Luke Y. Thompson

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For 445 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Luke Y. Thompson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The Terminator
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 445
445 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Luke Y. Thompson
    It’s basically a high-caliber book-on-tape augmented with actual (as opposed to horror-movie fake) found footage — a missing link between full-on dramatization and simply reading the book while imagining visuals.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Luke Y. Thompson
    What the film doesn’t do, much to its credit, is make the killers into charismatically “cool” villains, à la Wolf Creek‘s Mick Taylor.
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    • 30 Luke Y. Thompson
    That some of the super-visions manage to disturb regardless is arguably a testament to writer-director Stanley Jacobs, but he’d have been better off keeping this as his demo reel and showing whatever he does next to the public at large.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Y. Thompson
    It’s clear in their eyes that they’ve seen some shit—and this doc not only gives us a glimpse of it too, but adds valuable context in a way not many others do.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Y. Thompson
    Blending stock footage, vintage audio, re-creation, and many testimonials from heavy hitters from Ben E. King to Van Morrison, Berns' son Brett keeps things visually lively, and not as morose as may be implied.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Luke Y. Thompson
    The twisty story and imaginative monsters are enough to overcome the relatively humdrum leads.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Luke Y. Thompson
    The co-director/co-writer team of Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro are none too subtle, and their reliance on hallucination sequences suggests a (misguided) lack of faith in Hammer to pull this off by himself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Luke Y. Thompson
    For better or for worse, Paxton's performance will be the focus of viewers’ attention, so it is decidedly to the good that he doesn't just deliver. He gives a sort of master class on why we've loved him: Paxton was amazing in the role of regular guys, and equally compelling as the subversion of same.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Luke Y. Thompson
    If you miss the slasher icons of old and have little patience for the reboot attempts they get periodically, it's nice to see at least a worthy attempt to add to that pantheon.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Luke Y. Thompson
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    It's audacious enough to warrant attention.
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    • 30 Luke Y. Thompson
    The movie is not without some appeal, mainly due to the fact that the whaling town of Taiji is beautiful to look at, and principals from the original The Cove, Louie Psihoyos and Ric O'Barry, gamely give interviews to explain that of course they want to hear both sides.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Luke Y. Thompson
    If you don't know who to vote for by now, whatever you do, don't see this movie. It's only going to tell you bad things. We're having fun here, right?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Y. Thompson
    Director Jason Cohen (the Oscar-nominated short Facing Fear) wants his documentary history of Compaq computers to be fun — and indeed, compared to the overly earnest clips of Halt and Catch Fire inserted for contrast, the real slow-talking Texans in the tale are a hoot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Luke Y. Thompson
    So long as they're only stupidly endangering themselves along the way, it's easy to watch this with a sort of libertarian detachment. It's also annoyingly predictable this time around, though the leads at first maintain their strong chemistry and essential likability.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    This reboot smartly doesn't try to escalate the material to bigger and better status, keeping things small and scrappy and relying on the fighters to be the best special effects.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Director Rob Connolly may well think he's upping the stakes by plunging his film into borderline horror territory, but in fact he's minimizing them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Luke Y. Thompson
    Paradoxically, this technique both keeps you from getting to know the soldiers better and puts you completely in their boots, understanding directly that (as one character puts it) war is boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Luke Y. Thompson
    The Mind's Eye ought to hit the sweet spot for fans of early David Cronenberg, the more violent X-Men comics, and the kinds of indie horror movies Larry Fessenden always cameos in, as he does again here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Director Ali Abbasi excels at atmosphere, understanding that any beautiful landscape can be made terrifying with the right sound design and that a cut to a silent interior can be as jarring as any jump scare. His script, unfortunately, is not as interesting.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Luke Y. Thompson
    King's decision to co-write the script and turn it into a CliffsNotes version of The Stand only makes things worse.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Luke Y. Thompson
    You think you can guess what happens next, but the beauty of Tim Godsall's film, adapted from a play by Carly Mensch, is that it eschews the obvious arcs and come-to-Jesus moments of your typical Bad Dad pics.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Luke Y. Thompson
    The slow build of the action is deceptive, as at first the martial arts are all in the editing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Luke Y. Thompson
    The movie's not without moments of genuine humor--no comedy starring Steve Martin could be--but sad to say, his Oscar-hosting gig two years ago was funnier.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Luke Y. Thompson
    If Alfred Hitchcock were retarded, lobotomized, and freshly dug up, he might possibly c--- out a movie like this one.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Luke Y. Thompson
    Try to forget about Michael Gambon in Potter's original BBC miniseries; Keith Gordon's film is its own thing, full of Brechtian artifice and oddball humor -- Mel Gibson's old man act in particular.
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    • 70 Luke Y. Thompson
    Beautifully shot and finely acted movie.
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    • 30 Luke Y. Thompson
    Of all the various low-budget documentaries chronicling the Star Wars phenomenon, Tariq Jalil's is certainly the most recent. There's not a whole lot else to say about it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Luke Y. Thompson
    If you were ever in marching band, you'll love this; if not, stay far away.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Writer-director Daniel Taplitz seems to be trying to invoke classic screwball with this convoluted setup, but it plays like mediocre sitcom.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Y. Thompson
    Almost two and a half hours long, and mostly consists of calm conversations. But don't be deterred, or you'll miss out on a study of character, class and changing times that puts Robert Altman's stodgy "Gosford Park" to shame.
    • New Times (L.A.)

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