Norman Wilner

Norman Wilner

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Norman Wilner's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 23% Vacation (2015) "The journey's perhaps more entertaining than the destination, as John Candy's absence leaves a gaping hole in Walley World that the remakers haven't even tried to paper over. But this is still the best Vacation movie since the first one. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "The White Queen's Rebecca Ferguson is remarkable as Ilsa Faust, a British national of enigmatic allegiances. In a film full of twists and reversals, the biggest surprise of all is a woman with her own agenda. Guess nothing's impossible after all. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Bikes vs Cars "By largely ignoring public transit to focus on personal transportation, Gertten mis-frames his movie as a zero-sum argument. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/5 53% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) "Remember last year, when everyone expected The LEGO Movie to be nothing more than a feature-length commercial? Well, it turns out they were saving that for A LEGO Brickumentary. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/5 85% La Sapienza (2015) "The uncomplicated narrative resists stylization; Green's presentation turns everyone into mannequins, rendering their emotions theoretical. That may well be his point, but it didn't work for me. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/5 58% Southpaw (2015) "Southpaw may be preposterous, but Billy Hope is the real deal. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 23, 2015
1/5 17% American Heist (2015) "Christensen makes a decent Everyman hero and even shows some warmth in his scenes with Jordana Brewster, but their subplot doesn't amount to anything at all. Neither does the movie. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/5 70% Unexpected (2015) "Good ideas and great casting don't always make for a good movie, as Kris Swanberg's Unexpected demonstrates. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 23, 2015
5/5 97% The Look of Silence (2015) "The cumulative effect is simply devastating. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 23, 2015
5/5 86% Inception (2010) "This is tremendous, full-throttle filmmaking. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "McKellen is always watchable and finds ways to suggest Holmes's increasing frailty that don't read like an actor dulling himself down for effect. But there's almost nothing else to this movie besides its star. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/5 76% Jimmy's Hall (2015) "When Ken Loach brought Jimmy's Hall to Cannes last year, word was that it would be the storied British filmmaker's last feature. He's since walked that back, and I'm glad to hear it; I'd hate to see him go out with a duffer. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 86% The Tribe (2015) "Visually, it's striking. Narratively, it's one long nightmare of confrontation and misery. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/5 60% All The Time In The World "The stated goal of disconnecting from the world is an intriguing one, but All The Time In The World doesn't really engage with it. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 79% Ant-Man (2015) "Ant-Man does some things very well, like letting Paul Rudd inhabit a comic-book character in precisely the same way Iron Man put a goatee on Robert Downey Jr. and called him Tony Stark. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/5 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) "Don't worry about its grim title and galactic stakes. For all its self-seriousness, Thor: The Dark World is a very silly movie. And that's why it works. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "That isn't to say I didn't enjoy myself. I just didn't feel Marvel trying to do anything different this time around. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 94% Cartel Land (2015) "Cartel Land is an unapologetically cinematic take on the crime documentary -- breathless, intense, spectacular. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 9, 2015
4/5 74% Big Game (2015) "This is one of Jackson's best performances in years -- his POTUS is just self-aware enough to be fun instead of stuffy. And the kid's not bad either. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 20% Self/less (2015) "Even when Self/Less abandons its headier questions of identity and immortality so director Tarsem Singh can get to the next shootout or car chase, the actors keep it lively. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/5 35% Strangerland (2015) "It feels like screenwriters Michael Kinirons and Fiona Seres are aware of Australian classics like The Last Wave, Walkabout and Picnic At Hanging Rock, but settled for reading the backs of their DVD jackets. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/5 73% What We Did on Our Holiday (2015) "What We Did On Our Holiday is an interesting domestic comedy for exactly half its running time, and then the whole thing falls apart so totally that you can almost hear the pieces hit the floor. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 9, 2015
5/5 97% Amy (2015) "It's a work of profound empathy, artfully demonstrating that Winehouse was ultimately undone by her insistence on living hard so she could write sad songs. Great songs, sure. But so very, very sad. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 71% Uncertain Terms (2015) "The story doesn't develop as much as deepen, which might frustrate people looking for a simpler, less intuitive drama, but it worked just fine for me. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 2, 2015
1/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) "MacFarlane's inability to manage tone, combined with his boundless self-regard, leaves Ted 2 a shapeless mess. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4/5 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "With the Kings of Tampa back together and on the road to a male-stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, Magic Mike XXL is the all-out man-party audiences wanted the first movie to be. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/5 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "There are a couple of great car chases, and many explosions... And of course there is the movie's greatest weapon, Arnold Schwarzenegger. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/5 70% Welcome to Me (2015) "If you go for Wiig, you'll get your money's worth. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/5 44% True Story (2015) "Absolutely nothing interesting is happening. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2015
4/5 85% Kung Fu Elliot (2015) "Delivers huge laughs with an underlying sadness. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 91% White God (2015) "You'll feel like you're watching something amazing. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 81% Results (2015) "Results doesn't really amount to much, but it's never less than engaging. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/5 69% The Salvation (2015) "Levring plays out his generic premise at a grindingly slow pace. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2015
4/5 89% Spring (2015) "Don't read anything else. Just see it. Spring is special. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/5 61% Hungry Hearts (2015) "Saverio Costanzo's Hungry Hearts has so much potential, and goes sideways so quickly. It's a frustrating waste. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/5 86% (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015) "Maybe that's the ultimate test: if you see this movie with someone who thinks the mom's actions are lower than those of Tucker Max's publicist, stop seeing movies with that person. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 26, 2015
4/5 95% Spy (2015) "This is an awful lot of fun. Don't wait for the DVD; see it with a crowd. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 26, 2015
4/5 96% Wild Tales (2015) "Szifron orchestrates each sequence expertly, demonstrating a flair for delivering absurd complications with marvellous comic timing and rich cinematic style. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/5 50% San Andreas (2015) "Director Brad Peyton keeps the story focused on a handful of compelling, resourceful people to keep us rooting for their survival while they race through increasingly complex set pieces. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 26, 2015
4/5 79% Stop The Pounding Heart (2014) "Stop The Pounding Heart is a modest production, but that's okay. You don't need a huge budget when you're working with simple truths. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/5 62% Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015) "The pacing never quite clicks -- but the artist's fans won't mind. It's more time with the monsters. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 89% Dope (2015) "Dope feels like at least four different movies crammed into one. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "That story is lovely, and beautifully acted by Mann and Cooke. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 89% Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman (2015) "I don't doubt Carolla's respect for the material -- he himself is a racer, and owns and drives several of Newman's cars. But he's stretching a few interesting anecdotes out to feature length, and you can feel the strain on the material. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 25, 2015
5/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "This is what fast and furious really looks like. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 90% Sunshine Superman (2015) "[Boenish] convinced plenty of jumpers to strap cameras to their heads, which resulted in some spectacular footage. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 77% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) "If you want nothing more than to watch zombies get mowed down in elaborate ways while a bunch of actors shout at each other, Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead certainly offers that. But I'm afraid it doesn't offer much else. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/5 93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "Many faiths make space for doubt. Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief demonstrates that one belief system uses it as a weapon. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 86% Eden (2015) "Life is what happens beyond the turntables, and it's perversely fascinating to spend two decades with a character who learns almost nothing. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/5 91% Slow West (2015) "Maclean surrounds his characters with colour and beauty, even as he steers Slow West into some very dark places. This is a hell of a debut. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 25, 2015
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