Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon.com
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For 65 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Elizabeth Williams' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 90 Drop Dead Gorgeous
Lowest review score: 0 Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 65
  2. Negative: 16 out of 65
65 movie reviews
    • 28 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    So genuinely, viciously funny you can't help laughing -- even when you feel really bad about yourself for doing so.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Surprising as it sounds, as far as examinations of trust, loyalty and identity go, the big metal dude's story winds up far more satisfying than the plodding Kubrick opus any day of the week.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    The sweetest, most sincere romantic comedy to come along in ages, and a luminous love letter to a great American city.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    It's a hit for the most surprising reason of all: because it's very good.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    It's a feature-length reparation for the appalling live-action versions of Seuss' books we've endured over the last few years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    A surprisingly wise and funny meditation on the nature of what it truly means to be a man.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    So full of winning performances and so disarmingly uncynical in its affection for its characters, it manages to leave you with a Texas-size grin on your face anyway.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    They've created far and away the most complex, appealing female character in a summer of soldiers, sword fighters and asteroid blasters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Wickedly funny, an ode to youthful overachievers that's as blackhearted as "Rushmore" was gently sentimental.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    What really elevates it, though, is the film's sharp wit and tender heart, both of which are conveyed beautifully by the fresh-faced cast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    The most inventive and genuinely frightening horror movie to appear in years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    It's a movie that succeeds, often beautifully, not by forcing its characters to be as naughty and gross and pathetic as men are. It soars by letting them be as naughty and gross and pathetic as women are. Three cheers for equality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Farrell looks like he's having the time of his 400-year-old life.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    May not be anything new, but it's still just as shocking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
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    Liman's buoyant direction is almost enough to make one forgive the film its heavily appropriated plot (including its groaner of a punchline).
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    After an uninspired middle period, the "Shrek" series has, like the revitalized character himself, roared back to form.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    It may not be a great film, but for moviegoers, Letters to Juliet is like that long buried missive of its title -- a hopeful sign that when we hold out for good things, our patience is sometimes rewarded.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Whether he's getting hit in the face with a dildo or cozying up to Martha Stewart, Knoxville is always affable, playful and able coax a laugh out of an audience by doing ridiculous things. He's a jackass all right, but he's a jackass in shining armor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    What will likely draw butts into theaters for Friends with Kids isn't one star in particular, but the sum of its comic pieces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    What ensues is "Beaches" meets "Pineapple Express." Which, I've got to tell you, is pretty much what living with cancer is like.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    What really saves She’s All That from being just another why-good-heavens-you’re-beautiful piece of piffle, however, is the way its lesser elements sparkle. The romantic comedy may be predictable, but director Iscove’s over-the-top parody of faux celebrity — by way of Lillard’s gleefully preening, partying, getting-sensitive-for-the-camera ex-Real Worlder — is a hoot.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Despite how easy it would be to write off Righteous Kill as one sorry excuse for lazy filmmaking, there is still something utterly mesmerizing in the palpable chemistry between the two leading men.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    What makes the characters in Pride and Glory real -- and raises the movie above the standard corrupt-cop fare -- is their capacity to live and die in shades of gray.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Kate Winslet is a mesmerizing force in her own right, but too much of Holy Smoke turns out to be hot air.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    As a pleasant domestic comedy/action-adventure that, refreshingly, doesn't seem to hate its characters, Date Night is just fine. But is it good enough to merit hiring a baby sitter? I'd rather have some potato skins at the Teaneck Tavern.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    The overblown and overlong version of Percy's adventures largely fails to capture the quirky allure of Riordan's books.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    The problem with Hirschbiegel's ("Das Experiment," "Downfall") convoluted, car-crash-laden Invasion is that it doesn't know what symbolism it wants to grasp.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    May be the first midlife crisis movie for Generation X.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    When Pegg is breaking protocols with his uniquely ballsy aplomb, dancing like a doofus or doing battle with Venetian blinds, the film almost flies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    At times, the movie feels less like a coming-of-age tale and more like an extended promo for the Chinese tourism bureau.