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 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Freundlich's problem is that he has made an essentially interesting movie that never seems brave enough to say what it really intends.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    If the movie crumbles under its own stiffness at times, at least it has the two old pros' good performances to cheer us along the way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    More about having a good time with some interesting people than it is about watching a fine movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is a movie that is wonderful on the peripherals.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Scenes go on and on in endless, witless dialogue, ever accompanied by John Williams' hideously gushing music.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Neither offensive nor inspired.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    One of the most blithely, giddily ridiculous movies to come along in ages.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    There isn't much to hold onto with this movie. If anything, Cry trivializes the plight of the South Africans in its breezy treatment of apartheid.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    What director Charles Russell ("The Mask") and co-writers Walon Green ("RoboCop 2") and Tony Puryear do right is supply the kind of non-stop action and laconic one-liners we live for in Arnold movies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    A filmmaker of Jordan's capability is not likely to make anything less than a competent, watchable movie, and that Michael Collins is. I think content rather than form detracts from the cogency of the finished product in this case.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Director Joel Schumacher and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman seem incapable of emphasizing what's important and relegating the rest to secondary status.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The artificiality peculiar to moviemaking rubs up counter-productively against the artificiality peculiar to live theater, making the movie version of Gray's material seem arch, contrived and starchy, not the spontaneous eruption that his theater work manages to resemble.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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