Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin State Journal is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Rob Thomas
Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 Waiting for Superman (2010) Rob Thomas Go see it, and then talk about it. But don't necessarily buy into it. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2010
2/4 Secretariat (2010) Rob Thomas "It’s like trying to make a football movie set in the 1970s about this plucky little underdog team called the Dallas Cowboys." EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2010
3.5/4 Catfish (2010) Rob Thomas It's satisfying to see the arrogant filmmakers somewhat humbled by what they find on their journey. That's a feeling much of the audience will share in this unusual and haunting film. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2010
3/4 I'm Still Here (2010) Rob Thomas Maybe "I'm Still Here" tells the truth, in the sense that it shows us Phoenix's unhappy personal view of the life behind the velvet rope that he's rejected. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2010
1/4 Trash Humpers (2009) Rob Thomas In one scene of "Trash Humpers," the camera lingers on an abandoned toilet in the middle of a field, as voices cackle off-camera. The filmography of Harmony Korine, ladies and gentlemen! EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2010
2/4 Life During Wartime (2009) Rob Thomas Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime" is full of characters who make the same mistakes over and over again, unable to change their bad habits. He must know just how they feel. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2010
4/4 Restrepo (2010) Rob Thomas The footage Junger and Hetherington got is an incredible, boots-on-the-ground, soldier's-eye view of combat. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2010
3/4 The American (2010) Rob Thomas If "The American" isn't a masterpiece, it's still a cool, minimalist thriller that features gorgeous camera work by Corbijn and a strong, understated performance by Clooney. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2010
3.5/4 The Extra Man (2010) Rob Thomas "Extra Man" is a loving ode to the eccentrics of New York, and a wish that even in today's Disneyfied Manhattan, the city will always make room for the weirdos, too. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2010
3/4 Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2009) Rob Thomas It serves the original source material well, and gives the audience much to ponder after the shots have been fired. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2010
4/4 Rashomon (1950) Rob Thomas "Rashomon" may be a prosecutor's nightmare, but it's a film lover's dream. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2010
3.5/4 Please Give (2010) Rob Thomas The film lives at that uneasy intersection between affluence and compassion, where the well-meaning well-to-do try to figure out how much of their wealth they need to give away to make a difference. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 Vincere (2009) Rob Thomas In telling the story of one wronged woman, Bellocchio shows how an entire country was flattered and seduced, then betrayed. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 Sweetgrass (2009) Rob Thomas So I have to admit, the first few notes I took while watching the documentary "Sweetgrass" consisted of writing "Wow, that's a lot of sheep!" over and over again. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3.5/4 The Square (2008) Rob Thomas "The Square": It's Australian for noir, mate. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 Mother and Child (2009) Rob Thomas In a way, I was almost hoping that the three storylines didn't tie together at the end. Each of them stands so firmly on its own. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
2.5/4 Terribly Happy (2008) Rob Thomas "Terribly Happy" is a little light on the plotting, going on narrative autopilot for the last third of the film instead of giving us a few extra turns of the screw for good measure. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 Ondine (2009) Rob Thomas He's an Irishman, she's a seal. It'll never work. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3.5/4 I Am Love (2009) Rob Thomas You get the feeling Guadagnino wanted to send the same thrill up the spine of jaded modern moviegoers that audiences got at the movies a half-century ago, and in this "I Am Love" succeeds wildly. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 Pranzo di Ferragosto (2008) Rob Thomas What a pleasure it is to see a film that treats the elderly as more just the sum of their age spots. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3.5/4 Cyrus (2010) Rob Thomas It's hard to imagine how no-budget filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass could have made a better transition to the big leagues - or at least the Triple A league of indie filmmaking at Fox Searchlight - than with "Cyrus." EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
1.5/4 The City of Your Final Destination (2007) Rob Thomas "Destination" is another effort by director James Ivory in his long-running campaign to give arthouse audiences a comfortable place to take a nap. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3.5/4 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) Rob Thomas "A Piece of Work" displays a comedian who is much savvier, much more vulnerable and frankly much funnier than we usually see on the small screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 Here and There (2009) Rob Thomas In a way, the fact that the grey, austere Serbian city is such an odd choice for the middle-age romance "Here and There" is one of the film's charms. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009) Rob Thomas Alfredson shoots "Played With Fire" like an above-average basic-cable TV show - I got tired of seeing every night scene shot in the same garish blue and orange tones. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009) Rob Thomas Instead, it's a fascinating look at how a group of talented, flawed individuals managed to pull together for a while and make some beautiful and lasting films. There's something kind of magical about that, too. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
4/4 Winter's Bone (2010) Rob Thomas Granik deftly creates a film that's both a suspenseful crime drama and a pitiless portrait of a part of America that's usually ignored. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
2/4 The Killer Inside Me (2010) Rob Thomas It's Winterbottom's first entry into dark noir, and I think a more seasoned hand in the genre would have given Lou's horrible actions their proper moral weight. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom (2010) Rob Thomas This is a thoughtful and instructive documentary even for those who think they understand the Tibetan dilemma. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 The Oath (2010) Rob Thomas In the end, what I took away from "The Oath" was an affirmation of the importance of the rule of law, that we should judge people by their crimes. The human heart is too complex and contradictory to be easily categorized as "good" or "evil." EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) Rob Thomas Much of the fun of watching this kidnapping thriller is trying to guess what will happen next and being constantly proved wrong. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 Countdown to Zero (2010) Rob Thomas Walker ends up trying to end "Countdown to Zero" on an upbeat note. It rings a little hollow; she's scared us so thoroughly throughout the rest of the film that it's a little hard to feel optimistic. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
2/4 Agora (2009) Rob Thomas Just preaching to the choir - even a secular choir - isn't enough. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/4 Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009) Rob Thomas In the end, "Coco & Igor" doesn't really go anywhere, and it never quite equals the chaotic energy of that opening theater scene. But it's gorgeous to look at, as Kounen melds the heady visuals with Stravinsky's sweeping score. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3.5/4 Get Low (2009) Rob Thomas The Depression-era fable has about a novella's worth of story stretched to fill a feature-length film. But since some of that padding is wonderful bits of character acting from two actors at the peak of their game, you don't mind one bit. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3.5/4 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Rob Thomas I haven't read a comic book in five years, and my gaming abilities center on the iPhone game "Angry Birds," but I was smitten. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2010
3/4 Dinner for Schmucks (2010) Rob Thomas If the dinner is mean-spirited, the movie really isn't. The tone is more sweet than savage, and the "schmucks" are actually treated with some respect. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2010
The Life of Reilly (2006) Rob Thomas See Life of Reilly and you won't see him as a pop culture footnote ever again. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2009