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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    Leaves the audience on such a devastatingly dramatic ledge.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Television sitcom-style directing and writing.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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
    When the mystery is unraveled and the frame-up is revealed, I, personally, had no idea what anyone was talking about.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The movie's coda is completely ridiculous and, worse yet, boring.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    What's pleasing about this movie is its enduring adherence to the Bondian ideal.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Neither offensive nor inspired.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.