Rob Gonsalves

Rob Gonsalves
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: eFilmCritic.com
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar feels like a hard shot from the source of terror -- an allusive work of art. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 82% 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. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 60% Wallflower (2019) Wallflower walks a fine, unsteady line between keeping the narrative engaging and somehow making the story "entertaining." - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) In the current moment it feels like an oasis and a hug. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
2/5 41% 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 48% 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
2/5 65% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino's horrors are aggressively grotesque, but also easy to shake off. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com 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. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed is Paul Schrader's twenty-first film as a director, and probably his best. It seems to sum up a lot of things Schrader believes in, artistically and spiritually. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
5/5 80% The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) The filmmaking here, though rushed and on the cheap, is a hot stew of influences... all of it coalesces into a cinematic essay about the violence and chaos, and also the vitality and urgency, of worldly life. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
4/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) If you enjoy the soft-grained, difficult, probing nature of Decker's film - and I did, for the most part - it pays off in quiet, almost peripheral ways. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
4/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Despite all its hip mayhem, directed both at anonymous thugs and at well-thumbed pulp tropes, Deadpool 2 is also good-hearted. It doesn't strike me as nihilistic or even cynical. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018