Ellen E Jones

Ellen E Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Little White Lies , Total Film
Total Reviews:
77

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
98% 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
83% 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
38% 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) " 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
—— 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 [UK]
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 [UK]
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
4/5 91% My Dog Tulip (2010) " More Harold And Maude than Marley & Me; amusing, insightful and a little perverse." — Total Film
Posted May 4, 2011
3/5 95% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) " After the millionth lingering shot of a cave wall, you may be less enthused, but this is still a worthwhile trip." — Total Film
Posted Mar 16, 2011
4/5 87% Submarine (2011) " Smart and sly, funny and fourth-wall-breaking... but above all, an excruciatingly accurate coming-of-ager." — Total Film
Posted Mar 7, 2011
2/5 64% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) " Grown-ups will still struggle not to picture a post-puberty sequel featuring DUIs and rehab trips." — Total Film
Posted Feb 18, 2011
2/5 70% Never Let Me Go (2010) " The pupils' failure to question their fate plays more like lethargy than tragically repressed emotion." — Total Film
Posted Jan 31, 2011
2/5 46% Hereafter (2010) " Despite stand-out moments both epic and intimate, Clint's latest is a film about death that's likely to put many audiences to sleep." — Total Film
Posted Jan 27, 2011
4/5 86% Chico & Rita (2012) " All buzz, colour and sublime jazz, Chico & Rita is an instant design classic -- and cracking cinema too." — Total Film
Posted Nov 17, 2010
3/5 80% Made in Dagenham (2010) " It's jolly stuff, yet for all the bawdy banter, there's a Boat That Rocked-like sense of a genuinely interesting moment being regurgitated as a cuddly sitcom." — Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/5 91% The Secret of Kells (2010) " Hand-drawn and watercoloured, the animation is as sublime as a stained-glass window." — Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/5 89% World's Greatest Dad (2009) " We can't wait to see what Goldthwait does next." — Little White Lies
Posted Sep 24, 2010
4/5 94% Winter's Bone (2010) " With a face as impassively beautiful as the landscape she trudges through, Ree Dolly is a heroine you won't forget. Tenacious and stoic, she holds her own in a vernacular that's equal parts hillbilly and hard-boiled." — Total Film
Posted Sep 16, 2010
3/5 42% 22 Bullets (2013) " Without a compelling plot to hold our attention, this only amounts to an impressively bloody bullet-a-thon: 22 seems a very conservative estimate..." — Total Film
Posted Sep 9, 2010
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