Wenlei Ma

Wenlei Ma
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Its trippy animated visuals is truly a comic book come to life, capturing the spirit and aesthetics of its source material better than any film before it.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy gives a brilliantly calibrated performance that should see her touted on the awards circuit.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You is a wake-up call to the uncomfortable truth that the world we already live in may be the real dystopia. A little movie with a mighty punch.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 83% Creed II (2018) Creed II does beat you over the head with its sentimentalism - too much text instead of subtext. But it's generally effective,‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
5/5 90% Widows (2018) It's rare to come across a film that is both brilliant and brilliantly entertaining.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
3/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Younger audiences will enjoy the bright colours and fun energy but it's unlikely to leave a lasting impression. Sometimes, that's enough. But don't expect it to become an instant favourite.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
3.5/5 73% The Children Act (2018) The Children Act is a mature and thoughtful film that is, above all, a wonderful showcase for a brilliant Emma Thompson.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
2/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The movie jumps from one dizzying sequence to the next with little care about a cohesive story or throughline. It's a discombobulated mess.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) There's nothing here that's going to vex or perplex you, and you'll walk out of the cinema happy and satisfied. A real crowd-pleaser.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4.5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Hirokazu Kore-eda imbues his characters with so much empathy, no matter what they do (and some of it is quite questionable), you don't judge them, you understand.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The film is an intriguing experiment for the Coens and it's one that's very rewarding for the viewer.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2.5/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) Outlaw King is surprisingly underwhelming.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
3/5 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Let's call it watchable and diverting, rather than mandatory viewing.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Joel Edgerton has made an effective movie and a significant story with wonderfully rich performances - casting Kidman will automatically give you that.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 63% Suspiria (2018) If you let yourself be taken over by its sinister spell, you'll be in for an unforgettable experience.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) It all sounds very heavy and bleak, but there is a lightness of touch in Beautiful Boy that keeps it from being enveloped in unbearable darkness.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) Halloween embraces the simplistic fear of the original and crafts a 40-years-in-the-making follow-up that will scare the crap out of you.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 79% 22 July (2018) 22 July is not an easy movie to watch but it's one you should consider giving your time to.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) Annemarie Jacir's insight into inter-generation tension is what makes Wajib so compelling and watchable, while never losing touch of the specificity of this particular father and son.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) While imperfect, A Star Is Born is a satisfying and emotionally evocative epic. If only it had managed to maintain the intoxicating allure of its first hour.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Bad Times at the El Royale is an engrossing, entertaining noir-thriller with some effective set pieces and some standout performances. If only it had a bit more to say.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
5/5 88% First Man (2018) In a word: Flawless. First Man is a stunning film where everything works in symphony.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4.5/5 88% American Animals (2018) American Animals is a different kind of movie, a truly electrifying story with purpose and meaning but one that has also given us a new form of storytelling.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/5 100% McKellen: Playing the Part (2017) It's a must-see for any fan, and, be honest, is there anyone who's not an Ian McKellen fan?‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) A disjointed, tonally confused and mediocrely written action flick, the best thing Venom has going for it is its relatively short runtime.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2/5 29% Night School (2018) There were some laughs, some giggles, even an occasional cackle, but for the most part, Night School is a lesson that often feels more like punishment.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 83% Ladies in Black (2018) Ladies in Black isn't really a plot-driven movie, it's more of a mood, it's about inviting you to spend some time in this lovely, quaint world where it's always sunny.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
3/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It works if all you're looking for is a movie you can take your children to see.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
2.5/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) It's a heavy-handed, unsatisfying experience. A more apt title would be Melancholy and the Infinite Childhood.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 33% The Predator (2018) The first entry in the Predator franchise in almost a decade is a solid action romp that's even kind of ... goofy?‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) With its gripping premise, likeable cast and a director in Paul Feig, A Simple Favour has much going for it.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 92% Searching (2018) It helps when you have a lead like John Cho, who after 20 years in the industry is finally bagging the kind of starring roles he deserves.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 88% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) A thrilling, thoughtful and complex story.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 53% Book Club (2018) To have four female actors of this calibre in the one place and not give them something less mediocre is a lost opportunity.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 99% McQueen (2018) What keeps McQueen from being a brilliant doco is its willingness to skim over the darkest parts of the designer's life.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) We need more movies like this, where the filmmakers do not judge these young characters - but in which they find strength and support in believing in themselves. It could make all the difference to just one person watching it.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/5 64% Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) It's a candy-coloured and candy-flavoured teen romance that could best be described as pleasant - it's not transcendent but at least it's not The Kissing Booth.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's a boisterous ride that you'll want to jump on time and again, still chortling with each rewatch.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee isn't subtle, his is a sledgehammer approach. But being delicate wasn't the point. This is a film that needs to be seen.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
3/5 81% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fĂȘte) (2017) It's a mad farce - but the fun, chuckle-worthy kind.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
3.5/5 96% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) It's so undeniably sweet.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
3/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) On Chesil Beach doesn't hit all the right notes but it does enough to be a graceful period drama about the unfulfilled promises we make to each other and ourselves.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 84% The Wife (2018) The Wife is a movie for grown-ups, a thoughtful antidote to the box office bombasts, and it has one of the most phenomenal performances so far this year.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Ultimately, what makes The Spy Who Dumped Me an enjoyable experience is what Kunis and McKinnon bring to the table.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The kind of exciting, adrenaline-pumping and visceral movie-going experience Mission: Impossible is known for and delivers‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
3/5 81% Beirut (2018) Beirut is a fairly standard thriller but it's tightly plotted, well-composed and there's at least one twist you genuinely don't see coming. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/5 90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) The Breaker Upperers is packed full of that awkward, dry-as-a-desert Kiwi wit - the unmistakable rhythm of a bloody good time at the movies. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Other than Lily James' luminous performance, there is no reason for this witless movie to exist. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
2.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) Skyscraper was never going to be more than a mindless blockbuster - there are no deep metaphors, what you see is what you get. And what you get is one of the most ridiculous movies you'll ever see.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The strength in Ant-Man And The Wasp is that it's a small-stakes, personal superhero caper that's unconcerned with the bigger battle for the world's soul. It's such a relief to not be asked to invest in something grandiose.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018