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
B- 84% Just Mercy (2020) Jordan is more a sounding board for his clients as he tries to maneuver thru hate, prejudice, racism and a gross miscarriages of justice, - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
B- 44% Three Christs (2020) This is an interesting look into a real mental health study that tried to break new ground in psychiatric treatment that were meant to cure, not just subdue and vegetate, the subject. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
B+ 86% Cunningham (2019) There is a distinctive similarity between this dance documentary by first-time feature director Alla Kovgan and the beautifully rendered 2011 documentary by Wim Wenders, "Pina," about another famed choreographer, Pina Bausch. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
B 69% Bombshell (2019) I was quite familiar with Roger Ailes reputation, politically at least, and my only regret is that he did not live to get his just desserts. But, then again, with the latest news about Harvey Weinstein, Ailes may have gotten away with it all. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 98% 63 Up (2019) For me. It is a fascinating sociological study that would have a dramatically different demographic if started today. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 74% Richard Jewell (2019) Clint Eastwood has always proven to be a good, reliable storyteller and, here, he tells a good, reliable story. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 71% The Aeronauts (2019) where I found I was losing myself in the story was in the exciting set pieces as the pair face great danger, hypoxia, black outs and, for Amelia alone, a terrifying crisis at 36000 feet. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
B No Score Yet The Rabbi Goes West (2019) "The Rabbi Goes West" gives an interesting and detailed microscopic look at the Jewish faith and culture in a place where one (a former Christian like me) would not expect there to be a Jewish faith and culture - I mean, it is Montana - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
B+ 83% Waves (2019) is a gripping story that does not go as expected and that is what makes "Waves" a cut above. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B 81% The Report (2019) ...making for a near epic tome of a heinous CIA program and its cover-up and the dedicated investigators that brought it to light. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B 79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) I never was a fan of the rag but I, like most everyone who has seen the National Enquirer banner, would give it a look whenever the chance. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B+ 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The filmmakers show, very well, both the rivalry of the two marques and the excitement and thrills of GT racing. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
A- 96% The Irishman (2019) Martin Scorsese has created an epic tome that covers modern history and theorizes on the life and times of Frank Sheeran. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
C+ 39% Primal (2019) With a possessive big game hunter and a rare cat, combined with a smart, psychopathic killer on the loose aboard a ship at sea, you can kind of figure out where this adventure yarn is going. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
B- 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) The story is about Yoav coming to face what his life really is - and it is not what he ever imaged. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
C 57% Frankie (2019) The impression I get from Ira Sachs's relocation to Portugal is that the filmmaker did not know what to do with his location. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
A- 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Whatever expectations I had before watching "Jojo Rabbit," they are nowhere near what Waititi and his cast and crew have accomplished in this fresh, funny and sad story about a boy and his mom. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
B- 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) The second half of "Memory" is solely focused on the infamous alien-creature-bursting-out-of-the-chest-of-Kane (John Hurt) scene. You, know, the one that we have all seen a zillion times over the years. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
b+ 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) While the obstacles that face the Fizili family are daunting and, sometimes, heartbreaking and dangerous, the thing I got most out of this well-made and personal document is the stability and perseverance of the tiny family. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
B 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) The David versus Goliath battle for justice - the abuse victims versus the stonewalling by the Vatican - does not end as I expected. Then again, with the Church's not so enviable track record, maybe it is just what I expected. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
B- 43% The Addams Family (2019) It may not grab the old fans, but it does open it up to a new younger audience that holds allegiance to no camp. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
A- 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pedro Almodovar, with "Pain and Glory," brings us into his life and presents all the baggage he carried, both physically and emotionally, through that life and long career. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
C+ 61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) First off, let me praise "Dilili in Paris" for its outstanding CGI animation that captures perfectly, the City of Lights." - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) What I got out of "Where's My Roy Cohn" is that everything I thought of dead-eyed soul-less manipulator of evil is well founded. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B+ 95% Ága (2019) The slice of life story has the look and feel of a documentary work and, as it immersed me in Nanook and Sedna's daily struggle, I felt I was living it with them. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
C+ 81% Abominable (2019) "Abominable," though not original, is entertaining, mostly for kids. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B- 83% Official Secrets (2019) The telling of this true story is a straightforward, almost perfunctory, procedural - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ 88% Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Préparez vos mouchoirs) (1978) will leave it to you to enjoy this absurdist and silly, goofy and fun little comedy as it unfolds. The extras on the blu-ray are scant, at best. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B- 84% Villains (2019) All, in front and behind the camera, make for an honestly funny black comedy. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) You have to see this homage to the director to find out how Bunuel played with the details of his promise - all for the sake of the film image. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
C+ 93% Monos (2019) It is, under the surface, an intro to something more from the filmmakers. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ 82% Judy (2019) Renee is so compelling and riveting in her portrayal that the background characters, though well played by all, never get the chance to shine, overshadowed by the film's star. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B 84% Downton Abbey (2019) My take on the reason for this big budget, big scale revisit to the now-famous abbey and its denizens is two fold - to give the fans a grand closing to the Granville family story and to make money, which it very likely will. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
B 87% Hustlers (2019) Men, in this world, are incidental and solely a means to an end for these ladies to take as much money from them as possible - and get away with it. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) That the lady had an incredible wit - she could have been another Lenny Bruce - makes listening to her Texas twang and her many stories a lot of fun. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ 99% Honeyland (2019) Find out for yourself about what happens to Haditze, her mom and her beloved bees. It is very much worth the effort. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ 95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Anyone who has a real love for music will want to see and learn from "Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes" and the many amazing talents those two old white German Jewish immigrant refugees brought to us all. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
B+ 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) The filmmakers do not give definitive answers to the many questions about Dag Hammarskjold's untimely and tragic (for the world) death. And, they raise even more questions as to "why?" - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B- 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) You can guess what is going to happen in this odd-couple-buddy-road-trip movie that touches all the necessary points but does it in a likable, good-hearted manner that has you rooting...all the way through. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B+ 96% Love, Antosha (2019) When you watch "Love, Antosha," make note of the long list of family, friends and film colleagues who contributed in their praise for young Yelchin, personally and professionally. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
C 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) I do not buy it. It feels, to me, like a paycheck movie. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
B+ 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) Arun gives a wonderful arc to her character as we watch her grow and change in her amazing debut. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
B 98% One Child Nation (2019) One striking thing about Nanfu Wang's interviews with those who were made to enforce the one-child policy is, while they regret what they had to do, they understand why it had to be done. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
B 87% The Nightingale (2019) If you are looking for a tough, gritty film about misogyny, lust, murder, rape and revenge, then 'The Nightingale" fits the bill. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
C+ 60% Brian Banks (2019) The telling of Brian's story is, as I said, an earnest effort. But, there is a lack of spirit that is needed to elevate the miscarriage of justice to a higher level. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
B 90% Luce (2019) Misunderstanding and suspicion of those different from us colors the story of "Luce," which, I feel, is endemic in our society, right now. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 89% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) That "Tel Aviv on Fire" is able to inject honest and funny humor, and a bipartisan viewpoint, is refreshing. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
A- 100% Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015) Filmmaker Hagamuchi does not waste the five plus hour film time and allows us to get to know, intimately, each of the ladies, their lives, hopes and fears - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B+ 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Unlike many old rock stars still performing, Crosby's voice, despite his years of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, is still clear as a bell and harkens back to the three part harmony of CSN songs. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) As usual, you have to be on the ball when you watch a QT movie if you want to recognize the many cultural references from the time - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019