A24 | Release Date: August 11, 2017
7.6
USER SCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 224 Ratings
USER RATING DISTRIBUTION
Positive:
181
Mixed:
30
Negative:
13
Watch Now
Stream On
Buy On
Stream On
Review this movie
VOTE NOW
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Check box if your review contains spoilers 0 characters (5000 max)
6
TVJerryAug 29, 2017
Robert Pattinson cherishes this opportunity to get grungy. He plays a small-time crook who's obsessed with the freedom of his mentally-challenged brother (a quietly-nuanced Ben Safdie, who also co-directed with his brother). This results inRobert Pattinson cherishes this opportunity to get grungy. He plays a small-time crook who's obsessed with the freedom of his mentally-challenged brother (a quietly-nuanced Ben Safdie, who also co-directed with his brother). This results in an adrenaline-fused series of chases and encounters that get him deeper into a morass of chaos and calamity. Since the entire narrative pivots around Pattinson's character, it's crucial that he brings an anxious vitality to his role. He succeeds. The Safdie brothers are self-consciously edgy in their use of gritty imagery and a hand-held style to ramp up the intimate anarchy. In an attempt to tweak the tension even more, they've added a soundtrack that's often obnoxious and weirdly incongruous. This isn't Pattinson's first attempt to escape the tyranny of "Twilight," but it's definitely his most striking. Expand
4 of 4 users found this helpful40
All this user's reviews
6
SpangleSep 4, 2017
From the very beginning, the Safdie brothers' Good Time is a very good time. Telling a conventional story in a rather unconventional way, Good Time nonetheless can never escape the banality of its plot, even if its camera work, score, andFrom the very beginning, the Safdie brothers' Good Time is a very good time. Telling a conventional story in a rather unconventional way, Good Time nonetheless can never escape the banality of its plot, even if its camera work, score, and acting are all top-notch. Directed with great flair and this gritty, television-esque level of grain akin to Dog Day Afternoon, Taxi Driver or Thief, Good Time is a film about a man who needs $10,000 to bail out his brother after the two of them robbed a bank. Given that his brother is mentally handicapped, the problems faced by Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) are only worsened, let alone his own inability to get out of his own way. A classic screw-up character who has a set goal that leads to him breaking the law further in an effort to get out of the hole he dug himself, Good Time blends that with Rain Man or Of Mice & Men in depicting the relationship between Connie and his brother Nick (Ben Safdie). Thrilling from beginning to end, Good Time provides strong genre entertainment but not much else.

This conventional story, no matter how much it is told unconventionally, and its cliche characters are truly what holds Good Time back from being a great film. As it stands, it is largely an above average film with some style and flair, but no sense of originality in its writing. It is a director's showcase where the writer's seemed to just fly through the writing of the film after watching a 1970s gritty New York-set crime film marathon. Encountering drugs, people who are all too willing to let a stranger spend the night, fellow criminals, and scummy bail bondsmen, the film's cliche plot - man needs money for any number of reason - tossed in with his cliche inability to make anything work or stick makes the film one that feels as though it has been done many times before. While the characters are fun and easy to sympathize with, they often operate as nothing more than average stock characters. Starring a screw-up with a good heart, a dimwitted brother along for the ride, an anger-filled mess up of a girlfriend who leeches off relatives, and a weird side character who the protagonist meets that introduces a new way for them to possibly make money, Good Time never really feels fresh. Instead, it often falls flat and never really sunk its hooks into me personally. Rather, it felt like a showy and decadent attempt to distract from its plain and run-of-the-mill plot by checking off a list of modern touches that indie audiences adore: neon lights, a synthy score, and a previously disregarded actor firmly establishing themselves as a star in the lead role. As a result, Good Time is never bad, but is never great. Instead, it seems to just settle into being a fun ride while it lasts, but one that will slip away from memory quite rapidly.

The film often seems to try and play itself a modern "edgy" drama, akin to moments from Deadpool or Kingsman where it tries to play up the lurid underworld of the characters too much to the point that it tries too hard. Showing this world of crime and drugs, Good Time makes its point pretty quickly that these characters are ones living in a dark world that has them in a terrifying spiral of crime and disorder. Yet, with characters constantly yelling at one another, a BSDM-themed theme park called "Adventureland", and a rough sex scene that seems cut from a porno than reality, the film is like a teenager's attempt to seem mature. By yelling at one's parents and indulging in anything to make its situations seem more x-rated and adult, children often masquerade as adults and will frequently yell out, "BUT MOM, I'M AN ADULT NOW." At times, Good Time feels like the cinematic equivalent of this annoying not-quite-adult person through its incessant portrayal of items that children believe to be adult, namely with regards to sex and drugs.

Driving forward on pure convenience, the film often seems to defy logic throughout with characters acting out scenarios that seem so far removed from reality that they could only occur in a film. Namely, the sequence where Constantine is allowed to stay at this stranger's house with her teenage daughter and no questions are asked. Who, in their right mind, allows just anybody to stay in their home when they are an absolute stranger? The same occurs with the daughter, who proceeds to hang out all night and go to White Castle with these two complete strangers. All of this comes after her seeing the news report about Connie being wanted by the police. In spite of him kissing her, there is no way she missed that report. The bank robbery is also rather implausible, especially with the response by the teller. Only giving a robber what one has in their drawer and then scribbling a note about it is impossible to give them more because of policy is a policy that no bank has. Bank policy regarding robberies is to give the robbers anything they ask for, not stop at the drawer and blame policy for not giving them more.
Expand
3 of 3 users found this helpful30
All this user's reviews
6
Brent_MarchantJan 27, 2018
While initially suspenseful and largely atmospheric overall, the story grows progressively implausible the further one gets into it. Clever coincidence and fortuitous synchronicity gradually descend into bald-faced contrivance, leavingWhile initially suspenseful and largely atmospheric overall, the story grows progressively implausible the further one gets into it. Clever coincidence and fortuitous synchronicity gradually descend into bald-faced contrivance, leaving viewers hard-pressed to believe in the credibility of the narrative. By film's end, it will become obvious that a good time wasn't had by all. Expand
2 of 2 users found this helpful20
All this user's reviews
4
Semtex_SteveJan 18, 2018
I liked this movie but I don't think it was anything special. It had some impressive camera work and an interesting plot, but the characters seemed really flat apart from one who actually had an interesting backstory about how he ends up inI liked this movie but I don't think it was anything special. It had some impressive camera work and an interesting plot, but the characters seemed really flat apart from one who actually had an interesting backstory about how he ends up in the situation. It was all a bit long and drawn out and the music tended to be quite jarring during some of the rather mediocre action sequences. Pretty bland. Expand
1 of 1 users found this helpful10
All this user's reviews
4
GinaKAug 28, 2017
A mess of a film. Alternately frenetic and dull, the only thing I found completely consistent was the interesting, humane, yet high-voltage performance of Robert Pattinson.
1 of 4 users found this helpful13
All this user's reviews
6
AndremaxDec 3, 2019
Chemisty between actors really works, photography is precise and competent, movie gives us some different points of view about crime and everything around but why this one left out the focus in the plot started on movie's beggining, which isChemisty between actors really works, photography is precise and competent, movie gives us some different points of view about crime and everything around but why this one left out the focus in the plot started on movie's beggining, which is very interesting and unusual approaching that could be harnessed, and simply turns the lights in subplot? Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
6
beeanadouJan 28, 2020
Moral of the story : If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas, don't help bad guys.
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
6
zNeverSleepingNov 25, 2019
O maior ponto do filme são as atuações de Robert Pattinson e Benny Safdie, que apesar de atuarem em cima de personagens não muito... interessantes, trazem carisma de onde não tem e demonstram muito realismo em determinadas cenas.

A historia
O maior ponto do filme são as atuações de Robert Pattinson e Benny Safdie, que apesar de atuarem em cima de personagens não muito... interessantes, trazem carisma de onde não tem e demonstram muito realismo em determinadas cenas.

A historia é rasa, cujo o desenvolvimento me lembra muito os filmes do Tarantino/Scorsese, mas nesse caso, não me agradou muito. Faltou algo, e mesmo o filme me prendendo, não houve satisfação em terminar de assisti-lo.
Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
Current Movie Releases
By MetascoreBy User Score