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Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 No Score Yet What an Idiot "The film's ungainly title seems to be an attempt to let us know the movie doesn't think Nick's idea is all that smart, but that doesn't really come across in the way the Bensons tell the story. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 3, 2016
1/5 50% 4th Man Out (2016) "4th Man Out's good-naturedness is sadly incapable of overcoming its essential blandness. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 3, 2016
4/5 41% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Rather against all odds, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is a great deal of fun. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 3, 2016
3/5 53% Lazer Team (2016) "The premise may be dopey and the budget minimal, but it's all handled in such a winning and cheerful way that resistance is futile. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/5 59% The Finest Hours (2016) "Plunges full-on into wall-to-wall CG, the digital effects dwarfing the human heroics in a mess of blurry, choppy images " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/5 53% Jeruzalem (2016) "A pale copy of the [REC] movies with minimal invention and a poorly defined mythology. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 28, 2016
95% The Russian Woodpecker (2015) "You should check it out. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 26, 2016
2/5 17% The Masked Saint (2016) "[The filmmakers] fail to wrestle this script - no pun intended - into something organic and believable. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 21, 2016
3/5 92% Boy and the World (2015) "It's beautiful to look at, and its fan-ciful visual design is charming. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Fractured Land "I respect the hell out of Behn's work, but this documentary misses the mark. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2/5 55% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "The attempts at pulling out for a larger view of the issues in play don't really work at all. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 21, 2016
3/5 73% Band Of Robbers (2016) "If Band Of Robbers occasionally feels like a bunch of pals hanging out and goofing around on an idea, it never tips over into self-indulgence. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 14, 2016
1/5 7% Norm of the North (2016) "It's possible that director Trevor Wall and his associates at Splash Entertainment and Telegael went into this with the best of intentions and really do believe they've made a family film for the ages. But they haven't. This is garbage. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/5 69% A Ballerina's Tale (2015) "George approaches his subject with a great deal of respect, which sometimes makes the film seem a little cautious. But the more time he spends with Copeland, the more I could appreciate the choice. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/5 100% Palio (2015) "Racing enthusiasts will be satisfied with the time spent in the stables and on the track, though I kept waiting for the film to push deeper into its corruption angle. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 14, 2016
1/5 11% The Forest (2016) "After about half an hour, I found myself thinking how much nicer it would be to go for a decent walk myself, which isn't really the reaction this sort of movie is supposed to elicit. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/5 100% Jag är Ingrid (Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words) (2015) "If you just want to see Bergman mugging for her own camera or clowning around with legendary collaborators like Alfred Hitchcock and Ingmar Bergman, this movie has that. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 7, 2016
1/5 9% Point Break (2015) "Sitting through it is like drowning in Red Bull. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 1, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) "It's an expertly calibrated entertainment, giving the actors room to play and reframing industry jargon as simple, elegant metaphors... And McKay orchestrates it all so deftly that you might not even notice how angry he is - or at least not right away. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2/5 60% Sisters (2015) "This film's a shapeless, frenzied beast that, despite surrounding the leads with other gifted comic performers, doesn't know when to stop. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 21, 2015
3/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "I didn't mind the movie in spite of all my problems with it. When it works, it just plain works. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 21, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Dogs on the Inside (2015) "Most of it is of dogs being adorable or attentive, so that may not be a deal-breaker for you. But it's hard to overlook such an obvious crutch in a movie as short as this. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
1/5 6% Outcast (2015) "For an action movie, Outcast is really boring. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 30% Wild Card (2015) "It ain't anything new, but it's entertaining. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
2/5 16% Strange Magic (2015) "It doesn't make a lick of sense, and if kids are the target audience, they won't get much out of the only-sort-of-appropriate playlist, which tries to build a jukebox musical out of ELO, Bob Marley, Elvis, the Four Tops, Queen and such. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 49% Cake (2015) "Aniston isn't the only one doing good work... It's a shame the script lets them down in the end, too. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
5/5 99% Leviathan (2014) "Zvyagintsev's characters occasionally walk past the beached skeletons of giant sea creatures. Madyanov's performance suggests Mer is merely just the latest monster to plague this region. He's a little less conspicuous, maybe, but just as destructive. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
4/5 78% The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument (2014) "The value of the NYRB as a cultural and literary institution is undeniable, and that's what Scorsese and Tedeschi are celebrating here. It's hard to argue against the sentiment. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 84% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) "If you can make it till the end, there's one helluva payoff. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
2/5 35% Song One (2015) "If you're a Hathaway fan, this will be worth your time; she's in every scene, and builds a convincingly tense relationship with screen mom Mary Steenburgen. But if you're looking for the next Once, well, this isn't it. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
4/5 95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) "It's a fascinating saga of institutional denial and personal commitment - both of which are somehow bound up in the personal arc of Graham Martin. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
5/5 95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "Amirpour - shooting in black-and-white widescreen in southern California, for a little extra unreality - has built a marvellous world that offers room to wonder about the characters and their lives. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
2/5 34% Blackhat (2015) "It's in the home stretch... that Blackhat finally feels like a movie. Whether you're willing to slog through that first 80 minutes to get there, though? That's a different question. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
1/5 10% Taken 3 (2015) "There is no redeeming value to Taken 3. We don't get the satisfaction of a well-made action movie, the pleasure of elaborate stunt work or the pure joy of watching Liam Neeson badass his way through a bunch of heavies. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
4/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) "This is a surprisingly gentle movie, a film that lets us understand where all its characters are coming from, not just its heroes. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
4/5 72% The Voices (2015) "Reynolds is fantastic as the deeply confused protagonist, while Arterton and Kendrick do some very subtle work in the margins. Don't read anything more. Just see it. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
4/5 59% The Last 5 Years (2015) "Kendrick in particular has never had a better showcase. She's always been a vivid screen presence, but when she sings she's electric. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 80% McFarland USA (2015) "It could move a little faster and be a little less proud of its own progressiveness. But McFarland is a sports movie that knows what it's doing for the most part and ends strong. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 71% The DUFF (2015) "It occasionally plays like a mashup of Mean Girls and Easy A, but Whitman's performance gives The DUFF a spiky energy all its own. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
2/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "It's an hour and a half of bros partying heartily and insulting each other while checking out the hot racks on hot ladies, with a few time-travel jokes thrown in. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
2/5 80% Monsoon "There is a tradition of observational documentaries that present events and images without offering context or insight, but Monsoon doesn't even do that. There's no curiosity, not even a pretense of investigation. It's just tourism. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 57% Focus (2015) "Focus stars Will Smith as a master con artist who lets a small-time scammer into his crew, and into his heart. Or... wait, does he? " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
2/5 57% Elephant Song "Greenwood is convincing as a professional teetering on the edge of desperation, but Dolan's twitchy, mannered turn gives him almost nothing to play against. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
1/5 16% Playing It Cool (2015) "Worst of all, though, is its wholesale waste of an insanely talented cast - and not just Evans and Monaghan... I enjoy every last one of them, but not like this. Dear god, not like this. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
2/5 13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "The script gets less adventurous as it goes along, slowly shedding every intriguing idea and character detail for an utterly conventional final act. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "I could have done with less of Sonny's comical wittering and more of grand dames Smith and Dench sitting around sipping drinks in the sun, but honestly? The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel wasn't made to please me. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
1/4 8% The Cobbler (2015) "The Cobbler is startlingly thin and naive, especially in regard to the larger implications of its hero's actions. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 46% Miss Julie (2014) "Farrell and Morton are solid, but Chastain's sensational - and Ullmann is canny enough to simply let her rip. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 33% Loitering With Intent (2015) "I enjoyed watching them work, even as I knew it wouldn't amount to much. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 84% Cinderella (2015) "For a movie that has no reason to exist, Disney's Cinderella is pleasant enough. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2015
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