Barbara Shulgasser

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For 205 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barbara Shulgasser's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 A Family Thing
Lowest review score: 0 Love Stinks
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 205
  2. Negative: 49 out of 205
205 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Foster has whipped the actors into the sort of comic frenzy usually reserved for farce, and the ready-for-anything energy serves the material well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Tennant and company do a fine job of retaining the otherworldliness of a fairy tale while at the same time explaining all the archaisms for a modern audience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Unfortunately, the movie never really goes anywhere. It's all pleasant enough to watch, but you never feel that Danny and Arthur's craziness (eventually Danny is committed), Sid's stoicism, Selma's selflessness and Steven's despair coalesce to mean anything significant or illuminating.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Be that as it may, the movie offers the uplifting news bulletin that life is not about being happy with how much you weigh but with what kind of person you are. This is where the movie starts getting sloppy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Dalmatians proves an apt playground for Hughes as one could surmise that his inspiration for treating comic bad guys in his movies so violently comes from a cartoon sensibility.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    While Birdcage has many isolated funny moments, long bits of slowness interrupt the energy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Neither offensive nor inspired.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    But in its own overblown, melodramatic way, complete with hideous and obtrusive music by Michael Kamen, clanging sound effects that will leave your ears ringing and a penchant on the part of director Paul Anderson ( "Mortal Kombat" ) for quick flashes of blood-drenched gore, Event Horizon is kind of a hoot.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Eastwood is perfect as the bad guy (a thief) you root for.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    It was the adult in me that wept when the movie ended. Take the kid and have a good time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Mangold's vision is bold. There is nothing cutesy or gimmicky about Heavy, which may be why something in its grimness recalls the work of Ingmar Bergman.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The only remarkable feature about this otherwise routine movie is that it vilifies two current icons of American life. One is The Internet and the other is The Mall.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    Hush, which is an absurdly bad mixture of "Rosemary's Baby" and any Bette Davis movie from the 1960s, seems to be a classic case of a grasping mother trying to possess her beloved son.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is a piece of gloriously literary and serious filmmaking, but again it falls prey to misjudgments in pacing and rhythm.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Barbara Shulgasser
    In order to like Striptease, you have to be a pretty serious Moore fan because although director Andrew Bergman's script (based on the book by Carl Hiaasen) has a few funny lines, this is otherwise one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    This is the kind of story that might have been interesting had it not been populated with dreary characters played by actors who were clearly coached to be as dull as possible.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Most disappointing is the fact that the movie ends so abruptly that you can't help wondering what the whole story amounts to, moving as it is.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    Ransom is every bit as taut and expertly directed, and it's another in the emergency genre, one in which Howard excels.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    On the whole, the movie is a success. I still hope that children and their parents will read this wonderful book together, but it's nice that there's a movie they can see, too.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Barbara Shulgasser
    The most refreshing performance is by Mortensen.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    It's all quite inspiring, but despite the fact that this is based on someone's actual experiences, the whole thing has an unfortunate Hollywood ring to it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    While I was watching "Lone Star," I realized that what makes Sayles a good and socially responsible person - his ability to look at one thing a hundred different ways - is exactly what makes him a muddy filmmaker.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    One of the most blithely, giddily ridiculous movies to come along in ages.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    There isn't much to hold onto with this movie. If anything, Cry trivializes the plight of the South Africans in its breezy treatment of apartheid.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    Nostalgia has no real point to make here. All that Famuyiwa can hope to accomplish is to tell his story well. In this area he is less than competent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Barbara Shulgasser
    You find yourself absorbed in simply looking at them to the extent that it's hard to hear what they're saying. It's a nice dilemma for a movie to present.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    The movie, directed by veteran Jonathan Kaplan, has enough in common with such American-in-foreign-jail movies as "Midnight Express" and the recent "Return to Paradise" to make you wonder why it ever got made.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Barbara Shulgasser
    Amazing comic performances...give this comedy its lovely manic pace, kept just within the realm of sanity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara Shulgasser
    Martin Scorsese is certainly one of the great living movie directors. Sadly, this does not mean he can't make a mistake. Kundun is a mistake.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Barbara Shulgasser
    Not even his gap-toothed charm and willingness to make fun of his usual take-no-prisoners persona made it easier to swallow the mess of pottage that is Jingle All the Way.

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