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

Barbara Shulgasser's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Lucie Aubrac
Lowest review score: 0 Love Stinks
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 168
  2. Negative: 40 out of 168
168 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    The movie is well made by director Michael Winterbottom ("Jude"), with a minimum of overdramatics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    It's as sunny as you would expect a Hanks project to be.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Copycat is as steady and reliable as a pulse and as exhilarating as a surge of adrenalin.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    More about having a good time with some interesting people than it is about watching a fine movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Scenes go on and on in endless, witless dialogue, ever accompanied by John Williams' hideously gushing music.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is a movie that is wonderful on the peripherals.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    The most refreshing performance is by Mortensen.

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