Robert Levin Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 66% The Lovebirds (2020) It is unlikely to be remembered as anything more than a diversionary lark. But it does stand as a testament to the ways in which the right actors can elevate even the most lackluster of material.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
3/4 92% Holy Motors (2012) You'll either run with it or you won't, but you can be sure you've never seen anything quite like it.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3/4 68% Extraction (2020) Illustrates an important principle in escapist entertainment: you don't have to one-up your predecessors. Sometimes, it's enough to replicate what made them successful. ‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
2.5/4 44% Sergio (2020) A worthy biopic in some respects but it doesn't complicate its subject enough to resonate.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/4 31% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) It's perfectly possible to have a very good time watching Love Wedding Repeat even if you know exactly where it's going from the very first shot to the last.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
3/4 84% Big Time Adolescence (2020) This is a sweet and touching movie that makes perfect use of Pete Davidson and is far smarter than you might assume it to be.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet Last Ferry (2019) It's formulaic and pedestrian when it should be treading mysterious psychological depths.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
1.5/4 38% Spenser Confidential (2020) There are many things to like about Mark Wahlberg as an actor, but he's not very good when his characters have to put their thinking cap on.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
2.5/4 81% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) The better way to come close to an understanding of who The Band was is to re-watch The Last Waltz instead.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3/4 93% Ordinary Love (2020) An engaging and well-acted drama that finds catharsis and hope in a terrible personal ordeal.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
2.5/4 85% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) The movie from director Matt Ratner and Levittown-raised screenwriter Peter Hoare covers well-worn territory without generating much of a compelling reason for the audience to join them on it.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2/4 74% The Lodge (2020) There's an atmosphere of genuine dread but the screenplay makes way too many illogical choices for the movie to work.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3/4 92% Miss Americana (2020) "Miss Americana" offers an effective backstage look at Taylor Swift that works best when the megastar opens up about her life and experiences in surprisingly candid ways.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The Gentlemen" might best be regarded as a greatest hits compilation. But the whole aesthetic is tired and could use some genuine refreshing.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
1/4 17% Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace (2020) Tyler Perry's Netflix debut was filmed over just five days and it plays like a movie defined by that schedule more than anything else. It's a total mess.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2.5/4 65% Troop Zero (2020) There is a lot to admire in this movie about girls daring to be proudly, defiantly different, but it never lives up to its otherworldly promise.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
1/4 36% 6 Underground (2019) This is a terrible action movie that utilizes Michael Bay's worst instincts and none of his best.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) "The Two Popes" tells the story of one of the most consequential moments in the history of the Catholic Church with subtlety and grace, including two of the finest performances of the year.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) It's a return to this familiar milieu that is nonetheless powerfully different, with the energy of youth replaced by the melancholic wisdom of the decades that have passed.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/4 42% The Laundromat (2019) It manages to muddle simple concepts in the process by being too cute with them and to meander when it should entertain, though a couple storylines have an absurdist flair to them when taken in miniature.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3.5/4 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Tom Hanks, perfectly cast, delivers a performance that affects the serene, calming demeanor but complicates it by suggesting that even Mister Rogers struggles inside. ‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 82% Judy (2019) There is one urgent reason to see this movie and that is to experience Renée Zellweger's performance as the icon.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) You don't have to know a thing about Rudy Ray Moore, the subject of the rollicking biopic Dolemite Is My Name, to respond to the sheer blast of unfettered joy that emanates from the movie.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 87% Hustlers (2019) A scathing satire of the fickleness of the American economy.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Fortunately, director John Crowley and screenwriter Peter Straughan know their way around prestige material and the picture never feels like it's blatantly calculated for golden statues.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3.5/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) LaBeouf's performance as his own father is nothing short of monumental; he's a terrifying force in the way he dominates his son's life, but also deeply, tangibly broken.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The movie is alive with the feeling of being heard for the first time, and of how great music can make the world seem smaller and less foreboding.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) ... just not a recipe for a compelling cinematic experience.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 86% 7 Days in Hell (2015) This sort of sports documentary format, with its ridiculous elevation of athletic competition to a place of heightened significance, is ripe for this takedown.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is a movie infused with a love for this place and this world, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of it. ‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/4 98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is a rare and rewarding gem, a movie that trades in pauses and silences and understands that it's the space in between that so often defines our lives.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
1.5/4 32% Shaft (2019) It is lazy and a shame. It is Shaft lite.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
1/4 33% Domino (2019) It is so astonishingly amateurish on so many levels that it's hard to believe it's even real.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1/4 73% The Perfection (2019) There are no hard and fast rules dictating what a movie must be, but there are basic standards that this picture fails.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/4 14% The Hustle (2019) ...the actors further struggle because there's simply no consistency in this relationship, which shifts and transforms according to the whims of whatever might be needed at a particular moment.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 82% Long Shot (2019) The biggest problem with what is otherwise a relatively pleasant and diverting experience is, again, the most basic one. No amount of free-spirited antics and humorous conversations could possibly sell the romance here.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 88% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) The story of his life is told in the long silences, the heavy pauses, the weary sighs and subtle gestures that Herzog provokes and the movie stands as a necessary and important work because of it.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 83% Her Smell (2019) Elisabeth Moss proves that she's among the most essential actors of her generation as punk rocker Becky Something.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) This isn't a movie about Toby or Javier or anything in its fictional world. It's about Gilliam, and it's worth celebrating, because in a world that's less than friendly to his type, the filmmaker's impossible dream is finally real.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 93% Us (2019) For all the ideas Peele nods toward, and all the moments of genuine suspense in a classical sense, it all comes back to Nyong'o.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/4 44% Captive State (2019) Captive State is crisply edited and propulsive, with a minimalist driving score that underlines the urgency and enhances the tension.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 78% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) If anything, this material is too rich for a single documentary.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 72% Triple Frontier (2019) From Isaac to Hunnam, [the actors] invest their characters with richer human qualities than the story probably required.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore is constitutionally incapable of being less than terrific onscreen, but this is some of her finest work, a performance of shattering intelligence and consumate grace.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 is nothing short of a miracle, in which the filmmaker Todd Douglas Miller crafts a vast amount of unseen NASA footage surrounding the moon landing into a gripping thriller and tribute to American enterprise.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/4 93% High Flying Bird (2019) The picture continues Soderbergh's own experimentation with the iPhone as his camera of choice, the fluidity of which gives the movie a loose and naturalistic quality.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/4 90% Arctic (2019) The instinct to say less is admirable, but the movie is too scarce with exposition, too limited in back story and eventually suffers from a dearth of dramatic payoffs. ‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/4 62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Only smart and talented people could make a movie like Velvet Buzzsaw, an art world satire meshed with a horror movie that trades in big ideas but finds precious little that's new to say about them.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser in the best possible sense: let's be honest, if you're going to make a traditional Hollywood movie about an underdog fighting an unjust system, it'd be tough to find a more appropriate subject.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/4 66% Vice (2018) It should surprise no one that Christian Bale is so authentic as Dick Cheney in Vice that it's positively creepy.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018