Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Biography:
I'm a freelance music and film critic, which means a lot of people mistake me for Newsweek's Jeff Giles (I even get his mail sometimes). I am not Newsweek's Jeff Giles. Also, I like long walks on the beach.
Publications:
Bullz-Eye.com , Collider.com , Dadnabbit , Movies With Butter , Popdose , Rotten Tomatoes
Total Reviews:
56
Location:
New Hampshire

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
77% Veronica Mars (2014) " It's a fun, light watch, with just enough laughs, twists, and beautiful people to keep a viewer engaged for precisely 107 minutes before wafting back into the cloud." — Movies With Butter
Posted Mar 14, 2014
82% The Unknown Known (2014) " It's entertaining until it isn't, and when it isn't, that's because any movie that takes an honest look at the horrible events covered by this film probably shouldn't be entertaining." — Movies With Butter
Posted Mar 13, 2014
—— Soap Life " Whether you're a dedicated soap watcher, a lapsed fan, or someone who's turned up their nose at the daytime dial, Soap Life is worth watching." — Movies With Butter
Posted Mar 12, 2014
90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " Very sweet, and not in a cloying way; if anything, its exceedingly low-key charms are a blessed relief in a genre that too often relies on aggressively gauzy nostalgia." — Movies With Butter
Posted Mar 11, 2014
84% Run & Jump (2014) " This is familiar stuff, but in between the rusty narrative framework, Run & Jump boasts a big, beautiful heart." — Movies With Butter
Posted Jan 26, 2014
64% Old Goats (2014) " With nowhere to go and no real urgency to get there, it's ultimately more of a dull disappointment than the flash of tender insight it should have been." — Movies With Butter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
71% Zero Charisma (2013) " A surprisingly thoughtful look at nerd psychology, as well as a subtle indictment of the sort of gleeful ironic detachment that triggers reflexive scorn in the presence of unabashed passion." — Movies With Butter
Posted Oct 14, 2013
57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " A movie that's more interesting than entertaining." — Movies With Butter
Posted Oct 12, 2013
36% Last Love (2013) " At its most crucial moments, the movie feels arbitrary; you watch people doing things, and rather than be affected by those actions in any way, all you can do is wonder why they're happening." — Movies With Butter
Posted Oct 11, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " No matter what kind of film fan you might be, Gravity offers 91 of the most unforgettable minutes you're likely to spend at a theater anytime soon." — Movies With Butter
Posted Oct 4, 2013
96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Whether or not you've even heard of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, or Lynyrd Skynyrd, this is one lovely testament to the the power of the human heart." — Movies With Butter
Posted Sep 18, 2013
83% Blue Caprice (2013) " It's just a movie, but it might also be a warning." — Movies With Butter
Posted Sep 17, 2013
45% All Is Bright (2013) " You don't feel like anyone's better off at the end of this film, and none of the characters seem to have learned much of anything. It's just a dark interlude in their lives that ends with a sigh and a shrug." — Movies With Butter
Posted Sep 16, 2013
89% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) " They say information wants to be free, but after watching this delightful documentary, I'm not so sure -- I think what it might really want is to be wanted." — Movies With Butter
Posted Sep 15, 2013
71% I Declare War (2013) " Anyone with even the faintest memory of their middle-school years should come away feeling bittersweet recognition -- and maybe even a little shaken up, too." — Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 29, 2013
100% Rewind This! (2013) " Even if you grew up during the VHS era, you may never have connected the dots between the format's '80s home invasion and the entertainment marketplace we live in now -- an evolution Rewind This! traces in fascinating fashion." — Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 28, 2013
93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) " If you consider yourself any kind of film fan, I can't recommend This Is Martin Bonner highly enough." — Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 26, 2013
35% Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013) " Bereft of momentum or purpose, it just sort of putters around on the narrative byways for a couple of hours until it coasts to a stop." — Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 25, 2013
83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " Even though you might look at Drinking Buddies' poster and blanch at the memory of rental fees lost to low-grade exercises in '90s indie cinema, it's actually got a lot more going for it." — Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 21, 2013
80% Europa Report (2013) " If the sum is rather less than its parts, those parts are often more entertaining than you might expect." — Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 1, 2013
—— Charles Bradley: Soul Of America " Aside from making you want to dance, sing, hug Charles Bradley, and buy all his records, the movie makes you think. This is an important film -- and one that treats the viewer to a damn fine soundtrack in the bargain." — Movies With Butter
Posted Jul 31, 2013
86% The Conjuring (2013) " For much of its running time, Wan gets a lot of mileage out of toying with the audience's expectations using subtle feints followed by jump-in-your-seat jolts." — Movies With Butter
Posted Jul 19, 2013
72% Pacific Rim (2013) " In the long run, the fact that a director like del Toro felt compelled to make it probably says deeply troubling things about the future of the studio system. But for at least two hours and 11 minutes, it's a heck of a lot of fun." — Movies With Butter
Posted Jul 12, 2013
78% Monsters University (2013) " You can see it as a poignant tribute to dreams denied and outsiders pressured to fit in, or you can simply soak it in the way my kids (7 and 5) did: "That was the best movie ever because it was funny."" — Movies With Butter
Posted Jun 21, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " Proves, once again, that big explosions are not an adequate substitute for genuine epic scale." — Movies With Butter
Posted Jun 14, 2013
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " Their enduring faith in the redemptive power of song offers a subtle, exultant rebuttal to the American Idol dream of overnight fame as a means to its own end." — Movies With Butter
Posted Jun 7, 2013
50% Now You See Me (2013) " The whole movie ends up coming across like Wallace Shawn's character in The Princess Bride: so smug in its belief that it's already outwitted you that it ends up poisoning itself before the story's halfway over." — Movies With Butter
Posted Jun 1, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Expertly wields impressive CGI effects and boffo set pieces in service of a strong message, confidently expressed with some of the best acting and dialogue in Trek history." — Movies With Butter
Posted May 17, 2013
78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " In spite of some killer set pieces and some genuinely funny moments, the whole thing feels awfully hollow in the end." — Movies With Butter
Posted May 3, 2013
93% Amour (2012) " One of the most thoughtful, tenderly wrought ruminations on love in recent memory." — Movies With Butter
Posted Dec 19, 2012
51% This is 40 (2012) " It has a terrific cast and a rich premise. So why doesn't This Is 40 feel like much of a movie?" — Movies With Butter
Posted Dec 16, 2012
65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " By the end, An Unexpected Journey has undeniably taken you on a ride -- it's just a much bumpier one than you might have expected." — Movies With Butter
Posted Dec 16, 2012
74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " Unless you have a serious bias against major holiday mascots, you'll be hard pressed to resist the occasional chuckle or wistful sigh." — Movies With Butter
Posted Nov 22, 2012
48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " Taken on its own merits, it's a woefully uneven mess; if you've never understood the appeal of The Twilight Saga, nothing you see here will change your mind, but you probably weren't going to see it anyway." — Movies With Butter
Posted Nov 18, 2012
92% Skyfall (2012) " A lithe, brutal case study in how characters can stay vital no matter how many stories they've already told." — Movies With Butter
Posted Nov 10, 2012
86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " Wreck-It Ralph addresses its themes with more honesty and wit than we've come to feel we have any right to expect from family-friendly Hollywood." — Movies With Butter
Posted Nov 2, 2012
96% Argo (2012) " Uses old-fashioned Hollywood formula to demonstrate exactly why, in the right hands, old-fashioned Hollywood formula always works." — Movies With Butter
Posted Oct 15, 2012
93% Looper (2012) " Only Johnson's third film, Looper's something like a modern masterpiece, and he'll be hard-pressed to follow it up -- but it should be our pleasure to watch him try." — Movies With Butter
Posted Sep 29, 2012
95% Best Worst Movie (2010) " Stephenson has made a fun film, and there's nothing wrong with that -- but it's tempting to wonder what a more objective director might have done with this." — Collider.com
Posted May 12, 2010
4/5 72% Forrest Gump (1994) " Even if its success was overblown, so was the backlash." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Jan 20, 2010
95% Mary and Max (2009) " Like Mary and Max's friendship, this movie is an act of tenderness that will linger long after the closing credits roll." — Collider.com
Posted Oct 19, 2009
41% The Rocker (2008) " Perhaps The Rocker's most annoying feature is that it isn't completely terrible." — Collider.com
Posted Jan 8, 2009
—— Heroes Season 2 " This time out, the writers were content to let storylines dawdle for weeks, a problem compounded when that nasty old writers' strike reared its head and the show's producers were left with a truncated 11-episode run." — Popdose
Posted Nov 16, 2008
1.5/5 39% Feast of Love (2007) " Let Google point you to this movie's finer moments, and leave the rest. It's really that bad." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 100% Man on Wire (2008) " Petit showed us that a dream, no matter how risky or dangerous, is often its own reward. It's an important lesson, but one that's obviously easy to forget, and Man on Wire is a stunning reminder." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Jan 22, 2008
3/5 —— Live From the Artists Den - Patty Griffin (2007) " A set as solidly entertaining as you'd expect from an artist of Griffin's caliber." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Dec 1, 2007
3/5 —— Opus & Bill - A Wish For Wings That Work (1999) " Talking animals, brightly colored animation, a heartwarming moral to the story...what else could you possibly want out of a holiday 'toon?" — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Dec 1, 2007
2/5 —— Rock Relief: Live in Concert (2007) " If a disaster relief concert is held, and is itself a disaster, who raises money for the concert's victims?" — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 16, 2007
4/5 —— Van Morrison - Live at Montreux 1980 & 1974 (2006) " The chance to see a rock & roll legend in his prime, for this kind of money, is something you really have to look for reasons not to take." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 16, 2007
2.5/5 30% Flashdance (1983) " There's something real in here, and it could have made it to the screen, but the people involved were too shortsighted to see it through." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 16, 2007
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