Michael Gingold

Michael Gingold
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Nightshifter (Morto nâo fala) (2018) While the dead may be responsible for The Nightshifter's punchier scares, it's unnerving in a quieter way to watch Stênio's personal descent. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
86% Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires (2018) It's both gloriously rude and cleverly genre-savvy, put across with such unabashed glee that it's hard to remain offended by it for very long. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
No Score Yet Hurt (2018) The places it does eventually go are graphic and nasty and seriously disturbing, and when we get to them, we realize how everything that came before was setting us up. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
94% Lifechanger (2018) Although McConnell largely commits to a grim and pensive tone, he laces LIFECHANGER with just the right amount of wicked humor. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Luz (2019) Orchestrating it all, Singer is a first-timer already clearly in complete control of his medium. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
47% Escape Room (2019) [The film] has been proficiently realized but doesn't bring enough variety to the storytelling table. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
37% Glass (2019) A key problem is that we don't learn anything new about its central trio...nor are they given anything to do that we haven't seen them do in their previous films. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
88% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) Memory is not a simple making-of, but a visual work of cinema scholarship that has a lot to offer for both casual viewers and rabid devotees of Alien. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
89% The Hole in the Ground (2019) For all its familiarity, director/co-writer Lee Cronin treats his material with an adult, somber point of view that holds the attention and pays off in some genuinely tingly moments. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
26% Polar (2019) Polar is a repellent, misanthropic, overstylized piece of junk. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
38% Close (2019) Vicky Jewson has an aptitude for punchy action setpieces... and it's a shame that the script she wrote with producer Rupert Whitaker doesn't support it with an equally strong narrative. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
14% An Acceptable Loss (2019) An Acceptable Loss has a few tantalizing ingredients. Unfortunately, they're frittered away in favor of leaning too hard on the genre elements, with an evident lack of a sufficient budget. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) The Standoff at Sparrow Creek successfully fulfills the ambition of many a crime drama: It keeps us watching, on the screen, people we'd never want to meet in real life. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) it's very much in keeping with the franchise's overall spirit, and quite a bit of it is pretty funny. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
64% Tyrel (2018) Silva doesn't make the most of the opportunity he sets up for himself to go to some truly provocative places. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 83% Instant Family (2018) There's genuine heart and feeling scattered throughout Instant Family, enough to make one wish it would stick to a consistent tone without being repeatedly undercut with forced gags. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) One of the film's achievements is that it elicits true dramatic tension amidst the spectacle without having a villain, just two "people" struggling with conflicting feelings. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
57% The Grinch (2018) Similarly, while Cumberbatch gives a committed reading of the Grinch's exasperation, calculation and transformation, he just can't compare to the immortal tones of Boris Karloff as the original Grinch/narrator. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The whole thing feels rote, like a previously unconnected, generic thriller screenplay that was rewritten to be part of the Lisbeth universe. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 13% Life Itself (2018) Overall, his movie feels like an entire season of This Is Us compressed into two frustratingly uneven hours of tearjerking and grief porn. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
1/5 12% Peppermint (2018) Star Jennifer Garner must have thought this flick would do for her career what director Pierre Morel's Taken did for Liam Neeson's, but the result is bad enough to make any actor take an alias. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 26% The Nun (2018) There are creepy crypts aplenty and a graveyard with bell-equipped coffins just in case anyone gets buried alive (alas, the transgressive sexuality of the era's more extreme nunsploitation flicks is off the table). - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
91% Searching (2018) Cho is fully engaging as a typical father fighting his way through the online forest of his daughter's life, which proves to be more dense and tangled than he ever suspected. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
1/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) The two times Uwais is allowed to bust out his fighting moves, the scenes are Cuisinarted into incomprehensible shreds, and the point becomes not the precision and virtuosity of his skills, but the broken bones and spurting gore that end each mano-a-mano. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Once it's over, you won't necessarily be itching for an Equalizer 3. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/5 7% Slender Man (2018) The movie fails to understand that it's the characters' fixation on Slender Man -- and not the phantom himself -- that should be driving the terror. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
86% The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (Manyeo) (2018) The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion applies bone-crunching, blood-spurting action to the cinematic trend of super-gifted teens discovering their powers/true origins. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
No Score Yet Inuyashiki (2018) It may be more violent than your average superhero movie, but that doesn't hold Inuyashiki back from greatness. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
79% BuyBust (2018) Tthe movie makes potent points about the collateral damage wreaked by the Philippines' war on drugs, as the residents of lower-class communities like Gracia suffer and die thanks to the cop-vs.-criminal conflicts playing out in their midst. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
60% Profile (2018) The dichotomy between [the characters], as much as the bigger picture of the rabbit hole Amy goes spiraling down, is what gives Profile its suspenseful power. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) A portrait of an artist engaging and compelling enough that we want to follow him, on foot or otherwise, through to the end of his screen story. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) The culmination of [the stars'] onscreen relationship is profoundly moving... just as Eighth Grade points toward enduring careers for its writer/director and star. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
69% Damsel (2018) Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska keep this offbeat Western watchable. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/5 56% Tag (2018) Another symptom of a long cinematic Hangover, complete with Ed Helms in the lead. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) This timely doc will resonate deeply with anyone who remembers Rogers befriending them from the small screen. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Bird first and foremost aims for a rousing, funny and touching entertainment, and delivers the goods. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
40% Mary Shelley (2018) The issue with Mary Shelley isn't that the story it tells is untrue, but that it doesn't tell enough of it. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The sequel recaptures more than enough of the first film's impish spirit to provide a big, raucous, bloody good time. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
92% Beast (2018) There is indeed beauty to be found on the island, but Pearce's sharply made point is that beastliness can lurk in unexpected places. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
38% Mapplethorpe (2019) This biopic needed more of what made the man tick, and those he ticked off. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
69% Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh (2018) This could have resulted in spiky, morbid humor in the Eating Raoul mold, but the writing isn't sharp enough to pull it off. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
65% Jonathan (2018) Jonathan is a different kind of sci-fi, one that approaches material that could have been spun in visceral or hi-tech directions in a manner that emphasizes the smaller, less sensational human picture. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
17% Supercon (2018) Standing in line for three hours to pay $100 for an autograph is more fun thank this movie. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/5 32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Too often, the writers-stars settle for childish bad taste over real wit; there are incessant references to male genitalia but the movie is too timid to follow through when two macho guys are dared to kiss. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
No Score Yet Howard (2018) A tribute to the life and achievements of the lyricist whose musical achievements still echo powerfully to this day. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
26% Traffik (2018) Traffik is junc. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
45% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) The hook of William Friedkin's The Devil and Father Amorth is the opportunity to see an actual exorcism on screen. The surprise is that the most interesting element of this documentary is not the rite itself, but where Friedkin goes with it. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) Rampage offers a good amount of old-fashioned giant-monster entertainment and just enough heart to give it a spine. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
100% Top Knot Detective (2016) The illusion established by Top Knot Detective writer/directors Aaron McCann and Dominic Pearce is so complete that when their saga turns serious, you're genuinely caught up in the drama. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
3/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) The final act is a delirious sugar rush of city-smashing spectacle. It's generic but 'Uprising' kicks the metal ass of any of the 'Transformers' films. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018