Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Philadelphia Daily News , Philadelphia Inquirer
Total Reviews:
1916

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 67% Maverick (1994) " Maverick is quintessential summer fare, an unpretentious no-brainer that relies mostly on the star wattage of Gibson, Foster and old reliable James Garner." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2.5/4 69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) " Jacob's Ladder is unique. Rarely is such an unconventional screenplay given this full-blown, $25 million studio treatment. It is a curiosity -- a mutant of a movie in an industry that specializes in clones." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Aug 23, 2014
32% The Giver (2014) " "The Giver' is a bit of a dud on-screen, and we might have seen it coming - writing about an emotionless society is one thing, filming one is quite another." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Aug 15, 2014
34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Stallone's B-movie action lark has stretched to 126 minutes (the "Expandables") and worn out its welcome." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Aug 15, 2014
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " It's predictable but digestible. Hallstrom is always sincere, even in sugary moments." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Aug 8, 2014
49% I Origins (2014) " The movie's predictable, but in a kind of brainy and semi-involving way ..." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 25, 2014
18% And So It Goes (2014) " The tragedy is that neither Keaton nor Douglas nor director Rob Reiner can find anything better to do." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 25, 2014
99% Boyhood (2014) " There is really nothing like the strange visual power of "Boyhood" in the cinematic history - full, though it is, of performers whose familiar faces pop up like weathering signposts on some highway of time." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 25, 2014
57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " In "Anarchy," the class issues hinted at in the Serling-esque original are brought to a lurid surface ..." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1/4 16% The Karate Kid, Part III (1986) " Karate Kid III has emerged as the front runner for the worst sequel of the summer." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 15, 2014
1.5/4 19% Navy Seals (1990) " Who wrote this -- Oliver North?" — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 14, 2014
1.5/4 19% Rude Awakening (1989) " Rude Awakening is a shallow yuppie vs. hippie satire blended with one of those old Cheech and Chong reefer flicks." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2/4 14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992) " The movie resorts to a mundane shoot-'em-up finale that leaves the viewer feeling cheated and betrays the movie's PG-13 rating." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 11, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) " Takes a probing, profound look at Ebert's life and career, in a way that just might encourage you to believe again in the possibility of the American experiment." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 3, 2014
24% Tammy (2014) " "Tammy," when it's not getting slapstick laughs, seems not to know what kind of movie it is." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 2, 2014
85% Korengal (2014) " "Korengal" revisits some of the men featured in the original, talking to them stateside about their experiences. They make poignant if not unprecedented insights into the warrior code, and into the complicated lives of stateside veterans." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 27, 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " The movie is nonsense, bound together with cars and girls and robot MMA, which is, of course, what its audience joyously demands, and so the franchise endures, intensifying its ear-splitting ballet of incoherence." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 27, 2014
25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " What happens in Vegas has grown stale, and should absolutely stay there, and not be distributed in movie form." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 20, 2014
89% Obvious Child (2014) " Director Gillian Robespierre arranges this as slice-of-single-life comedy, and it works well ..." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 20, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " It's another example of how the finger snappin' urgency of live theater loses something when swallowed up by the bottled artifice of the movie screen." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/4 11% Batman & Robin (1997) " Keaton, Kilmer and Clooney. Sounds like a law firm. Look for a fourth partner soon." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2014
2/4 12% Striptease (1996) " Kinda made me homesick for Showgirls." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/4 20% I Love Trouble (1994) " The picture works, thanks in part to actual chemistry between Nolte and Roberts." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/4 0% Only the Strong (1993) " Solved: the problem of impoverished, understaffed, crime-ridden, drug- infested inner city schools. The solution: bongo music and a new Brazilian brand of martial arts that transforms incorrigible students into zealous anti-crime mercenaries." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 17, 2014
3.5/4 54% The Doors (1991) " Stone is not the most subtle of directors, but he has the ability to translate his passion for subject matter (he's an unabashed admirer of Morrison) to the screen with a strong visual flair. That talent in evidence here." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 17, 2014
C 17% Wild Wild West (1999) " Don't say I didn't warn you." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 16, 2014
55% The Signal (2014) " "The Signal" is a sci-work of thoughtful hints and feints, but the movie's big reveal raises as many questions as it answers." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 13, 2014
1.5/4 34% Tango & Cash (1989) " Tango and Cash is a loud, violent, badly written, rather boring cookie-cutter cop picture." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 11, 2014
C 39% Armageddon (1998) " Bay has simply botched the job. His action sequences, especially those on the asteroid, are impenetrable and chaotic. And the narrative, larded with the usual military double-cross, is preposterous." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 6, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) " I developed a soft spot for the clunky bookishness of "Words and Pictures."" — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 6, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Josh Boone's adaptation steps in goo from time to time, but understands crucial aspects of Green's bestseller ..." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/4 71% Léon: The Professional (1994) " Its strengths grate against the movie's glaring flaws, mainly its complete lack of credibility." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2.5/4 81% My Own Private Idaho (1991) " The movie weakens every time Mike's story is interrupted by the leaden allusions to Shakespeare." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2.5/4 78% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) " Even the movie's "smile though your heart is aching" optimism is depressing. What keeps the movie going is the director's always distinctive, sometimes arresting style, and the earnest, authentic acting." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jun 2, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " A two-hour comedy with only two good jokes in it." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 30, 2014
3/4 66% The Rock (1996) " The movie's best asset is the old-fashioned, buddy-movie interplay between Cage and Connery - Cage as the frantic, white-collar lab technician who doesn't like guns, Connery as the weathered, resourceful old pro." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 27, 2014
3/4 76% Licence To Kill (1989) " Licence to Kill ranks as one of the best of the 16 Bond films, thanks to Dalton's athletic, tough and deadly new 007." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 20, 2014
2.5/4 39% Days of Thunder (1990) " It's hard to enjoy a movie that is so predictable. Every time there's a race, you know who's going to win. Every time there's a knock at the door, you know who's going to be standing on the other side." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 20, 2014
62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " We're supposed to thrill to the thawing of Bernstein's chilly persona, which Hamm, still reeking of Don Draper, does not really sell." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 16, 2014
72% Palo Alto (2014) " Evaporates when it's over like bong smoke." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 16, 2014
88% Chef (2014) " Mostly the movie's gossamer mood works." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 16, 2014
34% God's Pocket (2014) " Dexter has proved to be a tough novelist to adapt for movies. There is something in his bleakly funny prose that does not translate (or has not yet been translated) to the screen." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 16, 2014
64% For No Good Reason (2014) " An interesting look at the work of Steadman, whose grotesque, ink-splattered art provided the ideal complement to Thompson's gonzo writing." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 16, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " I know director Gareth Edwards has a cult following stemming from his low-budget "Monsters," but how can you unleash monsters on Vegas and Frisco, and have zero fun with it?" — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 16, 2014
2/4 46% The Babe (1992) " Ninth-inning attempts to probe the darker side of Ruth's life and his shabby treatment at the hands of baseball during his declining years are no more compelling than the rest of this by-the-numbers bio." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 57% The Sandlot (1993) " The Sandlot is a safe, wholesome, patriotic family picture about baseball, and if there is an original scene, it escaped my attention." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 7, 2014
2.5/4 87% Field of Dreams (1989) " Field of Dreams isn't a home run. It's more like a suicide squeeze: if it hadn't been perfectly executed, it wouldn't have worked. But as they say in baseball, a run is a run." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 6, 2014
1.5/4 9% Drop Dead Fred (1991) " It's rare that a movie so cleverly conceived is so poorly executed." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 5, 2014
1/4 4% Cool World (1992) " The movie has no internal logic. It's a mess." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 4, 2014
2/4 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) " Scenes of life among the Hasidim are soft and amber-tinged, in keeping with Lumet's idealized conception of their lives. The effect is so pronounced that it begins to grow comical." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 3, 2014
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