Gary Thompson

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For 156 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Thompson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Lady Bird
Lowest review score: 25 Adrift
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 156
156 movie reviews
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    Gotti ends up feeling like a kitschy assemblage of other directors’ ideas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Hearts Beat Loud (despite is gooey title) has a bittersweet tone that tells us that Frank’s dreams are mostly wishful thinking. In that way, Hearts is of a piece with other movies by writer-director Brett Haley, wherein the art has the power to ameliorate rather than transform.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Jack-Jack turns out to be a jackpot. The movie is frankly slow to get cranking, and we don’t really know what we’re missing until the unsupervised infant goes to war with a mischievous raccoon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    It is a portrait not of grinding earnestness but of a penetrating sincerity, the kind that reduces the cynical, the skeptical, and the callous to tears.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    I’ve never seen anything like it, and I would have found it persuasive had I not read the 2007 Vanity Fair article based on interviews with the young men in prison.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    There’s nothing especially striking about the movie’s visual presentation – the Artemis is threadbare and creaky, a purposely anachronistic blend of the future tech and throwback furnishings. The actions is competent, the performers game.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    Chemistry among the women is smooth, maybe excessively so. In movies about hustlers and confidence games, there is usually the scent of underlying treachery, the possibility of dishonor among thieves. In The Sting, for instance, we wonder: Is Redford conning Newman? Is the movie conning us? That kind of tension is missing here.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Writer-director Ari Aster excels at making these old-school horror movie moves (he gets great mileage out of seance scenes), and the intensifying atmosphere of dread is thick. And he layers on effective, original ideas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    A spare, meticulously crafted movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    It’s a funny concept, helped by Marshall-Green’s blended look of pleasure and consternation at being the vessel for an invincibility that he enjoys but cannot control.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Gary Thompson
    There is the potential here for an engaging adventure/survival tale, wrapped in a story of a woman finding her self-confidence by drawing on untapped reserves of strength. But Kormákur fails to find any shape in the narrative of Tami’s actual or psychological journey.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    Bening is great fun to watch here, even when she’s just watching.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    Solo eventually finds its feet, and the movie gets better as it goes, but we feel throughout the tension between conflicting visions of Howard and original directors Lord and Miller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Suffice it to say, there is a good deal for Buckley to do, and she does it. In a year of memorable and unnerving female characters, she makes Moll stand out.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    A Man of His Word...is not a lecture. It conveys the pope’s concerns, certainly, but it also conveys his charm — his gentle, personal manner, his sense of humor (he quotes from the St. Thomas More joke book), his “charisma.”
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    There are also Photoshopped aggregations of Bergen, Fonda, Keaton and Steenburgen, and though they were never actually grouped together when young, they register reasonably well here as lifelong friends. The movie rides entirely on their charm, not so much on the strength of the writing or the jokes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Here, Leitch uses brevity to do for witty action what it famously does for wit alone.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    Half the movie has a game McCarthy starring in scenes that live up to the promise of the movie’s title (’80s dance off! Bust a move!), and yet there are major plot points built around this same woman’s fear of public speaking. It has you longing for the narrative consistency of Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    While the movie serves as a pleasant piece of nostalgia, it’s not very deeply felt, and mostly serves to remind us of other, better movies that have covered similar territory, like Adventureland.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    RBG
    Brisk and informative.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    The doggedly serious Disobedience might have been a more engaging movie if it had allowed itself to be governed by its own melodramatic passions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    It’s barbed, bighearted, and brave.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    It all adds up to a bicultural comedy that is good-natured if not especially or consistently well-written. The movie takes too long to get moving, stays a tad too long, and efforts to retrofit the movie as a vehicle for Derbez come at the expense of Faris, a talented comedian who has very little to do here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The Endless works on its own modest spooky-kooky terms, and also as a rumination on life’s ruts and patterns, best considered over a couple of beers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movie is mostly gore free and tame by the standards of modern horror movies, and some of the familiar visual touches borrow greedily from the James Wan school. But it’s smartly written and well-acted.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    It all adds up to a handsome, engrossing slice-of-life movie with the feel of a Western, inventive and unique. The Rider desegregates a genre that typically presents cowboys and Indians as separate and opposing forces – archetypes unified here in one remarkable individual.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Thompson
    Kean inherited these subjects from his earlier documentary Swimming in Auschwitz, and has said that gender informs the film – the women are particularly attuned to the emotional nuance of the survival story, which comes through beautifully.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    Characters overflow on the screen, crowding out emotional investment, and there is a severely misplaced emphasis on the power of special effects — many characters appear to be entirely digitized, and none has much screen impact.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Lean on Pete is life affirming in that it affirms life is hard and unforgiving.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    There are a few moments wherein Schumer has a chance to successfully deploy the brash, take-me-as-I-am persona she has cultivated on stage and in her starring debut, Trainwreck, but mostly the script shows signs of having been awkwardly retrofitted to accommodate the star and her brand.

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