For 34 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 94% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 6% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.6 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: 38 Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
34 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    Red 2 not only delivers the action, laughs and thrills of the original — in many ways it surpasses it.
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Marling has crafted a nicely taut, suspenseful cinematic journey into the world of corporate espionage.
    • 63 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    It’s Pena’s quietly powerful interpretation of Cesar Chavez the man that makes this movie work so well.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Overall this is a solid, intelligent movie about the joys of expanding our horizons — in all directions.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    While the overall concept of the script is pretty creative and original, at several points along the way the storyline gets a bit muddled.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    The best parts of Need for Speed are the actual racing and chasing sequences — a true thrill ride for the audience as the story unfolds.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    This company of actors pulls together and delivers a lot of punch to a pedestrian script inspired by quite an amazing tale.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    This second film is again heartwarming and includes some nice performances from Connick, Gamble and Morgan Freeman.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    While the animation is quite good and the filmmakers have brought together an excellent group of actors to provide the voice talent, the storyline leaves us with a tale more reminiscent of Saturday morning kids’ programming.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    Bad Grandpa obviously is not for everyone, but Johnny Knoxville and “Jackass” fans will eat it up.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    The saving grace for this film is the group of young actors.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    The life lessons about morals and values are soft-pedaled pretty well and packaged in a mostly funny romp as the trio of mothers’ night-on-the-town turns in all sorts of bizarre and wacky ways.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    Wonderful as it is to watch great actors delve deeply into their roles, it’s a shame that the material they are delivering is just so damn confusing.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Zwecker
    The actors do their best. The problem here is simply a formulaic screenplay and less-than-inspired direction.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Zwecker
    The film ends up feeling more like a very long music video.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Bill Zwecker
    This lame tale just falls completely flat.