Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 94% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Peanut Butter Falcon, the story of a fugitive on the lam with a young man with Down syndrome, is an affecting, appealing piece of Americana. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2.5/4 90% Ready or Not (2019) The movie is short enough to endure, and those with reasonably strong stomachs and a tolerance for sadistic laughs will enjoy the ending. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 91% Blinded by the Light (2019) It... takes awhile to adjust to Prozac-ed presentation of Springsteen songs, stripped of their melancholy and turned into up-tempo dance numbers, but there is a dramatic logic to this. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 47% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) [Linklater is] helped ultimately by the story, and by the performances of Blanchett and Wiig, who are given room to embellish their characters and relationships. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 84% The Nightingale (2019) As [Clare's] rage melts away so does the story's narrative momentum, leading to the movie's enigmatic, poetic and not entirely satisfying conclusion. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/4 98% Honeyland (2019) Like many a good documentary, Honeyland takes us to a faraway land and culture in a way that reveals what is distinctive and what is universal about people. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
1.5/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) There is mismatch of tone and content throughout The Kitchen, which is never sure how to pair its lurid turns of plot with its intersectional feminist ambitions. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Leitch likes to look for the laugh in a scene, and here is working with a cast that shares this instinct. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Sword of Trust can be admired more for its thrust than its edge. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There is a lot to like here, a few things to love. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) Comedy, they say, is tragedy plus time, but in The Farewell, tragedy and comedy occupy the same space at the same time, and get along just fine. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) The new King is competent, reasonably entertaining, faithful to the original, wholesome, sometimes even enjoyable. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 63% Yesterday (2019) It's... the kind of romantic fable wherein in love can alter the known universe - it's by the writer of Love, Actually, and directed by Danny Boyle, leaning full-on Millions mode, a movie I love. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Talbot... lavishes attention on the city's less fashionable precincts. Sometimes it's showy, but more often the shots are appropriate and evocative, and he does a lot with a little. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) A funny, freaky, often profound animated adventure that is certainly the best movie ever made about a spork. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) The movie mainly rides on the chemistry and charm of its two leads, and writer Kaling has given Thompson a substantial character to play... - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 32% Shaft (2019) The plot particulars are flimsy and laughable by design - this Shaft has been put together by folks with an instinct for comedy. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) No neuralizers needed for Men In Black: International - you'll forget you've seen it not long after walking out. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 90% Plus One (2019) Plus One moves briskly through its paces, observing and embellishing the rom com-standards. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix has a cast of lame-duck actors wearing expressions that say, "Check, please," and the movie has the kind of knotty, suspenseless plotting that makes the veins in your head throb... - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 89% Rocketman (2019) It's an old story, but true in its own way, and Fletcher and Egerton find ways to give these familiar ideas a humor and over-the-top energy appropriate to its subject. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 90% The Souvenir (2019) Souvenir has Hogg's signature style - the camera doesn't move much, the scenes have static quality to them, and for an hour, not much happens. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/4 54% Ma (2019) Ma is fun for awhile... - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Oh, it's on. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 71% All Is True (2019) Branagh, with a false nose and inside-out comfort with his subject, makes a formidable Shakespeare. Dench is his equal as Anne... - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) The movie clicks, and given the sorry state of movie comedy, its ability to be consistently funny stands out. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
0/4 57% Brightburn (2019) Is this fan service? If so, for whom? Hannibal Lecter? Charles Manson? - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2.5/4 57% Aladdin (2019) In some ways the movie's crazy fictions suit today's modern mash-up sensibilities, and its cast the patterns of modern migration that are creating a whole new world. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/4 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) It's how farming could be done, perhaps how it should be done. One day we may have to do it this way, and this blueprint will be invaluable. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 95% Shadow (2019) It all gets very bloody, but the violence is secondary to the movie's ravishing beauty, even with drenching rains and a restricted palette of blacks, whites, and shimmering silvers. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) A tweak toward conventional drama might have added to the movie's impact, but it's scrupulous and straightforward. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The goal for director Stahelski is escalating violence and bloody chaos, pushed to the point of the preposterous and beyond. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Yoon drew from her own experience as a Jamaican American married to a Korean American, and Sun feels like a missed opportunity to explore the specificity of that in more detail, and with fewer conventions. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
1.5/4 14% The Hustle (2019) Wilson and Hathaway don't click. The characters feel like they were workshopped separately, and efforts to combine their comic energy on screen fall flat. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 51% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien is a little on-the-nose. But there is also an undeniable appeal to the life-art allusions that drive this earnest movie, which is handsomely mounted, well-cast, and well-acted. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Not long into Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, it becomes clear that the movie is never going to make what you might call sense. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/4 66% Wine Country (2019) There is often a sketch-comedy quality to the episodic narrative. Mostly that's to the good... - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) It's familiar territory for Rogen, who riffs on work he's done in Knocked Up and The Interview, but the movie really hinges on Theron's ability to make us believe in Charlotte, and to keep us laughing while doing so. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/4 30% The Intruder (2019) The more relentlessly guessable the movie becomes, the harder it is to excuse the actions of the credulous characters. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 100% Knock Down the House (2019) The movie should be inspiring to anyone who wishes to see firsthand the immeasurable value of good retail politics and hard work. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/4 83% Her Smell (2019) As portraits of self-destruction go, this one is a doozy, intensified by Moss' all-in performance, and the way Perry arranges his film. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) I wasn't sure, after the tedium of Infinity War, that Marvel could wrap this up in a satisfying way. Turns out, it was a snap. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 65% Peterloo (2019) It's a movie touching on labor issues that some may find a bit labored, but for the patient viewer there are insights - Leigh is giving us a history lesson that makes some pointed nods toward the current Brexit debate. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 81% Fast Color (2019) Fast Color is disciplined and restrained, yet feels a few tweaks away from being the rousing origin story it aspires to be. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 89% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) The movie is often light in tone and decidedly weird... with dazzling colors (enjoyably garish use of red and yellow) and costumes that make the whole thing play like a musical. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/4 46% Little (2019) [It] shows Martin to be not only a crafty actress, but a young woman with shrewd career instincts that point to a long and fruitful run in Hollywood. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/4 83% High Life (2019) As is often the case, the vast emptiness calls attention to the insignificance of human life. Denis' movie, though, comes around to emphasizing the miraculousness of that life. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/4 89% Missing Link (2019) As it moves from the Pacific Northwest to London and finally to the Himalayas, it has enough eye candy to keep viewers interested. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 91% Shazam! (2019) The filmmakers were going for (and mostly achieve) the 1980s Amblin Entertainment feel of a movie out to have an unpretentious good time - a welcome throwback to days before comic books movies became gargantuan and grim. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
3.5/4 93% Diane (2019) Pulling us through all of it is Place, who imbues her character with a touching persistence, and gives striking depth and dimension to this "regular" woman, who used to be a regular. - Philadelphia Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019