Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Alissa Wilkinson is Vox.com's film critic. Formerly, she was chief film critic at Christianity Today. Her writing has appeared at Rolling Stone, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, Pacific Standard, Books & Culture, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Paste, and others. She lives and works in New York City, and you can find her <a href="https://twitter.com/alissamarie" target="blank">@alissamarie</a>.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 84% Waves (2019) What sets Waves apart is its complex understanding of what it actually means for love to conquer fear and hatred. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
4.5/5 81% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is beautiful, contemplative, and loaded with meaning -- not an action movie, but one that leaves you with plenty to ponder. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
5/5 100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) While it's hugely entertaining, Parasite is also thought-provoking. By the time the catharsis arrives, you think you're at the end of the film, but a coda adds a new wrinkle to the whole thing. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
5/5 100% Marriage Story (2019) To get a story like this right requires a sense of the comical and the absurd along with the devastating -- and Marriage Story delivers. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 98% Knives Out (2019) It's a worthy tribute to Agatha Christie, a light but pointed rebuke, and a delectable time at the movies, too. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 25% The Goldfinch (2019) [Donna] Tartt's novel comes in at such great length because it's trying, for better or worse, to emulate that artistic technique. And in sticking so closely to the plot of the novel, The Goldfinch loses the story, and the soul, of its source. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 75% Joker (2019) Joker is a tightly directed mood piece with an unforgettable performance at its center, but it's not much more than a mask, with nothing but banality behind. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 76% Jojo Rabbit (2019) With rising tides of hate and ignorance, where demagogues have groupies and neo-Nazis are easy to find on the internet, preying on the weak, what Jojo Rabbit has to say is both hysterically funny and grim as hell. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 86% Just Mercy (2019) In spite of its shortcomings, Just Mercy is still the sort of film that's worth watching and absorbing and discussing, because the story it tells has not stopped being relevant in the decades since [Bryan] Stevenson and [Walter] McMillian met. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4.5/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood sneaks around the barriers we throw up in adulthood, finding the kid inside of us who just wants to know we are loved. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 96% Jawline (2019) Jawline is both disturbing and empathetic, and an important peek into the glory and angst of being a teenager on the internet today. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
100% Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music (1970) [Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music] is an outstanding documentary, a joyful musical experience and a playful artifact of an era, even at its butt-busting length. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not looks and feels like a straight-ahead horror thriller, but the opportunity to do something truly mind-bending is squandered. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4.5/5 97% American Factory (2019) American Factory tackles the challenges of globalization with much more depth and nuance than most reporting on the topic, precisely because it steps back to watch a story unfold over time and resists easy generalizations. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
1.5/5 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) There's a story buried in here about a woman with a seemingly happy life who's nonetheless lost her sense of self, but it feels too pasted together from disparate parts to not leave the audience just scratching their heads by the end. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 87% The Great Hack (2019) The Great Hack isn't revealing much that hasn't been reported elsewhere, but it's powerful in the ways it does so. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) Stuber is part of a breed of summer movies that I think of as "aggressively fine": They're not unwatchable, and you'll laugh sometimes, but they're also not very good, and there's no particular reason they couldn't be. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King has always been a film with quite a lot to say bubbling below its surface. But 2019's telling adds bloat, and nothing more. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) [The Farewell] is a finely tuned drama that finds humor in the everyday absurdity that comes from belonging to a family. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) There's no cutting away from the disturbing in Midsommar (in fact, the camera prefers to push into the worst of it); you will look at this, and you will see the violence that is life and death, the movie says. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/5 96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) The Edge of Democracy is not an impartial piece of journalistic filmmaking; indeed, Costa makes no pretensions to objectivity. She weaves in her own family's story and the film takes on the quality of a lament. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/5 45% Murder Mystery (2019) It's just the kind of movie to pop on one night when you're looking for something fun, silly, and a little mysterious. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco is heartbreaking and elegiac in all the best ways. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
1.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King of the Monsters has big monster fights in the rain. But it feels by the end like you've just spent hours of your life on a fleeting amusement park ride. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) [Booksmart] is a very satisfying movie for anyone who was never cool enough to see themselves in the star of a '90s teen comedy. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood doesn't have a lot to say, in the end. And yet it manages to capture some of that old-time Hollywood movie magic. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4.5/5 94% The Lighthouse (2019) Probably the most delightful thing about The Lighthouse is that it gives Willem Dafoe the role of a lifetime. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4.5/5 78% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life is everything [Terrence] Malick's devotees could want from a movie: beautiful, poetic, hewing closely to films like Days of Heaven and Tree of Life. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman sometimes feels like it's lost its way, especially near the end. But it's still a joyous celebration, a colorful story about love that can help people heal. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Though The Dead Don't Die feels like a gently resigned take on the apocalypse, what lurks below is a pessimism and maybe even nihilism that feels very much of a piece with our time. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir is a painfully precise story of what it is to be in love with someone with addiction - to weather the disappearances, the stolen money, the lies, the heartbreak. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Whatever it lacks in narrative intelligence it makes up abundantly in visual moxie, and in a medium that is first and foremost visual, that's what makes something great. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 66% Wine Country (2019) For a group of actresses with improv comedy chops, it feels labored at times. And it doesn't have the zany, unpredictable energy of a movie like Bridesmaids. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Knock Down the House is the rare documentary about today's American political landscape that might make you shed happy tears. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 82% Someone Great (2019) Someone Great is both sentimental and melancholic, and feels a bit disjointed in the way these movies always do. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 46% Mary Magdalene (2019) t I appreciate the aim of Mary Magdalene, and the ways it reimagines a familiar story with modern implications, even when it falls flat. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
83% Share (2019) A sensitive, complex, important film - particularly in a world where the lines of consent and accusations of sexual assault still seem to be up for debate. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
72% The Plagiarists (2019) It's more interesting as an exercise than a film, but it's funny and clever - even if it's not truly original. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
91% Monos (2019) With an arresting young cast and a gritty, jarring cinematic style, Monos is less likable than admirable, an achievement with a clear, apocalyptic vision. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
100% Midnight Family (2019) A sweet, fascinating portrait of a group of people trying to make the best of a bad situation, and sometimes succeeding. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) Sometimes funny, sometimes beautiful, and often enlightening. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
96% Clemency (2019) A heavy, deliberate film... anchored by an absolutely stunning performance from Woodard. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo is no barn-burner, largely forgettable in a way its predecessor wasn't. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) It's horrific in a way that hangs onto your gut when it's all over. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) It is grand and awe-inspiring, particularly if you can catch it in IMAX... It's almost as if you're actually on the moon. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
44% What Men Want (2019) It's a diverting comedy with funny performances. But if you're looking for it to deliver on its title, move along. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It doesn't really add up to much, it's darkly enjoyable as long as you're into all that. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) So profoundly lacking in any insight that it's hard to believe it was greenlit in an era like ours. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) It's a breath of fresh air, a cheeky bit of entertainment that will have the side effect of prodding other star-led comedies to try a little harder. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
84% Untouchable (2019) A vital document of women regaining control of their own narrative. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019