Rob Gonsalves

Rob Gonsalves
Tomatometer-approved critic
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 37% Glass (2019) There's something about a self-assured director that makes an audience feel secure that they're in competent hands. That's what happens here. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) I feel a bit fond of it, because the whole thing understandably expresses a certain happy relief that's been absent from Gilliam's work for a while. But I don't think I want to see it again. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Once in a while, Momoa lets out a gut laugh or barbaric yawp that cements him as that rare thing, a king you want to have a beer with. A king and a fool -- a Falstaff with a six-pack. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 93% Diane (2019) Diane is not strictly a work of entertainment, but its level of craft and insight makes it enjoyable; the way it lingers on the subtle, the quiet, the unspoken human moment, and trusts us to be patient and adult, is refreshing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Until its shoulder touch becomes a little grating, Spider-Verse is good raucous fun -- fluid and fast, though swollen with incident. If nothing else, it's a wet finger held up to the winds of where animation is now, technically. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Zahler gets top-shelf performances from Gibson, Vaughn (again), and Kittles, with another fun drop-in from Udo Kier. The scenes are protracted and talky without being in the slightest boring. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 52% Tell It to the Bees (2019) I was held by the performances and the tone, but a narrative like this seems more at home in the era it's about than the era we live in. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 78% Green Book (2018) Meaning well counts for nothing in art. What does count is the ability of Mortensen and Ali to invest their characters with as much truth as they can. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 88% Life After Flash (2017) Life After Flash isn't enough about Jones to pass muster as a portrait of him, and not enough about the production to be an engaging making-of film. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) It's a little underdone, with an elaborate flashback structure that sometimes confuses us... Still, if you enjoy Sam Elliott and his rich baritone, there are worse ways to spend your evening. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) When Álvarez can put an action scene together, he excels; the movie is full of chases and gunplay and strange torture, like the other films, but Álvarez brings something heavy and muscular to it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 87% First Man (2018) It's as though Chazelle and his ringer cast had approached each scene, whether a space shot or a conversation around a dinner table, and polished it to a blinding shine. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/5 96% Roma (2018) Every frame of the film could be isolated and hung on a wall, and maybe that's what should be done with it. Roma is a beautiful boring movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It's an understated achievement of great elegance and awareness of the intractable illogic of people. As cinema, it's near perfect, but there's many another schlockier romance that actually makes us care about its lovers. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 63% Bird Box (2018) The characters are basically delivery systems for the film's metaphors, and the actors can't access much beyond the basics -- fear, love -- in the moment. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 57% The House That Jack Built (2018) The House That Jack Built is enough of an evocative art-house exhibit to be about whatever you want it to be about. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It's a bog-standard rise-and-fall-and-rise music biopic, and whatever affection has attached to it is pretty much the work of Rami Malek. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
2/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino's horrors are aggressively grotesque, but also easy to shake off. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2/5 51% Papillon (2018) [Hunnam and Malek] aren't bad -- they turn in human-scaled, naturalistic performances, which would be fine in another kind of movie. But it's not enough to carry a movie for two hours and thirteen minutes or to engage us for that long. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee has taken the opportunity to deliver an existentially crazy police procedural that ends up saying more about society's disease than many a sober-sided Oscar-chaser. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
5/5 79% Halloween (2018) Halloween 2018 is a far different animal than Halloween 1978 - not better, not worse, but different. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
5/5 No Score Yet Strapped for Danger (2017) The actors cheerfully camp it up, which is the only thing you can do with material like this: if you're at a party, you party. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 97% Night of the Living Dead (1968) The movie remains unsettling after all these years because of its bleak simplicity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo doesn't just make the young Han boring; it reaches back and retrospectively makes the older Han more boring, too. That's some trick. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
5/5 93% Suspiria (1977) Thinking back on Suspiria yields sense memories, electronic haunted-house sounds, stylish and outré brutality. It's possible to forget Harper is even in it, but it's not possible to forget the opening salvo of operatic violence. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
5/5 91% Mandy (2018) This midnight movie, this spiritual bastard child of a thousand drive-in flicks, ultimately takes its place in the halls of art. It's purple and inflamed, like a fireworks show or an abscess. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
5/5 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Moore isn't all that interested in being inflammatory this time... Fahrenheit 11/9 is something else, something deeper and thornier and oddly personal. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
5/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) What the movie, unobtrusively assembled by director Morgan Neville, shows us again and again is that Rogers' soothing yet no-nonsense demeanor was no act. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2/5 89% Hereditary (2018) It touches on annihilating despair, and asks its cast to lower themselves into an emotional meat grinder in a way that the film, I say, does not earn. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed is Paul Schrader's twenty-first film as a director, and probably his best. It seems to sum up a lot of things Schrader believes in, artistically and spiritually. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
5/5 80% The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) The filmmaking here, though rushed and on the cheap, is a hot stew of influences... all of it coalesces into a cinematic essay about the violence and chaos, and also the vitality and urgency, of worldly life. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
4/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) If you enjoy the soft-grained, difficult, probing nature of Decker's film - and I did, for the most part - it pays off in quiet, almost peripheral ways. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
4/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Despite all its hip mayhem, directed both at anonymous thugs and at well-thumbed pulp tropes, Deadpool 2 is also good-hearted. It doesn't strike me as nihilistic or even cynical. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) A juicy wad of bubblegum entertainment, visually antic and immersive without feeling assaultive, fast-paced without feeling rushed. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
5/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Lynne Ramsay's filmmaking in You Were Never Really Here is gorgeously precise. We feel there isn't a shot or an image that isn't there for some reason, though the reason may not at first present itself. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) I wouldn't mind living in a Wes Anderson film: The people there, even the dogs, seem more rational and polite than what we've got here. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
5/5 93% Die Hard (1988) It's as though the filmmakers approached each scene by asking themselves how entertaining they could make it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
3/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A combo of a fable about a family banding together and a technical exercise that works the nerves, and it worked mine while it flickered in front of me, but it has left me with sense-memories of being jostled and worked over and not much else. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
5/5 88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is the real deal, doing what science fiction and horror are supposed to do, speaking dark truths about our condition while planting seeds of dread in fertile imaginative soil. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
88% Pi (1998) A workout, no question, and not for everyone, but it has intellectual and spiritual fervor, and even when it stops dead for some mystical exposition, at least it assumes our intelligence (though also our patience). - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
3/5 40% The Night of the Virgin (La noche del virgen) (2016) The Night of the Virgin is what used to be called a party movie. You put it on late in the evening and watch all your friends either dig it or file out ashen-faced one by one. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
4/5 18% Death Wish (2018) Someday [Eli] Roth will apply his horror-movie instincts to material that can make them sing, and he will make a classic. As it is, Death Wish is far better-wrought than it could have been, or deserved to be. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
3/5 74% Bernard and Huey (2018) Bernard & Huey feels like a throwback in more ways than one... It's smoothly helmed, though, by indie vet Dan Mirvish, who's clearly an actor's director. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 84% Game Night (2018) Game Night doesn't amount to much, but it'll make a decent rental for a Movie Night, with friends invited over for a breezy, occasionally gory spot of goofiness. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Boseman more or less gives the movie to Jordan and to the many beautiful, brilliant women surrounding him. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
1/5 72% The Misandrists (2018) This sort of japery was done funnier and filthier by John Waters in the pride of his midnight-movie shining, in films like Desperate Living and Female Trouble. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 100% Transformer (2018) This is not, to put it mildly, the kind of conversation one normally hears in films, and is all the more fascinating for that, and all the more to be valued. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) If you don't hold the movie's pompous style against it - if you accept its style as part of the movie's oblique point about creativity - it is Anderson's most satisfying yet about the beasts beneath the politesse of what is amusingly called society. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/5 88% Vazante (2018) There are memes about white people tears, too, though the movie's final scream of horror might actually be funnier than any of them. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi speaks for the strength of a united front against imperial aggression...The final image leaves us with the assurance that young people tired of injustice will pick up the ball their elders dropped. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018