Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 95% Us (2019) Us, next to Peele's directorial debut Get Out, can be more comfortably tucked into the horror genre, but it's just as ambitious, and eager to function as social commentary. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/4 48% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Though mired in arcane subject matter, the movie is always lucid and reasonably engaging... - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 94% Gloria Bell (2019) She is an eternal optimist, but somehow never an infernal optimist, often alone but never lonely. Moore sketches this beautifully... - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/4 50% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) Though fact-based movies are often guilty of bending truth to improve a story, Finding Steve McQueen goes in the other direction, downplaying strange-but-true elements that might have helped its saggy narrative. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/4 54% Yardie (2019) Ultimately the movie aspires to tragedy, but the flimsy story doesn't support that kind of dramatic weight. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/4 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) The two leads here make the premise plausible and resonant. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/4 71% Climax (2019) It becomes hard to watch. No, I mean physically hard to watch, with your eyeballs. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Years from now, chances are that when people sit around and talk enthusiastically about that movie with Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, the subject is most likely to be Kong: Skull Island. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/4 73% Triple Frontier (2019) Though it's been many years in development, it remains a timely look at the dangers of our increasingly outsourced, privatized military-intelligence network. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) The enlivened, archival images and sound give us the sense that we are there too. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 55% Greta (2019) Huppert... seems to know what kind of movie she's in and, subsequently, has fun with it. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Fighting With My Family has the familiar structure of a fish-out-of-water comedy. But it has real feeling as well, built around a platonic love story centered, unusually, on brother and sister. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Hidden World is for the most part judiciously edited, and DeBlois brings the series to a close with efficiency, if not a surplus of emotion. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/4 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) If you want to see a funny, effective love story featuring a plus sized character, try Stan & Ollie. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 79% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) They represent the best in class from around the world and are selected on the basis of merit, but there are some uncannily unifying themes in evidence. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 90% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) They represent the best in class from around the world and are selected on the basis of merit, but there are some uncannily unifying themes in evidence. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/4 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) A darkly comic tundra noir that exists tonally somewhere between Fargo and Elmore Leonard. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) LEGO 2 - though bouncy and propulsive - feels cribbed from other, better films, including the ingenious LEGO Movie original. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3'4 79% Philadelphia (1993) Hanks and Washington (in a role that's unexpectedly comic) have rarely been better and use their considerable star power to obscure some of the movie's flaws. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki's use of color is effective and subtle, with blues and reds carefully deployed, along with a welcome and valuable sense of humor. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
1.5/4 19% Serenity (2019) This is pre-Oscar Matthew, circa Failure to Launch. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2.5/4 41% The Upside (2019) Even if you haven't seen The Intouchables, you have a pretty good idea where the drama is headed. Still, The Upside nonetheless does an amiable job of taking you there, thanks to hard work by the two leads. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 73% Destroyer (2018) The story circles cleverly back on itself, putting an original spin on the familiar tale of the burned-out investigator reckoning with the defining event in a checkered career. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2.5/4 66% Vice (2018) It's covering ground that's been covered and covered, offering little that is revelatory. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins, borrowing the novel's template, has structural story issues to deal with here. What starts as a romance becomes scattered in a half dozen narrative directions. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Real change takes time, and who would know that better than Basis director Leder. also a pioneer. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 81% Ben is Back (2018) If Charles Dickens had written a story about the opioid crisis, he might have come up with something like Ben is Back. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Halfway through the waterlogged kookiness that is Aquaman, I half expected the title character to announce that he lived in a pineapple under the sea. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The movie works best when it falls back on plain old acting. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Though it achieves a Poppins-like level of hyper-competence, it lacks the most elusive attribute we associate with Mary - magic. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 96% Roma (2018) Sometimes this feels like artifice, but the emotions are real enough, and Cuaron's tribute to Cleo, and to women like her, is heartfelt. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) There is one narrative thread that pushes credibility to its limit, but there is more in Shoplifters that resonates and rings true. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Divide and Conquer has the feel of a documentary on the outside, looking in. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The more-is-more approach to superhero movies is usually a deadly mistake, but it works nicely in the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 27% Mortal Engines (2018) A movie desperately short on emotion (despite a bombastic score designed to cue them). - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Ronan is good (as usual) as the spirited and rather haughty Mary, making the most of what, to be fair, is the plum role. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Bathtubs quietly describes a bygone age of prosperity and priorities, when corporations were less ruthlessly efficient, and spent lavishly to entertain and inspire their employees. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) The rift is part of the rather transparent and predictable structure of Creed II, which feels more like an indifferent Rocky sequel than a movie with the reinvented dynamism of Creed. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) The movie is better at showing Rice (Sara Paxton) as a woman trampled by the press stampede - ditto Hart's wife Lee, played elegantly by Farmiga. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 81% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family has more heart than laughs, but enough of the former to squeak by. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/4 91% Widows (2018) The premise is a borderline gimmick, but director Steve McQueen invests the movie with enough grit... to draw us in. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) It's a funny inversion of Driving Miss Daisy, and beautifully played by both actors. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Death emerges as a theme - first as a punchline, then as a chilling presence. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/4 62% Outlaw King (2018) Pine, up to his chain mail in mud, just looks tired. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) The structure is lucid and effective. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
90% A Private War (2018) Pike plays Colvin as selfless, but also a woman who would have pitched a drink in your face for calling her that. The movie takes Colvin's cue. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 94% Wildlife (2018) It's a bold and borderline eccentric performance by Mulligan. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Fact-based and funny... - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 89% In Search of Greatness (2018) Polsky... consults with experts including Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, and Pele, all of whom are vexed at the current state of things and advocate for a less-structured system that promotes initiative and creativity. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 66% Suspiria (2018) In the end, there's nothing as chilling as the scene featuring Timothee Chalamet and the apricot in Call Me By Your Name. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018