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

Barbara Shulgasser's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 A Family Thing
Lowest review score: 25 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 148
  2. Negative: 25 out of 148
148 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Now and then the script reaches admirable heights of humor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    A big, silly movie about the famed goatish painter that stars the nearly perfect Anthony Hopkins.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    Big swirls of computer-generated dirt, a bickering couple and the dead certainty that the fiancee will leave and the bickerers will get back together. An exciting night out, or what?
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    Unfortunately, it stars Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz, so it has, more than anything else, a sense of ridiculousness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    Something in Hutton's wounded puppy look always communicates an untapped intelligence or wasted potential, both of which are perfect for this role.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    If the idea is to teach us something about the 37th president of the United States, then you would think Stone would resolve to stick to what can be proven about the man's life, or at least indicate when he's speculating. But Stone is the Great Explainer, and facts have an annoying habit of mucking up his explanations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    One of the most self-in-dulgent, muddled, badly written, vague and pointless exercises in filmmaking I have ever had to sit through.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Clooney's stiff cornball delivery and tendency to smile during the most tragic moments bring this as close to the cartoonish Batman television series of the 1960s as any of the movies have come.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    While the original conception of The Saint gave us a debonair, sophisticated and roguish detective, the new movie, directed stiffly by Phillip Noyce ( "Clear and Present Danger" ), gives us Val Kilmer as a greedy high-tech daredevil thief with the moves of Batman, the clunky disguises of Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible" and the morals of an alley cat.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Things to do in the movie theater until you mercifully die of boredom sums up this witness' response to the ordeal of sitting through this movie.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Tedious, unfunny.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    It took four people to write the screenplay for The Relic. All I can say is that I hope these people have not quit their day jobs.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    If there is a reason anyone would voluntarily agree to make this movie it probably dwells somewhere in a realm only accessible to the thinking of ambitious actors.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    What keeps coming to mind throughout The Jackal is that for what it cost to make this movie you could probably pay some nice hit man to eliminate everyone at Universal who thought making the movie would be a good idea, and still have enough left over to throw one of those hit man parties and have a really great time.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    The big trouble with the movie is that it's difficult to care whether these two get together. Ultimately I did care - when I realized that their union would presumably represent a chance that the movie might end soon.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    My question is, why has director Costa-Gavras taken it upon himself to dissect American cultural foibles when he has so clearly proven himself unequipped for the job?
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is my idea of a nightmare.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Unfortunately, this movie needed an attractive, irresistibly charismatic performer to give us some reason for watching. Madonna is made up to look like Eva, but this is hardly enough to carry the movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Baumbach is obviously a bright man, but this material is too thin for anything more than a slight New Yorker short story about thoughtful screw-ups.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Particularly because unlike so many other boring movies one sees, Jarmusch films require many more words to explain the boringness than less certifiably artistic films would.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    In stupidity, this movie ranks up there among the greats.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Hush, which is an absurdly bad mixture of "Rosemary's Baby" and any Bette Davis movie from the 1960s, seems to be a classic case of a grasping mother trying to possess her beloved son.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Most of the movie seems stilted and uncomfortably girdled by efforts to work around the cumbersome Brando, who is shot mostly from above the waist, where the full effects of gravity and avoirdupois do not seem so egregious as they do at belt level.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Neeson simply has no spark here. He is good and honest and honorable until your face turns blue. He's just no fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    It just doesn't work.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is right up there with the dumbest pictures of the year.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    My guess is you'll probably have more fun watching a game at the ballpark than you will at The Fan.