Robert Lloyd

Robert Lloyd
Robert Lloyd's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly Los Angeles Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
64% Lady and the Tramp (2019) It's perfectly fine though also, perhaps, pointless, if not a slap in the face of the glory that was 2-D cel animation. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
57% The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) Raven-Symone, who has been in show business since she was 3 or 4, acts with every inch of her face; she is animated like a Disney cartoon. And I don't mean that in a bad way. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) It is suitable for and recommended to children of all ages -- though much of it is meant specifically for children of a certain age. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
45% Camp Rock (2008) Camp Rock" isn't particularly good, but it's good at what it does. The product may be "inauthentic," if such a thing is even possible, but the way it will connect with a lot of little girls and more than a few little boys is real enough. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
91% Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2019) "Rocko" was always self-aware, and "Static Cling" goes all in, with a metafictional recounting of its own rebirth. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019) The revival's feature length has fractionally slowed the pace, just as the new widescreen format -- that's how ancient the original cartoons are; they never made it out of the old standard format -- makes it feel less cramped and claustrophobic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
89% Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro (2015) This is close-work comedy. It feels daring, and it feels joyous. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
95% Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017) I laughed a lot during "Jerry Before Seinfeld." - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
71% The Lost Prince (2003) Poliakoff does his royal subjects the favor of finding them human, even if not especially cuddly or even always very nice. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
83% Song of Parkland (2019) The driving force of the film is inspirational rather than investigative, but this is an appropriate approach both to the material and to the subjects. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) The production offered some interesting new ideas as to staging, but the pace felt rushed at times, and muddled at others; numbers that should have been surefire did not always connect. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Momentum Generation (2018) A surf film might not be the first thing you'd expect to bring you repeatedly to tears, but I can say with authority it is possible. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science (2018) The film is a work of praise, not an expose; I suppose the directors could have found some disgruntled customers or ex-employees, if they'd wanted that voice. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
94% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) An affectionate, sympathetic work... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
74% Too Big to Fail (2011) Pretty consistent low-key entertainment if not exactly enlightening (because it is an impersonation of the truth) or gripping (because we already know how it sort of ends). - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) [The Tale] is an impressive, cohesive piece. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
43% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) It is a risky business turning a near-perfect thing into a somewhat less-perfect thing, but it feels churlish to cavil about so much hard work done in a celebratory spirit. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
92% Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) It makes no attempt to be a complete portrait, but rather concentrates on her goodness and good works, as a person and a public figure. There is sadness in it, but no scandal. I am good with this version. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
89% Tour De Pharmacy (2017) Apart from the generally good jokes and the amusing imitations of period style, what makes Tour de Pharmacy good company is the overarching sense of play. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
86% Becoming Cary Grant (2017) The film has an interesting meditative pace and a kind of self-sufficient weight. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
91% You Don't Know Jack (2010) Levinson has a deft touch with ordinary people and places, and the film's early scenes, especially, take care of business in a satisfying, sideways fashion, developing character with exposition and finding every avenue for real-world humor. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
83% Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive (2017) There is a shape to it; with a few video projections and lighting cues, you could call it a theater piece. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
100% King Charles III (2017) If King Charles III never quite escapes its ruling conceit, it nevertheless makes for a pleasurable experience. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
No Score Yet The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds (2017) The shape of the film is dependent largely on who agreed to talk and what they had to say. But every living member of the band that made "Pet Sounds" is here - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
83% Ovarian Psycos (2016) There is little judgment in the end, just an admiring, sometimes poignant regard for people working each in her own way toward something better,. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
100% The Witness for the Prosecution (2016) Jones takes another step in his slow evolution from supporting player to star, but there is excellent work all around. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
No Score Yet Becoming Warren Buffett (2017) Peter Kunhardts' intimate, cheery, cheering, charming biographical documentary on the ukulele-playing Omaha billionaire reminds us that not all moguls are cut from the same cloth. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
100% Every Brilliant Thing (2016) The old critical cliché -- "You'll laugh, you'll cry" -- very much applies. But mostly you'll laugh. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
57% Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016) The core is solid, with strong work again from Ricky Schroder and singer Jennifer Nettles as Dolly's parents and Alyvia Alyn Lind very good as the 9-year-old Parton. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
No Score Yet A Heavenly Christmas (2016) The dialogue can get a little cute ... and I'm pretty sure that the Chicago public school system doesn't put on nativity plays, but the plot proves watertight and the cast is able. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
No Score Yet USO - For the Troops (2016) There's enough history included to keep it interesting. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
No Score Yet Time for School: 2003-2016 (2016) The jumping about can make things a little hard to track here and there, but at the same time it highlights the kids' common concerns and the larger issues that surround them. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) It brings the pages to life with clips and photos and the sound of the directors talking seriously and less seriously. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
94% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Prophet's Prey) has made an elegant, affectionate and, in many ways, remarkably cheerful film about Janis Joplin. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
17% Special Correspondents (2016) If it's actually disappointing, rather than merely just OK, it's that one (still) expects more from the co-creator of The Office. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
60% The Passion (2016) Many in the crowd were visibly moved; that's not anything a critic can review. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
93% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (2016) Lee keeps his celebration smart and not soppy. He gets you excited, makes you feel the moment, see what was new in it, why it mattered. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
No Score Yet The Ridiculous 6 (2015) The jokes are often juvenile and gross, unsophisticated and insensitive, but one does not wish to strike juvenility or grossness or even insensitivity outright from the comic tool kit; these just aren't all that good. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
60% Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (2015) Overall, this is smart, solid whole-family entertainment, modest in its ambitions yet far above the run of made-for-TV holiday yuck you will be offered in the weeks ahead. And it has puppets. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
No Score Yet Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration (2015) Even including commentary from many old castmates - this is a thinner, flimsier piece than her work and her place in history demand, content to skim the surface with only an occasional glance into deeper water. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2015
36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) There is a line of defense the movie throws up, a sort of camouflage, in which the purposely bad is blended with the actually bad, that makes the critic want to pack up his typewriter and repair despairing to the bar. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
97% 1971 (2015) In her recounting, a strange and lively atmosphere of outrage, enthusiasm and paranoia, Hamilton has made of her tale a kind of real-life, old-fashioned analog caper film. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
89% Bessie (2015) Best of all are Latifah's scenes with Mo'Nique because their energies fit and because they have the most to do with music and performance and the reasons these women are worth remembering, and re-creating. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) The film is rich in archival-memory and first-person recollections of many key figures, of higher and lower or no rank at all. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2015
95% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) There is order and selection, of course - to say that this is storytelling is not to impugn its parts - but much of what he has to show you is remarkable in or out of this context. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
43% Killing Jesus (2015) Some viewers will doubtlessly be moved, but it will be more from what they bring to the table than what has been laid out for them. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
86% Regarding Susan Sontag (2014) This... makes for a highly watchable film. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
100% Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014) It's a smart addition to a canon whose intelligence is already well established. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2014
100% Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014) A documentary film on the life and times of James Brown as the times made the music and the music shaped the times, it is a long, soulful scream over an insistent funky vamp. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2014
50% Deliverance Creek (2014) Characters and conflicts pile in as if this were the last bus off the island, and arrive at nothing that constitutes either an ending (to any of its many strands) nor, in its inconclusiveness, a statement about life, or people, or ambiguity or anything. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2014