Alison Willmore

Alison Willmore

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , IFC.com , Movieline , Time Out New York
Total Reviews:
337

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 " Silicon Valley is Judge's first live-action series after his animated small-screen hits Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill, and that it's so funny is both gratifying and a relief. " — indieWIRE
Posted Mar 26, 2014
66% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Doll & Em is a light, sometimes silly trifle of a series, though at its heart is a formidable portrait of a female friendship complicated by success, competition and insecurity. " — indieWIRE
Posted Mar 18, 2014
A- 88% In Darkness (2012) " Holland's film is extraordinarily generous with its characters in ways that take the story beyond being a historical fable of altruism and endurance." — The Playlist
Posted Mar 11, 2014
38% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " While Cuarón has recently told some giant stories on the big screen, this one feels appealingly intimate despite its backdrop of conspiracies " — indieWIRE
Posted Mar 7, 2014
52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Resurrection shouldn't need to pad out episodes with implications of buried affairs and a possible murder. That they're likely not going to be is disappointing, but not surprising in the tradition of network television trying to take on ambitious ideas. " — indieWIRE
Posted Mar 5, 2014
65% The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Red Road feels like it might play better as one giant movie than as something doled out week to week. " — indieWIRE
Posted Feb 28, 2014
25% Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's the promise of a more complex dynamic between the two [Ross & Clark] that could make Mind Games more than a pleasant diversion, and allow Slater and Zahn, two very capable actors, to dig a little deeper into these roles. " — indieWIRE
Posted Feb 21, 2014
97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Joe Weisberg's series doesn't feel easily sustainable for years, but that's part of what's so enjoyable about it, the high wire tension it manages in keeping the Jennings in a precarious position while allowing them to stay unexposed " — indieWIRE
Posted Feb 21, 2014
88% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " [It] depicts D.C. politics as a mess of personal vendettas... and then along comes Frank with his brisk, conscience-free willingness to take on what's needed to get things done -- he may be a ruthless sociopath, but there's something to admire there. " — indieWIRE
Posted Feb 5, 2014
100% Archer: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " This new season has been reassuring proof that Archer can explore new territory while remaining true to itself. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jan 30, 2014
57% Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " To dream of being irresistible, heroic and fearless, after all, is not such a hard to understand thing. Its how that desires were borne of personal dramas and failings that "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" never quite pins down. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jan 29, 2014
58% Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " But there's an intelligence to its treatment of the Nassau community and whether a settlement based on lawlessness and a shadow economy is sustainable -- one that takes the series in some complicated and unexpected directions. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jan 22, 2014
89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " For a show that in so many ways feels new, Looking is invitingly mellow -- it doesn't set out to define gay life in 2014, but in trusting its characters and the different paths they're on, captures a sense of how the world has and continues to change. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jan 21, 2014
89% Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " Like Hannah herself, it no longer feels like it's trying quite so hard to experience edgy things just for the sake of material, so that both its shocks and its missteps come across as earned. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jan 9, 2014
81% The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 " There's something admirable about Piedmont and Steele's fondness for mining for humor in the way a production is shot rather than in its content " — indieWIRE
Posted Jan 7, 2014
87% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It has all the elements to be something eerie and excellent... like something thrillingly uncertain, not far from home and yet like no place you've ever seen. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jan 7, 2014
92% Community: Season 5 (TV, 2013) " I, for one, am thrilled that the show is back and back-to-form. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jan 6, 2014
93% Treme: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " I'm sorry to see it go, except that it went out on such a perfect note of bittersweet complexity -- like the culture it celebrates and mourns and suggests will endure anyway, it's something to have been relished even as it's come to a close. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jan 2, 2014
94% Archer: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Archer and company haven't grown up so much as they've grown, slowly, richer and more rounded. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jan 2, 2014
65% Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " [It] comes across as larger than life and a little empty, maybe because the tropes it's built on are so well worn they're almost impossible to read as anything other than parody. " — indieWIRE
Posted Dec 5, 2013
69% Almost Human: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " What's most noteworthy... is how comfortably it fits alongside a certain type of forward-looking big screen effort both Abrams and others have been churning out lately. " — indieWIRE
Posted Dec 5, 2013
72% Getting On: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It's one of the most highly unlikely excellent shows I've seen. " — indieWIRE
Posted Dec 5, 2013
80% Betas: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It is, like Alphas, a solid show, one that actually shows more promise if also more of tendency to include thudding moments of "timeliness." " — indieWIRE
Posted Dec 5, 2013
72% Alpha House: Season 1 " Alpha House isn't entirely success, but it's certainly watchable, and comedies tend to take more time to find their center than dramas. " — indieWIRE
Posted Dec 5, 2013
93% Top of the Lake (2013) " Top of the Lake doesn't divide itself neatly into episodes -- it feels more like one coherent six-hour whole -- but taken over several weeks or in a single gulp, it's surely one of the best things you'll see on TV this year." — indieWIRE
Posted Mar 22, 2013
6.5/10 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) Movieline
Posted Jan 22, 2013
83% Prince of Broadway (2010) " It uses the immediacy and roughness of its look to its story's advantage, the documentary feel adding to the sense of authenticity, and finds glimpses of beauty." — IFC.com
Posted Jan 10, 2013
6.5/10 51% This is 40 (2012) " Apatow's film comes across as overstuffed and understructured, a collection of elements that hasn't really been assembled into a story and could do with the backbone." — Movieline
Posted Dec 17, 2012
7/10 46% Save The Date (2012) " Manages its modest pleasures because of its likable cast." — Movieline
Posted Dec 14, 2012
7/10 93% Amour (2012) " It is, more than any of Haneke's previous work, infused with compassion, but of a sort that cuts like a knife." — Movieline
Posted Dec 12, 2012
6/10 88% Django Unchained (2012) " There's a good movie inside Django Unchained, maybe even a great one, but it hasn't been carved out of the lopsided excess." — Movieline
Posted Dec 11, 2012
6/10 70% Les Misérables (2012) " After Hathaway's early high point, it starts to feel numbing ..." — Movieline
Posted Dec 10, 2012
6.5/10 81% The Impossible (2012) " The latter half of The Impossible is so disappointingly movie-ish, tying a bow on the events after portraying them too vividly to allow them to be wrapped so neatly." — Movieline
Posted Dec 6, 2012
C 80% Wagner & Me (2012) " Wagner & Me spends a disappointing amount of time drifting away from the relationship promised in its title." — AV Club
Posted Dec 6, 2012
36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " A dismal misfire, Hyde Park on Hudson could have been a spoof of a period prestige film, had it a little more energy and humor." — Movieline
Posted Dec 5, 2012
9/10 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Teases your attention away from those known events, and brings it to the gritty, exhausting and sometimes ugly work being done on the ground and the type of people who engage in it." — Movieline
Posted Nov 29, 2012
7/10 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " Dominik shows an open appreciation for his actors and for the way tough guys, aspiring and genuine, talk to each other - and Killing Them Softly is as much centered around talking as it is action." — Movieline
Posted Nov 29, 2012
B- 84% Dragon (2012) " Yen's strengths have never been in his expressiveness, and Dragon plods when it centers on dramatic struggles, then leaps exhilaratingly to life whenever the fighting begins." — AV Club
Posted Nov 29, 2012
B 75% King Kelly (2012) " King Kelly is a broad indictment of the emptier side of self-documentation and a more nuanced one of the Internet as a source of affirmation." — AV Club
Posted Nov 29, 2012
6/10 87% Life of Pi (2012) " Lee's movie is a grand gesture of filmmaking pushed to its furthest technical edges, but hemmed in and confined by its fidelity to words on a page." — Movieline
Posted Nov 20, 2012
6.5/10 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " It's an incredible thing to behold, at least at the start." — Movieline
Posted Nov 18, 2012
7/10 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " An unfussy, rambling crowd-pleaser that recalls elements of the filmmaker's past work ..." — Movieline
Posted Nov 15, 2012
6/10 48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " It's not a terribly satisfactory capper to the Twilight franchise because it sets aside the strange undercurrents of desire and danger that defined the series and made it such a hair-tearing conundrum for feminists ..." — Movieline
Posted Nov 15, 2012
B 80% Hitler's Children (2012) " How these men and women have chosen to face this inherited burden directly or flee from it creates a fascinating spectrum the film explores via quietly intimate interviews." — AV Club
Posted Nov 15, 2012
B- 96% Chasing Ice (2012) " Provides a memorable bookend to accompanying shots of storms, fires, and floods from the last few years, ones that resonate urgently with the recent Hurricane Sandy damage still in the news." — AV Club
Posted Nov 15, 2012
B+ 98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012) " Primed to deliver a heady dose of outrage via a broad overview of systemic cover-ups tracing to the Vatican, as well as a specific and heartbreaking case in Wisconsin." — AV Club
Posted Nov 15, 2012
9/10 90% Lincoln (2012) " Lincoln feels like a work of legitimate importance, and not only because it shows that people did just as much snarky, politicized yelling back in 1865." — Movieline
Posted Nov 8, 2012
8.5/10 92% Skyfall (2012) " [Mendes] and screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan have managed what feels like the best possible thing that could have happened to Bond: They've made him fun again." — Movieline
Posted Nov 7, 2012
6.5/10 78% Flight (2012) " The film sheds much of the life and complexity it shows in the beginning, devolving from a morally ambiguous story to a story all about its moral." — Movieline
Posted Nov 1, 2012
C 13% Jack and Diane (2012) " A trudgingly self-serious affair that doesn't manage to be transporting on either its literal or conceptual levels." — AV Club
Posted Nov 1, 2012
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