Wenlei Ma

Wenlei Ma
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 proves, once again, that there's still life left in this charming and smart franchise. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 79% Never Look Away (2019) Never Look Away is a three-hour movie of emotional depth that, despite its long running time, maintains its grip on your attention. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Make no mistake - The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a kids-only affair. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/5 46% Murder Mystery (2019) Murder Mystery's predictability and cliches are comforting - which has entertainment value if you're not looking to be challenged for 90 minutes. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 51% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien is innocuous but uninspiring. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) This is Men in Black. It should be extravagant and nuts, not, well, civilised and sanitised. It's like they forgot to have fun. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 94% Wild Rose (2019) To call Wild Rose a feel-good triumph feels reductive, but it literally makes you feel good and smile. How can you argue with that? - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Fresh, charming and laugh-out-loud funny - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman isn't a sanitised peek-a-boo of someone's life, barely teasing at the surface of a complex creative genius. Rocketman gives you the warts and all version, and it's not going to pink-wash John's sexuality. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Sometimes you have to be honest about the movie you really are - smashy smash. If you can reconcile that, then it's not so awful. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Everything about Aladdin is big, and yet feels small at the same time. Its lavish production design and costuming also has the effect of looking more like a stage production than an epic movie. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 96% Little Woods (2019) The directorial debut by Nia DaCosta is a stunning, deep and thoughtful portrait of two marginalised women in America forgotten by city folk and the political class. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) When there are hundreds of deaths, it's pretty incredible that John Wick 3 sustains its inventiveness and sheer bonkers-ness. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 64% Peterloo (2019) There's an emotional distance to Peterloo that often makes it seem stagey. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 15% The Hustle (2019) An unimaginative and moderately diverting comedy that you'd probably be content with if you literally have nothing else to watch. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Detective Pikachu is a weirdly enjoyable adventure that will charm the pants off you - or at the very least, Pikachu's pants. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 85% Top End Wedding (2019) Go out and support this Australian movie, not just because it deserves it but because you deserve it. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Gloria Bell is as complex and understated as its lead character, brought to life by Moore with a lived-in quality, and with texture. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A spectacle that is genuinely affecting and packed with properly exciting moments that will literally make you draw your breath, clap and whoop, and jump out of your seat - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4.5/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Lee hypnotises with his story of a love triangle, crafting a movie that could be described as visual poetry. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
3/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) It's exactly the kind of odd, reality-skewing fantasy you'd expect from the inventive Gilliam. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/5 17% Hellboy (2019) The anticipated reboot of the cult comic book character is, well, intense. And not in a good way, unless you really love your movies to be disjointed, tonally confused and really, really gory. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
4/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Maggie Gyllenhaal never disappoints, and that's certainly true in The Kindergarten Teacher, an understated character study with a lot to say but no easy answers. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
2.5/5 45% Little (2019) There are many sequences that are funny and winsome on their own, but as a movie, it doesn't cohere. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
2/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) A shallow excuse for attractive actors to get their kit off. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3.5/5 91% Shazam! (2019) Charming, high-spirited and embraces its youthful, goofy side. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) Us is more sensory experience than thinkpiece. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) This Dumbo is certainly a visual spectacle, and it could've gone awry if not for the one key thing required to make this movie work: Dumbo is really, really cute. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3.5/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Fighting With My Family is a rousing crowd-pleaser, guaranteed to make you smile, at least once. You may even leap out of your seat and whoop, if such undignified public displays are your kind of thing. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3.5/5 74% Destroyer (2018) A masterful performance by Kidman, who has proven over the last few years that she has deep reserves of talent. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It's only really in the last 20 minutes of the film that it all comes together and you can appreciate what the movie is trying to say about working collaboratively and sharing something you love - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Done sensitively, there is something redemptive in these films that help us make sense of something senseless, and to remind us that when you observe these real-life, atrocious attacks from afar, a little empathy can go a long way in the world. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3.5/5 86% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) You'd expect a drama about loss, love and regret to be heavy and dramatic, but Sometimes Always Never is not. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3.5/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) It nails its tone as an offbeat black comedy, managing to balance the macabre and the silly. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) If only the story of Alita: Battle Angel had been as impressive as its technical achievements. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) It's a stunning and sensuous film, gorgeously crafted and performed - the story of young lovers in an unjust world. It'll make your heart flutter and ache. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It's way better than you would expect for a movie with the description "Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth rom-com". - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) Greta functions like a dark fairytale, a story the Grimm brothers would've happily collected for their tome. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/5 34% King of Thieves (2019) The Hatton Gardens heist was a ballsy operation. You can't say the same about King of Thieves. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) We are still at the point where the visuals of such a powerful female hero are rare enough that its sheer existence makes you giddy. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2.5/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) A misguided defence of a man and an attitude that feels particularly ludicrous in 2019. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give features a strong and incredibly moving performance from Amandla Stenberg, who never holds anything back from the audience and never overplays a moment. She's a star in the making. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) Ben is Back is a fairly rote drama - it ticks the boxes and it occasionally veers into over-sentimentality. Julia Roberts' performance is what makes it stand out. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 78% Green Book (2018) Where Green Book runs into trouble is if you scratch even a millimetre beneath its fuzzy, warm surface. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2.5/5 37% Glass (2019) Nineteen years is a long time to wait for a sequel that's so unsatisfying. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen Of Scots is a passable historical drama whose odd story choices are saved by a strong performance from Saoirse Ronan. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 66% Storm Boy (2019) There is something elemental about Storm Boy - but there's probably just not enough story to stretch the running time. It's more like a series of vignettes that soar but bundled together feels flat. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 97% Pick of the Litter (2018) This is exactly the movie we need right now. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade is one of the most thoughtful and nuanced films made about the teenage experience, an authentic story of angst, anxiety and confusion - in other words, what it's like to be 13 years old. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It ends with a sweet but emotional climax with what is so rare in this franchise-obsessed industry - a proper conclusion that remains faithful to the story it's been trying to tell over three movies. - News.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019