Alison Willmore is a film critic for New York magazine and Vulture. Formerly, she was the only critic at BuzzFeed News, the first TV editor at IndieWire, and the host of Filmspotting: SVU.

  1. movie review
    Zack Snyder’s Screensaver Space Opera Comes to an Uneventful EndRebel Moon — Part Two: The Scargiver is a dream fulfilled for Snyder but one that ultimately isn’t that ambitious.
  2. movie review
    Guy Ritchie Goes Brutally PoshThe purveyor of British gangster sagas goes upscale for his Inglourious Basterds knockoff, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.
  3. movie review
    Dune: Part Two Is Zendaya’s MovieAnd it’s a really good one.
  4. movie review
    Drive-Away Dolls Is Just Fizzy EnoughMargaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan star in a lesbian road-trip comedy that will mostly remind you of better movies.
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    Pedro Almodóvar’s Queer Cowboy Short Is Too Sumptuous for Its Own GoodIt’s a gorgeous but unsatisfying sketch of a thing.
  6. movie review
    I’m Glad Everyone Had Such a Good Time Making Sasquatch SunsetIf only there were more reason to actually watch the movie they made.
  7. hard-bodied soft boys
    All the Sad-Eyed Action Guys Are Doing This MoveWhy use your own weapon when you can use the one your enemy just stabbed you with?
  8. movie review
    There’s Really Nothing Else Like The BeastLéa Seydoux and George MacKay are doomed lovers over three lifetimes in Bertrand Bonello’s haunting movie.
  9. best of 2024
    The Best Movies of 2024 (So Far)A violent swashbuckling-adventure film, a brilliant comedy, an epic-scale blockbuster, and more.
  10. movie review
    Lisa Frankenstein Is Strictly a Mall-Goth AffairKathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse star in a disappointingly flimsy horror comedy about a teen loner and her undead companion.
  11. movie review
    Did We Really Need Kaiju to Get All Cute?Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire doesn’t deliver the giant-monster goods, but it does make its creatures disconcertingly adorable.
  12. movie review
    The Best and Bleakest Comedy of the Year So FarRadu Jude’s Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World makes being ground up in the global machinery of capitalism look good.
  13. movie review
    A New Road House by Way of Looney TunesJake Gyllenhaal is better at oddballs than heroes — thank God he’s playing one of the former in this Road House remake.
  14. kingdom of dreams
    The 2024 Oscars Closed the GatesThis year’s Academy Awards turned on the charm and turned away from anything uncomfortable, even as protests raged outside.
  15. movie review
    Oppenheimer Is a Tragedy of Operatic GrandeurChristopher Nolan’s movie about the invention of the atomic bomb is almost too big to wrap your head around.
  16. movie review
    Miyazaki Didn’t Lose a StepBack from temporary retirement, Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning film, The Boy and the Heron, is a reminder of what makes him an animation legend.
  17. movie review
    We’re Going to Be Talking About American Fiction All Awards Season LongCord Jefferson’s directorial debut, American Fiction, is a sharp comedy about racial commodification anchored by a terrific Jeffrey Wright.
  18. movie review
    Wonka … Is Pretty Good?Look, I’m as surprised as you are.
  19. movie review
    Problemista Could Use a Little Less Tilda SwintonAnd how often can you say that?
  20. fight club
    Watch Out for the Killer GamsLeg crush. Flying scissor. Whatever you call it, the move has become an inescapable part of action heroine fights.
  21. let’s go
    The 100 Fights That Shaped Action CinemaWhether the scenes featured fists, firearms, or blades, the result was always the same: The crowd was pleased.
  22. pretty statues
    Cheese: An Annotated History of the Oscar Class PhotoRevisiting 39 years of fancy midday Hollywood hangs.
  23. movie review
    Unfortunately, Madame Web Is Bad in a Boring WayDakota Johnson seems to give up halfway through this latest superhero movie, which drags through the middle and is inept by the end.
  24. movie review
    The Iron Claw Should Be Even SadderZac Efron, Harris Dickinson, and Jeremy Allen White star in the story of a tragic wrestling family that holds its subjects at arm’s length.
  25. epic beauty
    The Case for the Spectacle CryIf the end of Speed Racer makes you well up … well, you’re not alone.
  26. sundance 2024
    The 15 Best Movies We Saw This Year at SundanceThis year’s slate actually felt like Sundance, like the festival it used to be before it became just another stop on Hollywood’s eternal red carpet.
  27. movie review
    Pictures of Ghosts and the Images That Outlive Us AllThe beguiling new film from Bacurau’s Kleber Mendonça Filho is a meditation on place, film, and time passing.
  28. movie review
    Tótem Throws a Goodbye Party You’ll Never Want to LeaveDirector Lila Avilés’ extraordinary family drama is in the vein of party films like Monsoon Wedding and Rachel Getting Married.
  29. sundance 2024
    In Search of a More Welcoming RealityJane Schoenbrun’s I Saw the TV Glow is an enveloping, confounding film about isolation, gender transition, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  30. movie review(s)
    A Guide to the Blue-Collar Killing-Machine Movies of JanuaryFrom bee movies to B movies, here’s what you need to know about whether to watch The Beekeeper, The Bricklayer, or The Painter.
  31. fall preview 2023
    All Eyes on Lily GladstoneThe actress is the unflinching face of an American tragedy in Martin Scorsese’s historical epic, Killers of the Flower Moon.
  32. movie review
    There’s Nothing Else Like The Book of Clarence, for Better and WorseEven if it doesn’t work, there’s something admirable about how at ease Jeymes Samuel’s new film is with its own erratic rhythms.
  33. movie review
    All of Us Strangers Is Two Movies Trying to Be OneAnd, with all love for Paul Mescal, the romance with his character is the weaker of the two.
  34. movie review
    Saltburn Is All Vibes and Empty ProvocationsEmerald Fennell may be an exasperating filmmaker, but she’s incapable of being boring.
  35. movie review
    We Shouldn’t Have to Grade Barbie on a CurveGreta Gerwig made a weird movie based on a famous toy line. Should that be enough?
  36. movie review
    In Priscilla, She’s the Girl Who Has Everything — Except Actual PowerSofia Coppola’s film, based on Priscilla Presley’s memoir, is a wish-fulfillment dream that loses momentum when its subject wakes up.
  37. movie review
    The Seductive Eileen Flirts With DisasterAnne Hathaway goes Hitchcock blonde and Thomasin McKenzie is deceptively mousy, but the real MVP of this Ottessa Moshfegh is Marin Ireland.
  38. best of 2023
    A Year of Movie EndingsIn 2023, there were plenty of onscreen climaxes, but some of the industry’s most interesting denouements happened offscreen.
  39. best of 2023
    The Best Movies of 2023This year seemed to mark the end of a film era. Has another exploded out of the box already?
  40. timmy wéek
    Timothée Chalamet, the Boy KingHe could be our next great leading man — if he can figure out what kind he wants to be.
  41. movie review
    Napoleon Charges in Without a PlanRidley Scott’s new historical epic isn’t good, but at least it gives us an unforgettably weird Joaquin Phoenix performance.
  42. movie review
    Is Taika Waititi Even Trying Anymore?The New Zealand filmmaker’s new film, Next Goal Wins, is so sloppily made that it might make you wonder why he even bothered.
  43. movie review
    When Did the MCU Start Feeling So Small?The Marvels brings together Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, and Iman Vellani for far-flung galactic adventures that feel disappointingly dinky.
  44. movie review
    Meg Ryan Isn’t Saving the Rom-Com — She’s Arguing With ItRyan directs and stars alongside David Duchovny in What Happens Later, a curiously sour romantic comedy.
  45. movie review
    To Its Credit, Nyad Makes Its Subject Look Like a Real AssholeNyad may be a frustrating biopic, but at least it doesn’t soften the self-mythologizing long-distance swimmer’s rougher edges.
  46. movie review
    Even Two Great Actors Can’t Make Fingernails’ Romance BelievableJessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed are hard to buy as thwarted lovers, though that’s mostly the fault of the film’s half-baked premise.
  47. movie review
    Paul Giamatti Is Never Better Than When He’s in an Alexander Payne MoviePrep school dramedy The Holdovers, the pair’s first collaboration since Sideways, showcases Giamatti’s capacity for the prickly and the heartbreaking.
  48. movie review
    Errol Morris Duels the Greatest Spy Novelist in The Pigeon TunnelThe documentarian’s brisk, enjoyable new film contains the curiously contentious final interview with David Cornwell, a.k.a. John le Carré.
  49. vulture lists
    The 46 Best Movies Over 3 Hours LongGot some extra time? Lose yourself in these cinematic spectacles.
  50. movie review
    The Royal Hotel Will Give You a Secondhand HangoverJulia Garner and Jessica Henwick are American backpackers working at a remote Australian bar in this thriller from Kitty Green.
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