William Wolf

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
WILLIAM WOLF, who publishes the WOLF ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE on the web, is a critic, author, journalist and lecturer. He writes extensively on film and stage and teaches film courses at New York University. He was formerly film critic for the Gannett newspaper chain, a critic and contributing editor for New York Magazine and the film critic of Cue Magazine. His articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the country, national magazines and prestigious annuals. Mr. Wolf served two terms as chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle. He is currently a member of the National Society of Film Critics, the Online Film Critics Society, the Drama Desk, P.E.N. and the American Association of University Professors. He has covered film festivals throughout the world, including those in Cannes, Moscow, Budapest, Berlin, Toronto and New York, and has served on the juries of the Chicago and Miami film festivals. During his career he has interviewed many luminaries of film, theater and the world of entertainment. At New York University, he is known for his courses on Film as Literature in the English Department, Cinema and Literature in the French Department, and The Screening Room preview course at Lincoln Center's Walter reade Theater for NYU's School of Continuing andProfessional Studies. Mr. Wolf is the author of two books, Landmark Films: The Cinema and Our Century, written in collaboration with Lillian Kramer Wolf, and The Marx Brothers.
Publications:
Wolf Entertainment Guide
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Online, Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
2006
Location:
New York, NY

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 2006
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A- 88% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Jim Jarmusch's eerie, often amusing take on vampires played by Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as Adam and Eve, who purchase their blood and live apart, she in Tangier, he in Detroit and meet on occasion." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Apr 11, 2014
A- 68% The Railway Man (2014) " Victim of Japanese torture in World War II goes back to seek revenge but on meeting torturer finds unexpected feelings. Excellent acting and drama." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Apr 9, 2014
B + 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " Steve Coogan often hilarious as Partridge, his long-time British television hit character of bumbling broadcaster, now brought to big screen audiences on this side of the pond. Often strained, but laughs guaranteed. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Apr 4, 2014
A - 77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Lars von Trier examines the fictional case of a nymphomaniac in two parts. While sexuality explicit in deed, nudity and language, it is not pornography but a harrowing study of the horrors of an illness as devastating as alcoholism or drug addition." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Mar 23, 2014
B + 82% Rob the Mob (2014) " Young couple on crazy spree robbing Mafia social clubs based on real story. Nina Arianda and Michael Pitt entertaining as the nervy couple with a "Bonnie and Clyde" aura." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Mar 21, 2014
A 63% The French Minister (2014) " Sharp satire on doings inside the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with humor that could also apply to follies in other countrues as well, U.S. included." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Mar 21, 2014
A- 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " Documentary memory by filmmaker who lost his family in the Khmer Rouge brutality in Cambodia. Carved wooden figures to represent people under persecution add touch of creative artistry." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Mar 19, 2014
B + 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Director Beth B explores the off-beat world of odd burlesque acts and the performers' lives, sometimes amusingly, sometimes poignantly." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Mar 14, 2014
A - 91% Le Week-End (2014) " British couple with sagging marriage try to re-ignite spark with freewheeling anniversary trip to Paris. Excellent performances by Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent, plus another by Jeff Goldblum, boost film. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Mar 14, 2014
A - 63% Bad Words (2014) " Jason Bateman directs and stars as a sharp-tongued, profane misanthrope who uses a loophole to enter spelling bees meant for kids. Ultimately we learn why, after he provides mean-spirited fun along the way." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Mar 14, 2014
A - 79% On My Way (2014) " Catherine Deneuve gives an impressive performance in this French import as a former beauty queen who takes a road trip that helps get her life together. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Mar 14, 2014
A 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Wes Anderson's stylishly entertaining ode to a bygone time in Eastern Europe with an all-star cast and a plot crowded with adventures, comedy and amusing characterizatiions." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Mar 7, 2014
A- 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Searing drama about woman in Norway caught with the false identity she was forced to assume to spy for East Germany and the complications that unfold with intensity." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Feb 28, 2014
A - 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " Penetrating look at the life and career of star Elaine Stritch, at age 89 in physical decline but determined not to fade away." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Feb 21, 2014
C 89% Omar (2014) " Contrived, convoluted drama of Palestinians against Israelis with love and betrayal and preposterous ending that depends on Israeli stupidity in handling an informer." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Feb 21, 2014
A 95% Child's Pose (2014) " Powerful drama from Romania with superb performance by Luminita Gheorghiu as an overbearing, possessive mother trying to keep her son out of prison after he kills a boy while driving over the speed limit." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Feb 19, 2014
B 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Art world experts forge World War II military group to rescue art stolen by Nazis. Good cast and interesting topic undercut by Hollywood-style cliches. Watchable but not memorable." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Feb 8, 2014
B- 18% Ride Along (2014) " Lightweight romance from France with estranged couple accidentally sitting next to each another on a flight. Pleasant but predictable as old feelings are rekindled." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Feb 1, 2014
A - 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Suspenseful, sexually explicit French thriller about gays who cruise at a lake and a murder that has taken place, with another that could happen. Much like other such thrillers, only different in that it is about gays." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Jan 24, 2014
A 99% Gloria (2014) " Paulina Garcia gives and outstanding, highly appealing performance as a mature woman in Santiago, Chile who is looking for romance but prizes her independence and feelings of self-worth" — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Jan 24, 2014
A 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Searing adaptation of stage family drama is filled with angst, hostility and secrets. Dynamically acted by Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and others giving memorable performances." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Dec 27, 2013
B 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Latest bland version of James Thurber story stars director Ben Stiller as a nice guy with broad imagination, but isn't exciting enough to justify another Mitty expedition." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Dec 25, 2013
A 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Sensitive, engrossing story about Charles Dickens and his mistress,with Ralph Fiennes both playing Dickens and directing." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Dec 25, 2013
A 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Director Martin Scorsese at the top of his game and Leonardo DiCaprio gives a towering performance as financial criminal Jordan Belfort in a film teaming with office orgies, nudity, profanity, drugs and the excesses of striking it rich via illegality. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Dec 25, 2013
A 94% The Past (2013) " Involving family drama set in a Parisian suburb by Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi, with excellent performances and assorted plot complications." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Dec 20, 2013
B + 94% Her (2014) " Man who has trouble in real relationships in futuristic Los Angeles falls in love with synthetic computer woman in a deepening "affair." Satirizes preoccupation with cyber world, but bright idea wears then after a while." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Dec 18, 2013
A 93% American Hustle (2013) " Jaunty, well-acted entertainment harking back to the 1970s Abscam scandal, with terrific performances by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and others. Expert direction by David O. Russell." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Dec 15, 2013
B 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Director Peter Jackson goes to town with special effects and dizzying filmmaking based on the J. R.R. Tolkien novel, but despite all the flash the end result is boring." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Dec 13, 2013
B plus 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Homespun Disney film about the making of "Mary Poppins" with Disney (Tom Hanks) as Mr. Nice Guy trying to win over stubborn author P.L.Travers (Emma Thompson) to let him make the film his way. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Dec 13, 2013
A 57% Some Velvet Morning (2013) " Neil LaBute's sizzling and provocative two-character encounter symbolizing battle of the sexes--with a special angle. Excellent performances by Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Dec 13, 2013
B 89% Narco Cultura (2013) " Strange, fascinating documentary about music in Mexico that celebrates the drug world. Catchy songs, rising death toll." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 22, 2013
A 92% Philomena (2013) " Judi Dench gives a profound performance as a woman who as a pregnant teenager was sent to a convent, where he child was sold for adoption. She has spent her life trying to find her son, finally aided in the quest by a journalist." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 22, 2013
A 71% Everyday (2013) " Moving, realistic drama about husband and father imprisoned and wife strggling to hold family together. Director Michael Winterbottom filmed over a five-year period, enabling us to see children, cast with actual siblings, grow and bond with their dad." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 22, 2013
B + 35% Passion (2013) " Brian De Palma's sordid tale of sex, competition and murder reflects his mastery at spinning such tales." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 17, 2013
B 92% Our Nixon (2013) " Documentary look via home movies and recollections by participants in the Nixon presidency and its corruption" — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 17, 2013
A - 73% Populaire (2013) " Charmingly entertaining and harking back to the earlier 1960s when typewriters were the norm before the computer age, the French "Populaire" mixes romance with competition for a romp that provides plenty of enjoyment. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 17, 2013
A - 50% Mademoiselle C (2013) " Fascinating look into the fashion world emerges in "Mademoiselle C," built around the portrait of the irrepressible editor and fashion maven Carine Roitfeld." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 17, 2013
A - 89% Rush (2013) " Ron Howard has directed a supercharged, often breathtaking car racing saga based on a true highly competitive face-off between obsessive rivals who risk death in the quest for fame and fortune. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 17, 2013
A - 68% Haute Cuisine (2013) " Savory memoir of a chef hired to serve French president, the conflicts encountered and lots of illustrations of mouth-watering dishes." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 17, 2013
A 92% A Touch of Sin (2013) " Amazingly candid film from China showing widespread corruption and bleak lives with different levels of despair and violence" — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 17, 2013
A - 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Taut, suspenseful story of hijacked ship and heroic effort of captain (Tom Hanks) to save the ship and its men. Based on real incident." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 17, 2013
A 92% Nebraska (2013) " Bruce Dern as a crotchety old man with a touch of senility thinks he has won a million dollars. The well-directed and acted film examines family and small town life with sensitivity and humor. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 15, 2013
A 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " A sprawling, eye-filling journey through contemporary Rome with its beauties contrasted with societal decadence and disillusionment--one of the best of recent films from Italy. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 15, 2013
C 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Skewered look at Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks campaign in which he is made out to be just a koook and supreme egotist" — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 11, 2013
A 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Uncrompromising look at the horrors of slavery via the true story of a free man kidnapped and sold into bondage and desperately trying to get back to his family" — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 11, 2013
A - 93% All Is Lost (2013) " Robert Redford dominates the screen as a man desperately trying to save himself when a storm wrecks his boat and the odds are impossible" — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 11, 2013
A - 78% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " Absorbing French import examines the life of a noted sculptor locked away in a mental asylum for most of her life" — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 11, 2013
D 34% The Counselor (2013) " Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," scripted by Cormac McCarthy, is a pretentious, boring excursion into blabber and violence that even its good cast can't rescue. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 11, 2013
A - 59% Running From Crazy (2013) " Director Barbara Kopple's fascinating look at the Hemingway family with its background of suicides." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 11, 2013
A 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Complex story of lesbian affair as young woman tries to find her sexuality and place in life. Very candid sex scenes part of the total picture." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 10, 2013
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