Evan Williams

Evan Williams
Evan Williams's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Australian
Biography:
Evan Williams has been a film critic for The Australian and The Weekend Australian since 1981. He has reviewed films regularly for the Sydney Morning Herald (1968-71), Australian Playboy (1979-80) and Quadrant (1992-98) and was a member of the Australian Film Institute Jury in 1978 and 1979. He chaired the Commonwealth Film and Literature Board of Review, appointed to hear appeals against film classifications, from 1988 to 1993. A former Associate Editor of The Australian and the Sunday Telegraph and former editor of The Sunday Australian, he won a Walkley Award for journalism in 1970, wrote speeches for Prime Minister Gough Whitlam from 1973 to 1977 and headed the NSW Government’s cultural sector from 1977 to 2001. He is a trustee of the Sydney Opera House and a Member of the Order of Australia.
Publications: The Australian

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% Gallipoli (1981) Weir's objective was not to show us Gallipoli through a documentary lens, but with an artist's vision. He has succeeded magnificently. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) The film is touching, spectacular and surprisingly coherent. It also has something the others lacked entirely: old-fashioned charm. This time, The Force is with us. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
54% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) Everything in Phantom Menace exists in a bright noisy vacuum. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
81% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) There are all sorts of hints in the latest escapade (notionally directed by Richard Marquand) that we are meant to be taking it seriously. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
4/5 79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) The special effects, of course, are incomparably good and the digital photography achieves a dazzling clarity. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
3.5/5 73% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) I haven't seen a more captivating kids' film for a long time... well, not since Toy Story, perhaps not since The Wizard of Oz. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/5 96% We Are the Best! (2014) For all their moodiness and irascibility, the girls come across as warm and believable, and there are funny moments when they take to the streets to raise money for a new guitar. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/5 32% Men, Women & Children (2014) [This] film may be tedious and overburdened, but moments keep coming back to haunt me. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/5 9% The Best Of Me (2014) The Best of Me turns into a half-baked dramatic thriller, with violent confrontations, gunfights, plenty of nasty characters and one big scary action scene. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/5 87% John Wick (2014) Reeves is in his element: a natural in hard-edged action thrillers from Speed to The Matrix, he has the benefit of a screenplay that gives him little to say. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
2.5/5 24% Tammy (2014) The filmmakers never quite find the balance between real-life experience and freewheeling nonsense that drives the best comic road movies. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
3.5/5 67% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) For all its slick contemporary surface and fashionably nasty trimmings it's really a throwback to the age of 1940s noir. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/5 44% Tusk (2014) Parts of it are funny, parts are suspenseful and parts of it - to put it mildly - are hideously awful. Horrible may be a better word than horrific. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 48% The Judge (2014) Duvall is a specialist with slightly deranged, broken-down characters, and he's done nothing better than this. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 85% The Conjuring (2013) This one never really takes hold and goes horribly wrong about 20 minutes before the end. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/5 87% Gone Girl (2014) There's no denying that it's an entertaining movie, made by a consummate filmmaker, though not, perhaps, quite as important as it would like to be. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/5 29% Annabelle (2014) Being startled is not the same as being scared, and speaking on behalf of other hardened critics, I have to say we weren't scared for a moment. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/5 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) As Aidan, Graff combines depth of insight with an endearing naivety, and the rest of the cast could hardly be better. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2014
3.5/5 61% The Little Death (2015) The Little Death is bold, brave and original. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2014
1/5 68% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 (2014) The dialogue is relentlessly fast but never funny, unless you consider four-letter words funny in themselves. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet In Search Of Chopin (2014) It's one of Grabsky's best films, using his well-established formula of readings from letters and diaries, talking-head appearances by musicians and other authorities, and an abundance of well-chosen musical excerpts, linked by [his] sensitive narration. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2014
3.5/5 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) Yes, it's pretty much the same mixture as before, but slicker and more polished, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2014
3.5/5 98% The Selfish Giant (2013) Barnard's film is charged with the same compassion and lyricism. It is one of those desperately sad and dispiriting films that one would prefer to forget but probably never will. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
3.5/5 82% Begin Again (2014) I've seen happier endings in Oklahoma! and Singin' in the Rain, but this one feels genuine - and in an unexpected way, deeply satisfying. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
3.5/5 86% A Most Wanted Man (2014) Hoffman hasn't a lot to say in A Most Wanted Man but with his curt asides and air of casual authority he's always a commanding presence. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/5 29% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) The problem here is overkill. Scarcely a moment passes without some hideous apparition, frantic action scene or deafening sound effect. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2014
4/5 82% These Final Hours (2015) The final graphic effects extravaganza is, I think, a mistake. Better to have ended on a note of eerie stillness and reflection. But if it's spectacle you want, those final moments are hard to beat. All reservations aside, it's a terrific movie. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 100% Once My Mother (2014) Turkiewicz has made an intimate, deeply personal film. Nowhere is the film more moving than in scenes of mother and daughter together -- the caring and ever-anxious Sophia, the frail and barely coherent old lady. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2014
4/5 94% Charlie's Country (2015) Whatever his [Gulpilil] motives, he has given us an unforgettable film, beautifully made, at times unbearably sad, but tinged with an unquenchable optimism and humanity. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2014
3.5/5 66% Reaching for the Moon (2013) The period detail is finely caught, the lovemaking scenes achieve a tenderness and intimacy rare in contemporary cinema, and for good measure a political coup is happening offstage. We more than get our money's worth. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2014
4/5 90% Calvary (2014) Much of Calvary is sad, much of it shocking. But it's not really about religion or the church. It is a celebration of the human spirit, and will not be easily forgotten. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2014
3/5 45% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) Rather like Yves's garments, the film is elegant, sumptuous and beautifully designed. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
3.5/5 93% Transsiberian (2008) A terrific combination of action, mystery and adventure - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 86% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) There are many funny moments and some pleasing suspense towards the end, but as a cautionary tale about the dangers of overeating and obesity it's more likely to boost sales at the candy bar. That may be one good reason for watching it at home. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
4.5/5 94% The Truman Show (1998) Weir's touch is light and effortless, the film's pleasures falling as gently as the Mozart music piped from Seahaven's sky. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
4.5/5 75% A Place in the Sun (1951) One of the great studio dramas of the period and one of this column's favourite films, with haunting performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Those with wistful memories of the 1970s will find plenty to like in X-Men: Days of Future Past. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Fart jokes are all too plentiful, along with copious references to bodily fluids, but in this zany context the film gets away with them. And the screenplay is crammed with witty lines. The western lives on. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) But the chief pleasure lies once again in the free-flowing and largely improvised chitchat between Rob and Steve, little sketches and impersonations, riffs built on the latest fads and fashionable cliches. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 75% Godzilla (2014) Some directors do comedy, some drama, some romance. Better than anyone else, Edwards does pandemonium. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
5/5 96% Ida (2014) The black-and-white cinematography has a luminous clarity. This is one of those films it is impossible to imagine in colour. And the performances, without exception, seem flawless. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2014
3.5/5 57% Un château en Italie (A Castle in Italy) (2013) There's darkness and poignancy in this charmingly irreverent escapade, and I was never sure whether to laugh or cry. It's all a bit of a dog's breakfast -- but what a friendly, frisky, lovable dog it is. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 83% The Double (2014) At some point, The Double begins to look like a critique of a regimented world of docile consumers enslaved by dehumanising technology. But nothing feels heavy or pretentious. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 75% Healing (2014) It's a film rich in ideas and vivid characters. Watching it is an exhilarating experience. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet The Crossing (2013) A remarkable documentary from director Julian Harvey, most of it assembled from footage shot by the adventurers. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2014
89% 52 Tuesdays (2015) A story told in snippets inevitably feels disjointed, despite the best efforts of Hyde and her cinematographer Brian Mason (who also edited the film) to get everything flowing smoothly. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 88% Like Father, Like Son (2014) The performances seem to me impeccable. Kore-eda is one of a host of Japanese filmmakers who never cease to enchant me. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/5 42% Divergent (2014) If I had to join a faction, I'd be looking for one called Bafflement or Exasperation. After spending the best part of five hours watching Divergent and Only Lovers Left Alive, I understand why audiences are flocking to see the Muppets and The Lego Movie. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Jarmusch's screenplay may lack sense and cohesion, but it's full of throw-away cultural references and vaguely intellectual in-jokes. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 95% The LEGO Movie (2014) The Lego Movie is a brilliant technical achievement. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2014