Gary Thompson

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For 297 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Thompson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 After Auschwitz
Lowest review score: 25 Adrift
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 297
297 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    The new King is competent, reasonably entertaining, faithful to the original, wholesome, sometimes even enjoyable.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    Stuber and Shaft are the kind of movies Hollywood made every month back in the ’80s and ’90s, until audiences — after a half dozen or so Lethal Weapons — grew tired of them. Stuber serves to remind us of why we liked them, and also that they wore out their welcome.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    The script is shrewd about the problems that money can and can’t solve. Wild Rose also threads the needle between the genre expectations and its own brand of realism, grounded in the very palpable heartache Rose feels as she tries to survive in the space between her family obligations and her artistic ambitions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    A movie as atmospheric as Hereditary, narratively more satisfying, but much, much longer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The value and uses of spectacle become part of the story in Far From Home, which can be read as a bit of playful in-house MCU criticism of CGI fatigue.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movie simply has the best use of music (Talbot is also a musician) that I’ve seen this year, starting with a gorgeous score by Daniel Herskedal , and embellished with the smart, eclectic use of songs that speak to the city’s cultural history.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    A funny, freaky, often profound animated adventure that is certainly the best movie ever made about a spork.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    In Framing John DeLorean, Philadelphia-based documentarians Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce (The Art of the Steal) mix fact, drama, and speculation to draw an ambitious portrait of the fabled automaker, but within the frame, key questions remain unanswered.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Jarmusch, in his droll way, both celebrates and subverts the familiar elements of the genre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    The movie mainly rides on the chemistry and charm of its two leads, and writer Kaling has given Thompson a substantial character to play.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    The plot particulars are flimsy and laughable by design — this Shaft has been put together by folks with an instinct for comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Developments give Erskine a chance to play hurt and wounded, and she handles this as beautifully as she does the light comedy. She’s the plus in Plus One.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    No neuralizers needed for Men In Black: International — you’ll forget you’ve seen it not long after walking out.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    Dark Phoenix has a cast of lame-duck actors wearing expressions that say, “Check, please,” and the movie has the kind of knotty, suspenseless plotting that makes the veins in your head throb.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    In some ways the movie’s crazy fictions suit today’s modern mash-up sensibilities, and its cast reflects the patterns of modern migration that are creating a whole new world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    The movie clicks, and given the sorry state of movie comedy, its ability to be consistently funny stands out. It is expertly, briskly paced — shout out to the judicious and effective editing of Jamie Gross.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    The only creepy things about Brightburn, though, are its labored, derivative narrative, its giddy sadism (it gets off on Brandon’s adolescent power trip, and expects its audience to do the same), and its cynical built-in branding.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    A tweak toward conventional drama might have added to the movie’s impact, but it’s scrupulous and straightforward.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movie is romantic and sexy, and its exploration of the masculine and feminine (fire and water, yin and yang) is inventive and playful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Often fascinating, and sometimes even moving. There are lessons here about the cycle of life that can only be driven home by the real, random, and sometimes cruel dictates of fate.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    Much rides on the actors’ ability to connect as they brush aside the obvious credibility obstacles, and the movie’s pop genericism doesn’t help — half the movie’s running time feels like it’s a pop music montage of the fetching young couple kissing, nuzzling, holding hands, so it often feels less like an ad for Invisaline.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    The goal for director Stahelski is escalating violence and bloody chaos, pushed to the point of the preposterous and beyond.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    The movie is at its best when the women are focused on the common enemy: getting older.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    Not long into Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, it becomes clear that the movie is never going to make what you might call sense.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    Yes, Tolkien is a little on-the-nose. But there is also an undeniable appeal to the life-art allusions that drive this earnest movie, which is handsomely mounted, well-cast, and well-acted.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    Wilson and Hathaway don’t click. The characters feel as if they were workshopped separately, and efforts to combine their comic energy on screen fall flat.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    If HGTV and Lifetime had a TV channel baby, it would produce movies like The Intruder.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    This is an intriguingly weird, gender inversion of the Cinderella fantasy at the root of Pretty Woman.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Their personal stories are just as interesting, and taken together, they add insight into our nation’s unusual political moment, equal parts instability and possibility.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    I wasn’t sure, after the tedium of Infinity War, that Marvel could wrap this up in a satisfying way. Turns out, it was a snap.

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