Rob Gonsalves

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 78% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) It's ugly, but then so is the subject; director Mark Landsman means to show that the tabloid that's been an unavoidable patch of the American cultural wallpaper for much of our lives has left a mostly corrosive footprint wherever it has stepped. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 62% Paradise Hills (2019) Every shot of Paradise Hills is otherworldly in its beauty. I'm not sure how it "reads" as a narrative, but as a visual work of art, a tone poem, and a riff on some familiar but evergreen themes it makes one stand and applaud. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/5 50% 3 from Hell (2019) Zombie has gifts; he really does. And I'd rather see him using them with fresh material than repeating himself, which is what he did to some extent in 2016's 31 and also here. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy brings not only his still razor-sharp comedic instincts but a certain gravitas, a whiff of defeat, to his performance. The stakes seem higher, the obstacles to success taller, than in those other weird-show-biz biopics. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar feels like a hard shot from the source of terror -- an allusive work of art. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 89% Riot Girls (2019) Riot Girls is both retrograde and progressive, which fits this polarized time. Vuckovic's direction is assured, steady and earthy; the images and sound have a pleasing solidity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 83% Crawl (2019) If you stop expecting Crawl to transcend its low goals as a beer-and-pizza Saturday-night rental, it's a decent crappy time, if a little slick and soulless. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 50% Wallflower (2019) Wallflower walks a fine, unsteady line between keeping the narrative engaging and somehow making the story "entertaining." - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn is an intelligently made thriller whose director, David Yarovesky, knows how to draw out dread with silence and turn it up to 11 only when necessary. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) In the current moment it feels like an oasis and a hug. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
5/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die has its wiseass downtown moments, but there's also something morosely creepy about it, and Jarmusch isn't larking around at Romero's expense. Whatever Jarmusch is saying here, he's as serious about it as Romero was. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
2/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's not a good time or aesthetically pleasing or even very exciting. There are two or three fantastic apocalyptic images, but that's about it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet London Fields, The Director's Cut (2018) London Fields as its director intended it is a noble attempt, ravishingly shot by Guillermo Navarro and dotted with ironically sprightly needle-drops. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
4/5 100% Chained for Life (2019) The performances in general are incisive, with the insecure Weixler playing deftly off the witty Pearson, who carries himself in a way that makes the case for disabled actors playing disabled characters all by itself. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Shakes out as an epic tone poem about dreams fed by violence and envy and credulity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The new directors (Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer) and screenwriter (Jeff Buhler) don't hesitate to alter King's original story to make it work as a movie. I applaud this. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 73% The Perfection (2019) Is it pleasurable? Here and there. It's more gripping than entertaining; it squeezes us, it pulls on the short hairs of our temples. It establishes and maintains control -- bullying control. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) However much we want Nightmare Cinema to be a rollicking slice of throwback horror, it only lands sporadic punches. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
5/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) They Shall Not Grow Old is probably the finest thing Peter Jackson has had his hand in since Heavenly Creatures. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
5/5 93% Us (2019) The movie is spooky as hell, dealing hard and fast from a thick deck of symbolist cards, and ultimately Peele offers it as a suggestion to think about what society and prosperity are built on. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Call Us Ishmael (2019) Call Us Ishmael tells the compelling and, when you think about it, frightening story of a literary classic that acts like the monster under the bed, grabbing readers' ankles and pulling them into its hot close darkness. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
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 75% 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 49% 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 76% 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 58% 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 52% 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