For 79 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 92% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 5% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Zwecker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Indignation
Lowest review score: 25 Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 79
  2. Negative: 6 out of 79
79 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Zwecker
    Mr. Turner is far more than merely an explosion of color and toned nuance for the eye. The real reason to make this a must-see of this holiday season is to wallow in the Oscar-worthy acting talent of Leigh’s veteran player Timothy Spall.
    • 73 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Zwecker
    This is one helluva compelling film that presents us with several of the very best performances of the year. Lerman and Letts, in particular, present us with fully-developed characterizations that will remain with audiences long after they leave the theater.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Zwecker
    This is a terrific movie that will keep audiences gripping their seats from start to finish, and a great deal of that is due to the magnificent acting jobs by Goodman, Winstead and co-star John Gallagher Jr.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    This is a very promising first feature by Eggers and showcases some exceptional acting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    Beyond the visuals, what makes The Maze Runner so compelling is its attention-grabbing storyline.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    Red 2 not only delivers the action, laughs and thrills of the original — in many ways it surpasses it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    I think the secret to the appeal of the entire “Kung Fu Panda” franchise is the enormous affection we feel for Po, that seemingly bumbling good guy who also can rise to the occasion and showcase true heroism and mystical power.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    On all levels, Trolls delivers. It is nicely paced, the jokes are spot-on (and will work for both the kids and their parents) and, again, this is visually a very special piece of animated artistry.
    • 77 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    This film is a winner. It will not only entertain you, but also make you think about what it takes to bring happiness into your own life.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    This is an intelligent, deeply moving film that is about so much more than a rich lady with delusional dreams about her own musical abilities. It is, in fact, quite an uplifting homage to the spirit of confidence in the face of enormous adversity.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    For those looking for non-stop action, pretty dazzling special effects and solid acting by the young protagonists, Insurgent will not disappoint.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    This small film (virtually all of it filmed in Tobi’s New York apartment) is a real gem. Stewart is the main draw and he doesn’t disappoint one bit. Gugino delivers a richly layered performance, tricky as the part calls for supreme subtlety. Lillard is a major revelation here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Marling has crafted a nicely taut, suspenseful cinematic journey into the world of corporate espionage.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Saylor has created a character who will haunt you for some time after you leave the theater.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Overall this is a solid, intelligent movie about the joys of expanding our horizons — in all directions.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    If one can put that historic reality aside — and Rickman and fellow screenwriters Jeremy Brock and Alison Deegan make that possible via their straightforward script — A Little Chaos becomes a highly enjoyable journey to a rarified world 300-plus years ago.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    It’s Pena’s quietly powerful interpretation of Cesar Chavez the man that makes this movie work so well.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Inferno delivers as an engaging thriller that I frankly enjoyed far more than Howard’s last Brown outing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    This is not great moviemaking by any stretch of the imagination, but the spot-on comic timing of the principals here — especially former “Parks and Recreation” star Plaza — captured my funny bone and kept it happily working overtime from start to finish.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    For fans of “Resident Evil,” I believe this final film will not disappoint, but it also will likely encourage newcomers to the saga to go back and play a bit of catch-up by watching the earlier movies.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    The fulcrum to the success of Goosebumps, it must be noted, is the perfect casting of Jack Black as Stine.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    This delightful, silly animated romp makes for a really fun time in the theater.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    This is a very silly film, but one that will keep you laughing — or at least loudly chuckling — from start to finish.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    While the plot is a bit shaky in parts, the overall effect of creating needed tension and some outright, out-of-your-seat jumps of fright is quite effective.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Big kudos go out to screenwriter Barrett for creating a script that throws out so many curve balls. Just when you think the story is going in one direction — you get some nice jolts and surprise twists
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    While this charming movie will be targeted to senior audiences, I hope younger generations check it out — as the humor and underlying messages are truly universal.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    While A Tale of Love and Darkness is often difficult to watch — because of all the sadness it presents — it is also a beautiful film in that it makes us think about existing in a world where we do not completely fit in.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Pan
    Full of non-stop action, an intriguing new take on J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan” tale and some old-fashioned, swashbuckling mischief led by Hugh Jackman, director Joe Wright’s Pan is one heck of a charming romp.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    With a nice, unexpected twist at the end, The Forest delivers as a healthy dose of psychological cinematic terror and an impressive first feature directing effort.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    I cannot stress enough how truly stunning the brilliant visuals are in this movie. Laika has again crafted a world that is such an original vision, one that will live on as a new classic in the world of animation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    The saving grace for this film is the group of young actors.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    Without question, this movie does elicit “feel-good” emotions — largely driven by Garner’s ability to exude genuine maternal devotion and the charm of young Kylie Rogers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    This second film is again heartwarming and includes some nice performances from Connick, Gamble and Morgan Freeman.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    The Best of Me was a better film than I expected. Much of that is due to the performances delivered by Marsden, Monaghan, Liana Liberato and especially young Australian actor Luke Bracey as the younger version of Marsden’s character.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    This sequel is a good improvement over the 2014 adventure that rebooted the franchise. The effects are better, the pacing is tighter and the overall impact is much more entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 38 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    While the lead actors deliver lovely performances, it’s a shame they have to work with material so ham-handed and overbearing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    While the actors do a yeoman’s job in presenting their characters with aplomb (especially Jesse Metcalfe, as Wesley’s lawyer), the entire film simply comes off as a two-hour, jazzed-up movie version of a sermon.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    Bad Grandpa obviously is not for everyone, but Johnny Knoxville and “Jackass” fans will eat it up.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    The message of inspiration is strong and certainly qualifies as solid family entertainment. I only wish there were fewer trite truisms scattered throughout the script and less predictable dialogue for the solid troupe of actors to deliver.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    This is a well-meaning film with a good idea that unfortunately stumbles on its way to its less-than-satisfying end.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    This is an OK movie about a serious subject and an important milestone in the road to gay freedom and equality. It’s just a shame it didn’t accomplish the kind of cinematic punch as did the Oscar-winning “Milk.”
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    In the spirit of so many films created for the small screen, My All American works way too hard to make sure our heartstrings are pulled — and actually yanked hard from start to finish.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Zwecker
    The special effects are among the more positive aspects of “Allegiant,” but those alone cannot rescue this highly flawed sequel.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Zwecker
    The mishmash of filmmaking makes it clear this was a movie made by committee — and clearly that committee was composed of folks who were not all on the same page when it came to spinning what could have been a much more engaging piece of fantasy storytelling.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Bill Zwecker
    This lame tale just falls completely flat.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Bill Zwecker
    This is a disappointing waste of good acting talent, coupled with a very pedantic and not very intriguing story from first-time screenwriter Christina Hodson.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Bill Zwecker
    This loud, bombastic, often incoherent mishmash of magical-themed storytelling simply was not worth whatever effort went into it. While there are some acceptable action sequences, it’s the screenplay — complicated by some less than inspired performances — that dooms “Warcraft” at every point along the way.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Bill Zwecker
    While I clearly cannot recommend this film, I have to admit there were a couple of amusing moments.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Bill Zwecker
    The best thing about The Hero of Color City is its good voice talent — and its running time of only 77 minutes. Other than that, this is a pretty lame computer-generated animated movie that will likely not engage kids much past the first grade.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Bill Zwecker
    This may be one of the least artful holiday films ever made. Even devout born-again Christians will find this hard to stomach.

Top Trailers