For 148 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barbara Shulgasser's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Children of the Revolution
Lowest review score: 25 Mad City
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 148
  2. Negative: 25 out of 148
148 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is a movie that is wonderful on the peripherals.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    While Birdcage has many isolated funny moments, long bits of slowness interrupt the energy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    A workmanlike effort. It's not startling and it's not incompetent.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Leonardo DiCaprio? Excuse me, Leonardo DiCaprio? I know he makes teenaged girls cry, but, I mean, Leonardo DiCaprio?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Neither offensive nor inspired.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    What's pleasing about this movie is its enduring adherence to the Bondian ideal.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The movie's coda is completely ridiculous and, worse yet, boring.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Director Simon West makes an impressive feature debut in this relentless action-comedy that is, more than anything else, about how funny it is to see hundreds of people exploded, shot, knifed, propellered and burnt to death, and how to land a plane on the crowded Vegas strip.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Becky Johnston ( "The Prince of Tides" ) did creditable work on the screenplay, but there are times when this story about a truly rotten fellow seems to be one big jump cut.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    It's hard not to keep thinking that this movie is basically "Yentl" with a nose job.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Most disappointing is the fact that the movie ends so abruptly that you can't help wondering what the whole story amounts to, moving as it is.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Martin Scorsese is certainly one of the great living movie directors. Sadly, this does not mean he can't make a mistake. Kundun is a mistake.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The thrill is most certainly not in the script by David Koepp, written from Michael Crichton's novel....Most of the writing is the blandest sort of twaddle, jokes you can practically recite along with actors.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    When you really think about Breakdown - and believe me, that would probably require spending more time thinking about the movie than the filmmakers did - it doesn't make much sense.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Cronenberg has said that he made the film to find out why he was making it. You may watch it for the same reason.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    But in its own overblown, melodramatic way, complete with hideous and obtrusive music by Michael Kamen, clanging sound effects that will leave your ears ringing and a penchant on the part of director Paul Anderson ( "Mortal Kombat" ) for quick flashes of blood-drenched gore, Event Horizon is kind of a hoot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The trouble comes when Woo's patented - that is, oft-repeated - style overwhelms any hope of discerning story or acting through the haze of burning, crashing, bleeding and exploding.