Jake Coyle

Jake Coyle

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
Associated Press film critic.
Publications:
Associated Press
Total Reviews:
173

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 173
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
11% Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011) " One feels sympathy for such classic, beloved characters constantly being refashioned for films beneath them. Red Riding Hood needs a better agent." — Associated Press
Posted Apr 27, 2011
23% Sucker Punch (2011) " One feels for the talented actors swept into such hokum." — Associated Press
Posted Mar 24, 2011
35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) " Disaster films will really get interesting when they start running out of iconic skylines to destroy. How about "Battle: Wichita" or "Deep Impact: Albany"?" — Associated Press
Posted Mar 10, 2011
88% Rango (2011) " Perhaps a new classification has been born: the "SpaghettiOs Western."" — Associated Press
Posted Mar 2, 2011
85% Cedar Rapids (2011) " The gifted Reilly is now almost principally a comedic actor -- and with good reason. He's the most lovable of goof balls, with his eyes rolling around his sockets crazily and a voice that sounds drunk even when it's sober." — Associated Press
Posted Feb 11, 2011
3.5/5 30% Sanctum (2011) " There's plenty of atmosphere and awe, even if it's in the service of a story that starts rote and finds its sea legs only when half the divers have sunk their bones to Davy Jones." — Associated Press
Posted Feb 2, 2011
72% Somewhere (2010) " Coppola is brilliant at capturing mood: With cinematographer Harris Savides, her languid camera depicts California melancholy. But substance isn't her game." — Associated Press
Posted Jan 21, 2011
24% The Dilemma (2011) " Unfortunately, Ronny and Nick's bromance takes over, and James has neither the comedy chops or wildness to keep up with Vaughn." — Associated Press
Posted Jan 13, 2011
64% Biutiful (2010) " Inarritu is as visually talented as any filmmaker working today, and Biutiful (which was shot by Rodrigo Prieto) is relentlessly detailed. But it's also leaden and contrived." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 29, 2010
13% Yogi Bear (2010) " This being the highly advanced 21st century, simple animation won't do, so we must suffer through mediocre, lifeless computer-generated animation of this treasured twosome." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 17, 2010
43% Faster (2010) " The movie is in such a hurry that it doesn't bother to slow down for proper names, instead referring to its main characters as archetypes." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 23, 2010
89% Tangled (2010) " The romance doesn't match the visual splendor, but no matter: The lushness is enough." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 22, 2010
32% For Colored Girls (2010) " The rich language of the ruminations are utterly disconnected from Perry's dialogue." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 3, 2010
55% Welcome to the Rileys (2010) " Scott has the good sense not to bring everything to a neat conclusion. After all, this is really the Rileys' movie, and one about rebirth and letting go of demons." — Associated Press
Posted Oct 28, 2010
58% Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) " Paranormal Activity 2 is better made and not quite as paper thin as the original, but by replicating the bare-bones B-film, the sequel sacrifices any chance for distinction." — Associated Press
Posted Oct 22, 2010
87% Buried (2010) " Whatever the reasons that draw us to the movies, spending 90 minutes trapped in a box with Ryan Reynolds isn't one of them." — Associated Press
Posted Oct 8, 2010
28% Life as We Know It (2010) " Its familiar story passes with nothing to distinguish itself from the many other similarly plotted movies and sitcoms." — Associated Press
Posted Oct 6, 2010
85% Easy A (2010) " Olive is a kind of modern day Ferris Bueller. She has it pretty close to all figured out, and she even gets her own big, gratuitous musical number. It's a terrifically deadpan, lively performance from Stone." — Associated Press
Posted Sep 16, 2010
68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) " Hoffman reveals Jack the sad sack to be an odd, inarticulate Buddha, willing to put in the work it takes for growth." — Associated Press
Posted Sep 14, 2010
53% Going the Distance (2010) " The couple-surrounded-by-quirky-friends dynamic is as obvious as the movie's New York locales and well-positioned indie band posters." — Associated Press
Posted Sep 2, 2010
66% The American (2010) " It's difficult not to want Corbijn's mournful seriousness to ease up a bit. But The American is nevertheless transfixing in its weary, muted grace." — Associated Press
Posted Sep 1, 2010
76% Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) " There's still a warm, British naturalism to Nanny McPhee Returns and an old-fashioned cheerfulness uncommon to most of today's kids movies." — Associated Press
Posted Aug 20, 2010
41% The Expendables (2010) " It's willfully out of date, like an aging hair band that can't pack away the spandex." — Associated Press
Posted Aug 12, 2010
81% Cairo Time (2010) " The scenery is enchanting and it's clear Nadda was inspired to make the film from the beauty of Cairo. She and cinematographer Luc Montpellier succeed in fashioning a graceful postcard to the city, but a story, too, would have been nice." — Associated Press
Posted Aug 5, 2010
43% The Extra Man (2010) " Kline's performance as Henry -- regal in its classical stage pronunciations -- is clearly the best thing in the film. But the character still fails to resonate; Henry isn't much more than a bag of peculiarities." — Associated Press
Posted Jul 29, 2010
64% Predators (2010) " There isn't anything as comically grisly as the exploding head or Carl Weathers' arm removal, both well-remembered moments from the original Predator." — Associated Press
Posted Jul 9, 2010
12% Love Ranch (2010) " A movie with prostitutes, guns, boxing and Reno is crying out for the film noir treatment. Along with neon signs in the desert, give us some terse dialogue and some fatalism." — Associated Press
Posted Jun 30, 2010
8% Furry Vengeance (2010) " No animals may have been hurt in this production, but Brendan Fraser was." — Associated Press
Posted Apr 29, 2010
86% The Square (2010) " The brothers Edgerton may not be able to summon the dangerous lust or romance of a Cain story, but they can ably supply the wry sense of fate." — Associated Press
Posted Apr 8, 2010
81% City Island (2010) " The outer-borough oddities of City Island are hard to resist." — Associated Press
Posted Apr 2, 2010
28% Clash of the Titans (2010) " The whole thing feels like a joyless slog." — Associated Press
Posted Apr 1, 2010
13% The Bounty Hunter (2010) " The Bounty Hunter has little to offer besides some face-time with handsome stars." — Associated Press
Posted Mar 17, 2010
13% Our Family Wedding (2010) " Famuyiwa has made a mostly charming movie despite its cliche milieu." — Associated Press
Posted Mar 9, 2010
51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) " Though Burton's film boasts some excellent performances, as the caterpillar says to our heroine, it's merely "almost Alice."" — Associated Press
Posted Mar 2, 2010
19% Cop Out (2010) " Cop Out is a clumsy postmodern buddy cop flick that stuffs as many genre references as it can into the ceaseless patter between Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis." — Associated Press
Posted Feb 24, 2010
18% Valentine's Day (2010) " Most successful is the chemistry between Grace and Hathaway, but with so many swings, that's a pretty low batting average." — Associated Press
Posted Feb 11, 2010
89% Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) (2010) " Terribly Happy, directed by Henrick Ruben Genz, is all moodiness, midnight black comedy and noir mystery." — Associated Press
Posted Feb 10, 2010
37% From Paris with Love (2010) " The biggest thing standing in the way of From Paris with Love achieving even that standard is the laughable casting." — Associated Press
Posted Feb 1, 2010
16% When in Rome (2010) " It's all exceptionally predictable and disappointingly laugh-free, especially since anything with Arnett -- one of the funniest around -- is typically worth the price of admission." — Associated Press
Posted Jan 28, 2010
56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " There's undeniable catharsis -- albeit an ugly, somewhat unsettling catharsis -- in Edge of Darkness." — Associated Press
Posted Jan 26, 2010
18% The Tooth Fairy (2010) " Director Michael Lembeck shows little imagination in what could have been a quirkier, more interesting kids tale. He does direct surprisingly good hockey sequences, though, including an overhead shot of an airborne tooth." — Associated Press
Posted Jan 21, 2010
48% The Book of Eli (2010) " In the future, according to The Book of Eli, we'll all dress like we're in a Nine Inch Nails video. It is written." — Associated Press
Posted Jan 12, 2010
25% The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2009) " Though it's dated, the larger issue has to do with those timeless problems of plot and character." — Associated Press
Posted Jan 6, 2010
66% Youth in Revolt (2010) " Areta's film has whimsy and a few great lines, but not enough originality." — Associated Press
Posted Jan 6, 2010
64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) " The resulting film is an outlandish juggling act. It teeters, creaks and breaks at the seams, but somehow holds together better than you would expect and better than such an extravagant farce should." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 22, 2009
2.5/4 83% Avatar (2009) " A movie whose effects are clearly revolutionary, a spectacle that millions will find adventure in. But it nevertheless feels unsatisfying and somehow lacks the pulse of a truly alive film." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 11, 2009
76% Invictus (2009) " Invictus is dripping with inspiration -- how to summon it, how to communicate it. Late in his career, Eastwood seems to be finding it everywhere." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 8, 2009
71% The Last Station (2010) " The message is clear, if you didn't get it from the rich acting: This is a film to celebrate nature and life." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 2, 2009
63% Brothers (2009) " The aspiration of Brothers is noble. But it can't preserve the intimacy of the original film, and the loosened characters slide into cliche." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 2, 2009
75% The Road (2009) " Adapting a masterpiece such as The Road is a thankless task, but the film doesn't work on its own merits." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 23, 2009
3/4 87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) " Cage dives headlong into the madness. It's plain fun to see the actor give himself so fully to a character after several years of mostly forgettable action movies." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 18, 2009
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