Good Time (2017)

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Critic Consensus: A visual treat filled out by consistently stellar work from Robert Pattinson, Good Time is a singularly distinctive crime drama offering far more than the usual genre thrills.

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After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

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Cast

Robert Pattinson
as Connie Nikas
Benny Safdie
as Nick Nikas
Necro
as Caliph
Peter Verby
as Peter the Psychiatrist
Saida Mansoor
as Agapia Nikas
Rose Gregorio
as Loren Ellman
Eric Paykert
as Eric the Bail Bondsman
Astrid Corrales
as Bail Bondsman's Assistant
Rachel Black
as Rachel the Public Defender
Ben Edelman
as Acid Buying Complainer
Laurence Blum
as Nassau County Police Officer A
Jason Harvey
as Nassau County Police Officer B
Robert Clohessy
as The 6th Floor Elmhurst NYPD Police Officer
Goran Spadina
as EMT Worker #2
Michael McClard
as Detective
Eliosa Santos
as Prostitute
Bryan Seslow
as NYPD Investigating Officer
Craig muMs Grant
as Denny the Access-A-Ride Driver
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Critic Reviews for Good Time

All Critics (219) | Top Critics (37)

This isn't conventional Hollywood-horror/thriller "suspense" but something more primal.

Aug 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Maybe it's not [the directors'] fault that this dark joyride offers neither an ordered route nor a satisfying destination.

Aug 25, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Pattinson's performance is one of the year's finest and a revelation for anyone who has wanted to pigeonhole him as an actor.

Aug 25, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This film may not exactly be a "Good Time," but it's an interesting one.

Aug 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You might hate this movie, but with a passion that almost proves its power. Anyway, when was the last time a film grabbed you by the lapels and refused to let go?

Aug 24, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Pattinson is what helps us keep pace. He completely inhabits Connie with his jittery, twitchy efforts - he can't stand still, so neither can we.

Aug 24, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Good Time

½

3/07/2018

Peter Bond
Peter Bond

Super Reviewer

Never before has somebody drinking a bottle of Sprite made me wince in sympathetic pain and terror.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

½

Robert Pattinson keeps proving that he can be an amazing actor when not playing a ridiculous vampire, delivering a magnetic performance in this frenetic, stylish and super tense movie bathed in neon lights but which only falters a bit in the end by wanting to have a "message."

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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OF VICE AND MEN - My Review of GOOD TIME (4 Stars) Oh good God is this a good movie! I'm not familiar with the previous work of Benny and Joshua Safdie, aka the Safdie brothers or writer Ronald Bronstein (DADDY LONGLEGS, HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT), but if this blazingly intense, deeply felt crime thriller is any indication, I need to spend some time catching up with them. Clearly with this new film, they've studied the work of Sydney Lumet and Michael Mann, but they put enough of their own original, grimy spin on it to herald a potent new voice in cinema. Coming across with the immediacy of DOG DAY AFTERNOON coupled with the Tangerine Dream-y vibe of Michael Mann's THIEF, GOOD TIME stars Robert Pattinson as Connie Nikas, a small time crook who, along with his mentally challenged brother Nick (Benny Safdie - a stellar actor as well as director), embark on a harrowing escapade. Think Lenny and George from OF MICE AND MEN if they were stuck in the hellfire of New York City. When we first meet Nick, he's meeting with a mental health professional, who makes him terribly uncomfortable when asked a series of questions. Safdie's performance in this scene immediately draws us in to his vulnerability. As a standalone scene, it's a master class in empathetic screen acting. When Connie pulls him from this session, we see the brotherly love and can truly feel what's at stake for them. [MILD PLOT SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH] The fact that they immediately rob a bank shifts the viewer to recognize the right sentiment/wrong path of their actions. When Nick is caught and arrested, beat up in jail, and subsequently hospitalized, Connie spends the rest of the film trying to rescue his brother. It's this long, mostly real-time night which makes up the bulk of the story. [END SPOILERS] Connie is a classic, desperate hustler who improvises as he goes. Seemingly homeless and with few friends or resources, his sheer force of will and ability to suss up a situation allow him to survive moment to moment. We experience every decision, good or bad, every physical exertion, and all of the painstaking consequences. The role would have gone to Al Pacino were the film made in the 70s, and Pattinson, who has made some incredible choices post-TWILIGHT, doesn't waste the opportunity. He's alive, intense, and drives this steam engine with so much ferocity and passion. Despite his character's terrible choices, you'll find yourself rooting for him. Along the way, our main cast encounters a vivid group of characters along the way. Jennifer Jason Leigh does unhinged better than anybody, and here she shines, especially in a tense scene in which she fights with her mother over the phone while Connie negotiates with a bail bondsman. Their why-does-everything-go-wrong-in-my-life-but-I'm-trying-so-hard-to-keep-it-together reactions make this scene sing. Taliah Webster plays a latchkey kid living with her grandmother, and her no-nonsense attitude plays off beautifully against Pattinson. She's sucked into his vortex and doesn't care about the consequences because what he's offering is better than anything else going on at the moment. Buddy Duress (great and appropriate last name!) brings a fiery energy to his drunken, ex-con maniac. His sudden backstory, which just bursts out of nowhere, is one of the highlights of the film. It's great to see Academy-nominated Barkhad Abdi (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) back in action and showing great range with his role here as a Security Officer who's in the wrong place at the wrong time. I love the look of this film, scuzzy neorealism but with such a thrusting, visual kick provided by cinematographer Sean Price Williams. Late in the movie, we're treated to a chase sequence seen solely from a high distance, and it's more heartstopping than if the camera were down on the ground. The 80's synth score, while propulsive, and yes, VERY reminiscent of Tangerine Dream, feels too intrusive at times. It's also a bit out of sync with the subject since the film has a more 70s set of references. Think of how Elton John's "Amoreena" was used in DOG DAY AFTERNOON for a more perfect example of a music and subject marriage. Regardless, I enjoyed how the score moved the story forward just as much as the script, performances, and photography did. Speaking of 70s references, the title card uses such an old school, ABC MOVIE OF THE WEEK font, complete with copyright date below. The final scene, an understated coda, plays over the entire end credits sequence. It perplexed me at first, but it's a fantastic ending in retrospect. I can't say enough good things about this little gem. Just go see it and enjoy every single knot in your stomach!

Glenn Gaylord
Glenn Gaylord

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