Bill Goodykoontz
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For 862 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Goodykoontz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Separation
Lowest review score: 20 Midget Zombie Takeover
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 862
862 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    Boyhood is not just a great movie, it's a landmark achievement in film.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    The acting is outstanding, the direction assured if straightforward. 12 Years a Slave is a history lesson of the best type. It’s brilliant. But, more crucially, it’s important. It’s brutal truth that demands to be seen.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    It is a remarkable achievement.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's one of the best movies of the year, one of the best entries ever in the Way We Live Now oeuvre.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    A great movie, an astonishing achievement on nearly every level.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    A great movie, a look inside a world so foreign that it might as well be another planet, yet so universal that its observations are painfully familiar to anyone, anywhere.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    Though everyone is older this time around, and the themes are darker, harder to enjoy, the conversation is just as engrossing. So is the film.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Riva, meanwhile, is astounding, not just in the way she portrays the physical manifestation of her decline, particularly later in the film, but also earlier, when she knows she is fading and does not wish to do so. The look in her eyes, the sadness in her face, is crushing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    This is one of the strangest yet most satisfying movie experiences of the year, one of those films in which you can’t really appreciate what you’ve seen until it’s over. You just have to trust that the trip is worth the trouble. And it is.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Toy Story 3 is very much a worthy entry in the series, a movie well worth making (and seeing). It continues the legacy. It just doesn't expand upon it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    What a great movie.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Using the interviews along with news footage and occasional re-enactments, Moreh conducts a kind of primer in the organization’s history, which is, in its own way, a history of modern Israel. It’s fascinating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    A genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances so natural, so genuine, that you forget it's a movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    Her
    Her is an outstanding movie, in part because of its originality, but also because of its execution.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    As its title suggests, This Is Not a Film may not be what we're used to in a movie, but in many ways it's much, much more.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Boasting terrific acting, a brilliant soundtrack, outrageous outfits and hair, and a kinda-sorta based-on-fact story of ambition and greed, it’s relentless, in the best possible way.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Act of Killing is a horrifying film, a surreal experience that explores the limits of human cruelty. It’s a film that is absolutely hard to watch. It’s also a film that absolutely should be seen.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Ida
    Spare, haunting and in its own way beautiful, Ida is an absorbing film about discovering the truth, and the attendant price we pay to learn it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Yun's performance is genuinely beautiful, a haunting expression of life, of its disappointments and its possibilities, rendered in a way that befits the title.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Artist is such an engaging, delightful film that, if you like movies, you will walk out of the theater with a smile. You just will; it's that inspired.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    To say that the film is uncomfortable to watch is an understatement. It's searing. Yet it's also invaluable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Checking in at nearly three hours and so full of passions and appetites, it’s impossible for it not to exhaust you.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Scarier than anything you'll find in a horror movie this time of year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    A host of British acting royalty, meanwhile, roams around the film: Derek Jacobi as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Claire Bloom as Queen Mary, Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill and so on.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's a terrific movie.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's a movie that should be seen, a throwback to a looser, freer cinema. Wake in Fright has a tremendous '70s vibe to it, a "they-don't-make-them-like-this-anymore" feel that is as welcome as a cold beer in the Outback. [25 Oct 2012]
    • Arizona Republic
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Life Itself is a joy for people who love movies or who love anything with an unwavering passion.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's a sort of slow-boil Russian noir, if that genre exists, and if it doesn't, it does now. It's also a statement on class discrepancy in post-Soviet Russia. Arrogance, betrayal, crime and violence are all part of the story, directed and co-written by Andrei Zvyagintsev.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    With shifting loyalties, unlikely heroes, truths revealed and a little help from friends, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 winds the series up in a most-satisfying fashion.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    The girls bring a passion to the band that they can muster nowhere else in their lives. Not everyone gets what they're doing — well, no one, really — but that's the point. This is a knowing film, and a liberating one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    On some level Moneyball is about loyalty: loyalty to an idea, loyalty to a partnership forged by desperation, loyalty to the values you believe in. Whether that was Lewis' intention in the book, or Beane's intention in taking the risk, doesn't matter. It's the formula Miller came up with for the film, and with the team of Pitt and Hill, it's a winning one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    If it sounds like so much backroom politicking, it is. But it's exceptionally interesting, entertaining backroom politicking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Watching the film, emotions range from sadness, of course, to frustration to outright anger.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Nebraska is as cold and unforgiving as its setting, yet just as stunning.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The whole film is an exercise in trust and the lack thereof. In the end, it’s a kind of horror film, really, a reminder that these sorts of things were endured by so many for so long, with hope an unlikely ally.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    Simply put, Argo is why we go to movies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The film is not an epic. It's not a masterpiece. But it is an involving study of men searching, searching for answers, for belonging, for a foothold in life at a time when footholds were hard to find.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Ernest & Celestine draws on plenty of classics, animated and otherwise, for inspiration, but the film manages to be delightful on its own offbeat terms.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    A mixture of magical realism, Southern gothic, coming-of-age movie, star turn for first-timers, disaster story and out-and-out strangeness. It's unlike any film you've seen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Chen captures with both humor and heartbreaking realism the complicated mechanics of the family dynamic and how outside forces work to shape it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's just as accurately described as a bunch of British guys sitting around acting. But what actors! The cast includes Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Mark Strong,Ciarán Hinds and Toby Jones.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Not just a fascinating character study but a kind of horror movie as well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Engagement with the enemy isn't a possibility here. It's a certainty. The unit will face fire daily, sometimes as often as four or five times. The stress is incredible, the courage displayed even more so.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Beautiful, baffling, poetic, pretentious, it's one big ball of moviedom. Malick tackles the whole shooting match, pondering (and showing) the creation of the universe, life itself, death and the afterlife, and everything in between.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Greenwood is fantastic; his Meek occasionally lets down his facade of omniscience - but only occasionally. And Williams gives Emily not dignity exactly, but a calm, steely insistence on survival.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It isn’t just a terrific movie. It’s an important one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    If you're willing to let a movie wash over you and work at what it might mean, you'll love "Holy Motors," Leos Carax's surreal ode to … identity? Movies? Performance?
    • Arizona Republic
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    There isn't a false note among the performances. It's the first movie for Hayward and Gilman; whatever awkwardness they display is appropriate. Willis may never have been better. Norton is fantastic. Murray and McDormand are also ... well, you get the idea.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Although it can be harrowing and disturbing, Joachim Trier's film -- and Lie's performance -- are so masterful that the movie seems more like a searing portrait of self-discovery and realization, with the understanding that not everything you learn about yourself will be pleasant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Gordon-Levitt has been so terrific for a while now that he's become a magnetic presence; Willis is also on a nice streak, not as strong here as in "Moonrise Kingdom," but still quite good.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    It is particularly rewarding to see Clooney outside his comfort zone of self-composed cool in The Descendants, Alexander Payne's beautifully gentle, funny and moving film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    There are surprises and plenty of action. What's good about Snowpiercer is how they all blend together; each element informs the other.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Jean-Marc Vallee’s film is anything but standard, thanks to an astonishing performance by Matthew McConaughey.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Blackfish is a disturbing movie, one that will make you rethink parks like SeaWorld and their value.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The catharsis found here is far quieter, and much more effective, whether it be the pain expressed in a student's essay or the honesty found in a simple gesture, one that ends the film in beautifully moving fashion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    At times hilarious but ultimately heartbreaking, Project Nim is a great chronicle of the 1970s and all the nutty ideas that implies; academia in particular comes in for a hard reckoning.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    he beauty of The Wind Rises — and it really is gorgeous — does not mask the troublesome aspects of its story, or of human nature itself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The naturalistic style Michod employs adds to the sense of dread.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    What Scorsese has really made is a beautifully crafted love letter to movies, the passion of his life. What sounded like an odd pairing winds up being a perfect fit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Captain Phillips is a voyage well-worth taking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    There are many remarkable things about Gloria, Sebastián Lelio’s film about a woman in her late 50s seeking love or something like it. Foremost is the performance by Paulina García in the title role.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    What makes 56 Up, like the “Up” films before it, so remarkable is how it puts these stories together, giving us an ensemble of characters as interesting as any in a scripted drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    In addition to the performances — truly, everyone is good — what stands out is Sachs' direction. It's measured, patient. The scenes play out as one imagines the characters' lives would.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    The love the two have for each other, particularly she for him, is obvious and moving. So, too, is not just the desire to create, but the need to.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see Side by Side.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    127 Hours is based on Ralston's memoir, and it's a really good movie because director Danny Boyle is a genius.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Chomet's defiantly two-dimensional artwork is warm, inviting, beautiful, establishing immediately a comfort level, at least for audiences of, ahem, a certain age.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Villeneuve's telling of her story - and of her children's - is painful, searing and something close to brilliant.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    The only flaw here is the score. It's beautiful but so obtrusive, particularly at the start, that it threatens to turn the proceedings into melodrama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Lego Movie is a delight, a funny, fast-moving film that should satisfy adults and children alike.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    There is no particularly cathartic climax to Frances Ha. Instead there is a more realistic depiction of Frances’ growth. Like Gerwig’s performance, it’s natural, it’s realistic, perfectly believable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    James Ponsoldt’s film, and its stars, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, continually take us in unexpected directions, giving the film an unexpected depth. It feels real, its emotions earned.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Some of the behavior of Uriel and Eliezer will make you squirm. But Ashkenazi and Bar-Aba are so compelling in their performances of difficult men that you'll gladly suffer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It is gripping from the start, not just because of the quality of the music, but because of Marley's magnetic, challenging personality, as well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Slow, stark and sometimes surreptitiously beautiful, Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon is as cold and clinical an examination of evil as you could imagine.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Le Havre is a small bit of movie magic, a story that plays more as a fable even as it deals with something as topical as immigration.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Secret in Their Eyes never lets you forget that you're watching a movie - and never lets you wish you were doing anything else.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Once it's done, you feel terrible for these people, for their lives, for their daughter, especially. Is that entertainment? To each his own, but it is compelling and, yes, rewarding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It is exceptional acting, and Locke is a tremendous piece of filmmaking.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    A delightful film - gentle, playful, creative and ultimately happy - though it's a tricky journey.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Whatever you like or hate, or like and hate, about Quentin Tarantino's movies, is in full display here. It's long (too long) and bloody, profane and gleeful, with movie-genre references stuffed so tightly into each scene they practically spill out onto the theater floor. Restraint is not his strong suit...Entertainment is, and Django has plenty of that.
    • Arizona Republic
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The great success for Mendes and Craig, however, is that while Skyfall obviously has a great fondness for the past, it's not trapped there. It also anticipates Bond's future. In this immensely satisfying movie, so do we.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It’s all a neat trick. Or exercise. Or brain-teaser. Whatever you want to call it, Upstream Color is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. But once you have seen it, once isn’t going to be enough
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    A mix of comedy, science fiction, nostalgia, adolescent wish-fulfillment and beer, beer, beer, its parts shouldn’t fit together as neatly as they do. But somehow Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have again managed to make a movie that is knowing, touching and hilarious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    For a movie that seems at times to have no idea what it's trying to do, 'Silver Linings Playbook' is compulsively watchable. ... Throwing together so many movie tropes and blending them is both a brilliant idea and a scary one, but one that Russell proves well capable of handling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's almost as difficult to sit through Starred Up as it is satisfying to watch it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Melancholia is an intense, exhausting experience. That may not sound appealing, and for some, it won't be. But nor should it be off-putting. Proceed with caution, perhaps. But proceed nevertheless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Queen of Versailles is funny, sad, infuriating, instructive. It's the American Dream inflated to ridiculous extremes, until it bursts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's feel-good, no question about it. But it's also absorbing, important and inspiring.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    A gorgeously shot, well-acted Western that resonates more the more you let it settle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Along the way, Koichi and Ryunosuke grow up a little bit; Kore-eda isn't opposed to letting reality intrude on their lives. It's not sad, but more wistful -- the young actors make it so. They are delightful. So, too, is I Wish.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It is undeniably fun to see such a great movie sliced and diced and put back together in so many ways. Too often when we see a movie we like, we just say it’s good, recommend it to someone and leave it at that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The acting is uniformly terrific, just a marvel to watch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    As with "The Central Park Five," you come away from the film impressed by the storytelling but enraged by the facts. It's outrageous that this kind of thing happens, but Berg does an outstanding job of showing us how it does.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Kapadia does an outstanding job of getting at what Senna meant to Brazilians and to his sport. The man himself was a tougher nut to crack, but maybe that's best. A little mystery suits a good story, and Senna is definitely that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    This is not an anti-religious polemic, though it easily could have gone that way. Instead it is a much more thoughtful film and in some ways more troubling. No one is trying to do the wrong thing here, but, as with most things in life, it becomes increasingly hard to know what the right thing might be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Goodykoontz
    There is a sad sweetness to the whole affair, for lack of a better term. Or maybe it's a sweet sadness. But O'Brien's outlook on life (he thinks his use-by date may be approaching), and Hawkes' portrayal of it, elevates the film beyond what's on the page, making what's on the screen a lot more satisfying.
    • Arizona Republic
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Especially rewarding about Oduye's performance is how she's able to portray that frustration while retaining hope and optimism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    A compulsively watchable look at Rivers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    David O. Russell's film makes use of some terrific performances - Christian Bale is brilliant, as is Melissa Leo, even by their lofty standards.