Edward Guthmann

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For 401 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Edward Guthmann's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Dancer in the Dark
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 401
401 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Rich with physical and psychological texture, and boosted by Thomas Newman's muted score, Unstrung Heroes is that rare mainstream film that doesn't shout in our ear to make its points. It draws us in, subtly and gracefully, and casts a lingering charm.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    All things considered, The Long Day Closes is a remarkable film -- tender and intelligent, long on mood and short on ''action,'' a cinematic poem that stands head and shoulders above the summer harvest of bonehead action thrillers. [23 July 1993, p.C9]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    A superb documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Inspiring and largely unsentimental, this is as much a love story as a tale of courage.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Typically, films about '60s subculture recycle the same set of media cliches and teach us nothing. Harron approaches the milieu with curiosity, compassion and an anthropologist's eye.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    A terrific documentary.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    A great achievement: tense and passionate, a film that one feels not just emotionally but also physically.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    The beauty of Morris' achievement is the way he fuses Hawking's work in theoretical physics with his subject's life history -- finding subtle connections between the two, and avoiding the pat, predictable structure of biographical film. [28 Aug 1992, p.C3]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    A first-rate crime thriller and further proof that Soderbergh is one of our great contemporary film stylists.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Rippingly good, old-fashioned movie epic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    It's a tribute to Day-Lewis that he can play a character like Danny -- cautious, withdrawn, inarticulate -- and endow him an eloquence and grace that aren't dependent on language. Without him, The Boxer might still be a powerful tale of loyalty and love, with a core of moral complexity; with Day-Lewis in the lead, it approaches greatness.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Crumb is one of the most provocative, haunting documentaries of the last decade.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Explosive entertainment, with the tension and volatility of its subject matter.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    The cruelty of his methods aside -- and Polanski wasn't the first director to terrorize an actor for the sake of a performance -- Repulsion is a frightening, fiercely entertaining experience that holds up to time. (Review of May 1998 revival)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Egoyan's voice is so clear and loving, his vision so forgiving and his film so intelligent that you come away refreshed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    The film underscores the paradox in this man's life: the split between the mild-mannered New Yorker and the fearless vagabond who joined an Arakmbut hunting raid.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    A story that's startling, soulful and absolutely unforgettable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    A lot of actors are labeled "brave" for taking on difficult scripts like this, but Spacek is the real thing: an artist first, without vanity, and a movie star almost by default.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    This is a smart film, told in a minor key, that augurs well for Whaley's directing career.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    In scene after scene -- the long wedding sequence, John Marley's bloody discovery in his bed, Pacino nervously smoothing down his hair before a restaurant massacre, the godfather's collapse in a garden -- Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece. [21 Mar 1997, Daily Datebook, p.C3]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    All the actors are good, but it's Farnsworth's brilliantly simple performance that brings The Straight Story so close to greatness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    The writing, by Rapp and Catherine Dussart, is exquisite, and the performers, including Francois Truffaut's old colleague Jean-Pierre Leaud as a magistrate, are all first-rate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    In his big-screen directing debut, British film maker Danny Boyle demonstrates wit, intelligence and economy of style.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Magical and haunting, The Piano has the power and delicate mystery of a gothic fairy tale. [19 Nov 1993]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Enchanting documentary that also serves as an animated gallery of Goldsworthy’s uniquely ephemeral art.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    A wonderfully twisted comedy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    It's a glamorous revenge romp, a "9 to 5" mixed with "Auntie Mame," and it gives each star the opportunity to do her best work in a long, long time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    The difference is that Iain Softley, who directed Wings of the Dove, and his screenwriter Hossein Amini, who wrote the overlooked "Jude," are keen observers who bring a wealth of ambiguity and mystery to the surface -- and release their characters from the cliches that easily could have swallowed them.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Part fairy tale and part bogeyman thriller -- a juicy allegory of evil, greed and innocence, told with an eerie visual poetry.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Edward Guthmann
    Soft, evanescent and bittersweet.

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