For 43 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 90% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 6% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Zwecker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 How to Train Your Dragon 2
Lowest review score: 25 Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 3 out of 43
43 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    The visuals are spectacular, the 3D technology is artfully used and the storyline is jam-packed with so many funny lines, it’s hard to catch all the jokes that are delivered in rapid-fire succession.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    This is a must-see for anyone who loves theater, acting and especially individuals like Elaine Stritch unafraid to bare their souls — so all of us can gain more insight into the complicated essence of the human condition.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    This film moves effortlessly from some pretty intense dramatic moments to hilarious scenes showcasing the contrasting lifestyles of the gay and straight worlds to some vignettes of incredible poignancy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    Director Steven Frears deserves special mention. A lesser filmmaker could so easily have turned this project into mushy, sentimental junk. The tear-jerking moments here are heartfelt and real. It’s the kind of filmmaking we see too little of today.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Zwecker
    Not only does this second movie match the charm, wit, animation skill and intelligent storytelling of the original, I think it even exceeds it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Zwecker
    The film works as well as it does due to the genius of Benedict Cumberbatch and the way he has inhabited Alan Turing’s persona.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    There are certainly a lot of actors who can match Hill and Tatum as comic actors, but it’s the oddball connection between these two that makes for a very entertaining couple of hours at the movies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Marling has crafted a nicely taut, suspenseful cinematic journey into the world of corporate espionage.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    Co-writers/directors Faxon and Rast have created a little gem of a film. Without question, The Way Way Back is the best coming-of-age movie of the summer and should be seen by audiences of all ages.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Kon-Tiki reminds us how important it is to expand our horizons by making discoveries, exploring new worlds and pushing ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Anyone interested in the appeal of cults and the psychological lure of a charismatic leader will appreciate The Source Family.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    This well-crafted picture is a lovely work of true art, enhanced by terrific animated sequences illustrating Jerry Lee’s love of drawing cartoons and Frank’s ability to concoct tales of the brothers as heroic figures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    The new globetrotting, caper-packed romp with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the lovable team certainly is just as good as, and often an improvement on, the 2011 offering.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Unlike so many sequels, this fun-filled 3D adventure is sure to entertain younger kids but also charm the adults who will be accompanying them to the multiplexes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    While the outcome is pretty predictable and borderline formulaic, this is a well-paced romantic comedy that works due to its engaging cast — with special kudos going out to Radcliffe and Kazan, but also Driver, who delivers perfectly as the fast-talking, libido-driven hunkster.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    This second film is again heartwarming and includes some nice performances from Connick, Gamble and Morgan Freeman.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    Cahill has not only made a thoughtful and compelling movie about science, but he’s also given us an intriguing story that delves into the age-old debate of faith vs. hard proof involving the possibility of a higher spiritual power.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    Beyond the visuals, what makes The Maze Runner so compelling is its attention-grabbing storyline.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Overall this is a solid, intelligent movie about the joys of expanding our horizons — in all directions.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Zwecker
    The film ends up feeling more like a very long music video.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    Bad Grandpa obviously is not for everyone, but Johnny Knoxville and “Jackass” fans will eat it up.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    From the opening frame right up to the whirlwind finale, you will be treated to non-stop action, clever dialogue and quite a bit of zany energy. If I’d fault anything about this fun romp, it’s that the filmmakers tried to jam-pack too much into one movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    The saving grace for this film is the group of young actors.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Zwecker
    This Carrie comes off like a Lifetime film, adding little new and nothing substantial to improve on DePalma’s classic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    While Peeples follows a very predictable course as a romantic comedy and does not break any ground in that genre of filmmaking, this movie is more engaging than you might expect.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    It’s Pena’s quietly powerful interpretation of Cesar Chavez the man that makes this movie work so well.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    With a splashy Brazilian-themed musical score, top-notch voice talent and sharp-witted writing, the sequel to “Rio” is one delightful animated romp. It’s as good as the first one and sure to please both the kiddies and adults with its two-tiered humor.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    The strength of Burger’s movie is the fact that a non-reader of Roth’s work can enjoy Divergent and not be confused by any aspect of the storyline.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Planes: Fire & Rescue is a good improvement over “Planes,” which Disney released last year. The story is stronger, there are some wonderful additions to the voice talent and the 3D cinematography is well-utilized.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    Red 2 not only delivers the action, laughs and thrills of the original — in many ways it surpasses it.

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