Calvin Wilson

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For 355 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 15.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Calvin Wilson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Tetro
Lowest review score: 25 The Bounty Hunter
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 355
355 movie reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The performances are spot-on. Ali brings depths of feeling to Juan, giving us a drug dealer we haven’t seen before. Harris (Miss Moneypenny in the recent Bond films) is uncomfortably authentic as an ultimately repentant junkie.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Ultimately hopeful, but uncompromising in its commitment to exposing a tragic chapter in history.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A film that's at once timely and timeless.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Daringly unsentimental, 45 Years makes a persuasive case that marriage demands not only patience, but guts.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Seldom has a film so eloquently captured the craziness, brutality and arbitrariness of war. Dunkirk just might be Nolan’s masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Keaton, who deserved an Oscar for his performance in “Birdman,” brings to Robinson a bracing blend of humor and authority. Ruffalo is the essence of the newsman who just won’t quit, and McAdams is just as effective as his more low-key colleague.
    • 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.
    • 93 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    One of the best films of the year.
    • 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
    The year’s most exhilarating film.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    With spot-on vocal performances from Thewlis, Leigh and Tom Noonan, the film is nothing less than mesmerizing — and must viewing for serious cinephiles.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Lots of films claim to be different. Birdman is.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    If you think they don’t make movies like they used to, Brooklyn is glorious proof to the contrary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Films often fail to capture the turmoil of being a teenager — but not this one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The film’s true scene-stealer is Bennett, who brilliantly portrays Sir James as a case study in cluelessness.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Once you’re on its wavelength, the film is a mesmerizing experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The Big Sick has a lot of charm. Just don’t expect the revolution in romantic comedy that its aggressive hype would suggest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Director Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”) sticks with the group as it moves from strategy meetings to safe houses, documenting not only its political commitment but also intimate moments of reflection.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Baby Driver zooms onto the screen with an exhilarating combination of smarts and style.
    • 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
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The film offers insights into Iranian society while also subtly making a case that human foibles are universal.
    • 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
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Although the story of Sin-Dee and Alexandra might have benefited from a bit more structure, it’s a window into a world of which many people are unaware — but a world that has its share of dreamers.
    • 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
    In a first-rate cast, Titieni turns in a brilliant performance as a man who sacrifices long-held values to bow to the expediency of the moment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Working from his own screenplay, director David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) delivers a risky, challenging film that unfolds with a spellbinding momentum. Just what it all means is left to the viewer to contemplate.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Unsettling yet mesmerizing, The Witch is more of an art film than a horror flick.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    20th Century Women doesn’t have much of a plot — if it has one at all. But the film beautifully evokes the era just before Ronald Reagan entered the Oval Office.
    • 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
    Often, extending a film franchise signifies a lack of imagination. But Creed is a knockout.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    An offbeat and fascinating film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    If you’re open to embracing a film that declines to pander to expectations, you should definitely make a date with The Lobster.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    As original and risk-taking as its subject, Steve Jobs will make you think differently about an American icon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    A stark, contemplative and hauntingly brilliant film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Certain Women requires patience from the viewer and isn’t for anyone, but it’s a film of quiet and lingering beauty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    If the film is a bit too slow-paced, it’s also uniquely mesmerizing, with performances that perfectly complement the episodic narrative.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Far from being just another crime story, Sicario is cinema at its most ambitious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Arrival is science fiction in the classic sense and a film of otherworldly ambition.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    With Top Five, Rock has finally made the transition to true movie stardom.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    Portman is simply brilliant, getting to the essence of Jackie without resorting to a mere impersonation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    The Big Short is the film that “The Wolf of Wall Street” wanted to be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The story unfolds not as contrived drama, but with all the surprise and inevitability of real life.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Good Time is not so much a crime drama as it is a meditation on the genre’s virtues and limitations.
    • 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
    Far from being preachy, Loving is a beautiful film about daring to love, without fear or compromise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    This may not be Scorsese’s best film, but it’s unquestionably his most impassioned.
    • 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
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    In an Arnold film, plot is pretty much beside the point. Instead, she focuses on the subtleties of character — and her insights can be both enlightening and terrifying.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    As enchanting as it is ambitious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Fences is perhaps best appreciated as a showcase for the brilliant acting of Washington and Davis.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    The film is hard to watch, but its timeliness is impossible to ignore. Still, a case could be made that Bigelow dwells on the violence a bit too obsessively.
    • 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).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    Tatum is terrific as a sort of anti-Clooney, and Driver complements him perfectly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Perhaps best known for the HBO series “Sex and the City,” Nixon deftly balances wit and melancholy. And Ehle is empathy personified. This is a film of subtle beauty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Calvin Wilson
    One of Pixar’s most charming achievements.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    Chi-Raq is a mess — tonally inconsistent, overbearing in its earnestness and badly in need of editing. But it’s also director Spike Lee’s most passionate film since “25th Hour” (2002).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Calvin Wilson
    About the only shocking thing about Personal Shopper is its perverse lack of thrills.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    The vocal performances are spot-on, with Murray a standout as the slyly manipulative but ultimately courageous Baloo.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Calvin Wilson
    One of the best films of the year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    An ideal showcase for Tomlin, who brings to the film a winning blend of contrariness and effervescence.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Calvin Wilson
    A sophisticated comedy about New Yorkers who might easily be mistaken for characters in a Woody Allen movie.

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