Robin Clifford

Robin Clifford
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Robin, with his wife Laura (laura@reelingreviews.com), began reviewing films on a local cable access station in 1991. The show, Reeling, has since expanded into a number of major access stations, including Boston's BNN network. We have also established a film review column for a local chain newspaper in our home town of Malden MA. We are contributing reviewers on a number of entertainment sites. Our goal is to move our TV program into the commercial realm and continue to improve the quality and content of our written review to help promote a greater understanding of the movie media.
Publications: Reeling Reviews
Official Websites: http://reelingreviews.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C- 45% Queen Bees (2021) To the filmmakers' (minor) credit, they do briefly touch on issues like dementia and loneliness, but too little too late. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
C 33% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) BING, BANG, BOOM!!!...There is buried, deep within the near non-stop car chases, shootouts, daring deeds, exciting rescues (there are several) and a whole lot of mayhem, an oddball family flick. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
B- 91% Sublet (2021) The story of two people surmounting the generation gap between them has been done for many, many years...Here, there is a nice chemistry between Michael and Tomer as they both learn and grow in their brief time together. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
B 94% The Amusement Park (2019) Now, being at the same age as the movie's maligned protagonist, "The Amusement Park" made fresh to me how we treat our old folks, even now (when I'm one of 'em). - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
A 100% Center Stage (1992) I am shocked that no resourceful docu-maker has taken on Ruan Lingyun as a subject I now want to know more about. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
C- 90% Dream Horse (2021) The screenplay, by Neil McKay, touches on all the bases from the real-life story but the problem is it lacks the warmth and excitement of the original documentary. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
C- 90% The Dry (2021) there are no fewer than five main narration threads, going in different, convoluted directions, presented here. And, I did not give a hoot about any of them. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
B+ 92% Final Account (2021) Keep in mind, if you do not remember your history, you are likely to repeat it. Posthumous kudos to Luke Holland for making us remember. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
B 93% All Light, Everywhere (2021) Theo Anthony covers a lot of ground in providing a balanced look at how the cameras are a way to make law enforcement equitable to all. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
B+ 96% In the Heights (2021) a song and dance saturated musical that reminds me of "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and a bunch of Michael Jackson videos. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
B 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) I could pick at the little things that bother me about "A Quiet Place II," but in the end, I got a pretty good monster story that was a load of fun, in a scary way. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
B 74% Cruella (2021) The ground is laid, in the end, for the expected next chapter. I had enough fun this time around to give it a shot, too. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
C+ 62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) It is entertaining and action packed but do not expect anything new and original. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
C- 25% The Woman in the Window (2021) What a waste of talented people, from director to writer to actors, and it makes me wonder who was actually in charge here. It certainly was not the director, writer or actors. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
B 94% Riders of Justice (2021) The filmmakers come up with a movie that defies being pigeon-holed into one genre and the result is a uniquely pleasing...I do not know what, but I like it. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
C+ 61% Profile (2021) there is an odd type of long-distance Stockholm Syndrome where the journo becomes the willing victim - and I did not buy it. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
B+ 92% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) Do not expect a happily-ever-after ending with our hero riding off into the sunset with his woman. The ending, like the film, does not paint a sunny picture. It is more pragmatic than that. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
B+ 68% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) The new order of "New Order" seems to show that no matter how things change, they often stay the same - or worse. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
C+ 77% Stowaway (2021) I have to admit, the small, effective cast and solid production values work well, despite the story's literary license to create tension - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
B+ 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) Combining this tale of epic survival with a family road trip along the lines of "National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)" makes for a genuine "fun for all ages" animation movie. We need it about now. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
B+ 96% Gunda (2020) The assured one-legged strut of the chicken, the playfulness of the cows and the tolerant momma pig and her brood are all visions of a gentle, satisfying life - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
B+ 96% The Human Factor (2020) The saddest thing about "The Human Factor" is, for all the bluff and bravado of the negotiators, nothing has been done to change the status quo. Instead, documents were signed, hands were shaken and nothing changed. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
A- 100% Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2008) I think I am going to have to give it a second watch just to sort out the mysteries and be intelligently entertained and informed once again. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
B 91% Together Together (2021) The filmmakers, though, create a romantic comedy that is not ready-made for the Hallmark channel and that is a good thing. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
B 98% Hope (Håp) (2021) a complex character study expertly performed by Andrea Braein Hovig. She is the draw that gives us "Hope." - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
B 90% Moffie (2019) you get a not very pretty picture of life in South Africa during apartheid. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
B 100% 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2021) Collective grade - B - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
B+ 100% 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2021) Collective grad - B+ - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
B 85% 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2021) collective grade - B - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
B 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) a fine cast of both professional actors and members of the equestrian tribe to tell a story of rugged individuals living in the loving memory of the past and hope for the future. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
C+ 43% Shoplifters of the World (2021) the movie, populated by the band's fans, is about the self-centered entitlement of the American youth in that self-centered decade. I like Dean and Mickey better. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
B 84% Nobody (2021) To steal a quote from "Robocop (1987)," "I like it!" - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
C+ 28% The Unholy (2021) "The Unholy" is, contrary to my usually cynical dislike of the genre, not awful. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
C 76% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) the last 10 minutes, when the titular faceoff takes place, is a slugfest that rivals the one in "Rocky IV (1985)" between Balboa and that despicable commie bastard, Drago - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
B 97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) The nuts and bolts of the truffle industry is interesting and educational to watch, but the real draw...are the old, reclusive loners plying their trade with their beloved dogs showing them the way to their precious truffles. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
B 100% Sheep Without a Shepherd (2019) It is the kind of off-beat thriller that, often, brings a macabre-inspired smile to my lips. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
B 86% The Courier (2020) As I watched their story unfold, it was with a sense of belief in their mission and made me sympathize with them on many levels, especially the personal side. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
A 100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) After a second viewing, the sinking heart and stomach churn hit me just as hard as the first. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
C 22% Chaos Walking (2021) Maybe the problems of story and the "noise" will not be noticed by the Young Adult audience at which it is aimed. Then again, kids are smarter than we give them credit for. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
B+ 100% Perfumes (Les Parfums) (2020) The chemistry between Emmanuelle Devos and Gregory Martel is both palpable and charming. The dual arc of characters is satisfying, follows its own path and is never clichéd. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
B+ 66% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) There is lots of stuff to entertain the adults and make them laugh, but the same can be said for the kids out there. Farting fish anyone? - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
B 74% The World to Come (2020) Mona Fastvold, in her second helming, tells a tale of a pioneer woman whose hopes and dreams extend beyond her hard life, but with a 21st century feminist sensibility. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
B 94% Nomadland (2021) Frances McDormand is a first among equals in this mixture of the real life players and the actor cast. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
B 78% I Care a Lot (2021) I was disappointed that there were so many missed opportunities in favor of clever turning of tables (many times). - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
B+ 98% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) "Night of the Kings" is the foreign language submission from the Ivory Coast and [Philippe] Lacote and his dynamic cast and crew make it a worthy entry. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
B+ 56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Andra Day...presents the whole package of talent, chemistry and charisma. If you are familiar with Billie's voice, you believe in Day's authenticity of her portrayal. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
B 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Shaka King makes up for my lack of knowledge [of events] and does an honest and fair job telling a story about an important time in our country. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
B+ 75% The Mauritanian (2021) Tahar Rahim captures the nuance of Slahi as he endures torture, pain and humiliation at the hands of his extra-legal captors. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
b+ 57% Dara of Jasenovac (2021) ...almost, and I stress the "almost," makes the Nazis and their "less personal" mass murders look like the acts of boy scouts gone bad. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
B 88% JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA) (2000) "Joint Security Area" is a good whodunit that keeps you thinking as politics mixes with humanity and friendship. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021