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      George Wu's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Senses of Cinema

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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) Waititi clearly put a lot of love into Thor: Ragnarok. That is missing from Thor: Love and Thunder, which feels more like slapdash product. -
      Read More | Posted Jul 08, 2022
      Eternals (2021) Despite being 2 hours 37 minutes long, Eternals feels rushed, like it's trying to squeeze a ten-episode series into one feature film. -
      Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2021
      Holy Motors (2012) Holy Motors evokes incredulousness in a good way and how many films can you say that about? -
      Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
      Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Avengers: Infinity War has trouble fitting in so many characters and giving them proper emotional moments as well as the fireworks in its 149 minute run time. -
      Read More | Posted May 03, 2018
      Ismael's Ghosts (2017) It's Desplechin-Amalric again, and they've done just fine for 21 years. This movie makes one hope for more Desplechin-Amalric-Cotillard though. -
      Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
      After the Storm (2016) All of these build up to being more than the sum of its parts. For anyone, being compared to Ozu is daunting, but Kore-eda needn't be ashamed, not with efforts like "After the Storm." -
      Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
      The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) However well crafted "Deer" is, it's a small loathsome universe from Lanthimos. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
      Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) There have been many films about the confusion of adolescence and the difficulty of coming out...but he makes the material fresh by understating the subtext while concentrating on the immediate experiences of the characters. -
      Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2014
      The Past (2013) Any short-term illusion of being in charge is at the cost of long-term trust and fidelity. The Past stands as a resonate warning to this vicious cycle. -
      Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2014
      Visitors (2013) Godfrey has said he wants Visitors to be about texture, not text, but it actually feels like the most cerebral of his films and not in a good way, but rather in an overdetermined didactic way. -
      Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2014
      The Descendants (2011) Even as Payne's weakest film, The Descendants is still worth seeing -
      Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2011
      The Tree of Life (2011) The Tree of Life is one of those few films that comes along once in a decade with artistic aspirations so enormous, it stands like a giant towering over the movies around it. -
      Read More | Posted May 30, 2011
      Thor (2011) Thor gets by on humor and on the performances of Hemsworth, Hiddleston, and Dennings ... -
      Read More | Posted May 18, 2011
      Enter the Void (2009) Noe's style is near-experimental, which is often not a good thing, but even worse, the content is simplistic and monotonous. -
      Read More | Posted Oct 01, 2010
      The Social Network (2010) ... it's flashy as hell given its subject matter. It also doesn't hurt that it's pretty good. -
      Read More | Posted Oct 01, 2010
      Red Cliff (2008) The drama tends to be pitched over the top %u2026 Before, Woo could pull off such extremes because he did it in an operatic fashion of gonzo emotion, but here it often comes off as inadvertently hokey. -
      Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2009
      Tokyo! (2008) Tokyo!, in lineage with (the yes, middling) New York Stories, however actually manages the exceedingly rare accomplishment of getting all three of its episodes right. -
      Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2009
      My Winnipeg (2007) ... no one else out there makes movies like this, and it has enough highlights that Guy Maddin fans should still seek it out. -
      Read More | Posted Jun 09, 2008
      Love Songs (2007) ... writer-director Christophe Honor ... fashions a 14-song musical about love and loss. -
      Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2008
      The Duchess of Langeais (2007) Rivette tells the story at a length any other filmmaker would have halved. -
      Read More | Posted Mar 02, 2008
      The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2007) Les Amours d'Astre et de Cladon -
      Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2007
      4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) This year's Palme d'Or winner, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, makes it's U.S. debut at the New York Film Festival -
      Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2007
      Secret Sunshine (2007) Can a movie traumatize you in a good way? -
      Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2007
      Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Devil possesses a dramatic power akin to watching a big train wreck, but it's an elaborate Rube Goldberg device with no real heart at its center. -
      Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2007
      Out 1, Noli Me Tangere (1971) What one can say after the experience is that there is nothing else quite like it in all of cinema. -
      Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2007
      Paris, je t'aime (2006) While too fleeting in grace to be a great movie, Paris Je T'aime does however reward the hope offered with this prestigious cast and crew. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2007
      The Exterminating Angels (2006) If the movie was meant to render sympathy to Brisseau, it only reinforces how monstrously repugnant he is. The audacity to suggest his complete innocence makes the whole thing seem like black comedy, only the core sentiment is not funny. -
      Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2007
      Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) Agree or disagree, this is a work so bold and provocative and distinctive that it demands to be seen. -
      Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2007
      Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) Every stone, every piece of fabric, every pushed-up bosom is fetishized to ludicrous extremes. Zhang apparently wants to dazzle the eyes with the visuals, but Curse is one of the gaudiest looking movies ever made. -
      Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2007
      Exiled (2006) Exiled is compromised by the feeling one gets that Johnnie To has been watching too many westerns. -
      Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2007
      The Host (2006) Boon shows that he has the film grammar of a Spielberg in how well he conveys his story cinematically... Boon will go places that Spielberg won't though. -
      Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2007
      Inland Empire (2006) It feels Lynchian to the point of self-parody. -
      Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2006
      Triad Election (2006) Triad Election lacks the emotional punch or aesthetic dazzle to take it up a notch. -
      Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2006
      Azumi (2003) It's a B-movie through and through and its indulgences come from loving the genre too much, not bracketing it with postmodern quotation marks. -
      Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2006
      Russian Dolls (2005) 'Russian Dolls' is not an intellectually cohesive movie, but it's so much exuberant fun, it doesn't matter -
      Read More | Posted May 09, 2006
      13 Tzameti (2005) Shot in black and white, '13' maintains a strong disconsolate tone, one in which the world feels barren and uncaring. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2006
      Battle in Heaven (2005) Will one day make its mark in the film canon as the singular film experience it is -
      Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2006
      King Kong (2005) Every scene in the new 'King Kong' strains to be the biggest, most pulverizing, in-your-face spectacle that you've ever experienced. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2005
      Three Times (2005) Hou captures that new couple exuberance in a way few films have, and the climatic moment here is as magical as they come. -
      Read More | Posted Oct 04, 2005
      Manderlay (2005) [Von Trier] has imbued the material with enough dramatic power and relevance that despite its many flaws, it is still essential viewing. -
      Read More | Posted Oct 02, 2005
      Lady Vengeance (2005) The flashiest, funniest, and most baroque of the "Vengeance Trilogy." It is also the most simpleminded and, despite that, eventually the most muddled. -
      Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2005
      L'Enfant (2005) Does not present any convincing evidence that Bruno is either so dense or so uncaring as to be remotely capable of selling his son on a whim -
      Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2005
      The Devil's Rejects (2005) The movie's violence is used to explore the ties of family, both by blood and by bonds of personal history. -
      Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2005
      Memories of Murder (2003) A great opening and...a visceral, heartbreaking ending -
      Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2005
      My Summer of Love (2004) Pavlikovsky ends up falsifying everything his style was working so effectively to create, and only because he ultimately chose content over style. -
      Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2005
      Kung Fu Hustle (2004) Chow's best all-around achievement, meshing a coherent story, character arcs..., and technical depth. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2005
      Torremolinos 73 (2003) Berger straddles the cartoonish and the naturalistic with mixed results. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2005
      Oldboy (2003) Works best as a thrilling ride, a genre piece, not as a movie to gain insight into the human experience -
      Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2005
      Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003) The only reason to see it is for the action. In that arena, on a scale from 1 to 10, it's a 20. -
      Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2005
      House of Flying Daggers (2004) It's hard to take it as anything but unintended camp. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 02, 2004
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