Bill Goodykoontz

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For 1,558 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Goodykoontz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 20 Atlas Shrugged III: Who Is John Galt?
Score distribution:
1558 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    First Cow sneaks up on you a little bit. You become engrossed in these men and their relationship, then their business, then their survival. And that’s definitely not nothing. Far from it, in fact
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Goodykoontz
    What She Said is a good movie, an engaging look at probably the most influential film critic of all time. (If you want to make a case for Roger Ebert, know that he was one of her followers.) But it’s obviously not the best way to understand her work and her influence. There’s only one real way to do that: Read her.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Goodykoontz
    It all falls ultimately to Keough, who is outstanding at portraying the duality of a character, a duality the story demands.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Goodykoontz
    It all adds up to a decent movie — one that, for those in the know, stands in the shadow of a better one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Green shows us nothing lurid, nothing explicit. Instead she lets the toxicity build, bit by bit, until it’s seeped in everywhere. That’s powerful, and that’s worse, too.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Clemency isn’t exactly a good time at the movies, but it’s definitely an enlightening one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    War is much on the minds of people right now, and 1917 is a good reminder, flaws and all, of what that really entails. The contradiction, of course, is that it is not one long slog through gorgeous sunsets, but a million little moments that make up the effort. That’s kind of the movie Mendes made, and yet it’s not. You want to feel a movie like this, but too often you simply appreciate it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Cinematographer Darius Khondji gives the film a gritty, twitchy feel. The Safdies give it a story and a pace that never lets up. But Sandler gives it life, and makes Uncut Gems a must-see movie. Just remember: breathe.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Goodykoontz
    How do you end the most iconic franchise of all time? (Don’t panic, there will be more movies, just not a part of this particular universe.) You end it by trying to please everyone. Which can make it hard to please anyone. But Abrams is a crowd-pleaser and a good one. He’s made a film that is unquestionably entertaining and wraps things up in a way that will make fans happy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Goodykoontz
    It’s a good movie. It’s also a flawed one. And in this case more than most, it’s hard to separate those two things.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Goodykoontz
    It’s a weird film all the way around.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Haynes plays up the melodrama, and the film moves along without a lot of surprises. But that gives it a certain momentum — a momentum personified by Bilott in the storage room, sorting through boxes. It’s not flashy, but it’s how you get the job done.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Irishman is a great movie, easily one of the best of the year, one of the best of the great Martin Scorsese’s career.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Goodykoontz
    It’s more serviceable than inspired, but “Dark Fate” gets by on nostalgia. It’s just nice to see Schwarzenegger and Hamilton together again.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Goodykoontz
    Erivo captures both Tubman’s defiance and her headstrong courage. But the film overall feels too conventional. It simply cannot fully capture the inspiring story of Tubman’s incredible life. Then again, what could?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Yes, the tone is a tricky balance that sometimes almost gets away from Waititi — there are some laugh-out-loud moments alongside some scenes of harrowing sadness. But for the most part, Waititi and the cast, which is uniformly excellent, manage to make it work.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    Nothing is off the table when your status is threatened, no matter what your station in life. Parasite explores this in stunning fashion.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Goodykoontz
    There are some funny bits and a welcome shot of new blood, but there’s not a lot of overwhelming evidence for this movie’s need to exist.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Tyrnauer’s film is fairly straightforward in structure — we hit the highlights up front, such as Cohn’s work advising Sen. Joseph McCarthy, a gig that would have killed most people's career — but it’s Cohn’s almost pathological need to be seen, and to be seen as tough and willing to fight, that makes the film so compelling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Bill Goodykoontz
    Maybe there’s a place in the film world for El Coyote as a cult artifact, something that years from now enthusiasts will defend as a kind of dada experiment. In the moment, though, as you suffer through it, it’s just an ill-conceived mess.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Clearly, Zeroville is not a film for everyone. But if you love movies and you’re willing to experiment, it’s an enjoyable trip.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Goodykoontz
    There was something about the first film, about seeing not just the horror but also the joy of growing up through the kids’ eyes. That’s lost by necessity here, but It Chapter Two certainly misses it. And so do I.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Goodykoontz
    This isn’t a great horror movie so much as a fun thrill ride. Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett know just how to put Weaving’s talents to good use.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Goodykoontz
    It’s Hodge’s portrayal of Banks that elevates the film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Goodykoontz
    Them That Follow is a tough slog, no doubt. But it’s also a worthwhile one, even if you might appreciate it more than you’ll enjoy it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Goodykoontz
    Nanjiani is kind of like Bill Murray. There's just something about him that makes you anticipate something funny coming, if not now, soon, so why not start laughing? I don't know whether it would work in just any film, but here he's such an oasis of intelligence in a desert of comedic stupidity that I'd like to see if it would.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Quiet One could have used a lot more complexity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Bill Goodykoontz
    The handling of the faith aspect is actually one of the stronger parts of the film. Some movies like this lay it on thick, basically existing as a religious recruitment video. Here, and here alone, Ellis lays off and lets the audience think things through. The message is more effective this way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Goodykoontz
    The “Toy Story” saga felt fully complete without it, which makes this a movie that doesn’t really need to exist, but whose existence doesn’t diminish the whole, either.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Dead Don’t Die isn’t bad, exactly. It’s just that with all this talent and all this beautiful weirdness at hand, it could have been so much better.

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