Wade Major

Wade Major
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film Critic, Boxoffice Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% The Favourite (2018) Eccentric, funny, shocking, and surprising. It's wonderful. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
44% American Hangman (2019) It starts to feel a little bit phony. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
No Score Yet Mojin: The Worm Valley (2019) It has a 14-minute prologue to explain all the characters and all the rules -- and even then it makes no sense. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
94% Communion (Komunia) (2019) It's very, very effective... Very depressing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
80% A Twelve-Year Night (La noche de 12 años) (2018) A second-tier "Papillon"... It just doesn't add anything. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) It's shot in black and white -- beautiful black and white, poetic black and white -- which is exactly the contrast that [director Roberto Minervini] means to present to put a poetic sheen on these very distraught stories. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
16% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) This would normally be a B-level serial killer movie that would go straight to video if not for the fact that they somehow corralled a bunch of really good actors. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
72% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) It feels very calculated... And then it takes a really devastating turn, and it won me over. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) It's satisfying, but I think a lot of people are probably going to find it a letdown because it doesn't really punch you up in the same way [as its predecessor]. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
100% Low Low (2019) [The plot's dilemma] is treated here with seriousness, maturity, insight, and some really, really good performances. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
67% Driven (2019) It's very competently made. It doesn't really do anything remarkable, but I will say that Lee Pace is amazing as John DeLorean. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
93% Jay Myself (2019) You fall in love with everyone in this movie. It is just such a wonderful trip. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) It's a really terrifying documentary. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) It's earnest, it's heartfelt, and it takes place right in the middle of Thatcher-era England, and it's able to make commentary on that without the characters being lost. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) The characters are so affirming. It doesn't have that Hollywood cynicism that we're so accustomed to. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It dares to wrestle with big, existential issues, confront some surprisingly grown up questions and take enormous narrative risks. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/4 88% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) ...the real horror of war is not found in the bloodletting of combat... but in the individualized toll it takes on simple people - human beings reduced to their basest survival instincts... - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns is neither a sequel nor a reboot, but an evil twin... - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
3/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) I enjoyed it enough to feel as if I'd gotten a real theatrical experience out of it - but I also felt exhausted by the experience and a little bit sad for what it represented... - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/4 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) ...sensitive, penetrating and frequently unsettling study of one woman's battle with regret... - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
4/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) ...what Rogers and Gillespie have smartly perceived is... a ravaging class divide which many aspects of American society... both exploit and encourage... - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/4 96% Félicité (2017) Gomis needs only enough plot to afford his actors the space and the opportunity to wrestle with the kinds of emotions that most people work scrupulously to avoid. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
4/4 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) "Wonder Wheel" is a fiercely brave deep-dive into Allen's late-life psyche - a rare glimpse at a singular artist in unexpected transition - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
4/4 60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) While Kenneth Branagh's latest incarnation can't rival Sidney Lumet's original 1974 version for its all-star credentials, it is by far the more enjoyable and cinematic interpretation... - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
3.5/5 95% Pina (2011) Sans 3D, Pina becomes a more unified work of undisputed merits, a passionate, fitting tribute from one of Europe's preeminent filmmakers and documentarians. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012
4/5 99% A Separation (2011) Farhadi's carefully wrought narrative and the ways it handles the fragile emotions of its characters truly sets it apart, not only from contemporary Iranian cinema but world cinema in general. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2012
3.5/5 42% Ironclad (2011) Casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2011
4/5 97% Rapt (2011) Compellingly taut and existentially thoughtful. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2011
4/5 70% Beautiful Boy (2011) Successfully contextualizes its tragedy with urgency and emotional rawness without crumbling into maudlin melodrama. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2011
4.5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) Precisely the kind of heady, ambitious effort Malick fans have long awaited from the former Harvard philosophy student and MIT philosophy professor. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2011
3/5 48% Monogamy (2011) The real star of the film, however, is Shapiro who, despite treading on marginally derivative subject matter, demonstrates a solid sense of style and a refreshingly delicate hand with actors. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2011
2/5 69% Limitless (2011) Limitless is the kind of slick trash that upstart distributors often embrace as a stepping stone to the sort of clumsily reckless trash at which big studios uniquely excel. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2011
4/5 60% Redland (2011) A haunting purgatorial journey through a bygone place and time. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2011
2/5 49% No Strings Attached (2011) Tedious and forgettable. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2011
3.5/5 96% Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2011) Announced before the first Ip Man was in general release, this smart, equally-enthralling sequel to the hit 2008 film looks to do even better U.S. business than its predecessor. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2011
2.5/5 33% Wild Target (2010) A mostly admirable attempt at a Crichton-like escapade that runs out of steam a bit before half-way. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2010
4/5 96% Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1) (2010) A restless character study in which an otherwise unremarkable individual, tossed by the tides of fate, emerges unexpectedly as remarkable, but in all the wrong ways - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2010
3/5 32% It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) A refreshingly spry romantic comedy that never loses sight of the fact that levity and love, even against the darkest and most unlikely of backdrops, always prevail. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2010
2.5/5 13% I Want Your Money (2010) If there's a lesson to be gleaned from a decade's worth of political documentaries, it is that they have virtually no impact whatsoever on the electoral process. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2010
4/5 69% Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010) This is a big screen movie, a whipsmart twist on a particular kind of romantic comedy typically associated with charmless big-budget American studio films. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2010
3/5 33% A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010) That Zhang stages the story as a broad, absurdist comedy, as opposed to the Coens' dark, brooding drama, is another telling point of departure. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2010
1/5 61% Centurion (2010) Anachronistic dialogue, happenstance plot turns and characters so thinly conceived as to be interchangeable all but counteract cinematographer Sam McCurdy's otherwise stalwart Cinemascope work. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2010
2/5 42% The Horde (La Horde) (2009) The film starts promisingly and quickly detours into the kind of escalating gore and ridiculousness that always betrays a Hollywood resumé piece. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2010
3/5 86% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010) Boasting top tier Hollywood-style production values and thoughtful, character-driven writing, it's a picture custom-built for older, more discriminating audiences for whom the picture will also likely resurrect memories of the era. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2010
3.5/5 61% The Concert (Le concert) (2010) Those fortunate enough to have the chance to see the film in theatrical release should do so without hesitation; as a shared experience it's all the more rewarding. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2010
3/5 83% Mademoiselle Chambon (2010) Offers the kind of intimate, naturalistic look at human interaction that recalls the heyday of Eric Rohmer. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2010
3/5 73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) Though neither is likely to exit the theater feeling any richer in their appreciation for Gainsbourg himself, their appreciation for the achievement of a supremely ambitious film should be unequivocal. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2010
2.5/5 66% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) (2010) By taking a convoluted approach to a compelling topic, novelist/documentarian Emmanuel Laurent and screenwriter/film critic Antoine de Baecque do an unfortunate disservice to the dual legacies of both Franois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2010
2/5 79% Solitary Man (2010) Strictly mid-level assembly line product, designed to ride entirely on the modest marquee value of second-tier or past-prime stars. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2010
4/5 62% Harry Brown (2010) A triumph of both technique and substance. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2010