Walter Addiego

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For 543 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Walter Addiego's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Gomorrah
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 543
543 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It’s a complicated tale, and at 92 minutes, the film is a very brief summary.
    • 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.

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