Gary Thompson

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For 304 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: 15 out of 304
304 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    It’s easy enough to guess where this is going, but the movie gets the details right, and the relationships play out in a satisfying way, aided by Merchant’s consistently funny writing and light touch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    The movie really soars when the dragons do the same — as in previous installments, the best shots are of dragons maneuvering through the clouds.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    It’s a story with too many influences, no cohesion, no apparent narrative purpose.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    In conceptual terms, the movie has more in common with Scream, in that it’s an examination of genre clichés (in this case romantic comedies) that both satirizes and embraces them.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    The remake, directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke, makes substantial changes — taking the bare bones of the story and turning into a sort action-fable about female empowerment, starring Jane the Virgin headliner Gina Rodriguez.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    There is a lot of plot in those final minutes, and don’t bother trying to outguess the magician. He pulls a rabbit out of a hat, just to distract you from the next rabbit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    This is a funny, affectionate and surprisingly touching film.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    Even if you haven’t seen The Intouchables, you have a pretty good idea where the drama is headed. Still, The Upside nonetheless does an amiable job of taking you there, thanks to hard work by the two leads.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The story circles cleverly back on itself, putting an original spin on the familiar tale of the burned-out investigator reckoning with the defining event in a checkered career.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    A more nuanced Bale portrait of a man enamored of secrecy, strong-arming, militarism, and vigilante impulses can be found in The Dark Knight.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Ben is Back, operating with the flexibility of fiction, flirts with the idea that a mother’s intuition and love can be decisive, even as it acknowledges the pitiless, relentless nature of the disease. Or maybe all the movie wants to propose is that miracles — rare as they are — can happen.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    The movie works best when it falls back on plain old acting. Merritt Wever is sweet presence as the hobby shop worker and gentle soul who understands Mark’s obsessions, and appreciates his art. Her scenes with Carell are the movie’s least technological, and its best.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Thompson
    At least Aquaman has a different palette, and new shapes to work with. It’s still ultimately silly and dreary, and will test the endurance of fans who then must withstand an even longer credit sequence to get a whiff of the next DC story wrinkle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    While the movie is often dazzling, it’s also frequently dull.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    Ronan is good (as usual) as the spirited and rather haughty Mary, making the most of what, to be fair, is the plum role.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    This glossy, handsomely budgeted musical deploys topflight talent throughout, from casting to choreography to songwriting to animation and modern digital effects, and though it achieves a Poppins-like level of hyper-competence, it lacks the most elusive attribute we associate with Mary — magic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    The foster-care comedy Instant Family has more heart than laughs, but enough of the former to squeak by.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    The premise is a borderline gimmick, but director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) invests the movie with enough grit — it's set in the world of hardboiled Chicago politics — to draw us in.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    As played by Jackman, he's imperious, self-righteous, and humorless, and it's hard to imagine such a figure capturing the imagination of the public, policy acumen notwithstanding. The movie is better at showing Rice (Sara Paxton) as a woman trampled by the press stampede — ditto Hart's wife Lee, played elegantly by Farmiga.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Gary Thompson
    Buster Scruggs, it seems, is about not just the Old West, but The West in a larger sense.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Gary Thompson
    The movie sticks to formula, and spells everything out.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Hedges is an efficient, expressive actor, and has the knack for conveying complex information with a look or a gesture, as he does here, suggesting the turmoil within his character on the night when his parents assign him to undergo therapy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Gary Thompson
    Pike plays Colvin as selfless, but also a woman who would have pitched a drink in your face for calling her that. The movie takes Colvin's cue. At no point is her personal drama bigger than the suffering of the people on whom she is reporting, and the concluding events in Syria are particularly well-handled and tactful.

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