Alison Willmore

Alison Willmore

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Alison Willmore's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
58% Southpaw (2015) "When you look past Fuqua's jittery directing, which dices up shots and leans the camera close into its star's painstakingly battered mug, Southpaw is a melange of familiar fighter movie ideas and images going back to Rocky. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jul 24, 2015
64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "It's total fan service. But it's not dumb about it. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 30, 2015
86% Gabriel (2015) "Gabriel is a showcase for Culkin, but it doesn't lose sight of the experiences of the characters' loved ones and the bone-deep exhaustion that comes with caring about him. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 22, 2015
84% The Wolfpack (2015) "The sheltered world of the Angulos, informed by cinema more than the teeming city right outside their apartment windows, is a haunting and utterly unique one. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 8, 2015
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Happy end of the world. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 2, 2015
39% Irrational Man (2015) "Irrational Man is a sour thriller that's played, jarringly, like a brisk comedy, up to a death and through it. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 2, 2015
95% Carol (2015) "Carol simmers with unspoken emotion and desire, condensing volumes into the Brief Encounter-style touch of a hand on a shoulder, into the offer of a whiff of perfume on a pulse point, into Billie Holiday recordings and Carter Burwell's expressive score. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 2, 2015
0% Sea of Trees "Gus Van Sant has made the weakest movie of his career, which is particularly unfortunate given that it stars Matthew McConaughey, who's been on quite the hot streak lately. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 2, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "Call Inside Out a comeback, a return to form, a gratifying reminder that no one else would attempt to make a children's tentpole movie about how emotional pain is just as essential a part of life as happiness. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 2, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Though it's not director Brad Bird's first retro-futuristic rodeo, Tomorrowland is his most stridently sermonizing. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 2, 2015
97% Amy (2015) "Amy is a celebration of its subject's talent... But it's also a terribly sad portrait of an addict surrounded by enablers and opportunists. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 2, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "It's not bad so much as alien, like a romantic comedy made by someone who's researched human behavior but had very few brushes with it in person. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 2, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "It is ridiculously, maddeningly short on conflict, a slack hour-and-a-half story about how the awesome lives of its five main characters get even awesomer. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 2, 2015
A 98% This Is Not a Film (2012) ""This Is Not A Film" portrays the fear of being forgotten when you can't speak for yourself, when you've been removed from the public eye. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 5, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Marvel's latest is its biggest, baddest installment yet, but it's the little moments that make it work - in part, because Joss Whedon is so good at them. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Apr 22, 2015
85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) "Michelle Williams is in every scene of Wendy and Lucy, and ably carries that burden -- with her dark pixie haircut and cut-offs, she looks frighteningly vulnerable, an indie urchin stuck in circumstances both dire and mundane. " ‐ IFC.com
Posted Mar 27, 2015
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "Though Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a sad story, it keeps that sadness at bay with touches of whimsy as Kumiko sets out into the snowy wilderness to find the treasure she needs to be there. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Mar 23, 2015
71% The Nightmare (2015) "Even when the effects are intentionally DIY, these sequences contain surprising jolts and are marvelously effective in portraying dream logic. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Feb 12, 2015
52% The Interview (2014) "The Interview is marked by a true naiveté about international perception and what can be gotten away with in the name of "all in good fun." " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jan 9, 2015
90% Wild (2014) "It's a trip worth taking, not the least because you get to spend it in the character of Cheryl, played on screen by Reese Witherspoon in an unshowy but soulful turn, who is one of the year's most satisfyingly realized female characters. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Dec 12, 2014
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "It's an extravagant good-bye to the universe J. R. R. Tolkien created and that Peter Jackson then realized on screen, but it also does nothing to work as a movie unto itself. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Dec 12, 2014
99% Selma (2015) "It'd be a good movie any year, but given the events of the last few months, it's now an almost unbearably resonant one. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Dec 12, 2014
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "Exodus: Gods and Kings updates the story of Moses in every way except the one that would actually be gutsy: race. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Dec 12, 2014
86% Top Five (2014) "It doesn't always hit its mark, but even its misses feel personal and unself-conscious - a genuine reflection of Chris Rock, auteur. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Dec 12, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "It's more emotionally sophisticated, dealing with themes of grief and finding your place in the world that are more grounded than the high-flying adventures they're surrounded by would have you expect. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Nov 7, 2014
71% Interstellar (2014) "It's a sometimes poignant, but more often pandering, ode to American exceptionalism. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Oct 30, 2014
92% Birdman (2014) "Birdman - which Iñárritu wrote with Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo - feels as broadly ambitious as Babel, his most widely watched work to date, but without the crushing burden of self-importance. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Oct 14, 2014
77% Fury (2014) "For all its ferocious combat sequences and creative carnage, the stand-out sequence involves no fighting at all. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Oct 14, 2014
73% Inherent Vice (2015) "It's a daffier venture, like Boogie Nights and Punch-Drunk Love, looser and friendlier, but not easier to dismiss. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Oct 5, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) "The end result is a movie that's closer to his stylish but hollow The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo than with his more virtuoso work like Fight Club. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Sep 22, 2014
94% Love Is Strange (2014) "It's one of the best films of the year so far, a haunting portrayal of how easily things you took for granted can slip through your fingers and the way that dozens of loved ones can still make for only a tenuous safety net when you fall. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Aug 21, 2014
90% The Wrong Mans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "It may not have the sharpness of a Wright effort, but the show is deeply committed to its world-colliding premise, and trots out a host of serious actors. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 12, 2014
70% What If (2014) "What If is a cute exploration of the not-unexplored territory of whether or not men and women can ever be friends. But it's rarely cuteSY. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Aug 7, 2014
47% About Alex (2014) "A thoroughly enjoyable if familiar reunion dramedy. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Aug 4, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "Guardians Of The Galaxy is a giddy blast of fresh air, an exercise in unfettered glee that leaves behind all the angst and self-seriousness to revel in just how freakin' cool the adventures it's chronicling are. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jul 30, 2014
80% Get On Up (2014) "Writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and director Tate Taylor, whose last film was the considerably milder The Help, skip through the life of the Godfather of Soul with verve and shockingly little sentimentality. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jul 30, 2014
62% Mood Indigo (2014) "It's a sad tale underneath the trimmings, but the way it's told is half bewitching and half maddening, so enraptured with its cleverness and artistry that it's sometimes unintelligible. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jul 17, 2014
17% Sex Tape (2014) "For a movie about amateur porn, Sex Tape is fundamentally conservative in its treatment of sex. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jul 17, 2014
98% Boyhood (2014) "It's a collage of ordinary fragments that, in the end, add up to a greater whole. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jul 10, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "As the performance behind Caesar, Andy Serkis, along with a team of visual effects artists, has created a riveting character who is somewhere between human and animal, and who is shockingly convincing. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jul 9, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) "The shaggy, slack, but ultimately still pretty likable road-movie-to-nowhere is as prone to pathos as it is to having McCarthy tear up a dance floor, crash a jet ski, or offer some filter-free observations on her own sex appeal. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jul 2, 2014
52% Jersey Boys (2014) "It's possible that no movie about music has ever treated its songs with more indifference than Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 20, 2014
91% Venus in Fur (2014) "Polanski's film is wonderfully light on its feet - it never feels hemmed in, though it also never leaves the space in which it begins - but it lands its punches. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 20, 2014
88% Coherence (2014) "Coherence's characters aren't especially nice, but they do feel painfully normal, with a plausibility to their actions that extends to the half-smart way they react to their situation. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 18, 2014
85% 22 Jump Street (2014) "It doesn't have the pleasant surprise factor of the first film, but it's actually even better. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 12, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) "While a lot of recent animated movies stuff the screen with bright colors, frantic action, and constant wisecracks, How to Train Your Dragon 2, like its prequel, has managed to focus on something more important - a sense of awe. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 12, 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) "Has a melodrama's tendency toward manipulation underneath the gestures toward keeping it real. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 5, 2014
90% Obvious Child (2014) "A celebration of oversharing, abortion-related or not. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 5, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) "Embraces video game logic and gives it a human face and heart, investing it with the numbness and exhaustion that come from running through the same scenario toward the same goal again and again until you get it right. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 5, 2014
94% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "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
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