The Robot's Voice

The Robot's Voice is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Luke Y. Thompson
Rating Title/Year Author
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Luke Y. Thompson The Force Awakens is a Star Wars movie through and through...and a wonderful one EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2015
The Revenant (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Let's just cut to the chase and say it - this is the western as Game of Thrones EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2015
Boy and the World (2013) Luke Y. Thompson ...one of the year's best, if not THE best. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2015
Moomins on the Riviera (2014) Luke Y. Thompson But when an original creation becomes an estate-managed franchise, something is lost - the author was willing to take creative chances with her characters in a way those who merely safeguard them can't. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2015
Krampus (2015) Luke Y. Thompson I am deeply amused by just how much of an actual Grinch Dougherty seems to be. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2015
Where to Invade Next (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Yet it's also eye-opening and sad to see that something as self-evident as "happy worker = productive worker" or "rehabilitation beats revenge" is such a radical notion that we, and Moore, stare upon them like novelties EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2015
Baskin (2015) Luke Y. Thompson ...horror-hounds will relish the orgy of the damned that unfolds. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2015
Southbound (2015) Luke Y. Thompson There are monsters in Southbound that are among the best I've seen onscreen in a long time EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2015
Anomalisa (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Kaufman's allegorical universes are very pointed and focused - every metaphor is clear, every departure from reality connected to a specific neurosis. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2015
A War (2015) Luke Y. Thompson ...whether you're a dyed-in-the-wool troop supporter no matter what, or a hardcore anti-warrior, you can watch and understand why Pedersen does what he feels he has to do EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2015
Der Nachtmahr (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to have been a lot of thought put into things beyond, "E.T., but scary and German" EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2015
The Lobster (2015) Luke Y. Thompson It's all pretty deadpan and frequently very funny - punctuated, as is Lanthimos' wont, with brutal violence towards animals EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2015
Spectre (2015) Luke Y. Thompson If you're among the masses who adored Skyfall, I can see why Spectre might feel like a comedown. Now let me tell you why, for me, it is a wonderful course-correction. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2015
The Peanuts Movie (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Appropriate for all ages, yet still acceptably funny for adults who have nominally grown out of admitting they ever liked Snoopy and the gang, this Peanuts is as big a winner as its protagonist Charlie Brown isn't. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2015
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) Luke Y. Thompson The Ghost Dimension has a great gimmick, but offers not-so-great closure for the series. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2015
Jem and the Holograms (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Jem and the Holograms is so cheap it makes Masters of the Universe look like Transformers. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2015
They Look Like People (2015) Luke Y. Thompson ...plays like mumblecore that gradually gets twisted into paranoia like something George Noory or Alex Jones might discuss on late-night radio. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2015
Tales of Halloween (2015) Luke Y. Thompson As a conceptual piece, it could use slightly tighter connective tissue, but as a fun sort of fright flick to watch with friends, it does the job. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2015
The Green Inferno (2013) Luke Y. Thompson ...if you like the "classics," Eli Roth made this for you. If you've never seen one, it may be the only one you need to. And if you think it might offend you, it will - I'm not sure he'd have it any other way. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2015
Pay the Ghost (2015) Luke Y. Thompson It's too silly to merit the serious performance Cage is trying to give, and the director wasn't canny enough to trigger his star's bananas-freakout button, which could have created a camp classic. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2015
The Martian (2015) Luke Y. Thompson That he keeps finding ways to innovate (and get lucky, at times) is like a tribute to the American dream, but that it requires so much nerve-wracking tension at every moment is arguably an indictment of same. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2015
The Transporter Refueled (2015) Luke Y. Thompson I'd feel fine endorsing it if you could see it for free. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2015
Sinister 2 (2015) Luke Y. Thompson ...if all you want to know is whether my thumb or a different digit is raised, I suspect you've figured that much out by now. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2015
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are great in this, and great together. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2015
Fantastic Four (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Fantastic Four is so serious about itself, and its characters and the dangers of science, that it actually has long montages of characters doing science. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2015
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013) Luke Y. Thompson It should have been Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Hugo, a 3-D art film to impress critics and families during holiday/awards season. Instead, it may be his Idiocracy. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2015
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Luke Y. Thompson ...the fifth Mission Impossible is a solid hour-and-a-half action film. Unfortunately, the run time is two hours and ten minutes. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2015
Pixels (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Ironically, just as the movie points out that the vintage games are most beatable because they follow patterns, Pixels will get a deserved critical beatdown because of the way it does likewise. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2015
Ant-Man (2015) Luke Y. Thompson ...it's understandable why Edgar Wright might have wanted to keep it insulated... - that Reed manages to make it feel that way most of the time even when it isn't is a deft feat indeed. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2015
Terminator Genisys (2015) Luke Y. Thompson It plays like a Marvel comics-style continuation of the story if such had existed in the '80s or '90s, one that bends over backwards to keep the narrative going just so you can get a few more cool splash pages. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2015
Ted 2 (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Lazy but funny. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2015
Minions (2015) Luke Y. Thompson ...a gleefully anarchic and just plain fun cartoon that's refreshing to enjoy in a world where Disney thinks it has to try and make you cry every time. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2015
Inside Out (2015) Luke Y. Thompson You'll laugh, you'll cry, and if you're honest with yourself, you'll look back and realize there are way more plot holes here than in Jurassic World. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Dude Bro Party Massacre III is fun - it's just not quite as much fun as it wants to be. Methinks it will play best at future parties, where audiences don't feel they have to pay attention at all times EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
Jurassic World (2015) Luke Y. Thompson ...from now on, if you ask me, I will annoyingly insist that there is only one Jurassic Park sequel, and this is it. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2015
Spy (2015) Luke Y. Thompson [Feig's] best trick is making McCarthy an unironic action lead, using the trappings of comedy to slide past your knee-jerk defenses like an actual covert agent slipping in the back door. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2015
San Andreas (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Stuff go boom. Stuff go BOOM. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2015
Poltergeist (2015) Luke Y. Thompson BOX OF CLOWNS! EDIT
Posted May 22, 2015
Tomorrowland (2015) Luke Y. Thompson The movie's sense of fun, though, won me over in the end, and ultimately being Brad Bird's least-best film is still pretty good. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2015
The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) Luke Y. Thompson But you'll feel bad for liking it, and you probably should. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2015
Reality (2014) Luke Y. Thompson It's not that the strangeness is any less appealing, but that there's no more urgency to it - Rubber had a killer tire on the loose, and Wrong had a lost dog...[This] lacks that level of drama EDIT
Posted May 15, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Luke Y. Thompson If you're a Road Warrior guy, Valhalla awaits. If you're me? You'll still have a lot of fun...while hoping a potential sequel delivers more world-building than can be obtained behind the wheel of a truck. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2015
The Harvest (2013) Luke Y. Thompson There's a bit of a David Cronenberg vibe to the proceedings - like him, McNaughton is often lauded as a "master of horror" even as both seem more interested in chilly human relationships than buckets of gore. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Luke Y. Thompson If you're happy to, as they say, just turn your brain off and watch your heroes fight, it's fine...But Marvel has set me up to expect stories a bit above that base level EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2015
Unfriended (2014) Luke Y. Thompson ...a modern take on Scream for the Skype generation. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2015
Ex Machina (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Many movies...almost require a reverse Turing test - you can't quite believe they were written by humans, rather than number-crunching machines. I'm happy to say Ex Machina would pass. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2015
Furious 7 (2015) Luke Y. Thompson If you've bought into the series overall thus far, you're not going to want to miss Paul Walker's final ride. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2015
Chappie (2015) Luke Y. Thompson Frustrating, Moving Chappie Is Engaging Despite Itself EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2015
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Luke Y. Thompson HTTM 2 is fine, and fun, but there's little about it that mandates seeing on the big screen rather than waiting for Netflix. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2015
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Luke Y. Thompson ...combined with an inane villain master plan and a third-act turn into large-scale gratuitous brutality, the thing becomes a tonal mess. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2015