Wade Major

Wade Major

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, Boxoffice Magazine
Publications:
Boxoffice Magazine , Reel.com
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
454

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 95% Pina (2011) " Sans 3D, Pina becomes a more unified work of undisputed merits, a passionate, fitting tribute from one of Europe's preeminent filmmakers and documentarians." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2012
4/5 99% A Separation (2011) " Farhadi's carefully wrought narrative and the ways it handles the fragile emotions of its characters truly sets it apart, not only from contemporary Iranian cinema but world cinema in general." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2012
3.5/5 43% Ironclad (2011) " Casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2011
4/5 97% Rapt (2011) " Compellingly taut and existentially thoughtful." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2011
4/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2011) " Successfully contextualizes its tragedy with urgency and emotional rawness without crumbling into maudlin melodrama." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2011
4.5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " Precisely the kind of heady, ambitious effort Malick fans have long awaited from the former Harvard philosophy student and MIT philosophy professor." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 17, 2011
3/5 46% Monogamy (2011) " The real star of the film, however, is Shapiro who, despite treading on marginally derivative subject matter, demonstrates a solid sense of style and a refreshingly delicate hand with actors." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2011
2/5 70% Limitless (2011) " Limitless is the kind of slick trash that upstart distributors often embrace as a stepping stone to the sort of clumsily reckless trash at which big studios uniquely excel." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2011
4/5 —— Redland (2011) " A haunting purgatorial journey through a bygone place and time." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2011
2/5 49% No Strings Attached (2011) " Tedious and forgettable." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2011
3.5/5 92% Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2011) " Announced before the first Ip Man was in general release, this smart, equally-enthralling sequel to the hit 2008 film looks to do even better U.S. business than its predecessor." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2011
2.5/5 32% Wild Target (2010) " A mostly admirable attempt at a Crichton-like escapade that runs out of steam a bit before half-way." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2010
4/5 96% Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1) " A restless character study in which an otherwise unremarkable individual, tossed by the tides of fate, emerges unexpectedly as remarkable, but in all the wrong ways" — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2010
3/5 33% It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) " A refreshingly spry romantic comedy that never loses sight of the fact that levity and love, even against the darkest and most unlikely of backdrops, always prevail." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2010
2.5/5 0% I Want Your Money (2010) " If there's a lesson to be gleaned from a decade's worth of political documentaries, it is that they have virtually no impact whatsoever on the electoral process." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2010
4/5 69% Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010) " This is a big screen movie, a whipsmart twist on a particular kind of romantic comedy typically associated with charmless big-budget American studio films." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2010
3/5 32% A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010) " That Zhang stages the story as a broad, absurdist comedy, as opposed to the Coens' dark, brooding drama, is another telling point of departure." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2010
1/5 59% Centurion (2010) " Anachronistic dialogue, happenstance plot turns and characters so thinly conceived as to be interchangeable all but counteract cinematographer Sam McCurdy's otherwise stalwart Cinemascope work." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2010
2/5 41% The Horde (La Horde) (2010) " The film starts promisingly and quickly detours into the kind of escalating gore and ridiculousness that always betrays a Hollywood resumé piece. " — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2010
3/5 85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010) " Boasting top tier Hollywood-style production values and thoughtful, character-driven writing, it's a picture custom-built for older, more discriminating audiences for whom the picture will also likely resurrect memories of the era." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 29, 2010
3.5/5 61% The Concert (Le concert) (2010) " Those fortunate enough to have the chance to see the film in theatrical release should do so without hesitation; as a shared experience it's all the more rewarding." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2010
3/5 83% Mademoiselle Chambon (2010) " Offers the kind of intimate, naturalistic look at human interaction that recalls the heyday of Eric Rohmer." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2010
3/5 73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) " Though neither is likely to exit the theater feeling any richer in their appreciation for Gainsbourg himself, their appreciation for the achievement of a supremely ambitious film should be unequivocal." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 26, 2010
2.5/5 64% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) (2010) " By taking a convoluted approach to a compelling topic, novelist/documentarian Emmanuel Laurent and screenwriter/film critic Antoine de Baecque do an unfortunate disservice to the dual legacies of both Franois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 21, 2010
2/5 81% Solitary Man (2010) " Strictly mid-level assembly line product, designed to ride entirely on the modest marquee value of second-tier or past-prime stars." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 21, 2010
4/5 64% Harry Brown (2010) " A triumph of both technique and substance." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2010
4/5 78% OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio) (2010) " May well be the second funniest spy spoof ever made." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2010
3.5/5 71% Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) (2010) " A powerful and provocative look at the seismology of the Iranian social order and the connective tissue that sustains Iranian women in particular." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2010
0/5 67% Date Night (2010) " A broadly promising premise and well-matched stars prove no match for an abominably unfunny screenplay and the work of the poisonously untalented Shawn Levy." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2010
3.5/5 65% Warlords (Tau ming chong) (2010) " One of the most bracing Asian period films in many years." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2010
1/5 22% Repo Men (2010) " Should be immediately screened in film schools across the world as a shining example of everything that is wrong with the American studio system and the increasingly dreadful junk it produces." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2010
3/5 75% The Eclipse (2010) " A charming oddity, a character-driven drama with just enough fringe genre elements to both enhance and distract, though ultimately hewing closer to the former to make the latter only a minor annoyance." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2010
3/5 —— Order of Chaos (2010) " Proof that compelling and challenging indie fare can still be made on a shoestring (without looking like it was made on a shoestring)." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 16, 2010
4.5/5 97% Ajami (2010) " Extraordinarily accomplished and deeply provocative, the film's appeal among sophisticated filmgoers should remain strong throughout Oscar season and beyond." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2010
2.5/5 40% For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv) (2010) " A well-intentioned but only partially successful attempt to illuminate a situation already well-plumbed by such films as the Palestinian-made Paradise Now and the Israeli-made Lemon Tree." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2010
2/5 12% The Spy Next Door (2010) " In all, The Spy Next Door won't be regarded as anything but a minor effort in Chan's stateside repertoire, though its better moments should go a long way toward winning the ageless Chan a new audience of adoring youngsters." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2010
2.5/5 74% Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009) " A safe but serviceable sequel." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2010
3.5/5 79% Waiting for Armageddon (2010) " The most refreshing aspect of Waiting for Armageddon is how completely non-polemical and non-judgmental it is, this is no easy task when dealing with a group whose religious and political activities lie at the very center of Americaâ(TM)s growing divisions." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2010
2.5/5 24% Serious Moonlight (2009) " The movie conversely feels disengaged and misdirected, a forgettable reminder that every clever idea does not a good movie make." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2009
4/5w 91% Crazy Heart (2009) " A richly-realized, deeply-heartfelt character study in the vein of Tender Mercies and Bound for Glory, this sterling directing debut by actor Scott Cooper looks perfectly pitched to finally win Jeff Bridges his very long overdue Best Actor Academy Award." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2009
2/5 27% The Canyon (2009) " Competent execution and respectable performances still can't save this threadbare attempt at a minimalistic Deliverance." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2009
3.5/5 81% Disgrace (2008) " A simmering lead performance by John Malkovich anchors Aussie director Steve Jacobs' surprisingly deft screen adaptation of South African Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee's widely-acclaimed 1999 novel Disgrace." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2009
2.5/5 90% Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008) " An otherwise routine look at a love triangle is passed with middling success through geriatric and Teutonic filters in this largely improvised drama from veteran German director Andreas Dresen." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2009
2.5/5 89% World's Greatest Dad (2009) " An exceedingly risky black comedy with enough seriousness around the edges to suggest that there just might be a real artist yearning to break out of the one-time Police Academy star." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2009
2/5 47% Death in Love (2009) " A strangely indulgent and highly personal film seemingly crafted less as a piece of entertainment than a work of expression from an increasingly conflicted artist." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2009
2/5 22% Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) " Blood: The Last Vampire feels both derivative and strangely amateurish, an awkward blend of Hong Kong-style combat set pieces and clumsy English-language dialogue scenes that verge on laughable." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2009
3/5 85% Tony Manero (2009) " Larrain's consciously raw execution in telling the story of a compelling but ultimately unsavory character is an id-bending exercise in provocation that's both competent and challenging." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2009
2/5 40% Imagine That (2009) " Amid the peaks and valleys of Eddie Murphy's topsy-turvy career, Imagine That falls squarely in the unremarkable middle, an inoffensively formulaic family comedy designed to maximize mediocrity without taking any undue chances on originality." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2009
3.5/5 84% Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (2009) " Fans and newcomers to N'dour's music will be equally enthralled by the finely observed, patiently wrought documentary." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2009
2.5/5 9% My Life in Ruins (2009) " Once those gags run out, however, the film slowly drags itself back on track, finding just enough traction in a handful of earnest moments -- all involving Richard Dreyfuss -- to help audiences forget how awful it had been at the start." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2009
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