Gary Wolcott

Gary Wolcott
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 91% Uncut Gems (2019) When Adam Sandler decides to bag the fart jokes and really act, few actors are better. This is an intense, almost exhausting drama and one of my favorite movies this year. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
4.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) The original chick flick makes another big screen appearance. Saoirse Ronan anchors a strong cast. The real star, however, is writer/director Greta Gerwig. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
2/5 75% Spies in Disguise (2019) No disguising this one. A spy turning into a pigeon is terrible. Younger kids will find this appealing but the rest of us score it as pigeon poop. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
5/5 67% Bombshell (2019) Loved it. A great cast plus it manages to be fairly non-judgmental and non-political and just focuses on what got Fox's Roger Ailes ousted. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/5 20% Cats (2019) So bad it's destined for a box of kitty litter. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Episode IX is packed with Star Wars mumbo jumbo & lots of fan-satisfying CGI. Speaking on behalf of non-fans, I thank The Force. It's done. Over. Finished. Through. Finally. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 74% Richard Jewell (2019) Few directors are better storytellers than Clint Eastwood. Lady reporter controversy aside, superb acting anchors this riveting story. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
3.5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Dwayne Johnson & crew have a blast with their parts & the fun they have is contagious. I didn't see the first level but the next level works for me. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
3.5/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) More Mr. Rogers and less of the made-up story. The article the movie is based on is more interesting than this film. Tom Hanks nails the part but I wanted and expected more. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
1/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) A predictable bad-guy-cops chase movie. 21 bridges are closed. It doesn't seem to be all that inconvenient for anyone. Youda thought the producers would at least explore that! - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Too much tuneless music & too little fun. My 6 & 4-year old granddaughters loved it. Other kids in the audience spent much of the movie squirming & wanting to leave. So did I. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
3.5/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) I hate Christmas movies but in spite of the title, it really isn't one. Emilia Clark's performance saves this movie. She's amazing in a movie that really isn't. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/5 43% Midway (2019) A WWII war movie & a history lesson. It's a fairly accurate one packed with decent performances & great effects. Midway sits midway between good & great. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) A perfect balance between powerful drama & laugh-out-loud comedy entwined in a coming of age movie about Nazis, WWII, a Jewish stowaway & the fragility of the human condition. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
5/5 73% Harriet (2019) A Cliff's Notes movie. It tries to pack this extraordinary life into just 2 hours. Tubman deserves 4 or more. My highest rating only because of Cynthia Erivo's performance. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) We thought the last termination of the Terminators terminated the franchise but more Terminators turned up needing to be terminated & this will no doubt generate more sequels. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The original is one of my favorite horror flicks. This one? Disappointing in so many ways but still very, very funny in spots. Funny enough to recommend but one tap too many. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The perfect example of why sequels ought not be made but the evil-eye dual of Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer is a ton of fun. Nothing else is. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
2.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) A movie about the clone of an assassin goes after the assassin is, itself, a a bad clone of other, better action thrillers. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/ 5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Budda dump. Snap. Snap. Charles Addams is a cartoonist who was ahead of his time. This movie is not. A few laughs but not much else. Kids will like it. Adults will be bored. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Lucy in the Sky has no diamonds. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 83% Judy (2019) Renee Zellweger gives a great performance that makes Judy definitely worth seeing. Personally, I'd rather remember Judy Garland as Dorothy and not a pathetic diva. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 81% Abominable (2019) A sweet film with enough depth to hook adults and enough slapstick to tickle kids. A magical movie. Loved it. And do sit through the wonderful photos in the credits! - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2.5/5 87% Hustlers (2019) The movie is so-so, however, JLo -- who has always been stuck in dumb romcoms or boring dramas -- gives the performance we have always believed she is capable of giving. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) I'm in the critic and audience minority on this one. Patience is needed to get through it but this is a complex story with very good acting and is one of the year's best films. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
5/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) I fell in love with Brittany, her story, the other characters & this movie. But mostly I fell in love with Jillian Bell. She gave my favorite acting performance of the year. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Barely recommending this. Take the first film & this one & shrink the whole thing to 3-hours & you have one of the best horror movies ever instead of just a good one. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
5/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Exactly as predictable as you expect & you love it exactly as much as you expect. And that's a lot. Fun flick & the kind that gets awards. Or at least is nominated for them. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Fun with a capital F. If a horror/thriller/drama & part comedy is your thing then you'll love this one. Ready or Not is about hide and seek, is hilarious and it has game. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Falls as hard & badly as Olympus & London. Though no one has understood a word he's said in a decade, Nick Nolte is the only actor having any fun. He's just not in it enough. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Video game-based movies pretty much suck. So does the predicable plot of this one. However, there are a couple of threads that are flat out hilarious and that save the movie. - Tri-City Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Lots and lots of laughs. Or put another way. An immature movie for the most mature among us. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
5/5 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) I don't note the film's flaws in my review. There are some. Maybe I'm just fond of imploding narcissists as movie characters and of Cate Blanchett's always brilliant acting. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 60% Brian Banks (2019) Inspiring story. Race is part of the reason he was jailed. However, the producers assume you have intelligence enough to see it without them having to beat you over the head. - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Not rocket science. Other than suspension of disbelief and two characters from the series, it has little in common with F&F. This is -- however -- fast and furious and fun! - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's serious is always funny. Or is his funny always serious? Either/or. Here he celebrates the Hollywood of antiquity in a dramatically funny way. What's not to love? - KXL-FM (Portland, OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 83% 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 91% 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 97% 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 56% 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 23% 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 90% 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 42% 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 89% 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 57% 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