Remote Area Medical (2014) "This movie provides a snapshot of what health care in America was like for some people before many provisions of Obamacare took effect, and it is a depressing snapshot. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
B 99% Selma (2015) "It is a moving and well-meaning film that never quite manages the greatness one expects, given its soaring subject material. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
A 98% The Overnighters (2014) "This story, touching many social issues, is told on a very personal level. There is an extraordinary revelation near the end of the film. It is as if it was written by a great screenwriter, but instead, it is real life. Amazing. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
A 73% American Sniper (2015) "This is one of the best films of 2014, even though liberals and pacifists will hate the political message it sends. But politics aside, the craftsmanship of this film is flawless. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C+ 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) "This defiance of the law, combined with the skill, speed and excitement, is part of the romance that draws Pug and other kids into the biker life. It is like the wild west. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 2, 2015
B 82% The Double (2014) "Although Existentialism is out of fashion these days, I think a lot of people will be able to identify with Simon's plight in this film. It works as both absurdest comedy and as social commentary. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
C No Score Yet Journey To The West (2002) "This is one strange movie. It is a combination romantic comedy, supernatural fantasy, Buddhist philosophy, slapstick comedy and kung-fu action film. It seems to me to be a loosely organized and uneven film. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
B 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) "As dark comedies go, this is about as dark as it gets. The acting and stunt work are very solid. I can't say I enjoyed this, but the film is thought-provoking, occasionally funny, and it does raise some interesting moral questions. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
C 70% Honeymoon (2014) "This is a low-budget horror movie with an unappealing, depressing story about a honeymoon that turns into a nightmare through no fault of the people involved. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
B 62% The Sacrament (2014) "Although this film is classified in the horror genre, it plays more like a suspenseful drama. This film shows that director Ti West has the potential to move beyond the horror genre, as so many other directors have done before him. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
B 82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "This is a well-written and well-acted movie. The relationships in the triangle at the center of the film are not easily made convincing, but excellent acting makes it work. This is a very solid thriller with a lot of compelling emotional complexity. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
B 55% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) "This is an interesting story. Not a lot happens in this plot, but the characters are so well-drawn and the performances are so good, that it was a pleasure to follow this story to its conclusion. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
B 84% Dancing In Jaffa (2014) "Of course you can't dance around all the problems between Israel and Palestine, but it is amazing what happens when some Jews and Muslims dance together. This is an example of hope in a part of the world that desperately needs it. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
B No Score Yet What Now? Remind Me (2014) "Imaginative video sequences, animation, thought-provoking observations on religion, philosophy, politics and the nature of existence, are among the scattered gems to be found in this long, sluggish, artsy film. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
B 80% Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes (2014) "Serves as a primer, and as a wake up call for those unfamiliar with the Citizen's United decision, gerrymandering, vote suppression, ALEC, the Koch Brothers, and the many other ways money corrupts politics. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
C 88% Actress (2014) "This reality movie project is mainly for fans of the 'The Wire' and actress Brandy Burre. People in show business find themselves fascinating. I'm interested in them, of course, but not necessarily fascinated. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
B 92% Death Metal Angola (2014) "Sometimes I tend to forget how much American culture affects the rest of the world. Then I see the healing influence of extreme heavy metal music in a remote war-torn town in Angola, and it brings that home. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
A 94% Whiplash (2014) "Writer-director Damien Chazelle has created a masterpiece, aided by superb acting by J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 1, 2015
B 90% Wild (2014) "This is a fine performance by Witherspoon, further stretching her range as an actress. The spectacular scenery along the trail also provides a chance for cinematographer Yves BĂ©langer to showcase his talents. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 31, 2014
C 71% Into the Woods (2014) "This musical, based on the Sondheim - Lapine play has some good performances, but the story is a disaster. It reminds me of stories Saturday Night Live's Michael O'Donoghue used to tell, like 'The Little Engine that Died.' " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 30, 2014
C+ 62% Filth (2014) "This is one of those movies where much of the non-Scottish audience would need subtitles and a Scottish slang dictionary. It is brimming with profanity and explicit sex scenes and an amazing performance by James McAvoy. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
B 99% The Missing Picture (2014) "Filmmaker Rithy Pahn, a survivor of the hellish Pol Pot regime, has dedicated himself to documenting it with innovative techniques to recreate the missing history of his murdered family, and of a nation. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
B 90% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) "Cinematographers Adam Jandrup and Ethan Palmer use a variety of thoughtful camera techniques like point of view, soft focus, lens flares, closeups and reflections to show how an autistic child might see his environment. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
A 89% Calvary (2014) "Writer-director John Michael McDonagh has crafted a bleak and bitter film. I kept waiting the for the film to make a wrong turn, to cheat, to take the easy way out, to lean on film cliches and formulas, but it never did. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
B+ 90% The Kill Team (2014) "This is a powerful and effective documentary that exposes facts about the nature of war that the military establishment would rather keep secret. It serves as a reminder about the high levels of corruption in the military. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
50% Life's a Breeze (2014) "Despite the occasional emotional overtones, this is really a very light and enjoyable comedy. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
C+ 62% Life Partners (2014) "I did laugh a few times. There is some funny stuff in this lightweight comedy, but clearly, I'm not the target audience for this film which is aimed a young women. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
B 82% Whitewash (2014) "This film effectively shows a descent into madness, of a man going crazy in the solitary confinement of a prison he himself built. It is also an effective story of crime and punishment. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
A 94% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) "This is a superb job of journalism by Maloof, who went to great lengths to bring us this story. Both the story of Vivian Maier and the images she created are fascinating. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
C+ 83% Listen Up Philip (2014) "There have been many films, such as 'The Artist' which heap a lot of praise on artists like this, but very few films like this one ('Inside Llewyn Davis' would be another) that show the darker side of the creative mind. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
A 52% Frontera (2014) "I liked everything about this film, the writing by Michael Berry (who also directed the film) and Louis Moulinet, the pace, the editing, by Larry Madaras ('American Beauty') and the acting is excellent by the entire cast. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2014
C+ 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "While director Peter Jackson does a fine job with the many battle scenes, no charcter, other than Bilbo, is fleshed out. This is a good action film, but it lacks character. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 22, 2014
B 51% Unbroken (2014) "I liked the way that Louis is played in this movie. He is a hero, but not totally defiant, and not always strong. He has his weaknesses, and that makes him more believable. The acting is excellent in the film. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 22, 2014
B 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "The story is well-written, except for the obligatory suicide theme which didn't seem to mesh well with the rest of the plot. This is a vehicle for Marion Cotillard, who is just terrific in this role. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B+ 99% Starred Up (2014) "This is the toughest, grittiest prison drama I've seen since 'Hunger' (2008). This is a very well written and acted drama with an unforgettable climax. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
C 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) "Wiig, Wilson and Hader all give great performances in this movie, almost enough to lift it out of the dark emotional pit at the heart of the story. It doesn't quite make it there in this comedy about a suicidal family. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) "This review is of both volumes, 1 and 2. As an art film, I don't buy it, but viewed as a trashy, soap opera and absurdest black comedy with pornographic overtones, it is entertaining in its own way. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B 82% The Homesman (2014) "Although I would have liked this film more if it didn't have the obligatory suicide, it is a pretty good movie with excellent performances, strong writing and nice scenery. This is the way Westerns are supposed to look. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B 75% Happy Christmas (2014) "The writing and acting are solid. It isn't a particularly ambitious or groundbreaking film, but it is fun. It is nice to see Anna Kendrick turn it loose in this movie. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
A 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "Not your average crowd-funded American Persian feminist vampire movie. A lesser filmmaker simply could not have made this story work so elegantly. Much of this story is conveyed by images alone. This is a masterwork. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B 92% Frank (2014) "A film ought to have something more to recommend it than a high degree of strangeness, but being strange is what this film is all about. Resistance to this film's goofy charm is futile. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) "This film works as both a show business historical documentary and a fitting tribute to the late, great Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B 94% The Case Against 8 (2014) "While the film doesn't get very deep into these various court cases, it does a good job of humanizing the lawyers and the four defendants in the case. It is about real people, families and consequences. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
A 98% The Babadook (2014) "Writer/director Jennifer Kent has created a modern horror masterpiece in this film. It is about as creepy as creepy can get. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B 87% Alan Partridge (2014) "Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney and the rest of the cast are very good. The plot has enough interesting twists in it to keep the hostage situation from getting stale. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B 92% Birdman (2014) "This is a funny film, an absurdest comedy with great acting, solid writing and interesting visual effects. It is also a remarkable technical achievement in terms of acting, cinematography and editing. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 3, 2014
A 80% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) "This documentary film is a real eye-opener. It turns out that corruption in all three branches of the federal government, legislative, administrative and judicial, is far worse than I thought it was. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Nov 23, 2014
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