films seen
17
average score
2.02*
nationality
USA - 70 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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A commercial chameleon who directed a fair amount of famous and well-liked films, but failed to establish a signature style throughout his career. Even so it pays to dig through his vast oeuvre, if only to keep tabs on popular cinema.

Solid pieces

Forrest Gump

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
1994 / 142m - USA
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Forrest Gump poster

The inoffensive

A Christmas Carol

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
2009 / 96m - USA
Genre
Fantasy, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
A Christmas Carol poster

Beowulf

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
2007 / 115m - USA
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Beowulf poster

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
1978 / 104m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Music
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
I Wanna Hold Your Hand poster

Surprisingly fun and apt comedy that smartly parodizes Beatles-mania, without being too snarky. The performances are great, there are some solid gags and the pacing never slows down. It's not a masterpiece, far from it, but it's definitely one of Zemeckis' better films and a remarkably upbeat 70s flick. Good fun, even if you don't particularly like the Beatles.

Worthy but flawed

Allied

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
2016 / 124m - UK
Genre
Romance, Thriller, War
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Allied poster

A romantic espionage thriller set during WWII. While Zemeckis tries his best to turn it into a classy affair, he isn't quite the man for the job. While there's very little wrong with this film, it still ends up rather plain and forgettable. It's all so predicable and safe that you start to wonder why they even bothered with this one.

Flight

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
2012 / 138m - USA
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Flight poster

A film that starts with a lot of action, but quickly settles down to become an addication drama with a little courtroom thrown in for good measure. Washington and Reilly do good work, but Zemeckis isn't subtle enough to make a drama like this really stand out. Borderline acceptable.

The Polar Express

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
2004 / 100m - USA
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Polar Express poster

Back to the Future

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
1985 / 116m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Back to the Future poster

Dubious filler

The Witches

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
2020 / 106m - USA
Genre
Fantasy
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Witches poster

Zemeckis remaking Roald Dahl's The Witches did sound like a pretty nice idea. Zemeckis has a decent track record of modernizing old classics and with proper backing of guys like Del Toro and CuarĂ³n this was a project with quite a bit of potential. The budget was there too, sadly the results isn't all that.

The film doesn't change too much about the original story except the setting. A young boy gets mixed up in the affairs of a coven of witches, who are planning to get rid of all the children by giving them poisoned candy. Together with his grandmother and two friends the boy devises a counter plan to stop the witches in their tracks.

The CG is quite poor, Hathaway's performance is absolutely dreadful, Chris Rock's voice-over should've been scrapped and the film simply lacks that juicy, slightly overstated atmosphere that is so typical for Dahl's work. The film at least looks nice and colorful, but this should've been so much better. Disappointing.

Romancing the Stone

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
1984 / 106m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Action, Adventure
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Romancing the Stone poster

Plain forgettable

The Walk

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
2015 / 123m - USA
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Adventure
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Walk poster

Cast Away

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
2000 / 143m - USA
Genre
Adventure
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Cast Away poster

What Lies Beneath

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
2000 / 130m - USA
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
What Lies Beneath poster

Big nopes

Back to the Future Part III

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
1990 / 118m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Back to the Future Part III poster

Back to the Future Part II

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
1989 / 108m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Back to the Future Part II poster

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
1988 / 104m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Crime, Animation
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Who Framed Roger Rabbit poster

Irritation overload

Contact

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
1997 / 150m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Mystery
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Contact poster