Walter Addiego
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For 472 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Walter Addiego's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Good Shepherd
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 472
472 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    As French crime thrillers go, this is about as good as it gets.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    A remarkable study of the corrosive effects of fear and power on an establishment insider who puts duty above all else.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    The director has said that, though the story was inspired by the deaths of his parents, he hoped to make a film "brimming with life." He's succeeded.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    A documentary with a keen eye, a playful sense of timing and an inquisitive soul.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    In the hands of visionary filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, this simple material makes for a haunting drama about war, generational relationships and the human condition.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    This Is Not a Film isn't just a film, it's a strong one. It's also an act of political defiance, a moving personal document and a meditation on what film is and can be.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    The silence captured in this documentary -- a meditative look at life in the Carthusian monastery of the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps -- may be the most eloquent you'll ever hear.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    Ida
    Ida is a rarity, a film both intensely grounded in painful historical reality and genuinely otherworldly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    If you know Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita," you'll be unable to watch The Great Beauty without thinking about it. This gorgeous Italian movie, like its predecessor, balances pungent satire and a more melancholy mood in portraying the dissolute world of the upper crust in contemporary Rome.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    Though the material might lend itself to heavy-handedness, director Ole Christian Madsen is steady, and he gets fine performances from the two leads and Stengade.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    This is a nearly miraculous conjunction of director, material and actor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    Timeless, and as fine a depiction of human folly as you're likely to see at the movies.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    This is a vision of hell conveyed in a simple, documentary style, far removed from the sumptuous American Mafia fables.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    Both very funny and a bit of a tearjerker, with an on-the-money performance from Ricky Gervais.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    A film of great sadness, but also a galvanizing depiction of heroism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    An old-fashioned prisoner-of-war movie that becomes much more because of writer-director Werner Herzog's admiration for the remarkable true story of its protagonist, Dieter Dengler.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    Amy
    The short, sad life of Amy Winehouse is compellingly told in a new documentary that sidesteps sensationalism and dime-store psychologizing and lets archival footage do much of the work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Walter Addiego
    This is filmmaking of high energy and wit. What it adds up to is debatable. You can view it as a bright twist on the being-a-cop-is-lonely sort of police picture, or as a mini-anthology of quirky not-quite-love stories. If it's hard to say where Chungking Express arrives, the trip is still exhilarating.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Walter Addiego
    Its brazen mixture of the comic and dramatic, the high and low and the emotional and intellectual is positively Shakespearean.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's no great shakes as a film, but its combination of mild comedy, slapstick, pathos, many photogenic canines and a positive message will make it irresistible to families.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The chief virtue of Iris is its amiability — it’s a delight to spend time in Apfel’s company, and thanks to Albert Maysles, we can.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's an intriguing portrait, but it makes no pretense at objectivity, erring on the side of hero worship.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    There's an Impressionistic feeling to all this, and sometimes it plays like a travelogue -- Bush is trying to do an awful lot at once. But the material is so compelling that we keep watching.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Richly inventive.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Neatly, and often humorously, summarizes a very unhealthy situation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A compelling documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Director Cordero manages the not-bad trick of generating suspense while keeping the overall tone cool and collected.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    No film could convey all the complexities of the case - what Crude does is air the plaintiffs' claims and show the lawyers at work.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It’s a testimony to how much this is a live issue in Indonesia that some of the credits are listed simply as “anonymous.”
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    There are odd comic moments, but this is a bleak, nighttime, nightmare world, where the couple seem to have about the same chance at a happy outcome as the accident victims.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Less ambitious than the highly successful "Secrets & Lies," Career Girls has its own modest merits - a real sense of wit, much of it expressed in Hannah's sharp verbal sallies, and a melancholy truth that both women realize.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This documentary about men and women performing brutal work tasks for next to no money is full of arresting and eloquent images. It has little dialogue, and little is needed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Both as writer and director, Farhadi is skilled at depicting the spiraling growth of social malignancies, as duplicity and uncertainties beget confusion, fear and anger. It’s an incisive portrait of a particular society, but it should resonate everywhere.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Something of an elegy to modernism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Director Anthony Fabian lets the story sell itself, and it does so partly on the strength of the lead performance by Sophie Okonedo.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Quiet, moving and beautifully shot.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Waste Land is a film about recycling, but it's far more intriguing than the average eco-documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The story, based on a real incident, may be simplistic, but that's the nature of fables.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Director Corneliu Porumboiu ("12:08 East to Bucharest"), with his deadpan style and probing intelligence, is someone to keep an eye on. Using a minimalist style, and possessing the courage to risk alienating his viewers, he has created a movie full of resonance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    There are more enigmas than answers in Jauja, an artsy South American Western directed by Lisandro Alonso, an Argentine filmmaker who delights in undermining movie conventions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The character isn't just shtick, though. As Billy, Talen has staged many protests in Times Square and anti-shopping "interventions" at retailers, where the managers, to say nothing of the New York police, often have failed to see the humor - he's been arrested dozens of times.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Strel is one strange duck, and you can only wonder that Werner Herzog, with his fondness for captivating weirdos, didn't get to him first.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Suffice it to say that this is good family fare with plenty of decent gags (visual and otherwise), and it’s nicely acted by all the principals. In addition, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi and Jim Broadbent turn up in smaller but still lively roles.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A heartfelt effort, if at times a bit heavy-handed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    An austere rural landscape, festering hatred, class tensions, terse dialogue - these are common currency in indie movies these days. Shotgun Stories uses them all, but manages to stand out from the crowd.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Max
    The handsome and appealing Max, by the way, is played by five dogs. For the record, he is a Belgian Malinois, a breed that in real life is often used in police and military work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Some nice performances and modest laughs highlight this amiable British comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Mike Cahill's King of California reminds me of those '70s-era pictures beloved of the counterculture about appealing rebels who go down in flames of moral victory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Lévy gets expectedly strong work from the veteran Devos and outstanding performances from Sitruk and Dehbi.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Doesn't add up to much, but it's fast and funny and lets a bunch of top-drawer actors exercise their comic muscles.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    What stays with the viewer is a sense of a man unraveling from his own mistakes and weaknesses.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A droll, deadpan film, deliberately paced and told.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Sound City is Grohl's first effort at filmmaking, and if it doesn't break any ground as a documentary, it's a heartfelt testament to a place he considers among the most hallowed halls of rock.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Truly a winter's tale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A film that can be enjoyed by all ages and that insults no one's intelligence.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Will wring some laughs out of anyone but the most humor-impaired.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The movie saves most of its modest number of jolts for its last quarter or so, which makes them all the more intense. They stick in your craw - and be warned, they're not for the squeamish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film’s depiction of loss, isolation and reconciliation, and the rewards of friendship, grows more touching as the story builds to its highly emotional conclusion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Except for Patekar, the main actors are nonprofessionals, which works nicely here.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A lot of what takes place in Roadie feels overly familiar, and the film could have been a wallow in pathos except for the performances, especially that of Eldard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Some of the movie probably will mystify viewers not steeped in Middle Eastern history and culture, but a good deal of the humor can be appreciated by anybody.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Entertainment made well enough that you can overlook its absurdities.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A potent social allegory told with humor and mystery.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    For a good, straight-ahead noirish crime thriller, you could do a lot worse than A Walk Among the Tombstones.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The real acting laurels go to Klein, who is both an adult and a child - by turns smart and not so smart, brave and fearful, caring and full of disdain.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Le Quattro Volte may sound like art-house tedium, but in fact it's a movie of grave beauty, serene pace and surprising humor.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Gripping.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Cunningham's work is about seeing and teaching us how to see, and that should be plenty for us.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This is the heart-rending true story of a man with a seemingly benign preoccupation that turned into something close to madness and brought him to a terrible end.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Mesmerizing documentary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    You need not be a believer to appreciate its humor and humanity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A breezy account of a man whose obsession began early.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    In general the film is so impressive that we can't leave the theater without wanting more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    My main quibble is that the ending is a bit softer than I might have hoped for, but don't let that dissuade you. Headhunters is a well-oiled, nasty machine.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Beguiling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A loose, amiable documentary tracking several decades in the life of this most unusual farmer.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The ending is a disappointment, a perfunctory upbeat gesture.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film is dazzling and bewildering in equal measure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    An understated story of coping with emotional blows that offers a compelling portrait of a decent man.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film may work best as a supplement to the underwhelming three-hour-plus extravaganza broadcast in February to celebrate “SNL’s” 40th anniversary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Brower's legacy, however, is beyond question. Historian Starr calls him "an American hero," and though Brower was a prickly sort and a zealot, that judgment sounds right.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Much of what we see is revealing, but I was unable to quell an occasional sense that the dice were being loaded, that the subjects were being given just enough rope to hang themselves.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A giddy French comedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The veteran Baker anchors the proceedings, and you would like to see more of her character.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's hard to argue with the movie's basic point. Dr. Robert Lustig of UCSF sums it up in three words: "Sugar is poison."
    • 28 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Marshall has an astounding instinct for popular entertainment. He's done it again with The Other Sister.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Depending on your tolerance for talking Chihuahuas, this could make for a fun family night out.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Don’t expect profundities on the ethics of cloning. And don’t expect Oscar-worthy acting. Senese’s accomplishment — and it’s done with a certain restraint — is to replicate the look and feel of ’70s horror films, which had become more assaultive on audience sensibilities than their predecessors, breaking taboos and borrowing techniques from exploitation films.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Defamation tries to give all sides a full airing, but it's not hard to guess the director's own feeling. At the end, he says, "Putting too much emphasis on the past, as horrific as it has been, is holding us back."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Parents should note the PG rating. There's little bloodshed, but several fight scenes, lots of loud roaring and some overwhelming special effects sequences could vex younger viewers.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film is merciless in showing the obstacles faced by a down-and-out couple in strip-mall Florida, but there's a modicum of hope in the genuine love the characters share.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's a nightmare fairy tale that can be very difficult to watch.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    There's a sense of genuineness throughout Girlfight.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    There so much entertaining information in Art & Copy, a documentary about modern advertising, that it takes a while to realize we are being sold something
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Art history lessons don't get much better: Cave of Forgotten Dreams presents the world's oldest paintings captured by one of film's great visionaries.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Despite the increase in seriousness, the film's mood is buoyant, as it's impossible not to root for these appealing if flawed youngsters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This flawed drama about a self-destructive young actress and her reclusive novelist father has its rewards, mainly in some good performances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Living in Emergency is sobering, in part because it powerfully conveys that, despite the group's heroic efforts, its impact is "a drop in a sea of oceans." There's never enough time, supplies or volunteers, but, as one of the doctors notes, "the demand is pretty much infinite."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's a celebration of a shady landmark, but also a lament.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Overall, it's a nice melding of sci-fi and a crime story.

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