Walter Addiego
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For 466 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 49% 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 Affliction
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 466
466 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    As French crime thrillers go, this is about as good as it gets.
    • 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.
    • 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
    In the hands of visionary filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, this simple material makes for a haunting drama about war, generational relationships and the human condition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    Both very funny and a bit of a tearjerker, with an on-the-money performance from Ricky Gervais.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    A film of great sadness, but also a galvanizing depiction of heroism.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    This is a nearly miraculous conjunction of director, material and actor.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Walter Addiego
    A documentary with a keen eye, a playful sense of timing and an inquisitive soul.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A gentle comedy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A droll, deadpan film, deliberately paced and told.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This nightmarish revenge drama from Korea is grueling, intense, cruel -- the very definition of extreme cinema.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The stuntwomen are also subject to the unbreakable law of Hollywood, that the advantage is always to the young and beautiful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Beguiling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    An affable comedy (with some serious notes).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The real joy here is the gorgeous nature cinematography.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Mesmerizing documentary.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A superior adventure film with a poetic heart.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    With his caustic humor, director de la Iglesia is being billed as "the next Almodovar."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This Belgian crime thriller makes compelling viewing out of a "you can't be serious" plotline.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Richly inventive.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    You need not be a believer to appreciate its humor and humanity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Powerful and depressing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Gripping.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A loose, amiable documentary tracking several decades in the life of this most unusual farmer.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's an intriguing portrait, but it makes no pretense at objectivity, erring on the side of hero worship.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This affecting documentary focuses on their 2004 production, a play whose themes of forgiveness and redemption certainly ought to have some resonance for the inmates.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A potent social allegory told with humor and mystery.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film's simplicity and intensity are aided by the crisp black-and-white photography of Tariel Meliava. Director Babluani's greenness shows itself in the ending, which is weak, but the film nevertheless stays with you.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    There's no objectivity in this film -- Greenwald's goal is not to offer balanced coverage but to roil the waters.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A film of stark and galling contrasts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This is contemplative moviemaking, with its deliberate pace, often static scenes and emphasis on direct sound. The director keeps the dialogue pared to the bone.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This is a timeless, and nearly plotless, look at the day-to-day life of a nomadic Mongolian shepherding family. Yes, it moves deliberately, and impatient viewers will find it intolerably slow. But those who can get in track with its serene rhythm will be rewarded.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's tear-jerker material but ends up being quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The film is dazzling and bewildering in equal measure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A well-made culture-shock documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A powerful polemic leavened with moments of beauty and humor.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A moving but flawed premiere feature.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Though not flawless, this is a compelling study, in Dogme style, of a wounded young woman who spends her working life spying on others.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A heartfelt effort, if at times a bit heavy-handed.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    This documentary has no bells and whistles; Bill Haney, the director and co-writer (with Peter Rhodes), sticks to the facts.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Exhilarating for Lynch diehards.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Neatly, and often humorously, summarizes a very unhealthy situation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Adams does offer quite a turn: Portraying a version of Disney's Snow White, she owns the character, down to every warble and twirl.
    • 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
    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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The stories are harrowing, and because they are delivered by living, breathing witnesses, they move us in deep ways that the archival footage, for all its horror, cannot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    An edifying and forthright drama that aims to create a lump in the throat, and succeeds.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Well-made and modestly enjoyable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    What's unforeseen in Unforeseen, a superior documentary by Laura Dunn, are the consequences of a certain mind-set about mankind's relationship to the world and, finally, to itself.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A potent drama from Yang Li, one of China's Sixth Generation filmmakers noted for the stark realism and documentary feeling of their work.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Nothing groundbreaking, but there's an easy charm in the movie.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A provocative character study and portrait of the times.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The scale is small, but Jellyfish has deep currents.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A liberating experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A giddy French comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    In general the film is so impressive that we can't leave the theater without wanting more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    An enjoyable example of this extraordinary director's documentary work.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    We're compelled to admire these athletes because, despite their obvious skill, they are in constant danger.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Will probably pass muster with very young viewers, but their parents may grit their teeth at its saccharine quality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Does about as good a job as any film could be expected to.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Except for Patekar, the main actors are nonprofessionals, which works nicely here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Truly a winter's tale.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Depending on your tolerance for talking Chihuahuas, this could make for a fun family night out.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A remarkable cast for a small, non-mainstream effort.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    It's compassionate but unblinking.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Overall, it's a nice melding of sci-fi and a crime story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Intriguing and educational. For partisans of Bertolt Brecht, it's mandatory.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Artful filmmaking of the old school.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Doesn't allow the story's considerable nostalgia and sentimentality to overwhelm it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The story, based on a real incident, may be simplistic, but that's the nature of fables.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The strangeness, humor and melancholy of aging are deftly explored in this film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    The most compelling footage was taken during the uprising of August and September 2007, which put a bad scare into the government because a large number of Buddhist monks played a prominent role.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A compelling documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    A harrowing story about the will to survive amid the most brutal conditions imaginable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Walter Addiego
    Bujalski has a serious talent for finding resonance in the mundane.
    • 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

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