Barbara Shulgasser
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For 168 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 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barbara Shulgasser's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Citizen Ruth
Lowest review score: 0 Love Stinks
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 168
  2. Negative: 40 out of 168
168 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Unfortunately, the movie never really goes anywhere. It's all pleasant enough to watch, but you never feel that Danny and Arthur's craziness (eventually Danny is committed), Sid's stoicism, Selma's selflessness and Steven's despair coalesce to mean anything significant or illuminating.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    The acting and writing is a cut above the ordinary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The real trouble with this movie is that it represents the continuing departure of Almodovar from the chaotic, riotous and anti-social roots that gave his best movies their zest.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    What's best about this script is the premise: a lawyer who doesn't lie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    Big swirls of computer-generated dirt, a bickering couple and the dead certainty that the fiancee will leave and the bickerers will get back together. An exciting night out, or what?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    In general, the script is just slightly above sitcom level, but a few lines, owing to great delivery by terrific actors, raise this a few notches on the comedy scale.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    I tried to find in Paltrow what all her admirers in numerous magazine articles have reported. I tried to ignore a less than enchanting English accent and a tendency to be wiped off the screen whenever other actors were given much to do.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Director Eastwood favors naturalism and sometimes the effort to reproduce what it is like to meet someone new bogs the picture down irreparably.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    If the idea is to teach us something about the 37th president of the United States, then you would think Stone would resolve to stick to what can be proven about the man's life, or at least indicate when he's speculating. But Stone is the Great Explainer, and facts have an annoying habit of mucking up his explanations.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    While Blanchett glows with intelligence, passion and a quirky kind of beauty, the movie she is in fails her in a number of essential ways.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    Strangely unmoving. So what went wrong?
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Cop Land presents a fairly involved plot, and Mangold is not equipped to do more than blurt all the information onto the screen and let the nuances settle where they may.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    Something in Hutton's wounded puppy look always communicates an untapped intelligence or wasted potential, both of which are perfect for this role.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Barbara Shulgasser
    Dern is nothing short of brilliant here.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Most of the movie seems stilted and uncomfortably girdled by efforts to work around the cumbersome Brando, who is shot mostly from above the waist, where the full effects of gravity and avoirdupois do not seem so egregious as they do at belt level.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Scenes go on and on in endless, witless dialogue, ever accompanied by John Williams' hideously gushing music.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    This bloated, self-important and logically absurd movie, made by the director of the equally historically hysterical "Forrest Gump," pretends to the thrones of Serious Thinking, of Important Messages and of Intellectual Provocation. If there were truly anything serious, important or intellectual about this movie, this planet would be in big trouble.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Be that as it may, the movie offers the uplifting news bulletin that life is not about being happy with how much you weigh but with what kind of person you are. This is where the movie starts getting sloppy.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    When the mystery is unraveled and the frame-up is revealed, I, personally, had no idea what anyone was talking about.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    The most refreshing performance is by Mortensen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Barbara Shulgasser
    Amazing comic performances...give this comedy its lovely manic pace, kept just within the realm of sanity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Think of this as "Die Hard" in a suit, with an election coming up.

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