Luke Y. Thompson

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For 444 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Luke Y. Thompson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 444
444 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Luke Y. Thompson
    May not have the best script in the world, but it brings Jet Li to the big screen in a way that all action junkies, not just the video-store geeks, will appreciate.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Luke Y. Thompson
    Is it worth the goofy characters and weak story for the effects and action sequences? Absolutely.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    The scenes involving just him (Carrey) are funny and full of life. All the other scenes are not.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 10 Luke Y. Thompson
    Hang out at a frat house or sports bar, and you can hear this kind of talk for free.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Y. Thompson
    What it lacks in story, it makes up for with sharp dialogue and an amusing Walter Mitty-esque style.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Luke Y. Thompson
    Deserves an A for ambition, but the final product is a pastiche of too many predecessors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Y. Thompson
    It contains nary a dull moment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Luke Y. Thompson
    As far from crowd-pleasing as you're going to get these days.

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