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Walter V. Addiego

Walter V. Addiego
Walter V. Addiego's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Hearst Newspapers

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 71% This Beautiful Fantastic (2017) Far too precious and eager to please to really deserve its self-description as a fairy tale.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/4 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) There may be a few overly wistful moments here, but in the main it's an affecting portrait of a group of unlucky but resilient children.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2/4 75% You're Killing Me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) (2017) Eventually it feels like the movie is spinning its wheels.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/4 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2017) In the live-action program, the French offering Ennemis Intérieurs has a timely message.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation (2017) By far the most polished of this year's offerings, and the one that will surely get the broadest exposure, is from Pixar.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) It's the pre-Oscar season, when short films get a least a little bit of the respect they deserve.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) If you want to see it as a parable, that's up to you. In all ways, the film plays its hand gently.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) That the movie works so well is also due to the exceptional talents of leads Simonischek and Huller, who hold nothing back - especially the former, whose Winfried is one of the oddest ducks in recent movies.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/4 96% Neruda (2016) This is a serious movie that often feels playful, one that has metafictional ambitions but wears them lightly. You can surrender to the enjoyment of the chase at the film's heart, while not losing sight of Larraín's serious aims.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/4 83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) It's a freewheeling, live-action satire that could well have been animated, a quality (among others) that it shares with Terry Gilliam's features.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) It's impossible not to be impressed with what Ma accomplishes in the film's brisk 80 minutes.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/4 43% Ovation! (2016) You may get the sense you've wandered into a super-intense acting class or someone's therapy session - a hothouse atmosphere that's oppressive.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
1/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) It's rote stuff, not nearly as funny as filmmaker Mark Waters and company seem to think.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 71% Bleed For This (2016) Teller's work is the film's soul, and he completely convinces us of Vinny's affability, flaws and steely determination.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) "The Handmaiden" is a fever dream from South Korean virtuoso Park Chan-wook, bursting with the kind of goodies that send cinephiles into ecstasy.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Company Town (2016) "Company Town" won't change anyone's mind about the issues. It's aimed squarely at enemies - you know who you are - of what the film's production notes call "the new oligarchy of tech."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 89% Do Not Resist (2016) Most of these bits and pieces have merit, but the connections are so loose that "Do Not Resist" amounts to little more than a grab bag.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 70% Operation Avalanche (2016) A bright idea can only take a movie so far. Mission not accomplished.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 54% The Dressmaker (2016) Tonal inconsistencies sink "The Dressmaker," and the same applies to Winslet's character.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The humor is labored, the story is padded and the whole affair lumbers on far too long.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
1/4 35% Max Rose (2016) Director Daniel Noah aims at being sad, heartwarming or even humorous, by turns, but almost every scene feels forced and predictable ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
2/4 84% Kicks (2016) It doesn't really add up, either as a psychological portrait or moral commentary.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
3/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Connoisseurs of creepy and sometimes brutal chills will have a good time.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
2/4 89% Morris from America (2016) A nice, predictable film unlikely to linger in the memory.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
2/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) If the film's plotting and dialogue had measured up, "Kubo" might have been a masterpiece.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Despite the weighty issues at play, there's much about the movie to simply enjoy -- the camaraderie of the brothers and the lawmen, and the not infrequent elements of humor. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) If the movie fails to plumb the depth of Lear's mystery, it succeeds in being an entertaining look at an influential figure.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
3/4 100% Breaking A Monster (2016) "Breaking a Monster" is engaging to watch partly because of the three young stars' personalities - despite a few adolescent squabbles, they remain likable sorts.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 96% De Palma (2016) None of this will win over the De Palma haters, but they are clearly outside the intended audience here.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/4 82% Chevalier (2016) Tsangari gives us an entertaining catalog of the ways males in packs jockey for position, mainly a comic spectacle, but not without moments of menace.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 95% Presenting Princess Shaw (2016) A hymn to self-reliance - although bolstered with a modest amount of plain old luck.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
3/4 89% The Lobster (2016) If you can live with its blemishes, "The Lobster" is a bracing experience.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3/4 97% Dark Horse (2016) Who can resist a good horse story?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
2/4 87% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) There's talent on view here, but in service of a questionable proposition, with the whole thing tiptoeing toward the exploitative.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Well done.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
1/4 55% Pali Road (2016) "Pali Road" has pretty low expectations of its audience. It ought to be light on its feet, but it lumbers.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 96% Sing Street (2016) Don't be deterred by the timeworn material - as a romantic vision of youth and rock, "Sing Street" is number one with a bullet.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/4 93% A Space Program (2016) The film is both a testimonial to and a send-up of the all-American can-do spirit, and a salute to what Sachs and Neistat call the "analog era."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) The details - some funny, some intensely painful - of Paul and Esther's relationship over the years have a cumulative power that isn't diminished by a few loose ends.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 52% Demolition (2016) "Demolition" is mainly for Gyllenhaal fans who relish him in his tortured oddball mode. It's the kind of movie that I'm sure will be called "offbeat," but to me it simply misses the beat.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) It's a testimony to the skill of Francella and the filmmaker how much this movie transcends a history lesson.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/4 97% Krisha (2016) Shults is a penetrating observer, and hints at many old wounds that will be lanced in the course of a tight 83 minutes.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
3/4 50% Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura) (2016) Although the movie doesn't flinch at presenting a dark and unsavory portrait of a down-and-out slice of humanity, it also detects a glimmer of something more in the characters, nudging the story in the direction of tragedy.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/4 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) Creating this kind of otherworldly mood takes exceptional talent, and this is a film worth experiencing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 90% A War (Krigen) (2016) The film is cleanly made and moves quickly, which enhances its effectiveness. It raises moral issues that simply can't be addressed too often.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/4 87% The Club (El Club) (2016) Larraín has a powerful knack for depicting human monsters. But he stacks the deck so heavily that at times the film can seem like simple-minded anti-clericalism, and at least some viewers are bound to resist.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) Devotees of classic Hollywood will miss this movie at their peril.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/4 79% Ip Man 3 (2016) Yen is appealing, the story moves right along, and the martial arts sequences are (to my untrained eye) impressive. In short, a good enough conclusion to the Ip Man saga.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/4 79% Flowers (Loreak) (2015) Filmmakers Jon Goraño and José Mari Goenaga get good performances throughout, and the images are handsome. But the pace is slow to a point that wearies.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 93% Censored Voices (2015) To be sure, "Censored Voices" can hardly be seen as anything but a political document, one that shares Oz's views. But even those who don't will be moved ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016