Phil Villarreal

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Phil Villarreal blogs about movies at becauseitoldyouso.com. His book Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel is due out Sept. 1.
Favorites:
Waking Life, Swingers, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs, Rocky, True Romance
Publications:
Arizona Daily Star , COED.com , OK! Magazine
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society, Phoenix Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1833
Total QuickRatings:
89
Location:
Tucson

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1833
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 50% White House Down (2013) " While White House Down is very much an awful disgrace of a movie, it's easy to sit back and appreciate what it was going for." — COED.com
Posted Jun 26, 2013
2.5/4 43% The Call (2013) " Berry's character's brutal, though improbable, determination keeps the intensity high. " — COED.com
Posted Jun 25, 2013
1/4 67% World War Z (2013) " Instead, what he gave us was World War Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz" — COED.com
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Director Bryan Singer, who made The Usual Suspects and earlier X-Men movies, does a bit of good-hearted slumming with this CGI-heavy fantasy. " — COED.com
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3/4 55% Man of Steel (2013) " I like this movie in spite of itself, I guess. At the very least I have to hand it to the film that it's not as awful as its 2006 predecessor." — COED.com
Posted Jun 17, 2013
4/4 98% Before Midnight (2013) " It's a brutal parade of heartbreak and mind-rake that leaves you curled up and wound up in a ball, covering your eyes but peeking through parted fingers." — COED.com
Posted Jun 15, 2013
4/4 95% Smultronst√§llet (Wild Strawberries) (1957) " Swedish master Ingmar Bergman delivered one of his greatest ruminations on love and life in this 1957 drama." — COED.com
Posted Jun 11, 2013
1/4 34% The Internship (2013) " Having already paid for itself with corporate pounds of flesh and not bothered forwarding the cash to buy a laugh or two, The Internship is happy to take your money and dismiss you with a Google Wave." — COED.com
Posted Jun 7, 2013
1/4 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " It totally feels like a hangover. The exhaustion and aimlessness. The jackhammering that seems to be coming from inside your dulled, weakened brain. " — COED.com
Posted May 23, 2013
3/4 41% Parker (2013) " The action flick doesn't do much to wow you, but keeps things exciting. " — COED.com
Posted May 21, 2013
4/4 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Abrams proves he can more than back up the smack, so series fans just need to cower as he backhands them upside the head." — COED.com
Posted May 16, 2013
1.5/4 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Subconsciously or not, Baz was determined to burn the sucker to the ground." — COED.com
Posted May 10, 2013
1/4 12% Safe Haven (2013) " Expect to gag early and often, and consider breaking up with anyone who forces you to sit through this. " — OK! Magazine
Posted May 7, 2013
2/4 61% Jack Reacher (2012) " Cruise does his best to keep a straight face and make himself halfway believable as a brainy roughhouser - think of a less intense Jason Bourne - but ridiculous plotting undermines his efforts." — OK! Magazine
Posted May 7, 2013
1.5/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Django may be unchained, but his movie could have used some tighter shackles." — COED.com
Posted May 7, 2013
2/4 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Iron Man loses his clothes more often than a Kardsashian." — COED.com
Posted May 1, 2013
3/4 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) " Rogen's deadpan misery meshes well with Streisand's oblivious idiocy, making the laughs roll in." — COED.com
Posted Apr 30, 2013
3/4 20% Arthur Newman (2013) " OK, so hear me out. This movie is about Colin Firth having hot, dress-up sex with this drifter named Mike." — COED.com
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/4 54% Oblivion (2013) " Not bad for a movie released during the pre-summer wasteland, which is usually as bleak as the scorched earth of Oblivion. " — COED.com
Posted Apr 17, 2013
2/4 79% 42 (2013) " Robinson did more for dudes with female names' rights than any politician or activist. It's no wonder that every Major League team retired his jersey number, which was... Huh. Can't seem to recall. " — COED.com
Posted Apr 12, 2013
1/4 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " The plot is a ludicrous mash-up of half-thought-out ideas." — COED.com
Posted Mar 29, 2013
4/4 57% The Sandlot (1993) " For kids of the 1990s, there is no greater baseball movie than this coming-of-age tale about a lonely fifth-grader who makes lifelong friends by playing neighborhood baseball games." — COED.com
Posted Mar 26, 2013
3/4 70% The Croods (2013) " I credit the movie for basing its humor in a subversive real-world setting in caveman trappings." — COED.com
Posted Mar 20, 2013
1.5/4 19% Identity Thief (2013) " When a straightforward description of the plot is funnier on an ironic level than any joke in the film, you're in for a bad time. " — COED.com
Posted Mar 6, 2013
4/4 97% Schindler's List (1993) " The moving film may be arduous to watch, but brilliantly acting and painstaking accuracy make it a must-see." — COED.com
Posted Mar 6, 2013
1.5/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " As awful as the movie is, at least there is one truth that it gets just right. Witches be crazy. " — COED.com
Posted Mar 6, 2013
1.5/4 28% 21 And Over (2013) " The so-called comedy 21 & Over is offensive. Not because it's racist, sexist, homophobic and cruel, but because it's racist, sexist, homophobic and cruel in a dull, monotonous way. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Mar 1, 2013
1/4 56% Snitch (2013) " The incredibly moronic premise has no heft or momentum. Not a moment is believable and the whole thing just hurts. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2013
3.5/4 55% Top Gun (1986) " The unashamedly goofy 1986 dogfighting classic flips on the afterburners to make yet another pass on Blu-ray, this time soaring into the third dimension. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2013
1/4 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " Willis is squint-eyed and angry throughout the movie, and not just because he's as old as he is, yet still feels the financial need to keep making these movies." — OK! Magazine
Posted Feb 15, 2013
2.5/4 31% A Star is Born (1976) " The slow-burn melodramatic love story takes a while to get where it's going, but Streisand's star power is in full effect and Kristofferson is deliciously bitter enough to keep things watchable." — OK! Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2013
3/4 46% Bullet to the Head (2013) " He's taken out restraining orders against gray hairs, wrinkles and flab. His muscles are probably the great-grandchildren of his 1970s muscles, who have all decided to stick around." — OK! Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2013
3.5/4 32% Gangster Squad (2013) " Count me among those who bail. Gangster Squad may be a poor movie, but it's a top-a-the-heap gangsta pitcha." — OK! Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2013
4/4 81% The Impossible (2012) " It's nearly impossible to do better than buying a ticket to The Impossible." — OK! Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2013
2.5/4 52% Promised Land (2013) " This is one of those impassioned message movies that makes its point early on, then beats you over the head with it, haphazardly acknowledging the shades of grey without admitting they have any validity." — OK! Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2012
1.5/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Django may be unchained, but his movie could have used some tighter shackles." — OK! Magazine
Posted Dec 27, 2012
2.5/4 70% Les Mis√©rables (2012) " While there's some value in making a slavish adaptation of a near-universally beloved stage musical, sticking to all the trappings of the play is a sure path to making the film feel like a translation rather than a similarly inspired production. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2012
4/4 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Like the sad, bug-eyed Gollum, moviegoers may not have realized how much they missed movies like this onscreen in the past several years. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2012
3.5/4 51% This is 40 (2012) " Judd Apatow plunges the stage of life for all its ample misery, just the way he did adolescence in Freaks and Geeks and quarterlife angst in Undeclared and Knocked Up." — OK! Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2012
3.5/4 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) " The mental and emotional torture Rogen endures translates to comic bliss. His sacrifice is filmdom's gain." — OK! Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2012
4/4 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " I felt sick, angry, exhausted and thrilled at different points. And once it was over, I was left a little empty, staggered by the artistry and sad that it was over." — OK! Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2012
2/4 12% Red Dawn (2012) " The movie works as a silly parade of ridiculous but fascinating action sequences, but flops as political fiction or coherent melodrama. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2012
3/4 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " Finally, there is something we can all agree on: Twilight is awesome. Trust me, I'm shrieking on the inside. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3.5/4 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " To that lost and found actor list you can also add Good Script Choosing Robert De Niro, who had been kidnapped by aliens 20 years ago and swapped out for Awful Script Choosing Robert De Niro. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2012
3/4 87% Arbitrage (2012) " If there were a movie about Mitt Romney, no one other than Richard Gere could play him. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2012
3.5/4 94% The Sessions (2012) " Their film is more than a skin flick, despite it definitely being that. Just as Cheryl is more than a prostitute, while definitely still that." — OK! Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2012
2/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " Skyfall is an awesome James Bond movie until it gets tired of all that, goes a little crazy and turns into a not-so-awesome Home Alone movie. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/4 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " Like most any game, Wreck-it Ralph is most fun when it's messing around without a particular goal." — OK! Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2012
1/4 25% Fun Size (2012) " Put it this way, the movie's funniest character is the only one who doesn't talk." — OK! Magazine
Posted Oct 26, 2012
3.5/4 96% Argo (2012) " Affleck is good enough in the role to chase away rumors that he was only cast because he was sleeping with the director. " — OK! Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/4 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " There are so many reasons to hate Pitch Perfect, and yet it's impossibly tough to do so." — OK! Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2012
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