Calvin Wilson

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For 330 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 79% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Calvin Wilson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 I Am Not Your Negro
Lowest review score: 25 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 330
330 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    It’s a perfect vehicle for Driver, who endearingly captures the hangdog humility of his character. It’s a portrayal that might encourage more people to write poetry. And as the quirky but cheerful Laura, Farahani is just right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A stark, contemplative and hauntingly brilliant film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A comedy of discomfort -- and one of their (Coen brothers) best, most insightful and most provocative films.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    At its heart, Carol deals with the rules that society imposes on individuals, and the courage necessary to throw those rules out the window.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Cotillard gets so persuasively inside Sandra’s skin that it’s not at all surprising that this performance has earned her another Oscar nomination. And she does so without resorting to shameless, award-baiting grandstanding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Portman is simply brilliant, getting to the essence of Jackie without resorting to a mere impersonation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Doctor Strange doesn’t always make sense — but so what? It’s a mind-blowing special-effects extravaganza, and the most exciting comic-book flick since “Deadpool.”
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Fruitvale Station has all the impact of a thoroughly researched, well-argued documentary. But Coogler made the right choice in going with drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Boldly original, The Revenant puts everything else playing at the multiplexes in the shade.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Ultimately hopeful, but uncompromising in its commitment to exposing a tragic chapter in history.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Gosling is terrific as the coolly introspective yet disarmingly charming Sebastian. And Stone is deservedly generating Oscar buzz for her portrayal of an artist who can’t quite believe she’ll ever be anything other than a barista.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A film that's at once timely and timeless.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Lots of films claim to be different. Birdman is.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    At once an unforgettable war film and a brilliant character study.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Far from being preachy, Loving is a beautiful film about daring to love, without fear or compromise.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    In a stunning performance, Teller resists the impulse to sugarcoat Andrew’s egocentricity. Simmons is equally impressive, lending Fletcher just enough humanity to render his monstrousness all the more shocking.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Shot mostly in black and white and imbued with a romanticism that's at once nostalgic and exhilarating, Tetro sneaks up on you. What threatens to be a mere exercise in style proves to be as involving as it is inventive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Oyelowo takes full advantage of his close physical resemblance to King, but he wisely avoids mere impersonation, delivering a performance that’s as sensitive as it is spellbinding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Don’t be put off by the need to read subtitles. Rarely has a film more eloquently captured the universality of human experience.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    An exhilarating balancing act, at once a science-fiction romp, a paranoid thriller and a philosophical treatise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Often, extending a film franchise signifies a lack of imagination. But Creed is a knockout.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Involves the gradual revelation of the hopes, fears and insecurities of well-observed characters.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Working from a script co-written with Christopher Browne, director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”) pulls off a fabulous trick of his own: delivering a mainstream entertainment that has, at its heart, a poetic sensibility.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    One of the best films of the year.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Nev and the filmmakers prove to be charismatic, and at times hilarious, investigators of the unfolding mystery.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Bursting with smart dialogue, surprising situations and humor that springs from richly imagined characters.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    With Manchester by the Sea writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count on Me”) confirms his status as a major American filmmaker.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Sophisticated comedies have gone out of fashion, largely because Hollywood finds it easier and more profitable to simply gross out moviegoers. But Please Give has real class -- and for that it deserves our gratitude.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    What Inside Llewyn Davis is all about: the passion, and the pain, of being an artist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A cinematic miracle, a film that carves out a vivid space that has nothing to do with wizards or extraterrestrials, but quite a lot to say about the fantastical creatures that roam through the humanity in us all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A far more interesting film than its title implies. And a film you’ve never seen before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    With visual and psychological precision, Abrahamson brilliantly evokes the experience of living outside of everyday reality. And he does so without resorting to either creepiness or sentimentality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Into the Abyss makes a strong case for the inhumanity of capital punishment, regardless of the crime or the criminal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The film offers insights into Iranian society while also subtly making a case that human foibles are universal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The year’s most exhilarating film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The result, Pina, is the most spirited and spectacular film about dance since Robert Altman's "The Company."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    One of the best films of the year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Brilliantly blending archival material, including clips of Baldwin on television and in public appearances, with narration by Samuel L. Jackson, Peck makes intriguing connections between the 20th century civil rights movement and the contemporary activism of Black Lives Matter.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The story is so masterfully told that one can't help but be enthralled.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The success of the three, separately screened films -- the first set in 1974, the second in 1980 and the concluding segment in 1983 -- depends not on their specifics, but on their ability to sustain an atmosphere that's appropriate to the dark but haunting story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Perhaps the greatest triumph of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that it justifies the enormous hype. Working from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan, director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”) brings fresh energy to the franchise while adhering to the storytelling values that made it matter in the first place.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The Big Short is the film that “The Wolf of Wall Street” wanted to be.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Unlike too many films these days, Zero Dark Thirty dares to embrace complexity. And that makes it not just state-of-the-art entertainment, but a great film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The Kids Are All Right probably could have used a few more scenes to come to an even more satisfying conclusion. But it's a terrific film anyway.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Essential viewing for art-film buffs and crime-flick fans, but also for anyone who's looking for a great story, terrific acting and masterful filmmaking.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    If you think they don’t make movies like they used to, Brooklyn is glorious proof to the contrary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A lovably quirky comedy-drama with a rhythm all its own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A must-see — and one of the best films of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    This is the kind of film that benefits from being experienced with as little prior knowledge as possible. As one watches it, certain questions may arise. But don’t worry — the answers are fascinating.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Cruise is as watchable as ever, bringing to Hunt a blend of steeliness and vulnerability.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    If you long for a film in the tradition of such grown-up entertainments as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The English Patient,” this is one to get lost in.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Traditional in the best sense.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Psychological thrillers just don’t get any better than this.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Superior filmmaking. Yes, it runs almost three hours - but you've probably seen 90-minute films that felt a lot longer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Aside from art-house fare, American movies of recent decades have tended to ignore even the most urgent social problems. Despite its lapses into melodrama, 99 Homes is a thought-provoking exception.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Director David O. Russell ("Three Kings") delivers a film of staggering impact.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    As enchanting as it is ambitious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Working from a self-penned screenplay, Tarantino has come up with one of the wordiest Westerns on record, and even some of his most diehard fans may grimace at the film’s occasionally slow pace. But The Hateful Eight more than compensates through its intriguing characters, ominous atmosphere and palpable suspense.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Working from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Christopher Rouse, director Paul Greengrass has come up with a post-Snowden film that delivers nonstop thrills.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Wysocki is perfectly cast as a teen who's at odds with both his environment and himself. It's a terrific performance. And as the empathetic Fitzgerald, Reilly is at his quirky best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Once you’re on its wavelength, the film is a mesmerizing experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The rare film that will remain on your mind long after you’ve left the theater.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Our Idiot Brother is smart entertainment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Mud
    A provocative mood piece. Nichols, who had an art-house hit in 2011 with “Take Shelter,” has a gift for creating characters of unusual depth, and for eliciting performances of emotional resonance. With Mud, he seems to be edging closer to the mainstream, but his skills are as sharp as ever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Logan isn’t the typical superhero flick. It’s more like a Western, with Jackman turning in a performance that’s reminiscent of Clint Eastwood in his Man With No Name days.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The film’s true scene-stealer is Bennett, who brilliantly portrays Sir James as a case study in cluelessness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The performances are first-rate, with Lindhardt particularly moving as a guy who's in deep denial about just how much he can expect from a relationship with an addict.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Might be mistaken for a mere soap opera. But it's actually an emotional symphony.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    There’s less a sense of hitting plot points than of capturing life on the fly, and Mendelsohn and Reynolds ride that vibe brilliantly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Far from being just another crime story, Sicario is cinema at its most ambitious.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Rogue One spins “Star Wars” into a whole new orbit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    In his best performance since “The Social Network,” Eisenberg is perfectly cast as the neurotic Bobby. But the film truly belongs to Stewart, who brings to Vonnie a haunting luminousness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Yes, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is often hard to follow, perhaps overestimating the audience's ability to keep track of what's going on and why. But it's a well-crafted film that wears its old-fashionedness with pride.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    With Top Five, Rock has finally made the transition to true movie stardom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Written and directed by Matt Ross — who is perhaps best known for his role as Alby on the HBO series “Big Love” — the film raises questions not only about what it means to be a responsible parent but also about what constitutes a meaningful life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The film isn't quite as edgy as Fincher's best work - "Seven," "Fight Club" and "Zodiac" are masterpieces of modern angst. But the director brings a fresh eye to what might easily have been an unnecessary rehash of the 2009 Swedish adaptation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    As original and risk-taking as its subject, Steve Jobs will make you think differently about an American icon.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Shares the magical appeal of the “Harry Potter” movies, which should come as no surprise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    A beautifully realized drama that gets to the essence of what it's like to be young, confused and in love.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The tale of Jake and his pals is something of a time capsule — and the kind of film from which sociologists decades from now might glean extremely useful information about American culture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Unhurried in its storytelling but unshakable in its impact.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Gordon-Levitt turns in an Oscar-worthy performance as a man who’s all too aware of what he’s letting himself in for. And Woodley skillfully balances a range of emotions as Lindsay.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The film is perhaps best appreciated as a showcase for the gifted Simonischek, whose portrayal of Winfried/Toni is one for the ages.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    As the deeply principled Donovan, Hanks deftly balances earnestness and humor. And Rylance’s spirited performance is almost certain to yield an Oscar nomination.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Pratt is engagingly rascally as Quill, and Saldana brings a sassy charisma to the no-nonsense Gamora. But as might be expected, Baby Groot steals the film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Bonnaire, whose films include "Vagabond" and "Monsieur Hire," gets Helene just right, registering her joys and disappointments with finesse.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    It’s true that not much happens — except cinema at its finest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Has been criticized as endorsing or condoning violence, but that assessment is unfair and inaccurate. If terrorism is to be eliminated, it must be understood, not oversimplified.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Zobel's unsparing approach is justified. This film should be hard to watch - and it is. But it's also hard to forget.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Black Swan is ridiculously over the top, but in a way that makes it fascinating to watch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    This is the kind of intelligent, thought-provoking mainstream film that’s in danger of becoming extinct. Eye in the Sky is miles above the average multiplex flick.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Although Lebanon is to be congratulated for its bold visual strategy and strong antiwar stance, the film becomes claustrophobic after a while.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    A film that's all the more intriguing for being virtually impossible to categorize.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Put aside any hang-ups you may have about subtitles. As action flicks go, Point Blank is right on target.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Is this a family film? No way. Does it include scenes that some may find painful to watch? You bet. Will you be entertained? Thoroughly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    No
    The Oscar-nominated No has the gritty feel of a foreign film from the 1970s. As such, it may take a few minutes for most moviegoers to adjust to its rhythms. Ironically for a film about advertising, there’s nothing slick about it — and therein lies much of its greatness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Arrival is science fiction in the classic sense and a film of otherworldly ambition.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    A Monster Calls is the rare film that addresses the mysteries of childhood without succumbing to schmaltz.

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