Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Alissa Wilkinson is Vox.com's film critic. Formerly, she was chief film critic at Christianity Today. Her writing has appeared at Rolling Stone, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, Pacific Standard, Books & Culture, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Paste, and others. She lives and works in New York City, and you can find her <a href="https://twitter.com/alissamarie" target="blank">@alissamarie</a>.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 95% Us (2019) It's horrific in a way that hangs onto your gut when it's all over. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) It is grand and awe-inspiring, particularly if you can catch it in IMAX... It's almost as if you're actually on the moon. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
46% What Men Want (2019) It's a diverting comedy with funny performances. But if you're looking for it to deliver on its title, move along. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/5 64% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It doesn't really add up to much, it's darkly enjoyable as long as you're into all that. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
64% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) So profoundly lacking in any insight that it's hard to believe it was greenlit in an era like ours. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 76% Late Night (2019) It's a breath of fresh air, a cheeky bit of entertainment that will have the side effect of prodding other star-led comedies to try a little harder. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
74% Untouchable (2019) A vital document of women regaining control of their own narrative. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
2.5/5 67% Native Son (2019) Progresses in fits and starts; every time you feel like you've locked into it, it seems to slam on the brakes and veer off around the corner. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 91% Fyre (2019) You actually come away from Netflix's Fyre feeling like you've got a sense of who McFarland is and why he was able to con so many people into giving him their time, respect, and millions in cash. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 77% Fyre Fraud (2019) It is, in essence, a think piece. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
41% The Upside (2019) The proudly clichéd way it deals with class, race, and especially disability feel tin-eared at times. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Glass feels like fan service that tries too hard to replicate earlier success, and manages to diminish both Unbreakable and Split in retrospect. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
2.5/5 62% Bird Box (2018) The cross-cutting narrative device doesn't add much to the movie, and as it wears on, it starts to feel like it isn't totally sure what it's trying to do. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2/5 70% The Mule (2018) It feels, in the end, inauthentic. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
1.5/5 66% Vice (2018) I can't figure out what Vice's motives are, or what we're meant to take away from the film. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/5 98% Marwencol (2010) Malmberg hangs back, allowing the character of Hogancamp - rather than any contrivance or "plot" - to power the film. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3.5/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) Instead of staging a bombastic action cheesefest, Bumblebee self-consciously apes the style of 1980s coming-of-age stories, to great effect. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
2.5/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) It's filled to the point of overflowing with stories, challenges, mysteries, and spectacle - some of which make for a more compelling film than others. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's still a nice-looking, entertaining movie, and a fine way to spend a few hours with your family over the holidays. But I found myself wishing that an extra spoonful of sugar and a pinch of magic had been sprinkled in too. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Divide and Conquer is not content to skim the surface of Ailes's life. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 85% Dumplin' (2018) Dumplin' still manages to be entertaining, and if it hammers on its message a little too often and a little too clumsily, it's still a fun romp at heart. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) So mind-bending is its big twist. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite's trio of leads - Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone - turn in some of the best performances of the year. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4.5/5 96% Roma (2018) One of the best things a movie can do is force us to settle down, quiet ourselves, and live inside someone else's experience for a while. And Roma is a shining example of a film that succeeds in that endeavor. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) Borrowing the name of such a fraught piece of history and making a feel-good comedy about it, then failing to do that piece of history justice, is at best a misstep. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3.5/5 91% Widows (2018) A cast this stacked can't help but generate glory. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
96% Amazing Grace (2018) People have been listening to Amazing Grace for decades, but watching the album get made is a full-on experience, body and soul. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 62% Outlaw King (2018) For what it is, Outlaw King is plenty entertaining, with a hint of humanity in Robert and Elizabeth's courtship. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3.5/5 58% The Grinch (2018) This movie's heart, and its story, is definitely in the right place. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
11% God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018) The greatest offense of the God's Not Dead series may be its failure to imagine for its audience what a truly radical belief in a living God would look like. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
90% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) It's a perceptive, complex, and sensitive depiction that at times feels like a psychological thriller, and Gyllenhaal shines in the role. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
1.5/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It takes a certain degree of, um, talent to make a crashingly dull movie about Freddie Mercury, one of the least drab humans who ever lived. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4.5/5 100% Shirkers (2018) Deeply personal, fabulously engrossing. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 66% Suspiria (2018) It's impossible to ignore how skillfully Guadagnino dove into the material and came up with something all his own. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A delightfully misanthropic buddy heist that's both solemn and light on its feet. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) At the end of the journey we're left laughing through the lump in our throat. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 79% Apostle (2018) If you're on the hunt for a frightening and original horror movie, it's a stellar choice. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) It is a horror film without the cathartic feeling of emotional release that comes along with most horror. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's overstuffed but still feels controlled. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/4 99% Selma (2015) It is a very, very good movie, beautifully shot by Bradford Young and deftly, almost astonishingly well-directed by relative newcomer Ava DuVernay. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
72% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) It's a quiet reminder of the power of scary-ish stories, and it's made with warmth, humor, and wisdom. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
4.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's a gentle inversion of the glamorous thief trope, so gentle that if you're not paying attention, you might miss it. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
59% Vox Lux (2018) Portman's performance as a strung-out pop star is appropriately hard-bitten and manic. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
88% High Life (2019) The film is confounding but wholly original. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Elegiac and lovingly wrought, If Beale Street Could Talk is darkness laced with light, a story that has not stopped being true in the years since it first was told. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
99% Free Solo (2018) Both beautiful and harrowing. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
88% Margin Call (2011) Positively devastating. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) While it's not a perfect film - though the first hour just may be - A Star Is Born boasts more than enough passion to make up for some of its narrative hiccups. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) Gosling's portrayal of the stoic Armstrong is so understated that it's hard to tell how much Armstrong realizes the weight of what he's saying. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4.5/5 62% American Dharma (2018) American Dharma isn't a dismantling of Bannon's ideologies. It's a portrait of delusion. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018