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 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barbara Shulgasser's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 A Family Thing
Lowest review score: 0 Love Stinks
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 168
  2. Negative: 40 out of 168
168 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    By the time you get to the end of the movie and our heroes and Regis' cop buddy Dennis Miller must sprint through a series of tunnels beneath the White House racing against evil to save the presidency, if your credulity hasn't been tested you'll probably find your heart racing pleasantly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    There is really no one to like in this film.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    It's all quite inspiring, but despite the fact that this is based on someone's actual experiences, the whole thing has an unfortunate Hollywood ring to it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Neither offensive nor inspired.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Things to do in the movie theater until you mercifully die of boredom sums up this witness' response to the ordeal of sitting through this movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    So while at times, Penn's film is moving and insightful about the way the heart survives tragedy, at other times it seems to have been made by a gifted schizophrenic who thinks that weird behavior is perfectly normal.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Director Gary Fleder seems to be trying for the mood and atmosphere of "Seven," another Freeman film about murder and police work, but this movie isn't as stylish and the script by David Klass, based on the James Patterson novel, doesn't really hang together.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Offers two or three worthwhile laughs.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    This movie would have had a chance of being interesting had it been about Sally Hemmings.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The adorable overacting of the twins [Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen] make this otherwise dopey movie watchable.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is the kind of story that might have been interesting had it not been populated with dreary characters played by actors who were clearly coached to be as dull as possible.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Unfortunately, this movie needed an attractive, irresistibly charismatic performer to give us some reason for watching. Madonna is made up to look like Eva, but this is hardly enough to carry the movie.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    My question is, why has director Costa-Gavras taken it upon himself to dissect American cultural foibles when he has so clearly proven himself unequipped for the job?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The movie, directed by veteran Jonathan Kaplan, has enough in common with such American-in-foreign-jail movies as "Midnight Express" and the recent "Return to Paradise" to make you wonder why it ever got made.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    One of the most blithely, giddily ridiculous movies to come along in ages.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    Scott treats the material as if it were grist for a 30-second spot or a rowdy music video.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The script, based on British pulp writer James Hadley Chase's novel "Just Another Sucker," is a muddle, and no actors, no matter how compelling or talented, could make its silly dialogue work.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is a good-hearted movie that unfortunately is wildly implausible and makes no sense.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    The ordinariness of the material gives way to the winning personalities of the stars.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    With The Loss of Sexual Innocence, director Mike Figgis reaches an almost comical low in the pursuit of what appears to be a desperate need to express deeper, uh, depth. Figgis' deliberate obfuscation may delight him, but it leaves the viewer mystified and bitter. [18 Jun 1999]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    As always, Duvall is magnificent. Even in this small part, he manages to give one of the most stirring performances in the movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is a piece of gloriously literary and serious filmmaking, but again it falls prey to misjudgments in pacing and rhythm.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The best movie she ever directed was "This Is My Life," a biting comedy she also wrote that was soundly defeated by both critics and audiences. I think she's lost her nerve and her edge ever since.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Television sitcom-style directing and writing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    Meets the low standards of a mediocre TV movie.
    • Chicago Tribune

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