Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
NOW Toronto , Toronto Star
Critics' Group:
Toronto Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
320

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 80% Three Night Stand " Kiely's movie isn't about intimacy and emotion, though the three leads do their best to stay on message. It's about clutter and noise and pointless distraction, and nothing good comes of it." — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 26, 2014
4/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " This is the kind of movie nobody makes any more -- a Second World War caper picture with charming character actors zipping around Europe using their wits far more than their weapons." — NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 7, 2014
4/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " Slipping back and forth between drama and comedy, The Angels' Share initially seems shaggy and unstructured, but that's part of its appeal." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 1, 2014
4/5 98% 56 Up (2013) " As the project hits its half-century mark, with the "kids" settling into middle age, the signature cross-cutting between then, now and everything in between feels downright Proustian in its emotional depth." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 1, 2014
4/5 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " Nathan's gorgeous slow-motion shots of the 12 O'Clock Boys riding for the camera shows the glory to which Pug aspires; in the rest of the movie we see the life that's really awaiting him." — NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 19, 2013
5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " The cameras bring out the worst in all concerned, who think nothing of singing and dancing about mass murder." — NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 16, 2013
5/5 98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " How To Train Your Dragon may be the most emotionally satisfying boy-meets-creature movie since E.T. - and that's not a comparison made lightly." — NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 19, 2013
78% Life Of Crime (2014) " If you're prone to carsickness, this might not be the ideal movie for you. But as a meditation on the way human beings fill the silence - or choose not to - it's an amazing accomplishment. " — NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 15, 2013
86% What If (The F Word) (2014) " So yes, it's derivative, but it's also funny, charming, sharp and sweet, with Radcliffe and Kazan exchanging rapid-fire dialogue with each other." — NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 14, 2013
88% The Double (2014) " Arch, weird and very, very funny, it's like watching an entire Bulgarian film festival in a single sitting. " — NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 13, 2013
33% Labor Day (2014) " Winslet settles for another of the mannered, Important Actor performances she's been giving in movies like The Reader and Revolutionary Road, and Reitman doesn't do anything to snap her out of it. " — NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/5 43% Surviving Crooked Lake (Portage) (2009) " Modest Canadian thriller Surviving Crooked Lake, playing matinees this weekend at the Regent, is a combination coming-of-age teen drama and survival thriller." — NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/5 2% Getaway (2013) " Director Courtney Solomon makes sure the pace never flags, holding our attention with complex multi-camera coverage, and Hawke does just the tiniest bit more acting than necessary for a genre piece." — NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/5 34% Passion (2013) " De Palma loyalists are defending this movie; I assume it's just out of habit." — NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 26, 2013
4/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " It's an original work with the spirit of every Godzilla movie you've ever seen and every giant robot fight you've ever imagined. And it's a hell of a lot of fun." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 12, 2013
4/5 77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013) " Structured as a cross between a how-to video and a video game walk-through, How To Make Money Selling Drugs does exactly what it promises." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 27, 2013
5/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " Sarah Polley's exploration of her tangled family history is a complex and thoroughly fascinating inquiry into the nature of truth and memory -- and, inevitably, into Polley herself." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3/5 74% The East (2013) " Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, creators of the creepy Sound Of My Voice, once again explore underground movements, this time without the SF trappings." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " It's a measure of Cavill's intelligence that you can feel him resisting Goyer and Snyder's most egregious errors of judgment as Man Of Steel shakes itself apart. " — NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 12, 2013
4/5 54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " [An] assured adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's novel." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 16, 2013
4/5 86% The Manor " The doc could easily have tipped into caricature or grotesquerie, but Cohen's compassion for his subjects keeps the project steady and respectful." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 16, 2013
2/5 66% The Iceman (2013) " Shannon's approach to Kuklinski as a total brick wall -- refusing to give anything back to his co-stars -- is a fascinating performance choice, but even that can't juice up this dull slog through Mob-movie clichés." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 16, 2013
3/5 98% Mud (2013) " Sheridan, who played the Terrence Malick surrogate in The Tree Of Life, is terrific at conveying adolescent confusion with tiny squints and frowns, and McConaughey plays off him masterfully." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 16, 2013
4/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Star Trek Into Darkness goes exactly where I thought it would -- and still feels completely satisfying." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 16, 2013
4/5 90% Portrait of Wally (2012) " The journey of the painting, and the Bondi family's efforts to reclaim it, are the meaty subject of Andrew Shea's engrossing documentary." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 6, 2013
3/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " It delivers in the most basic sense, but you wonder what a director with a sense of play might have done with the material." — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 21, 2013
4/5 93% Sugar (2008) " Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the makers of Half Nelson, return with another subtly observed drama about a character on the outskirts of mainstream America." — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 20, 2013
94% The Bitter Buddha (2013) " It's a solid doc." — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 19, 2013
3/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Pleasantly dopey." — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 14, 2013
2/5 39% Dark Skies (2013) " It's at this point that Stewart stops ripping off Close Encounters and sets his sights on that awful Julianne Moore thriller The Forgotten, or maybe Richard Kelly's The Box, and Dark Skies slouches to its utterly undistinguished finale." — NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 22, 2013
2/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " If the first film was a finely tuned machine, this one's a great big ugly Mack truck of shooting and exploding and yelling, all shakycams and quick cuts and incomprehensible action blocking." — NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/5 71% The Future (2011) NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 47% Chasing Madoff (2011) NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 76% Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010) NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 22, 2013
5/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " It's a movie that grabs you from the first frames, takes you to some extremely ugly places and asks you how you feel about what you're seeing." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 10, 2013
3/5 32% Gangster Squad (2013) " Director Ruben Fleischer is no Brian De Palma, but he keeps the story moving and delivers a couple of decent set pieces." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 10, 2013
4/5 96% Argo (2012) " Affleck spins the absurd true story into an engrossing espionage thriller that would be utterly ridiculous if the stakes weren't literally life-or-death." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 8, 2013
4/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " Ruby Sparks feels like the best Woody Allen movie Woody Allen never made." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 8, 2013
4/5 98% The Invisible War (2012) " It's an important, infuriating work. The testimonials from assaulted servicewomen and men should be screened on a loop in recruiting offices around the world." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 7, 2013
2/5 88% Django Unchained (2012) " There is no earthly reason why Django Unchained needs to be two and three-quarter hours long, other than to indulge its director's love of digressions and monologues." — NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 24, 2012
4/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " Rudd gives a terrific performance as the increasingly put-upon hero, showing different facets of himself to his wife, his moochy father, his co-workers and the other people he encounters." — NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3/5 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Once the adventure is finally underway, and Martin Freeman's meek hero starts to come into his own, Jackson digs in and delivers an appropriately epic companion piece to his earlier trilogy." — NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 13, 2012
2/5 4% Playing for Keeps (2012) " Playing For Keeps isn't that bad; Muccino simply doesn't know how to fix the script or manage his actors, and the whole thing just sort of sputters out." — NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 6, 2012
2/5 12% Alex Cross (2012) " Ever a pro, Cohen orchestrates a couple of energetic set pieces, but the whole thing feels doomed from the start." — NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 18, 2012
3/5 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " Tom Waits is in it, holding a rabbit. That's more adorable than you'd think." — NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/5 78% Dredd (2012) " That doesn't mean it isn't fun, particularly when Urban uses his stoic deadpan for subtly comic purposes." — NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 10, 2012
3/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " The last 30 seconds of The Dark Knight Rises very nearly had me on my feet cheering. It's just all the stuff in the middle that needs pruning." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 19, 2012
4/5 75% Collaborator (2012) " Collaborator is a gimmick movie, but the gimmick is sound." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 17, 2012
4/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " If Sony has to keep making these movies, this is as good a way to go as any." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 28, 2012
1/5 73% Bossa Nova (2000) NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 22, 2012
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