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 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 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.

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