Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
CBC.ca Arts , eye WEEKLY , Globe and Mail , The Grid , Toronto Star
Critics' Group:
Toronto Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
915
Total QuickRatings:
2

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 915
Previous | Next
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
7/10 80% Three Night Stand " Canadian efforts to replicate the blend of raunch, smarts, and heart of the Judd Apatow comedy factory have mostly missed the mark but this savvy rom-com succeeds where others have failed." — The Grid
Posted Feb 19, 2014
8/10 74% Blood Brother (2013) " In spite of his clear love and admiration for Braat, Hoover is also brave enough to consider the ethical questions that arise from any well-intentioned First Worlder's attempts to alleviate suffering on the other side of the planet." — The Grid
Posted Dec 13, 2013
9/10 80% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " A bold, big-hearted Belgian drama about love and loss, The Broken Circle Breakdown is as full of joy and sorrow as any of the bluegrass ballads performed by its central couple. " — The Grid
Posted Nov 7, 2013
7/10 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Pleasingly old-school, Thor: The Dark World has a greater kinship with the science-fiction movies of the 1950s or even the first Star Wars cycle than the more earthbound adventures of Tony Stark and the rest of Thor's fellow Avengers." — The Grid
Posted Nov 7, 2013
7/10 56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Less provocative for its assault on the false ideals of corporate-controlled family fun than its clever repurposing of many of the same German expressionist and gothic horror tropes that are at the root of much Disney iconography." — The Grid
Posted Oct 25, 2013
8/10 93% All Is Lost (2013) " As a rugged yet wise exploration of manhood and mortality, All Is Lost gives great Hemingway." — The Grid
Posted Oct 25, 2013
6/10 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " What opens as an often perceptive study of ordinary men struggling to cope with forces beyond their grasp becomes a juiced-up action thriller, full of angry exchanges of bullets and bullet-point dialogue." — The Grid
Posted Oct 10, 2013
7/10 78% The Dirties (2013) " Very smart and very dark." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
6/10 86% Under the Skin (2014) " The most striking passages deliver a heartily Kubrickian dose of science-fiction erotica but the movie's menacing allure evaporates midway through, followed by the last vestiges of a comprehensible plotline." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
9/10 87% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Jim Jarmusch's most lucid, satisfying, and flat-out gorgeous feature since Dead Man." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
7/10 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Though the subject matter inevitably seems a little sexed-up and contrived compared to recent docs like How to Survive a Plague, director Jean-Marc Vallée rarely wastes an ounce of Matthew McConaughey's gusto." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
7/10 88% Jimi: All Is by My Side " The lack of original Hendrix music is a serious hindrance, but director John Ridley is far less interested in any onstage displays of flamboyance than more fraught fragments that point to the artist's inner turmoils and frustrations." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
8/10 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " There's none of Django Unchained's revenge fantasies or tomfoolery here, only a sober depiction of the cruelty and oppression that defined a long and very ugly chapter of American history." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
9/10 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Music docs with untold stories about unsung talents are an increasingly scarce commodity. But Muscle Shoals hits pay dirt with this vivid history of two recording studios that became crucial hotbeds of deep Southern soul and funky rock 'n' roll." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
9/10 99% Wadjda (2013) " Though the influence of Italian neorealism is clear in Wadjda's unshowy style and generosity of spirit, this film remains a singular achievement for all the best reasons." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
8/10 96% Enough Said (2013) " Though the general anxiety level doesn't run quite as high in Enough Said as it did in Holofcener's brilliant 2010 effort, Please Give, there's still a fine balance of the same acerbic humour and messy emotional vulnerability." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
7/10 49% Parkland (2013) " Its scenes of bloodied doctors, panicked aides, and devastated Secret Service Agents are gripping, but Parkland is marred by Landesman's efforts to ensure that the historical importance of every moment is not lost on viewers. " — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
8/10 79% Watermark (2014) " Watermark succeeds both as a rumination on our varied relationship with H2O and as a warning about the perils we'll face when we're down to the last few drops." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
8/10 97% Gravity (2013) " Cuarón is so successful at immersing viewers in the astronauts' environment that Gravity is only marginally hampered by its flaws." — The Grid
Posted Oct 4, 2013
93% Sample This (2013) " Sample This contains a wealth of revelations about music and musicians with which most people are intimately familiar yet know little about." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 12, 2013
6/10 47% We're The Millers (2013) " An affable if only passably funny effort that reunites Jason Sudeikis with his Horrible Bosses co-star Jennifer Aniston, We're the Millers rides much the same highway as National Lampoon's Vacation did in an earlier era of raunchy road comedies. " — The Grid
Posted Aug 8, 2013
5/10 68% Elysium (2013) " Elysium is yet another badly derivative and poorly engineered contraption in a summer movie season that's already thick as blackflies with 'em." — The Grid
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/4 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " While the pleasures of Silva's trippy road-trip movie are mostly minor, it still does something major by eliciting Cera's boldest performance to date." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 26, 2013
8/10 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Iron Man 3 displays no shortage of cocky swagger in-between - and often during - the requisite sequences of high-tech 3-D carnage." — The Grid
Posted May 10, 2013
8/10 71% I Declare War (2013) " It's no small feat for the audacity of I Declare War's premise - presenting an afterschool game of war in a way that looks and feels as real to viewers as it does to the youngsters in the thick of it - to be matched by the cunning of its execution" — The Grid
Posted May 10, 2013
7/10 85% Graceland (2013) " Morales's often brutal morality tale has both a grim intensity and a shattering impact." — The Grid
Posted May 10, 2013
7/10 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " For all of its flash, the movie aims for the utmost sincerity as a grand love story. Alas, Luhrmann doesn't quite have Fitzgerald's finesse when it comes to handling the shift between gilt-edged satire and heart-rending pathos. " — The Grid
Posted May 10, 2013
8/10 90% Portrait of Wally (2012) " The film's troubling take on the moral flexibilities of the art world may also have viewers wondering about the provenance of what they see on museum walls." — The Grid
Posted May 6, 2013
100% Burn (2012) " An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames." — Toronto Star
Posted May 2, 2013
6/10 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " What with a cast that includes Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, and Susan Sarandon, this might've been the most star-studded production of the year had it been made in 1975." — The Grid
Posted Apr 26, 2013
7/10 40% Tai Chi Hero (2013) " Like its predecessor, Tai Chi Hero is continually hampered by its thin characters and badly convoluted narrative but at least this time there are more opportunities to savour the many oddball pleasures." — The Grid
Posted Apr 26, 2013
8/10 68% Wrong (2013) " Quentin Dupieux's brand of absurdism lands somewhere between the plays of Eugène Ionesco, the looniest sketches of Monty Python, and the most adventurous efforts of the Adult Swim brigade." — The Grid
Posted Apr 26, 2013
4/10 45% To The Wonder (2013) " Fragmentary to the point of being formless and devoid of any motivation or momentum, it's the first of Malick's works to feel more like a sketchbook than a film." — The Grid
Posted Apr 26, 2013
8/10 71% My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2013) " The rare sex farce that is ultimately more adult than it is adolescent." — The Grid
Posted Apr 26, 2013
6/10 62% Love, Marilyn (2012) " Garbus' use of Monroe's own words are plenty wrenching at times but they don't add much to our collective understanding of either the enduring myth or the truth about the damaged woman who existed behind that sexpot façade. " — The Grid
Posted Apr 4, 2013
7/10 62% Evil Dead (2013) " For all of his movie's predictability, director Fede Alvarez finds several ways to increase the creep factor, largely by playing the scares straight and sticking to an unabashedly old-school approach. " — The Grid
Posted Apr 4, 2013
6/10 68% Stoker (2013) " As fun as it can be to play this game of spot-the-reference, the movie's too besotted with its own cleverness and stylistic flourishes to generate a genuine sense of risk or menace." — The Grid
Posted Apr 2, 2013
3/10 8% The Host (2013) " Director Andrew Niccol is completely unable to add any depth or elegance to Meyer's pedestrian storytelling and thin characters. We can only presume that those aliens have already gotten hold of his body already." — The Grid
Posted Mar 29, 2013
9/10 100% Wake in Fright (2012) " This tale of sun-baked savagery has lost little of its audacity or ferocity while it languished unseen." — The Grid
Posted Mar 28, 2013
7/10 91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " Such is the rigorous and high-minded nature of Romanian cinema that even a real-life exorcism story can inspire something loftier than a horror movie." — The Grid
Posted Mar 28, 2013
5/10 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " The glib humour gives the endeavour an air of self-parody, but not always the fun kind. " — The Grid
Posted Mar 28, 2013
8/10 83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) " With its modest story and lack of cute magical furballs, From Up on Poppy Hill is a tad too uneventful and prosaic to match the best of Studio Ghibli but it's lovely all the same." — The Grid
Posted Mar 21, 2013
8/10 64% New World (2013) " However familiar its moves may sometimes be, New World continually punches above its weight and that's true even when the screen isn't filled with black-suited extras assaulting each other with knives and baseball bats." — The Grid
Posted Mar 21, 2013
6/10 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " Olympus Has Fallen comes off like an entirely unironic attempt to revive the '80s cycle of let's-restart-the-Vietnam-War movies and home-turf variants like Invasion U.S.A. " — The Grid
Posted Mar 21, 2013
9/10 93% No (2013) " No continually impresses for its slyness and savvy -- rarely has such an eyesore been so worth watching." — The Grid
Posted Mar 15, 2013
8/10 —— Blood Pressure " Director Sean Garrity fashions something tense, steely, and affecting out of a premise that might've yielded an erotic fantasy if the events here weren't so rooted in its suburbanite heroine's mid-life malaise." — The Grid
Posted Mar 15, 2013
5/10 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Though the best stretches flirt with the mix of cruel-edged comedy and abject despair that was once the forte of the Farrelly brothers, it soon settles for being a rote redemption tale." — The Grid
Posted Mar 15, 2013
5/10 38% Dead Man Down (2013) " Dead Man Down's script falls prey to its own downward trajectory, its unwieldy array of cheap contrivances and half-witted switcheroos amounting to little more than a cut-rate riff on The Departed." — The Grid
Posted Mar 8, 2013
6/10 56% Snitch (2013) " Snitch's storyline has distinct echoes of Breaking Bad but it's hard to say where to place it on the proverbial TV dial due to its sometimes clumsy shifts between Lifetime-style earnestness and a tougher sensibility better suited to FX." — The Grid
Posted Mar 6, 2013
8/10 80% Tower " A confident statement of purpose by one of Toronto's most gifted young filmmakers" — The Grid
Posted Mar 6, 2013
Showing 1 - 50 of 915
Previous | Next
  • Sort by Rating:

    Sort results by this critic's rating. This option is only available for critics with a rating system (4 star, letter grade, 1-10, etc.)

  • Sort by T-meter:

    Sort results by the Tomatometer (percentage of critics recommending a certain movie)

Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile