Alison Willmore

Alison Willmore

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , BuzzFeed , IFC.com , Movieline , Time Out New York
Total Reviews:
356

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
97% 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
69% 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
46% About Alex (2014) " A thoroughly enjoyable if familiar reunion dramedy." — BuzzFeed
Posted Aug 4, 2014
92% 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
78% 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
63% 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
18% Sex Tape (2014) " For a movie about amateur porn, Sex Tape is fundamentally conservative in its treatment of sex." — BuzzFeed
Posted Jul 17, 2014
99% 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
24% 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
53% 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
84% 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
84% 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
80% 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
89% Obvious Child (2014) " A celebration of oversharing, abortion-related or not." — BuzzFeed
Posted Jun 5, 2014
90% 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
64% 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
36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " While CuarĂ³n 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
85% 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 (TV, 2014) " 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
84% 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, 2013-2014) " 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, 2013-2014) " 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
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