Jamie S. Rich

Jamie S. Rich

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
Jamie S. Rich is a novelist and comic book writer, whose work has been published by Oni Press, Dark Horse Comics, and Image Comics. He has contributed movie and music reviews to various alternative weeklies in Portland, OR, and currently writes about film for The Oregonian and DVDTalk.com. He is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society.
Publications:
DVDTalk.com , Oregonian , Portland Mercury
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
374

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 151 - 200 of 374
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 70% Ocean's Thirteen (2007) " Ocean's Thirteen is a smorgasbord of man candy, sarcastic tangents, and criminal camaraderie. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3.5/5 68% Synecdoche, New York (2008) " Kaufman is perhaps our most accomplished chronicler of the weird and self-reflexive intersection of movie artistry and life expression. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3.5/5 51% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) " ... the movie in which a screenwriter stares at a true story without a three-act structure as hard as he can until a three-act structure appears. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Feb 5, 2014
A 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) " "Ernest & Celestine" delivers a sweet message that should prove delightful to young and old alike. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Feb 4, 2014
A- 73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " "Young & Beautiful" is mysterious and erotic, though the ending may leave some as cold as Isabelle. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Feb 4, 2014
B+ 95% Gabrielle (2014) " An emotionally raw yet uplifting drama about a mentally challenged woman (Gabrielle Marion-Rivard) struggling with first-time romance and a desire to be independent. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Feb 4, 2014
2.5/5 67% On the Ice (2012) " MacLean finds a steady rhythm that nicely captures life in the middle of nowhere. "On the Ice" stays frosty throughout, but it's engrossing if you can adjust to the temperature. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Feb 4, 2014
3/5 86% Run & Jump (2014) " "Run & Jump" turns out to be more emotionally satisfying by not providing simplistic cures for serious maladies. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 93% The Past (2013) " ...plays like a long line of dominoes tumbling toward an unseen denouement. Each scene bangs into the other, exposing another hidden truth, altering the shape of all that came before. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4.5/5 99% A Separation (2011) " Just as all of the players in its narrative touch one another, the film touches the audience in profound ways that can't be easily resolved. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Jan 29, 2014
2/5 54% Choke (2008) " Like its main character, it's a scared little boy trying to make us think it's a cunning, dangerous man, and all I can say is, lose the act, son, you're not fooling anybody. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Jan 28, 2014
3/5 86% Kiss the Water (2014) " Impressionistic animation illustrates the beauty Boyd created...Megan herself comes off as some kind of fabled creature, never seen, but always admired and respected. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Jan 28, 2014
1.5/5 13% Brightest Star (2014) " The cast gets too-cute-by-half dialogue so they can show off how witty they are. Too bad no amount of actual wit could cover for a weak male lead and an emotionally stunted story. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Jan 28, 2014
3/5 71% The Forgotten Space (2012) " At times as much a travelogue as it is an investigative portrait, [it] finds unexpected tributaries where mass transit has altered the life of the common worker, usually with negative results. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Jan 20, 2014
1.5/5 No Score Yet Sake Bomb (2014) " Sake-Bomb is its own tedious cliché: a polemic that becomes everything it's supposed to hate. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Jan 20, 2014
3/5 40% Black Out (2014) " Packed with colorful characters and gnarly plot twists, Arne Toonen's movie is a stylish, bloody romp. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Jan 14, 2014
3.5/5 88% Fire In The Blood (2013) " "Fire" clearly and succinctly reports on efforts to circumvent drug patents and provide millions of Africans suffering from HIV with antiviral drugs. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Jan 14, 2014
3/5 100% La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2013) " "La Camioneta" is a fascinating tale of determined individuals, and witnessing the transformation of the familiar into something new and useful is inspiring. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Jan 6, 2014
A- 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Though maybe known better to moviegoers as the mind behind such perverse pleasures as "Bug" and "Killer Joe," Letts shows his range here, writing a raw, bitter drama that hits at the heart of where his characters live. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Jan 6, 2014
5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The artistry at work here is something else. The Wolf of Wall Street is agile and wicked and depraved. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 24, 2013
1.5/5 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The fact of the matter is, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is bland, unfunny, and not at all romantic. It's also wholly unimaginative. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2.5/5 86% At Berkeley (2013) " Creates interesting juxtapositions between the differing concerns and pursuits of the faculty and student body, but your butt and your brain may find the excessive runtime equally punishing. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 100% A.K.A. Doc Pomus (2013) " "A.K.A. Doc Pomus" gathers friends, collaborators, and, of course, the music to show just how big the talent and how much bigger the heart of an incredible artist. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3.5/5 92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2013) " The artist and the art are inseparable. Stanton is a man content in the "nothing" he's carved out for himself. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4.5/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " 'American Hustle' has style and story to spare...It embodies so much of the American spirit and lifestyle into what is widely considered a truly American medium. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 18, 2013
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Director/co-writer Adam McKay lets the nominal plot of the thing run too long, but there's lots of chortles, guffaws, and belly-shakers to be had... " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 18, 2013
4/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Whether or not you believe him, The Armstrong Lie raises interesting moral questions. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/5 91% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " In a weird way, Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? makes ideas fun, like the most pretentious episode of Sesame Street of all time. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 12, 2013
4/5 83% Persistence Of Vision " After watching "Persistence of Vision," stream the version of "The Thief and the Cobbler" available on Netflix. It will break your heart. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 10, 2013
1/5 50% Contracted (2013) " Our inability to identify with [Townshend] means we can't identify with the film's central horror, and thus "Contracted" isn't all that unsettling. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 10, 2013
3.5/5 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " It's a movie that kicks up a lot of dust, but once the dust clears, you're only left with stale air. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/5 88% The Punk Singer (2013) " Whether you like stories about music, creative people in general, or individuals who show strength in the face of adversity, The Punk Singer is essential viewing. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2.5/5 74% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " Mark Mori's film tells a story a lot of Bettie Page fans have wanted to hear, but in a chintzy manner that doesn't live up to the reputation of its subject. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 85% Spinning Plates (2013) " What at first seemed like very separate experiences begin to merge. All the restaurateurs want to feed people and make them happy, and each puts a little of themselves into the effort. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 3, 2013
4/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " Nebraska is a movie that believes people can still be good and that they are at their best when being good to each other. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3.5/5 92% Philomena (2013) " Philomena is really a performance movie. The writing is fine, as is the staging, but the true appeal is watching Coogan and Dench together on the screen. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/5 89% Frozen (2013) " The end result is middling. Youngsters will likely dig it, but this is one that parents and grown-up animation aficionados may struggle to stay invested in. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 92% Le Joli Mai (1963) " At nearly three hours, "Le Joli Mai" meanders, but it remains potent when it gets personal, even if the political aspects can seem a little dated. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2/5 62% Nicky's Family (2013) " The documentary gets heavy handed with the contemporary material, but the actual story is one that deserves to be told. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 85% The Ides of March (2011) " It is a movie of our age, one that weighs the struggle of belief against a broken system and examines how both are affected by the vagaries of human foibles. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4.5/5 89% The Descendants (2011) " While it has a surface layer that could be seen as trite or even pandering, I think that's deceptive. Beneath the veneer, Payne's latest is surprisingly uncompromising " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 47% MacGruber (2010) " MacGruber doesn't worry about subtlety. A laugh is a laugh, high or low, so the team just barrels through and grabs them wherever and however they can get them. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2/5 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) " X-Men: First Class is a wobbly film that never finds its balance. It is at times fun and even a little thrilling, but it's also mostly dopey and even boring. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 84% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " The Princess and the Frog deftly balances romance, humor, and adventure, working in musical numbers and comical asides while making it all part of the central story. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2.5/5 97% The Queen (2006) " Unfortunately, the rest of the tribulations of the Royal family are cut from a fashion that has gone out of style...I found myself asking why I should care for these people. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " The audience can never sit and watch content in the belief that it will all work out for any of these soldiers. It's hard to tell if the days are counting down or running out " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 53% Green Zone (2010) " Green Zone is a kind of All the President's Men for the Iraq War, with Matt Damon playing a fictionalized military version of Woodward and Bernstein " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4.5/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " Mendes and Deakins always put their bold vision in service to the action, making for clear fights and chases. Skyfall is a smooth movie. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 25, 2013
C 46% The Book Thief (2013) " "The Book Thief" renders a dark history in the most bland and inoffensive hues. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2.5/5 40% First Comes Love (2013) " There are some fascinating insights, particularly as her infant son makes her re-examine her childhood...but "First Comes Love" also suffers from being self-obsessed. " ‐ Oregonian
Posted Nov 19, 2013
4.5/5 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Blue is the Warmest Color is an expansive, personal epic, at once raw and unadorned, but also highly stylized. " ‐ DVDTalk.com
Posted Nov 19, 2013
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