Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Evan Williams's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Australian

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 71% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) "I haven't seen a more captivating kids' film for a long time... well, not since Toy Story, perhaps not since The Wizard of Oz. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) "For all their moodiness and irascibility, the girls come across as warm and believable, and there are funny moments when they take to the streets to raise money for a new guitar. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/5 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "[This] film may be tedious and overburdened, but moments keep coming back to haunt me. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) "The Best of Me turns into a half-baked dramatic thriller, with violent confrontations, gunfights, plenty of nasty characters and one big scary action scene. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/5 85% John Wick (2014) "Reeves is in his element: a natural in hard-edged action thrillers from Speed to The Matrix, he has the benefit of a screenplay that gives him little to say. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Oct 31, 2014
2.5/5 23% Tammy (2014) "The filmmakers never quite find the balance between real-life experience and freewheeling nonsense that drives the best comic road movies. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3.5/5 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "For all its slick contemporary surface and fashionably nasty trimmings it's really a throwback to the age of 1940s noir. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/5 39% Tusk (2014) "Parts of it are funny, parts are suspenseful and parts of it - to put it mildly - are hideously awful. Horrible may be a better word than horrific. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 47% The Judge (2014) "Duvall is a specialist with slightly deranged, broken-down characters, and he's done nothing better than this. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) "This one never really takes hold and goes horribly wrong about 20 minutes before the end. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) "There's no denying that it's an entertaining movie, made by a consummate filmmaker, though not, perhaps, quite as important as it would like to be. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/5 29% Annabelle (2014) "Being startled is not the same as being scared, and speaking on behalf of other hardened critics, I have to say we weren't scared for a moment. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/5 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) "As Aidan, Graff combines depth of insight with an endearing naivety, and the rest of the cast could hardly be better. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3.5/5 60% The Little Death (2015) "The Little Death is bold, brave and original. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Sep 26, 2014
1/5 69% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 "The dialogue is relentlessly fast but never funny, unless you consider four-letter words funny in themselves. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 28, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet In Search Of Chopin "It's one of Grabsky's best films, using his well-established formula of readings from letters and diaries, talking-head appearances by musicians and other authorities, and an abundance of well-chosen musical excerpts, linked by [his] sensitive narration. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3.5/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) "Yes, it's pretty much the same mixture as before, but slicker and more polished, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3.5/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) "Barnard's film is charged with the same compassion and lyricism. It is one of those desperately sad and dispiriting films that one would prefer to forget but probably never will. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3.5/5 83% Begin Again (2014) "I've seen happier endings in Oklahoma! and Singin' in the Rain, but this one feels genuine - and in an unexpected way, deeply satisfying. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3.5/5 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "Hoffman hasn't a lot to say in A Most Wanted Man but with his curt asides and air of casual authority he's always a commanding presence. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/5 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) "The problem here is overkill. Scarcely a moment passes without some hideous apparition, frantic action scene or deafening sound effect. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 4, 2014
4/5 79% These Final Hours (2015) "The final graphic effects extravaganza is, I think, a mistake. Better to have ended on a note of eerie stillness and reflection. But if it's spectacle you want, those final moments are hard to beat. All reservations aside, it's a terrific movie. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 100% Once My Mother "Turkiewicz has made an intimate, deeply personal film. Nowhere is the film more moving than in scenes of mother and daughter together -- the caring and ever-anxious Sophia, the frail and barely coherent old lady. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 30, 2014
4/5 94% Charlie's Country (2015) "Whatever his [Gulpilil] motives, he has given us an unforgettable film, beautifully made, at times unbearably sad, but tinged with an unquenchable optimism and humanity. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 23, 2014
3.5/5 65% Reaching for the Moon (2013) "The period detail is finely caught, the lovemaking scenes achieve a tenderness and intimacy rare in contemporary cinema, and for good measure a political coup is happening offstage. We more than get our money's worth. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 23, 2014
4/5 89% Calvary (2014) "Much of Calvary is sad, much of it shocking. But it's not really about religion or the church. It is a celebration of the human spirit, and will not be easily forgotten. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 9, 2014
3/5 45% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) "Rather like Yves's garments, the film is elegant, sumptuous and beautifully designed. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3.5/5 93% Transsiberian (2008) "A terrific combination of action, mystery and adventure " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 87% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) "There are many funny moments and some pleasing suspense towards the end, but as a cautionary tale about the dangers of overeating and obesity it's more likely to boost sales at the candy bar. That may be one good reason for watching it at home. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4.5/5 94% The Truman Show (1998) "Weir's touch is light and effortless, the film's pleasures falling as gently as the Mozart music piped from Seahaven's sky. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4.5/5 75% A Place in the Sun (1951) "One of the great studio dramas of the period and one of this column's favourite films, with haunting performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 27, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Those with wistful memories of the 1970s will find plenty to like in X-Men: Days of Future Past. " ‐ The Australian
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) "Fart jokes are all too plentiful, along with copious references to bodily fluids, but in this zany context the film gets away with them. And the screenplay is crammed with witty lines. The western lives on. " ‐ The Australian
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 85% The Trip To Italy (2014) "But the chief pleasure lies once again in the free-flowing and largely improvised chitchat between Rob and Steve, little sketches and impersonations, riffs built on the latest fads and fashionable cliches. " ‐ The Australian
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 74% Godzilla (2014) "Some directors do comedy, some drama, some romance. Better than anyone else, Edwards does pandemonium. " ‐ The Australian
Posted May 23, 2014
5/5 96% Ida (2014) "The black-and-white cinematography has a luminous clarity. This is one of those films it is impossible to imagine in colour. And the performances, without exception, seem flawless. " ‐ The Australian
Posted May 19, 2014
3.5/5 57% Un château en Italie (A Castle in Italy) "There's darkness and poignancy in this charmingly irreverent escapade, and I was never sure whether to laugh or cry. It's all a bit of a dog's breakfast -- but what a friendly, frisky, lovable dog it is. " ‐ The Australian
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 82% The Double (2014) "At some point, The Double begins to look like a critique of a regimented world of docile consumers enslaved by dehumanising technology. But nothing feels heavy or pretentious. " ‐ The Australian
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 73% Healing "It's a film rich in ideas and vivid characters. Watching it is an exhilarating experience. " ‐ The Australian
Posted May 7, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet The Crossing "A remarkable documentary from director Julian Harvey, most of it assembled from footage shot by the adventurers. " ‐ The Australian
Posted May 7, 2014
86% 52 Tuesdays (2015) "A story told in snippets inevitably feels disjointed, despite the best efforts of Hyde and her cinematographer Brian Mason (who also edited the film) to get everything flowing smoothly. " ‐ The Australian
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) "The performances seem to me impeccable. Kore-eda is one of a host of Japanese filmmakers who never cease to enchant me. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/5 40% Divergent (2014) "If I had to join a faction, I'd be looking for one called Bafflement or Exasperation. After spending the best part of five hours watching Divergent and Only Lovers Left Alive, I understand why audiences are flocking to see the Muppets and The Lego Movie. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) "Jarmusch's screenplay may lack sense and cohesion, but it's full of throw-away cultural references and vaguely intellectual in-jokes. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "The Lego Movie is a brilliant technical achievement. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) "Yes, there's a story of sorts - rival kingdoms, a young man's quest for revenge, a study in brotherly guilt and a doomed father-son relationship. Now I'm making it sound like Hamlet. Enough is enough. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 28, 2014
79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) "Everything moves at a brisk pace, the voice cast has plenty of talent, and there's no shortage of witty lines. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3% I, Frankenstein (2014) "I, Frankenstein, with its monster reinvented as a superhero, is a fairly predictable action movie. Shelley would not have approved. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 21, 2014
4.5/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) "The Missing Picture invites uncomfortable reflections. Modest in scale, simple in conception, it is a great film - certainly a great little film - and many viewers will be moved to tears. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Rise Of The Eco-warriors "My one complaint with this one is it lacks a clear and authoritative narrative voice. What is this cage, I wondered... All becomes clear if we pay attention, and in the end we rejoice in the young warriors' enthusiasm. We need such people. " ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 14, 2014
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