Patrick Z. McGavin

Patrick Z. McGavin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Patrick Z. McGavin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter, Movieline, Screen International

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) "Mesmerizing, chilling and greatly disturbing. " ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 27, 2015
2.5/4 80% Human Capital (2015) "The film is further undone by an overwrought ending and toneless conclusion that proves too soft to energize the movie's implied though underdeveloped social critique. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "The New Zealand-made art comedy What We Do in the Shadows is a bracing reminder of how the right burst of energy and style breathes fresh ideas into a genre threatened with creative exhaustion. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/4 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) "At its best, it embodies emotion through movement. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3/4 92% Farewell, My Queen (2012) "Jacquot subtly shifts the movie's force and moral inquiry towards Seydoux, and her alert performance provides a melancholy humanity. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 25, 2012
2/4 29% Red Lights (2012) "The initial poetry of terror gives way to a wildly baroque and incident-packed plot that proves hyperbolic, mannered, and ridiculously overwrought. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 25, 2012
2.5/4 87% Polisse (2012) "The film's one great scene ... is cancelled out by the baroquely improbable and absurdly overwrought ending. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 24, 2012
3.5/4 80% Goodbye First Love (2012) "The autobiographical third feature from French director Mia Hansen-Løve limns the ecstasy and tumult of youthful, sometimes self-destructive passion. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 10, 2012
3.5/4 88% In Darkness (2012) "Working with the superb cinematographer Jolanta Dylewska, Holland draws on the restricted light and vertiginous space to achieve immersive, tactile imagery that is appalling and unforgettable. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 8, 2012
3.5/4 87% Miss Bala (2012) "Sigman's tremulous, vivid performance anchors the movie. It's a knockout. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 24, 2012
77% Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2005) "The ethereal private moments and inspired passages are beautifully shot by Jean-Marie Dreujou, but Dai never quite organizes the material dramatically, and the tone is too often jagged and disruptive. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2010
No Score Yet Babar - King Of The Elephants (1999) "The composition and imagery are workmanlike at best, but the score is jaunty and witty and the middle section is breezy fun " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 29, 2010
89% Moon (2009) "A frequently engrossing science fiction story given a particular tension and seriousness by its moral inquiry into what it means to be fully human and alive. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 16, 2009
92% Sugar (2008) "In a word, Sugar is extraordinary. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 16, 2009
100% Afghan Star (2009) "Not a radical act of film-making and visually, it is far from an inspired piece of work - but it's a great example of a film where the strong content rules supreme. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 23, 2009
54% Choke (2008) "The movie's not quite there, but it represents a dark ride into the night that unleashes a series of precarious thrills. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
78% A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2008) "The minor key and quietly observational work is not earth-shattering or particularly urgent, though it enables a talented filmmaker to work through personal ideas about assimilation and family conflict in an open, smart and gracious way. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
82% Trumbo (2007) "Trumbo is hurt by an unwillingness to actually explore Trumbo's own politics and delve into his actual beliefs about communism, Stalin or Marxist ideology. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
57% One Week (2009) "Another dispiriting example of a director using sickness and physical deterioration in rationalising dishonest and narcissistic behaviour. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
50% Assassination of a High School President (2008) "Brett Simon's Assassination of a High School President is a small and pleasant surprise. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
67% The Escapist (2008) "Wyatt and his superb cast pull it together in the movie's boldly-imagined final act that justifies the movie's sometimes elusive form and turns it into something a cut above the rest. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
33% The Guitar (2008) "Saffron Burrows is commanding as a distraught woman who finds a novel way to cope with tragedy, but the movie constantly subverts realistic detail with the fantastic in ways that are not dramatically satisfying. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
80% Nothing But the Truth (2008) "A miscalculated piece damaged by poor direction, mediocre writing and performances that feel consistently misguided and off-key. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2008
74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) "The whole never quite registers as forcefully as individual pieces. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2008
92% Bloody Sunday (2002) "Greengrass sacrifices character and plot to a chilling impressionistic stylization. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 11, 2008
63% The Merry Gentleman (2009) "[Keaton] summons a wonderful performance by Kelly Macdonald and strong character distinction to the secondary players, but otherwise his movie works only in fragments. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 1, 2008
51% What Just Happened? (2008) "A desultory Hollywood satire that fatally lacks the guts or verve to say anything vitally new or different. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 22, 2008
50% La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother) (2007) "As a piece of narrative, however, the movie is virtually incomprehensible. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 22, 2007
B- 76% Stardust (2007) "The movie is jaunty and stylish and is blessed with some fun stretches. " ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Aug 8, 2007
B 79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) "Dark, malevolent, and serious, this Harry Potter was designed by its new writer, director, and composer as a waking nightmare. " ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Jul 4, 2007
99% Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) (2003) "Padilha allows neither easy answers nor ironic commentary, producing on both sides of the conflict a world of inconsolable grief. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 8, 2007
0% Sex, Politics & Cocktails (2002) "Less a narrative than a haphazard succession of vignettes populated by crude stereotypes instead of credible characters. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 19, 2004
3.5/4 94% Manito (2003) "Captures in unadorned style the energy and emotions binding a Dominican family in Manhattan's Washington Heights section. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 12, 2003
2/4 82% Bugs! (Bugs! 3D) (Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure) (2003) "Narrated with stentorian authority by English actress Dame Judi Dench, and watching this IMAX movie often feels like being at the receiving end of a dry, dull lecture. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 15, 2003
2/4 16% Pokemon Heroes (2003) "It looks cheap and feels slapped together. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 15, 2003
2.5/4 50% Onmyoji (2001) "Rarely solemn or dull, and Takita holds its disparate parts together fairly well. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 1, 2003
3.5/4 80% Japon (2003) "It is the work of a remarkable new talent. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 17, 2003
2/4 81% Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) "Though Better Luck Tomorrow is the work of an intriguing new talent, there remains something amiss about a movie so desperate to legitimize its own daring. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2003
3/4 64% Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door) (2003) "This is magnetic, beautiful stuff. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2003
2/4 No Score Yet All About You (2001) "Utterly lacking surprise, tension or any flair. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 25, 2003
1/4 7% Boat Trip (2003) "The movie's offenses are too numerous to catalog. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2003
3/4 52% Down & Out With the Dolls (2003) "The movie belongs to the women, and they perform with attitude and power. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2003
2.5/4 67% Amen (2003) "On its own terms, Amen is a memorably prickly film. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 6, 2003
2.5/4 80% Baraka (1993) "The form is ravishing, though the content suffers by comparison. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 9, 2003
2.5/4 64% The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) "By the second hour, Miike's story fails to punctuate its powerful setup, and the work, much like the family itself, ends up a tangled mess. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 5, 2002
3/4 89% Comment j'ai tué mon père (My Father and I) (2001) "Cold, nervy and memorable. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 21, 2002
3/4 67% Interview with the Assassin (2002) "Consummate actor Barry has done excellent work here. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 21, 2002
3.5/4 74% His Secret Life (2001) "A boisterous, occasionally deft but also finally strained and uneven work. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 14, 2002
3.5/4 77% Quitting (2002) "Daring and beautifully made. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 14, 2002
3/4 83% Satin Rouge (2002) "A fascinating examination of the joyous, turbulent self-discovery made by a proper, middle-aged woman. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 31, 2002
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