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's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Showing 51 - 100 of 2044
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 30% Exists (2014) "In the wake of Bobcat Goldthwait's Wolf Creek, Exists's metaphorical ambitions are as under-realized as its story-circumscribing use of found footage. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2014
1/4 23% Dracula Untold (2014) "It's a story arc that wouldn't be out of place on Game of Thrones, except it lacks for the HBO program's dense and surprising dramatic reflexes. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2014
2.5/4 88% The Good Lie (2014) "This is a Hollywood-delivered chronicle of the immigrant experience that earns its justification through good will and tact. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2014
.5/4 25% The Hero of Color City (2014) "No cartoon has ever conveyed the struggle for self-actualization with such an inexpressive sense of imagination as this cheap and glorified babysitter. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2014
2/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) "There's a comic streak to the film that suggests David Fincher may understand the material as trash, but it's the kind of affectation that only reinforces, rather than dulls, its insults. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "The Dardennes believe in human value and social order being rooted in a sense of solidarity, a staggering consciousness of community that brims with a sensitivity to place, movement, and emotion. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2014
3/4 90% The Guest (2014) "David's perversity as a character is mostly disarming for how it illuminates the sadness with which a foe can so readily be confused for a savior. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 13, 2014
1.5/4 39% Tusk (2014) "It suggests the worst possible gene splice of a barbed Terrance and Phillip South Park appearance, Fargo's blithe condescension, and the smuggest of Quentin Tarantino pastiches. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2014
2/4 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "Meticulous in its adherence to conventional narrative inducement, this biopic only offers a sanded-down and embossed vision of Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde's 30-year marriage. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2014
2/4 24% At The Devil's Door (2014) "An accumulation of dread in search of a properly fleshed-out screenplay to sustain it, the film plays like a show reel for writer-director Nicholas McCarthy's considerable craft. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2014
2.5/4 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) "Writer-director Charles Martin Smith's tin ear for dialogue and contrived symbolism is as unmistakable as his enormous heart. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2014
1.5/4 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) "The film abounds in excruciatingly obvious, often precious, articulations of grief, where armchair philosophizing volleys back and forth with punishing abandon. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2014
2/4 26% As Above, So Below (2014) "The film predictably alternates in scaring its characters by tapping into their deepest fears and having them rub shoulders with the relics of a past that insists on being undisturbed. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2014
1.5/4 45% Life After Beth (2014) "Jeff Baena's film, at heart, is just another overly familiar story of a boy struggling to get over his first love and who's rewarded for his troubles with a less volatile replacement model. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2014
2.5/4 50% Cannibal (2014) "It keeps us at a remove that becomes telling of the filmmaker's reticence to explore whatever feelings of isolation and yearning may inform his main character's grisly compulsion. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2014
2.5/4 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) "James DeMonaco may doubly, sometimes triply, underline the story's governing theme of social power and how it's exchanged, but the rage and lucidity of these ideas resonate. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2014
1.5/4 43% Honour (2014) "Paddy Considine's benumbed ambiguity at least works against writer-director Shan Khan's reduction of honor killings to grist for the cheapest of pulpy thrills. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2014
1.5/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) "A jump scare isn't just a jump scare in the films of Scott Derrickson, which isn't to say this wannabe master of horror has entirely perfected the art of sudden dread. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) "The constant foregrounding of so much well-executed incident only works to shortchange the heroes' yearnings and anxieties. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2014
1.5/4 57% EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014) "Just as queerness is conspicuous by its absence, so is any serious consideration of the drug use that often pairs with extended tastings of EDM. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2014
3/4 98% Boyhood (2014) "Richard Linklater's film is an experiment in time, and one that's attentive to the audience's sense of empathy. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2014
3/4 84% Violette (2014) "By focusing on the tumultuous friendship between Violette LeDuc and Simone de Beauvoir, Martin Provost creates not so much a dichotomy of femininity as a funhouse mirror of it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2014
2.5/4 86% Willow Creek (2014) "Bobcat Goldthwait exposes the characteristic male pursuit of power to which females are often made subservient. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2014
2/4 58% The Signal (2014) "The titular signal refers to the Nomad hacker's taunts, though it may as well point to the film's nature as a self-styled calling card. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 28, 2014
2/4 85% Korengal (2014) "The result is an alternately gripping and dully meandering patchwork of these soldiers' stay in the Korengal that pointedly shuns big-picture philosophizing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
3/4 78% Tupac: Resurrection (2003) "It'd be easy to write off Paramount's Tupac: Resurrection as a cheap publicity stunt. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 24, 2014
1.5/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) "At least the irony with which this transparently written and dispassionately aestheticized film so demagogically argues for the value of words and pictures is brutally convincing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 18, 2014
2.5/4 85% Cold in July (2014) "While Jim Mickle's compositions lose much of their verve in the film's later half, his regard for the analog does not--and at the expense of perspective into his characters' emotional torque. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 18, 2014
1/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) "With dubious scruples, and much Broadway-style caterwauling, the film imagines what The Wizard of Oz would look like with a should-have-gone-straight-to-video chimney on her. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 8, 2014
1/4 34% Stage Fright (2014) "Jerome Sable's debut feature couldn't be further from De Palma's delirious cinematic essays on vision and genre. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 5, 2014
2/4 19% House of 1000 Corpses (2003) "Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses has nostalgia on its side but not much else. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014
2/4 29% Mr. Jones (2014) "That it half succeeds, in spite of its cloying self-seriousness, means that it's at best a convincing copycat of a definitive expression of ego and influence in art. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2014
1.5/4 44% Blood Glacier (2014) "The film straddles a very awkward line between creature feature, conspiracy thriller, and domestic drama, all without novelty or suspense. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2014
2.5/4 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) "If the stock concessions made to genre clichĂ© by The Woman in Black can be charitably viewed as deliberate tips of the hat to the heyday of Hammer Films, then John Pogue's period-set exorcism yarn The Quiet Ones more interestingly upends those tropes. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 91% Locke (2014) "The literalizing of Ivan Locke's hidden self and his inability to master it ultimately exposes the film as the squarest kind of theater: drama therapy. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2014
2/4 63% For No Good Reason (2014) "Charlie Paul isn't content to let his stock footage and interviewees lead for him, driven as he is to "make something out of a frame of mind," though to needlessly busy effect. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2014
1.5/4 81% The Canal (2014) "Unlike David Lynch, Kavanagh isn't interested in catching ideas like fish, of linking the degradation of film to the degradation of consciousness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2014
2.5/4 51% 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 73% 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 85% 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 25% 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 45% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) "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 81% 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 36% 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 77% 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
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 55% Nurse (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 (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 88% 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
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