Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Mary Elizabeth Williams's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Salon.com

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
30% Austenland (2013) "It says weirdos deserve romance too, and that Austenland isn't so much a page in a book or a place on a map, but a corner of your heart. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Aug 16, 2013
83% You've Been Trumped (2012) "As Baxter demonstrates with agonizing, unflinching clarity, the result was a community and a land that were literally rolled over in the name corporate greed - and with the apparent blessing of the local authorities. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Aug 3, 2012
4% A Little Bit Of Heaven (2012) "A moment of silence, please, for Kate Hudson's career. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted May 3, 2012
94% 50/50 (2011) "What ensues is "Beaches" meets "Pineapple Express." Which, I've got to tell you, is pretty much what living with cancer is like. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 30, 2011
17% I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) "What the hell happened to Sarah Jessica Parker? " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 15, 2011
90% Bridesmaids (2011) "It's a movie that succeeds, often beautifully, not by forcing its characters to be as naughty and gross and pathetic as men are. It soars by letting them be as naughty and gross and pathetic as women are. Three cheers for equality. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted May 10, 2011
60% Water for Elephants (2011) "The problem isn't just miscasting or the cheesiness of the material. It's Pattinson's increasingly predictable, dour persona. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Apr 21, 2011
80% 30 Rock: Season 5 (TV, 2010-2011) "It was silly, it was risky, and even if audiences didn't get the thrill of something going horribly wrong, it was entertaining. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 14, 2010
66% The Karate Kid (2010) "It was resonant in the gung-ho '80s, and it's a notion every generation deserves to discover anew. Based on the young Smith's considerable wattage, this Kid may just surpass the original. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jun 11, 2010
58% Shrek Forever After (2010) "Like last year's Up, this isn't merely a cute kid's movie with funny one-liners and adorable critters. It's a soulful meditation on the age-old question: Is that all there is? " ‐ Salon.com
Posted May 21, 2010
40% Letters to Juliet (2010) "Letters to Juliet is a by-the-numbers romantic comedy -- and I mean that in a good way. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted May 13, 2010
67% Date Night (2010) "What comes as a welcome surprise is how Date Night manages to make sport of romantic movie conventions without being mean about them. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Apr 9, 2010
49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) "When the movie slows down to catch its breath, there's very little of the heart and soul -- and wry wit -- that make the Riordan books so beloved. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 11, 2010
12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) "While it fails on nearly every conceivable level, as a textbook case in everything contemptible in the studio system, Did You Hear About the Morgans? is as good as it gets. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 21, 2009
85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) "The sweetest, most sincere romantic comedy to come along in ages, and a luminous love letter to a great American city. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 24, 2009
54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) "Have we learned nothing from The Klumps? " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 5, 2009
35% Pride and Glory (2008) "What makes the characters in Pride and Glory real -- and raises the movie above the standard corrupt-cop fare -- is their capacity to live and die in shades of gray. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 24, 2008
36% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) "Like the characters it portrays, How to Lose Friends eventually becomes the very thing it mocks, its delectable naughtiness sacrificed to sentiment and audience appeal. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 3, 2008
19% Righteous Kill (2008) "Director Jon Avnet generously puts the actors together as often as possible, and the sheer satisfaction of watching Michael Corleone and Travis Bickle spark off each other almost mitigates the utter hokum that permeates every other element of the film. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 12, 2008
13% The Women (2008) "You go, girls. Preferably as far away as possible. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 12, 2008
17% The Happening (2008) "Shyamalan's such an eager recycler, grinding out the same ideas and images again and again. The man who showed such promise less than a decade ago has been leaving a diminishing creative footprint ever since. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jun 13, 2008
27% What Happens in Vegas (2008) "You'd think the combination of Diaz, Kutcher and Vegas would be good for at least a little sexy, silly fun. But don't bet on it. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted May 9, 2008
79% Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) "doesn't have the brisk economy of the original book, but the animated Horton feels nevertheless close to the sweet, quirky heart of Dr. Seuss. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 14, 2008
71% Definitely, Maybe (2008) "Definitely, Maybe isn't a particularly good movie. It's hard to make either romance or comedy out of relationship wreckage, not to mention career ennui, and the pace is often meandering and sulky. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 14, 2008
41% 27 Dresses (2008) "The biggest disappointment of 27 Dresses is that it inhabits a Harlequin romance New York City, one remarkably short on homosexuals and divorce. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 18, 2008
19% The Invasion (2007) "Gratuitously violent [and] soullessly brain dead. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Aug 16, 2007
7% License to Wed (2007) "Despite its fuzzy, getting-to-know-you message, the movie itself offers zero motivation for any of its protagonists. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jul 6, 2007
71% Baby Boy (2001) "[Jody's] lessons on growing up and moving on never ring more than halfhearted and false. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jul 6, 2001
64% Music of the Heart (1999) "Another utterly bland lump of Hollywood crapola. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% The Iron Giant (1999) "The metal-machine sci-fi cartoon delivers robot action, retro nostalgia and stony metaphysics. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
76% Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999) "We've heard it all before, and usually with a slightly more comprehensible accent. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
16% Dudley Do-Right (1999) "In the end, it's neither Dudley Do-Right nor Do-Wrong, but merely Dudley Do-Just-So-So. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
48% The Way of the Gun (2000) "McQuarrie has inserted some of the most groan-worthy dialogue outside of the porn world. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
45% Holy Smoke (2000) "Campion, who co-wrote the script with her sister Anna, appears to have spent so much time and energy creating Ruth that she didn't have anything left over for rest of the characters. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
92% Election (1999) "A tart study in teacher-student relations, adolescent pecking orders and the nasty vicissitudes of living in a world of haves and have-nots. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
50% Any Given Sunday (1999) "It's super revved up, high-intensity tedium all right, but tedium nonetheless. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
10% Woo (1998) "Woo may be as skimpy as a sequined halter top, but it's undeniably appealing nonetheless. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
80% Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) "Dark, bitingly funny! " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
45% Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) "Uninspired, recycled! " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
21% The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
9% The Bachelor (1999) "The Bachelor doesn't generate enough laughs or sighs to hold together. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
50% Original Gangstas (1996) "Where Original Gangstas works is in its understanding that the stars are playing the characters they created 25 years ago as their older selves. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4% The Mod Squad (1999) "Is it possible to try too hard without making any effort whatsoever? Because that seems to be the one slim accomplishment of The Mod Squad. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) "The illusion that it's just a bunch of wiseguys making fun of a movie is what prevails. It's a pretty impressive special effect. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
73% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) "By sticking faithfully to the broader themes of Hugo's story -- those of desolation and desire, of trust and betrayals thereof -- the creators have fashioned the most poignant and deeply moral story to roll off the Disney storyboards in decades. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
61% American Pie (1999) "Some of it does manage to be quite funny; some of it just lies there, all by itself, without even trying to wrap itself around a joke. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
64% Anywhere but Here (2000) "Sarandon is good, but Portman is astonishing. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
85% Billy Elliot (2000) "A surprisingly wise and funny meditation on the nature of what it truly means to be a man. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
9% Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) "It's predictable, gratuitous and just self-referential enough to believe itself hip and knowing. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
32% Superstar (1999) "Superstar may not be the most unnecessary movie of the year, but it's got to rank right up there. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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