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

Showing 51 - 100 of 1974
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
3.5/4 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " Benh Zeitlin's lived-in, almost abstract sense of social realism is partly what makes the film so refreshing and uniquely affecting." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2012
1/4 6% The Tortured (2012) " Robert Lieberman's Perverted Justice advert spins its wheels with scene after scene impatiently cut like a montage sequence." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2012
1.5/4 70% Dark Horse (2012) " Yesterday, Solondz blocking the screen meant something, even if it was just his own petulance. Today, a blurred sign only signifies his capitulation to peer pressure." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2012
2/4 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " As feminist fantasy, the film is non-committal, and as a reimagining of the fairy tale, it's at best expensive-looking without seeming wantonly so." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 30, 2012
1/4 13% Piranha 3DD (2012) " John Gulager is neither artist nor genius, bringing only straight-to-video conviction to Piranha 3DD." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 27, 2012
1.5/4 41% Lovely Molly (2012) " The film's inconsistent, largely bankrupt style is second to how hard and tackily it leans on the horror of child abuse to goose audiences." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 13, 2012
2/4 67% The Road (2012) " For a spell, the film gets by on its unpretentious flair for atmosphere, even its disconcerting nonsensicality." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 6, 2012
.5/4 24% Jesus Henry Christ (2012) " The title alone invites you to cuss at this smug film about family tites, and you may do so the second you catch a whiff of the portentous first shot: a Wes Anderson put-on. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2012
3/4 90% Keep the Lights On (2012) " More than just a relationship drama of striking specificity, this is a naked confession about addiction." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2012
2.5/4 77% Take This Waltz (2012) " Take This Waltz is full of chance encounters, some less likely than a lobby with nine hundred windows or a bed where the moon has been sweating." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2012
2/4 67% To the Arctic (2012) " Though the film is light on anthropomorphization, its aesthetic is nothing if not infantile. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2012
93% Deadline (2004) Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2012
1/4 0% Deadline (2012) " By the end of it, you'll be crying uncle--or wish you were watching The Help instead. At least that was a more artful lie." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2012
2.5/4 94% The Rabbi's Cat (2012) " Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2012
3.5/4 79% Las Acacias (2012) " This lovely film is ultimately an articulation of something at once simple and universal: the discontent of traveling through life with sad resignation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2012
1/4 41% Silent House (2012) " Silent House dies a sudden and egregious death when the amateur players in Olsen's company, Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens, as her character Sarah's father and uncle, respectively, open their traps." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2012
86% Chico & Rita (2012) " Regurgitates the starry-eyed rags-to-riches story of Cuban musicians making it in the States immortalized in everything from I Love Lucy to Mambo Kings." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2012
2/4 66% The Woman in Black (2012) " James Watkins can frame a fierce image along a diagonal line, but he has few tricks up his sleeve, often recycling similar shots from scene to scene, as well as spring-loaded scares that would get Roger Ebert's blood boiling. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2012
14% Ride the Divide (2010) Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2012
1.5/4 26% The Divide (2012) " Man is depicted as his own worst enemy, but for audiences there's perhaps no greater threat than Gens's overripe artistry." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2012
2.5/4 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " The most handsome funeral procession ever mounted--which is, in the end, better than feeling like you're the corpse lying inside the coffin." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2011
1.5/4 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " What we really need to talk about is the fraudulence of Lynne Ramsay's overripe collage of bright colors, smug pop music, and flimsy characterizations." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2011
3.5/4 77% Outrage (2011) " Once sacred values like honor and brotherhood have no place here, and old practices, like ritual finger amputation as a form of apology, are turned into a running joke." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2011
2.5/4 80% The Love We Make (2011) " There are a few moments that point toward Albert Maysles's gifts, as they acknowledge a tougher side to Pual McCartney's life and profession." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2011
1.5/4 79% Shame (2011) " Shame articulates a shallow, even mundane, understanding of an uninteresting man's sex addiction--in a vibrant city rendered dull and anonymous. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2011
2/4 30% Courageous (2011) " Praise be to Courageous for being upfront." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2011
3/4 71% Carnage (2011) " Roman Polanski ensures that Carnage's images, like its words, cut through us like a knife." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2011
2.5/4 30% Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011) " For all of the documentary's wholesale condescension, you never doubt that Sarah Palin, conspicuous by her absence, has gotten exactly what she deserves." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2011
2.5/4 81% The Skin I Live In (2011) " Sometimes in Pedro Almodóvar's cinema, as in The Skin I Live In, looking isn't always the same as seeing. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2011
2/4 78% Melancholia (2011) " Melancholia is a film of few epiphanies and even fewer insights, and as artful as the film's doom and gloom may be, its symbolism flounders." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2011
2/4 29% Machine Gun Preacher (2011) " Empathy's a bitch in Machine Gun Preacher, but its moral toll is not something the by-the-numbers story cares to elaborate on." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2011
2/4 85% Happy, Happy (2011) " Happy, Happy is another gust of smugly cold air from the land of Bent Hamer." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2011
1.5/4 84% Contagion (2011) " Steven Soderbergh's feature-length Purell advertisement is short on human interest and long on explanations of a pandemic through analogies and generalities." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2011
1.5/4 14% Seven Days In Utopia (2011) " What dooms Seven Days in Utopia is its contrived storytelling and dim-witted artistry." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 31, 2011
3/4 67% Our Idiot Brother (2011) " If Our Idiot Brother clearly courts Gump-ian territory, its pattern finally bears a stronger resemblance to Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2011
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