Robert Denerstein

Robert Denerstein
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
71% Knives and Skin (2019) For me, mood trumped meaning and Knives and Skin wore thin. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
67% Little Joe (2019) Put another way, you might want to see Little Joe as an example of what can be achieved on screen with lab coats, a serviceable premise, and a director who allows her movie to sneak up on you. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
94% In Fabric (2019) I'd be lying if I told you I knew exactly what Strickland was getting at (something about rampant, greedy consumerism, I suppose), but say this: It's unlikely that you'll see anything like In Fabric this year. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
71% The Aeronauts (2019) There isn't much else to say about the Aeronauts. One might summarize this way: Balloon footage (good); the rest (meh). - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
96% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach works hard to turn Marriage Story into an equal opportunity movie for each side. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
85% Waves (2019) When you step back from it and consider the story, Waves looks an awful lot like a conventional melodrama. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
91% Dark Waters (2019) Dark Waters gradually insinuates itself into consciousness in ways that make you shudder; it presents a clear case of a company that put its own interests ahead of the general good. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) [Rian] Johnson delivers what Knives Out promises: wry amusement, a mystery resolved at the last moment, and enough snide observation to justify the appropriately caustic treatment these characters so richly deserve. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) [T]he movie goes beyond cliche to address topics that seem charmingly out-of-touch with the current national mood: Sincerity and concern for others. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) For me, the best part of Frozen II involved fanciful animated sequences. The movie also hits the now-requisite female empowerment themes. I thought the original had a little more kick, but as franchise sequels go, audiences could do worse. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) But in this wild and eruptive movie, contradictions aren't resolved; they're splayed across the screen in a vibrant, provocative fashion. Their absurdities taunt us. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
93% Honey Boy (2019) Whatever its objectives, LaBeouf's Honey Boy... is one of those aggressively emotional movies that almost dares you to look away from the screen. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari seems to know exactly what kind of movie it wants to be; that makes it an entertainment that should deliver for both racing and non-racing fans. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
66% The Good Liar (2019) We deserve some fulfilling adult entertainment. The Good Liar contains enough promise to keep us from suspending all hope that such mature pleasures someday may arrive - even if, for now, they must be deferred. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
82% The Report (2019) The Report sometimes lacks the pulse-pounding excitement we expect from political thrillers, but it's a serious effort and it offers a rare view of the kind of person who can't be sidetracked. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) I loved that sense of fading time about The Irishman, which also has plenty of the expected ingredients: violence, bloodshed, and the gangster grit that Scorsese's moving cameras have been spreading across screens for years. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) By the Grace of God winds up being about more than child abuse. It's also about the complex group dynamics that develop when victims seek justice and about the lasting impact of one of the most severe of all imaginable betrayals. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
100% Gift (2019) [Robin] McKenna's documentary can seem like a bit of a stunt, but for the 90 minutes it takes to watch Gift, it's possible to surrender to its spirit. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) More muddled than the usual King offering, Doctor Sleep can at times seem ridiculous as it groans under the weight of having to connect with its predecessor. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
74% Harriet (2019) Part action hero and part American icon, the Harriet that emerges on screen kicks butt and, yes, that's satisfying, given the people whose butt she's kicking. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Motherless Brooklyn can be so retro, it feels as tired as some of the clothes you might find in a thrift store, almost worn out -- and maybe a trifle passe. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) Wild and unhinged, The Lighthouse may not be entirely comprehensible, but it sends you out of the theater in a way that colors perception, making your surroundings look more alien, more forbidding. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) For all its creative efforts, JoJo Rabbit can seem a bit trivial. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite plumbs the depths of class divisions and personal delusion, as well as the fragility of a social order that seems secure. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodovar, as always, is in fine form, but Banderas's performance makes the movie. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) The Current War isn't so much a failure as a puzzlement, a movie that, in my view, creates too many impediments to its fullest appreciation. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
70% The Kill Team (2019) If you've seen the documentary, you pretty much know what's going to happen, but a committed cast brings a level of tension to the proceedings. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) Put all this together and you have an airy concoction that amuses even if it doesn't pack the clout we might expect. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
79% Loro (2019) [Toni] Servillo delivers another masterful performance and [Paolo] Sorrentino paves the movie with the kind of images that seduce, reveal and create their own sense of mystery. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Those who find the movie superfluous won't be wrong, but there are enough laughs to combat resistance, perhaps even among those who've already seen enough zombie-apocalypses to last a lifetime. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Part cartoon, part action movie, part romance, and part fairy tale, Maleficent doesn't quite stake out enough turf in any of those categories totally to succeed. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Thorough and essential. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) [Eddie] Murphy, who hasn't made a movie in a while but whose career needs no validation, holds the screen with ease, even though Dolemite operates mostly at B-movie levels. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Who knew that Phillips had this kind of haunting, violent and grime-encrusted effort in him? - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Judy derives most of its power from Zellweger's performance. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
64% The Sound of Silence (2019) Like the sound of the tuning forks Peter uses, the drama in The Sound of Silence starts strong and then fades out. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Abbott and Hyland make a good comic duo, but The Death of Dick Long eventually becomes a kind of kinky version of Dumb and Dumber. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra teeters on the brink of something awe-inspiring without quite falling over. Can a movie be "nearly" visionary? - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) If you love period-piece pleasures, Downton Abbey provides the season's most reliable overdose. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
22% Running with the Devil (2019) Running With the Devil stumbles as it laboriously works its way through the familiar piles of white-powder crime. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) A bit of a commercial for mushrooms, Fantastic Fungi nonetheless should please those who ascribe to the idea, as the film does, that nature is intelligent. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
86% Ms. Purple (2019) The story of second-generation alienation and exploitation can seem disjointed, but amid the chaos of Kasie's life, [Justin] Chon finds enough heartbreak to make his movie stick with you. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) [Molly] Ivins remained an invaluable voice until the end of her life. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Full of flash and performance verve, Hustlers nonetheless remains a showcase for [Jennifer] Lopez. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) [A] two-hour and 29-minute work that has the look of a prestige offering with built-in Oscar glow that the story never really matches. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
83% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets doesn't always make for rousing cinema but it serves as an important reminder of what can happen to those who realize that secret government objectives sometimes should be subordinated to higher values, one of them being the truth. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
82% This is not Berlin (2019) Throbbing dance scenes can be wearing and the basic story -- libidinous liberation leads to near tragedy -- hardly feels groundbreaking. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Ambitious to the point of folly, Tigers Are Not Afraid nonetheless stands as a powerful scream of a movie, a harrowing look at the dangers, bonding, and horror that kids face when thrust into environments so violent that no one is safe. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Aquarela (2019) Russian director Victor Kossakovsky has made a mesmerizing documentary about the power of water and his movie brims with "wow" moments. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Still, Brittany has plenty to recommend it. Not the least of the movie's triumphs revolves around the performance of Jillian Bell. - Denerstein Unleashed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019