William Bibbiani

William Bibbiani
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Penguins (2019) Relies not on deeper meaning but on the seemingly unassailable argument that penguins are exceptionally cute and that the typical human being would happily spend 76 minutes watching them do just about anything. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
51% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Sometimes funny, sometimes smart, always watchable, but perhaps the film's dedication to turning a clever tale into something profound was a miscalculation. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
30% Wonder Park (2019) A clumsy but amiable kids movie with a streak of sincerity that stretches further than the Wonder Park itself. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
72% Triple Frontier (2019) There's a meta-narrative in there somewhere, condemning films like Triple Frontier for exploiting the violence of war for superficial ends, but Chandor doesn't delve into self-analysis long enough to make a point about it. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
95% Transit (2019) Devoid of pretty speeches and old-fashioned melodrama, Transit is a hellish little misery of a movie. That's a compliment. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5.9/10 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book lacks the depth it aspires to, and only works on a very superficial level. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali give exceptional performances but this message movie fumbles its message. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
82% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) The visual influences are found in museums, with characters and backgrounds lifted from Manet and Picasso, but the storytelling style is straight out of Mario Bava, with a cinematic philosophy more akin to Brian De Palma's Hitchcockian pastiches. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
40% Donnybrook (2019) Has that morose aesthetic and grim determination, but the plot and pacing are too aimless to sustain much interest, even for these relatively brisk 101 minutes. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Transforms the original high-concept slasher into a ambitious and witty sci-fi treatise on alternate realities and the cinematic significance of personal growth in sequels. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
45% The Prodigy (2019) Tips its hand so early, and provides so very few twists, that the film quickly runs out of material. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
8/10 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is an eye-popping spectacle that doesn't quite live up to the iconic manga it's based on. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
7.5/10 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The LEGO Movie 2 isn't quite as funny or as brilliantly executed as the original, but it's an ambitious, likable sequel. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
89% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) With its passionate contributors and lofty ideas, "Memory: The Origins of Alien" demonstrates that, if nothing else, the study of a film can be as exciting as the film itself. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) The best twists make you reevaluate everything you've seen before, and reveal new layers of the story that make the whole film stronger. The twist in Serenity makes you reevaluate everything you've seen before, but now it all makes less sense. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
48% Escape Room (2019) It's a movie about escape rooms that literally kill you, and if you're willing to buy into that premise, it's about as good as a movie with that premise could probably be. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4.1/10 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) The lazy gags, wasted supporting cast and unfocused writing make the film an unfunny chore, which evokes but doesn't come close to their earlier comedic outings. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7.9/10 66% Vice (2018) Vice is a funny and vicious political commentary, revealing in clear, thrilling detail a man whom filmmaker Adam McKay considers one of the most insidious and dangerous political figures of the last fifty years. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) Wan seems to be operating under the philosophy that sci-fi/fantasy should stretch the limits of the imagination, even at the cost of possibly looking ludicrous. Either way, you're in for a spectacle. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) As a course correction for the series, pulling the previously complex mythology way back and starting over from scratch, it's enormously effective. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
26% Mortal Engines (2018) The only rational response to Mortal Engines is "Wow." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
8.1/10 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) A delightful Christmas/horror/comedy/musical hybrid, with a great cast, entertaining gore and a storyline that's easy to take seriously... even though it's fundamentally absurd. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
20% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) A dreary horror thriller, without any of those pesky thrills. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
30% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) It's the toothbrush at the bottom of your stocking: It's well-intentioned, and you might get some use out of it, but let's just pray it's not the highlight of your holiday season. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" represents some of the best superhero storytelling on the market. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
8/10 69% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Kurt Russell is one of the all-time great movie Santa Clauses. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4.5/10 15% Robin Hood (2018) As long as there is economic disparity, the story of Robin Hood will always be relevant. But you wouldn't know it by watching this movie. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
6.5/10 91% Widows (2018) There's no denying the power of that cast and the particular vision of McQueen, who turns Widows into something truly distinctive... if not necessarily effective. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) [It] looks, sounds, and sometimes acts like a dumb comedy. But stick with it, and you'll discover that Sean Anders' latest is an earnest, moving family drama that just happens to be kinda funny. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
9.5/10 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) In [this film the Coens] haven't just made a funny, sentimental, exciting and blistering western, they've also unlocked their entire filmography for anyone who may have missed the connections before. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) The angles are dynamic and jagged, framing the action for maximum shock value. It's as though the design philosophy for Overlord was to try to get banned in the 1950s, and it works. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) "The Crimes of Grindelwald" probably had enough plot to drive a four-hour mini-series, but even so, what we get is often absorbing and grand. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
72% Indivisible (2018) Although the film has a few battle sequences, it portrays soldiers as sensitive men and women with complex feelings who depend on each other for emotional support as they ponder the philosophical ramifications of death. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
6.4/10 66% Suspiria (2018) [It] is an interesting intellectual exercise, too ambitious to be ignored yet too overbearing to be enjoyed. Despite moments of genuine terror the film is less interesting in being scary than it is in humanizing what scares us. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Alvarez's film isn't a harsh character study or a brutal indictment of a misogynistic society: It's a fast-moving thriller about nuclear launch codes, and there's hardly any time for little luxuries like character development and themes. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
9.5/10 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) One of the most delightful films of the year. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
57% Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018) The events in Searcy's film demand to be taken seriously. The way he portrays them, sometimes, cannot. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Forget the promise of Blumhouse taking over the franchise and giving it to a respectable director like David Gordon Green: This isn't a glorious rebirth, it's a functional facsimile, and it's a wholly satisfying piece of slasher entertainment regardless. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
7.8/10 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) It may not be a great movie, but Timotheé Chalamet delivers a performance so vibrant that it almost rubs off on everything else, and he's matched in every scene by Steve Carell, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
8.9/10 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's a film that may one day be required viewing for adolescents, and it might just change them the way that these events change its protagonist. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
46% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) The script is more contrived than ever, the characters are largely underwritten, and the monsters look cheap and get very little to do. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
39% Hell Fest (2018) Captures all the fun and excitement of wandering aimlessly through an amusement park with boring people you don't like. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) "Bad Times at the El Royale" is vibrant motion picture, in a way few films are nowadays. One might even call it indulgent, although "decadent" is probably more accurate. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
61% The Oath (2018) The film struggles to find a satisfying conclusion to such an interesting set-up, and the disappointing finale Barinholtz settles on has the frustrating effect of muting the film's arguments. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Roth has connected with his own inner weirdo, found the still-beating heart inside him, and decided to nurture it - instead of ripping it out and eating it. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
8.7/10 86% A Simple Favor (2018) A Simple Favor is a sharply dressed comedy-thriller, and the screenplay is even sharper. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
63% Bel Canto (2018) The film's failure to modulate its tone, its intensity and its messaging makes it a dreary, one-note production. Worse yet, it's flat. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) If revenge films are a dime a dozen, then Mandy cost a bunch of dimes. The plot is straightforward but visually, aurally, symbolically, it's a heavy motion picture that may be too much for some audiences to handle. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) As we learn over the course of the film why the Predators keep coming back to Earth, we also see that Black doesn't take the stories and themes that the previous Predator movies explored seriously either. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
6.7/10 12% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint is a modest thriller... Whether you find it exciting or troubling might vary from person to person, but either way Jennifer Garner delivers a standout performance that demands recognition. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) Moves at a fast clip, like it's desperate to get to the next set piece. A little more action and a little less gore, and it could have made a rollicking installment of Universal's defunct "Dark Universe" franchise. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018