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 The Snowman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 313
313 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    As Knightley and Skarsgard wrestle with this material and each other, the movie around them goes plot crazy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    Fast Color is disciplined and restrained, yet feels a few tweaks away from being the rousing origin story it aspires to be.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    If HGTV and Lifetime had a TV channel baby, it would produce movies like The Intruder.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    There is mismatch of tone and content throughout The Kitchen, which is never sure how to pair its lurid turns of plot with its intersectional feminist ambitions.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    I give Elba enormous credit for maintaining a straight face — he and Taylor account for the movie’s few good moments — but the silly script seems to have awakened the dormant ham in McConaughey.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    The chemistry between these two attractive people and fine actors is unaccountably bad.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    Forster does some interesting visual work here to suggest the perspective of a person who is (legally) blind, but in general, when your thriller requires the heroic intervention of an ophthalmologist, you’re in trouble.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    It all feels flat-footed and pretentious.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    A very sloppy piece of work, apart from the cinematography, which is pretty, and the Mills Brothers songs, which are fantastic.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    Stories about the way men and women negotiate sex, power, money, work and relationships — Anastasia ends up working for a company Christian owns — should make the Fifty Shades trilogy relevant and exciting. They are, somewhat mysteriously, the opposite of that.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    The internal logic of the movie is complex, confusing, and as a result the movie is not very much fun.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    Gotti ends up feeling like a kitschy assemblage of other directors’ ideas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    At times, Jarecki seems to be actively avoiding insight and empathy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    The fact that it’s a Razzie contender, of course, is no reason not to see it. In fact it could be an inducement — Razzie movies can be quite fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    Who wrote this -- Oliver North?
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Gary Thompson
    It's rare that a movie so cleverly conceived is so poorly executed.
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Gary Thompson
    The Snowman is reminder that movies are hard to make, highly collaborative, often chaotic, and hundreds of things can go wrong. Here, everything did.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Gary Thompson
    There is the potential here for an engaging adventure/survival tale, wrapped in a story of a woman finding her self-confidence by drawing on untapped reserves of strength. But Kormákur fails to find any shape in the narrative of Tami’s actual or psychological journey.

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