Gary Wolcott

Gary Wolcott
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 82% Midsommar (2019) Forget the Chucky and Annabelle crap that passes itself off as horror. Ari Aster's sophomore effort is the real deal & so disturbing. Want to see real horror? This is it. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The most fun I've had in a theater all year. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2.5/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) People that fell in love with the franchise as kids are now in their 30s and 40s. The series has grown up with them. That's what's mostly wrong here. Toys ought not grow up. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) Those loving sitcom-like flicks and Mindy Kaling will eat this one up. Emma Thompson has the most fun as the narcissistic late night TV show host. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 31% Shaft (2019) The third film to have the title Shaft. Other than the 1971 original this is the first one worth seeing. Samuel L. Jackson and the cast have a blast. So will you. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The dead may not die but this movie does. Considering the quality of the cast, this is the most disappointing movie so far this year. Had potential to be fun. Didn't happen. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) The concept is just worn out. Sequels two and three proved that. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones skipped this one. Not even a cameo. What's that tell ya? - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
1/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) There are reasons the X-Men were not included in the Avengers conclusion films. A boring concept is one. Logan is the original group's swan song. Maybe this is First Class's. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) This isn't rocket science, it's formula animation. The key to whether it is fun or not is in the writing. This one is packed with laugh-out-loud sequences for kids & adults. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) A great example of me seeing movies so you don't have to. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) CGI has made Godzilla and his monster friends and the carnage they create more realistic. What it hasn't done is improve the really dumb stories that surround him. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
5/5 90% Rocketman (2019) Not a fan of the genre and not a fan of Elton John but this movie takes old, stale songs and an old, stale rocker and makes both him and his music fresh again. I loved it. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/5 56% Aladdin (2019) The question most asked is how does Will Smith do as the genie? The simple answer? He's not Robin Williams. Plus, the original ran 90-minutes. This one is a bloated 2:08. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) I lost count of the body count very quickly. Just know it's over 100. Bloody, brutal and this year's top guilty pleasure movie. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
1/5 48% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) The sun may be a star but that same sun also sets very quickly on this one. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Only Pokemon fans will find this remotely interesting. Worse. You won't leave the theater regurgitating a bunch of great Ryan Reynolds lines. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) A pathetic remake of equally pathetic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Rebel Wilson needs to stop attempts to make blathering comedy. Blathering is not funny. Neither is this movie. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
2/5 30% Red Joan (2019) Dench is wasted in an interesting plot concept about the USSR getting the bomb which - ironically - bombs itself. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron IS Ted Bundy but do we care? This is paint-by-numbers movie-making & looks & plays like the crappy TV movie of the weeks that we endured decades ago. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) Ugly dolls. Beautiful message. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Billed as a romcom, it's not all that funny & is short on humor. However, it is long on romance. The beauty & the beast thing works. Theron & Rogen have phenomenal chemistry - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 30% The Intruder (2019) It's good to see Dennis Quaid on the big screen again and not huckstering insurance on TV. Too bad his terrific villainy is wasted in this predictable mess. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) So many characters and so much going on that I got worried Marvel would run out of characters and have to borrow a few from DC Comics. Fun flick, too long but fun. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1/5 31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A watch-watching 90-minute horror flick based on the Conjuring Universe formula. You've seen this a dozen times & done better. Not that any of them are all that well done. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
2/5 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Beautifully shot & who doesn't love penguins? I love them but wrapping this in a so-so story & sticking uninspired narration by Ed Helms into the mix just didn't work for me. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3/5 59% Breakthrough (2019) Barely fresh. Chrissy Metz rocks. Other than her performance, this is a faith-based flick that often falls through its own ice. Definitely one for the Hallmark TV movie of the week crowd. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) This is the fourth review from the top and is a decent but very slow telling of how ex-Texas Ranger Frank Hamer did in Bonnie & Clyde. Best part of the film is not seeing B&C. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 94% Us (2019) Barely recommending this one. Peele's second W/D effort is mostly so-so. It's like fast food. Looks good, tastes good but is so many empty calories. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 34% 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 78% 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 40% 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 60% 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 69% 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 87% 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 93% 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 90% 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