Bill Zwecker

Bill Zwecker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

Chicago Sun-Times film critic.
Chicago Sun-Times
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " A well-acted and intelligent thriller/futuristic sci-fi romp." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 69% What If (2014) " In many ways, What If takes us down a road that When Harry Met Sally first traveled a quarter-century ago. Yet I didn't really mind revisiting the old friend vs. lover discussion, especially one with a contemporary slant and solid dialogue." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Mirren's Madame Mallory unctuously oozes her dedication to perfection from every pore -- and it's truly delicious to watch her work her magic up on the screen." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/4 62% Mood Indigo (2014) " The visual pop simply becomes annoying as it truly gets in the way of the storytelling." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/4 48% I Origins (2014) " This is a beautifully crafted story that takes us on quite the journey of exploration and discovery." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Planes: Fire & Rescue is a good improvement over Planes, which Disney released last year. The story is stronger, there are some wonderful additions to the voice talent and the 3D cinematography is well-utilized." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 24% Third Person (2014) " Though Haggis has crafted an ambitious tale, it is way too complicated and convoluted." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Not only does this second movie match the charm, wit, animation skill and intelligent storytelling of the original, I think it even exceeds it." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Though I enjoyed enormously this latest offering in the rebooted Jump franchise, it's the effortless, unexpected bromance/partnership between the two unlikely undercover cops is what makes this franchise work." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 18% Moms' Night Out (2014) " Some of these plot twists require more than the normal suspension of logic that often happens in similar comedies. Yet the characters are all appealing." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Kinnear does an excellent job of capturing Burpo's obvious dilemma and the turmoil he and his wife endure as they work through this critical time in the life of their family." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 48% Rio 2 (2014) " It's as good as the first one and sure to please both the kiddies and adults with its two-tiered humor." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 41% Cesar Chavez (2014) " A solid and mostly successful attempt to introduce this important labor leader and civil rights activist to younger audiences, while reminding older folks of the impact Chavez had on this country." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/4 41% Divergent (2014) " Overall I was delighted with Divergent and am eager to see how the remaining two films continue to take us on Tris' adventure, as she and Four attempt to learn what's really going on in their very crazy world." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The pacing is spot-on, and Fey's Russian guard and Ty Burrell's Interpol agent are wonderful human additions to this comedic romp." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
1.5/4 16% The Single Moms Club (2014) " While the subject is very timely and worthy, this lame tale just falls completely flat." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/4 22% Need For Speed (2014) " This is a film you want to see for the racing, and in that sense it doesn't disappoint." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/4 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " This is a must-see for anyone who loves theater, acting and especially individuals like Elaine Stritch unafraid to bare their souls -- so all of us can gain more insight into the complicated essence of the human condition." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3.5/4 95% The LEGO Movie (2014) " The visuals are spectacular, the 3D technology is artfully used and the story is jam-packed with so many funny lines, it's hard to catch all the jokes that are delivered in rapid-fire succession -- constantly tweaking many popular culture icons." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 10% The Nut Job (2014) " The bottom line: Kids may be mildly amused by The Nut Job, but adults accompanying them won't find much to capture their interest." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
1.5/4 29% Grudge Match (2013) " Remembering the greatness of Rocky and Raging Bull while watching Grudge Match only made me sad." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3.5/4 92% Philomena (2013) " Director Steven Frears deserves special mention. A lesser filmmaker could so easily have turned this project into mushy, sentimental junk. The tear-jerking moments here are heartfelt and real. It's the kind of filmmaking we see too little of today." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2.5/4 18% Free Birds (2013) " Free Birds is not (sorry) a turkey of a film. But it doesn't really soar terribly high either." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/4 71% The Motel Life (2013) " We have seen many films about losers on the run, but in the directorial debut of former Chicago siblings Alan and Gabe Polsky, we get an intriguing new take on brotherly love not only gone wrong, but clearly hopeless from the beginning." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/4 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Suspend your ideas about what is logical or truly real and just have a nice 90-minute escape into the brightly colorful world directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn and their team have created here." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/4 63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " The film is a successful witness to the great charm possessed by all five members of One Direction." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/4 5% Paranoia (2013) " While Paranoia has been cast with some top-notch actors, the problem here is a lack of oomph both in the script, adapted from Joseph Finder's novel, and the pretty lame direction by Robert Luketic." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3.5/4 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " [An] absolutely superb coming-of-age film." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/4 74% The East (2013) " Another project that proves this actress and filmmaker has the chops that will guarantee her longevity in the movie industry." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " While the storyline and dialogue are frequently predictable, "Olympus Has Fallen" succeeds largely due to Butler's believablity as a Secret Service agent." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/4 88% Bolt (2008) " It's not a 'gourmet' banquet on the order of Ratatouille or the first Shrek, but this peppy picture is certainly more than a cinematic 'snack,' and for its 96-minute running time will not bore kids, the parents or other adults joining them." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 21, 2008
2.5/4 27% What Happens in Vegas (2008) " Though likely not a film you'll remember a month after seeing it, it does hit most of the right notes for a good date flick." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 9, 2008
2/4 14% Made of Honor (2008) " Dempsey and Monaghan -- and the rest of the cast, for that matter -- give it their all, but it just isn't enough to lift this formulaic nonsense out of the stew of mediocrity in which it merely simmers from start to finish." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 2, 2008
4/4 93% Iron Man (2008) " Iron Man is simply great escapism. It deserves to be the first blockbuster of the summer." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 1, 2008
3.5/4 64% Baby Mama (2008) " One of the funniest movies to be released so far this year." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 25, 2008
3/4 41% 27 Dresses (2008) " 27 Dresses is one heck of a happy date movie. Smiling faces are guaranteed on all seen exiting when the credits finally do roll here." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 18, 2008
2.5/4 28% The Game Plan (2007) " Yes, this is a road we've traveled down before, but at least this time, it's paved with a lot of charm and heart." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2.5/4 50% Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) " For younger audiences, Mr. Bean's Holiday will be a pleasure, and of course, Bean addicts will, as always, be happy to see Atkinson's alter ego return to the big screen." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 24, 2007
1.5/4 1% Daddy Day Camp (2007) " The acting is atrocious and more obvious than you see in many high school or college productions. The jokes are stale. The storyline is so predictable, I'll bet nearly everyone in the theater will guess what happens next." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 8, 2007
2/4 14% I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) " It all boils down to a horrible waste of talent." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 20, 2007
2/4 50% Nancy Drew (2007) " Overall, it feels lame. A disappointing revival of a classic character." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 15, 2007
3/4 60% Gracie (2007) " It's a sweet and uplifting film, and though quite predictable, gives us a family drama that showcases simple truths about overcoming seemingly impossible odds and leaves you with a warm and very satisfying feeling deep down." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2.5/4 71% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) " While the plot is relatively predictable, the pacing will keep audiences riveted and likely fascinated by the ways Fresnadillo and his team deliver death and mayhem." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 11, 2007
3/4 19% The Ex (2007) " Braff and Bateman engage in a beautiful comedic, verbal ballet that made me laugh much more than I would have thought I would, given what I knew about the story before watching the film. Both actors display on-target timing." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 11, 2007
3/4 49% The Flying Scotsman (2006) " Even for audiences who normally would not be interested in cycling, The Flying Scotsman is a good choice, because this film is about so much more. Miller has given us an appealing, if unusual, protagonist who leads us to cheer him on in life." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 4, 2007
3/4 66% Meet the Robinsons (2007) " Though state-of-the-art technically, I think you'll find there's a healthy, old-fashioned feel to this movie -- one that will make you walk out of the theater feeling satisfied, and all warm 'n fuzzy inside." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 30, 2007
2.5/4 45% Pride (2007) " Pride is a lovingly-presented homage to the heroism of Jim Ellis' life and his life's work." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2.5/4 48% Shooter (2007) " While it's fast-paced and often something of a nail-biter, Shooter doesn't really pay off, other than merely give us a lot of action, merely for action's sake." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/4 8% Premonition (2007) " The most irritating thing about this film is its overall lack of clear direction. Bullock is always running around in a sort of a fog, dashing from scene to scene, but with no sense of purpose." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 16, 2007
2/4 8% Gray Matters (2007) " Nearly every scene of this movie rings hollow, mainly because we can never really believe that what we're seeing up on the screen could truly happen." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 9, 2007
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