Mary Elizabeth Williams

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For 65 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Elizabeth Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 90 The Iron Giant
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 65
  2. Negative: 16 out of 65
65 movie reviews
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    A moment of silence, please, for Kate Hudson's career.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    What will likely draw butts into theaters for Friends with Kids isn't one star in particular, but the sum of its comic pieces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    What ensues is "Beaches" meets "Pineapple Express." Which, I've got to tell you, is pretty much what living with cancer is like.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    The major drawback of I Don't Know How She Does It, however, is Parker herself. She seems pathologically drawn to characters who don't possess believable flaws or complications -- just annoying tics.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Farrell looks like he's having the time of his 400-year-old life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    It's a movie that succeeds, often beautifully, not by forcing its characters to be as naughty and gross and pathetic as men are. It soars by letting them be as naughty and gross and pathetic as women are. Three cheers for equality.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    You know how they say to find one thing and do one thing well? Well, Pattinson's thing is glowering. It doesn't help matters that the movie itself is so painfully mediocre.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    I don't begrudge Take Me Home Tonight or the whole "I Love the Eighties" juggernaut its fight for its right to party, but there is something touchingly off-base about it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Falls flat for its skittish reluctance to bear any resemblance to an actual Wes Craven film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    It's a hit for the most surprising reason of all: because it's very good.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    You would never have predicted it from the breakout success of "Pretty Woman" nearly a decade ago, but it turns out that the pairing of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts has ripened over the years into something resembling month-old brie.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    It stinks pretty bad, but not so bad you'd go out of your way to avoid it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    At times, the movie feels less like a coming-of-age tale and more like an extended promo for the Chinese tourism bureau.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
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    Liman's buoyant direction is almost enough to make one forgive the film its heavily appropriated plot (including its groaner of a punchline).
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    The whole vibe is so shrill and frantic that the truly accomplished actresses, like Bening and Bergen, are left to flounder. The less nuanced ones -- that would be you, Debra Messing -- are, to use the idiom of the movie, as pleasant to watch as a bikini wax is to feel.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    When the enchanted crab is the most appealing character in a movie, you know you're in some serious metaphoric hot water.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    You'd have thought, in his infinite wisdom, the Lord would at least send stinkers like this direct to video.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    I'd appreciate toilet humor more if it weren't so often so unimaginative.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Enough flickers of Jay Ward's gloriously subversive sensibility to make it watchable, but it also has enough lengthy stretches of pure triteness to make it easy to skip altogether.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    "Morgans" does bear the distinction of boasting the sourest cast ever assembled outside of a Lars Von Trier production.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Despite all their seamed stockings and Wonder Bras, the Reagan High girls are as far removed from their sexuality as Jawbreaker is from comedy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Despite its stellar leading ladies, Anywhere But Here is still a predictable generation-gap drama.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Predictable, gratuitous and just self-referential enough to believe itself hip and knowing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    One of the most dreadfully unnecessary movies in recent memory.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    The 3-D film is flat, the CGI-enhanced characters oddly waxen. In the center of the action is Jim Carrey -- or at least a dead-eyed, doll-like version of Carrey -- playing Scrooge, the ghosts, a younger version of himself, and probably a dozen other parts. As a general rule of thumb, one Jim Carrey is plenty for any movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    After an uninspired middle period, the "Shrek" series has, like the revitalized character himself, roared back to form.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Whether he's getting hit in the face with a dildo or cozying up to Martha Stewart, Knoxville is always affable, playful and able coax a laugh out of an audience by doing ridiculous things. He's a jackass all right, but he's a jackass in shining armor.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    So genuinely, viciously funny you can't help laughing -- even when you feel really bad about yourself for doing so.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    What makes the characters in Pride and Glory real -- and raises the movie above the standard corrupt-cop fare -- is their capacity to live and die in shades of gray.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Mary Elizabeth Williams
    The directorial debut of the writer of "The Usual Suspects" keeps tossing the genre hand grenades one might expect, but they all wind up duds.

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