For 32 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Karen Gordon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Mary Poppins Returns
Lowest review score: 42 Dead in a Week: Or Your Money Back
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
32 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Karen Gordon
    Joker has what may be the best lead performance of the year, but it is not for the faint of heart. Director Todd Phillips digs deep into the shadow side of society for one of the darkest movies in recent memory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Karen Gordon
    As with the series, the movie is a mix of situational comedy and some drama. It touches on politics, personal and national, as well as other issues of class and status, that feel both era-specific and contemporary. And, of course, Maggie Smith as the crusty matriarch Violet Crawley, still gets the best lines.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Karen Gordon
    It’s a movie that is well intentioned and aims big, but ends up being somewhat shallow.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Karen Gordon
    It’s not always a comfortable place to be, but with Linklater explores it here with humour, rather than pathos. And once again, with his persistent humanism, he offers us a question worth exploring.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Karen Gordon
    There’s star power in front of and behind the camera in the new mob action-drama The Kitchen. But all that talent, unfortunately, doesn’t add up to a satisfying movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Karen Gordon
    The cast is made up of some of the finest and most interesting actors working in film today. And for the most part they’re doing thoughtful work. Unfortunately, there’s only so much they can do. The film doesn’t go emotionally deep enough to pay off.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Karen Gordon
    On the surface, Luce is a study of race and privilege in contemporary America. But it’s more broadly and more subtly about family relationships and the psychological deals we make with others and ourselves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Karen Gordon
    David Crosby: Remember My Name is an excellent debut by first time documentary director A.J. Eaton. He has a journalist’s sense of story-telling. He doesn’t soften or romanticize Crosby’s story, or the era for that matter, and stays just far enough away from his subject to avoid judgement.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Karen Gordon
    The Farewell isn’t tour de force filmmaking. It doesn’t have to be. In telling her own story, or something close to it, Wang has managed to stand far enough back to see the crazy wonderful way in which a family dynamic — full of strange and wonderful ideas about how to live life uplifts us — and has delivered a gentle little gem.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Karen Gordon
    The visuals are impressive. But looks aren’t everything. In spite of the obvious care and affection that has gone into this remake, the movie itself is emotionally flat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Karen Gordon
    From very early in the film, we have a sense where it’s all going. With no real narrative surprises then, the movie becomes all about the characters and the journey. Aster’s playing out of the journey is problematic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Karen Gordon
    The focus on Woody means that Toy Story 4 is less of a metaphor about the things we leave behind as we leave childhood, which means emotionally it's the lightest of the series. That may mean fewer hankies for those of us sitting together in the dark falling in love all over again with a box of animated toys. But the sweetness persists.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Karen Gordon
    Echo In the Canyon is an affectionate look at the pop music that came out of the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles in the mid-‘60s, a period that the film argues quite effectively, was hugely influential.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Karen Gordon
    Late Night is a light-hearted comedy with something to say and an excellent cast, that is unfortunately hobbled by a storyline that doesn’t quite add up.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Karen Gordon
    The obvious thing to call this film is a social satire. The humour is dry, pointed and often very, very funny. But Jarmusch is too clever and too careful a filmmaker to simply toss off a genre film for a few laughs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Karen Gordon
    If you can accept its modest aims, Tolkien is quietly enjoyable on its own merits.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Karen Gordon
    Ultimately, it’s a standard formula for a kid’s movie (and standard formulas are standard for movies that are also toy ads). UglyDolls isn’t particularly inventive or outstanding.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Karen Gordon
    In a word, it’s terrific.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Karen Gordon
    Alita: Battle Angel is about a sweet but lethally trained hybrid girl. Fittingly, it feels like a hybrid story, pulled together from bits and pieces of Young Adult and genre action films, and is less than the sum of its parts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Karen Gordon
    Victoria and Abdul is a beautiful looking costume drama with a dream cast. It may not be much of a surprise that Dame Judi Dench turns in another absolutely beautiful performance. But it is always joy to watch her in action.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 Karen Gordon
    Ava DuVernay’s beautiful and visually imaginative A Wrinkle In Time is a magical mystery tour for teenage girls. It’s a female empowerment movie that says love triumphs over evil and light trumps darkness. It says that the many teenage girls who believe they’re not good enough can find their strength and beauty, even through their flaws.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Karen Gordon
    The Old Man & The Gun is, on the surface, a low-key, easygoing movie that is funny and charming. But it’s also slightly subversive, nodding to the appeal of the great American anti-hero, a role that Redford played many times in his career.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Karen Gordon
    Mary Poppins Returns is a rare treat. It’s an old fashioned movie musical with an old-fashioned message that works perfectly in the modern world.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Karen Gordon
    Border is more resonant than you’d expect, and one of the oddest movies of the year.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Karen Gordon
    It’s a tricky premise, and maybe a bit too much for first time writer/director Tom Edmunds Not even the reassuring presence of Tom Wilkinson, who makes everything he’s in better, can right this particular ship.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Karen Gordon
    In spite of all the talent, in the end, the success of a heist movie is in whether you buy the movie’s twists and turns. In this case, it’s an enjoyable ride, but some of the story’s weaknesses make it less than it might have been.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Karen Gordon
    Boy Erased isn’t the powerhouse that it could have been. But the movie has heart and soul. And, given that Gay Conversion Therapy centers still exist, the story at the core of the film is an important one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Karen Gordon
    In the end the joy of the movie is in watching these four very different characters interact.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Karen Gordon
    Bradley Cooper makes an impressive directing debut with A Star Is Born, turning one of Hollywood’s most remade movies into something fresh and soulful, even though it’s hampered by some of the story’s clichés.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Karen Gordon
    The nut of the movie, the thing I return to again and again when thinking about it, is the issue of how much the odds were stacked against Kusama. Kusama-Infinity is a perfect movie for the #metoo era: A glimpse into the life of a woman with a vision who had the misfortune of being born at a time when even what was arguably the most progressive culture felt that it was just fine to ignore a woman’s voice.

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