Walter Addiego

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For 555 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Walter Addiego's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Into Great Silence
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 555
555 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Overall, it's pretty elementary stuff, along the lines of a Disney Channel TV movie. It's uplifting, and it's in a good cause.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    This ambitious and sometimes entertaining Brazilian feature tries to pull off a tricky maneuver but doesn't quite get it done.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The Honeymooners isn't the worst of the endless spate of TV rehashes, but it still feels perfunctory.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Occasionally funny and touching, but often embarrassing and cringe-inducing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    It could have been something substantial.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Lacks the finesse of other puzzle films.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    It's an apocalyptic ghost story with some eerie images and a surprising turn toward the end, but it bogs down considerably between the good scenes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Not sure we need to know this much about his family life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Tries too hard to be even-handed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Painfully sincere but tired.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    An old-fashioned and family-friendly comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Well made, but it's a talkfest that wears its stage origins on its sleeve.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    While the film raises simple but deeply puzzling questions about memory and identity, the hit-or-miss search for answers by the subject and assorted experts, family and friends is finally unsatisfying.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Not up to Ozon's standards.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    There's more than a touch of whimsy in A Touch of Spice, a sentimental Greek offering that's been immensely popular in its home country but doesn't translate well.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Oristrell's comedic sense only seems to succeed in spurts, and he often burdens the proceedings with a theatrical and contrived air that undermines the humor.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Perhaps Patten is trying to do to us what Rinpoche does to his followers, but the film's meandering structure and intrusive narration detract from the focus on the master.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    In the end, all the bitterness seems like window-dressing to disguise a trite story.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Hawke has created a standard-issue, Sundance-friendly indie film that's full of the predictable angst suffered by Manhattan artistic types, but unfortunately the lead characters are both so callow that you finally don't care much about them.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Never gets the mixture right, lurching between bullet-happy shootouts and overwrought domestic content.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The real trouble is that it's supposed to be an outrageous comedy, but in fact it's fairly tame and not all that funny.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    A mediocre college comedy that blends bits of "Revenge of the Nerds," "Mean Girls" and "Legally Blonde" and doesn't have much to show for it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    It's funny in spots if you can tune out the Farrellys' ultra-crass jokes - along with any memory of the first movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    P2
    Standard-issue slasher pic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    If you want lots of Will Smith and industrial-strength special effects, the movie delivers.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Turns into a pedestrian slice 'n' dice feature.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Goes south as a sci-fi film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Surprisingly pedestrian.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Relies on slapstick scenes that are neither essential nor especially clever.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    At its best, Gordon's work is bracing and pointed, though it's not for the queasy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Really doesn't pay off much.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Too raw for kids and too simplistic for adults.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    That's the real problem with this melodrama. Whether or not you agree with the pacifist message, the presentation is often overwrought and maudlin.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Has an impressive cast and captures some of that era's fuzzy rebelliousness and humanism, but taken on its own the picture is finally thin stuff.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    This love letter to man's best friend will make dog fanciers roll over and do tricks. It's so warmhearted, you'll want to run out and hug the nearest big, sloppy mutt. And while you're watching it, have your handkerchief ready.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    This is a slacker comedy with "festival" stamped all over it, so you can bet the consequences will be quirky.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Requires us to repress any thoughts about stale material and keep Caine's heartfelt performance front and center.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    While recognizably Ceylan's work, is more of a genre piece - a noirish suspense film - and less successful.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Director Paul Morrison ("Wondrous Oblivion") nicely re-creates the period, but puts too much weight on the sexual relationship as determining the men's artistic courses.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    I'll stick out my neck and say that Park Chan Wook's wildly gruesome Thirst is the most whacked-out version of an Emile Zola novel ever to reach the screen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Director Abdullah Oguz gives us lots of nice scenery, but the simplistic story and characters strain credibility. What's more, the climactic plot turn is as hokey as it gets.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Some of the talking heads say entertaining or thoughtful things and some of the locations are quite exotic. But does this justify 98 minutes of screen time?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The sum here is less than the parts, which have problems of their own.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    It's an interesting spectacle, but not enough to carry a movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    This is an unabashedly pro-democracy message movie. Judged strictly as drama, it's pretty routine.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Breaking Upwards has its amusing and touching moments, but we're left wondering just what we're supposed to make of it all. In the end, the relationship at the film's core is less absorbing than the filmmakers imagine.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Has compelling stretches, but the film's formal concerns overwhelm the storytelling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    An intriguing portrait of an insular community, but its recounting of the seduction of a bright young man by the surrounding culture is heavy-handed.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Its examination of identity and loneliness begins to feel like a soap opera season boiled down into one very long episode with too much happening.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Some scenes are mild fun, but the mishaps that befall our hero aren't especially inventive, and although the South African setting provides a bit of interest, it's never really used incisively.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Amenta was deeply moved by Rita's story, but his prosaic direction can't do it justice.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Mocking Tinseltown is a pretty exhausted subject, and even Jaglom, a genuine insider, has a hard time making it fresh.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The entertaining work by Spacey and Pepper is a good thing because the film has problems, including an utter lack of subtlety.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Aims to make epic drama of Algeria's battle for independence, but there are moments when you would swear you're watching a "Godfather" knockoff.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    A doleful melodrama. There are some intense, moving sequences, but too much emotional badgering and a general shortage of finesse.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Carbon Nation serves us a full portion of scary statistics, but overall tries to accentuate the positive.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    It serves up a broad humanistic lesson with absurdism and black comedy more sad than barbed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Wilson is basically playing an even more feckless version of his "Office" character, Dwight, another intense and self-deluded doofus. It's a character that works better in smaller doses.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Skillfully made and offering moments of great power, the French Canadian drama Incendies nevertheless overplays its hand, piling tragedy on tragedy until we feel browbeaten with misery.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    A fast-moving Congolese crime thriller loaded with graphic sex and violence - basically an exploitation picture. But it's hard to surrender to the gritty flow because the story is stitched together from such crushingly familiar bits.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    In Amigo, a story of the Philippine-American War, veteran filmmaker John Sayles allows his political convictions to get the better of him. The movie is a heavy-handed attack on U.S. imperialism with little to compensate in the way of character interest and genuine drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Perhaps the film's greatest strength is the performance by Kwanten, who appears in HBO's "True Blood" and may be familiar from his lead role in the big-screen Aussie thriller "Red Hill." Dermody also does well.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Filmmaker Doris Yeung tries to mix a whodunit with a story of explosive family dynamics, but the effort succumbs to a weak script and a one-note lead performance.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Your heart will go out to Shlain, who clearly adored her father. But other parts of Connected may remind you of an Al Gore lecture.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Campbell's admirers will probably enjoy the documentary, but I don't think it will do much for anyone else.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The plot is somewhat pedestrian and the dialogue needs more zip. But it's amusing to watch the Bayaka poke good-natured fun at the gangly Larry, who has only their best interests at heart.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Affecting at times, but finally feels overblown and heavy-handed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    There are some compelling performance moments, and it's sad to watch these talented and basically nice people drift apart. But overall the film seems like a collection of bits and pieces, and it's hard to see how it could have much resonance for non-fans.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    With a handful of blackly humorous jolts and some game performances by a good cast, Thin Ice is a watchable, if not terribly original, piece of Midwestern noir.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    There seems to be a pretty good film lurking around inside Bullhead, which makes what we actually see on the screen all the more frustrating.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Good chemistry between the lead actors and nice supporting performances help Friends With Kids survive a formulaic story and just-OK filmmaking.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Boy
    The New Zealand feature Boy almost pulls off the trick of merging cartoonish humor and '80s pop culture with a story glancing at deeper family issues. The film has an appealing 11-year-old hero, but in the end feels half baked.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The movie is probably best appreciated by devotees of the cult director, who has made some good films and some interesting ones (and some that are both): "King of New York," "Bad Lieutenant," "The Addiction." "4:44" isn't quite in that company.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    A film that's hard to watch and hard to recommend.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    By the time the women pull off their climactic stunt, the film's been undone by its ungainly mix of heavy-handed comedy and melodrama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    I liked this movie somewhat, even if I'm not sure exactly what it means. Possibly it has something to do with arriving home, in the broadest sense. But in a Maddin film, uncertainty comes with the territory.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    As an indulgence in creative verbal abuse, the film offers some nasty fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    If nothing else, The Inbetweeners Movie proves that raunchy comedies about horny teens aren't just an American quirk.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The film is implicitly advocating a New Age or holistic perspective, with a dollop of Eastern religion added for good measure. (The title is Sanskrit meaning "wheel of life.")
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The Eye of the Storm is performed with zest by a fine cast and offers some nicely biting moments but, in the end, falls short of its large ambitions.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Nostalgia for the groves of academe weighs heavily on Liberal Arts, which both exploits and undermines romanticized memories of campus life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    It's a sumptuously mounted melodrama that aims to make a big statement about big themes, but a stilted quality in the filmmaking drags it down.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Don't fault Thirlby, who does as much as she can with the material. Krasinski is pretty good, and DeWitt and Ennenga are outstanding. The direction is decent, and the film is handsome. But it's finally frustrating, enigmatic in a way that suggests emptiness more than mystery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    There's no getting around it. Though it's not without virtues, The Loneliest Planet may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    His personal efforts are praiseworthy, but if glacial melting is in fact the "canary in the climate coal mine" (his words), the movie might have given us a bit less of Balog and a bit more of the startling sequences he produced.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Despite a super-dark noir plot and respectable cast, Deadfall is a thriller that never quite delivers on its promise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Like Someone in Love is best suited to viewers already familiar with this extraordinary filmmaker's better work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Because he made "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004), there will always be high expectations for a new film by Michel Gondry. But while his new movie The We and the I, is intriguing in fits and starts, it isn't in the same league.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    There's some amusement in watching Michael Cera play an unalloyed jerk, but in the main this trifling film shuffles by with a few low-key jokes and observations, building to an abrupt moment of seriousness.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The direction, by Ben Nott and Morgan O'Neill, is average, except for the surfing sequences, which are easily as striking as what we see in documentaries about the sport. Another positive is the soundtrack, with amusing high-energy rock tunes of the era.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Although this leisurely tale of an aged French sculptor offers a few other small pleasures, in the end it lacks heft.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The film is beautiful but troubled, achieving in stretches the director's signature dreamy mood but dragged down by narrative confusions.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Trying to be provocative with a capital "P," Anne Fontaine's Adore undermines itself by provoking unintended laughs.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The characters are mostly likable, and despite some comic sallies the film takes a compassionate stance toward them. But it feels like a glossy, overly neat take on what should be an explosive topic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    A bonbon, not of a full-course meal. Foodies will smack their lips over many delectable shots of victuals prepared by the film's engaging protagonist, a provincial woman chosen to cook for the president of France. As a story, though, it's insubstantial - there's conflict here, but it feels perfunctory.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    As a grab bag of reminiscences by veteran funny people, bolstered with richly entertaining performance footage, it's boffo.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Well-intentioned but heavy-handed.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    A modestly entertaining martial arts melodrama with impressively staged fight sequences that help compensate for a stale plot and some less-than-stellar acting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The tales are worthwhile, but it's challenging to find a common thread among them that goes beyond vague generalities.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    By the end you can't help but wonder whether it was a good idea to keep the youngsters under camera scrutiny for more than 12 years.

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