Is ‘Good Time’ worth watching?

Good Time is lively and profound

It tries too hard to look intellectual

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Good Time shows off Robert Pattinson’s acting qualities as a gritty robber on an emotion- and adrenaline-filled rollercoaster ride, suggests Justin Chang of NPR. The movie reminds of crime thrillers from the seventies, involving intricate bank heist schemes and witty one-liners. Grimy and raw, it doesn’t shy away from social commentary, giving us a window into the lower-middle-class life in Queens. Individual moments stand out, being as brilliant as they are short, with topics such as racism, fraternal love and the wounds of a hard past flashing across the screen. Sporadic humor reigns in the tension, resulting in an all-round good time.

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Robert Pattinson can’t shake off his celebrity aura in Good Time, making his attempt to portray a lowlife confusing and shaky, infers A. O. Scott of the New York Times. Too packed with action, the movie’s frantic pace blurs its vital details. The camera never stops shaking, which seems like an overly forced attempt to appear rough and edgy, which feels rather cliché. None of the characters are relatable; their flaws are humane, but unending. Progressive social commentary about racism isn’t as original as the movie seems to think and stands out as overly provocative. Good Time uses already-seen tropes to seem innovative, which it isn’t.

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