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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    A movie as atmospheric as Hereditary, narratively more satisfying, but much, much longer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    There is a lot to like here, a few things to love. Like the fact that someone in Hollywood can still assemble a cast this large and impressive — someone who does not work for Marvel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Part of its appeal lies in the truth and specificity behind the clunky presentation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movie sometimes seems (like its title character) to drag its feet. It’s messy, but with the untidiness of real life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The idea of knowing your place may be offensive, but the idea of having a place is appealing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movie is a little too postured.... Even Baby’s busy backstory threatens to make him a collection of quirky details. But all of that artifice is probably part of the point, best appreciated by generation Ear Bud and its preference for curated experiences.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Some are born great, others achieve greatness, and in the documentary Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, we meet a musician who falls squarely in the latter camp.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Hawkins — small and mighty as usual — draws her energy from the quiet courage in Maud’s drive to create, to modify and adorn her bleak world with the images that express the contentment she knew as a child.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movie is as bubbly and eager as Peter himself, but a little more efficient. It designs its actions sequences around character and story and — a rare thing in comic-book blockbusters — lets the actors act during the climactic action piece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The contributions of the actors now blend more seamlessly with the animation to create digital characters, and the characters are being integrated more successfully and believably into the landscape — director Matt Reeves works on a big widescreen canvas of sweeping, picturesque exteriors.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    It’s possible, even given Lee’s jaunty structure, that he could have given Girls Trip a more disciplined edit — the movie runs more than two hours, devotes generous time to less interesting characters, and makes room for the movie’s long roster of performance cameos — in addition to Hart, there’s P. Diddy, Common, Ne-Yo, Mariah Carey, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and many others.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    When we finally leave the hotel, the movie’s energy is spent.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    One of the best of the 16 Bond films, thanks to Dalton's athletic, tough and deadly new 007.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Suffice it to say that as James is pushed into the real world, the real world is more than willing to meet him halfway, in a way that is touching and charming, and at the same time plausible.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movie has things on its mind, like the expendability of labor in the modern workplace.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    It’s an obvious formula, but when the movie sticks to it, it works well enough; Reynolds and Jackson have pretty decent chemistry.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Patti Cake$, in the end, is a little pat, but it doesn’t take its underdog, band-of-misfits formula too far, and Macdonald’s infectious grit carries the day.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movie is an inventive and shrewd satire of the way social media can be used to describe and distort the lives of users.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The movies may be frivolous (and stitched together from British TV shows), but they are unique — they have an astute understanding of mature male friendship that is rare, even in a male-dominated industry.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Maslany is first-rate in this role.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Seal, though, makes for a poor fall guy. Liman had it right in that first scene: The turbulence in Seal’s life was of his own making.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Victoria & Abdul, though, is Dench’s show. She wrings dignity and humanity (and a good deal of comedy) from Lee Hall’s broadly drawn scenario, much as she did in this movie’s cross-cultural bookend, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Lucky, written as a tribute to Harry Dean Stanton, ends up being a fitting cinematic eulogy to the late actor, who died last month.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The actors make the most of Baumbach’s lively script.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Marshall overcomes some early stiffness and flat-footed storytelling and evolves into an engaging courtroom drama, where witness-stand theatrics and Perry Mason flourishes give the movie needed narrative momentum.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Only the Brave has a respectful and heartfelt regard for its characters, and something more — an unusual sense of their spiritual lives, abetted by the movie’s impressive visual presentation.

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