Jason Best

Jason Best

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Jason Best's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "Jolie's solidly old-fashioned film doesn't probe particularly deeply into its hero's psyche, but striking Oscar-nominated cinematography and O'Connell's compelling lead performance ensures it remains a rousing celebration of human resilience and courage. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 10, 2015
28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "When it comes to the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, Scott pulls out all the stops. The Nile doesn't simply run red; it has ferocious crocodiles snapping up the locals, too. It's the stuff in between the set-piece scenes that's the problem. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 10, 2015
3/5 59% Spooks: The Greater Good "A solidly entertaining espionage thriller; not up there in the first rank of spy movies but a decent enough placeholder to keep fans of the genre happy until the next James Bond. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 10, 2015
30% Autómata (2014) "Automata has some interesting ideas but is let down by its clunky script and even clunkier acting. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "The magnificent Mulligan - grabbing our attention from the moment she appears in a tight-fitting strikingly dashing russet leather jacket to gallop across the Dorset countryside - rightly dominates this ravishing costume drama. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 3, 2015
82% Black Sea (2015) "The plot doesn't entirely hold water... but Law exudes brawny charisma and helps the film build up a good head of sweaty, claustrophobic tension. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 26, 2015
69% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 "Whereas the TV series peeled back the friends' puerility to reveal an essential sweetness, at feature-length their antics are simply crass. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 26, 2015
84% Predestination (2015) "Hawks and Snook's performances pack a surprising emotional punch, and even if you spot the film's big twist coming you will still want to watch it all over again to spot all the deftly placed clues. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
70% The Salvation (2015) " A gratifyingly old-fashioned Western of the sort Hollywood long ago gave up making. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
89% Glassland "A miscast, not fully convincing Collette hits some wrong notes along the way. Reynor, though, is superb, and his tightly wound, taciturn performance lets us feel the clenched desperation of the young cabbie's plight. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
74% TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015) "Full of rich colours, gentle humour and mild spills and thrills, this enchanting tale is sure to delight little girls. Grown-ups could well be charmed, too. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
59% A Little Chaos (2015) "For all its visual splendours, the film is never as engaging as you might hope, partly because of the predictable storyline and partly because a disappointingly stiff Schoenaerts is no match for the soulful Winslet. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
84% Rob the Mob (2014) "Offbeat crime drama Rob the Mob hits just the right semi-comic tone to pull off its outlandish, stranger-than-fiction true story. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "There are only so many superhero smackdowns a body can take before it all becomes biff bam bore... the film is most entertaining when it finds the Avengers kicking back rather than kicking off, hanging around off duty and indulging in locker-room banter . " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
85% John Wick (2014) "Stahelski and co really show their mettle when it comes to the film's extravagant battles. Eschewing fast cuts in favour of long, beautifully choreographed takes, they give the fight scenes a clarity and grace that puts most other action movies to shame. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 11, 2015
71% The DUFF (2015) "The smartest, sweetest, wittiest high-school movie in years. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 9, 2015
84% Northern Soul "Brilliantly captures the amphetamine-fuelled energy and sweat-soaked fervour of 1970s northern England's soul music scene. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 3, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) "The brashest, noisiest, most ludicrously outrageous in the series so far. No surprises there... What is unexpected is quite how tender and poignant the film should turn out to be, a touching farewell to departed star Paul Walker. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 3, 2015
84% Cinderella (2015) "Hollywood filmmakers are no slouches these days when it comes to subverting or sending-up fairy-tale conventions. But Kenneth Branagh does something much more daring. He plays things straight. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 29, 2015
100% Next Goal Wins (2014) "Even folk who don't give a hoot about football will find their hearts warmed by inspirational documentary Next Goal Wins. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 29, 2015
30% Girl In Progress (2012) "Teen comedy-drama Girl in Progress is too self-consciously quirky for its own good, but Cierra Ramirez brims with sparky charm. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 29, 2015
71% The Voices (2015) "A darkly funny, disarmingly weird horror-comedy. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 29, 2015
98% Paddington (2015) "Nicole Kidman's slinky, kinky, stiletto-heeled dominatrix is a villain to die for. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 29, 2015
74% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) "Anger and anguish visible in her eyes and etched in the lines of her face, Juliette Binoche delivers a terrific performance. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 22, 2015
16% The Gunman (2015) "Penn shows off his muscles as well as his social conscience (shirtless, his forearms look as brawny as Popeye's), but with Taken director Morel at the helm it's hardly surprising that the action sequences should be more persuasive than the soul searching. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 22, 2015
31% Insurgent (2015) "There's a tad more visual flair and a tad more violence in the second instalment of The Divergent Series, yet Insurgent still looks like an anaemic Hunger Games clone. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 22, 2015
19% The Big Bang (2011) "Raymond Chandler meets Stephen Hawking in flashy film noir thriller The Big Bang, a bizarre mash-up of private-eye sleuthing and subatomic physics. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 14, 2015
61% Run All Night (2015) "Liam Neeson was looking spent in the decidedly short-winded Taken 3, but the entertainingly brisk Run All Night happily shows that he still has the legs as cinema's ruggedly heroic action dad. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 14, 2015
72% Suite Française "Handsomely shot, sensitively acted and, in places, genuinely stirring. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 14, 2015
77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "Jeremy Renner is on terrific form... but the rest of the movie doesn't quite live up to his impressively nuanced performance. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 7, 2015
89% Still Alice (2015) "We're all familiar with the Hollywood cliché that playing a character with a disease or disability is an attention-grabbing ploy for Oscar glory, but what is remarkable about Julianne Moore's performance is just how subtle and un-showy it is. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 7, 2015
55% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) "Anyone familiar with Shailene Woodley from such wholesome cinematic fare as young-adult weepie The Fault in Our Stars will be in for a shock when they encounter her no-holds-barred, all-flesh-bared performance in White Bird in a Blizzard. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 7, 2015
11% Unfinished Business (2015) "A would-be comedy of embarrassment that is simply embarrassing. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 7, 2015
98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) "Tall, dark and drily funny. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Mar 7, 2015
95% Catch Me Daddy (2015) " Daniel Wolfe and his brother Matthew create an almost relentlessly grim mood, with the odd moments of tenderness and humour quickly cancelled out by bursts of sickening violence. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 28, 2015
51% The Calling (2014) "The outcome is shrug-worthy rather than shocking. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 28, 2015
58% Knights of Badassdom (2014) "Clumsily edited, the movie is very uneven in tone... but the spirited cast emerge from the jokey carnage with dignity, if not all their body parts, intact. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 28, 2015
8% The Best Of Me (2014) "You know what to expect: a star-crossed romance for lovers from different worlds, kisses in the rain, moonlight swims, fateful separations and the tragic death of at least one leading character. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 28, 2015
70% What If (2014) "Rafe Spall makes an enjoyably obnoxious fall guy - literally so, in one farcical, very funny scene. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 28, 2015
42% Effie Gray (2015) "Compared with the daring vision of Mike Leigh's Mr Turner, Effie Gray is a disappointingly safe and dull affair. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 28, 2015
94% Love Is Strange (2014) "Sometimes gently funny, sometimes piercingly sad, ultimately uplifting. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 28, 2015
63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "The actors are so assured that they supply the nuances the script neglects and give even the lamest lines a comic zing. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 28, 2015
56% Focus (2015) "When a character refers early on to a manoeuvre called the 'Toledo panic button', anyone familiar with Chekhov's loaded rifle just knows it's going to be pushed before the movie's end. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 28, 2015
96% It Follows (2015) "The remorseless antagonist is genuinely horrifying, all the more so because its malignity is seemingly motiveless. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 28, 2015
11% The Boy Next Door (2015) "Putting her best pout forward, Jennifer Lopez throws herself into hilariously bad psychological thriller The Boy Next Door, possibly in a wilful bid to make a cinematic stinker that would obliterate memories of her 2003 folly Gigli. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 25, 2015
5/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) "If you have been with Jesse and Celine through the twists and turns, slips and stumbles of their romantic journey then their long, flowing, deceptively gripping conversations ripple with the realities of life. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 7, 2015
2/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "A cosmic misfire: spectacular to look at but spectacularly silly... Mila Kunis goes from scrubbing toilets in Chicago to being hailed queen of the universe but the movie goes right down the pan. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 7, 2015
5/5 99% Selma (2015) "Oyewolo brilliantly conveys [King's] incandescent gifts ... his shrewd tactical intelligence, blazing moral conviction and spellbinding rhetorical power. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 7, 2015
75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "Stuffed full of quirky details, bizarre characters and cockeyed humour. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2015
61% Draft Day (2014) "It all gets rather corny, but Costner's charisma will keep you watching until the final whistle. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2015
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