Alissa Wilkinson

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For 107 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alissa Wilkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Call Me by Your Name
Lowest review score: 10 The Emoji Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 107
  2. Negative: 8 out of 107
107 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Wilkinson
    Alpha is definitely sentimental, even pandering at times. But its unexpected setting, images, set pieces, and even language balance out the sentimentality with a strangely raw and cinematically adventurous aesthetic that’s uncommon for a film of its sort.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Wilkinson
    Crazy Rich Asians is fun, funny, gorgeous, and swoon-worthy. It’s got a terrific cast, glamorous locations, witty jokes, and a story with a lot of heart. And on top of all that, it may actually succeed in proving to Hollywood that both Asian-centered stories and romantic comedies deserve much more attention.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Alissa Wilkinson
    In the hands of Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), it’s just a shark movie, and a kind of inert one at that.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Alissa Wilkinson
    The result is sublimely ridiculous, or perhaps ridiculously sublime: the very definition of frothy summer entertainment, moderately (if unevenly) well-directed by Ol Parker, that works best if you just suspend your need for it all to make sense.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Wilkinson
    The film is a confident debut from two writers and a director with no shortage of things to say and a strong voice to say them in.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Wilkinson
    In addition to the absurd stunts and convoluted plot machinations, what makes the Mission: Impossible movies work in general, and Fallout in particular, is that they let their characters be characters, driven by a number of complex factors, even when they’re chasing an enemy or trying to get out of a scrape.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alissa Wilkinson
    The big difference between this kind of video game movie and an actual video game is that you’re not playing it — you’re just passively consuming it, and you know how it will end before it gets going. So any surprise or intrigue comes from just seeing how our mighty protagonist will get himself out of this scrape. That’s just enough for a couple hours of fairly mindless entertainment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alissa Wilkinson
    It knows what year it’s coming out — on July 4, no less — and it’s slamming on every hot button it can find. That might be cathartic. It might also be turning pain into entertainment. With The First Purge, your mileage may vary.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alissa Wilkinson
    Leave No Trace is the story of a bond between a teenage daughter and her veteran father, but in the background is another kind of bond, something that keeps the world from spinning apart. That’s Granik’s subject, and Leave No Trace explores it simply but unforgettably.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Alissa Wilkinson
    It’s inexcusable for a movie that tries to say daring and surprising things about a very urgent matter of cultural and political importance to be so thuddingly predictable in so many places.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alissa Wilkinson
    Fallen Kingdom understands the moral weight of the setup it’s been handed by the previous five movies. Even when it stumbles as a film, it has a definite point of view on what a humanity callous enough to revive a species for its own pleasure and inquiry ought to experience in return.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Alissa Wilkinson
    It’s a remarkable addition to the small but growing canon of American films that aren’t afraid to stare straight into an abyss with all of the implications — moral, ethical, political, and religious — that are required for this moment in our history. First Reformed is a confounding stunner of a movie and richly deserves our full, serious attention.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Wilkinson
    While writer-director Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2 is undeniably a good time at the movies for the whole family, it’s the rare superhero movie that may have too many ideas knocking around in its noggin, none of which seem terribly coherent. And that, in the end, makes the film less than it clearly wants to be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Wilkinson
    The film succeeds on the radically subversive and obvious notions we learned when we were children: that being nice is not a weakness; that speaking with care is a thing we do simply because we believe the person we’re talking to is a human being with worth and dignity. What’s most startling about Won’t You Be My Neighbor, and what makes it feel almost elegiac, is how very jarring that message feels.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alissa Wilkinson
    The movie lingers in the mind and sits like a lump in the soul. And it’s deliciously twisted along the way. Hereditary has nightmare fodder to spare, and nobody, in the end, gets to escape.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Wilkinson
    Under the Silver Lake isn’t an homage so much as a remix of classic Hollywood tropes, which positions itself and its contemporary hipster characters less as the continuation of history than the end of it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Alissa Wilkinson
    The result is a bland heist movie in space that does nothing unexpected and never justifies its existence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Wilkinson
    While the movie finds its setting in a particular moment in Leningrad, it also feels very universal — a movie about being young and disaffected and passionate and in love, and watching all that change as you grow older. Summer, after all, never lasts forever.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Wilkinson
    Pope Francis — A Man of His Word isn’t likely to convert any of Francis’s critics, but it might just convince the indifferent that he has something to say to our world.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Alissa Wilkinson
    It’s a work of unspeakable beauty, one that doesn’t leave you when the film ends, and its deceptively simple focus on a love story can’t mask its cinematic achievement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Alissa Wilkinson
    BlacKkKlansman isn’t wrong about the evils of white supremacy. But it’s pretty sure you, out in the audience, aren’t going to get it unless it spells out the message in blinking neon lights. And even then, the film seems to fear you might miss the point.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Wilkinson
    Arctic doesn’t employ too many fancy tricks or frills: It’s just a simple, straight-ahead survival drama that lets Mikkelsen showcase his considerable acting chops, leaving viewers as impressed with his stamina as we are with his character’s.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Wilkinson
    It’s funny. It’s uncomfortable. And it feels real and lived-in, right to the bone.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Alissa Wilkinson
    There’s a potentially funny movie in here somewhere. But it lumbers along, wasting some of its greatest assets and, in the end, overstaying its welcome.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Alissa Wilkinson
    Even when he’s in a mediocre movie (and he often is), LaBeouf is a magnetic onscreen presence. There’s a naturalism and complexity to his McEnroe that keeps him from being turned into a caricature. It’s hard not to want more of him.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Alissa Wilkinson
    It’s both a blindingly predictable pastiche of an action movie — absolutely nothing happens here that you haven’t seen in a movie before, with the possible exception of some crass sign-language humor from a giant gorilla — and weirdly charming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Wilkinson
    A Quiet Place is the best kind of horror movie. It toys with how we hear the world around us, in ways that are startling and creative and tense.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Wilkinson
    For the most part, it works. Blockers isn’t groundbreaking or particularly memorable. As comedies go, it’s pretty standard fare. But its characters and performances keep it light on its feet, even when the writing gets clunky.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alissa Wilkinson
    Ready Player One is set in a dystopian future. But it seems to have no idea how dystopian it really is.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Alissa Wilkinson
    What’s most interesting about Pacific Rim: Uprising isn’t the movie itself — it’s how the cause of the impending apocalypse has evolved from the first to the second film, and how that maps onto apocalyptic stories more generally.

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