Ellen E Jones

Ellen E Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Little White Lies , Total Film
Total Reviews:
89

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
50% BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The humour is wry and bittersweet and there's also a really great theme tune by Jesse Novak, so while BoJack Horseman might not be an obvious candidate to sit alongside the Netflix greats, subscribers should give it a chance. " — Independent
Posted Aug 25, 2014
76% Maron: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Maron's musings will be enough for some, but on the evidence of this uninspiring first episode, I'm inclined to agree with Dragonmaster's mean-spirited assessment: "If whining was jokes, Marc Maron would be a genius." " — Independent
Posted Aug 15, 2014
90% The Wrong Mans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It certainly looks as good as a Hollywood thriller. It's only a shame that the combination of ordinary blokes and extraordinary setting won't feel original to anyone who's seen Shaun of the Dead or any other Simon Pegg/Nick Frost collaboration. " — Independent
Posted Aug 12, 2014
82% Almost Royal: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This first episode of Almost Royal did elicit some chuckles, but it was never as satirical or as audacious [as Sacha Baron Cohen's work]. " — Independent
Posted Aug 11, 2014
—— Jonah From Tonga: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The good news is, this was much funnier than Ja'mie: Private School Girl, the disappointing first spin-off from Lilley's cult mockumentary Summer Heights High. " — Independent
Posted Aug 8, 2014
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Masters of Sex is the show you want to love and yet with every passing episode, there's one less reason to try. " — Independent
Posted Aug 8, 2014
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) " This political thriller is proving to be not so much about what's going on in the Middle East, as about the people who contemplate the Middle East from afar and wonder where their responsibility to it lies. " — Independent
Posted Jul 25, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If this series makes good on the pilot's most intriguing threads, it should evolve into Rosemary's Baby meets Alien meets Homeland. " — Independent
Posted Jul 10, 2014
72% The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The 100 entertained. " — Independent
Posted Jul 8, 2014
79% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's no doubt about the quality of Penny Dreadful's constituent parts...Yet, as Dr Frankenstein might have told his new friends, reanimating parts as a whole isn't a simple matter of sewing them together. " — Independent
Posted May 22, 2014
—— Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 12 (TV, 2010-2011) " Even for hardened cop show viewers like myself, there are some plots so thoroughly nasty you feel unsettled for days after the have credits rolled. Last night's story was one of those. " — Independent
Posted Apr 22, 2014
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The new Fargo... seemed to be brimming with characters and stories all its own. " — Independent
Posted Apr 21, 2014
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Even in a show with more than 200 characters, pleasingly, there's always room for more. " — Independent
Posted Apr 7, 2014
86% Call the Midwife: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " Call The Midwife and its ilk might include darker subjects from time to time, but lacking the nuance of serious drama they can never truly tackle them - so why bother? " — Independent
Posted Apr 1, 2014
36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Logic gaps notwithstanding, Believe's pilot episode did successfully set up a case-of-the-week structure that's worked before. " — Independent
Posted Mar 31, 2014
89% Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " The characters still interact in ways that feel true, but the comedy is now sharp enough to entertain viewers who don't happen to be affluent twentysomething white women. " — Independent
Posted Feb 6, 2014
57% Hostages: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " We can enjoy the exhilarating ride you'd expect from exec producer Jerry "Blow 'em up" Bruckheimer. Say what you will about Con Air and Armageddon, but this guy knows how to hold an audience's attention. " — Independent
Posted Jan 15, 2014
5/5 97% Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " The greatest satisfaction of this thoroughly satisfying season opener was confirmation that Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss (who penned the episode) knows us fans better than we know ourselves. " — Independent
Posted Jan 2, 2014
100% Last Tango in Halifax: Season 2 (TV, 2013) " If you want real emotional depth and nuanced backstory - the stuff of real drama, in other words - try two pensioner protagonists. " — Independent
Posted Nov 25, 2013
95% An Adventure in Space and Time " In Doctor Who, an end is always a beginning, and so it was with Mark Gatiss's cleverly resonant script. " — Independent
Posted Nov 22, 2013
—— Light and Dark " The trouble with these physics documentaries: the more you learn, the less you understand." — Independent
Posted Nov 19, 2013
—— Borgen: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " This show is top-class political drama, a badge of middle-class belonging and, for the British, also a kind of utopian sci-fi fantasy. " — Independent
Posted Nov 18, 2013
—— Bedlam: Season 3 " Determinedly optimistic, despite some very bleak circumstances. " — Independent
Posted Nov 13, 2013
81% American Horror Story: Coven (TV, 2013-2014) " American Horror Story: Coven is a bubbling cauldron of lurid visuals, screaming rows and high-camp horror. The perfect antidote, in other words, to all that tepid teen stuff that currently dominates the genre. " — Independent
Posted Nov 6, 2013
52% Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " It wasn't really Dracula's hypnotic eyes or seductive whispering that drew us to the dark side; there just weren't any other characters worth rooting for. " — Independent
Posted Nov 1, 2013
100% Ripper Street: Season 2 (TV, 2013) " It's testament to the richness of Ripper Street's police-procedural-meets-costume-drama premise, not to mention the seediness of the Victorian East End, that the writers are yet to run out of new ideas for gruesome crime plots. " — Independent
Posted Oct 31, 2013
90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Mad Men has already explored similar territory with more elegance and subtlety. " — Independent
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) " If anyone can make you sympathise with affluent LA yuppies, Rashida Jones can." — Total Film
Posted Nov 23, 2012
3/5 96% Argo (2012) " It's impossible to be bored by a story this good, especially with that cast." — Little White Lies
Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " Cotillard's performance is primed for awards, while Schoenaerts is a rough diamond." — Total Film
Posted Oct 29, 2012
4/5 94% The Sessions (2012) " Aided by committed, awards-ready performance, The Sessions transforms 'taboo' subject matter into a humorous, humane and uncomplicated pleasure." — Total Film
Posted Oct 17, 2012
3/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) " A feelgooder spiced by social conscience, this is one of those underdog productions with potential to punch well above its weight. Go on, give it a chance." — Total Film
Posted Oct 17, 2012
3/5 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " It might not be a massive hit, but it will certainly ease a few paths through the awkwardness of adolescence." — Total Film
Posted Oct 3, 2012
4/5 93% Barbara (2012) " Not only has director Christian Petzold assembled a fascinating hill of beans, but there's a moonlit scene that almost alone justifies his Silver Bear win at Berlin." — Total Film
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3/5 74% Hope Springs (2012) " Fine turns from Streep and Jones bedrock this compassionate, quietly subversive drama." — Total Film
Posted Sep 3, 2012
3/5 17% The Watch (2012) " If you can ignore the disturbing parallels with recent events, this middle-aged, Middle-American Attack The Block raises a laugh." — Total Film
Posted Aug 23, 2012
2/5 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) " Ultimately, we remain unconvinced of Step Up's anti-capitalist credentials. Especially after that hilariously inept Nike plug in the final scene." — Total Film
Posted Jul 31, 2012
2/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " The time is ripe for a great Ken Loach film. If only Ken Loach was up for making one." — Little White Lies
Posted May 31, 2012
2/5 22% What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) " An awful ensemble comedy to complete that Valentine's Day / New Year's Eve box-set, complete with sexist clich├ęs." — Total Film
Posted May 23, 2012
4/5 96% The Muppets (2011) " The sunniest, happiest film in the world - and if the under-10 in your life can't appreciate that, it might be time to put them up for adoption." — Total Film
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2/5 3% Jack and Jill (2011) " Sandler's brash, unpretentious and unsubtle family comedy might be more enjoyable if it wasn't so mean." — Total Film
Posted Jan 23, 2012
4/5 93% 50/50 (2011) " This is the terminal illness weepie for people who don't watch terminal illness weepies, and it's much the better for it." — Total Film
Posted Nov 15, 2011
1/5 4% Abduction (2011) " Agent Cody Banks meets post-shark jump 24, with what appears to be an 8-year-old Soviet body builder in the lead role." — Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2011
4/5 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " A cleverer script could have made its point and remained tactfully agnostic, but it's still amusing to see mumblecore's trademark naturalism leavened by some old-fashioned movie magic." — Guardian
Posted Sep 22, 2011
23% What's Your Number? (2011) " Enjoyably racy though it is, What's Your Number? racks up zero surprises. Faris fans awaiting a role to do her justice will have to wait a little longer." — Total Film
Posted Sep 21, 2011
3/5 67% Friends With Kids (2012) " Friends with Kids takes an unusual romantic premise and explores it in satisfying and perceptive depth." — Guardian
Posted Sep 20, 2011
3/5 25% Killer Elite (2011) " Robust, does the job, but unrefined." — Total Film
Posted Sep 15, 2011
3/5 45% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) " A tasty line-up, but a nihilistic tone and lacklustre script make for a fast-food action-comedy that's diverting but throwaway." — Total Film
Posted Sep 6, 2011
3/5 70% Friends With Benefits (2011) " If you see only one casual-sex-com featuring a Black Swan alumni this year, make sure it's this one." — Total Film
Posted Aug 23, 2011
1/5 8% Everywhere and Nowhere (2011) " Capturing the energy of club culture on screen is notoriously difficult. This stale production shouldn't even have tried." — Total Film
Posted May 10, 2011
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