Gregory Ellwood

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For 150 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gregory Ellwood's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Lowest review score: 25 Wakefield
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 150
150 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Gregory Ellwood
    The worst aspect of ‘Rebel’ is that Strong seems to have no vision as a filmmaker. The movie thinks it’s throwing in some wise words about the art of writing, but they are superficial at best.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Gregory Ellwood
    Few would argue that Oldman isn’t one of the finest actors of his generation, but this is a tour de force portrayal that will define his body of work for decades to come.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Gregory Ellwood
    How many times have you read that it’s really hard to duplicate the success of the first film in a sequel? Probably more than you can remember. Well, here’s a newsflash: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 pulls that feat off with only a little strain and a belly of genuine emotion.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Gregory Ellwood
    It goes without saying that Cranston has a lot to carry on his shoulders and he does an admirable job. It’s hard not to laugh every so often at one of Wakefield’s snide remarks and that’s effectively because of how Cranston sells it. But even this accomplished actor can’t make you feel any sympathy for a character whose actions defy convention in the most unimaginative ways.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Gregory Ellwood
    Considering how much screen time they share together, Lister-Jones and Pally need to have fantastic chemistry to keep the audience rooting for Anna and Ben and, luckily, they have more than enough.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Gregory Ellwood
    At no point in Patti Cake$ is there ever a hint that Macdonald is unable to legitimately rap. She’s simply a revelation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Gregory Ellwood
    While you know where “God’s Own” is going most of the way Lee finds a way to breathe new life into it (to a point).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Gregory Ellwood
    As the story progresses it becomes less and less interesting and worst of all – gasp – cliché.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Gregory Ellwood
    There are elements of “The Yellow Birds” that should equate to a unique cinematic experience. Unfortunately, like Bartle’s return home, you leave the theater somewhat dazed, confused and thinking of what went wrong.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Gregory Ellwood
    Mudbound soars thanks to the impressive performances of the ensemble cast and, notably, Rees’ intent on depicting the harsh reality of this pre-Civil Rights era, warts and all.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Gregory Ellwood
    Before I Fall is a movie that will make its core audience of teenage girls melt and is a nice diversion for everyone else. It will make Hollywood studios take Russo-Young more seriously and be a calling card for Deutch, Sage and Miller. That’s not so bad, is it?
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Gregory Ellwood
    Outside of a few short moments in Ismail Merchant and James Ivory’s “Maurice,” and Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” the love and intimacy between two male characters has never truly felt this real or emotionally heartbreaking in a theatrical context. It’s almost revolutionary. It’s cinematic art.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Gregory Ellwood
    The movie lives and dies, however, on Ingrid herself and, remarkably, Plaza finds a way for you to root for her even when she crosses line after line after line.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Gregory Ellwood
    Unlike McDowell and Lader’s underrated 2014 comedic thriller “The One I Love” the most disappointing aspect of The Discovery is that it’s something of a bore. And when you find out what “The Discovery” really is you simply don’t care anymore.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Gregory Ellwood
    What Blair is trying to do is quite ambitious for his first feature. He alternates moments of high comedy with serious tension and a touch of magic realism for kicks. For the most part, the tone works.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Gregory Ellwood
    There is a sense of exhaustive familiarity that permeates throughout Taylor Hackford’s new dramedy The Comedian.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Gregory Ellwood
    Make no mistake; there is no disputing this is clearly one of Marvel’s better efforts. And, yes, attempting to break from the expected shackles of a lineage of other origin movies is difficult, but you still feel the formula straining at the core of Doctor Strange.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Gregory Ellwood
    Despite Herzog’s efforts to keep it as entertaining as possible, “Inferno” does feel like it overstays its welcome a bit. That being said the access and footage they’ve compiled coalesces into a truly cinematic experience. One that would be hard for anyone else to even fathom attempting to duplicate.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Gregory Ellwood
    Masterfully played by Annette Bening, Dorothea is a fascinating character of contradictions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Gregory Ellwood
    The characters are so well drawn (and the relatively young cast steps up to the plate) that combined with the material’s natural tension you’ll find yourself riveted to the proceedings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Gregory Ellwood
    The picture is genuinely entertaining and moving, but the fact it even exists in the first place is something you simply cannot dismiss.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Gregory Ellwood
    What’s most disturbing is Jackson’s pedestrian direction has resulted in a film that barely recognizes how powerful this is in contemporary society.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Gregory Ellwood
    Cedar’s smart dialogue and direction lift Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (hereby just referred to as ‘Norman’) above expectations.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gregory Ellwood
    Outside of the Berg’s incredible depiction of the Deepwater’s destruction and the escape of a majority of its crew, the picture also benefits from two fantastic performances by Wahlberg and Rodriguez.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Gregory Ellwood
    All of “Pastoral’s” problems could have been slightly forgiven if McGregor showed a hint of inspiration behind the camera.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Gregory Ellwood
    When the big show finally happens at the end of the picture? You can’t help but smile.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Gregory Ellwood
    As a piece of filmed entertainment Snowden is certainly a watchable endeavor, but Stone and screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald’s script is often an odd mix of hero worship, conspiratorial thriller and cringe worthy dialogue.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Gregory Ellwood
    Una
    For a feature debut, Una is bursting with exceptional confidence and style. The aesthetic is Jonathan Glazer meets Andrea Arnold and it assures that some of the script’s more staged scenes hold your attention.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Gregory Ellwood
    Like Brokeback Mountain a decade ago, Moonlight is a piece of art that will transform lives long after it leaves theaters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Gregory Ellwood
    In the end it’s really Eastwood who makes sure the film transcends the typical biopic tropes. At a spry 86 it’s unclear how much longer he’ll remain behind the director’s chair, but “Sully” proves that with the proper material and actors he can still stir emotions with the best of them.

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