Gary Thompson

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For 313 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 2.2 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: 17 out of 313
313 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Thompson
    There are a few fearful moments when you think the movie will be a collection of affectations. But the characters are too real, Gerwig’s eye for the adolescent lives of young women too keen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Thompson
    Kean inherited these subjects from his earlier documentary Swimming in Auschwitz, and has said that gender informs the film – the women are particularly attuned to the emotional nuance of the survival story, which comes through beautifully.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Like many a good documentary, Honeyland takes us to a faraway land and culture in a way that reveals what is distinctive and what is universal about people.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    There is honest sentiment in the arc of this story, aided by the chemistry between Gottsagen and LaBeouf, and by the warm mood of the film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    The Big Sick is romantic and funny, but the movie is way too sprawling and ambitious to be contained by the words romantic comedy.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Nolan fractures the narrative so that it loops back on itself — we see the events from the perspective of different characters and from different chronological vantage points, though the story coheres by movie’s end.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    It is often a captivating visual marvel, using newfangled special effects in ways that aspire more to the poetic than the kinetic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    It’s a remarkable performance by McDormand, matched by Rockwell.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    A movie that could have been about loss and defeat becomes something else — a testament to spiritual stamina, to the power of family bonds and their importance to homes, to streets, to neighborhoods and to cities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Spielberg and Co. are obviously excited to be making The Post, and that palpable enthusiasm makes the movie feel so unusually lively for a big-studio movie. It’s nimble, crisp, passionate, full of verve and invention.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Black Panther sticks to Marvel orthodoxy, and yet does so with a nearly all black cast (Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis have small roles), and with strikingly Afro-centric production design. In the process it freshens and enlivens the Marvel brand.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    For Iannucci, who loves to mock the craven, unprincipled pursuit of power, the scenario is an antic delight and plays to his talent for hectic plot turns and (pardon the expression) rapid-fire dialogue.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Lean on Pete is life affirming in that it affirms life is hard and unforgiving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    It’s barbed, bighearted, and brave.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    A spare, meticulously crafted movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    It is a portrait not of grinding earnestness but of a penetrating sincerity, the kind that reduces the cynical, the skeptical, and the callous to tears.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Whitney offers an informed and moving portrait of a complex, talented woman who was poorly understood, and often cruelly judged.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Writer-director Bo Burnham is after something different here, a complex, thoughtful and funny look at the way the internet can insert itself into the coming-of-age search for identity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Can You Ever Forgive Me? charts the offbeat alliance and ultimately the friendship that develops between the Hock and Israel, a bond that exists somewhere between proximity and affinity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Ali and Mortensen make the friendship feel real, using some unexpected tools from Farrelly's kit. His comedic instincts help the movie tiptoe through some dangerous cultural minefields.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Buster Scruggs, it seems, is about not just the Old West, but The West in a larger sense.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    The more-is-more approach to superhero movies is usually a deadly mistake, but it works nicely in the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Cold War, a love story about music and musicians, is for people who found A Star Is Born way too cheerful and optimistic. It’s pretty downbeat, but it’s also another black-and-white (subtitled) marvel from Pawel Pawlikowski.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    They Shall Not Grow Old avoids geopolitics to concentrate on the lives of the common soldier and the reality of trenches — the horseplay, camaraderie, boredom, disease, squalor, and terror that were all part of life on the front. It’s a sobering, moving success.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    The small miracles that do occur in The Mustang feel real, and well–earned.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Pulling us through all of it is Place, who imbues her character with a touching persistence, and gives striking depth and dimension to this “regular” woman, who used to be a regular.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    A funny, freaky, often profound animated adventure that is certainly the best movie ever made about a spork.

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