Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Mary Elizabeth Williams's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly,

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Austenland (2013)

"It says weirdos deserve romance too, and that Austenland isn't so much a page in a book or a place on a map, but a corner of your heart." ‐
Posted Aug 16, 2013

You've Been Trumped (2012)

"As Baxter demonstrates with agonizing, unflinching clarity, the result was a community and a land that were literally rolled over in the name corporate greed - and with the apparent blessing of the local authorities." ‐
Posted Aug 3, 2012

A Little Bit Of Heaven (2012)

"A moment of silence, please, for Kate Hudson's career." ‐
Posted May 3, 2012

50/50 (2011)

"What ensues is "Beaches" meets "Pineapple Express." Which, I've got to tell you, is pretty much what living with cancer is like." ‐
Posted Sep 30, 2011

I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

"What the hell happened to Sarah Jessica Parker?" ‐
Posted Sep 15, 2011

Bridesmaids (2011)

"It's a movie that succeeds, often beautifully, not by forcing its characters to be as naughty and gross and pathetic as men are. It soars by letting them be as naughty and gross and pathetic as women are. Three cheers for equality." ‐
Posted May 10, 2011

Water for Elephants (2011)

"The problem isn't just miscasting or the cheesiness of the material. It's Pattinson's increasingly predictable, dour persona." ‐
Posted Apr 21, 2011

The Karate Kid (2010)

"It was resonant in the gung-ho '80s, and it's a notion every generation deserves to discover anew. Based on the young Smith's considerable wattage, this Kid may just surpass the original." ‐
Posted Jun 10, 2010

Shrek Forever After (2010)

"Like last year's Up, this isn't merely a cute kid's movie with funny one-liners and adorable critters. It's a soulful meditation on the age-old question: Is that all there is?" ‐
Posted May 20, 2010

Letters to Juliet (2010)

"Letters to Juliet is a by-the-numbers romantic comedy -- and I mean that in a good way." ‐
Posted May 13, 2010

Date Night (2010)

"What comes as a welcome surprise is how Date Night manages to make sport of romantic movie conventions without being mean about them." ‐
Posted Apr 8, 2010

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

"When the movie slows down to catch its breath, there's very little of the heart and soul -- and wry wit -- that make the Riordan books so beloved." ‐
Posted Feb 11, 2010

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

"While it fails on nearly every conceivable level, as a textbook case in everything contemptible in the studio system, Did You Hear About the Morgans? is as good as it gets." ‐
Posted Dec 21, 2009

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"The sweetest, most sincere romantic comedy to come along in ages, and a luminous love letter to a great American city." ‐
Posted Nov 24, 2009

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

"Have we learned nothing from The Klumps?" ‐
Posted Nov 5, 2009

Pride and Glory (2008)

"What makes the characters in Pride and Glory real -- and raises the movie above the standard corrupt-cop fare -- is their capacity to live and die in shades of gray." ‐
Posted Oct 24, 2008

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

"Like the characters it portrays, How to Lose Friends eventually becomes the very thing it mocks, its delectable naughtiness sacrificed to sentiment and audience appeal." ‐
Posted Oct 3, 2008

Righteous Kill (2008)

"Director Jon Avnet generously puts the actors together as often as possible, and the sheer satisfaction of watching Michael Corleone and Travis Bickle spark off each other almost mitigates the utter hokum that permeates every other element of the film." ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2008

The Women (2008)

"You go, girls. Preferably as far away as possible." ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2008

The Happening (2008)

"Shyamalan's such an eager recycler, grinding out the same ideas and images again and again. The man who showed such promise less than a decade ago has been leaving a diminishing creative footprint ever since." ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2008

What Happens in Vegas (2008)

"You'd think the combination of Diaz, Kutcher and Vegas would be good for at least a little sexy, silly fun. But don't bet on it." ‐
Posted May 9, 2008

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

"doesn't have the brisk economy of the original book, but the animated Horton feels nevertheless close to the sweet, quirky heart of Dr. Seuss." ‐
Posted Mar 14, 2008

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

"Definitely, Maybe isn't a particularly good movie. It's hard to make either romance or comedy out of relationship wreckage, not to mention career ennui, and the pace is often meandering and sulky." ‐
Posted Feb 14, 2008

27 Dresses (2008)

"The biggest disappointment of 27 Dresses is that it inhabits a Harlequin romance New York City, one remarkably short on homosexuals and divorce." ‐
Posted Jan 18, 2008

The Invasion (2007)

"Gratuitously violent [and] soullessly brain dead." ‐
Posted Aug 16, 2007

License to Wed (2007)

"Despite its fuzzy, getting-to-know-you message, the movie itself offers zero motivation for any of its protagonists." ‐
Posted Jul 6, 2007

Baby Boy (2001)

"[Jody's] lessons on growing up and moving on never ring more than halfhearted and false." ‐
Posted Jul 6, 2001

Music of the Heart (1999)

"Another utterly bland lump of Hollywood crapola." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Iron Giant (1999)

"The metal-machine sci-fi cartoon delivers robot action, retro nostalgia and stony metaphysics." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999)

"We've heard it all before, and usually with a slightly more comprehensible accent." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Dudley Do-Right (1999)

"In the end, it's neither Dudley Do-Right nor Do-Wrong, but merely Dudley Do-Just-So-So." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Way of the Gun (2000)

"McQuarrie has inserted some of the most groan-worthy dialogue outside of the porn world." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Holy Smoke (2000)

"Campion, who co-wrote the script with her sister Anna, appears to have spent so much time and energy creating Ruth that she didn't have anything left over for rest of the characters." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Election (1999)

"A tart study in teacher-student relations, adolescent pecking orders and the nasty vicissitudes of living in a world of haves and have-nots." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Woo (1998)

"Woo may be as skimpy as a sequined halter top, but it's undeniably appealing nonetheless." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

"Dark, bitingly funny!" ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)

"Uninspired, recycled!" ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Bachelor (1999)

"The Bachelor doesn't generate enough laughs or sighs to hold together." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Original Gangstas (1996)

"Where Original Gangstas works is in its understanding that the stars are playing the characters they created 25 years ago as their older selves." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Mod Squad (1999)

"Is it possible to try too hard without making any effort whatsoever? Because that seems to be the one slim accomplishment of The Mod Squad." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

"The illusion that it's just a bunch of wiseguys making fun of a movie is what prevails. It's a pretty impressive special effect." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

"By sticking faithfully to the broader themes of Hugo's story -- those of desolation and desire, of trust and betrayals thereof -- the creators have fashioned the most poignant and deeply moral story to roll off the Disney storyboards in decades." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

American Pie (1999)

"Some of it does manage to be quite funny; some of it just lies there, all by itself, without even trying to wrap itself around a joke." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Anywhere but Here (2000)

"Sarandon is good, but Portman is astonishing." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Billy Elliot (2000)

"A surprisingly wise and funny meditation on the nature of what it truly means to be a man." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)

"It's predictable, gratuitous and just self-referential enough to believe itself hip and knowing." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Superstar (1999)

"Superstar may not be the most unnecessary movie of the year, but it's got to rank right up there." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Psycho (1998)

"Van Sant clearly knows that if it ain't broke, don't fix it, and his own smooth touch is neatly sympathetic with his predecessor's." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

"Debut film director Gil Junger may be a TV veteran making a movie for the Clearasil crowd, but he doesn't sacrifice the story to gimmicky camerawork or overzealous pacing." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Forces of Nature (1999)

"At the center of every swirling storm is a place of placid inertia, safe and still -- and not very exciting. And it's where Affleck and Bullock spend most of their time, floating amiably but never doing enough to truly connect." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999
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