Ian Buckwalter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
DCist , NPR , NPR.org , The Atlantic , The Washingtonian , Washington City Paper
Critics' Group:
Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
459

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 459
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/10 24% The Canyons (2013) " Schrader just seems angry, as if he's using this film as a tinny megaphone for an announcement of his displeasure with a Hollywood that's left him behind. " — NPR
Posted Aug 2, 2013
2/10 6% Evidence (2013) " Moyer plays scenes as if he'd rolled out of bed at noon after a long night of shooting in Bon Temps and had his script pages shoved into his hands five minutes before the director called "Action."" — NPR
Posted Jul 26, 2013
6/10 72% Grabbers (2013) " Wright checks off the expected genre boxes with the gleeful mischief of a gremlin trashing a plane engine." — NPR
Posted Jul 26, 2013
8/10 86% The Conjuring (2013) " ...there were moments where it seemed the entire theater was holding its breath. We were united in one feeling: terror." — The Atlantic
Posted Jul 26, 2013
5/10 69% The Wolverine (2013) " A handful of bold ideas brought down by the need to regress to a blander, more box-office-friendly middle ground." — NPR
Posted Jul 25, 2013
7.5/10 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Monsters, robots, grand heroism and a few clever jokes: Sounds like a perfect Saturday afternoon to me." — NPR
Posted Jul 11, 2013
5.5/10 62% Byzantium (2013) " Unfortunately, the story never grabs hold as insistently as Jordan's tone and visual artistry." — NPR
Posted Jun 27, 2013
5/10 48% Maniac (2013) " A remake that, rather than trying to fix the deep flaws of its source, just covers them in a shinier coat of paint." — NPR
Posted Jun 20, 2013
9/10 83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " It accomplishes the tricky task of paying homage to one type of scary movie while indulging in an entirely different style itself." — NPR
Posted Jun 14, 2013
6/10 38% The Purge (2013) " The Purge is mostly a genre picture trying to layer on some prestige by way of social commentary. The latter falls flat; the film is actually stronger when it just goes for our baser instincts." — NPR
Posted Jun 6, 2013
8/10 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " Shadow Dancer feels like a thriller, but Marsh is wisely more interested in the tension than in the release. What thrills exist here are carefully tempered by the considered pacing." — NPR
Posted May 30, 2013
6.8/10 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Furious Six continues on in the same vein as its predecessor, and may just be my favorite of the lot." — The Atlantic
Posted May 24, 2013
7/10 96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) " The film portrays Plimpton as someone devoted to illuminating how talent and creativity work - both for himself, and for the rest of us." — NPR
Posted May 23, 2013
6.5/10 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " The film raises more uncomfortable questions about Maisie's uncertain future than it ever answers, but that's in keeping with the emotional honesty the filmmakers are striving for." — NPR
Posted May 3, 2013
7.5/10 84% Kon Tiki (2013) " A rousing and thoroughly enjoyable Old Hollywood-style adventure." — NPR
Posted Apr 25, 2013
8/10 74% The Source Family (2013) " One of the most detailed looks at the inner workings of an American cult ever assembled." — The Washingtonian
Posted Apr 19, 2013
4.5/10 45% The Lords of Salem (2013) " It's a credit to Zombie's interest in growing as an artist that he's drawing from more mature inspirations here, but it's also part of why the movie doesn't work. " — The Atlantic
Posted Apr 19, 2013
7.5/10 63% Unmade In China (2013) " Unmade in China is nominally about filmmaking, but what Kofman and Barklow do well is to use their unusual position within the Chinese state machine to make a thinly veiled movie about politics." — NPR
Posted Apr 18, 2013
9/10 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Carruth may be something that the movies haven't yet seen, perhaps the first great realization of the democratization of filmmaking that digital technology and the Internet promised." — The Atlantic
Posted Apr 12, 2013
7/10 62% Evil Dead (2013) " This Evil Dead is polished and meticulously planned, and it benefits from the attention to detail as well as from Alvarez's obvious love for the spirit of the source material." — NPR
Posted Apr 4, 2013
5/10 65% Starbuck (2013) " Scott's take on the importance of family is an admirable one, to a point, until it moves past that to espouse an uncomfortably regressive morality." — Washington City Paper
Posted Mar 29, 2013
3/10 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " It has to be a joke, right?" — NPR
Posted Mar 21, 2013
4/10 43% The Call (2013) " The shoddy attention to character, plausibility, and detail is particularly surprising coming from Anderson, a director of smart indie thrillers like The Machinist, Session 9 and Transsiberian." — NPR
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3.5/10 36% The ABCs of Death (2013) " There are just too many stories to fit into two hours - and even with fewer weak links, The ABCs of Death might have fallen short all the same." — NPR
Posted Mar 7, 2013
7.9/10 83% Side Effects (2013) " Soderbergh is less interested in making statements than he is in skillfully fulfilling genre expectations." — The Atlantic
Posted Mar 1, 2013
6/10 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " At its heart, the film is just a simple fairy tale, an epic reduced to an engaging adventure of a bedtime story." — NPR
Posted Feb 28, 2013
5.5/10 60% Rubberneck (2013) " Both the mystery and the character piece wind up feeling incomplete." — NPR
Posted Feb 21, 2013
7.5/10 78% Red Flag (2013) " Karpovsky's anxiety-ridden shtick here combines the crippling doubt and self-loathing of many Woody Allen protagonists with the obnoxious solipsism of Larry David." — NPR
Posted Feb 21, 2013
0/10 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " This is the Magpie School of action filmmaking: Anytime things start to make so little sense that you might lose the audience, just throw something shiny up on screen to distract." — NPR
Posted Feb 14, 2013
9.5/10 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " The subjects' openness is refreshing - and sometimes frightening. " — The Atlantic
Posted Feb 7, 2013
7/10 100% Sound City (2013) " A celebration of just how unbelievably awesome it is to make rock music for a living - not to mention being so successful at it that you can get your childhood heroes to come over and jam." — NPR
Posted Jan 31, 2013
9/10 100% Resolution (2013) " A smart and chilling indie horror from co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead ..." — NPR
Posted Jan 24, 2013
6/10 65% Mama (2013) " Surprisingly, this patchwork pastiche often works." — NPR
Posted Jan 17, 2013
8.5/10 88% Django Unchained (2012) " The sometimes cartoonish and silly violence serves a purpose: It contrasts the moments of truly disturbing violence that Tarantino puts on display, always within the context of the brutality doled out to slaves at the hands of white masters." — The Washingtonian
Posted Dec 28, 2012
9.5/10 87% Tabu (2012) " Few films are this smart about subtly couching their allegorical aspirations within more straightforward narratives; fewer still are able to do so with such energetically inventive virtuoso style." — NPR
Posted Dec 27, 2012
7/10 70% Les Misérables (2012) " The music and the magnetic performances make many of the directorial missteps fade into the background." — NPR
Posted Dec 25, 2012
5.5/10 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Jackson seems to be going through the motions of epic fantasy filmmaking." — The Washingtonian
Posted Dec 17, 2012
9/10 89% Consuming Spirits (2012) " The effect is that of disjointed, haunted reverie, of alternate realities colliding, soundtracked by mumbled asides and an uneasy murmur of background noise." — NPR
Posted Dec 11, 2012
5.5/10 33% Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (2012) " The dominance of the madcap side of the film's split personality lays an airy veneer over Dolly and Joseph's woes, making them seem inconsequential - as unsubstantial as an observation about wedding-day weather." — NPR
Posted Dec 6, 2012
6.5/10 51% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) " Day of Reckoning is somehow not just the best film in the series, but a damn fine piece of action filmmaking by any measure." — The Atlantic
Posted Nov 30, 2012
6.8/10 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " A political harangue with the blunt force of a shotgun stock to the temple, couched inelegantly into a generic tale of gangland justice and revenge; yet recognizing and even growing annoyed with its deficiences, I still sort of loved it." — The Washingtonian
Posted Nov 30, 2012
6/10 37% The Collection (2012) " Genre aficionados are likely to revel in every crunched bone, gratuitous decapitation and slow-motion iron-maiden impaling." — NPR
Posted Nov 29, 2012
5.8/10 94% The Sessions (2012) " Achieves its sunny disposition by pulling punches." — The Atlantic
Posted Nov 23, 2012
8.5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " Demonstrates that one can take a pat inspirational story and infuse it with the hardship required to make that inspiration feel earned." — The Atlantic
Posted Nov 23, 2012
7.5/10 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " What Wright has made here is a musical without songs. " — The Washingtonian
Posted Nov 16, 2012
5.9/10 88% Funeral Kings (2012) " That headlong hormonal rush toward what boys perceive as the benefits of adulthood is what the brothers McManus capture here with candor and occasional hilarity." — NPR
Posted Nov 15, 2012
8/10 92% Skyfall (2012) " A sly, deconstructionist approach to Bond combined with a climactic sequence that is hands-down the best, most gorgeously shot, and most breathtakingly thrilling in the franchise's history make this one of the most satisfying and well-made entries." — The Washingtonian
Posted Nov 9, 2012
9/10 91% Holy Motors (2012) " A film that not only demands repeat viewings but also makes that an attractive proposition." — The Washingtonian
Posted Nov 9, 2012
8/10 90% Lincoln (2012) " This Lincoln isn't an abstracted, infallible ideal, but rather a deeply conflicted, often lonely leader simply trying to do the right thing - even if that means a few wrong things along the way." — NPR
Posted Nov 8, 2012
7/10 100% High Ground (2012) " Brown takes advantage of the opportunity to present a broad array of feelings, less on the nature of these conflicts in particular and more on the mindset of the soldier in war - and the difficulties faced when no longer in the midst of the conflict." — NPR
Posted Nov 1, 2012
5/10 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " A gorgeously shot package that blends the past, present, and future into diverse, lushly imagined realities that at least manage the task of feeling like they're from a single work. If only that work actually succeeded in fulfilling its lofty aspirations." — The Washingtonian
Posted Oct 26, 2012
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