Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Alissa Wilkinson's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 16%

American Pastoral (2016)

"The movie feels flat and small, lacking the novel's energy and expansive ambition." ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 24, 2016
2/5 39%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"Reacher has no personality. He has no interests. He has no one-liners that land. He is, frankly, just a handsome, dull guy who happens to be adept at knocking people out." ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 21, 2016
1.5/5 50%

The Accountant (2016)

"The Accountant wants to be a thriller, a shoot-'em-up, and a sensitive argument for neurodiversity all at once. What it actually is is stupid." ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 14, 2016

13th (2016)

"Vital, searing, and engaging." ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 7, 2016
1.5/5 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"About the only good call in The Girl on the Train was the casting, which gives us two hours of Emily Blunt shredding her soul, soaking it in vodka, and then setting it on fire. The rest is a mawkish, retrograde misfire." ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2.5/5 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"I know stories of misfits are meant to be inclusive and empowering. It's an admirable goal. But maybe there's some way to tell the now-familiar story anew -- or at least value what makes us different without pretending it makes it easier." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3.5/5 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Evoking war is an effective tactic for Deepwater Horizon, which is more interested in reminding audiences about a recent disaster that dropped out of national headlines years ago than it is in indulging anyone's love of disaster porn." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 28, 2016
4/5 93%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Entertaining and engrossing and funny and heartwarming." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 23, 2016

Cameraperson (2016)

"Cameraperson is a marvelous film, and I plan to watch it again and again." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Sully (2016)

"Nothing here is overwrought. The real-life drama is real enough." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 8, 2016

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"Instead of flattering romantic fantasies, it digs into the difficult truth about the world, and comes out with a hopeful realism that seems, after all, quite beautiful." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 89%

Fatima (2016)

"It's sometimes funny, but always empathetic, and Faucon wisely leaves many of the most dramatic moments off-screen. " ‐
Posted Aug 26, 2016

The Hollars (2016)

"John Krasinski directed and stars in The Hollars, which belongs to a genre I rather like: the small family comedy about the city kid who comes home when something happens to a family member, and then learns some Life Lessons." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 100%

Ixcanul (2016)

"A mesmerizing, understated tragedy. " ‐
Posted Aug 19, 2016

Ben-Hur (2016)

"Give me... Ben-Hur -- with its pulsating battles and chariot races, its proclamation that mercy and sacrifice are more revolutionary than anything you can cook up with swords or chariots -- over any of this summer's exhausting superhero movies." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 18, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"I've seen a whole string of lovely family-oriented films this summer, but Kubo and the Two Strings might be the most stunning." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 18, 2016

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"It's an uplifting tearjerker, and deserving of your box-office dollars." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 12, 2016

Sausage Party (2016)

"What is there to say about Sausage Party? A surprising amount." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 11, 2016

Equity (2016)

"Equity is an intelligent film for smart people, or at least those who aren't afraid of some finance wonk talk and terms like "end-to-end encryption."" ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 4, 2016

Café Society (2016)

"The best scenes in the film belong to the cast of Bobby's New York Jewish family members, and one scene in which his parents discuss the afterlife is just about worth the price of admission." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 22, 2016

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"Don't Think Twice is a clever comedy, buoyed along by some of the best comics working today who boast both stand-up and acting chops." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 22, 2016

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"In a summer top-heavy with... depressing underachievers, Star Trek Beyond is a breath of fresh air -- not a clever or innovative movie, but one with at least an idea in its head and the dose of optimism we all need right about now." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 22, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Let's take a moment for a tribute to McKinnon. Not only is she channeling Christopher Lloyd's Doc Brown throughout -- the glasses, the hair, the whole thing -- but her random asides make the whole movie. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 13, 2016
1.5/4 28%

Fathers And Daughters (2016)

"If it didn't so obviously want to be a Serious Adult Drama, leaned into its own melodrama with zest, it could have been pretty good." ‐
Posted Jul 8, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"You won't feel anything at all. There are no clever catchphrases. There is no message, meaning, or moral. Nobody even makes a speech about believing in yourself or the importance of friendship, those staples of children's entertainment." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 7, 2016

The BFG (2016)

"Utterly harmless and totally sweet-natured, visually sophisticated and imaginative but narratively closer to Teletubbies than its source material -- which is to say that if you're over the age of four, it's pretty dull." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 30, 2016

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"You can practically hear the "wake up, sheeple" whispers around every corner" ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 30, 2016

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"It's absolutely essential watching for anyone who wants to think about the human side-the business, the politics, the science, the art-of living in our connected world." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 17, 2016

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

"Emotionally dismantling ..." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 17, 2016

Joshy (2016)

"Though at times the film feels like an improvised mess, it creeps up on a surprisingly heartwrenching-and heartwarming-conclusion." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 17, 2016

Little Men (2016)

"The performances are great, to be sure, but it's really the careful observation underpinning this script that stays with you." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/4 93%

Parched (2016)

""Parched" is vibrantly alive, full of color and light and movement and music. There is sex in this movie, and there is dancing, and there are vibrant fabrics and foods and fire. It's a dry place, but one ringed with beauty." ‐
Posted Jun 17, 2016

Finding Dory (2016)

"[Finding Dory] is flat-out terrific, even a little subversive." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 16, 2016

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"Though The Conjuring 2 lacks some of what made its predecessor a genuinely excellent, critically-acclaimed horror film, it's still compelling." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 10, 2016

Genius (2016)

"Alas: the film is dull as tombs, partly because it's very hard to make the work of actually writing and editing look fun or even just interesting (I speak here from some knowledge)." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3/4 94%

Tikkun (2016)

"Transgressive, button-pushing cinema works best when it's in service of the whole, and "Tikkun" juxtaposes shock with long stillness, a long day's circuitous journey into eternal night." ‐
Posted Jun 10, 2016

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"One thing Now You See Me 2 has going for it: a vice-grip on the art of misdirection. The downside? All the sparkly lights and the pop-rock anthems have one design: to make you miss what the movie doesn't believe in -- magic." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 9, 2016

Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016)

"Vital viewing." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 20, 2016
2.5/4 82%

Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona) (1973)

"Near the beginning, it's genuinely moving, but somewhere around the middle, the film's sheer excess and occasional silliness gets exhausting." ‐
Posted May 6, 2016

First Girl I Loved (2016)

"Usually I'm not on board with films that withhold information and flash back to it later -- often it's just lazy storytelling -- but here, it works, resulting in something impressionist and simple at the same time." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 5, 2016

A Hologram for the King (2016)

"Translating life's happenstance into an effective bit of entertainment is trickier, and the movie has a disconcerting tendency to turn a hero's existential, enigmatically signposted journey into a sandy path strewn with red herrings." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 22, 2016

Sing Street (2016)

"Sing Street takes teenagers' troubles seriously while also letting them create like grown-ups -- and it's a rollicking time at the movies, too." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 14, 2016

The Jungle Book (2016)

"The real question, as for any remake, is simple: does it hold up? In the case of this Jungle Book... yes, and yes against all odds," ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 14, 2016

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

"Those women are painted as full, complex characters in a few deft strokes-women who are struggling after rape to know whether they believe in something anymore, to understand their vows of chastity, to live in the problem of theodicy every day." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 13, 2016

The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2016)

"Don't go trying to find the key to the film in a Bible story. A lot of the film's fun comes from just seeing those motifs pop up, like jokes." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 13, 2016
1/4 41%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"We get set piece after set piece, character moment after character moment, with few of them doing more than letting characters talk about themselves and tell each other things that we're not yet sure we believe." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 13, 2016
2.5/4 63%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

"The movie is sad and, occasionally, devastating, but not without hope." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 13, 2016

Z For Zachariah (2015)

"People are people, says Z. They will repeat their mistakes. But it is possible that those mistakes will make way for a new world, a lot like the old one. And maybe love will let them muddle through." ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Apr 13, 2016
4/4 92%

99 Homes (2015)

"99 Homes is very good at showing that the housing crisis is not a problem that belongs to one person." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 13, 2016

The Big Short (2015)

"As The Big Short goes on, it becomes progressively less funny and more depressing, mirroring the attitudes of the characters." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 13, 2016
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