Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Philadelphia Daily News , Philadelphia Inquirer
Total Reviews:
1902

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1902
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
46% Rio 2 (2014) " The "Rio" movies seem to me a little too conventional in terms of story and especially in terms of character - never have animated movies had such a serious dearth of funny sidekicks." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Apr 11, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) " In extending the reach of his concept, Evans feels like he's reaching, and after 2 1/2 hours of mayhem, you may be homesick for the appealing simplicity of the original." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Apr 11, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The movie's a bit overstuffed with action - even though the sequences themselves are abbreviated with staccato editing that condenses and quickens the martial-artsy fight scenes. Compensating for this is the movie's cheeky relevance." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Apr 4, 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " At times 1970s frat-smoker funny, other times a little too obviously designed to provoke our middle-class sensibilities." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Apr 4, 2014
83% Rob the Mob (2014) " The movie is full of quirky, usually worthwhile digressions (Andy Garcia has an expansive part as a mob boss) that add to its offbeat tone, further abetted by interesting musical choices and a very nice score by Stephan Endelman." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/4 56% Legends of the Fall (1994) " A weird melodramatic epic -- Bonanza crossbred with the kind of novel that uses Fabio on the cover." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/4 76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) " The verbal interplay between the characters appears to be intentionally improvised, but the scenes come off as cumbersome and off-kilter." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/4 79% Seven (Se7en) (1995) " For all of the portentous atmosphere, Seven runs on a routine cop-show plot." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3.5/4 96% GoodFellas (1990) " GoodFellas is a movie that savagely and thoroughly obliterates romanticized notions of the Mafia." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Mar 25, 2014
C 58% Blast from the Past (1999) " Blast from the Past is a cute idea that delivers a few good scenes, but not enough to make the movie consistently entertaining." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Mar 21, 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " For the most part there's nothing pleasurable about it." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Mar 21, 2014
41% Divergent (2014) " The movie, for all of it's post-apocalyptic themes, is at bottom a love story, and Woodley and James are good together." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Mar 21, 2014
21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " "Better Living" never seems to know how seriously to take Doug's downward spiral - we get mixed signals on its commitment to its black-comedy potential. And the resolution feels wishy-washy." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Mar 14, 2014
23% Need For Speed (2014) " I wonder about the potential audience for this movie." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Mar 14, 2014
100% 7 Boxes (2014) " A low-budget but inventive Paraguayan thriller about a delivery boy mixed up with gangsters." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Mar 7, 2014
94% Dark Days (2000) " The virtue of Dark Days is that it provides a forum for its subjects, who turn out to be funny, charming, acerbic, annoying, callous, kind and, ultimately, fully human. The movie's other quality -- a dewy romanticism -- is both an asset and a detriment." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3/4 78% Braveheart (1995) " Mel Gibson's Braveheart is a rousing, romantic battle epic featuring a cast of thousands, many without heads or arms." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Feb 24, 2014
28% Pompeii (2014) " "Pompeii"stays unoriginal until the very end, when it finally does something unexpected and, in doing so, becomes a disaster movie that's not a complete disaster itself." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Feb 23, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " A story sprinkled with snow and fairy dust." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Feb 14, 2014
49% RoboCop (2014) " The movie has a baseline competence, but it's predictable, dull and utterly lacking in the sort of man-melts-into-machine, electric sheep-ish poetry that elevated the original." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Feb 12, 2014
91% High Fidelity (2000) " The virtues of High Fidelity are that Rob owns up to his obvious shortcomings, and that Cusack's performance has a self-deprecating edge that muffles the pops and scratches of Rob's personality." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2/4 88% Chasing Amy (1997) " The movie reinforces his gift for dialogue, but his ability to handle actors, compose scenes or keep track of his own story is negligible." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) " Four Weddings and a Funeral is a rare movie commodity, an adult comedy that takes a mostly smart, mordant approach to such topics as sex and romance." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 32% Necessary Roughness (1991) " Necessary Roughness has the right kind of rambunctious spirit for this kind of picture -- even if it's not quite as inventive as similar movies like the recent baseball send-up, Major League." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jan 24, 2014
22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " [Hudgens] stares out from underneath her black bangs with hostility and mistrust, and, with her chin tucked defensively to her chest, looks weirdly like James Cagney." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/4 75% Ransom (1996) " Ransom is more cleverly conceived than most run-of-the-mill Hollywood exploitation thrillers, and for a while appears headed to a memorable, richly ironic conclusion." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jan 22, 2014
18% Ride Along (2014) " There are half a dozen good laughs in "Ride Along," but the movie could have used a few more, and a plot." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 81% Dances With Wolves (1990) " In an age when most movies are made by people who used to shoot commercials or music videos, the panoramic vistas of Dances with Wolves are an enjoyable reminder of the potential of the big screen." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jan 13, 2014
76% Gladiator (2000) " Gladiator, well cast and impressively staged, is every inch the summer blockbuster it intends to be. It's also something more. Amid the action and intrigue, director Scott makes a few points about blockbuster-style entertainment." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jan 8, 2014
3.5/4 72% Forrest Gump (1994) " Zemeckis has an exuberant sense of humor, an ability to use good ideas from other movies (he steals from Being There and Zelig) and an unmatched mastery of the technical." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 83% The English Patient (1996) " The English Patient is a modern movie that breathes vivid new life into the cliches of old-fashioned motion pictures, recalling a time when movies were graceful, complex and leisurely." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/4 81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) " Driving Miss Daisy makes the simple point that combating racism can sometimes mean confronting a part of ourselves that we'd rather pretend does not exist. For Miss Daisy, it's as simple as admitting that Hoke is not just her driver, but her best friend." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jan 6, 2014
1.5/4 75% The Santa Clause (1994) " Is it just me, or is this whole idea on the sick side? Imagine how uncomfortable this jolly little yarn would be for divorced parents and their children." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/4 80% While You Were Sleeping (1995) " The movie seems better suited to a holiday release. While You Were Sleeping arrives at the peak of spring, the only season that can make Christmas seem like an unwelcome visitor." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/4 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Disney's sophisticated stop-motion animation (an advanced version of techniques used to create Gumby) creates a truly breathtaking visual landscape." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Dec 3, 2013
3/4 100% The Witches (1990) " The Witches has an engrossing story populated with many amusing characters." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/4 94% Aladdin (1992) " Aladdin also has an uncommonly bold color scheme -- neon shades of red, orange and blue give this picture a dazzling look not found in previous Disney cartoons." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/4 92% The Little Mermaid (1989) " A feature-length movie with the spirit, if not the splendor, of the Disney classics." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 15, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " "Ender's Game" turns out to be a bit depressing, and I mean that in a good way." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3.5/4 91% Nobody's Fool (1994) " Director Robert Benton captures the droll eccentricity of small-town life without any of the usual phony preciousness." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 29, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " "12 Years a Slave" finally gives America a definitive movie on its peculiar institution." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 25, 2013
1/4 47% My Fellow Americans (1996) " If only movies could be impeached." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 22, 2013
49% Carrie (2013) " Right now [Moretz] doesn't have Spacek's extensive emotional vocabulary, and since all the movie's psychology and emotion are funneled through her character, the movie often feels flat." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 18, 2013
29% Machete Kills (2013) " The casting free-for-all promises more freewheeling fun than "Kills" actually delivers." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/4 80% Scream (1996) " The movie contains the usual stock horror characters, but they are supplied with dialogue, often surprisingly smart and funny, that serves as a running, biting commentary on slasher conventions." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 6, 2013
87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) " It's like watching actors rehearse Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf in the forest." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 5, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " I like the movie's hopefulness, so against the grain of the end-of-everything scowling that we find in every other movie and TV show these days." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 4, 2013
48% Parkland (2013) " [A] mostly muted collage, creating an impression that fades quickly from memory, unlike the events of 1963." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3/4 96% Enough Said (2013) " Holofcener has an instinct for the ensemble, and there are a wealth of interesting characters in the margin." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 27, 2013
83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " The eye of Swanberg's camera seems a decidedly un-platonic relationship with Wilde, which makes you wonder if Swanberg believes his own premise." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Aug 30, 2013
42% Closed Circuit (2013) " We have a Bourne-ish collection of Big Brother footage, cut together to create a paranoid atmosphere, set to up-tempo jazz." — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Aug 28, 2013
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