Gary Wolcott

Gary Wolcott
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 29% Wonder Park (2019) Kind of dark for a so-called "kids" flick. Outside of being too much of a downer in critical places, there isn't a lot of wonder in Wonder Park. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) When a cat, a Stan Lee-filled opening Marvel logo, a fun cameo and making fun of 1990s computer technology steal a movie you know that movie is in deep trouble. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It is hard to watch a great movie concept sputter, stall and then drop from the sky faster and harder than one of the animated dragons in free fall. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 37% Glass (2019) Split decision on this one. It's not an unbreakable split decision, however. Loved James McAvoy's work but not much else. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 41% The Upside (2019) The movie is pure Hollywood schmaltz but I - who normally don't like Kevin Hart at all - was so impressed with his dramatic chops that I am going to recommend The Upside. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Saoirse Ronan's acting is incredible but wasted in a tedious flick that runs from Mary's landing in Scotland to her beheading. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Based on the first of 8 sequel & prequel novels. This engine quickly runs out of gas. Please, please, please Peter Jackson, spare us & don't do the other 7 or 6 or.... - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Let the debate begin. The most popular super hero of them all may now be in the best super hero movie of them all. This is one of the most creative movies...ever. Fun stuff. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) This one is as bloated as an overweight boxer. The best reason to love anything from the Rocky series is Sylvester Stallone's Rocky & even Stallone isn't that likable here. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
2.5/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Why not the automatic alliteration Ralph Wrecks? At just shy of two-hours, many younger kids will end up as bored & restless as their parents & grandparents. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
2/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) A biopic about the failed presidential bid by Gary Hart in 1988 is - itself - a failure. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 81% Instant Family (2018) A predictable but surprisingly entertaining feel-good-flick that doesn't shy away from the reality of the foster care programs in this nation and how much they suck. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 91% Widows (2018) Barely fresh. The trailer makes it look much better than it is. Great acting, muddled and drawn out plot. Loved Daniel Kaluuya's bad guy. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Movie two in a five flick series. Really? Five before we get resolution? Oh, goodie. To this movie in particular, it is much better than the first. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) A not so beautiful story about a parent dealing with the meth addiction of his son. Hard to watch. Steve Carell is amazing. So is Timothee Chalamet. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
3.5/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) It's a Western. We're starved for a good one. This isn't it but - hey - it's a Western. BTW, John C. Reilly is REALLY good in this. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A so-so movie but a great last performance from one of the best ever. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
2/5 79% Halloween (2018) Such a burned out franchise. Jaime Leigh Curtis does one of these every 20-years. In another 20 she'll be 80, in a wheelchair & Myers will be chasing her around in a walker. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
2/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star is Re-Born? This is the 4th time this one has been made and it's still more a star is boring than A Star is Born. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4.5/5 29% Venom (2018) I'm not a big Marvel movie nor a super hero movie fan but this one cracked me up. Tom Hardy has a blast with this material. The most fun you'll have in a movie this weekend. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Alfred Hitchcock would have loved it. Duplicitous characters caught up in a twisted plot. A superb performance from Blake Lively. Do yourself a simple favor & catch this one. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/5 32% The Predator (2018) Set up as a new series. This is the usual, predators predictably predatiting or whatever you call it. Dull characters, too, but the flick is fun if it's your thing. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
5/5 85% The Wife (2018) The plot isn't the reason for the perfect rating. It is Glenn Close's perfect acting that gets my raves. She owns this movie and has never been better. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
1/5 12% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint as a flavor doesn't work for me. Peppermint as a movie doesn't work either. A soccer mom turning hard core killer is laughably unbelievable. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) As Gothic as Gothic gets. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) The fascinating and true capture of Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann ends up as a so-so thriller. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 31% Kin (2018) Billed as science-fiction, it's more about brother-bonding. Once the sci-fi gets there, it is sometimes in the way of a much better movie. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
5/5 92% Searching (2018) Done any other way and this is a very average story you'd usually find on one of those one-hour forensic detective shows. Done this way and it's brilliant. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Muppets like you've never seen them - and probably never wanted to see them. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 52% Papillon (2018) Rated it higher than this in my review. The more I think, the less I like the movie. Proof though that movie-makers are totally out of ideas. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.5/5 22% Mile 22 (2018) Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg are talking sequels. Lots of them. Please don't go the extra mile or two or 22. This is bad on an epic scale. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The same formula romance that has been churned out since the advent of movies. Not rich. Not crazy. Not funny when it's supposed to be and not all that dramatic. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Fills the teen and young adult aimed dystopian movie series void. Predictable but fun enough to recommend. How good it really is will depend on sequels 2 and 3. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Want a good spy movie? Go see the new Mission: Impossible. Though it's not a comedy it does have some comic moments that are light years funnier than what you'll find here. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Not my thing but I won't (pun intended) pooh-pooh this one either. Did like how it makes one wonder why we ever wanted to grow up? - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Beautifully written & brings us all - no matter what age - back to how hard it was to be 13. Kudos to Bo Burnham & to Elsie Fisher who gives us the best acting of the year. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
5/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) This one touched me where I live & where I used to live. Fantastic performances from Joaquin Phoenix & slimmed down Jonah Hill. The best Gus Van Sant has done in a long time. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/5 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Tuneless ABBA tunes sung in a combination prequel & sequel by ever smiling stars in predictable movie musical fashion. A better title: Mamma Mia: Why'd We Go Again? - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Pretty much the same style as the original but a little better. That's mostly due to Denzel's chemistry with the kid played by Ashton Sanders. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
90% Eating Animals (2018) Difficult movie and an interesting observation of animal farming. It appears we do tend to ignore the cruelty some animals endure to feed us three times a day. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Thomasin McKenzie's performance blew my mind. Ben Foster says more with a look than most can with pages of dialogue. Terrific telling of hopelessness, homelessness and hope. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 63% Uncle Drew (2018) Recommending this is a slam dunk! - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Barely fresh. A talented cast is wasted in a total rehash of stuff we've seen in the three other sequels. Jeff Goldblum's Ian Malcolm says let the Dinos die. Not a bad idea. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
5/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) You have to have lived in a cave for the last 50-years to not know who Mr. Rogers is. But do you REALLY know the REAL Mr. Rogers? You will now. One of the year's best. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
2/5 56% Tag (2018) When we played tag as kids we'd say, "Tag, you're it." The movie - based on a WSJ article - is not it. Read the article. It is a much more interesting & fun than this movie. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) The antics of the baby & some of the Mr. Mom scenes make this a winner. But a 2-hour animated movie is about 20-minutes too long for younger kids & for some - me - adults. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
5/5 88% American Animals (2018) The "other" heist movie that can be found in theaters is the better of the two. This is a brilliant piece of filmmaking. It's a bit slow in the middle but that's forgivable. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
2.5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Huge disappointment. This one has such promise. Most readers know I like shorter over longer but this one needs another half-an-hour. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
4.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Unnerving film. Paranormal done unlike the usual paranormal film. It's as much about the implosion of a family as it is about the horror that causes the implosion. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
1.5/5 70% Adrift (2018) Lots goes wrong at sea for this couple. More goes wrong for the movie which ultimately - and sadly - gets as lost at sea as its two characters. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018