New Gone Girl Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics
20th Century FOX released their new drama/thriller movie, “Gone Girl” into theaters today, and all the reviews are in from the major,top movie critics, and it turns out to have resonated quite well with most of them, getting an overall 79 score out of a possible 100 across 45 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon,and David Clennon. We’ve added blurbs from a couple of the critics,below.
Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a perfect 100 score, saying:” Grimly dark humor and spot-on production design buttress the captivating story and heighten the unnerving atmosphere…Gone Girl will leave you breathless and haunted.”
Joe Nuemaier over at the New York Daily News, gave it another wicked 100 score, stating: “Fincher is a fearless filmmaker who understands his audience’s intelligence (not to mention their cinematic blood lust). By the end of Gone Girl, we feel like we’ve lived through about four movies, not just one. Good luck letting go of any of them.”
Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times, gave it another great 100 as well. He stated: “Superbly cast from the two at the top to the smallest speaking parts, impeccably directed by Fincher and crafted by his regular team to within an inch of its life, Gone Girl shows the remarkable things that can happen when filmmaker and material are this well matched.”
Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 100 score. He said: “Anyone who loved Gone Girl the book will walk out of Gone Girl the movie with a sick grin on their face. You can stop being nervous.”
Justin Chang at Variety, gave it another nice 100, saying: “Surgically precise, grimly funny and entirely mesmerizing over the course of its swift 149-minute running time, this taut yet expansive psychological thriller represents an exceptional pairing of filmmaker and material.”
James Rocchi at TheWrap, gave it a 90 score, saying:” Not only brutal but also brutally funny, Gone Girl mixes top-notch suspenseful storytelling with the kind of razor-edged wit that slashes so quick and clean you’re still watching the blade go past before you notice you’re bleeding.”
Matt Zoller Seitz from RogerEbert.com, gave it an 88 score, stating: “Gone Girl is art and entertainment, a thriller and an issue, and an eerily assured audience picture.”
Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it another 88 score. He stated: “The editing, with so many twists and turns and so many supporting characters needing their due, is without hiccups. And thankfully, there’s plenty of dark humor.”
Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it an 88 grade, saying: “David Fincher’s film version of the Gillian Flynn bestseller Gone Girl is a stealthy, snake-like achievement. It’s everything the book was and more — more, certainly, in its sinister, brackish atmosphere dominated by mustard-yellow fluorescence, designed to make you squint, recoil and then lean in a little closer.”
Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it an 88 score too. He said: “David Fincher’s shockingly good film version of Gone Girl is the date-night movie of the decade for couples who dream of destroying one another.”
Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it an 80 score, saying: “A sharply made, perfectly cast and unfailingly absorbing melodrama. But, like the director’s adaptation of another publishing phenomenon, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, three years ago, it leaves you with a quietly lingering feeling of: “Is that all there is?”
Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 score, claiming: “Gone Girl is a great thriller until it stops being one, about 20 minutes before the finish. Until then it’s brilliant, not just a triumph of story but of strategy, a movie that keeps the audience grasping and reaching in all the wrong directions, while consistently delivering something a little better, a little crazier and a little more disturbing than expected.”
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 70 grade. He stated: “The movie, with some of the trappings of a murder mystery, makes its points with blunt force. Fun seldom figures in this adaptation, which is overlong and mysteriously unaffecting. Still, Mr. Fincher’s film has many fascinations.”
Manohla Dargis from the The New York Times, gave it a 60 score, stating: “At its strongest, Gone Girl plays like a queasily, at times gleefully, funny horror movie about a modern marriage, one that has disintegrated partly because of spiraling downward mobility and lost privilege. Yet, as sometimes happens in Mr. Fincher’s work, dread descends like winter shadows, darkening the movie’s tone and visuals until it’s snuffed out all the light, air and nuance.”
Lou Lumenick from the New York Post, gave it a 50 score. He said: “A glossy, empty and ultimately unsatisfying — if undeniably entertaining — movie.”
Finally, Mark Feeney over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “Perhaps Flynn, who did the adaptation, has been a little too faithful to her novel. The faux-punchiness of her dialogue doesn’t help matters. The characters sound like people trying to sound like people in the movies and not quite pulling it off.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.