Alonso Duralde

Alonso Duralde

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Sing Street (2016)

"Fans of Carney's lush romanticism and hook-laden lyricism will be thrilled to add this one to their playlist." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

"Spike Lee took a much less prosaic look at Chicago's gang violence in last year's challenging Chi-Raq, but this more straightforward presentation will probably find more traction among mainstream audiences." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 12, 2016

Louder Than Bombs (2016)

"Despite the title, this is a quiet, intimate story of a family reeling from tragedy, but it's no less loaded with revelations and breakthroughs, all set at a recognizably human volume." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 8, 2016

Demolition (2016)

"The deadpan and sometimes excruciating discomfort on display, played for laughs, calls to mind the early, emotionally subversive films of David O. Russell." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 8, 2016

The Jungle Book (2016)

"Might lack the post-vaudeville razzamatazz of its predecessor, but director Jon Favreau and a team of effects wizards plunge us into one of the big screen's most engrossing artificial worlds since Avatar. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 3, 2016

Take Me To The River (2016)

"It's a slowly tightening vise, all about suspicion and hostility and resentments and what people aren't talking about when they talk to each other. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Mar 23, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"And what of the title's promised skirmish? That face-off between two comics legends becomes but one in a series of big things bashing into other big things, which is what Snyder and writers Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer mistake for storytelling." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Mar 22, 2016

The Clan (El Clan) (2016)

"Shares a production team with Wild Tales, and like that previous film, it possesses a pitch-black sense of humor and a willingness to stare with wide-open eyes into the abyss of humanity's worst behavior." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Mar 18, 2016

Midnight Special (2016)

"Goes off its own narrative cliff, capping a compelling story with a third-act resolution so misguided that's it's the dramatic equivalent of punching the gas and plunging into the abyss." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Mar 17, 2016

The Perfect Match (2016)

"Doggedly follows the well-worn rom-com path, down to saving all the personality and occasional laughs - very, very occasional ones - for the supporting cast." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Mar 10, 2016

Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

"Sometimes we're clearly meant to laugh at Doris' clumsy efforts at flirtation and socialization, and at others, the director wants us to relate, or maybe even cry, but he can't have everything, which ultimately leaves us with nothing." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Mar 9, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"Even if this tale might have been better served as a 40-minute short than as a full-length movie, first-time feature director Dan Trachtenberg has cast a trio of actors at the top of their game, and they elevate the material. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Mar 8, 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"It's wiser than the confusion its title suggests, and it pushes Fey toward a film career that's as uncompromising, unpredictable and intelligent as her TV work." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 28, 2016

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

"Might have merited a so-bad-it's-good schadenfreude fanbase had it maintained the unintentional laughs of the first ten minutes. Instead, it skids into dullness, thus negating the camp classic that it so often verges on becoming." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 25, 2016

Triple 9 (2016)

"If there's a police code it merits, it's a "10-22": "Disregard."" ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 16, 2016

A War (Krigen) (2016)

"While most Hollywood movies are so afraid of moral ambiguity that you'd think the old-school Production Code was in effect, here's a story that eschews easy answers and forces audiences to examine their own consciences while the characters do likewise. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 12, 2016

How To Be Single (2016)

"Only intermittently funny, cobbling together more storylines and characters that it can bother to keep track of. At the same time, however, it's a movie that at least occasionally bothers to zag instead of zig." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 10, 2016

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"A cavalcade of gags that fall flat and cameo appearances that are more impressive on a look-who-they-got scale than for inspiring any mirth." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 9, 2016

Deadpool (2016)

"It's a film that's amused with itself, but thanks to a screwball screenplay by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick and a charmingly snarky lead turn by Ryan Reynolds, that amusement is both thoroughly earned and completely contagious. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 6, 2016

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"The Coens revel in both the glamour and the squalor of post-war Hollywood with a film that more than makes up in wit and flash what it might lack in substance." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 3, 2016

Fifty Shades of Black (2016)

"Wayans continues his pattern of creating movie simulacra - calling them "parodies" or even "spoofs" puts far too fine a point on it - whereby we're supposed to laugh because we recognize the thing that is being reenacted." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 29, 2016

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"Designed for audiences who will throw their weight behind the film's schmaltz and sentimentality. Anyone unwilling to commit to the movie's shamelessness will feel like they've hit the ground headfirst. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 29, 2016

Love & Friendship (2016)

"Stillman's fleet and funny adaptation makes it a pleasure to follow these entanglements (and to understand the strict social rules regulating everyone's behavior)." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Certain Women (2016)

"As with Reichardt's previous work, the film provides a showcase for the kind of acting and cinematography that's never showy but always perfectly appropriate to the narrative." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Just when you think the film is smugly poising Ben's rebel-outsider mentality against the close-mindedness of his late wife's parents, "Captain Fantastic" acknowledges that some of Ben's parenting techniques might actually be endangering his own children." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 24, 2016

Goat (2016)

"Likely to generate discussion not only for its intense scenes of frat pledges enduring "Hell Week" but also for the memorable performances by Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 23, 2016

The 5th Wave (2016)

"The screenwriters so excessively telegraph each plot twist that the entire script may well have been written in Morse code." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 21, 2016

The Finest Hours (2016)

"We're told that a certain action is impossible, until it isn't, or that a certain thing would never happen, and then it does, so even with all those lives on the line, the movie can't effectively build up stakes or consequences." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 18, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"Between the witty screenplay, delightful visuals that jump back and forth between 3-D and 2-D animation, and a consistently game voice cast, this third serving never feels like a dull retread or a lazy cash grab." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 16, 2016

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"Both the stars and the filmmaker are phoning it in, mistaking volume for wit and punches for punchlines. It's a dispiriting waste of abilities on both sides of the camera." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 13, 2016

The Forest (2016)

"By the time the screenwriters unpack the inevitable third-act reversals and twists, it's too little, too late, especially since those revelations rely upon an investment in the characters that the movie has expended too little effort in creating." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 7, 2016

Point Break (2015)

"Director Ericson Core and writer Kurt Wimmer clearly want to up the ante on the action, but they make almost no effort to incorporate these stirring sequences into the rest of the movie." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 26, 2015

45 Years (2015)

"Has so much to say about growing old and past regrets and relationships, and its power comes from articulating so little of that in words." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 23, 2015

Daddy's Home (2015)

"Not a movie that mommies, daddies or their charges should bother to leave the house to see." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 22, 2015

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"Abrams has adopted the relatively cautious strategy of essentially remaking the original "Star Wars," which allows him to delight fans by bringing back the original players while laying down the groundwork of the new ones." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 15, 2015

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"If you enjoy a Tarantino-scripted conversation or two or five, "The Hateful Eight" may well engage you as a darkly funny locked-door mystery that's in no hurry to show its hand." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 15, 2015

Christmas, Again (2015)

"Delicate and restrained, the film offers the messages of redemption and renewal we so often crave from a Christmas movie without wrapping its themes and characters in tinsel." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 11, 2015

Joy (2015)

"It's the kind of movie where it means nothing that our heroine hits rock bottom, because she fixes everything in the very next scene." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 6, 2015

The Lady In The Van (2015)

"Might more appropriately have been called "Playwright Alan Bennett and the Living, Breathing Human Being He Has Reduced to a Metaphor."" ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 3, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"Lovers of spectacle for spectacle's sake will come away from the film with sequences to admire, but there's not enough human element to bridge them together. In terms of lasting power, it roars in like a great tide, but then just as quickly dissipates." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 2, 2015

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

"Feels as stitched together as one of the title character's monsters, flirting with horror, action, comedy and even romance but committing to nothing but loud messiness." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 24, 2015

Carol (2015)

"Haynes builds a film on the furtive glances and secretive language that gays and lesbians in this country had to rely upon for so long to find each other and to express themselves." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 19, 2015

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

"Certainly aims high in its attempts to marry the personal and the political, but by the time you hit the movie's big third-act twists, the film's inconsistencies and artificialities prevent those moments from playing as anything other than gimmicky." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 18, 2015

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

"It's the focus on the art and the artist, and not on her demise, that makes Amy Berg's documentary Janis so electrifying." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 16, 2015

Love the Coopers (2015)

"One of the few Christmas movies to acknowledge that every holiday we spend with loved ones is layered with every other holiday we've ever spent with those loved ones. " ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Nov 15, 2015

Trumbo (2015)

"Screenwriters are so rarely taken seriously by the film industry that it's a nice switch to watch them be the heroes." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 6, 2015

By The Sea (2015)

"Plays like an unconscious parody of Last Year at Marienbad, L'avventura and any number of other 1960s European dramas about beautiful people having existential crises on yachts and in villas. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 5, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"In a crowded field, winds up being one of the year's most satisfying popcorn movies." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 4, 2015

Brooklyn (2015)

"It's certainly a compliment to director John Crowley and screenwriter Nick Hornby (adapting the novel by Colm Tóibín) that the film calls to mind Steven Spielberg and even John Ford in its willingness to commit to the grand gesture." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 3, 2015

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"I suspect that for young audiences, The Peanuts Movie will eventually be as much of a launching pad for the work of Charles M. Schulz as previous movie and TV iterations were for their parents. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 1, 2015