Rob Gonsalves

Rob Gonsalves
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: eFilmCritic.com
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 90% The Stylist (2020) It follows a cracked protagonist without making the mistake of excusing her -- or condemning her. It's also one hell of a gnarly horror film, and one that has no shame whatsoever about that. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/5 70% Tenet (2020) It means what you want it to mean, and I don't want it to mean anything. It's just a ride. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/5 81% The Wanting Mare (2020) A little humor might have helped; a darting spot of personality. But it's an art object, and the people in it are not characters so much as concepts. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) There are some stretches when you can forget you're watching these specific legends -- you're just seeing four men wrestling with changes that will anger everyone in their lives. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) Glass has talent and sensitivity, but a lot of potential drama in the material just slips through her fingers. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 83% Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez (2021) [Susan] Stern's film is about as neutral as it can be, spiced up with archival footage and copious examples of its subject's art. It doesn't come near Terry Zwigoff's masterpiece Crumb, though. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 88% News of the World (2020) As we saw in Saving Private Ryan and Greyhound, Hanks is a natural at painting men skilled at war who take no pleasure in it. That prior experience with Hanks does a lot of the movie's work. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 31% The Stand In (2020) Despite some funny bits, The Stand In is more of a drama about those who make comedies, somewhat like Judd Apatow's Funny People. If you go into it knowing this, it'll take you far less time to plug into it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
5/5 76% Wander Darkly (2020) Here is a movie that feels specifically tied to a woman's ruminations on grief and guilt. It moves past revelation to resolution, and becomes rather touching along the way. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
2/5 83% Mank (2020) The most human thing about it is that it derives from a screenplay by Fincher's late father Jack, although the son may have inadvertently shown up the father by mounting on a large scale a story that has been written to fit in a shot glass. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 88% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) Godfather, Coda is not perfect by any means, and doesn't share the cool intelligence of I and II, but it's time to stop punishing it. It is its own movie. Cosmetically it resembles the first two, but its core is jagged and despairing. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) It refuses to decide to be about one particular thing, and I grew to like that -- indeed, WW84 is a terrifically likable movie. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
5/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) The movie may leave you feeling like an open wound, but I can't deny it's also fun a lot of the way. Carey Mulligan gets to play an emotionally stunted, eternally disappointed woman, and she finds notes of wit in Cassie's pain. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 95% Zappa (2020) Zappa feels epic though not too chunky for the newcomer. We get a sense of Zappa the man, composer, performer, and activist against record labels. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
2/5 39% Chick Fight (2020) A movie about a secret fight club for women to work out their rage probably shouldn't be as bland as Chick Fight. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
4/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The daughter, Tutar, is very much the movie's saving throw, and the 24-year-old Bulgarian actress who plays her, Maria Bakalova, swipes the movie right out from under Baron Cohen's thick mustache. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) I'd be dishonest if I said The Trial of the Chicago 7 wasn't engaging, though it feels a little... light. The stakes don't seem as high as they might. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
5/5 100% Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) By hanging his film on the structure of Chapin's awakening as a man who agitated endlessly for change, director Rick Korn avoids the trap of the conventional rockumentary. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Overheated, garish southern-discomfort stories have a long and sometimes scintillant pedigree. But Antonio Campos, the director of The Devil All the Time, manages to deaden every emotion and atrocity. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 96% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) Something like The Wolf House earns high marks just on the strength of its restless images -- sometimes the movie seems dissatisfied with itself, always in motion, always shape-shifting. But a little of that can go an awfully long way. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
1/5 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) My only surprise at Possessor was that I managed to sit through all of it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
5/5 96% GoodFellas (1990) GoodFellas feels to me like the movie Scorsese was put here to make. And he made it accordingly. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
4/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) There isn't a whisper of meanness anywhere in it. Its soul is safe and soft. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
5/5 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) An existential horror movie that cuts closer to the bone than Jason or Freddy ever could. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
5/5 91% The Return of the Living Dead (1985) It's a mammoth amount of fun, with a sharp trashy punk/new wave soundtrack and a trio of perfect performances by middle-aged actors in the midst of posturing, attitudinizing youth. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/5 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) This works almost better as an actors' workshop than as a work of horror... They all shine, because they're given room to shine and an irresistible chunk of dramatic meat to gnaw on. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
5/5 69% Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982) Psych 101 on an epic scale. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3/5 77% Psychomagic, a Healing Art (Psychomagie, un art pour guérir) (2019) Psychomagic, sadly, isn't art; it's advertising. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
1/5 9% Force of Nature (2020) It's no more consciously racist than a hundred action thrillers from the '80s. It's meant, I think, to be a throwback to those films, and to an era where Mel Gibson was still on top, but it lacks the snap and pizzazz to close the deal. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/5 78% Greyhound (2020) Maybe, like me, you're in just the right mood for something like Greyhound, a taut, exciting, no-nonsense war movie that weighs in, less the end credits, at one hour and twenty-three minutes. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
4/5 82% The Painted Bird (2020) The Painted Bird is artful, if not quite art, but it's without a doubt a masterwork that you will most likely give exactly one evening of your life, if that. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/5 57% The Hunt (2020) It's a sleek, short, well-wrought horror-thriller with buckets of gore, and a sharp performance by Betty Gilpin that deserved far more notice. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) No doubt about it: the movie works. And it works on a nasty personal level; it exploits our awareness that women are gaslighted by abusive men all the time, to perpetuate and add to the abuse. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) At this point, I would sit for two hours of Delroy Lindo just monologuing into the camera, and maybe so would you after watching Spike Lee's epic new adventure-drama Da 5 Bloods. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close (2020) It's as worthy of its subject as any movie that isn't completely shambolic and unconventional can be. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
2/5 54% Lost Transmissions (2020) It would've cost nothing extra to approach Lost Transmissions (a destined-to-be-misremembered title) on the script level more cleverly and even with more wit. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
4/5 75% The Wretched (2020) The Wretched is a fine horror short story. It confines itself to a few locations and a few people; if converted to prose, it would fit nicely in an anthology alongside, say, Let the Right One In and It Follows and The Babadook. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
4/5 87% Shirley (2020) Despite its egghead premise and milieu, Shirley isn't a hostile art object. Unexpected warm breezes of intimacy waft through it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
1/5 22% Verotika (2019) If you wanted to imagine a movie fed on adolescent fantasies grounded in comic books and movies flooded with gore and T&A, what you imagine will undoubtedly be more entertaining than Verotika. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) This last go-round neither disappointed nor thrilled me; it just exists. There's always something going on, and that's part of the problem: there's never not something going on, no pause for breath, no beauty or poetry. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 100% The Grey Fox (1982) The filmmaking is "respectable" almost to a fault. But then the grainy solidity of an image catches and holds us, or Richard Farnsworth says something, it doesn't matter what, and we can't imagine he could be anything less than honest. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 76% Tommaso (2020) Tommaso isn't bad; Ferrara simply can't sell out... But its "we have the actors and the locations, let's go do it" improvisatory spirit isn't enough to sustain our full engagement for almost two hours. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Nothing in it really pops... It's like watching people pretending to have fun, instead of actually having fun and sharing it with us. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
5/5 97% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) Most of the movie comes as close to what war must be like for the civilians caught in its midst as we would ever want to get. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
5/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It's an increasingly rare example of non-franchise entertainment for adults, it's carpentered extremely well, and it offers the sort of generous, heedless fun that only a big studio movie can. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
5/5 78% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep is less a horror movie than a supernatural drama -- only intermittently frightening, but engaging and saddening. It feels like the deep dull pain of a slowly forming bruise. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
5/5 No Score Yet Before the Night Is Over (2020) This is the sort of gothic that, back in old Tennessee Williams' prime, might have been coded so that the hot action was nominally hetero but in spirit very much not. Griffin gets to promote the subtext to text and empty the closets. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/5 68% Joker (2019) For what it is, it's gorgeously assembled, with a ragged jewel of a performance by Joaquin Phoenix at its center. The problem is, well, what it is... Joker ends up repeating itself and lap-dancing its same handful of nihilistic points again and again. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite flips through about ten different genres and takes the best bits of each; it feels like a relaxing buffet that expresses and sparks a love of cinema. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse has echoes of Melville and Lovecraft as well as Coleridge and Greek mythology, all stirred together in a psychedelic stew, or a cup of turpentine and honey. The honey is the film's sumptuous aesthetic. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020