Alison Willmore

Alison Willmore
Tomatometer-approved critic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% Eddie The Eagle (2016) The overkill indicates an awareness that none of these would-be messages ring true.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
88% First Man (2018) This is a movie that - flag or no flag - doesn't need to take a political stance to make a political statement. ●‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) This movie has everything: a swept-off-your-feet romantic fantasy, an underdog-makes-good journey, a wrenching substance abuse drama, and an industry cautionary tale combined.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Feels blithely liberated from the obligation to offer up suffering that has long been part of the implicit bargain made with so many mainstream movies focused on characters of color-that they are treated as marketable in relation to the pain they portray‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout is thrilling in a way that is out of sync with blockbuster fashions. It doesn't try for any sort of political resonance, and while it's a more direct sequel than past installments, there's still nothing you really need to know in advance.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom is the silliest and most purely enjoyable variation on a story that a few big studio productions have been offering recently.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) It is, instead, a startlingly effective act of fiction, in which [Jennifer] Fox turns her abuser into an accessory in her own narrative, a means to an ending.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
85% Tully (2018) The emotions Tully surfaces aren't comforting, and they have less to do with the actual realities of motherhood than with the idea of motherhood as something that leaves you forever changed and cut off from your younger self. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) It is, despite Spielberg's claims, neither a purehearted popcorn flick nor a Paul Verhoevenesque subversion, but something uneasily in between, cowed by the idea of the fanboy demographic.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is some heady nightmare fuel, but its most striking quality may be how little it has in common with the current trends in mainstream science fiction. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) But while that is a rage that's exhilarating to witness, it's a rage that's not available to everyone. Just as not everyone in Ebbing can claim the protection of being considering "good," we still don't live in a world where everyone gets to be angry.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) ... the movie itself is an inept misfire - the kind of entrancing train wreck that makes you long for a behind-the-scene tell-all to explain what, exactly, went so wrong.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
71% Happy Death Day (2017) But the film doesn't just find a clever way to refresh a maybe-calcified genre. It also overturns some of the genre's more puritanical tendencies. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) The sun-washed reality of The Florida Project, which concludes with a touch of poetry that might break you in two. It's not a happy ending, but it is, like the rest of the film, pretty much perfect. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049, on the other hand, manages to be prettier but far more prosaic. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
91% Stronger (2017) The boldest thing Stronger does is trust enough in Maslany's performance and in the writing of her character to allow Erin to do something that a lesser movie would never even attempt.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) If the first Kingsman was a work of lol-nothing-matters provocation with a real mean streak, the second is a work of lol-nothing-matters laziness... ‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
83% Molly's Game (2018) When Molly's Game digs into the business of gambling and the whims and vulnerabilities of powerful men who spend mountains of money trying to one-up each other, it is witty, gossipy, and very entertaining.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) Its Tonya acquires a untidy grandeur because of her contradictions, not in spite of them, crushing out cigarettes with her skate blade and skipping over inconvenient details the film delves into anyway.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
70% mother! (2017) The honesty might be real and raw and compelling, but you're also left having to figure out if you'll ever be able to look at them the same way again.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
38% Death Note (2017) Netflix's Death Note fails Asian-Americans in the more mundane way that most Hollywood releases continue to .‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
92% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky lands somewhere between Magic Mike and the Ocean's trilogy. Turns out, that's one hell of a sweet spot.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) [Idris] Elba alone can't make The Dark Tower worth watching. But he can make the case, yet again, that he deserves better material than this.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
91% Good Time (2017) The masterfully scuzzy feel-bad Good Time is the kind of movie that demands consideration for all the post-YA choices Robert Pattinson has been making.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
78% Atomic Blonde (2017) It's a calorie-free serving of simple pleasures, and sometimes that's exactly what you need.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
48% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) You don't watch The Fifth Element for its storytelling, you watch it for its joyous, ridiculous sense of place and style, and that's doubly true for Valerian -- a movie that isn't nearly as memorable, but that works just fine as a tribute.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
90% Girls Trip (2017) There's nothing embarrassing about the Posse in Girls Trip, which depicts the friendships these characters have sustained not as vestigial remnants, but as a guiding force toward being true to oneself.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) It isn't a standard war movie, but it sure is some beautiful, difficult thing.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) A corrosive, intelligent costume drama from first-time director William Oldroyd.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
70% To the Bone (2017) Ultimately the most resonant message To the Bone has to offer is that there is no one certain way to heal from anorexia, and no one right way to tell stories about it either.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) A film that smuggles in a delightfully dorky high school saga under the banner of a too familiar superhero one.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
90% A Ghost Story (2017) A wondrous, delicate shell of a movie‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
87% Okja (2017) Okja unfolds like a fable about a child and their nonhuman pal that's been warped into something bleak and outrageous -- E.T. by way of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled isn't Coppola's strongest film, but it's her smartest and most skillful in portraying how the dynamics of a group of women can warp and weft under outside pressure, turning from community to competition.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) There's a sense of simmering rage beneath its fetching surfaces -- the ire of a woman who's been taught that acting in her own self-interest is a subversive act, but who senses freedom so close at hand.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
15% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy promises a fantastical world of supernatural beings colliding and collaborating, forgetting that if no one cares about any one of these beings in particular, they're not going to be sold on seeing them together, either.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) What's striking about [Wonder Woman] is the movie's sense of elated lightness. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) It's an Alien movie for our times, one in which mankind isn't just under the thumb of an oppressive corporation but sowing the seeds of its own destruction on a more sweeping scale.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
37% Snatched (2017) An exhausted dead end for a type of comedy that Schumer and Lena Dunham, in particular, became famous for in the last decade.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
82% Casting JonBenét (2017) Scolding rather than revealing.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
80% Risk (2017) Risk's strongest point is in its insistence that portraying one need not come at the expense of the other, that misogyny and acts of alleged abuse are in no way negated by some grander-scaled pursuit of justice.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) [Yondu's] presence kicks the idling movie into gear, and into a final third act for which all of the previous meandering can be forgiven - and the talk of family finally accrues the weight the film has been trying to put on it.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Splendid-looking but otherwise dreadful‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) "Remake" isn't a strong enough word to describe the relationship between Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast and the company's beloved 1991 animated movie.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
93% Logan (2017) A bruisingly good elegy ‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
94% Gook (2017) Gook may not come close to the electric greatness of Lee's 1989 film but, as a gesture in its direction, it's alive with biting promise.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
97% Mudbound (2017) Mudbound (remember that title!) is a handsomely made, urgently relevant drama... unfolding with both a Faulkner-like lyricism and a cutting contemporary resonance.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) The movie's so good... in part because of the degree to which it considers marriage not just as a relationship between two people but between two families.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick laid out the basics of its codified criminal community, but Chapter 2 builds from them an intricate world that has the claustrophobic quality of any professional industry.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) To watch it is to be aware of how little movies this size have to do with art and how much they are product, the result of a calculation involving actorly appeal and spectacle, because spectacle, not story, has the... most universal draw.‐ BuzzFeed News
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017