Gary Garrison

Gary Garrison
Gary Garrison's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Playlist
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T-Meter Title | Year
B 100% Combat Obscura (2019) While some films edge closer to the ghastly reality, and others capture the tedium, none seem to embody the stark duality as "Combat Obscura" so fully. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
A 99% Honeyland (2019) There is an unassuming languidness to Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's anthropologic documentary. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
A- 100% Wrestle (2019) "Wrestle" is a moving and haunting portrait of four young men fighting to win a golden ticket. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
A- 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) Midnight Traveler is a brutally honest film about the hardship and inhumanity a family endures and their bravery, love, hope, and, above all else, desire to control their own fate. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
B 91% Fyre (2019) Fyre is a perfect example of this new era in storytelling where even the most damning interactions are intentionally filmed - because if it didn't get shared online, did it actually happen? - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
95% This Is Congo (2018) It's a stark and unsettling truth that "This Is Congo" manages to flesh out thoroughly enough to make up for its flaws elsewhere. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
B- 87% Alt-Right: Age of Rage (2018) Lough's film doesn't endorse the alt-right, and some damning historical context is applied to suss out the atrocity of certain ideas. Potok is an especially welcome presence for his rigorous examination. Still, Age of Rage doesn't ever chart new ground. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B- No Score Yet This impossible-to-miss parallel is a good portion of what gives Charles Ferguson's Watergate its urgency. It's also what is most likely to glue you to your seat for 260 minutes of this thorough and engaging, but generally uninspiring, film. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B- 93% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) More than a documentary, "The Great Buster" is a tribute to an icon. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
C 100% Signature Move (2017) Seen on its own, "Signature Move," while intermittently quirky and fun, is a misfire that's down for the count. But seen on the spectrum of progress, it's hard not to appreciate this wily fighter. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B+ 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) Its lackadaisical start is too unassuming and a little too much basic information is withheld for a bit too long. Still, it's a genuinely pleasant film that revels in the pleasure of simply wandering this strange, beautiful world we live in. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
B 62% Take Your Pills (2018) Take Your Pills juggles each of these threads with ease, despite at times feeling like a product of the attention deficit generation it's examining: cluttering the screen with animations and frantic cuts. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
B- 60% Cuban Food Stories (2018) It's hard not to feel that something is lacking, that some throughline is missing, that the key narrative entree was lost amid the vibrant but not-quite-filling courses. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
B 77% 306 Hollywood (2018) An engaging and tenderly drawn film that is likely to resonate with anyone who has had to do the tireless work of sorting through an estate of a family member. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
B- 94% Loveling (Benzinho) (2018) "Loveling" becomes a movie of great highs and awkward lows, the sort of film that inevitably becomes a sign of all the great things everyone involved will eventually do, rather than a testament to what they've done. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
A- 75% This is Home: A Refugee Story (2018) "This Is Home" is no "City of Ghosts" or "Last Men In Aleppo," it is unlikely to cause the seismic quake required to shake the apathy from the masses, but it is a much-needed reminder that a journey never quite ends when you think it does. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
B 94% The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017) The trouble with figures like Bradlee, though, is that they loom so large, their actions so monumental, that it feels impossible to merely define them by their achievements, which is more or less what Maggio's movie does. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
C 70% Along for the Ride (2017) Nick Ebeling's movie sets its sights on adulatory tribute, needlessly venerating films like "The Last Movie" and generally adorning Hopper's legacy with saintliness. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
A- 95% Dealt (2017) It's well shot but never flashy, and it's well cut, making for a generally rounded film that disappears behind the larger than life personality at its core, a height few films manage to reach. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
B+ 98% Dina (2017) The documentary form has answered the call and offered up one of the most surprising and thoughtful romantic comedies of the year in "Dina." - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
D+ 38% Death Note (2017) Adam Wingard's film is an incoherent mess of tones and styles, confused character motives, and murky narratives. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
C+ 71% To the Bone (2017) Addiction creates a messy, tangled web of anguish, where the hurt is spread far and wide, and while there are several narrative points that are short-shifted, "To The Bone" works hard to do justice to that reality. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
B- 43% Mr. Chibbs (2017) while "Mr. Chibbs" never manages to transcend its formulaic approach, it remains a minor key delight, a thoughtful, resonant look at what it means to be Kenny Anderson. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
A- 93% School Life (2017) Really, none of In Loco Parentis is particularly new or exciting... But it certainly succeeds in being a joyous, humane look at the role that school, education, and, most importantly, teachers have in the lives of such malleable minds. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
C 73% Gifted (2017) "Gifted" is often so divorced from genuine human emotions that it never feels less than phony. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
B 100% Cries From Syria (2017) "Cries From Syria," is, in many ways, an expansion on "White Helmets," a feature-length look at the war; a film that, while not especially pronounced in it's structure or technical achievements, is nonetheless timely and devastating. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
B+ 94% Donald Cried (2017) A deeply funny endeavor that, despite sagging in the middle and never becoming anything close to profound, is a worthy and endearing film that achieves a lot with very little. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
B+ 75% Killing Ground (2017) "Killing Ground" is a chilling, assured debut for writer/director Damien Power, packed with promise and a startlingly mundane sort of violence which is all the more shocking for its realism. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
A- 100% In Loco Parentis (2016) Succeeds as a joyous, humane look at the role that school, education and teachers have in the lives of such malleable minds. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
B 88% Ocean Waves (Umi ga kikoeru) (2016) While "Ocean Waves" never really comes close to reaching the glorious highs that the studio is known for, it is nonetheless a gorgeously realized and deep emotional film of quiet elegance. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
D+ 36% The Hollow Point (2016) The tragedy is that the film ... is so utterly incompetent, so inexcusably bewildering, and so bafflingly hollow. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
B 82% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) Will likely connect best with those already familiar with Toshiro Mifune. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
B 81% The Ivory Game (2016) "The Ivory Game" is a searing look at the cost of ivory and the bravery of the men and women who have dedicated themselves to ending the cycle despite resounding apathy from most of the world. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
B- No Score Yet Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer - 30th Anniversary (2016) 'Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer' still manages to pack a punch. It's arguably still as shocking as it set out to be, and for all its dated '80s aesthetic, it's deeply disturbing and unnervingly complex. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
C+ 73% Before the Flood (2016) Essentially, the film, is a well crafted, well intentioned attempt to highlight a dire problem that all of its viewers will already understand. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
C- 22% 37 (2016) Feels less interested in offering any commentary or adding any substance than in propagating the original myth. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
B- 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) It's hard to resist the joy of the film, the unbridled heart, and Ove's tremendous, hilarious hatred for all the idiots of the world. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
C 81% Girl Asleep (2016) Despite its stabs at an original narrative, these filmmakers ... have yet to find their own voice. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
B- 100% The War Show (2016) At its best it is a deeply personal story of hope, love, friendship, and the loss of everything and everyone. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
A- 96% I Called Him Morgan (2017) A lean, thumping excursion into the life of a legend. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
B- 100% Tunnel (Teoneol) (2016) While at times it's easy to see the great film that Tunnel could have been, that never stops it from being perfectly watchable thriller that it is. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
B 85% Imperium (2016) Imperium, at its best, is a film about the ideological crisis of seeing the principles your worldview is built upon repurposed for hate and bigotry. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
C 71% The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016) A quizzical marriage of growth and a retreading of familiar themes that never fully coalesce or reach their potential. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
B 92% The Seventh Fire (2016) A startling debut feature that proves Riccobono knows how pose challenging questions and face stark realities. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
B- 94% Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) (2016) Where Land And Shade shines is in its outrage, and the heartbroken fury at the center of the film. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
B- 60% Admiral (Michiel de Ruyter) (2016) For all the elements that don't mesh naturally, "Admiral" still manages to be intermittently engaging and fitfully exciting. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2016
B- 94% The Last Man On The Moon (2016) "The Last Man On The Moon" is, more than anything else, an engaging look back at one of the most exciting times in American history. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2016
B- 63% MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015) "MI-5" is no action b-movie classic, but it manages to weave a complex and compelling narrative knot, mix in some absorbing musings about the nature of doing right and following orders, and pack in some nail-biting shoot outs. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2015
B 77% Flowers (Loreak) (2015) The directors tactfully navigate the delicacies of death and the difficulties (and guilt) of life with a quiet poise that make for a film that is as enriching as it is disheartening. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2015
B 90% What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015) ...the sensation of seeing men responsible for so much death relaxing with their families is unsettling, while at the same time highlighting some small vestige of the humanity of both fathers. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2015