Tasha Robinson

Tasha Robinson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
23% Men in Black International (2019) MIB:I is a perfectly fine piece of summer entertainment, easy on the brain and big on the shiny spectacle. But it feels polished to a fault. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B+ 78% The Dark Crystal (1982) The story is a standard fairy-tale concoction, but the New Agey philosophy about healing and heroism makes for a classic Henson story, all heart and rapturous wonder at the world's incredible possibilities. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
A 77% Perfect Blue (1999) Perfect Blue's success lies in the twisted, self-referential storyline that intercuts reality with fantasy so fluidly that viewers inevitably take on Mima's shattered point of view, unable to distinguish the truth until the stunning conclusion. - Sci-Fi Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
A+ 93% Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro) (1979) Monkey Punch's lanky, flapping heroes contrast somewhat oddly with Miyazaki's fine-featured, trim subsidiary characters, but "Castle" moves along at such a brisk pace that it's hard to concentrate on anything but keeping up with the ride. - Sci-Fi Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It was designed to cap a decade of buildup around a single gigantic story... In that sense, it's certainly a triumph: it's ambitious, towering, and above all, daring in its difference. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) And over the course of two hours, the mania becomes exhausting and numbing. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
17% Pokémon Heroes (2003) Pokémon Heroes features fewer gratuitous pokéfights than its precursors, and also lacks a dutifully over-repeated moral, but it doesn't replace these Pokémon staples with anything substantive. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
63% I See You (2019) For people who specifically prize meticulous story-craft and the ability to dodge broad genre clichés, I See You is a rare gift. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
94% Us (2019) Peele directs Us with a masterful collection of horror-movie tricks - jump scares that actually pay off, a cat-and-mouse game in an isolated place filled with bright lights and deep pools of impenetrable shadow. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) This film feels like the studio wanted it to be the next step in its development toward more ambitious stories. Instead, it's a gorgeous hangout movie. There are worse things to be. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
74% The Wandering Earth (2019) Director Frant Gwo gives the film a surprising stateliness, especially in the scenes of the mobile Earth wandering the cosmos, wreathed in tiny blue jets that leave eerie space-contrails behind. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It ends up feeling like more than an obligatory cash-in: it builds a whole new layer on top of the Lego Movie foundations. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
B- 100% The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) Contract is sordid and gorgeous at the same time; its elaborate costumes and coifs and its beautiful landscapes stand in marked contrast to the characters' blunt brutality. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The setting Gilroy creates here is so much more engaging than what he does with it. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) It's hilarious. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Viewers are left to interpret as they prefer... But just as that approach feels admirable because it isn't heavy-handed, forcing an agenda or hectoring the audience to take up a specific moral stance, it also feels a little empty. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The story is more dignified and tonally consistent than in the last film...but much of it plays out with just as little weight as Fantastic Beasts' silliest moments. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
80% Apostle (2018) But for the most part, it's a breathlessly oppressive experience, a dark and sometimes strikingly beautiful film that lives up to its most obvious cinematic forefathers. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
59% You Might Be the Killer (2018) This isn't challenging filmmaking, but for what it is - a shared social-media joke turned into a shared cultural joke - it's a pretty diverting way for horror fans to spend about 90 minutes. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The book is a charmingly quaint, deeply eerie supernatural mystery about grief, necromancy, and the apocalypse. The movie version is a shrieking CGI carnival full of poop jokes and barfing pumpkins. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
72% Hold the Dark (2018) The story doesn't entirely hold together after the fact... but as is typical for Saulnier, it's shocking and moving while it's actually going on. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
87% Freaks (2019) In a world packed with information, it's outright exciting to know so little about where a story is going, or how far it's willing to go to get there. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) [David] Mackenzie may be making a point about the exhausting aspects of war... but while Outlaw King is a spectacle worthy of the big screen, its personal and emotional ambitions seem disappointingly small. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
50% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) Arguably, Elizabeth Harvest is about those favorite science-fiction standbys: identity, hubris, and humanity's darkest sides. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It's a movie that understands all the variances of scale, and takes the audience along for the ride as they constantly change. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) With Incredibles 2, Bird keeps finding new ways for his characters to work in concert, to cooperate and collaborate in order to keep escalating the action. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
87% Cargo (2018) Thoomi and Andy become important to each other, but neither really understands or connects with the other in any but the shallowest ways, and the way she feels like a plot device more than an integral part of the story is a significant flaw. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
65% Jonathan (2018) Jonathan does end up feeling like a hybrid of Fight Club and Charlie Kaufman... And in the end, it doesn't feel like Jonathan fully commits to its own premise. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
47% Marrowbone (2018) Its particular flavor of elaborate, genteel nightmare is unusual, but it's as effective as any jump-scare-laden, blood-spattered slasher. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
51% Rampage (2018) Rampage presents a relatively convincing and immersive illusion. It's mostly a question of how much a given viewer can thrill to seeing yet another computer-generated city get reduced to ash, smoke, and shards. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) It pays lip service to having characters with individuality and personality, but over and over, the writers forget about all these things, and just throw monsters and mecha at each other in a big, bright game of smashy-smashy. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
82% What Keeps You Alive (2018) It's a movie about action and blood, but the artistry makes the difference. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) The human frailties behind the game avatars is a reliable well of humor for Ready Player One, and the script takes full, hilarious advantage. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) It's a pretty take on the story, but it's also a frustratingly safe and squishy one. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is a portentous movie, and a cerebral one. It's gorgeous and immersive, but distancing. It's exciting more in its sheer ambition and its distinctiveness than in its actual action. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
20% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The characters are all painfully sincere - but they're also generic, bland, and barely developed. When they inevitably start dying, there's no sense of loss, either for the audience or the crew. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
100% Half the Picture (2018) One of the film's greatest values, though, is as a helpful checklist for cinephiles who want to see more terrific films made by women. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) It's a merciless film, crafted for maximum effect. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) That's the great joy of Come Inside My Mind: not getting a fundamentally new understanding of Williams, but just watching him react in the moment with a sense of humor that always seemed to come directly from the id. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
67% Beyond Skyline (2017) Beyond Skyline becomes an enjoyably loopy thrill-ride, full of sudden shifts and turns. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [Director Rian Johnson] doesn't radically reinvent Star Wars... But he does dig into the impulses behind the new trilogy's younger characters, cracking them open and examining their psychology in a way Star Wars rarely has. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Justice League winds up feeling so much like a straw poll for viewers, with a mishmash of everything they might want, all run together. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4% Flatliners (2017) Instead, this is yet another cinematic Frankenstein's monster, stitched together out of scavenged parts, and shocked back to life for no clear or compelling reason. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
100% Salyut-7 (2017) But like Argo, Salyut-7 is an edge-of-the-seat experience even when it veers into obviously exaggerated territory. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
88% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) ... at heart, the story is about excitement, wonder, and exploring the world. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
92% Radius (2017) Radius is a high-concept movie from start to finish, and it relies on surprises to keep the story moving. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Anna and the Apocalypse is an entertaining blast of fresh air that just happens to include a fine spray of blood. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
90% Gerald's Game (2017) Writer-director Mike Flanagan and co-writer Jeff Howard have turned Gerald's Game into one of the most compelling, eerie, memorable Stephen King adaptations to date. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
88% 1922 (2017) ... it's a reminder that King's biggest strengths lie in his unparalleled ability to build tension, create atmosphere, and tell a direct and brutal story, not in his ability to launch profitable many-branched franchises. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
48% Downsizing (2017) There's so much to love about Downsizing, in its self-aware dialogue, its consciously corny gags, its sense of creativity and adventure, and its vivid creation of an entire new world. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017