Gary Thompson

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For 308 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% 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 Lady Bird
Lowest review score: 25 The Snowman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 308
308 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The Endless works on its own modest spooky-kooky terms, and also as a rumination on life’s ruts and patterns, best considered over a couple of beers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    It's a nice gesture that he's chosen The Old Man and the Gun as his exit vehicle, gifting fans with heaping helpings of his relaxed charm, making a nod to the Sundance Kid, and even the flimflam fun of The Sting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    It's a bold and borderline eccentric performance by Mulligan.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The actors make the most of Baumbach’s lively script.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The title character in Gloria Bell is a fiftysomething divorcée, and the movie is uncommonly generous to her by the sometimes standards of contemporary Hollywood.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Garland’s alien biodome is a trippy mixture of tactile old school hardware and computer-generated images. It combines to give his brightly ominous new world a sinister sheen, especially when showing how it has consumed/subsumed the old seaside community it has displaced.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Sometimes these anecdotes show courageous and admirable striving, and a genuine love of science. Sometimes they show something less inspiring – the way systems can be gamed by competitors whose specialized knowledge of rules combine with tactics and strategies that give them an advantage, so what's being measured and honored is not always aptitude and innate genius.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Night Comes On isn’t a docudrama, but it’s informed enough to give us a sense of the obstacles facing young women like Angel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Buster Scruggs, it seems, is about not just the Old West, but The West in a larger sense.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The elegiac air that surfaces here and there in Bathtubs blends nicely with Young’s own final days on Late Show, reading his separation papers and wondering how to look for a job in his 50s.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Phoenix has a way of drawing most of the camera's energy toward him, but Reilly, in his own mysterious and quiet way, can hold his own with anyone, be it Ricky Bobby or King Kong.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movie has things on its mind, like the expendability of labor in the modern workplace.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    It comes off as fairly organic, at least until the ending, when the device is undercut by an outrageous narrative coincidence that works against both the feeling of spontaneity and the admirable nuance that defines most of the movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movie is a pitch-black comedy, told with a wink and a smirk by unreliable narrators, who include Harding, her mother, and her husband — all presenting self-serving versions of the truth, often standing in arch contrast to the images we are shown.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    Dunst is playing it straight here, but there is enough arch in Kidman’s eyebrow to signal that Coppola is having fun around the edges of this Southern gothic, with its formal compositions and deliberate pacing (as usual, a little too deliberate for my taste).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    The small miracles that do occur in The Mustang feel real, and well–earned.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    High Life has the trippy profundity of 2001, the human treachery of Aliens, and it also includes an Orgasmatron.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    When we finally leave the hotel, the movie’s energy is spent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    It's Close who nearly rescues The Wife, grabbing control of it in the crucial final moments, managing to transcend the script to suggest a more complex portrait of Joan, whose life choices form their own narrative, with their own reward.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The Disaster Artist really hangs on James Franco’s performance. He’s an uncanny mimic of Wiseau’s legendary accent and mannerisms, but what he really nails is Wiseau’s complete lack of self-awareness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Lady Macbeth is a mash-up of a different sort — it’s not strictly Shakespeare, but based on a Nikolai Leskov novel that transplanted elements of the play to 1865 Russia. Like "Shanghai Knights," this film adaptation is a period drama, but the actions of the woman are faintly anachronistic — modern attitudes transplanted into 19th-century characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    Its purpose is to make the lives of the oppressed seem real by making their suffering real.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Kahn surveys artists, dealers, auctioneers, and gallery operators to provide a synopsis of the New York art world, and is at its most interesting when profiling artists who represent differing attitudes toward the way money affects their work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Maslany is first-rate in this role.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    The movie's best window into Foley comes via his music, played expressively by Dickey, whose performance finds humor in Foley's rather sad life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The acting is fine throughout, and director Labaki (she plays Zain's lawyer) has a genius for handling untutored performers like Al Rafeea.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    One of the movie’s goals is to grant neurodiverse subjects their full measure of humanity, and to that end, Dina is candid on the subject of sex, where the movie also finds its loose narrative arc.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    This is a funny, affectionate and surprisingly touching film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    It’s barbed, bighearted, and brave.

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