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:
2036
Location:
New York, NY

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 2036
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 50% 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 76% 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 (2013) " 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 74% 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 86% 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 + 34% 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 93% 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 - 82% 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 35% 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 91% 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
A- 97% Gravity (2013) " Special effects space bonanza an involving but limited story about trying to stay alive when everythng on the mission goes wrong. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are the human show." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 8, 2013
A 79% Aftermath (2013) " Powerful, dramatic film involving brothers unveiling the terrible truth about what happened to Jews in a Polish Village during World War II. One of the year's best." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 8, 2013
A 55% Capital (2013) " Costa-Gavras's hard-hitting drama of corruption in the banking world" — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Nov 8, 2013
A - 83% Gatos Viejos (Old Cats) (2011) " Moving film from Chile about aging as an elderly woman's daughter schemes for the sale of her mother's apartment" — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Aug 21, 2013
A - 73% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Inspired by a real life story of an African-American butler who serves a succession of presidents while trying to maintain his dignity." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Aug 21, 2013
A 89% You Will Be My Son (2013) " Compelling French family drama colorfully set in a Bordeaux vineyard with a father who hates his son planning to leave his successful wine business to an interloper." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Aug 12, 2013
A - 54% Lovelace (2013) " Two-tiered film depicting the rise to porn stardom of Linda Lovelace via the breakthrough film "Deep Throat" and her retrospective story of how she was seduced, abused and exploited." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Aug 9, 2013
A 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Woody Allen's perceptive, deeply sad and moving portrait of a woman who falls apart emotionally with a great performance by the extraordinary Cate Blanchett. One of Allen's best." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Aug 1, 2013
A - 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) " Outrageous Spanish comedy about sex, mostly gay, aboard an airplane whose landing gear won't go down. Very funny if you are attuned the the humor and sex among pilots, crew and passengers." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Jun 28, 2013
C + 50% White House Down (2013) " Action-packed, physically arresting but utterly preposterous tale of an assault on the White House by home-grown plotters and their henchmen." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B + 55% Man of Steel (2013) " Terence Stamp as a withdrawn widower, who, after the death of his wife, played by Vanessa Redgrave, is lured to perform in an elderly British choir as she did, with buttons shamelessly pushed to provide an amotional kick." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Jun 21, 2013
A 87% The Attack (2013) " Honored Arab-Israeli surgeon's world is turned upside down when his wife is accused of being a suicide bomber and he sets out to find the truth in this gripping, mature drama." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Jun 21, 2013
A 95% A Hijacking (2013) " Gripping thriller about hijacking of Danish ship in Indian Ocean and efforts to free the captive crew." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Jun 21, 2013
A 62% Nicky's Family (2013) " Moving updated story of Sir Nicholas Winton, now 104 years old, who saved Czech children from Nazis by arranging for homes in Britain and shipping them out of harm's way." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted Jun 20, 2013
A - 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " I.R.A woman nabbed in London for planting bomb avoids prison by agreeing to spy on her activist brothers in Belfast as complications and plot twists mount." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted May 31, 2013
A 88% Fill the Void (2013) " When an older sister of an Orthodox family in Tel Aviv dies, leaving a husband and son, pressure mounts on her already engaged sister to marry the widowed husband. Excellent, involving drama." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted May 24, 2013
A 73% Augustine (2013) " Compelling, sensual story of a real-life 19th Century French neurologist and his attractive young female patient suffering from seizures and on display to doctors as a cure is sought and sexuality looms. " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted May 17, 2013
A 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " Canadian writer-director Sarah Polley creatively examines her family history using real people and actors, plus photos and film clips, with humor and a dramatic revelation. Unusually creative." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted May 10, 2013
C - 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Director Baz Luhrmann trashes Fitzgerald's work in a wrong-headed, tasteless production. Only when the noisy soundtrack and hectic editing die down do we get to enjoy the good cast in dramatic moments. Otherwise, more headache than heartache." — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted May 10, 2013
A 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " Dysfunctional adults seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl caught in the middle. Will she finally find the love and care she needs? " — Wolf Entertainment Guide
Posted May 3, 2013
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