Movie reviews of George Wolf

These are all the movies and series that George has reviewed. Read more at: Maddwolf.

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Number of movie reviews: 206 / 206


Poster for Isn't It Romantic

Isn't It Romantic


While never hilarious, Isn’t It Romantic manages consistent charm and an effective running gag about keeping it all PG-13.

14 february

14 feb

Poster for What Men Want

What Men Want


Director Adam Shankman can find none of the authentic energy that infused his effervescent take on Hairspray, settling instead for a laziness that has little regard for continuity, logic or organic humor.

8 february

8 feb

Poster for Destroyer



Kusama keeps up a knowingly effective pace, dropping just enough breadcrumbs to keep you interested until the twist reveal she’s sitting on. Of course, she’s also got Kidman’s range to lean on, occasionally forgetting it doesn’t need that much help getting noticed.

31 january

31 jan

Poster for Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap


Minding the Gap entertains as a testament to the love of skateboarding, but it transcends as an emotional statement on the fragile bonds of parenting and an earnest ode to the power of love.

30 january

30 jan

Poster for Genesis 2.0

Genesis 2.0


Stops short of sermonizing, but with some truly amazing and insightful footage, uncovers plenty of sobering food for thought.

26 january

26 jan

Poster for Serenity



The spoon-feeding that’s waiting at the end of Serenity is well-intentioned but structurally misguided, landing so far from the mark that just embracing that early Body Heat wave and riding it out might have made for a better crash.

25 january

25 jan

Poster for Glass



Would Glass have worked better if we hadn’t been standing around staring all this time? Probably. but Shyamalan got us here with skill, and he gets us out with a film that’s easy to respect, but hard to cheer for.

17 january

17 jan

Poster for A Dog's Way Home

A Dog's Way Home


Everything is painted with the broadest brush available.

11 january

11 jan

Poster for On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex


Rests as a film always competent and sincere, but seldom revealing.

10 january

10 jan

Poster for Shoplifters



The cast is universally charming, and when Koreeda is content to ride the casually observational pace he introduces, Shoplifters works humanistic wonders with its sweet vignettes of love and mercy.

8 january

8 jan

Poster for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


The story bursts to vibrant life. The dazzling animation gives a big soul kiss to comic books and pushes nearly every frame to its action-following limit.

11 december

11 dec

Poster for Tyrel



Amid heavy dialog that’s fast and free-flowing with an improvisational feel, the crowded mountain home becomes a nerve-wracking metaphor for the state of race relations.

5 december

5 dec

Poster for Creed II

Creed II


But beyond all the button pushing, sentiment and nostalgia are characters, and this all falls like a tomato can in the fist round if we don’t have reason to care about them. We still do.

20 november

20 nov

Poster for The Front Runner

The Front Runner


The dialogue is fast and smart, often evoking a more easily digestible Aaron Sorkin. Salient points are made and then rebutted through the precise timing and intricate blocking of an outstanding ensemble...

20 november

20 nov

Poster for Instant Family

Instant Family


Always more fuzzy than consistently funny, Instant Family offers plenty of good feels backed up with some lived-in comfortability.

15 november

15 nov

Poster for Boy Erased

Boy Erased


It is precisely this intimacy that fuels the film’s resonance, as one family’s story becomes a vessel for greater understanding. That’s no small achievement, and Boy Erased is no small triumph.

14 november

14 nov

Poster for The Girl in the Spider's Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web


Always watchable, and engaging enough to keep you invested. But Lisbeth became memorable by being uniquely compelling, not merely satisfactory.

9 november

9 nov

Poster for The Grinch

The Grinch


The Grinch is nearly as empty as Cindy Lou’s living room on Christmas morn.

8 november

8 nov

Poster for Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody


Factual liberties are taken, timelines are sometimes carelessly misrepresented, and there’s a totally needless gag from Mike Myers, but whenever Bohemian Rhapsody is most unsteady, Queen’s music is there for a bailout.

2 november

2 nov

Poster for Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy


Through first-hand insight and two towering performances, it finds a thread of hope in the ashes of a family’s nightmare.

1 november

1 nov

Poster for Suspiria



It cements a vision of Suspiria that’s as ambitious and it is uncompromising, one that explores different definitions of horror while ultimately delivering more outright shocks and shivers than Argento ever attempted.

30 october

30 oct

Poster for Mid90s



An often funny, sometimes startling and endlessly human film, Mid90s is a blast from the past that points to a bright filmmaking future for Jonah Hill.

25 october

25 oct

Poster for Free Solo

Free Solo


But in contrasting glorious human achievement with acceptable sacrifice, Free Solo becomes nearly unforgettable.

24 october

24 oct

Poster for The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give


In trusting that YA audience with some bitter pills, The Hate U Give becomes a required dose for the rest of us.

19 october

19 oct

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