Kevin Williamson

Kevin Williamson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
Jam! Movies , Toronto Sun
Total Reviews:
269

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " The surprise of the 3D animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon isn't that once again the digitally-rendered creatures dazzle -- it's that the movie does too." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2.5/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " It struggles (ironically) to establish its own identity. Bourne himself, it turns out, casts too great a shadow." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 9, 2012
3.5/5 94% Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) " A feel-good documentary about a cheerful guy who's not made out of felt (but probably would be just as cheerful if he was)." — Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 16, 2012
4.5/5 96% The Muppets (2011) " Both an awesome Muppet outing and an epically entertaining comedy, period." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 23, 2011
2.5/5 46% Happy Feet Two (2011) " More than the ice is thin in Happy Feet Two." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 18, 2011
2/5 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) " What becomes clear is that while the bisecting of J.K. Rowling's hefty tome was artistically defensible, here, there's no such creative imperative." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 18, 2011
2.5/5 43% J. Edgar (2011) " J. Edgar may be well-made and well-acted, but it's also bloodless, unfocused and at times regrettably dull." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 11, 2011
2.5/5 35% Immortals (2011) " For all the gob-smacking violence, the most glaring clash here isn't between otherworldly deities and their worshippers, but between the artistry of the gifted director Tarsem Singh and the requirements of a formulaic Hollywood blockbuster." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 11, 2011
3/5 29% Machine Gun Preacher (2011) " Because it's based on real people and events, it carries unquestionable emotional heft despite its equally undeniable flaws." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 30, 2011
2.5/5 20% Breakaway (2011) " The shakiest scenes in Breakaway, a hockey-meets-Bollywood mash-up about skating Sikh-Canadians, occur on the ice. Take that for what you will. The rest of this nimbly-paced but routinely-plotted sports fable is tolerably more entertaining." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 30, 2011
3.5/5 82% Dolphin Tale (2011) " Most children's entertainment feels as sugar-addled as their target audience. But Dolphin Tale avoids being either anxious or obnoxious, keeping young moviegoers amused and enthralled the old-school way: with its story and star." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 23, 2011
2/5 25% Killer Elite (2011) " Ask yourself: Would The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor be better with scissor kicks? Are The Conversation and Marathon Man a few dislocated bones short of greatness? Even if you answered yes, you should lower your expectations." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 23, 2011
2.5/5 17% I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) " It's not a bad film, per se, but it's more adequate than entertaining, more routine than recommendable." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3.5/5 41% Straw Dogs (2011) " Like its predecessor, this Straw Dogs lights a long, deliberate fuse from its opening deer hunt to its climactic home invasion. These days, that's called restraint." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 16, 2011
4/5 84% Contagion (2011) " Seeing Contagion in a crowded theatre is like watching Jaws on a life raft. Bring hand sanitizer. Or bleach. And maybe soap and a bucket of warm water." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 9, 2011
4/5 83% Warrior (2011) " A film that's a powerhouse for all the old-school reasons: a tremendous cast, identifiable characters you care about and a story that both excites and moves." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 9, 2011
4.5/5 98% Project Nim (2011) " The result is as scarring and engrossing as it is fascinating, infuriating and profound." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 22, 2011
4/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " Less committed filmgoers probably won't be quite as enthused -- Potter has long been a franchise constructed to please readers of the books first -- but should be sufficiently entertained nonetheless." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 14, 2011
2.5/5 35% Larry Crowne (2011) " I realize Hanks, who also directed, wanted to make an upbeat, positive character study about rebounding in the face of unemployment and hardship. But did a story so hopeful also have to be so harmless? When did the everyman become the generic man? " — Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 1, 2011
3/5 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " A clanging, thrashing threequel that represents a near-complete upgrade over 2009's critically-despised Revenge of the Fallen." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 28, 2011
3/5 44% Bad Teacher (2011) " Diaz, always a deft comic, makes the most as this potty-mouthed party girl whose age is bearing down on her." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 24, 2011
3/5 39% Cars 2 (2011) " A sequel with a lot of horse power under the hood, but little else." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 24, 2011
3/5 48% Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) " Mr. Popper's Penguins finds Carrey in an agreeable groove, gliding smoothly." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 17, 2011
2.5/5 26% Green Lantern (2011) " Considering all the characters and subplots, it's no surprise Green Lantern feels more rushed and truncated than epic." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 17, 2011
2/5 19% Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011) " A comedy about young kids for young kids that feels like it was made by young kids." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 10, 2011
3/5 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) " Though it hews to the template of the original, director Todd Phillips has one strategy to fall back on: Upping the ante. " — Jam! Movies
Posted May 25, 2011
2.5/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " As for the sequel's use of 3D, other than the odd sword being jabbed at you, it's inconsequential." — Jam! Movies
Posted May 20, 2011
3/5 73% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) " A funny, fleet documentary that is marvelously meta." — Jam! Movies
Posted May 6, 2011
2.5/5 55% The Conspirator (2011) " In the context of a social studies class, The Conspirator would make for a fascinating, informative two hours; on the big screen, it just feels like, well, a social studies class." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 29, 2011
2.5/5 58% Scream 4 (2011) " This installment is nowhere near the hip, serrated-edge blast of newness the original was in 1996. Suddenly, it's the horror thriller that, like, your parents are excited about." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 15, 2011
2.5/5 26% Arthur (2011) " Take off the beer goggles if you think Arthur was a classic. Put them back on if you plan on seeing the needless remake." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 8, 2011
4/5 72% Hanna (2011) " Bourne meets the Big Bad Wolf in Hanna, a techno-action fable about a teenage girl groomed to be an assassin." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 8, 2011
3.5/5 92% Source Code (2011) " My advice: Enjoy and appreciate the film for the inventive, well-acted immersive adventure it is -- even if it is about eight minutes too long." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 1, 2011
3/5 66% Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) " For cinephiles with sick senses of humour and fond memories of digging through bins of VHS tapes in grungy video stores in the 1980s, Hobo is, in simplest terms, heavenly." — Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 25, 2011
2.5/5 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " Ask yourself: Should Alice in Wonderland have had steampunk Nazi zombies and leather chaps? Would One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest have been better if Nurse Ratched was Polish and played by Cher (specifically the Cher from Burlesque)?" — Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 25, 2011
3/5 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) " Give props to the filmmakers behind Battle: Los Angeles for manufacturing an otherworldly attack that's as brutal, relentless and thoroughly unpleasant as the real thing might be." — Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 11, 2011
2.5/5 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " Enjoy it for what it is. Just don't ponder what might have been. " — Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 4, 2011
2/5 56% Unknown (2011) " Instead of being disquieting or particularly exciting, it's loud, over-directed and merely serviceable." — Jam! Movies
Posted Feb 18, 2011
3/5 39% The Eagle (2011) " Compelling performances and frequent bursts of excitement nevertheless warrant an opposable digit, pointed up." — Jam! Movies
Posted Feb 11, 2011
2/5 49% No Strings Attached (2011) " Portman, far more dimensional than the genre norm, makes the film almost feel real and relatable. Again, I stress, almost." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jan 21, 2011
1.5/5 43% The Green Hornet (2011) " At least Seth Rogen has the good sense to wear a mask for much of The Green Hornet. If I'd made this movie, I'd want to hide my face too." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jan 14, 2011
2/5 22% Country Strong (2011) " Boozing, cheating, weeping, backstabbing, pill-popping -- Country Strong plays more like a honky-tonk jukebox than a movie. " — Jam! Movies
Posted Jan 7, 2011
4/5 96% True Grit (2010) " Give it to the Coens then: for all the mayhem and marble-mouthed exchanges about morality and machismo, their film is also remarkably appealing, populated by characters who are lacerating, loopy and defiantly capable of surprising each other." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 22, 2010
2/5 13% Yogi Bear (2010) " Now I've got nothing against introducing young audiences to "classic" characters from bygone, pre-Xbox eras. But why do they all have to feel so corporate, so soulless, so creatively leaden?" — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2010
4/5 91% The Fighter (2010) " The Fighter, stirring and unshakable, is never as merciless and emotional, as traumatic and triumphant, as when the gloves are off." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2010
3/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " Judged solely as eye-candy, the follow-up, enriched by a superb soundscape crafted by Daft Punk, merits a recommendation. But as optically impressive as it is, it's also dramatically inert." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2010
2/5 43% Faster (2010) " In Faster, the cliches -- er, characters -- aren't named, they're labelled. (Better to keep track of them that way.)" — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 24, 2010
3.5/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " If in past Potters -- especially the early ones -- Radcliffe, Watson and Grint were wisely surrounded by one acting legend after another, here they're called on to shoulder the story on their own." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 18, 2010
3.5/5 73% Megamind (2010) " Kinetic, clever and even emotionally satisfying." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 5, 2010
2.5/5 51% Stone (2010) " Stone is neither high-minded nor low-brow enough. Instead it's stuck in the middle -- in purgatory." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 15, 2010
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