Bill Goodykoontz
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For 898 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 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest review score: 20 Left Behind
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 898
898 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Lego Movie is a delight, a funny, fast-moving film that should satisfy adults and children alike.
    • 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
    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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Miller maintains control over the proceedings at all times, which is impressive enough. But where he really soars is in the performances he gets from his three lead actors.
    • 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
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Top Five is a funny movie, but Rock has his sights set higher than lowbrow, and for the most part, he succeeds.
    • 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.

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