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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 96% Echo In the Canyon (2019) For rock 'n' rollers of all ages, it's mandatory viewing. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2.5/4 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Even the crustiest viewers (count me among them) must credit director Gail Mancuso for a handful of sequences that, amid all the glop, are capable of softening a hard heart. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 85% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) This isn't the acme of filmmaking, but it can be fun. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/4 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The fictionalized parts are hamstrung by clichés of character, situation and dialogue, making for a very uneasy experience. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/4 95% Transit (2019) It's a demanding film, but gives a lot in return. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Despite the movie's limitations, it's safe to say that screenwriter Fusco has accomplished his goal. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 52% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) A slickly made piece of entertainment that's a good time out at the movies. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3.5/4 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) An exceptionally fine movie that plays out on a large and leisurely scale. It combines a report on the state of things in today's China (not good) and a heartbreaking depiction of the personal damage that results. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) The director's admiration and affection for Halla is clear, as are his activist sympathies, and they are put across with a lightness and a mild absurdity that make for a warmer experience than the material suggests. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 89% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) There's a human quality to these visuals, which are pointedly not striving for perfection, but revel instead in supposed defects like smudges, jittery lines, color blotches and distorted proportions. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/4 73% Adult Life Skills (2019) "Adult Life Skills" is a relentlessly quirky British comedy-drama that demonstrates why more is not always more. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/4 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) It's hard to see Green in action and not think of traditional pilgrims on holy journeys and, perhaps, hermits or monks or others who have withdrawn from regular life. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/4 84% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) Joner is a capable actor, but he's required here to remain for such a long time in a one-note condition of mental fragility that our sympathy for the character starts to give way to exasperation. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
2/4 90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) If you need a reason to believe that Ailes was a creep, the film gives you that. But the movie makes its case in a way that's a little too easy to digest. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 100% Shirkers (2018) The movie is many things at once. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Willem Dafoe's inspired and heartfelt performance as Vincent van Gogh raises "At Eternity's Gate" far above standard biopics. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/4 74% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) The movie is made with skill, but it's so relentless in backing away from any psychologizing or moralizing - or just about anything else that might give us a handle on what makes this monster tick - that it finally feels like an empty horror show. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3/4 92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Any doubters are advised to see this movie, then treat themselves to a viewing of "The General." Case closed. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/4 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) I guarantee that the appearance of the end credits will leave you wanting much more. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 90% Studio 54 (2018) Tyrnauer tries to find the heart of whatever Studio 54 was all about, but never actually gets there - instead, we're left to goggle at the footage and still photos of near-naked dancers and gossip-column habitues. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 85% Monsters and Men (2018) This is all pretty straightforward, helped by good performances from the three principals. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/4 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Less partisan viewers may find the film quite long, and not a lot more than a rehash of Moore's political obsessions. If you know his earlier work, you'll find no surprises here. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2/4 44% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) Filmmaker Gold might have been better off keeping a tight focus on the sparring interchanges between Ollie and his grandmother, for what they tell us about past and present. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/4 58% White Boy Rick (2018) While there are entertaining segments, and even a couple of comedic touches, in the end the film isn't convincing, and parts have a paint-by-the-numbers feeling. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/4 97% Pick of the Litter (2018) While "Pick of the Litter" can't be described as innovative, it still creates a solid emotional punch... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/4 61% Operation Finale (2018) Fails to measure up to the deep historical impact of the events it depicts. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
2/4 85% The Wife (2018) It would be wrong to say Close's performance in "The Wife" is wasted, but it certainly deserves a better movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/4 46% Generation Wealth (2018) "Generation Wealth" feels like it's all over the place, and that, if most of its subjects are lacking in depth, the movie itself is open to the same criticism. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3/4 98% The Cakemaker (2018) Graizer take his time and never feels the need to spell everything out, and "The Cakemaker" is a testament to what filmmakers can achieve when they trust the audience. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) A less interesting movie might simply have served up a headlong plunge into the abyss - but Sigurdsson gives us a tiny flicker of light. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/4 87% Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf (2018) Oudolf mentions in passing that his goal has been to create landscapes "you would dream of, but would never find" in nature, and from what we see in this movie, that's just what he's done. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/4 74% Bernard and Huey (2018) Among the film's chief pleasures are outstanding performances from Rash as the older Bernard and, especially, Koechner as the contemporary Huey. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
4/4 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) An enlightening and deeply touching documentary... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/4 87% Mountain (2018) An exhilarating vision of many of the world's highest - and most gorgeously photogenic - peaks, and the intrepid sorts who set out to conquer them. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2/4 74% The House of Tomorrow (2018) Part of what's missing in "The House of Tomorrow" is the acerbic punk spirit that inspires its two heroes, which could have been remedied by a sharper script. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3/4 97% The Rider (2018) It's a kind of parable, delivered in a manner that has nothing to do with preaching. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 86% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) This isn't the first film to try to deal with the horrors of the Holocaust from a child's perspective, but it's tricky material, and this one succeeds because it is direct and forthright. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/4 67% Beauty and the Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit) (2018) Alas, this tale of a young rape victim further brutalized by officialdom never lives up to its potential. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
2/4 93% Journey's End (2018) There's a heavy-handed and dated feeling about this version of "Journey's End" - it never really breaks loose from its theatrical origin. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
60% Ramen Heads (2018) Ramen is just noodles and broth, right? Well, no, it's actually much more, as we learn in the entertaining Japanese documentary "Ramen Heads." - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
3/4 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) An idiosyncratic character study suggesting that the road to self-knowledge is beset with obstacles and uncertainties. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
2/4 67% The Cured (2018) It's not that writer-director David Freyne is incapable of finesse - "The Cured" has long and affecting passages marked more by sadness and melancholy than horror - but he seems to have misjudged the overtone here. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
97% Tehran Taboo (2018) It's so heavily loaded with grievances that it begins to feel one-dimensional, though it's impossible to argue with its compassion for its characters, whose sufferings are imposed by an intensely repressive society. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/4 91% Window Horses (2017) You have to admire an animator who can make a star out of a stick figure, and that's just what Canadian filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming has accomplished. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
3/4 86% The Road Movie (2018) If you choose to believe the Russian people have a fatalistic streak, "The Road Movie" suggests why. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
3/4 92% Intent to Destroy (2017) The film deserves viewing, especially by those unfamiliar with this series of horrific events. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2/4 70% Along for the Ride (2017) But in the end the film seems overly worshipful of its subject, pressing us too hard to admire him as the prototype of the romantically self-destructive artist. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/4 100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) There's now an urgency, a sense that we are in peril because fundamental truths about how the world works are being ignored and ridiculed. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The deadpan irony and seemingly dispassionate air of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki's movies certainly aren't for everyone, but they are a taste worth acquiring. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 95% The Breadwinner (2017) The film is honest enough not to exaggerate the beneficial results of Parvana's courageous act. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017