Ed Gonzalez

Ed Gonzalez
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ed Gonzalez is the film editor of Slant Magazine, which he co-founded in 2001. His writing has appeared in the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, City Pages, and beyond. He?s a graduate of NYU?s Tisch School of the Arts and a member of the New York Film Critics Circle, the Online Film Critics Society, and the New York Film Critics Online.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Official Websites: slantmagazine.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/4 59% Brightburn (2019) The way the film shuttles through its 90 minutes, it's as if it's been stripped of its most crucial narrative parts. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/4 35% El Chicano (2019) Throughout, the film peddles notions of self-realization and self-actualization that feel nothing short of moth-eaten. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 90% Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) The film is a haunting portrait of the island as a purgatorial realm between the poles of isolation and liberation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2.5/4 92% Maria By Callas (2018) The film is less hagiographic than most documentaries of its kind, which isn't to say that Tom Volf's adoration of his subject is ever in doubt. - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
2.5/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) There's something undeniably ballsy about a children's film that's so insistent about pushing young viewers to think bigger, to be open to new ideas and question culturally coded notions of good and evil. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
3/4 71% Climax (2019) Gaspar Noé's camera captures every freak-out, recrimination, stolen kiss, and betrayal in what is a miracle of synchronicity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
2.5/4 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The film is unmistakably alive to the humiliations of the social systems that keep the lower classes in their place. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
1.5/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Within seconds of introducing Jodie Foster's nurse to audiences, Hotel Artemis has revealed its future setting as an empty pretext for a banally convoluted and sentimentalized show of emotional rehabilitation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/4 84% Disobedience (2018) In the end, Disobedience is less about the subjugation of the self to the group than the courage to embrace uncertainty if one were to break out of the prison of a world one has been born into. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2/4 46% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) The film's simple, redundant, but valuable moral lesson to its audience finds comfortable enough expression in an aesthetic that's banal but impressively consistent. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
1.5/4 13% Josie (2018) Complicating Sophie Turner's character would have allowed the film to feel as if it had more on its mind than pulling the rug out from under us. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
2.5/4 46% Red Sparrow (2018) There's a brisk efficiency with which Red Sparrow zig-zags from plot point to plot point, never giving fateful or conspicuous weight to all the breadcrumbs that point toward its long game. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
1.5/4 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Emotional complication is what this film, so abundant in last-minute getaways, fake-outs, and half-hearted nods to the franchise's greatest hits, needed so as to elevate it out of its programmatic torpor. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
2.5/4 86% The Road Movie (2018) The film is a doodle, but in its offhanded way, it effectively attests to the resolute nature of the Russian character. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
1.5/4 29% Inside (2018) At best competently mounted and at worst a case study in watering down chaos for an American market. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) Sean Baker spends much of the film investing the minutia of the down-and-out lives within this little ecosystem with a bittersweet energy and significance. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
3/4 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) In between raids, in between the meetings with ACT UP members and those who hold the keys to their possible survival, BPM is at its most intimate when observing the exchange of war stories. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
1/4 22% Temple (2017) The film is only in the business of supplying the sort of fear that hinges entirely on the shock of the exotic. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
2.5/4 90% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) The film may not reimagine our sense of how the ties that bind bad men are rewritten in times of war, but it nonetheless gives a casually electric sense of how hardscrabble lives persist in such times. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
100% Elián (2017) It has the decency to recognize that only Elián González has the right to define his sense of truth for himself. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
1/4 42% Aftermath (2017) The film evokes nothing more strongly than a live-action adaptation of a Crate and Barrel catalog. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3/4 89% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) The documentary advances its cause through an intimately diaristic depiction of hard work done well. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
2/4 66% Detour (2017) The effect of the film becomes not unlike watching a puzzle solve itself without demanding either the audience's emotional or intellectual investment. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
1/4 31% Monster Trucks (2017) This is a film that pushes its female characters to the sidelines as if they had cooties. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
.5/4 3% Arsenal (2017) It's a misnomer to label the climax of Steven C. Miller's patently sick Arsenal an actual climax. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
.5/4 18% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) By the time the film limps toward its Marrakech-set epilogue, its experiment in social osmosis is as much a failure as its B-sitcom-grade yuks. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
2.5/4 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) The film complements its goose-pimply frights with an unabashedly naked emotional gravitas. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/4 86% The Lost City of Z (2017) The Lost City of Z links every weathered look that Percy Fawcett throws to the heart of his spiritual yearning. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
3/4 65% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Tim Burton's direction reminds us of the distinct, peculiar coyness that was always at the heart of his best films. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
.5/4 38% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) Every incident in the film is a time-bidding maneuver, completely and unimaginatively untethered from logic. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 88% Don't Breathe (2016) Don't Breathe's sustainment of its corkscrew tension is so elegant and methodical as to feel dance-like. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
2/4 50% Edge of Winter (2016) One comes to resent the film for how it thrills to the possibility of a father hurting his children. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
2.5/4 54% Viral (2016) The filmmakers notably doodle in the margins from the start, slightly reorienting our perspective on the familiar tropes of both the teen and apocalyptic genres, making them feel almost new again. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
2.5/4 95% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) When divorced of message-mongering, the film's scare tactics are among the most distinctive that the zombie canon has ever seen. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
2/4 57% Free to Run (2016) The doc's caginess is a weakness that results from an inherently nostalgic sense of reverie. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
1.5/4 28% Fathers And Daughters (2016) The film's weird reformulation of the Electra complex is nothing short of a sexist fantasy of salvation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
3/4 91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) Microbe and Gasoline is, too, an allegorical depiction of the awkwardness of the teenage experience. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
3.5/4 94% Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) (2016) Landscape seems to push the film's characters away at the same time that it anchors them into place. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
1.5/4 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The sheer amount of people and incident indifferently presented throughout this film suggests only an obligation to quota-filling. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
.5/4 35% Equals (2016) The film all comes down, simplistically and repeatedly, to "feelings make us feel alive." - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
1/4 2% Nina (2016) The film is committed to the sort of broad strokes that reduce a great artist's life to a spectacle of self-pity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
1.5/4 50% Holidays (2016) Every short exudes a commercially slick anonymity that effectively flattens any potential excitement. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
1/4 30% Criminal (2016) Criminal's absence of style, the lack of relish the filmmakers take in the material's inherent ludicrousness, is a failure of conviction. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
2.5/4 80% Staub (Dust) (2007) Never feels philosophically uncommitted, nor does it scan as neo-colonialist exploitation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/4 51% Hardcore Henry (2016) Our aesthetic perception is linked to our perception of Henry himself, so that the film becomes a study of empathy through aesthetics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
2/4 26% London Has Fallen (2016) Like its predecessor, the film is content to dumbly relish in the inanity of Mike's rampage. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
1/4 30% Backtrack (2016) The film is the cinematic equivalent of watching a Rubik's Cube noisily solve itself for 90 minutes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
1.5/4 10% The Forest (2016) The so-called suicide forest's cultural value is trivialized in the bum-rush to liberate the main characters from their agonies. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
2/4 95% Son of Saul (2015) The film's meticulousness orchestration only calls attention to its dubious sense of purpose, which lies beyond human subjectivity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
1.5/4 67% Krampus (2015) At the center of the film is a conservative lesson that asks us to unquestioningly abide by society's capitalistic impulses. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015