For 87 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 91% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 6% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Zwecker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Step
Lowest review score: 25 Just Getting Started
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 87
  2. Negative: 7 out of 87
87 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    In the end, the filmmakers have given us one of the most fun movie-going experiences I’ve had this year. Huge kudos go to Johnson, Hart and especially Black for providing some truly entertaining performances for kids of all ages.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Along with charming animated visuals, spot-on voice talent and nicely paced direction, Ferdinand incorporates themes that are very relevant and much-needed for our time.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Bill Zwecker
    This film is a total dud and an insult to the intelligence of anyone who would see it — especially the seniors who clearly are the movie’s target audience. “Just Getting Started” simply never does get started. It’s D.O.A.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Zwecker
    The idea of taking a mid-1980s screenplay by the Coens’ and marrying it to a very different story, penned by Clooney and Heslov, does not work. We might have had two quite good, independent features, if those scripts had been produced into two different movies. Instead, we are presented with quite the sad mishmash of ideas here.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    Yet again we have a film with a lovely, life-affirming, uplifting message — unfortunately delivered in such a heavy-handed, gooey-sweet manner that audiences will exit the theater in a near-diabetic coma.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Zwecker
    While the talented cast...do as well as can be expected with the (excuse the weak pun) pretty flat script, this remake likely will be all but forgotten shortly after it hits multiplexes this weekend.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    It’s good to see a film that shares experiences — especially relating to sexuality — that have rarely before been showcased cinematically. While this likely will appeal strongly to LGBTQ audiences, I hope it finds a wider viewing, as the acting and the dialogue make for excellent drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Zwecker
    Without question, Broadway producer Amanda Lipitz’s brilliant feature film directorial debut is deeply moving and inspirational, but unlike most documentaries it also makes for very entertaining viewing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    While the plot is a bit shaky in parts, the overall effect of creating needed tension and some outright, out-of-your-seat jumps of fright is quite effective.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    While this charming movie will be targeted to senior audiences, I hope younger generations check it out — as the humor and underlying messages are truly universal.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    This delightful, silly animated romp makes for a really fun time in the theater.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Bill Zwecker
    While I clearly cannot recommend this film, I have to admit there were a couple of amusing moments.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    For fans of “Resident Evil,” I believe this final film will not disappoint, but it also will likely encourage newcomers to the saga to go back and play a bit of catch-up by watching the earlier movies.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Bill Zwecker
    This is a disappointing waste of good acting talent, coupled with a very pedantic and not very intriguing story from first-time screenwriter Christina Hodson.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    On all levels, Trolls delivers. It is nicely paced, the jokes are spot-on (and will work for both the kids and their parents) and, again, this is visually a very special piece of animated artistry.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Inferno delivers as an engaging thriller that I frankly enjoyed far more than Howard’s last Brown outing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Saylor has created a character who will haunt you for some time after you leave the theater.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    Big kudos go out to screenwriter Barrett for creating a script that throws out so many curve balls. Just when you think the story is going in one direction — you get some nice jolts and surprise twists
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    While A Tale of Love and Darkness is often difficult to watch — because of all the sadness it presents — it is also a beautiful film in that it makes us think about existing in a world where we do not completely fit in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    I cannot stress enough how truly stunning the brilliant visuals are in this movie. Laika has again crafted a world that is such an original vision, one that will live on as a new classic in the world of animation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Zwecker
    This is an intelligent, deeply moving film that is about so much more than a rich lady with delusional dreams about her own musical abilities. It is, in fact, quite an uplifting homage to the spirit of confidence in the face of enormous adversity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Zwecker
    This is one helluva compelling film that presents us with several of the very best performances of the year. Lerman and Letts, in particular, present us with fully-developed characterizations that will remain with audiences long after they leave the theater.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    This is a very silly film, but one that will keep you laughing — or at least loudly chuckling — from start to finish.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Zwecker
    This is not great moviemaking by any stretch of the imagination, but the spot-on comic timing of the principals here — especially former “Parks and Recreation” star Plaza — captured my funny bone and kept it happily working overtime from start to finish.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Bill Zwecker
    This loud, bombastic, often incoherent mishmash of magical-themed storytelling simply was not worth whatever effort went into it. While there are some acceptable action sequences, it’s the screenplay — complicated by some less than inspired performances — that dooms “Warcraft” at every point along the way.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    This sequel is a good improvement over the 2014 adventure that rebooted the franchise. The effects are better, the pacing is tighter and the overall impact is much more entertaining.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Zwecker
    The mishmash of filmmaking makes it clear this was a movie made by committee — and clearly that committee was composed of folks who were not all on the same page when it came to spinning what could have been a much more engaging piece of fantasy storytelling.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    While the actors do a yeoman’s job in presenting their characters with aplomb (especially Jesse Metcalfe, as Wesley’s lawyer), the entire film simply comes off as a two-hour, jazzed-up movie version of a sermon.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Zwecker
    The special effects are among the more positive aspects of “Allegiant,” but those alone cannot rescue this highly flawed sequel.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Bill Zwecker
    Without question, this movie does elicit “feel-good” emotions — largely driven by Garner’s ability to exude genuine maternal devotion and the charm of young Kylie Rogers.

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