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 100% Booksmart (2019) The goofy and amiable teen humor is a huge departure from the 1980s when misogyny and movies like "Porky's (1981)" were the norm. This is a very good thing. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
B- 89% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The impression the film leaves with me is that, as said, it is a noble effort but is it one that can really help to make a change in our world, not just the Chesters' own little fiefdom? - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
B 73% All Is True (2019) Branagh and his cast and crew do a solid job in creating a fictional look into the final years of the world's greatest author. And, it feels like this is how it might have happened. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
B 85% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Mikhail G is an excellent interview subject and Herzog gets some good banter and back and forth with him - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
B- 78% Photograph (2019) You can guess what will happen - or, at least, what you hope happens. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B+ 59% Trial by Fire (2019) There is a line in the film when capital punishment is brought up, one DR inmate says "If you ain't got the capital, you get the punishment." That says it all. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B+ No Score Yet The Dead Nation (2017) The matter of fact narration of the terrible events combined with the benign-looking photos - some depict children giving the Heil Hitler salute - is a chilling look into a history that, if we are not careful, may repeat itself. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
C+ 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Without the copious animation, which I found distracting at times, there would have been a good 60 minute PBS show. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B 81% Dogman (2019) It may not be a valid reaction as I watched "Dogman's" story unfold, but I had a strong feeling that writer-director Matteo Garrone had read John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Zac Efron captures the man's vehement declarations of innocence and charismatic character that actually makes you have doubts about his guilt. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B 84% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) The story of a family reunited is heartening but the foodie-movie fan in me loved the vittles being prepared and savored. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
B- 43% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) Eva Husson gives all the fighters their due as they face great danger with an even greater resolve. We get to see the sacrifices they make and their hopes of a return to a past, happy life and family. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
B 75% Family (2019) Yes, you have seen it before, but here we have a big difference - Taylor Schilling as the brash, socially-inept go-getter Kate in "the guy" role. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
B+ 97% Hail Satan? (2019) One thing I took away while watching "Hail Satan?" is the inherent sense of humor of the congregation even as they take on serious social issues. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
B+ 89% Missing Link (2019) The fine stop-motion photography, terrific cast, first-rate storytelling and rich comedy are good reasons to see "Missing Link." - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
B+ 99% Amazing Grace (2019) "Amazing Grace" squarely hits its two targets: people, like me, who love Aretha Franklin and her music; and, any fan of gospel music, which is wall to wall in this succinct 90 minute tome. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
C+ 44% The Chaperone (2019) You root, sort of, for Norma to find herself and things all turn out well in a nicely decorated package, but there is not much inside. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
B- 83% The Brink (2019) Even though I do not like the man, I appreciate the chance to see, in a succinctly crafted way, the many reasons why. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) "Hotel Mumbai" is a well-told docudrama that does a fine job of showing us the horror of the fanatical attack and the bravery and courage of those who fought back. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B 94% The Mustang (2019) First-time feature director, co-writer Laure de Clermont-Tonnere does a solid job in bringing the viewer to the center of both its main characters and the terrific program they represent. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
B 100% Canary (Kanarie) (2018) The story flows through its chapters, allowing us to get to know Johan, his hopes and insecurities, and the other members of the choir group. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ 57% The Highwaymen (2019) It is a good bookend to Arthur Penn's 1967 film. Between the two, we may have a near complete story of the legend of Bonnie and Clyde. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) "Ash Is Purest White" is a compelling study of a woman who proves her inner strength through adversity with her strength and integrity of character. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The filmmakers do a first-rate job, at first, showing the importance of family and clan in the Wayuu culture. But, soon, greed becomes the overpowering factor in the family dynamics and the results are tragic. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) This woman-at-war story has you rooting for our hero but there is much more going on during Halla's effective campaign against Big Brother. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B+ 71% Climax (2019) an in-the-moment film as we, along with the characters, have the visceral experience of the descent from joy to a hell they all enter. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B 96% Transit (2019) "Transit" is both a historical artifact of over 70 years ago and a cautionary tale of warning for the present. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
A 98% Apollo 11 (2019) There is no narration or title cards and this concise, visually stunning document of mankind's greatest achievement does not need them. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
C+ 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Here...the characters, except the principles, are secondary to the action, the opposite of the original and first sequel. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
C 59% Greta (2019) It is telling that, during moments of high tension, I heard guffaws from members of the audience. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B+ 89% Arctic (2019) It is a tale of survival against all odds and Mads Mikkelsen embodies the determination of the man to try and try to his last breathe. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B- 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Farhadi's huge ensemble cast of attractive and talented actors and actresses raise the bar in what is essentially a soap opera. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2018) I have always been a sucker for documentary films so I love to give this Oscar category for short docs a shout. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B+ 76% Never Look Away (2019) The duality of "Never Look Away," with its historic span of time and personal story of the artist, is key in making its three hour plus run time not feel like three plus hours. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) Who does not like animations? - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B 73% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) For me, though, the real draw is Sam Elliot's thoughtful performance as Calvin. He gives depth to the role and evokes both my sympathy and my empathy. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B 71% Piercing (2019) I went along for the ride and enjoyed it! - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
B No Score Yet We Make Antiques! (Uso happyaku) (2018) Some may consider this a slow burn but that is part of its charm... This is the kind of gentle comedy that leaves a smile on my face. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
B- 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) even if you do not like art, [Kusama's] energy, imagination and penchant for bright colors (flowers are an early influence), you should appreciate the effort by docmaker Heather Lenz. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
B 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) the noisy, seen-it-before finale turns "The Kid Who Would Be King" into something a little less than it could be. They had me for 3/4 of the movie. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
B 95% No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) (2018) This powerful and personal pair of stories melds into something greater than the sum of its parts. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
B 91% The Charmer (Charmoren) (2018) I had to think about "The Charmer" for a while after seeing it, to let it grow on me. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B+ 79% Buffalo Boys (2019) As expected, good wins over evil and the charismatic and capable brothers ride off into the sunset...but, is that the end of their adventures? - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B 89% Museum (Museo) (2018) Even knowing the outcome of their crime, both characters elicit sympathy and you wish them well, despite the sheer ignominy of their nationally impacting theft - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B- 67% Vice (2018) I am very familiar with Cheney and his checkered past, so "Vice" was just a checklist for me. To his credit, Adam McKay makes a complete list to check off. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B+ 93% The Favourite (2018) ...three stellar performance and first rate production...made me want to know more about what amounts to the early feminist movement. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
c+ 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) I really wanted to love "On the Basis of Sex" but I only liked it. I think a more mature actress playing RBG may have fared better. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B+ 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Although set in the early 70s, this feels all too of the now. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B+ 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) keep[s] thing fast-moving and flashy but also take[s] plenty of time to bomb us adults out there with humor, both visual and intellectual (sort of), making this outing loads of fun. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 82% Ben is Back (2018) This might be considered the new tradition for Christmas movies - instead of good tidings and joy, it is now about heartache and desperation. I think I like good tidings and joy better. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018