Alison Willmore

Alison Willmore

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
88% 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
62% The Nightmare "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
53% 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
28% 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
88% 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
72% Interstellar (2014) "It's a sometimes poignant, but more often pandering, ode to American exceptionalism. " ‐ BuzzFeed
Posted Oct 30, 2014
93% 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
72% 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
49% 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
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
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
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 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
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
64% 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
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