Calvin Wilson
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For 156 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 81% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 17.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Calvin Wilson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Youth in Revolt
Lowest review score: 25 The Bounty Hunter
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 156
156 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Ultimately hopeful, but uncompromising in its commitment to exposing a tragic chapter in history.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A film that's at once timely and timeless.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    At once an unforgettable war film and a brilliant character study.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The story is so masterfully told that one can't help but be enthralled.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    What Inside Llewyn Davis is all about: the passion, and the pain, of being an artist.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Involves the gradual revelation of the hopes, fears and insecurities of well-observed characters.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Although The Gatekeepers lacks the stylistic inventiveness of “Fog,” it is nonetheless a compelling account of what can go wrong when power is unrestrained.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Lots of films claim to be different. Birdman is.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Traditional in the best sense.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    At once a fascinating character study and a scathing indictment of the role of the medical-pharmaceutical complex in exacerbating the AIDS crisis, the fact-based Dallas Buyers Club is one of the best films of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The result, Pina, is the most spirited and spectacular film about dance since Robert Altman's "The Company."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A stark, contemplative and hauntingly brilliant film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    With Top Five, Rock has finally made the transition to true movie stardom.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Unhurried in its storytelling but unshakable in its impact.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A lovably quirky comedy-drama with a rhythm all its own.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    This isn't just another crime story, and it would be misleading to suggest that it has anything to do with stylish gunplay, exhilarating car chases or brutal fistfights.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Like Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Oduye brilliantly slips inside the skin of a sensitive young woman who's having trouble finding her place in the world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A far more interesting film than its title implies. And a film you’ve never seen before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A comedy of discomfort -- and one of their (Coen brothers) best, most insightful and most provocative films.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Director David O. Russell ("Three Kings") delivers a film of staggering impact.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    An enthralling lament for an era in which beauty is in danger of becoming extinct.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    As enchanting as it is ambitious.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Black Swan is ridiculously over the top, but in a way that makes it fascinating to watch.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Calvin Wilson
    Brilliant performances aside, Clouds of Sils Maria is overlong and much too self-indulgently an “art film.” It might have benefited from being just a bit more grounded.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Superbly acted, and a return to form for Tavernier, who guided jazz legend Dexter Gordon to an Oscar nomination for "'Round Midnight" (1986).
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    One of the best films of the year.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Might be mistaken for a mere soap opera. But it's actually an emotional symphony.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    It's an original that plays as if it were based on a novel.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Bernie could easily have gone horribly wrong. But Black and Linklater finesse this tricky material with as much virtuosity as Bernie brings to that broccoli.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    At once funny and poignant — and not just for moviegoers of a certain age.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    This film might easily have settled for mocking religion. Instead, it's a fascinating glimpse into a culture that forces some people to choose between fitting in and opting out.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The storytelling is solid, propelled by characters that you come to care about.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    As popcorn entertainment, it's right on schedule.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    A film that's all the more intriguing for being virtually impossible to categorize.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The rare film that will remain on your mind long after you’ve left the theater.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    What's lacking is a galvanizing performance comparable to that of the Oscar-nominated Catalina Sandino Moreno in "Maria Full of Grace." Still, The Forgiveness of Blood is a memorable portrait of a society and the demands it makes on those caught up in it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Cold in July has all the qualifications of a midnight movie in the making.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    It's one of the funniest and most perceptive films of the year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Calvin Wilson
    Manages to waste the talents of its strong supporting cast, which includes Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell and Stanley Tucci.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    This is a smart, moving film that's also very, very funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Starts out so promisingly that it's a huge disappointment when it ultimately becomes way too predictable - and unbelievable. It's as if "Raging Bull" suddenly morphed into "Rocky."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    The Big Picture ends perhaps a bit too ambiguously, but there's something refreshing about its faith in the moviegoer's intelligence.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Alma is at once a charmer and a contrarian, and Bergsholm achieves that balance with seeming effortlessness. At times, she's more than a bit reminiscent of the young Jodie Foster.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Bonnaire, whose films include "Vagabond" and "Monsieur Hire," gets Helene just right, registering her joys and disappointments with finesse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Perhaps best appreciated as a character study -- about a character some moviegoers might prefer to avoid. Still, it's a smart, funny film that flirts with the edge.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Calvin Wilson
    As a drama about coping with hard times, The Company Men doesn't come close to being as sharp or entertaining as "Up in the Air" - which starred Wells' "ER" associate George Clooney.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Skarsgard, who is perhaps best known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Breaking the Waves," makes the most of his rich role, imbuing Ulrik with a knockabout charm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    As a tale of a boy, his dog and their battles with bad guys, it's a treasure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    $9.99 may not be entirely successful from a dramatic perspective, and it certainly offers little enlightenment about the meaning of life. But the film is so intriguing in other ways that it's definitely worth a look.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    As memorable as it is insightful, Take This Waltz is one of the best films of the year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    The acting is first-rate. Gosling masterfully fills in Luke’s motivational blanks, and Cooper nicely handles Avery’s evolution from idealist to manipulator.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    The Well-Digger's Daughter is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven. In a movie summer too often obsessed with things that go boom, this film is all about romance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Denham impressively captures Peter's flintiness, rendering him sympathetic yet not quite likable, and Vicius is just right as the wary Lorna.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Bernal (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”), an actor of Mexican heritage, brings to the role a charismatic resolve. It’s an impressive and impassioned performance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Calvin Wilson
    If you're interested in a drama about a few days in the life of an American abroad, you may find Cairo Time engaging. But for some viewers, it all may be just too subtle.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Calvin Wilson
    On its own terms and against all odds, "Outrage" is adequately entertaining, with more than enough cringe-inducing violence and cruel humor to please the average American moviegoer. But true Kitano fans will find its title sadly ironic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Calvin Wilson
    A flawed but intriguing new chapter in animation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Particularly memorable are scenes in which Calvin loses his cool as Ruby holds onto her calm. It all adds up to a movie that's sparklingly entertaining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    A terrific but uncompromising film that's definitely not for everyone.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Nev and the filmmakers prove to be charismatic, and at times hilarious, investigators of the unfolding mystery.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    The Debt eventually settles into a predictable groove that slightly undercuts its impact. Still, it's a film of ambition and substance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Offers an inside look at Iran in all its cultural complexity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Calvin Wilson
    Episodically structured and lethargically paced, the new film attempts to convince us that there's something incredibly charming about an old guy who makes a habit of ogling young women. Actually, the whole scenario is pretty creepy.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    As the highly focused Hanna, Ronan - who had a breakout role in "Atonement" - is simply brilliant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Pleasant, well-acted but somewhat overlong, The Way was written and directed by Estevez, who's perhaps best known for his acting career ("The Breakfast Club").
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Unfortunately, Garcia can't quite resist sentimentality, giving us an ending that's a bit too emotionally neat. Still, Mother and Child is a thoughtful and provocative film about the way we live now.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Calvin Wilson
    An inconsequential mess.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Fury is a guided tour through a manmade hell.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The Hedgehog sneaks up on you with its heartfelt storytelling and sophisticated wit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Gilchrist ("United States of Tara") is immensely appealing as a kid who's just a bit too wrapped up in himself to grasp that perhaps his problems aren't insurmountable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Green Zone can't make up its mind whether it's "The Bourne Insurrection" or "Hurt Locker: The Prequel."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Lacks the urgency of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" But Paine's thorough knowledge of his subject, and engaging way with an interview, make the follow-up film a fun ride.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Calvin Wilson
    Laggies is the kind of indie film that gives the genre a bad name.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Bursting with smart dialogue, surprising situations and humor that springs from richly imagined characters.

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