Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Jake Wilson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Australia), Urban Cinefile

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 27% Terminator Genisys (2015) "The problem is that nothing carries much weight - not the stilted romance between Sarah and Kyle, not the effect-driven action sequences, not even the threat of apocalypse, with billions of lives supposedly in the balance. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/5 75% Minions (2015) "Bring a two or three year old to Minions, if you can find one, and probably you'll both have a pretty good time. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 45% Ted 2 (2015) "While I stayed mostly stony-faced through both the original Ted and this sequel, professional duty obliges me to recognise MacFarlane as a genuine eccentric with a certain amount of flair. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Ye Ying - Le promeneur d'oiseau (The Nightingale) "Although competently crafted, the film lacks excitement of any sort. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2.5/5 33% Poltergeist (2015) "Remaking the 1982 horror film Poltergeist wasn't necessarily a bad idea, but this new version feels like too little, too late. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/5 50% San Andreas (2015) "A fair amount of intelligence has gone into San Andreas -- but not into the extremely corny dialogue, which seems designed to make the audience groan. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 27, 2015
2.5/5 53% Woman in Gold (2015) "It's an underdog story tailor-made for the movies, devoid of surprises but touching all the same. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 22, 2015
3/5 57% Gemma Bovery (2015) "Viewers lured into seeking hidden significance in Gemma Bovery may themselves be the butt of the joke. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 21, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Touch "As a rule, the script development process is a mixed blessing, but in this case, I wish the producers had shelled out for three or four more drafts. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "George Miller's follow-up to his post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy is the thrill-ride fans have long been waiting for: streamlined and packed with detail, proudly silly and deadly earnest, ultra-commercial and a cry from the heart. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 12, 2015
3/5 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) "Morgen draws no distinction between meaningful artistic creation and the expression of private pain. Then again, blurring that distinction was always part of Nirvana's achievement. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "An enigmatic chamber drama in the tradition of Ingmar Bergman, centred on two women who could be mirror images or aspects of a single self. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 7, 2015
2/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "As this overlong, lacklustre sequel demonstrates, a souffle can only rise once. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 7, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet One Eyed Girl "This is a potentially interesting film that for various reasons does not quite work. It is hard to get invested in the woes of Travis, a morose and unappealing character. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 72% Trash "It's not surprising that Trash is a shameless crowd-pleaser, and that, like many films of its type, it has a contradiction at its heart. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 61% Unfriended (2015) "Unfriended is genuinely innovative and experimental. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/5 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "Basically an interesting failure. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/5 61% Boychoir (2015) "Boychoir, too, doesn't have drama so much as spaces where the drama could have been. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/5 6% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) "There are mediocre films, and then there are films like Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, where the mediocrity is more or less the point. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Avengers: Age of Ultron, is a letdown -- entertaining to a degree, but so overstuffed that it may mark the point of diminishing returns for the Marvel movies generally. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3.5/5 96% It Follows (2015) "Ultimately, rather than sex, what seems threatening here is impending adulthood in all its dimensions, and in its floaty, insubstantial way, It Follows catches some of the mingled excitement and terror of growing up. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 100% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) "Matthews' documentary background shows through in his refusal to wrap up plotlines too neatly, or treat eccentricity as something to be explained away. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/5 30% The Longest Ride (2015) "Everything is tied up in a neat moral bow, with Luke realising that the challenge of the rodeo pales next to the "longest ride" of the title, which -- I hope I'm not giving too much away -- is the ride they call life. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/5 74% TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015) "Experienced Tinker Bell watchers should be able to predict roughly where the story is headed; still, by the standards of the series the ending is unusually contemplative, even sombre. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 82% The Book of Life (2014) "Though the plot gets a bit congested, the film remains far less predictable than most of its kind. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 84% Listen Up Philip (2014) "What gives Listen up Philip an edge is its willingness to defy this convention. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/5 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "It's a simple premise with proven appeal, giving director Paul Tibbitt and his team freedom to construct a film where just about every element of the storytelling exists to be parodied and undermined. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 25, 2015
3/5 80% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "There's a central truthfulness to the film, which is full of stray details that are sure to trigger the viewer's own memories of the ordinary chaos of childhood. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 25, 2015
3/5 29% Get Hard (2015) "Ferrell and Hart work well together: both are highly verbal performers, supported by a script full of unlikely linguistic flourishes. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 25, 2015
2/5 46% Home (2015) "Home is schematic and moralistic in the frequent manner of modern American cartoons, although the moralising doesn't entirely make sense: there are a couple of underlying metaphors that don't quite mesh. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 60% Run All Night (2015) "If you appreciate this kind of guff, then Run All Night, despite its slow spots, is a fairly good yarn. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 36% Hunting Elephants (2015) "Reshef Levi's Hunting Elephants was a box-office smash in its native Israel, but much of the humour is clearly the kind that gets lost in translation. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 18, 2015
4/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "It isn't one film but many, an anthology of expertly recreated genre tropes, from fog-shrouded noir to sunlit paranoia. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/5 31% Chappie (2015) "Blomkamp's strength lies in his unabashed populism, an extension of his sympathy with the underdog. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/5 75% Lucky Them (2014) "A study of the perils of nostalgia, Megan Griffiths' Lucky Them itself comes off as a throwback to an earlier era of low-key, whimsical US independent cinema. This is not a bad thing, considering the talents of the cast. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/5 63% That Sugar Film (2015) "Simply put, Gameau's one-man experiment is not rigorous enough to prove anything at all, however striking his results seem. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 96% National Gallery (2014) "To say Frederick Wiseman makes observational documentaries is like saying Alfred Hitchcock made thrillers -- accurate, but not the heart of the matter. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Gangnam 1970 (Gangnam Blues) (2015) "Gangnam Blues does not break much new ground for its genre, but it's very well-made in what is by now a familiar Korean style, emphasising clarity, medium-to-long shots, and symmetrical compositions with actors often directly facing the camera. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/5 34% Project Almanac (2015) "[It] is a "found footage" movie. This gimmick may have run its course: not only does Israelite use the method inconsistently, he never shows why it's needed to tell this particular story. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Somewhere Only We Know (2015) "In style and sensibility, [it] echoes another recent Chinese "chick flick", 20 Once Again. Both films are aimed at a youth market, yet both have a conservative slant, encouraging the younger generation to retain the prudent virtues of times gone by. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 18, 2015
3/5 91% The Departed (2006) "As ingenious as it is artificial. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 23, 2015
2/5 27% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "When the writers run out of ideas, they settle for desperate bad taste: a scene with a dog at a bachelor party is probably the kinkiest thing in any Hollywood comedy since Adam Sandler's That's My Boy mounted a qualified defence of paedophilia. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/5 80% Paper Planes "It's a simple premise but rich in subtext, delivering a pointed message to the generation responsible for Australia's future. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 22, 2015
2/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "The gags run the gamut from the inspired to the amusingly corny -- and are hung on one of the Farrellys' patented convoluted plots. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 16, 2015
2.5/5 96% Argo (2012) "Only two scenes do more than hint at the poetic potential of the premise. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 13, 2015
2.5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "A film that, despite its surface simplicity, proves to be riven with contradictions to the point of incoherence. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 13, 2015
2.5/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "This is comfortably straightforward hokum -- which is to say that Jackson, for all his delusions of grandeur, remains a bit of a hobbit at heart. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3.5/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "The team behind Big Hero 6 clearly have good intentions, as well as being the smoothest operators around. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 96% Ida (2014) "Pawlikowski is intelligent, sensitive to mood and willing to defy fashion -- and this last quality, in particular, is rare enough to be worth valuing. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/4 74% Godzilla (2014) "A bit of a mess. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 5, 2015
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