Walter Addiego

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For 519 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 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Walter Addiego's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Ida
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 519
519 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    I could have done without the clips from the old "Superman" TV show - strictly sugar to make the medicine go down, and a sign that the director doesn't fully trust his audience.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    While there's a certain staid feeling to the production, it does deliver a solid working-over to the era's gentry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The quiet machinations of this Frenchman and commodities trader helped win the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and bring an end to South Africa’s apartheid system.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's a handsome and entertaining small-scale picture with nice acting, some crisp (and some crude) dialogue and effective direction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    You can see this Danish offering as a sardonic update of familiar noir material, or simply as the story of the midlife crisis of a guy who wishes - or dreams, or dreads - that he's living out a grand drama. There are pleasures to be had either way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The nonprofessional cast is convincing, especially Lacej, whose Rudina registers more strongly than Nik.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The best of the longer segments is "Steve," a piece of Pinter light starring Firth as a passive-aggressive neighbor from hell who repeatedly turns up at the door of a bickering couple (Knightley and Tom Mison) to register a series of baseless complaints.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    In all, it’s an absorbing, straightforward look at a truly alien environment. The film could be nicely paired with Werner Herzog’s “Encounters at the End of the World” (2007), a much more idiosyncratic view of Antarctic strangeness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    With his caustic humor, director de la Iglesia is being billed as "the next Almodovar."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film boasts an original score by Cuban pianist and composer Bebo Valdés, who was featured in "Calle 54."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    At first, the technique seems gimmicky, but finally it's as compelling a perspective as any to understand how these men passed through agony to some sort of peace.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    For a while, you can feel like a part of the golden circle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A harrowing story about the will to survive amid the most brutal conditions imaginable.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice boils down to "The Karate Kid" meets "Harry Potter," with maybe a dash of "Ghostbusters" to keep it interesting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A simple story told with economy, Wadjda is a notable example of old-school, humanistic filmmaking. It's also genuinely groundbreaking: the first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first film directed by a Saudi woman.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    An intense and chilling documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    While amusing and sometimes touching, Pleasantville is far from challenging.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This is compelling stuff, but Lilien is less successful in trying to link Pale Male's story to his own.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    If you've sworn off movies about adolescent misfits, I don't blame you, but make an exception for Terri. This modest comedy-drama declines to take the easy way out, unlike many examples of the genre.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This was obviously a labor of love for Soderbergh, and a fitting memorial to the artist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A liberating experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Nunez's style is quiet, simple and deliberate, but the film never drags.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The veteran filmmakers, siblings Lisa and Rob Fruchtman, accentuate the positive, while acknowledging the obstacles. They also realize Rwanda's trauma can't be denied - a handful of women recount harrowing stories of their experiences during the genocide and its aftermath. Some have parents or husbands still in prison for war crimes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's hard to decide what's worse about this feral clan residing in Brighton, England: their unspecified criminal enterprises, their penchant for bloody vengeance or their twisted family dynamic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Powerful and depressing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This elegant movie never reduces or diminishes its subjects, and leaves us to ponder a remarkable truth - that Ushio and Noriko have an abiding love that four decades of frustration, resentment and rivalry have battered but not extinguished.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This comic film from Belgium, in which God is shown as a cantankerous slob, is more mischievous than malevolent, likely to offend only the humor-impaired.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A film of stark and galling contrasts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Artful filmmaking of the old school.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    His affable, regular-guy shtick works well here, and he scatters the movie with such gleeful ads for his sponsors' products that, if his documentary work ever dries up, his next career choice is obvious.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Overall, this is a nice introduction to an amiably dour tunesmith who once wrote that "all art aspires to the condition of Top 40 bubblegum pop."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The documentary Hell and Back Again may be the closest most civilians ever get to the reality of the war in Afghanistan.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Gattaca is a welcome throwback to the days of good, low-tech sci-fi, stressing character and atmosphere over computer-generated effects and juvenile thrills.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    There’s already a small library of films about the Who and its music, but this is the first I know of that examines the men who almost accidentally wound up managing one of the most incendiary of ’60s rock groups.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    We're compelled to admire these athletes because, despite their obvious skill, they are in constant danger.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    An affable comedy (with some serious notes).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It’s an intricate thriller about a con game, but so loaded with wicked humor and sensual appeal — ravishing cinematography, high-temperature eroticism — that for long stretches viewers might forget there’s any plot at all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film is cleanly made and moves quickly, which enhances its effectiveness. It raises moral issues that simply can’t be addressed too often.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A potent and disturbing experience. Fortunately it’s much more, offering sharp performances and genuine drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    My Old Lady is affecting, even if many of the revelations and high-voltage speeches occur at predictable moments. But if you can look past this formulaic side, it's a movie worth seeing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film is far from perfect but has enough going on to compensate for its excessive length and some sentimentality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Presenting Princess Shaw looks and feels like a DIY project, which is fine because the documentary is really a hymn to self-reliance — although bolstered with a modest amount of plain old luck.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Rao avoids high drama, and while there is humor, the film's tone is one of melancholy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    See Love Is Strange for its sensitivity and understated jokes, but mainly for Lithgow and Molina's expertly modulated work, which pulls the movie back when it threatens to stray into melodrama or heavy-handedness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's fascinating stuff, but secondary to Ebert's genuine passion for the movies, which, if anything, grew toward the end of his life. He saw film as a great civilizing force, "a machine that generates empathy," as he says in the film. If that idea appeals to you, see Life Itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The movie has lots of ironic humor, especially in the earlier segments, and laughter doesn't disappear entirely when the thriller element kicks in.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The result is a thrill ride with enough plunges and turns and loop-the-loops to make it worth a spin. What the picture lacks is the magic and resonance you feel in the best of popular entertainments.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The actor suffered deeply, and however much he’s responsible for that, it’s hard not to feel some compassion for a bright and sensitive artist who, at least early on, seemed full of life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Director Patrick Creadon, who in 2006 made the entertaining "Wordplay," about crossword fanatics, probably errs on the side of advocacy here. But give him credit for acknowledging that idealistic endeavors don't always pay off.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Who can resist a good horse story? Simply and directly made, Dark Horse is a rousing documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It may not sound funny, but there's a bleakly comic air about the story, and a bit of surrealism, suggesting the most caustic side of the Coen brothers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Does about as good a job as any film could be expected to.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's impossible to listen to Francesca's parents, deadly serious about art as a higher calling, without feeling both saddened and disturbed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A gripping documentary about the most exacting and expensive scientific experiment ever conducted, and one that may be among the most significant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Entertaining but predictable, and too long.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Works a familiar mine and produces more than a few nuggets. It's a good tonic, if one's still needed, for '80s-style cynicism: Greed is not good.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The hits just keep on coming in Muscle Shoals, a hugely entertaining, perhaps overlong, documentary about the renowned recording studios in the small Alabama town of the film's title. It's mandatory viewing for fans of the classic rock, soul and rhythm and blues of the 1960s and '70s.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film doesn't see any contradictions between the man and his work, which is folkloric, mostly upbeat, often humorous. Both art and artist are outsized and entertaining, and that's about all that Bel Borba Aqui has to say.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    If you stare at it too hard, In Another Country, an exercise in drollery from South Korea's Hong Sang-soo, simply evaporates. But if you take the film as the bauble it is, you'll be entertained by its lighthearted wit, social observations and resolute sidestepping of profundity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film's sense of intimacy, its closeness to real people and painful events, allows it to reach a deeper place than more conventional pieces of political rhetoric.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The scale is small, but Jellyfish has deep currents.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It’s a lot of ground to cover, but if the movie fails to plumb the depth of Lear’s mystery, it succeeds in being an entertaining look at an influential figure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A powerful polemic leavened with moments of beauty and humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Gets blue-ribbon results from its thoroughbred cast of improvisational comics.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Creating this kind of otherworldly mood takes exceptional talent, and this is a film worth experiencing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    What's on the screen may not be a letter-perfect Mansfield Park, but something true to its spirit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A sobering documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Outstanding in support roles are Alison Lohman, playing a friend of Jerry's, and John Carroll Lynch, playing a neighbor who befriends Jerry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    An engaging documentary attempt to probe her mystery, and it offers some answers - she was secretive and stubborn, a hoarder of epic proportions who seems to have had fits of instability. She also wasn't always nice to her young charges.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    An intense and affecting report on the experiences of U.S. troops in one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The real joy here is the gorgeous nature cinematography.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A charming and moving film about a slightly racy subculture in a highly rule-bound society.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    In the title role, Kikuchi is impressive, easily handling Kumiko’s comic and more somber sides and never allowing us to settle into a single or simple interpretation of the character.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    History rendered with enough brains and imagination to more than make up for its few stumbles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This new picture is mainly in the spirit of fun, a loose, generally good-natured comedy with screwball overtones.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's dark fun, in the spirit of "Gremlins."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It’s best to accept Don’t Breathe as simply a piece of lowdown fun — connoisseurs of creepy and sometimes brutal chills will have a good time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's compassionate but unblinking.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Bujalski has a serious talent for finding resonance in the mundane.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The strangeness, humor and melancholy of aging are deftly explored in this film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Exhilarating for Lynch diehards.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    That the movie works so well is also due to the exceptional talents of leads Simonischek and Hüller, who hold nothing back — especially the former, whose Winfried is one of the oddest ducks in recent movies.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The most amazing act in the Gran Circo Mexico doesn't take place in the ring - it's the grind between performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Eventually comes into its own as a wacky commentary on the state of America in the fifth year of the Iraq war.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's a testament to what happens when all the right ingredients come together. Wag the Dog is the best political satire in years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The director takes an unpromising premise - the switched-at-birth plot - and gives us something that's touching and unexpected.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Walter Addiego
    The glory of the picture is the eye-popping, surreal backgrounds that blast the conventional characters off the screen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Walter Addiego
    It's full of visual flash, and can be enjoyed as a giddy ride, but you would waste your time trying to puzzle out the nuances of the story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Walter Addiego
    Metroland is a provocative rumination on how relationships are warped by two people's inability to be truthful with each other.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Walter Addiego
    I can't help thinking, though, that maybe Thornton was too ambitious in trying to wear three hats.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Walter Addiego
    You may find yourself weeping toward the end, and, later, you may also find yourself wondering why. The revelations are staggeringly obvious.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Walter Addiego
    It's not as good as the original - which was fresher, funnier and scarier - but if it were, then by the criteria of the film's resident movie scholar, it wouldn't be a genuine sequel.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Walter Addiego
    Lacks the spark of the best recent Disney spectaculars, like "Beauty and the Beast."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Walter Addiego
    It's soft-edged fun that loses direction (or, given the scattershot plot, directions).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Walter Addiego
    Some delightful surprises, but the sort of heavy-metal, high-definition sci-fi look that dominates the proceedings, plus the relentless pace and endless morphing, are somewhat tiring.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Walter Addiego
    Cher is an inspired bit of casting, while the talented Dench is underused. Smith seems to be going through the motions as the fatuous and deluded aristocrat, while Tomlin has a ball as Georgie. But what really stays with you is the work by Plowright - she is a beacon of good sense (both as actor and character) and plucky as you please.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    The film raises significant questions about manhood and offers a few gripping sequences, but isn’t fully satisfying.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Walter Addiego
    Taking a stand would have made the film stronger, and might even have been helpful to young Pug and his peers.

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