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
2/5 0% Before We Go (2015) "Unfortunately, Before We Go is not worthy of its director/star. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 2, 2015
2/5 49% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "A man in his late 70s is simply not believable doing the things Bryson attempted in his early 40s. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 2, 2015
4/5 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "Segel's essential sweetness nicely serves the role of a guarded man who makes an unexpected new friend and maybe reveals more of himself than he intends. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 26, 2015
2/5 64% Learning To Drive (2015) "[A] movie calibrated to appeal to that precious demographic of middle-aged people who don't go to see movies any more. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/5 88% Backcountry (2015) "The first hour of Adam Macdonald's feature debut is a nicely drawn two-hander between Peregrym and Roop's young lovers. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/5 90% Turbo Kid (2015) "Leboeuf is a delight, Ironside is clearly enjoying himself, and the retro production design is impeccable. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 26, 2015
2/5 64% Digging For Fire (2015) "Conversations ramble on, ideas are tossed around, and the movie keeps hammering home its metaphor, which is that couples should avoid digging too deeply into scary holes. It's all very whatever, and that isn't enough. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/5 42% We Are Your Friends (2015) "It follows a pretty familiar arc, but it hits the required beats with style and a couple of surprisingly well-considered performances. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 26, 2015
4/5 78% Cop Car (2015) "This is a movie that lives entirely in the moment. That's kind of amazing. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 26, 2015
4/5 83% Mistress America (2015) "Baumbach is in top form, bouncing his characters around like angry pinballs, and both Kirke and Gerwig are tremendously entertaining. This is a delight. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 88% Fort Tilden (2015) "These characters aren't just unprepared for the beach, but for adult life, which makes for a complicated, surprisingly bittersweet comedy. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 70% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Jobs is a fascinating subject -- and our growing understanding of his talents for manipulation and martyrdom makes the wealth of archival interviews increasingly fascinating. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 94% Charlie's Country (2015) "It's a beautifully photographed, unrelentingly bleak picture that works as a Rorschach test for the viewer's empathy. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 51% The Interview (2014) "I liked it for what it is. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 17, 2015
3/5 60% Run All Night (2015) "[Jaume Collet-Serra] occasionally struggles to reconcile the themes of loyalty and regret with the requisite outsized action beats, but when he lets the material breathe, Run All Night nudges its characters into some worthwhile places. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 17, 2015
1/5 30% Chappie (2015) "Any potential in the concept is beaten out of it long before the ludicrous final movement. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 17, 2015
3/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) "The film is at its best when the characters are simply talking to each other, creating a delicate, hypnotic back-and-forth between the humans and the new creature in their midst. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 14, 2015
2/5 72% American Sniper (2015) "Eastwood's disconnected direction means we spend the entire movie with a man in stasis: Kyle's either hiding behind the scope of a rifle or sitting very still, drinking himself insensate. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 14, 2015
4/5 96% It Follows (2015) "Monroe is fantastic in the lead, showing us Jay's evolution from skeptic to believer to calculating survivor, and Mitchell has thought his monster through to the last detail. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 14, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Die letzten Gigolos "It's boring. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 12, 2015
4/5 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "Newcomer Powley is terrific as the mercurial lead, who's not quite as mature as she believes herself to be, and she's matched marvellously by her grown-up co-stars. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/5 76% I Am Chris Farley (2015) "The evolution of bellowing motivational speaker Matt Foley is charted in fascinating detail thanks to interviews with Bob Odenkirk. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 12, 2015
2/5 51% Boulevard (2015) "Boulevard was Williams's last movie, which means its melancholy lands a little harder than it would have otherwise. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "The film may be too silly to satisfy action audiences (and a little too slight to get us invested in the stakes), but there's a place for it in a world of self-serious mass entertainment. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/5 26% Dark Places (2015) "Theron is rock solid as a survivor searching for a way to remove the armour she's built around herself. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 6, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet The Cocksure Lads Movie (2015) "Very little happens, and it's crushingly inert. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 67% Steak (R)evolution (2015) "If you're a carnivore, you will almost certainly drool on yourself at some point. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 100% Diamond Tongues "Diamond Tongues works both as a character study and an exercise in cringe comedy: you spend an hour and a half watching someone make a lot of bad choices, hoping that she'll learn from at least one of them. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "Genius. Seriously. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/5 93% The Gift (2015) "The Gift is one of those rare movies that doesn't really work at all but keeps you watching as the mistakes and bad calls keep piling up. You want to see where it goes, you want to see if it can pull out of the dive. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 26% 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 86% 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 60% 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 67% 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 77% 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 75% 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
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