Bill Goodykoontz

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For 1,273 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Goodykoontz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Gravity
Lowest review score: 20 Brick Mansions
Score distribution:
1273 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Scarier than anything you'll find in a horror movie this time of year.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Maren Ade's film, an Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film, is almost painful to watch at times, but it's also funny and touching and reflective of the world, all courtesy of Ade and terrific performances by Peter Simonischek as a goofy father who refuses to act his age and Sandra Hüller as his daughter, as buttoned-up as her dad isn't.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    This isn't a warts-and-all portrayal. More like a warts-and-little-else one. But it is an inspired film, a beautiful exploration of art and creation and difficulty, with Spall's brilliant performance at its center.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    A perverse delight, the rare film that makes you feel good about feeling bad (or at least watching others do so).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Howard, whose first job as a director was the 1977 Roger Corman-produced “Grand Theft Auto,” has captured what is surely the greatest racing footage ever shot.
    • 80 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Handmaiden is everything, in that it is a mystery, a graphically erotic romance, a black comedy and a little bit of a horror story. And, of course, really good.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It isn’t just a terrific movie. It’s an important one.
    • 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.
    • 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’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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The acting is uniformly terrific, just a marvel to watch.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The performances are remarkable. So is the way Farhadi tells the story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Throughout the film Famuyiwa, who also wrote the script, uses split screens and backs up the film and jumps around and freezes the action, but he's not showing off. He uses these techniques to tell his story, and doesn't overuse them to the point of annoyance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Frank is a true original, a film that heads in one direction only to veer off in another, yet never loses sight of where it's going.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's a fine line between being gratingly self-conscious and really smart; more times than not, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes out on the winning side of that equation.
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    There is so much love and understanding of all the genres the film is skewering that What We Do in the Shadows transcends its lowbrow inspirations. It's a real treat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's a joy to watch Beckinsale attack the material — Lady Susan is one of those people whose interest in themselves and their own well-being is so great that it becomes contagious.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    What Rukun wants, one suspects, is closure. What he gives the rest of us is a face in which to see the pain the butchers caused, a reminder that the architects of a massive tragedy remain present and unrepentant, the personification of the evil men do and a warning that it could happen again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Olsen makes us understand, as best we can, Martha's plight. She has a tenuous grip on reality, and, thanks to Olsen's performance and Durkin's sure hand, by the film's end, so do we.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Only Yesterday is a mature work of art, no matter what the genre, no matter what the format, no matter what.

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