Willa Paskin

Willa Paskin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Salon.com, Slate, Variety

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
49% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) In almost every instance, the script and direction settle for the simplest, dullest explanation of its main characters' behavior, even when that's in direct contradiction of something mentioned earlier. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) El Camino is a sumptuously shot, totally entertaining, somewhat needless, but sure-why-not elaboration of what has come before. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
90% Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) A pretty good set that, in this Schumer-saturated year, feels disappointing: decent, funny, inessential. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
59% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) Maudlin and unrealistic, it's also a lot less funny than what came before. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
82% Amanda Knox (2016) For such a sedate film, Amanda Knox achieves a surprisingly moving climax. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
83% Confirmation (2016) Confirmation is not a particularly good production, but it is gripping. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) As much as Dorothy wants to go home, the Scarecrow needs a brain, the Tin-Man desires a heart, or the Cowardly Lion longs for a spine, NBC coveted a hit: The Wizard delivered. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
94% The Normal Heart (2014) The Normal Heart is a blunt, effective instrument, a handsome, walloping cudgel that begins in gay paradise on the eve of the apocalypse: Fire Island, 1982. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
79% Veronica Mars (2014) I don't know how much money Veronica Mars will make, or how much money it has to make to be deemed a success, but as means of fan-satisfaction it is a needle to a major vein. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2014
52% Flowers in the Attic (2014) Flowers in the Attic acts as if it is just another life-affirming Lifetime movie about surviving terrible situations. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2014
61% Clear History (2013) As the movie proceeds, it gains traction, first as a kind of pleasant alt-Woody Allen vehicle... and then as a well-modulated morality play. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2013
50% Phil Spector (2013) Phil Spector is missing dramatic tension. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
94% Behind the Candelabra (2013) [Soderbergh's] total avoidance of camp and his deeply sympathetic treatment of both major characters is a way... to make Liberace and Thorson people, not stereotypes. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
No Score Yet Top of the Lake, like the best crime series, is about so much more than solving a crime. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2013