Ed Gonzalez

Ed Gonzalez

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

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
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.
Publications:
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:
2006
Location:
Weehawken, NJ

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 2006
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 94% Her (2013) " 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 87% 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 91% 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 No Score Yet 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 No Score Yet 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 (2013) " 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 63% 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 58% 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 No Score Yet 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 45% 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 80% 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 69% 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
1.5/4 52% Promised Land (2013) " Gus Van Sant's new film offends for how it views the struggles of the landowners at the heart of its story as subservient to their oppressor's triumph of the spirit. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2012
.5/4 81% The Impossible (2012) " A sham realist's disaster movie, tackily insulting the deaths of 300,000 people by reducing the horrors of the Indian Ocean tsunami to a series of genre titillations. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2012
2.5/4 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " This spirited enough yarn is sincere and heartening in its belief that our devotion to these youthful myths is healthy for our sense of wonderment. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3.5/4 33% Buffalo Girls (2012) " Todd Kellstein doesn't allow you to entirely indulge convenient (though understandable and perhaps irresistible) armchair outrage. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2012
1.5/4 43% 28 Hotel Rooms (2012) " We're supposed to take their self-pity at face value, an impression that's emphasized by a grinding monotonous humorlessness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2012
2.5/4 93% Sleep Tight (2012) " The states get higher with every breadcrumb Luis Tosar's creep lays down, and the film derives sometimes remarkable corkscrew tension from watching him being backed into a corner. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2012
2.5/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " Its ideas are paralleled, its themes twinned, sometimes breathlessly, sometimes fatuously, into what may be described as a 164-minute pop song of seemingly infinite verses, choruses, and bridges. Perhaps expectedly, it soars as often as it thuds. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2012
3/4 88% Middle of Nowhere (2012) " In a cinema landscape where the representation of the black female experience is most visibly explored through the modes of outlandish comedy, unironic melodrama, or not at all, Ava DuVernay's take is a decidedly refreshing one. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2012
2.5/4 55% V/H/S (2012) " An anthology of found-footage horror shorts that exudes, sometimes extraordinarily, a neophyte's sense of courage and cluelessness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2012
2.5/4 91% Holy Motors (2012) " A maddening, self-satisfied, though never smug, game of spot-the-reference that seems intended only for a particular type of cinephile. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2012
2.5/4 60% Here and There (2013) " It's a confident vision, but its aversion to sentiment has the intended but unfortunate effect of making the characters' disconnects our own. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2012
1.5/4 39% [REC] 3 Genesis (2012) " If a fourth entry wasn't already in the works, [Rec] 3: Genesis could have easily represented the nail in the franchise's coffin. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2012
2/4 56% The Revenant (2012) " Since Bart's bloodlust is never matched in tenor by his righteousness, the story remains rife with unfulfilled moral inquiry. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2012
2.5/4 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) " The film busts a fierce move but never relishes the unique cultural essence that its gentrifying baddie threatens to snuff out. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2012
3/4 78% Killer Joe (2012) " It thrills in seeing dumb people getting their due in hyper-stylized displays of violence, and yet it never feels contemptuous of them. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2012
Showing 51 - 100 of 2006