Ed Gonzalez

Ed Gonzalez

""Scooby Doo can do do but Sartre is smartra."--Homer Simpson"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Ed Gonzalez is a freelance writer working out of New York City, or thereabouts. A graduate of NYU, he worked for Cosmopolitan, House Beautiful, and O Magazine before turning to film criticism. His writing has appeared in City Pages, Gay City News, and The Village Voice. He currently serves time as Film Editor and Senior Film Writer at Slant Magazine and Contributing Film Editor at PLANETº. Ed is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the New York Film Critics Online.
Apollo Guide , City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul , House Next Door , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles Times , Slant Magazine , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Online, Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
Weehawken, NJ

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 54% Cuban Fury (2014) " The film is thin on concept and limited in style, but the filmmakers have the good sense to let their characters remain playful and goofy throughout." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2014
2.5/4 72% Oculus (2014) " Through a mini-triumph of montage, what begins as run-of-the-mill backstory vomit is thrillingly repackaged as an almost-Lynchian duet between warring states of consciousness. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/4 84% Under the Skin (2014) " Throughout, what truly matters to director Jonathan Glazer is articulating through visual and aural enticement the unconscious power of our death drive." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/4 29% Alien Abduction (2014) " A few jolting scares are deployed throughout, but more difficult to shake is how the story's overacting lambs walk a rather programmatic path toward slaughter--or at least anal probing." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/4 50% L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps (The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) " As if Amer and Orgasm weren't evidence enough, this second feature-length fiction from the Belgian husband-and-wife duo confirms that their style is nothing if not shtick. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2.5/4 73% The Den (2014) " The film is dizzyingly creepy in its refracting of horrors through the cascading windows of computer programs we've come to understand more intimately than our own selves." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2014
1.5/4 33% Haunt (2014) " Mac Carter repeatedly compromises his intuitive, and often elegantly framed, glances at his main characters' teenage blues by too busily going through amateur-night gesticulations of spooking his audience." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 81% Grand Piano (2014) " Eugenio Mira thrills in watching his main character attempt to worm his way out of a most unusual hostage situation, synching his indulgences of style to the pianist's wily physical maneuvering. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2014
—— Blood Glacier (Blutgletscher) (The Station) (2014) " Blood Glacier straddles a very awkward line between creature feature, conspiracy thriller, and domestic drama, all without novelty or suspense." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 19, 2014
—— Caníbal (Cannibal) " It keeps us at a remove that eventually becomes telling of Cuenca's reticence to explore whatever feelings of isolation and yearning and tradition-mongering may inform his main character's grisly compulsion." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 18, 2014
1.5/4 58% The Returned (2014) " Manuel Carballo's film proves that the zombie narrative is still capable of subversion, but does so with the laziest, Lifetime-grade intimations of social relevance." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2014
.5/4 63% Nurse 3-D (2014) " Rather than capture truly pained souls tangled in exuberant horror tropes, the filmmakers settle for retrograde anguish and warmed-over artistry. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2014
.5/4 77% Enemies Closer (2014) " JCVD may not say it best, but he does say it aptly, when his manically cartoonish baddie caps one murder with the assertion that "shit happens."" — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2014
2/4 14% Free Ride (2014) " Shana Betz's too-insistent refusal to commit to the melodramatic or to the suspenseful only makes the film seem like empty dramatization." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2014
4/4 94% Her (2014) " A screwball surrealist comedy that asks us to laugh at an unconventional romance while also disarming us with the realization that its fantasy scenario isn't too far from our present reality. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2013
3.5/4 91% The Immigrant (2014) " In its stripped-down realism and blistering fixation on its main character's grappling with life and mortality, the film is kin to Roberto Rossellini's collaborations with Ingrid Bergman." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3/4 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Abdellatif Kechiche reveals through his sense of composition, and collaboration with his remarkable actresses, a sensitivity to emotional nuance that's striking." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2013
1.5/4 6% Battle of the Year (2013) " Remarkably, the highlight of Benson Lee's film, essentially a fiction reboot of his Planet B-Boy, isn't the scene where Chris Brown gets punched in the face." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2013
2.5/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " Possibly year's most immaculate-looking drivel, a prismatically shot whodunit abundant in red herrings, but lacking in moral contemplation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2013
2/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Steve McQueen's impersonal approach to his subject matter isn't solely to blame for the failure of 12 Years a Slave, a safely anecdotal mosaic closer in spirit to Edward P. Jones's The Known World than to Toni Morrison's radically constructed Beloved." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
2.5/4 71% Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005) " This is lazy storytelling, and if the creators want us to sympathize with their main character, it isn't working. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2013
1/4 13% The Lifeguard (2013) " The film heroically stretches out its governing water metaphor to a point that allows it to best Garden State's Guinness World Record for most incessant navel-gazing." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2013
2.5/4 70% Cockneys vs Zombies (2013) " Matthias Hoene allows the cockney swears to flow as deliriously as the truly convincing blood splatter, offering a few unexpected gut-busters along the way." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2013
1.5/4 44% Under the Bed (2013) " The film's sense of conviction and psychological nuance never rises above that of the "I Learned It from Watching You" anti-drug PSA." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2013
1.5/4 6% Evidence (2013) " One wishes it had spared us the remedial theorizing on media culture and artistic representation and license and less apologetically acted the part of a straight-up horror film." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2013
2/4 86% The Conjuring (2013) " Though The Conjuring claims to be based on a true story, in truth it's based on every horror film that's come before it." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2.5/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Guillermo del Toro doesn't rise above the obligations of staging a film of this sort as a multi-level video game, a stylish but programmatic ride toward an inevitable final boss battle." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
3/4 —— La Libertad (Freedom) (2001) " Lisandro Alonso's La Libertad is a penetrating peek into the daily life of a woodcutter from Argentina's Pampa." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2013
3/4 —— Jimi Hendrix - Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight " While Blue Wild Angel is no where near as politically resonant as Woodstock or Gimme Shelter, Hendrix fans won't mind." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2013
2/4 31% Beneath (2014) " Its stance toward every dipshit slasher and creature-horror flick that's come before it never feels less than casually hostile." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/4 48% Maniac (2013) " Its audio-visual overload testifies to a group of filmmakers' belief that some films are made to be remade. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2013
1.5/4 38% The Purge (2013) " A rote home-invasion thriller afraid to be seen as just another rote home-invasion thriller, the film turgidly grasps for profundity by framing bloodlust as patriotic duty." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2013
2.5/4 62% Byzantium (2013) " Forlorn depictions of love and death may dignify Neil Jordan's film, but narrative withholding ultimately drives a stake into its unmistakable heart." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 28, 2013
2/4 60% Kiss Of The Damned (2013) " Xan Cassavetes cops to nothing more significant than being more keen on Vampyros Lesbos than anyone else from her clan of famous cinephiles." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2013
2.5/4 55% Post Tenebras Lux (2013) " Carlos Reygadas's latest, an almost impossibly intellectual film, keeps us at a remove that's as striking as that which separates its main character from the lower classes." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2013
2.5/4 —— Möbius (2014) " Eric Rochant's weird and lengthy fixation on De France reaching orgasm twice in one session allows Möbius to unexpectedly transform from a low-stakes Notorious to a high-end Red Shoe Diaries." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2013
2/4 73% Dark Touch (2013) " Dark Touch seems to reside almost completely in a realm of fantasy that isn't Neve's own and borders perilously and atonally on camp." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2013
2.5/4 44% To The Wonder (2013) " Throughout Terrence Malick's film, the new and old are incessantly twinned, blurred into a package that suggests an experimental dance piece." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2013
3/4 35% Passion (2013) " Passion is a serpentine, gorgeously orchestrated gathering of all of De Palma's pet themes and conceits." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2013
2/4 81% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " The film never reaches a climax because it's always in one, distilling the lives of its characters to their tensest moments." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2013
2.5/4 36% The ABCs of Death (2013) " Tellingly, this horror anthology's finest entries convey how real horror comes in more than shades of red, and how it lives inside us all." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2013
2/4 68% Stoker (2013) " The film's weird mix of dollhouse dread and fashion-magazine chic can be fetching, but it's nothing if not vacuous, a series of disjointed, improvisatory riffs that recall the brazen aesthetic overload of Amer." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2013
1.5/4 27% Saving Lincoln (2013) " Under even the best of circumstances, Saving Lincoln would have to inevitably face the scrutiny of potential redundancy." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 15, 2013
2.5/4 83% Side Effects (2013) " Like Magic Mike, Side Effects is enlivened by Soderbergh's jazzy style and laidback moralism, bringing to mind the work of another connoisseur of genre, Robert Altman." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2013
93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2013
.5/4 65% Mama (2013) " The premise isn't even worthy of executive producer Guillermo del Toro, who will apparently lend his name to any film as long as it fulfills its quota of moths and vulvic openings." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2013
2/4 40% Clandestine Childhood (2013) " Benjamín Ávila structures the film as a series of precious moments, remembrances of a difficult year when the politics of patria and family got in the way of his puppy love." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2013
1/4 43% Storage 24 (2013) " More chilling than the horror of the alien's close-quarters assault is the rank misogyny that more than offensively underscores the Melrose Place-grade human drama." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2013
1.5/4 51% This is 40 (2012) " It certainly suffers from the staleness of its off-the-cuff, improv-inspired mode of comedy, which prizes free-form riffing over organically constructed comedic scenarios." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2012
1/4 46% Save The Date (2012) " What's worst about the film is how it appropriates its main character's noncommittal selfishness to support its own quaint, anti-establishment themes." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2012
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