Alison Willmore

Alison Willmore
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
60% Bombshell (2019) The tone starts off as knowingly satirical and ends on an unearned note of inspirational earnestness. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
28% A Million Little Pieces (2019) An underwhelming addiction story that feels not just familiar, but more focused on the bad-boy swagger of its main character than his actual recovery. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
88% The Two Popes (2019) The Two Popes may be a fantasy about a closed institution flinging its doors open, but it's also a compelling actor's showcase. The combination is surprisingly potent. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
97% Little Women (2019) It doesn't just brim with life, it brims with ideas about happiness, economic realities, and what it means to push against or to hew to the expectations laid out for one's gender. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) It's easier to think about Frozen II as a product than as a film because a (sometimes stunning-looking) product is all that it feels like. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
47% Last Christmas (2019) It is... a cozy viewing experience, which means that it's accomplished what it set out to do and will doubtless be put into seasonal rotation on cable networks as soon as possible. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
93% Honey Boy (2019) [A] project that sounds like it should be an act of celebrity indulgence but that instead turns out to be one of startling poignancy. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
62% Paradise Hills (2019) A disappointingly half-baked riff on The Stepford Wives whose brand of feminism feels more 1970s than 2010s. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) Frankie, for all of its refusal to give into any kind of traditional narrative satisfaction, is rife with terrific little moments. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse is such an effective exercise in projecting claustrophobia, in both a physical and psychological sense, that it'd be unbearable to watch if it weren't so funny. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Sometimes it's just difficult to know where to look - in one dramatic shoot-out in a store, I couldn't stop staring at the perfectly visible selection of chips lining the shelves they dove past. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
83% Judy (2019) She was an immensely complicated figure, but in Judy, she's a martyr. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar mostly takes place in Sweden, but at its core is a particularly American sense of rootlessness. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die is a notably sour movie, especially coming from someone like Jarmusch, whose previous work always seemed deeply affectionate about human weirdness, but who in this one basically waves humanity off as deserving its own extinction. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
93% Us (2019) Us revolves around an allegory that's more elastic and resistant to parsing than megahit Get Out. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary [is a] fable fueled by a sense of culpability for things that aren't always explained. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
82% Eddie The Eagle (2016) The overkill indicates an awareness that none of these would-be messages ring true. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
87% First Man (2018) This is a movie that - flag or no flag - doesn't need to take a political stance to make a political statement. ● - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) This movie has everything: a swept-off-your-feet romantic fantasy, an underdog-makes-good journey, a wrenching substance abuse drama, and an industry cautionary tale combined. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Feels blithely liberated from the obligation to offer up suffering that has long been part of the implicit bargain made with so many mainstream movies focused on characters of color-that they are treated as marketable in relation to the pain they portray - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout is thrilling in a way that is out of sync with blockbuster fashions. It doesn't try for any sort of political resonance, and while it's a more direct sequel than past installments, there's still nothing you really need to know in advance. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom is the silliest and most purely enjoyable variation on a story that a few big studio productions have been offering recently. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) It is, instead, a startlingly effective act of fiction, in which [Jennifer] Fox turns her abuser into an accessory in her own narrative, a means to an ending. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
86% Tully (2018) The emotions Tully surfaces aren't comforting, and they have less to do with the actual realities of motherhood than with the idea of motherhood as something that leaves you forever changed and cut off from your younger self. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) It is, despite Spielberg's claims, neither a purehearted popcorn flick nor a Paul Verhoevenesque subversion, but something uneasily in between, cowed by the idea of the fanboy demographic. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is some heady nightmare fuel, but its most striking quality may be how little it has in common with the current trends in mainstream science fiction. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) But while that is a rage that's exhilarating to witness, it's a rage that's not available to everyone. Just as not everyone in Ebbing can claim the protection of being considering "good," we still don't live in a world where everyone gets to be angry. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
7% The Snowman (2017) ... the movie itself is an inept misfire - the kind of entrancing train wreck that makes you long for a behind-the-scene tell-all to explain what, exactly, went so wrong. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
71% Happy Death Day (2017) But the film doesn't just find a clever way to refresh a maybe-calcified genre. It also overturns some of the genre's more puritanical tendencies. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) The sun-washed reality of The Florida Project, which concludes with a touch of poetry that might break you in two. It's not a happy ending, but it is, like the rest of the film, pretty much perfect. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049, on the other hand, manages to be prettier but far more prosaic. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
90% Stronger (2017) The boldest thing Stronger does is trust enough in Maslany's performance and in the writing of her character to allow Erin to do something that a lesser movie would never even attempt. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) If the first Kingsman was a work of lol-nothing-matters provocation with a real mean streak, the second is a work of lol-nothing-matters laziness... - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) When Molly's Game digs into the business of gambling and the whims and vulnerabilities of powerful men who spend mountains of money trying to one-up each other, it is witty, gossipy, and very entertaining. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) Its Tonya acquires a untidy grandeur because of her contradictions, not in spite of them, crushing out cigarettes with her skate blade and skipping over inconvenient details the film delves into anyway. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
69% mother! (2017) The honesty might be real and raw and compelling, but you're also left having to figure out if you'll ever be able to look at them the same way again. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
39% Death Note (2017) Netflix's Death Note fails Asian-Americans in the more mundane way that most Hollywood releases continue to . - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
92% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky lands somewhere between Magic Mike and the Ocean's trilogy. Turns out, that's one hell of a sweet spot. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) [Idris] Elba alone can't make The Dark Tower worth watching. But he can make the case, yet again, that he deserves better material than this. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
92% Good Time (2017) The masterfully scuzzy feel-bad Good Time is the kind of movie that demands consideration for all the post-YA choices Robert Pattinson has been making. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
78% Atomic Blonde (2017) It's a calorie-free serving of simple pleasures, and sometimes that's exactly what you need. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
47% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) You don't watch The Fifth Element for its storytelling, you watch it for its joyous, ridiculous sense of place and style, and that's doubly true for Valerian -- a movie that isn't nearly as memorable, but that works just fine as a tribute. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
91% Girls Trip (2017) There's nothing embarrassing about the Posse in Girls Trip, which depicts the friendships these characters have sustained not as vestigial remnants, but as a guiding force toward being true to oneself. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) It isn't a standard war movie, but it sure is some beautiful, difficult thing. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
88% Lady Macbeth (2017) A corrosive, intelligent costume drama from first-time director William Oldroyd. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
71% To the Bone (2017) Ultimately the most resonant message To the Bone has to offer is that there is no one certain way to heal from anorexia, and no one right way to tell stories about it either. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) A film that smuggles in a delightfully dorky high school saga under the banner of a too familiar superhero one. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) A wondrous, delicate shell of a movie - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
86% Okja (2017) Okja unfolds like a fable about a child and their nonhuman pal that's been warped into something bleak and outrageous -- E.T. by way of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled isn't Coppola's strongest film, but it's her smartest and most skillful in portraying how the dynamics of a group of women can warp and weft under outside pressure, turning from community to competition. - BuzzFeed News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017