George Wu

George Wu

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

George Wu's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):, Senses of Cinema

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"There have been many films about the confusion of adolescence and the difficulty of coming out...but he makes the material fresh by understating the subtext while concentrating on the immediate experiences of the characters." ‐
Posted Feb 17, 2014

Le passé (The Past) (2013)

" Any short-term illusion of being in charge is at the cost of long-term trust and fidelity. The Past stands as a resonate warning to this vicious cycle." ‐
Posted Feb 17, 2014

Visitors (2014)

"Godfrey has said he wants Visitors to be about texture, not text, but it actually feels like the most cerebral of his films and not in a good way, but rather in an overdetermined didactic way. " ‐
Posted Feb 17, 2014

The Descendants (2011)

"Even as Payne's weakest film, The Descendants is still worth seeing" ‐
Posted Nov 18, 2011

The Tree of Life (2011)

"The Tree of Life is one of those few films that comes along once in a decade with artistic aspirations so enormous, it stands like a giant towering over the movies around it." ‐
Posted May 30, 2011

Thor (2011)

"Thor gets by on humor and on the performances of Hemsworth, Hiddleston, and Dennings ... " ‐
Posted May 18, 2011

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010)

"Noe's style is near-experimental, which is often not a good thing, but even worse, the content is simplistic and monotonous." ‐
Posted Oct 1, 2010

The Social Network (2010)

" ... it's flashy as hell given its subject matter. It also doesn't hurt that it's pretty good." ‐
Posted Oct 1, 2010

Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)

"The drama tends to be pitched over the top %u2026 Before, Woo could pull off such extremes because he did it in an operatic fashion of gonzo emotion, but here it often comes off as inadvertently hokey." ‐
Posted Nov 12, 2009

Tokyo! (2008)

"Tokyo!, in lineage with (the yes, middling) New York Stories, however actually manages the exceedingly rare accomplishment of getting all three of its episodes right." ‐
Posted Mar 11, 2009

My Winnipeg (2007)

" ... no one else out there makes movies like this, and it has enough highlights that Guy Maddin fans should still seek it out." ‐
Posted Jun 9, 2008

Love Songs (2008)

" ... writer-director Christophe Honoré ... fashions a 14-song musical about love and loss." ‐
Posted Mar 27, 2008

The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007)

"Rivette tells the story at a length any other filmmaker would have halved." ‐
Posted Mar 2, 2008

Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008)

"Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon" ‐
Posted Oct 16, 2007

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

"This year's Palme d'Or winner, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, makes it's U.S. debut at the New York Film Festival" ‐
Posted Oct 16, 2007

Secret Sunshine (2010)

"Can a movie traumatize you in a good way?" ‐
Posted Oct 16, 2007

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

"Devil possesses a dramatic power akin to watching a big train wreck, but it's an elaborate Rube Goldberg device with no real heart at its center." ‐
Posted Oct 15, 2007

Out 1, Noli Me Tangere (1971)

"What one can say after the experience is that there is nothing else quite like it in all of cinema." ‐
Posted Aug 10, 2007

Paris Je T'aime (2007)

"While too fleeting in grace to be a great movie, Paris Je T'aime does however reward the hope offered with this prestigious cast and crew." ‐
Posted Apr 23, 2007

Exterminating Angels (2007)

"If the movie was meant to render sympathy to Brisseau, it only reinforces how monstrously repugnant he is. The audacity to suggest his complete innocence makes the whole thing seem like black comedy, only the core sentiment is not funny." ‐
Posted Mar 12, 2007

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

"Agree or disagree, this is a work so bold and provocative and distinctive that it demands to be seen." ‐
Posted Mar 12, 2007

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

"Every stone, every piece of fabric, every pushed-up bosom is fetishized to ludicrous extremes. Zhang apparently wants to dazzle the eyes with the visuals, but Curse is one of the gaudiest looking movies ever made." ‐
Posted Mar 12, 2007

Fong juk (Exiled) (2006)

"Exiled is compromised by the feeling one gets that Johnnie To has been watching too many westerns." ‐
Posted Mar 12, 2007

The Host (2007)

"Boon shows that he has the film grammar of a Spielberg in how well he conveys his story cinematically... Boon will go places that Spielberg won't though." ‐
Posted Mar 12, 2007

Inland Empire (2006)

"It feels Lynchian to the point of self-parody." ‐
Posted Oct 27, 2006

Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai) (2007)

"Triad Election lacks the emotional punch or aesthetic dazzle to take it up a notch." ‐
Posted Oct 15, 2006

Azumi (2003)

"It's a B-movie through and through and its indulgences come from loving the genre too much, not bracketing it with postmodern quotation marks." ‐
Posted Jul 27, 2006

Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) (2006)

"'Russian Dolls' is not an intellectually cohesive movie, but it's so much exuberant fun, it doesn't matter" ‐
Posted May 9, 2006

13 Tzameti (2005)

"Shot in black and white, '13' maintains a strong disconsolate tone, one in which the world feels barren and uncaring." ‐
Posted Apr 10, 2006

Battle in Heaven (2006)

"Will one day make its mark in the film canon as the singular film experience it is" ‐
Posted Feb 17, 2006

King Kong (2005)

"Every scene in the new 'King Kong' strains to be the biggest, most pulverizing, in-your-face spectacle that you've ever experienced." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2005

Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) (2005)

"Hou captures that new couple exuberance in a way few films have, and the climatic moment here is as magical as they come." ‐
Posted Oct 4, 2005

Manderlay (2006)

"[Von Trier] has imbued the material with enough dramatic power and relevance that despite its many flaws, it is still essential viewing." ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2005

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)

"The flashiest, funniest, and most baroque of the "Vengeance Trilogy." It is also the most simpleminded and, despite that, eventually the most muddled." ‐
Posted Sep 30, 2005

L'Enfant (2006)

"Does not present any convincing evidence that Bruno is either so dense or so uncaring as to be remotely capable of selling his son on a whim" ‐
Posted Sep 23, 2005

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

"The movie's violence is used to explore the ties of family, both by blood and by bonds of personal history." ‐
Posted Jul 28, 2005

Memories of Murder (2003)

"A great opening and...a visceral, heartbreaking ending" ‐
Posted Jul 21, 2005

My Summer of Love (2004)

"Pavlikovsky ends up falsifying everything his style was working so effectively to create, and only because he ultimately chose content over style." ‐
Posted Jun 28, 2005

Kung Fu Hustle (2005)

"Chow's best all-around achievement, meshing a coherent story, character arcs..., and technical depth." ‐
Posted Apr 16, 2005

Torremolinos 73 (2005)

"Berger straddles the cartoonish and the naturalistic with mixed results." ‐
Posted Apr 15, 2005

Oldboy (2005)

"Works best as a thrilling ride, a genre piece, not as a movie to gain insight into the human experience" ‐
Posted Mar 24, 2005

Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) (2005)

"The only reason to see it is for the action. In that arena, on a scale from 1 to 10, it's a 20. " ‐
Posted Feb 17, 2005

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

"It's hard to take it as anything but unintended camp." ‐
Posted Dec 2, 2004

Bad Education (2004)

"An hour in, everything in the movie is upended in a way that is not so much difficult to swallow as simply out of left field." ‐
Posted Nov 23, 2004

The Incredibles (2004)

"Provides all the wonder and excitement to be wrought from the superhero genre while making fun of itself in gut-busting ways. " ‐
Posted Nov 16, 2004

Sideways (2004)

"Payne has an eye for making the mundane remarkable through specificity of details" ‐
Posted Oct 20, 2004

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

"The plot contrivances on display are so silly that the theme is hard to take seriously on any rational level." ‐
Posted May 30, 2004

Troy (2004)

"Despite the spectacle of war with which Warner Brothers hopes to entice audiences, Troy is essentially an anti-war film." ‐
Posted May 17, 2004

Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)

"Has a student film quality in its conception and realization" ‐
Posted May 13, 2004

Hellboy (2004)

"Deadpan humor combines with inventive action and real character development" ‐
Posted Apr 4, 2004
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