Gary Garrison

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For 37 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Garrison's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 91 Midnight Traveler
Lowest review score: 33 Death Note
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
37 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Gary Garrison
    Midnight Traveler is a brutally honest film about the hardship and inhumanity a family endures and their bravery, love, hope, and, above all else, desire to control their own fate.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Garrison
    Above all, Tigerland pays respects to that awe-inspiring creature at its core.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Garrison
    While Lagoze’s film may not offer any genuinely new insights, it is an unsettling opportunity to bear witness to the numbing chaos of war.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Gary Garrison
    The intimacy that Herbert attains with the kids and the respect that she affords them prevents the film from ever seeming exploitative of their lives and hardships and rather gives it a thorough sense of empathy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Gary Garrison
    Wang’s film is intimate, thought-provoking and well-crafted. It condemns the horrors of the policy without condemning those who were brainwashed into being its vessels, and it gives voice to so many families whose agency was stolen from them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Garrison
    In being such a simple, unshowy film, it avoids asking too many questions or digging for the larger truths writ large in the story of Fyre about our society, about celebrity and influencers and Instagram, and the patently manufactured lives that we’re taught to believe we can have.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Garrison
    Despite its tendency to lean upon self-serious reimaginings, it is nonetheless an engaging and tenderly drawn film that is likely to resonate with anyone who has had to do the tireless work of sorting through an estate of a family member.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Gary Garrison
    It aims for simplicity, for a celebration of his unrivaled talents, and often fails to explore the complexity of the very man at its center.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Gary Garrison
    Age of Rage doesn’t ever chart any new ground. It settles with serving as yet another incendiary portrait of hate in this time of division.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Garrison
    This Is Congo is not an easy documentary to watch. And anyone who knows anything about the tumultuous, war-torn country would understand that from the get-go. Still, despite expectations, it is an engaging, if unsettling, film.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Garrison
    They are tough and necessary questions that make Take Your Pills, for all its dizzying energy, a grounded and rigorous film. Though at times, it feels too squeamish to lean all the way into an idea or too hard on a particular truth, which makes it feel too deliberate and maybe not quite the earnest dissection it could be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Garrison
    The primary reason that Along For The Ride is not the seminal film of the life of the late, great Dennis Hopper, is that the doc is, ostensibly, the story of Satya de la Manitou, Hopper’s life-long friend and right-hand man.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Gary Garrison
    What is, at its outset, a rather charming film about the world-famous card mechanic Richard Turner and the obstacles he has overcome, winds up being a searching study of the painful nature of coming to terms with your own vulnerabilities.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Gary Garrison
    Wingard’s film is an incoherent mess of tones and styles, confused character motives, and murky narratives.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Gary Garrison
    It’s a chilling, assured debut for writer/director Power, packed with promise and a startlingly mundane sort of violence which is all the more shocking for its realism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Gary Garrison
    For all the tepid pacing and uneven storytelling, though, Collins and co. do a great job of making To The Bone a watchable film. They are, by turns, charming and heartbreaking — even when they aren’t given much to do by the script.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Garrison
    While the film lavishes in the beautiful landscape and the vibrant, eclectic music that abounds, it never coalesces into anything greater than the sum of its parts, or become the film the subject deserves.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Garrison
    A film that, while not especially pronounced in its structure or technical achievements, is nonetheless timely and devastating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Gary Garrison
    It certainly succeeds in being a joyous, humane look at the role that school, education, and, most importantly, teachers have in the lives of such malleable minds.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Gary Garrison
    Donald Cried is a film of small moments (that is almost marred by an explosive one) and it seems intent to linger in wistfulness, in the sort of hushed sadness that never becomes a fever pitch, but is all the better for it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Garrison
    Ocean Waves is a deeply charming and resonant look at the tug of longing that so often comes with memory, the utter mess of youth, and the beautiful delirium of love.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Gary Garrison
    It knows of its B-movie roots, its tired plot and well-worn archetypes, and beneath the burden of the sorely unoriginal, it does manage to be occasionally funny, occasionally surprising, and occasionally the bloody and bombastic genre cliche it set out to be.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Gary Garrison
    37
    The critical failure of 37 — because certainly a film is allowed to have disdain for its characters; there is no law that art must care for its subjects — is the fundamental lack of narrative, or even of tension.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Gary Garrison
    It’s hard to resist the joy of the film, the unbridled heart, and Ove’s tremendous, hilarious hatred for all the idiots of the world.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Garrison
    For all the moments of visual flair and earnest fun, it’s a film so indebted to Anderson (among obvious others) that it never manages to become something of its own.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Gary Garrison
    More than anything else the film becomes a celebration of these two lives and the era of music that both created and destroyed them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Gary Garrison
    Too often the mechanisms of plot can be felt, the beats of the story seen, and the obvious intentions of the story heard in a line of dialogue. So, while at times it’s easy to see the great film that Tunnel could have been, that never stops it from being perfectly watchable thriller that it is.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Garrison
    Imperium, at its best, is a film about the ideological crisis of seeing the principles your worldview is built upon repurposed for hate and bigotry. But once it reaches these highs, the third act mostly squanders them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Gary Garrison
    From a purely objective standpoint, the film’s pacing sags at times, and its energy deflates, as is so often the case in trying to turn a chronological story into a cohesive narrative. But above all, Steve’s spirit soars.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 42 Gary Garrison
    London Road, on stage and celluloid, is an experiment likely to fall flat outside of the most devoted of cinephiles (and theatergoers), but an exciting one nonetheless, even if only for its boldness.

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