Walter V. Addiego

Walter V. Addiego

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " There are times when a certain grimness weighs on the movie that you wish for more humor. But overall it's an absorbing and thought-provoking spectacle. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 18, 2013
2/4 70% American Promise (2013) " By the end you can't help but wonder whether it was a good idea to keep the youngsters under camera scrutiny for more than 12 years. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/4 67% Sunlight Jr. (2013) " A compelling portrayal of the grinding life of America's working poor, brought into sharp focus by intense lead performances from Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2/4 85% Spinning Plates (2013) " The tales are worthwhile, but it's challenging to find a common thread among them that goes beyond vague generalities. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/4 70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " A modestly entertaining martial arts melodrama with impressively staged fight sequences that help compensate for a stale plot and some less-than-stellar acting. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2/4 48% Zaytoun (2013) " It's probably best viewed as a fable that tries to strike a hopeful note amid the many woes of the Middle East, but the blunt filmmaking and the near-sentimentality make it hard to buy into. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/4 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " It's mandatory viewing for fans of the classic rock, soul and rhythm and blues of the 1960s and '70s. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/4 53% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " If you can overlook [the] unfortunate stuff, and a cornball windup, what's left is fascinating and funny. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " The movie saves most of its modest number of jolts for its last quarter or so, which makes them all the more intense. They stick in your craw - and be warned, they're not for the squeamish. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/4 68% Haute Cuisine (2013) " "Haute Cuisine" is a bonbon, not of a full-course meal. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2/4 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " A well-meaning, sporadically entertaining and ultimately formulaic look at the struggles of a group of recovering sex addicts. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 99% Wadjda (2013) " A simple story told with economy, "Wadjda" is a notable example of old-school, humanistic filmmaking. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 75% Populaire (2013) " Is this remake really necessary? Maybe not, but to worry about that is to risk missing out on a lot of fun. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2/4 31% Adore (2013) " It's even hard to simply enjoy the performances of the two stars, who give more that the film deserves. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/4 52% Thérèse (2013) " While there's a certain staid feeling to the production, it does deliver a solid working-over to the era's gentry. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/4 78% The Grandmaster (2013) " Beautiful but troubled, achieving in stretches the director's signature dreamy mood but dragged down by narrative confusions. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " The film neither simplifies the troubled relationship nor pushes us to take sides, but asks us to observe the complexities of their life together. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/4 80% Europa Report (2013) " Low key and earnest, Sebastián Cordero's "Europa Report" makes compelling use of familiar genre material to create an intelligent science fiction thriller. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/4 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " Partly about the importance of fresh observation, the film has little new to say about life, inspiration or art. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/4 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Plenty of absurd and deadpan humor, even slapstick, with a melancholy undertone. A minimalist tale of mismatched workers who paint lines on isolated Texas roads. Good performances, Paul Rudd is particularly impressive. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/4 28% Drift (2013) " Has genial moments, but they're lost in a sea of boilerplate incidents and prefab characters. Surfing sequences are easily as striking as what we see in documentaries about the sport. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) " The film strongly evokes a certain segment of the American cultural scene from the 1950s through the '70s, though Plimpton continued working until his death in 2003. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3/4 93% The Hunt (2013) " An intense, hard to watch drama, of a man's life torn apart by his fellow citizens. The performance is skilled enough that it won the top acting award at last year's Cannesfestival. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 25, 2013
80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " Director Sebastián Silva seems to be whispering that we shouldn't be taken in by the movie's casual, spontaneous feel, that deep matters are afoot. I'm not sold. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2013
67% One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (2013) " Despite its handful of emotional, soul-baring moments, "One Track Heart"... has a once-over-lightly feeling that disappoints. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2013
82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " The film relies on terse dialogue and boggy colors to create an atmosphere dense with anxiety -- all well handled by director James March. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2013
3/4 90% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) " Jay's own personality and intellect steer the film, and he's such a finely honed performer that he easily carries it off...What we get here, simply, is time spent with Ricky Jay, and that's time well spent. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 5, 2013
2.5/4 64% Unfinished Song (2013) " Get out your handkerchiefs for an unabashed tearjerker that has some surprisingly potent moments. Buried in all the shameless sentiment is a touching family story, and good performances from veterans Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/4 100% Elemental (2013) " Elemental stands out from the perpetual flow of eco-documentaries by at least glancing at some of the personal issues and professional setbacks faced by the activists it portrays. " ‐ Hearst Newspapers
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3/4 88% Fill the Void (2013) " "Fill the Void," a compelling and skillfully made domestic drama, is a rarity, a film that's both set within, and emerges from, a devoutly religious world. " ‐ Hearst Newspapers
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 85% Sightseers (2013) " A British black comedy made in the spirit of "let's run with this demented premise till the tank is empty." " ‐ Hearst Newspapers
Posted May 31, 2013
2/4 68% The We and the I (2013) " Gondry has talent, and I think he enjoyed being with these youngsters, but the film suffers in trying to impose something vaguely like a story on a framework that boils down to teen high jinks during a bus ride. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3/4 90% Beyond The Hills (2013) " The film offers rewards for the patient viewer as it examines conflicting visions of love played out in a remote faith-based community. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 15, 2013
2/4 65% A Fierce Green Fire (2013) " It's a decent overview of the subject, but the film's presentation is unexceptional, and it never hints that there is reasoned opposition to the views it advocates. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 15, 2013
2/4 82% Like Someone in Love (2013) " There are some limited rewards in seeing the consequences and complexities that result from the characters' deceptions and assumed roles, but in the end the film is unsatisfying. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 8, 2013
3/4 93% Barbara (2012) " The movie examines the possibility of maintaining one's humanity in a truly oppressive society. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 8, 2013
3/4 90% A Place at the Table (2013) " "A Place at the Table" presents a shameful truth that should leave viewers dismayed and angry: This nation has more than enough food for all its people, yet millions of them are hungry. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 7, 2013
1/4 25% Phantom (2013) " A game effort by a decent cast highlights the old-fashioned submarine thriller "Phantom," but heavy-handed dialogue, flurries of melodrama and a silly ending make the whole enterprise sink like a stone. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3/4 87% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) " It's a do-it-yourself world that Herzog clearly admires - much of what we see is the men performing the tasks that enable them to survive. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 22, 2013
3/4 95% West of Memphis (2012) " It tells the story of a terrible crime compounded by a grave injustice that's been remedied, but only in part, so it's impossible to have a single or simple response to the movie. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 8, 2013
3/4 100% Sound City (2013) " If it doesn't break any ground as a documentary, it's a heartfelt testament to a place he considers among the most hallowed halls of rock. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 1, 2013
3/4 81% In Another Country (2013) " If you take the film as the bauble it is, you'll be entertained by its lighthearted wit, social observations and resolute sidestepping of profundity. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 25, 2013
2/4 42% Let Fury Have The Hour (2012) " If passion were all that mattered, "Let Fury Have the Hour" might be the film of the year. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 18, 2013
3/4 67% California Solo (2012) " Mainly worth seeing as a showcase for the appealing Scottish actor Robert Carlyle, who plays a has-been rocker reduced to eking out a living on an organic farm in Southern California. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 11, 2013
3/4 88% Tchoupitoulas (2012) " The film can be seen as simply a kind of impressionistic travelogue, but it slowly and irresistibly conveys that we're also seeing a rite of passage. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 4, 2013
2/4 32% Deadfall (2012) " Despite a super-dark noir plot and respectable cast, "Deadfall" is a thriller that never quite delivers on its promise. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 21, 2012
3/4 87% Once I Was (The Matchmaker) (2012) " Nesher ... has a populist touch, showing a sure hand with the numerous subplots and never allowing us to lose sight of his characters' humanity, even the mostly pathetic villain of the piece. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 14, 2012
3/4 88% Starlet (2012) " The plotline is unpromising - young porn actress befriends crotchety old lady - and the setup is underwhelming. But stick with "Starlet," and you'll reap unexpected rewards. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 30, 2012
2/4 96% Chasing Ice (2012) " The movie might have given us a bit less of Balog and a bit more of the startling sequences he produced. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 23, 2012
3/4 88% The Big Picture (2012) " Takes familiar material - involving a violent crime and an assumed identity - and nudges it just enough to keep us interested for most of the ride. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2012
3/4 96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) " "Brooklyn Castle" easily checkmates your inner cynic. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 15, 2012
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