Teresa Wiltz

Teresa Wiltz
Teresa Wiltz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post
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Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
72% The Best Man (1999) Ultimately when it's all said and done, Best Man remains always a groomsman, never a groom: It backs down on its promise to both challenge and entertain, opting instead for the easy laugh--and the pat ending. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2013
65% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) This is pure, escapist fun -- skepticism and naysaying are best left at home. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2008
78% Desert Bayou (2007) Desert Bayou is at its most compelling when it stops preachifying and focuses on the lives of two troubled families. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2007
9% Bratz: The Movie (2007) It's earnest, silly and sweet, with just enough food fights and musical numbers to keep everyone else from gagging on the goo. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2007
58% The Hip Hop Project (2006) There's not enough story to the story, which is curious, given that rap is ultimately a tale-telling medium. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2007
91% The Italian (2007) At times, the difficulties that Vanya encounters strain credulity. The Italian doesn't bother to infuse its characters with complex motivations. They're either Bad or Good. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2007
47% Idlewild (2006) For all its shortcomings, Idlewild also has something that few films can pull off: Moments of such pure cinematic fabulousness, breathtaking dance sequences and idiosyncratic flourishes that we are more than willing to forgive it for all its sins. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2006
71% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Talladega Nights doesn't do much more than go for the quick guffaw, and frequently the guffaw comes from stereotypical slights along the redneck vein. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2006
28% Waist Deep (2006) No, it's not a great movie. It is, however, an interesting one, a combination of exploitative hood flick and meditation on trust and love -- thug love, romantic love and, most important, parent-child love. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2006
72% Friends With Money (2006) You could make an argument that that's how life is, unresolved, but as a film, it makes for frustrating viewing, particularly when plot threads with the potential to bust open the story are left hanging. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2006
86% Slither (2006) Slither isn't scary, it's just what one character says when she spots the slugs from outer space, Grooooosss. And we don't mean that in a good way. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2006
61% ATL (2006) Notwithstanding the melodrama and the often ham-handed directing, ATL somehow works. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2006
62% Find Me Guilty (2006) Diesel infuses the Lucchese family made man with a convincing cocktail of sweetness and rage. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2006
72% The War Within (2005) Call it a portrait of a mild-mannered zealot, one that seeps under the skin and unsettles the nerves. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2005
89% Tony Takitani (2005) It's a marvelously moody meditation, beautiful to look at and beautiful to ponder as the camera slowly pans from one scene to the next, framing life as still life. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2005
84% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) Based on a Russian folk tale, Corpse Bride makes for breathtaking viewing. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2005
65% Roll Bounce (2005) The film can't get its rhythms right, fluctuating wildly between comedy and pathos. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2005
6% Underclassman (2005) If you saw 21 Jump Street back in the '80s, or any of a number of shows featuring cute and cuddly cops, you pretty much know where this flick is heading. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2005
12% The Cave (2005) The Cave isn't just a bad movie, it's a very, very, very bad movie, so bad that it can't even redeem itself by turning into high camp. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2005
77% Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2005) Visually, Balzac is a jewel of a movie, with panoramic vistas of the lake on the mountain, framed in mist, where the villagers, in a haunting nighttime ceremony, float candlelit paper boats bearing the names of their dearly departed. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2005
13% The Honeymooners (2005) Blame it all on the Bad Guys, those Hollywood suits who think by committee and never met a focus group they didn't like. This is product, pure and simple. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Although Hitchhiker starts out a total gas, it doesn't have enough fuel to sustain the ride, ultimately amounting to little more than some amusing gags strung together in search of a story. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2005
49% Rory O'Shea Was Here (2005) For all its noble intentions and vigorous performances, never transcends the claustrophobic character study. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2005
64% Bride and Prejudice (2005) A big, sprawling, sweet-natured mishmash with plots upon subplots and enough characters to make the head spin. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2005
11% The Wedding Date (2005) Don't bother asking how an Ivy League guy would end up hooking. Such a query could only lead to some dark answers, answers that the filmmakers have no interest in dealing with but which would make for a much more interesting movie. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2005
11% Are We There Yet? (2005) We've got stereotypes-a-go-go: Raging redneck truckers. Accented Asians. Country bumpkins. Black fathers missing in action. The humor's a tad too raunchy for the kids, and the predictable plot won't win over any of the parents. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2005
90% Kinsey (2004) There's a flatness to the filmmaking; what's needed here is a lot more va-va in its va-va-voom. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2004
82% Finding Neverland (2004) You're expected to weep, and perhaps you will weep. But if you do, it's not likely that you'll respect yourself in the morning. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2004
27% Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) It's a pleasing enough romp, and if you're starved for romantic comedy (where have they all gone?) this will ease your hunger pangs. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2004
54% P.S. (2004) Somehow, wondrous acting holds things together, particularly that of Linney and Grace. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2004
96% Sideways (2004) There's not a false note here, and the entire supporting cast -- Madsen, Oh, Church and Marylouise Burke as Miles's Mother -- is uniformly excellent. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2004
80% Ray (2004) To describe Foxx's performance here is to gush, and so gush we will. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2004
38% Birth (2004) Mystery is fine. We like mystery. Muddle is another thing altogether, and jerking around the audience in the name of 'art' is pretty unforgivable. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2004
16% Head in the Clouds (2004) There's plenty of eye candy -- gorgeous scenery, gorgeous costumes, gorgeous people -- to keep the viewer from minding (too much) the Olympic leaps of faith required to invest in the film's plot. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2004
64% Stage Beauty (2004) This is a celebration of the theater, a big, wet kiss to the craft of acting and the artists who inhabited London's early stages. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2004
63% I Heart Huckabees (2004) With razor-sharp performances, zingy one-liners, broad slapstick humor and a message of sorts, there's enough to distract the viewer from becoming hopelessly lost in the lint-filled chaos that is the umbilicus. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2004
50% Ella Enchanted (2004) This all makes for good and entertaining fun, from the musical numbers of 1980s pop tunes to the flamboyant fight scenes. For a while. But you've seen this all before. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2004
35% Scary Movie 3 (2003) If you haven't been a regular fixture at the multiplex, or don't spend all your time in front of the tube surfing hip-hop videos on MTV2, then you're not in on the joke, and if you're not in on the joke, you might want to skip this one. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2003
37% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (2003) Flops where it should zing, trotting out cringe-worthy cliches and hoary plot contrivances. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2003
35% The Real Cancun (2003) A 90-minute confessathon minus the bleeped-out cuss words and pixelated breasts. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2003
No Score Yet Despite the film's shortcomings, the stories are quietly moving. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2002
1/5 30% All About the Benjamins (2002) The comedy is clumsy; the violence vicious. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2002
3/5 72% The Visit (2000) A testament to the tenacity of the family, particularly the African American family. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2001