Gary Susman

Gary Susman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

Publications:
Anchorage Press , Boston Phoenix , Entertainment Weekly , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
Boston Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
53

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 87% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " For all its gorgeous freakishness, the movie is even more about love and friendship than the first one was." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 15, 2013
32% Fanboys (2008) Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2.5/4 62% Salt (2010) " If there's not much suspense in the plotting, at least there's plenty in wondering how Lara Croft -- oops, Evelyn Salt -- will get out of one impossibly tight scrape after another." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 21, 2010
92% Boogie Nights (1997) " Comparisons are invidious, but inescapable: Boogie Nights is the most stunningly accomplished, attention-grabbing movie by a sophomore director since Pulp Fiction." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/4 95% Casino Royale (2006) " Every era gets the James Bond it deserves. Ours gets a Bond who's strong and forceful but also reckless and arrogant, who blunders into tricky situations in Third World countries and makes a bloody mess of things." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
3/4 57% X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) " Yes, Ratner's music-video attention span and inability to linger on a shot ... blunts the impact of some of [the] big emotional moments. Nonetheless, he liked Singer's films as much as you did, and he hasn't tried to fix what ain't broke." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
24% Lady in the Water (2006) Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
19% Factory Girl (2007) Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
41% Beerfest (2006) Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
58% Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2006) " Night Watch is a completely synthetic yet thoroughly original movie." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
40% Scoop (2006) Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
77% Match Point (2005) Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
69% Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2006) Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
92% Volver (2006) Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
47% Miami Vice (2006) Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
57% Becoming Jane (2007) Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
B- 40% The Ringer (2005) " Knoxville's willingness to go to any length to humiliate himself for a laugh actually serves his guilt-ridden character, but the movie's real stars are the Special Olympians, who aren't trying to be inspirational or even likable, just funny." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 27, 2005
2.5/4 74% War of the Worlds (2005) " War of the Worlds ends too abruptly, running out of juice just as the aliens do. Even on summer popcorn terms, it's a tepid finish to a movie that, for its first hour or so, taps so expertly into our fears." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 5, 2005
75% Intolerable Cruelty (2003) " The Coens are setting themselves up again for the charge of misanthropy, but their cynicism here is so pure that, at least as embodied by Clooney and Zeta-Jones, it comes off as a kind of romantic ideal." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 11, 2003
24% Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003) " The preposterous plot line does give De Bont an excuse to send Jolie flying in a handful of heartstopping stunt sequences. But she's her own special effect, as protean, mercurial, and dangerous as any piece of wirework or CGI." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 9, 2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) " The Matrix was, hands down, the best cyberpunk/kung fu/techno-pagan/Christian-allegory action film ever made. The Matrix Reloaded is the second best." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 2, 2003
48% Bruce Almighty (2003) " This is the rubber-faced, rubber-limbed Carrey of old, and it's a treat to watch his brilliant clowning, no matter how juvenile it is." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 2, 2003
96% Catch Me If You Can (2002) " You'll be charmed and entertained for a couple hours, but then you'll realize you're out 10 bucks." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 23, 2002
57% Die Another Day (2002) " Director Lee Tamahori, who made his mark as a director of substance with Once Were Warriors, is now completely substance-free." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 23, 2002
57% Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) " Everything has fallen into place for an action megathriller that should please everyone except those still smarting over the Jim Phelps betrayal." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 11, 2002
89% Spider-Man (2002) " The movie artfully nails the comics' take on adolescent helplessness, but its sense of comic-book fun is in too short supply." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 1, 2002
56% The Low Life (1996) Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 10, 2002
82% Ocean's Eleven (2001) " Generic heist movies with high-caliber casts are trendy this year (see The Score and Heist). And for sheer extravagance and superfluousness, Ocean's Eleven tops them all." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
67% Charlie's Angels (2000) " The rookie director, an advertising and MTV vet (of course) who calls himself McG, scores every key moment with a memory-jogging tune from a decade or two ago, turning the movie into a commercial for itself. Now that's entertainment." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
80% The Boxer (1997) " What makes the film work, despite its familiar trappings, are the performances of Day-Lewis and Watson." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) " This is an epic dreamed up and set in Coenland, where familiar film genres get twisted into balloon animals, and where anything might happen to the characters because, hey, why not?" — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
95% Antz (1998) " Allen is certainly more lovable here than he has been in any of his own films for years, and he has delicious chemistry with the unlikely Stone and Stallone." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
74% Les Miserables (1998) " August's film won't make you forget the musical or the many previous movie versions, but an entertaining, stirring version of Hugo's tale of social justice is always welcome." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
45% The Cell (2000) " The film's visuals are stunning, even lovely at times, as long as you can ignore their depravity." — Anchorage Press
Posted Mar 24, 2002
59% U Turn (1997) " U-Turn is just your basic film noir, only with all the walloping, bravura technique that Stone brings to the similarly far-fetched premises of his overtly political films." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
76% Kundun (1997) " Scorsese's celebrated eye for composition and camera placement has never been more evident." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
3% Rollerball (2002) " I'd say Klein was out of his depth, if he had any depth to be out of." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
—— River Red (1998) Village Voice
Posted Feb 6, 2002
70% T-Rex - Back to the Cretaceous (1998) " The Imax 3-D format continues to evolve toward narrative maturity, without bothering to ask whether viewers want it to." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 30, 2001
83% Hi-Life (1998) " Most of the performances feel both spontaneous and lived-in, particularly Scott's exasperated romantic." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 24, 2001
26% Nutty Professor II - The Klumps (2000) Anchorage Press
Posted Jun 12, 2001
31% 102 Dalmatians (2000) Anchorage Press
Posted Jun 11, 2001
90% The Last Days (1999) Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
50% Niagara, Niagara (1998) Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000
—— Jewish Soul, American Beat Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% Everyone Says I Love You (1996) " An odd mix of old and new, realism and fantasy, craft and amateurism that shouldn't work but is inventive and hilarious anyway." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000
81% Jude (1996) " The elemental power of Hardy's tragedy remains, and the performers, particularly Winslet, are strong and moving as characters who struggle mightily against the blind implacability of destiny." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000
89% Bian Lian (The King of Masks) (1999) Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
29% Spice World (1998) Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000
68% The Crucible (1996) " Hytner's adaptation (scripted by Miller) makes 1692 Salem palpably real, liberating the text from its overt parallels to the anti-Communist witch hunts of the 1950s and making the story seem a more universal indictment of conformist paranoia." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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