Cathy Jakicic

Cathy Jakicic

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Biography:
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel film critic.
Publications:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Total Reviews:
130

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " The movie offers no colorful villains, no sharp turns or surprises, little drama, chuckles instead of laughs, and a somewhat pokey and predictable plot. And I enjoyed every minute of it." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 19% Sex Tape (2014) " There are some funny moments, but the former "Bad Teacher" co-stars are surprisingly chemistry-free." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " "Think Like a Man Too" is even less substantial than the original, but funnier in a manic, glitzy way befitting its Vegas setting." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " "How to Train Your Dragon 2" succeeds because it builds on, but doesn't try to replicate, the magic of the first movie." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " Fleshing out one of Disney's quintessential villains is an intriguing idea. But, while "Maleficent" teases at the premise's potential, it never quite sustains the magic." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " Many scenes in "Neighbors" are genuinely funny; others are really gross. Many are both. But in the end, the movie's tone and humor are pretty uneven." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 74% Oculus (2014) " I don't have much time to write this review, because after seeing "Oculus" I need to cover every mirror in the house before I go to bed." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Doesn't quite capture the surprise magic of the last effort, but it's still a lot of fun." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " The action is, as advertised, nonstop, and well-paced throughout. There are a number of exciting action sequences, and the suspense never flags." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " Both too much and not enough." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2.5/4 10% The Nut Job (2014) " Fun, but ultimately not really satisfying." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " Full of clever songs, genuine laughs and thrills, plenty of heart and just a touch of romance, [Frozen] definitely holds its own with the likes of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2.5/4 38% Delivery Man (2013) " If the movie had embraced its farcical side, I would have been happy to roll with it. But every time it tried to be serious, it revealed lapses of logic that I couldn't get past." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/4 69% About Time (2013) " In addition to its sharp/sweet dialogue, the movie's success rests with the radiant dorkiness of leads Gleeson and McAdams, as well as the quirky supporting cast." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 7, 2013
2.5/4 18% Free Birds (2013) " While what may be the first-ever major Thanksgiving-themed animated feature is fun for kids and witty enough for some adult giggles, I was slightly underwhelmed." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2.5/4 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Warts and all, the movie definitely succeeds in engaging its audience." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/4 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 captures the goofy fun of the first course, while offering some completely original giggles." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " In the end, "Don Jon" offers the promise of progress without pat answers. It also offers the promise of the future work of an undeniably talented actor-turned-director." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 26, 2013
1.5/4 2% Getaway (2013) " As a moviegoer, I am not against car chases, but I generally like some movie wrapped around them." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2.5/4 26% Planes (2013) " All in all, less-than-stellar Disney is still above-average entertainment, and "Planes" undoubtedly will keep the little fliers amused - even while their parents put their brains on autopilot." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/4 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " Anyone who has seen NPH host the Tonys or the Emmys may wonder if there is nothing the actor can't do. Well, he can't make his thankless role as straight man to tiny blue cartoons work." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 86% The Conjuring (2013) " The impact is in the suggested and the unseen, rather than the gory and grotesque - just as it is like the best classic horror films." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/4 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " While its broad strokes don't break any new ground, its surprise and charm are in the small details and individual performances." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2.5/4 64% Unfinished Song (2013) " It boasts two beautiful performances from Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/4 78% Monsters University (2013) " A thoroughly delightful, impressively animated, summer movie with plenty of laughs, a gentle wit and a surprisingly nuanced range of life lessons." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/4 75% The Kings of Summer (2013) " While things occasionally get a bit too quirky, the young leads - Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias - make it work." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/4 84% Kon Tiki (2013) " "Kon-Tiki" has a grand, old-fashioned feel - a man-against-nature adventure that feels like it was made in - not just set in - the optimistic post-World War II era." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 30, 2013
2/4 66% The Iceman (2013) " The performances are not helped much by the script or the movie's muddy palette, which gives everything the look and sound of a '70s movie of the week." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 16, 2013
3/4 70% The Croods (2013) " Like its hero - voiced with comic frustration by Nicolas Cage - "The Croods" is simple and funny, if not too complex, and completely family-friendly and fun." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2.5/4 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) " The pairing of Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand certainly sounds promising and, to a large extent, the promise is realized. But not quite." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Dec 19, 2012
3/4 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " "Rise of the Guardians" gives classic holiday heavyweights a fresh and funny new spin, but it's the delightful fleshing out of the fantastical "B team" that really makes the movie click." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 20, 2012
1.5/4 25% Fun Size (2012) " In the hierarchy of trick-or-treat candy - with Snickers being at the top and Mary Janes at the bottom - "Fun Size" is a pack of candy cigarettes: mostly tasteless and completely inappropriate for kids." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 25, 2012
2.5/4 12% Alex Cross (2012) " The problem is that "Alex Cross" is just not a great movie, and its breakneck-paced, sometimes logic-optional story doesn't allow Perry to realistically develop his character's transformation from cerebral detective to action hero." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 18, 2012
2.5/4 63% Sinister (2012) " Watching Hawke investigate strange goings-on night after night without turning on one light in the house becomes unintentionally comical." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/4 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " This unabashed dorky/cool embrace of the world of a cappella is a happy surprise at every turn." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 27, 2012
2.5/4 22% The Words (2012) " The inherent problem with a movie about writing is that watching someone write is not very interesting." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 6, 2012
2.5/4 57% Sparkle (2012) " The one surprise: how ultimately satisfying it actually is." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 16, 2012
2.5/4 70% Men in Black III (2012) " Happily, it far exceeds the second effort. And while it doesn't quite match the first, it's still a good time - extraterrestrial warts and all." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 24, 2012
3/4 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " The majority of the movie's quirky humor is more chuckle than guffaw, but it's consistently fresh and, in general, surprisingly gentle." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 26, 2012
3/4 54% Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012) " A rare example of an adaptation that actually adds dimension, not to mention original songs, to the work it's based on." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 1, 2012
2.5/4 53% Safe House (2012) " "Safe House" boasts not one but two highly engaging stars in Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Unfortunately, their chemistry is disappointingly underused in favor of gunbattles and car chases." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 9, 2012
3.5/4 91% Arthur Christmas (2011) " "Arthur" is so full of clever visual humor and throwaway background jokes that multiple viewings may be needed to take it all in." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 22, 2011
2/4 3% Jack and Jill (2011) " If you liked Adam Sandler's "Happy Gilmore" and "Billy Madison," you'll probably like "Jack and Jill." On the other hand, if you've seen either of them, you've already seen it." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 10, 2011
3/4 82% The Way (2011) " I'm guessing more than a few moviegoers will lace up their hiking boots for their own pilgrimage." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 20, 2011
3.5/4 93% 50/50 (2011) " It's an impressive balance between humor and heart." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3/4 84% Contagion (2011) " [It] can't exactly be called a pleasure of any kind, but it is quietly compelling, building the tension as methodically as its characters chip away at the medical puzzle." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 8, 2011
2.5/4 45% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) " Like its slacker hero, "30 Minutes or Less" turns out surprisingly well despite a lot of questionable choices." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 11, 2011
3/4 84% A Better Life (2011) " Takes the classic "The Bicycle Thief" and reinvents it for today with quiet, powerful effect." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/4 90% Winnie the Pooh (2011) " Rather than a mind-blowing movie experience, "Pooh" is a cinematic snuggle." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 14, 2011
2/4 14% Zookeeper (2011) " Well-meaning, sort of sweet, but can't really get it together: That describes both Kevin James' character and his new movie, "Zookeeper."" — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 7, 2011
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