John Wirt

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Critics' Group:
Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
750
Total QuickRatings:
36

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 750
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " CGI baboons, the wizard's CGI monkey companion and colorful but soulless CGI landscapes of Oz are no substitute for the absence of even one great song and characters who develop the greatest of friendships as they fight the greatest battle of their lives." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Mar 8, 2013
2.5/4 57% The Power Of Few (2013) " The film's tightly scripted hours in New Orleans wield their way to a destination that's worth the time spent getting there." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Feb 22, 2013
2/4 71% Bless Me, Ultima (2013) " The choice to include a ponderous narration violates that basic rule of storytelling: Show rather than tell." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Feb 22, 2013
3.5/4 79% Quartet (2013) " As the film's characters are reaching the end of their lives, loose ends will be tied and soul searching will be done. Hoffman gracefully orchestrates the story's emotional arc. Quartet is a lovely late-career surprise from a master actor." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Feb 15, 2013
2/4 22% The Baytown Outlaws (2013) " Filmmakers who want to out-Tarantino writer-director Quentin Tarantino had best back off. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Feb 1, 2013
1.5/4 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " First there was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now there's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Neither of them deserved to be mentioned again. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Feb 1, 2013
3.5/4 37% Stand Up Guys (2013) " A small film featuring three wily, veteran screen thespians in a storyline based in loyalty and friendship, Stand Up Guys is, in its offbeat and often warm way, a killer little movie." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Feb 1, 2013
2.5/4 60% The Last Stand (2013) " An entertaining, if not particularly longed for, return for the 65-year-old action icon." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Jan 25, 2013
3/4 88% Tchoupitoulas (2012) " At 80 minutes, the film feels a bit long. That's probably an example of the filmmakers' affection for their subjects, both the Zanders brothers and New Orleans." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Jan 11, 2013
2/4 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " The movie is most alive when Bill Murray's Roosevelt and Samuel West's King George VI retreat from the crowd and talk man to man. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Jan 11, 2013
3.5/4 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " An edge-of-your-seat ride through recent history featuring a great performance at its center. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Jan 11, 2013
3.5/4 81% The Impossible (2012) " Difficult to watch but difficult to turn away from, The Impossible makes shattering impact." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Jan 4, 2013
2/4 52% Promised Land (2013) " Cinematically well-crafted and -acted, Promised Land nonetheless is a shallow exploration. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Jan 4, 2013
4/4 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " During its rocky road to becoming a fractured love story, Silver Linings Playbook and its great ensemble cast run a funny, conflict-mined, even suspenseful path. It's a total winner." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Dec 28, 2012
3.5/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Tarantino's spaghetti western of the American South is an untamed blast of stylishly rendered, outrageous entertainment." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Dec 28, 2012
3.5/4 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Likely to be this year's biggest inspiration for tears shed in movie theaters, Les Misérables is a suitably tender, sad and stirring adaptation of the beloved stage musical." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Dec 21, 2012
2/4 51% This is 40 (2012) " In his next movie, maybe writer-director Judd Apatow will integrate comedy and drama more smoothly or, at least, cushion the ride enough to prevent whiplash." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Dec 21, 2012
2.5/4 62% Hitchcock (2012) " Helen Mirren, playing opposite Anthony Hopkins, does the movie's best acting work as Hitchcock's right-hand woman. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Dec 16, 2012
2/4 51% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) " Earns its stripes as one of those bad movies that's so bad it's good, in its bad way." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Dec 14, 2012
3.5/4 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " A promising start. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Dec 14, 2012
3/4 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " It's a pleasure to watch Pitt work in dialogue-rich, subversively comic film noir." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2.5/4 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " The actors' passion overrules the filmmakers' artifice." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Nov 30, 2012
3.5/4 94% The Sessions (2012) " Surprisingly funny and touching." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Nov 16, 2012
2.5/4 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " Breaking Dawn - Part 2 isn't the best Twilight Saga movie, but it does contain the best Twilight battle. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/4 90% Lincoln (2012) " Lincoln lives, vividly, in Daniel Day-Lewis' performance." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " A smashing new Bond adventure for the superspy's 50th anniversary year. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3.5/4 78% Flight (2012) " Washington, already the winner of two Academy Awards, does more exceptional work in Flight. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Nov 10, 2012
3/4 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " Ralph and his new friends offer much action and adventure, but the movie scores most of all with its poignant scenes and the relationships among its characters. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Nov 10, 2012
3/4 84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " Even if comedian Mike Birbiglia doesn't have more stories worth telling on film, he's done one movie that sneaks up on an audience and earns its attention." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3.5/4 96% Argo (2012) " A funny trip to Hollywood and gripping escape from Tehran." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3/4 93% Looper (2012) " A just about brilliant sci-fi crime-drama-thriller mostly set in the years 2044 and 2074. Rian Johnson is a rare director who creates entertainment with depth." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Oct 5, 2012
3.5/4 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " A heartwarming, funny tale about a boy and his reanimated dog. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Oct 5, 2012
3/4 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " A fun, young musical comedy boosted by Anna Kendrick's straight-woman chemistry and multiple amusing supporting characters." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4/4 85% The Master (2012) " An early contender for multiple Oscar nominations. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2.5/4 78% Killer Joe (2012) " Matthew McConaughey gives an intensely wry performance while director William Friedkin applies his old-master craftsmanship to a brutal, ugly story. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Sep 21, 2012
2.5/4 50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " Trouble with the Curve isn't one of those sports movies that inspires audiences to stand up and cheer. Yet the interior challenges Gus and Mickey face, and Eastwood and Adams' well-gauged performances, make the game worth watching." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Sep 21, 2012
2/4 31% Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) " Containing almost no story, Resident Evil: Retribution shows the series' video-game origin more than ever." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Sep 21, 2012
4/4 99% Finding Nemo (2003) " A great blend of storytelling and technology. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Sep 16, 2012
3/4 82% Bill W. (2012) " A beautifully assembled documentary that reveals the purposefully low-profiled co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Sep 14, 2012
2.5/4 22% The Words (2012) " One of those thoughtful films that arrives after a summer of sequels and superheroes." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Sep 14, 2012
3/4 70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) " Far smarter and original than the phony, empty romantic comedies Hollywood usually churns out." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Sep 8, 2012
3/4 40% The Possession (2012) " Much better than it needs to be given its late-summer horror flick placement." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Sep 8, 2012
2.5/4 77% Take This Waltz (2012) " Margot is silly and annoying, but three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams' makes her conflicted character believably real. Meanwhile, contrivances, indie-film clichés and overall misery make the movie an unhappy dance marathon. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Aug 24, 2012
2/4 57% Sparkle (2012) " A few exceptional musical performances don't mitigate an otherwise stale melodrama. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Aug 24, 2012
3/4 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " Even without Jason Bourne and the corresponding Matt Damon, it's a well-cast and well-done continuation of the series. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Aug 17, 2012
2.5/4 64% The Campaign (2012) " The challenge of crafting a political satire based on a political system that's already a clown circus may have been too much for the filmmakers. Yet when this slash-and-burn comedy scores, it's convulsively funny." — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Aug 10, 2012
2.5/4 83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) " Even amidst the excessive chatter, Emily Blunt shines most of all. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Aug 3, 2012
2.5/4 30% Total Recall (2012) " When it's over, there's not much worth recalling. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Aug 3, 2012
4/4 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " Magic and realism meet in this transporting, immersive tale set in the wilds of south Louisiana. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Jul 20, 2012
4/4 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " Featuring complex characters and a densely orchestrated, escalating series of menacing events, it's a grand-slam finale. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Jul 20, 2012
2.5/4 43% To Rome with Love (2012) " A diverting visit to the Eternal City, as opposed to a romantic adventure in Paris. " — Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Posted Jul 13, 2012
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