Michael Gingold

Michael Gingold
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% Vivarium (2019) It casts a creepy spell and further establishes Finnegan and Shanley as a team with imagination and command of their craft to spare. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
86% Crawl (2019) Like The Shallows a few years back, it plays a simple scenario for all it's worth, and knows that what it's worth is a little under 90 minutes. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
45% Stuber (2019) Stuber is not a good movie. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
82% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar succeeds, through the quiet force of Aster and his cohorts' craft, in sustaining an off-kilter mood that keeps you intrigued and engrossed. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far from Home loses a bit of its predecessor's real-world charm...Its characters, however, remain immensely likable... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A significant improvement on the initial Annabelle, and also more satisfying than its franchise predecessor The Curse of La Llorona. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
63% Child's Play (2019) Low expectations are met with a surprising amount of ghoulishly amusing entertainment in Child's Play '19, which manages a fresh take on the deadly doll. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
No Score Yet True Fiction (2019) It's a refreshingly complex and ambitious, sometimes genuinely unnerving power game. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) Has little of the wit, propulsive energy or comic verve that made the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed original such a standout in the summer-megapicture stakes. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
55% Ma (2019) The movie is as much a black comedy as it is a horror film, and the fun comes from the fact that Taylor has as few compunctions about being rude as Ma herself. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Every time the film critic in me wants to point out its flaws, my inner 10-year-old keeps telling him to shut up. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) A disappointment as both an alternate take on superheroics and an evil-child thriller-and part of the disappointment is that it's much more the second than the first. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
91% You Don't Nomi (2019) It's a compliment to say that You Don't Nomi had me engaging with, if not completely buying, the opinions of those who find more worth in [Showgirls]. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
41% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) The movie seriously could have used Pegg and his Cornetto partner Edgar Wright on scripting duties, and perhaps Wright at the helm as well. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
10% A Violent Separation (2019) The film comes off like a short story expanded but not properly developed to feature length. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
54% Charlie Says (2019) Harron and Turner succeed in finding a fresh and absorbing point of view on a familiar and tragic true story-up to and including the murders, which retain their horror without descending into exploitation. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
No Score Yet I'm not in the camp that considers Showgirls to be any kind of unacknowledged gem. So it's a compliment to say that You Don't Know Nomi had me engaging with, if not completely buying, the opinions of those who find more worth in it. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
100% Something Else (2019) You'll laugh, you'll cry...and you'll jump right out of your seat at least once. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
No Score Yet Relevant as hell and timeless in its themes, The Gasoline Thieves points Nito toward becoming a major player on the international movie scene. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero) (2019) Nito and co-scripter Alfredo Mendoza have a great ear for the rhythms of teenage interaction, and there's an appealing naturalism to the youthful performances... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
91% Come to Daddy (2019) Come to Daddy is outrageous, gleefully nasty, consistently clever and a hell of a lot of fun. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
81% Overlord (2018) It's well-made enough that you can just sit back, or on the edge of your seat, and enjoy a meat-and-potatoes horror-actioner that dispenses with any questions about who the good and bad guys are. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) It takes a folk tale rife with culturally rich and specifically scary possibilities and flattens it out into a thoroughly by-the-numbers haunting flick. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) Hail Satan? makes a compelling case that invoking the name of the devil is a necessary way to combat an intolerance that has only grown stronger in the last couple of years. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
43% Thriller (2018) The long stretches between murders are filled in with material that keeps promising to take advantage of its specific milieu, but never actually does. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
87% The Dark (2018) The Dark brings true heart to the horror genre, while providing just enough of the blood and guts to keep harder-core fans satisfied. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
17% Rottentail (2019) The film doesn't bring enough that's fresh or clever to its mix of splatter, swearing and occasional scatology. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
26% The Silence (2019) The Silence is guilty not of being an imitation of A Quiet Place, but of telling a comparable story not nearly as well. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
88% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) Master Z: Ip Man Legacy is a glorious homage to those earlier films.... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
80% The Wind (2019) Even as the storyline jumps around in time, it's never difficult to track the narrative-or to remain immersed in the unsettling atmosphere. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary takes a place in the upper tier of King-based features because its creators not only respect the source, they've identified the important elements to keep. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
52% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) It's too scattered to have much of an impact. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) This is a handsome production. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
94% Us (2019) An all-cylinders scarefest done with all the panache Peele displayed in his previous movie, and one in which the metaphors are submerged much deeper. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Greta the movie is similar, veering between subdued and moments of insanity, to disappointing ends. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
94% CAM (2018) A gripping and consistently visually engaging thriller that delves deep into provocative subject matter to play on emotions that any viewer can relate to. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
90% 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
20% 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
85% 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
90% 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
49% 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
38% 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
92% 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
84% 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
21% Polar (2019) Polar is a repellent, misanthropic, overstylized piece of junk. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
39% 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
76% 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
51% 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