Bill Muller

Bill Muller

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Arizona Republic , Gannett News Service , Journal News (Westchester, NY) , Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Critics' Group:
Phoenix Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
698

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 57% Transformers (2007) " You'll find yourself rooting for computer-generated robots that magically transform into cars, trucks and fighter planes. It's selling the movie short to say the special effects are amazing -- they are out of this world." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 2, 2007
4.5/5 96% Ratatouille (2007) " Like the burbling soup that plays a key part in Ratatouille, the movie is a delectable blend of ingredients that tickles the palette and leaves you hungry for more." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 28, 2007
5/5 92% Sicko (2007) " A compelling, tear-jerking look at a vital piece of our infrastructure gone awry." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 28, 2007
3.5/5 81% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) " Director Len Wiseman never lets the movie slow down enough for us to think about what's happening. And he gives us some amusing things to keep us occupied, including one particularly fitting cameo." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 26, 2007
3.5 79% A Mighty Heart (2007) " The only drama comes in the waiting, which eventually becomes tiresome." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 23, 2007
3.5/5 23% Evan Almighty (2007) " Somehow this boat floats along, a lasting tribute to lightweight construction." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 21, 2007
4/5 78% 1408 (2007) " The story features some surprises, and director Mikael Håfström adds realism by bypassing computer graphics for practical effects. Add in the natural fear of being trapped in tight spaces and you have a can't-miss formula for horror and suspense." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 21, 2007
3/5 64% Day Watch (2007) " Every bit as puzzling as its predecessor, but it's shot in such a bold, crazy way that you have to admire its pure audacity." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 14, 2007
3/5 50% Nancy Drew (2007) " Nancy Drew is a lark but nothing more, asking little from the audience while it flits from scene to scene." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 14, 2007
2/5 37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) " Beyond a few good special-effects sequences - notably the Human Torch chasing the Silver Surfer between skyscrapers, the movie is uniformly vanilla. When the heroes aren't polishing their super-skills, they sit around and complain about their lot in life." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 14, 2007
3/5 65% Jindabyne (2006) " The frustration here is that none of this leads anywhere. Perhaps that is the point, that some mysteries are never solved, but Jindabyne could give us a little more to work with." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 7, 2007
2.5/5 78% Surf's Up (2007) " From the nondescript voices to routine animation to an over-written story, this movie spends much of its time gasping for air." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 7, 2007
3.5/5 70% Ocean's Thirteen (2007) " A sequel (or three-quel, if you will) that returns to the vicarious fun of the first movie, Ocean's Eleven, and all but erases the not-so-fond memory of the preening ego-trip that was Ocean's Twelve." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 7, 2007
4/5 97% Once (2007) " Given [director] Carney's roughshod methods, Once never resembles a standard studio offering, which works much to its benefit. Between Carney's unadorned writing and his rustic directing approach, Once always remains grounded in reality." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 2, 2007
4/5 55% Mr. Brooks (2007) " [Costner] gives one of the best performances of his career." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 31, 2007
3.5/5 60% Gracie (2007) " It would be easy to dismiss this drama about a high school girl who goes out for the boys' soccer team as something we've all seen before. But that would be ignoring the movie's plucky appeal." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 31, 2007
3.5/5 91% Knocked Up (2007) " The comedy often feels like voyeurism -- a bunch of really funny guys (and girls) invited us over to hang out with them for the weekend." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 31, 2007
3.5/5 61% Bug (2006) " Although Bug is inconsistent and grows too violent by the end, there's one thing it's not: the same old stuff." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 25, 2007
3/5 44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) " At World's End includes a whole lot of chitchat, as the characters strain to explain this overplotted extravaganza. Sure, the pirates need reasons to swing swords at each other, but do they really need this many?" — Arizona Republic
Posted May 24, 2007
3.5/5 95% Offside (2006) " Humanizes the Iranians and shows that they're just as crazy about their sports as Westerners, if not more. If anything, it proves that soccer is truly an international language, providing an arena where anyone can communicate." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 18, 2007
3/5 40% Shrek the Third (2007) " At least this sequel finally establishes how many licks it takes to finish off a popular fairy tale spoof. Three." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 17, 2007
3/5 19% The Ex (2007) " If you're looking for Braff's most average movie to date, The Ex marks the spot." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 10, 2007
2/5 53% The Last Mimzy (2007) " So not only is The Last Mimzy saving the environment but also making a statement on government intrusion into private lives. It's clear director Robert Shaye has an agenda, and it tends to step on the rest of his movie." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/5 48% Shooter (2007) " Begins with a semblance of rationality, then flies off the rails, plunging into a series of bloody shootouts and pointless explosions." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 22, 2007
2.5/5 45% Pride (2007) " Manipulative rather than inspirational and hackneyed rather than original." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 22, 2007
4/5 64% Reign Over Me (2007) " Although all the talk is about Sandler's performance, Cheadle's is every bit as good. He has a much tougher job, playing straight man to Sandler's semicraziness." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 22, 2007
2.5/5 8% Premonition (2007) " In Premonition, Sandra Bullock plays a woman going through a horrifying experience. She keeps waking up in this movie." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 15, 2007
3.5/5 60% 300 (2007) " In creating the ultimate movie for sword-and-sandal blood-spatter fetishists, director Zack Snyder scores on the spectacle side -- 300 looks amazing -- but his mechanical story line and over-the-top melodramatics don't support the action." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 8, 2007
3/5 66% Black Snake Moan (2007) " I saw something, but I'm not exactly sure what it was. One thing's likely: You've never seen a film like Black Snake Moan, and you won't see anything like it in the near future." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 1, 2007
4/5 82% Days of Glory (Indigenes) (2007) " The movie is more about what happens between the battles than during them. It's the plight of the men, fighting for an army that considers them second-class citizens, that raises Days of Glory above your average war movie." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 1, 2007
3.5/5 89% Zodiac (2007) " Fincher leads us down little dark alleys and side streets, and we're never quite sure who might jump out to be the killer. After three decades, details of the case have faded from public consciousness, so the movie is surprising at times." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 1, 2007
1.5/5 14% Wild Hogs (2007) " Never fails to take the low road. It's a waste of celluloid, filled with potty humor, gay jokes and the unfortunate transformation of real actor William H. Macy into a living crash-test dummy." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 1, 2007
2.5/5 57% The Astronaut Farmer (2006) " It's impossible to take The Astronaut Farmer seriously on a literal or dramatic level if the ending's never in doubt. In the back of our minds, we have an idea where things will end up, so most of the movie is a waiting game." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 23, 2007
3.5/5 91% God Grew Tired Of Us (2007) " There's no way to not like [John] Dau. Or for that matter, God Grew Tired of Us." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 22, 2007
2/5 8% The Number 23 (2007) " Not only does the film have no sense of story, it has little sense of itself, including a long postscript just to untangle the knots." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 22, 2007
2.5/5 33% Breaking and Entering (2007) " With its overwritten, every-hair-in-place script, Breaking and Entering robs itself of reality." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 15, 2007
2/5 19% Factory Girl (2007) " Director George Hickenlooper incessantly switches between black-and-white, grained-out, color-saturated, handheld and fuzzy shots. He's not so much making a movie as an audition tape for the cameraman's guild." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 15, 2007
4/5 84% Breach (2007) " Because this espionage thriller is based on true events, it's a given that the bad guy will be caught. But [director] Ray builds an intriguing maze around the how, seen through the eyes of the audience's proxy, a young FBI man sent to spy on a colleague." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 15, 2007
3.5/5 62% Music and Lyrics (2007) " Music and Lyrics will make you want to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 13, 2007
3/5 15% Hannibal Rising (2007) " The movie succeeds on some level, but the series has definitely begun to eat its own with Hannibal Rising." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 8, 2007
1/5 0% Constellation (2005) " The narration, intrusive and often unneeded, is interrupted by long sequences without dialogue." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 1, 2007
2/5 5% Because I Said So (2007) " Because I Said So is a movie about people we don't like doing things no one would ever do." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 1, 2007
4/5 89% Venus (2006) " With his intelligent and soulful performance, O'Toole reminds us exactly why he has been nominated for eight Oscars." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 26, 2007
3/5 29% Smokin' Aces (2007) " Smokin Aces achieves a level of vicarious thrill, but it's all peaks and valleys, with lows that are too low and highs that are too high." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 25, 2007
1.5/5 21% Catch and Release (2007) " Catch & Release? Nah. Try Net & Forget." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 25, 2007
4.5/5 96% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " In coming up with one of the finest modern fantasies to date, del Toro seamlessly blends two stories, one set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and the other in a parallel realm of fairies and fauns." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 18, 2007
4.5/5 91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) " [This] absorbing and thoughtful take on the plight of the trapped, desperate and suicidal Japanese troops, outstrips its companion piece. That's not a statement on patriotism; it addresses the nature of Eastwood's approach and basic human nature." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 11, 2007
2/5 21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007) " There's no time to sort out the players or the story as things rush ahead at an overwrought pace. Huge amounts of backstory are just plopped down in front of us, so fast and furiously that it makes little sense." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 11, 2007
2.5/5 55% Alpha Dog (2007) " Among the many movies about the California drug scene and lowlife, youthful wannabe thugs, Alpha Dog is far from the leader of the pack." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 11, 2007
3.5/4 87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) " The movie serves as a convenient locale for Dench and Blanchett to showcase their abilities, but it could be more involving." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 4, 2007
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