Bill Goodykoontz
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For 829 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 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Goodykoontz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 20 Brick Mansions
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 829
829 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    Jean-Marc Vallee’s film is anything but standard, thanks to an astonishing performance by Matthew McConaughey.
    • 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.
    • 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.