Barbara Shulgasser

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For 170 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barbara Shulgasser's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Gone with the Wind
Lowest review score: 0 Love Stinks
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 170
  2. Negative: 40 out of 170
170 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Barbara Shulgasser
    Dern is nothing short of brilliant here.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Barbara Shulgasser
    The sexual tension and humorous byplay between Leigh and co-star Clark Gable, in the role of gentleman rogue Rhett Butler, was riveting. And so was Leigh's portrayal of a viper trying to consume the good-hearted Ashley Wilkes, embodied by the fine-boned Hungarian-turned-British actor, Leslie Howard.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is one not to be missed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Barbara Shulgasser
    The scenes with Stalin and his frightened underlings, his giddy yes-men tip-toeing around him, are written and directed by Duncan with a grace, agility and comic deftness one rarely is treated to at the movies these days.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Barbara Shulgasser
    The film's premise is totally implausible yet great performances, directing and script allow us to transcend the concept of believability and enjoy nevertheless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Barbara Shulgasser
    Amazing comic performances...give this comedy its lovely manic pace, kept just within the realm of sanity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Barbara Shulgasser
    Ryan has an edge that is extremely becoming…This is her best work yet.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Barbara Shulgasser
    An old-fashioned movie. It is simplistic, full of stock characters and easy solutions to difficult problems, and I absolutely loved it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Barbara Shulgasser
    Handsome, well-acted, well-written and beautifully directed movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Barbara Shulgasser
    Shelton has a talent for using the specific to illustrate the universal. Avowed baseball haters loved "Bull Durham." And if watching golf sounds like an excellent insomnia cure, you will probably still enjoy Tin Cup.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Foster has whipped the actors into the sort of comic frenzy usually reserved for farce, and the ready-for-anything energy serves the material well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Tennant and company do a fine job of retaining the otherworldliness of a fairy tale while at the same time explaining all the archaisms for a modern audience.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Dalmatians proves an apt playground for Hughes as one could surmise that his inspiration for treating comic bad guys in his movies so violently comes from a cartoon sensibility.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Eastwood is perfect as the bad guy (a thief) you root for.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    It was the adult in me that wept when the movie ended. Take the kid and have a good time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Mangold's vision is bold. There is nothing cutesy or gimmicky about Heavy, which may be why something in its grimness recalls the work of Ingmar Bergman.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Ransom is every bit as taut and expertly directed, and it's another in the emergency genre, one in which Howard excels.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    While I was watching "Lone Star," I realized that what makes Sayles a good and socially responsible person - his ability to look at one thing a hundred different ways - is exactly what makes him a muddy filmmaker.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    You find yourself absorbed in simply looking at them to the extent that it's hard to hear what they're saying. It's a nice dilemma for a movie to present.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    It's as sunny as you would expect a Hanks project to be.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    This movie has everything.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    What's best about this script is the premise: a lawyer who doesn't lie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Private Parts is a sparkling, nonstop entertainment written by Len Blum and Michael Kalesniko and directed by Betty Thomas, but sometimes it gives the impression that Stern is nothing short of Nobel Peace Prize material.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Think of this as "Die Hard" in a suit, with an election coming up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    The script, by director Richard Kwietnioski and adapted from the Gilbert Adair novel, is poignant and well constructed.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is a good-hearted movie that unfortunately is wildly implausible and makes no sense.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    The ordinariness of the material gives way to the winning personalities of the stars.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    The disappointing ending aside, there is much to enjoy in The Game, a creation with a sheen so highly burnished that sometimes you feel you must look away.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    It's funnier, and bitchier, than Clare Boothe Luce's "The Women," and, best of all, it showcases three wonderful actresses who have rarely been better.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Copycat is as steady and reliable as a pulse and as exhilarating as a surge of adrenalin.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Softley and Amini say they consciously viewed Kate as a film noir kind of heroine, a beauty leading a good man astray. And that, added to the setting of the second half of the movie in canal-riven Venice, gives the story the kind of moral haziness that verges on Thomas Mann territory.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    It is familiarly old-fashioned, complete with montages of newspaper clippings fluttering past and calendar days slipping by. The sets, costumes, old cars and general atmosphere all beautifully recall moviemaking of a bygone era. And for that, hats off to Duke.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Add to that a perfect cast and one's only complaint will be that this is, at heart, another tear-jerker about how good it is to love and be alive and all of that.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Franklin juggles it all with wit and style, and suddenly you feel fine that this is only Mosley's first Easy Rawlins novel. Several more are just waiting to be adapted.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Especially fine are Spade and Louiso, the latter possessing a quality of injured integrity that is priceless here.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    A smart, funny and endearing movie. It has enough cynicism to satisfy the part of DiCillo that would mock a blue-eyed superstar, yet enough genuine sentiment to make it possible for us to swallow the cynicism.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    The acting and writing is a cut above the ordinary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Tyler is a find for a director like Bertolucci. She is a blank slate of prettiness with her unadulterated, thoroughbred, long-limbed looks.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Voight's Wright is one of many examples of how Singleton and Poirier succeed in suggesting the ambivalence and shadings that make movie characters believable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    All the performances are good, the script is subtle and waste-free and Danny Elfman's score is evocative and appropriate, but the direction is what gives the movie its sweep.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Huston manages to bring the unavoidable brutality of this story to the screen without seeming exploitative. And she gets good performances out of Malone, Leigh and Eldard. Glenne Headly gives a great performance as Leigh's saintly sister.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    To enumerate exactly how Bean messes up would be to expose the silliness of this movie, and since Bean's humor is terribly silly, rather, wonderfully silly, there isn't much point in going into detail.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Delpy and Hawke begin to grow on you and Linklater and his actors achieve a point midway through the film when the characters are so attractive and smart and emotionally daring that you'll be happy to spend the night with them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Driver, who is padded but not fat, is an actress with self-possession to spare. Her looks defy conventional rules about modern beauty, but the directness of her gaze and the honesty of her smile make it difficult to look anywhere else when she is on screen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    This movie has a first-rate script, and director Joseph Ruben ( "True Believer," "The Stepfather" ) knew exactly what to do with it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Because the movie is otherwise so well made and so full of sweet emotion and "good" values, I was happy to ignore the shortcomings.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Director John McTiernan outdoes the previous "Die Hards" (McTiernan directed the first, Renny Harlin the second) with machinery, stunts, noise, bullets and guts. Hand-held camerawork tweaks the audience's sense of anxiety further, and for the most part it works well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    DeVito, whose singing sounds like a cross between coughing and Jimmy Durante on a good day, is a gruff and lovable mentor with a Brooklyn accent and a New Yorker's intolerance for sentimentality. Egan's Meg is a fiery dame with lots of gall. Tate Donovan gives voice to the adult Hercules, and he is just right as an almost Dudley Doright-ish lug who thinks heroics have more to do with physical daring than with big-heartedness. Alan Mencken's original score is boisterous and hummable, and lyrics by David Zippel perfectly suit the story and Disney's recent style for cleverness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    The good guys metamorphose into bad guys and back into good guys with dazzling efficiency in Brian Helgeland's disturbing, comic script.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    In the attempt to rein in a cast playing a great assortment of exaggerated types, Schlesinger (who directed "Midnight Cowboy" and "Marathon Man" ) and Bradbury sometimes lose the tone of the movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Bay has two great assets in Connery and Cage. The special effects give The Rock a James Bondian feel so Connery's wry, world-weary devil-may-careishness looks right at home here.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Sometimes the movie lacks a quietness, an omission most egregiously felt at the end.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Coppola again shines his intelligence on this bestseller material, rather than just shoving it through the Hollywood mill unsifted.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    The movie is well made by director Michael Winterbottom ("Jude"), with a minimum of overdramatics.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Of course, turning a novel by Woolrich into a light romantic froth is a little like turning King Lear into a musical comedy. But Benjamin has the right comic touch to pull this off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    With an original score by Alan Menken and Gilbert and Sullivan-ish songs by Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, the movie is the cartoon equivalent of a full-scale, high-quality Broadway musical.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    While Birdcage has many isolated funny moments, long bits of slowness interrupt the energy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    The most refreshing performance is by Mortensen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Leaves the audience on such a devastatingly dramatic ledge.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    I like that Sheridan's girlfriend works at Starbucks. Snipes plays the part with the kind of high energy that large doses of caffeine would explain.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    The cliches are all here.... Eszterhas works around these scripting difficulties deftly enough, but the real pleasure here is in watching Bacon and Renfro as idol and adorer.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Sandra Goldbacher, writing and directing her first feature, is a sure-handed filmmaker. The movie is a tableau of sensuality.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Freundlich's problem is that he has made an essentially interesting movie that never seems brave enough to say what it really intends.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Directing his first movie, Jack Green, cinematographer on several Clint Eastwood films, shows an ease with the material (written by Jim McGlynn), but there's something a bit dull about the movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    For all its lazy beauty, the movie is rooted in the personalities of its lead characters and they, unfortunately, are bloodless, affectless, emotionless dopes who turn their considerable lack of scruples on the business of senseless killing, for which they seemingly have no remorse. [13 Feb. 1998]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Hackman is, as ever, a master performer, an actor at the peak of his powers. However, he can't carry the whole movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Fans of sci-fi, special effects, big explosions, panicky crowd scenes and theater sound systems cranked up way beyond the capacity of the human ear to hear comfortably will love this movie. I am not among you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    If the movie crumbles under its own stiffness at times, at least it has the two old pros' good performances to cheer us along the way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    More about having a good time with some interesting people than it is about watching a fine movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is a movie that is wonderful on the peripherals.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    The chief terrorist is played nicely with war-weary desperation by Marcel Iures, a Romanian actor with the sucked-in cheeks and ennui of a Jeremy Irons.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Even if the movie is not a work of comic - or philosophical - genius, its existence does foretell of tolerance gaining a foothold in a largely intolerant world.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Scenes go on and on in endless, witless dialogue, ever accompanied by John Williams' hideously gushing music.

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