Walter Chaw

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " only thing that could make Magic Mike more desirable to women is to turn him into a dog with eagle wings. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Feb 5, 2015
4/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) " One of the year's best, it's beautiful in its modesty, reminding me in an odd way of films of perseverance like Nights of Cabiria and Vivre sa vie. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 4, 2015
1.5/4 75% Rosewater (2014) " I was distracted by the moist sound of 1,200 eyes rolling at the same time. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/4 97% '71 (2015) " A formidable debut for TV/commercial director Demange " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3.5/4 97% Insomnia (1998) " a masterpiece of unease and illness, the more so because the terminal sickness it describes is a universal condition. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
1.5/4 51% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) " Though I'm not a huge fan of Anderson, he's never struck me as simpering. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
4/4 92% Force Majeure (2014) " essentially the droller, married version of Julia Loktev's masterpiece of relational/gender dynamics " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
3/4 72% Interstellar (2014) " It's a fairly s----y science-fiction movie, but as a metaphor for love it's kind of great. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
4/4 98% The Innocents (1961) " Having Truman Capote adapt Henry James's The Turn of the Screw (two taxonomists of beasts in the jungle of the Id), is an act of genuine inspiration. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
1/4 61% Draft Day (2014) " This is a dangerous slice of propaganda that actually has the temerity to end with a family unit walking arm-in-arm into a rosy sunset. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
1.5/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " an adaptation of a book about a teenage girl navigating the seas of her rising estral tides " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
4/4 72% Inherent Vice (2015) " Anderson's great accomplishment here is that he's created a work where there's no past, no future--there only is, man. Groovy. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
1/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " a bad movie left to die by an exhausted filmmaker. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
3.5/4 100% Vengeance Is Mine (1979) " In a way, if we're tracking influences, Imamura probably had a little impact on the Coen Brothers' misanthropic masterpieces. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
1/4 51% Unbroken (2014) " the lingering impulse is to take sides and wish violence upon others. I like to think that that couldn't have been the intention. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
0/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) " Marshall would be a better fit for an Andrew Lloyd Webber adaptation. I can't think of anything meaner than that to say about anyone. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 29, 2014
3/4 75% ABCs of Death 2 (2014) " An upgrade. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/4 86% Spring (2015) " I can only imagine discovering Spring as a teenager; I'm glad I discovered it at all. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 3, 2014
0.5/4 34% Everly (2015) " a leering flick: leering at violence, leering at Hayek, leering at a level of child-peril that's actually exploitative rather than suspenseful. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/4 85% Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) " At the end of the day, this might be the closest we ever get to a fourth Evil Dead film. Groovy. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/4 85% John Wick (2014) " Cool? The film sweats cool. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 3, 2014
2/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " the prototypical human-hating hipster model of too-smart, too-cool meta-cinema. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/4 96% It Follows (2015) " It's not about why things happen so much as it's about why those things can be frightening. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 24, 2014
2/4 92% Man from Reno (2015) " All of Man of Reno is charming. So terribly, terribly charming. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 24, 2014
3/4 98% The Babadook (2014) " I never believed that it would be a fable that ended in a moral, hard-won, rather than a fairytale with a happily ever after. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 22, 2014
4/4 No Score Yet El día trajo la oscuridad (Darkness by Day) " I was in love from the moment Virginia kills a mosquito on her arm and leaves a smear of blood there. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 22, 2014
1/4 39% Tusk (2014) " He's puerile. He can't help it. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 22, 2014
1/4 59% My Old Lady (2014) " garbage that people will patronize and excuse " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3.5/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " it does all the explaining it needs to--the trick is learning to listen the right way. That's what Foxcatcher's about. It's fantastic. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 1, 2014
2/4 90% Wild (2014) " Witherspoon's Wild is tame enough to maybe actually give her a second act to her career. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Aug 31, 2014
2.5/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " ...something I'd want my preteen children to see before they get too much more sophisticated. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Aug 31, 2014
1/4 93% Birdman (2014) " ...the tedious offense of idiots calling you an idiot. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Aug 30, 2014
4/4 89% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) " It's the most scabrous, uncompromised work from Billy Wilder, who never made a movie that wasn't kind of an asshole. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 27, 2014
3/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Call it Sergio Corbucci's Thermopylae. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 27, 2014
3.5/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " A mature film but not an elderly one " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 27, 2014
4/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " I don't think Dawn will change a goddamn thing, though I'm inspired by the attempt. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 27, 2014
1/4 66% Lucy (2014) " Did I mention the dinosaur? Dinosaur. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 27, 2014
2/4 36% God's Pocket (2014) " pastiche verging on clich " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted May 15, 2014
3.5/4 74% Godzilla (2014) " It's great. I can't wait to see it again. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " There are obvious things that don't work about it, but Spidey 2 is rare for wanting to tackle race, gender, father issues, the shrinking middle-class, and education at all. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 82% Darkman (1990) " Raimi, in 1990, made the best comic-book movie there ever was... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted May 1, 2014
4/4 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " mature, romantic, grand storytelling " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " loses points for being a not-very-good musical " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 68% Hannibal: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The last half of "Hannibal"'s debut season is as good as anything on television. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 96% A Star Is Born (1954) " When A Star is Born works, though, it's painful for the right reasons. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " swallowed whole by the grey beast solipsism. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/4 76% La Notte (1961) " one of the truly great achievements in Modern art. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " a deeply insane interpretation " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 100% The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin) (1958) " For all its scale, it is at its heart a "nerd" comedy " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " For what it's worth, I'm looking forward to its sequel. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 10, 2014
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