Jason Best

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
BBC , Movie Talk
Total Reviews:
573

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
80% The Raid 2 (2014) " The carnage is eye-gougingly savage - not for nothing does one of the hero's most lethal adversaries go by the name Hammer Girl - but Evans choreographs the action so tightly and films it so fluidly that the mayhem is mesmerising." — Movie Talk
Posted Apr 15, 2014
42% Oldboy (2013) " Park Chan-wook's movie was a delirious nightmare whose ideas and images stuck like burrs in the mind. Lee's remake is all too forgettable." — Movie Talk
Posted Apr 6, 2014
40% Divergent (2014) " For a tale that trumpets the virtues of non-conformity, teen fantasy adventure Divergent proves disappointingly content to follow the pack." — Movie Talk
Posted Apr 6, 2014
—— The Lady Assassin (My Nhan Ke) (2013) " An unashamedly silly, brazenly sexy romp." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 26, 2014
82% Salvo " Set during a Palermo heatwave, the film opens with a truly scorching action scene... The drama that subsequently unfolds, however, substitutes slow-burning tension for shock. " — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 25, 2014
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Saving Mr Banks is an unexpected gem, a witty and warm-hearted celebration of two great storytellers that adroitly balances delicious culture-clash comedy with affecting biographical insights." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 25, 2014
89% Frozen (2013) " Josh Gad's winningly goofy talking snowman... is too dim to realise that longing for the arrival of summer is not particularly wise for one of his kind." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 22, 2014
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " The Butler is as worthy and earnest as its hero... but some scenes have a gut-wrenching impact that makes the struggle to overcome bigotry and oppression heartrendingly real." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 22, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " Teeters on the brink of self-parody." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 22, 2014
86% Under the Skin (2014) " Even in a black wig and ratty fake-fur coat, Scarlett Johansson's otherworldly allure is intact, confirming any suspicions you may have that Hollywood stars belong to another species." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 22, 2014
27% A Long Way Down (2014) " Hornby's suicidal quartet vow to go on; viewers lose the will to live." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 22, 2014
23% Need For Speed (2014) " Glance in Need for Speed's rear-view mirror and you'll catch glimpses of... Vanishing Point and Two-Lane Blacktop. Bullitt even pops up on a drive-in screen at one point. Just don't expect any of those films' existential cool or stripped-down rawness. " — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 15, 2014
77% Veronica Mars (2014) " You don't need to be an obsessive fan of the series... the self-mocking cameo from James Franco - caught by a celebrity spy camera trying to squeeze into a pair of skinny jeans and to find words that rhyme with 'orange' - is funny without footnotes." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 15, 2014
18% Ride Along (2014) " The crime plot is lazily predictable, but the comedy is barely any better. Cube plays the straight man to Hart's manic motor mouth, but anyone who isn't already a fan will probably find his comic shtick more irritating than amusing. " — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 8, 2014
59% Non-Stop (2014) " The film reaches stratospheric heights of preposterousness, but the mix of whodunit intrigue, ticking-bomb suspense and pockets of turbulent action is ridiculously enjoyable." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 8, 2014
46% The Book Thief (2013) " Showing tragic events through a child's eyes can be a powerful storytelling strategy, but there's something altogether too cosy and bland about Downton Abbey director Brian Percival's handling of the material here." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 8, 2014
5% Paranoia (2013) " Gary Oldman's gor-blimey Cockney accent and Harrison Ford's scarily short buzz cut are the most striking features of this disappointingly routine corporate espionage thriller." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 8, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Set in a deluxe spa hotel occupying an imaginary corner of Mitteleuropa between the wars, Wes Anderson's new film pampers the viewer with its sumptuous visual delights, sparkling dialogue and absurdly enjoyable comic intrigue." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 8, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " As kinkily leather-clad Artemisia, Eva Green brings a deliciously sly camp knowingness and sublime smoky-eyed sensuality to the role that just about saves this absurdly over-laden vessel from sinking." — Movie Talk
Posted Mar 7, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " A flaky romantic fantasy that spans three time periods and is eye-wateringly ludicrous in each of them." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 22, 2014
96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Beguilingly bonkers... a comedy adventure that bowls along with the freewheeling inventiveness and surreal leaps of a child's imagination." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 18, 2014
15% Endless Love (2014) " The love-conquers-all narrative bears as much resemblance to real life as The Lego Movie, but for all its blandness, Endless Love will be pure catnip for its target audience of teen girls." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 17, 2014
52% Cuban Fury (2014) " Silly and cheesy but enormous fun if you're in the right mood." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 17, 2014
33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Clooney seems uncertain of the right tone to take, aiming here for a would-be comic guys-on-a-mission jauntiness and there for race-against-time-suspense... But the comedy isn't that funny... And the drama isn't that dramatic." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 14, 2014
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " By turns ornery, obnoxious, dogged, canny, brave and compassionate, McConaughey is mesmerising to watch." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 10, 2014
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " It's Fiennes's portrayal of the complex, driven private man behind the boundless enthusiasm and charisma of Dickens's public image that makes his performance special. " — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 10, 2014
78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " A bespectacled, bow-tie wearing beagle with a genius IQ and a penchant for terrible puns... Erudite, pedantic, prissily formal, he sounds a lot like Niles from Frasier but he'd make a great Dog-tor Who." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 7, 2014
49% RoboCop (2014) " José Padilha has tinkered with the hero's iconic suit and toned down Verhoeven's ultra-violence considerably, but enough remains of the first film's subversive wit to make this remake one of those rare entities: a blockbuster with brains." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 5, 2014
96% Sunshine on Leith " Despite the low-budget-defying gloss (Edinburgh really does look fabulous), the gritty honesty of the Reid brothers' songs remains intact and the superb cast give their stirring singalong anthems real emotional clout." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2014
54% Lovelace (2013) " Amanda Seyfried acts out of her skin." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2014
70% The Croods (2013) " Boisterous, colourful and warm-hearted, with energetic action scenes, knockabout slapstick humour and lush visuals." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2014
40% Only God Forgives (2013) " Ryan Gosling reunites with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for the ultra-violent, ultra-slow-moving Bangkok-set revenge thriller Only God Forgives, whose unflinching gore and crawling pace will probably prove equally off-putting to most viewers." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2014
59% The Frozen Ground (2013) " The Frozen Ground covers familiar territory but benefits from authentically seamy scene setting amid the bars and strip-joints where the killer found his prey, and from solid performances by its leads, all of whom are acting against type." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2014
95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Deftly observed, touchingly melancholy and slyly funny." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2014
64% August: Osage County (2013) " The film's stage origins tell a little too obviously in places and the acting will seem overripe for some, but fans of Eugene O'Neil, Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee will surely find this rich slice of Midwestern Gothic to their taste." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " The plotting is fairly hackneyed, with standard-issue office break-ins and routine car chases, right down to the inevitable ticking bomb climax. And the action lacks the furious kinetic urgency the Bourne movies brought to the secret agent genre." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Martin Scorsese's giddy biopic of stockbroker swindler Jordan Belfort, has all the dazzle and pizzazz of his classic gangster movies - only this time the crooks on screen are pumping and dumping worthless stocks rather than bodies." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2014
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " 12 Years A Slave tackles America's primal sin of slavery with unflinching honesty, leaving in the shade Hollywood's previous efforts to address the subject, from Gone With the Wind's rose-tinted myopia to Django Unchained's gore-and-irony-soaked fantasy." — Movie Talk
Posted Feb 1, 2014
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " By far the film's greatest asset is Jennifer Lawrence, who again brings absolute emotional conviction to her haunted and conflicted heroine." — Movie Talk
Posted Jan 19, 2014
90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Come to Blue Is the Warmest Colour without preconceptions, and it's hard not to be overwhelmed by the intensity of the drama and the integrity of the performances." — Movie Talk
Posted Jan 19, 2014
18% Free Birds (2013) " The muddled story and lacklustre animation makes this a film that's strictly for the birds." — Movie Talk
Posted Jan 19, 2014
69% Powder Room " The film's observations on women's rivalries and friendship aren't particularly eye opening and there's not much in the way of a plot, but first-time director MJ Delaney gives the action a vibrant energy that's matched by her appealing cast." — Movie Talk
Posted Jan 19, 2014
38% Delivery Man (2013) " Vaughn gives his shiftless character a surprising degree of goofy charm, but he can't halt the film's inexorable slide into sentimentality and the limp script's lack of real wit leaves the endeavour looking misconceived." — Movie Talk
Posted Jan 19, 2014
89% Le Week-End (2014) " A funny-sad, shrewdly observant portrait of a marriage, and of the disappointed dreams and thwarted ambitions of late-middle age." — Movie Talk
Posted Jan 19, 2014
25% Trap For Cinderella (2013) " The plot is ludicrously far-fetched, but despite some plodding dialogue, committed performances from leads Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach make this tale of jealousy and betrayal a heady treat." — Movie Talk
Posted Jan 19, 2014
72% Pacific Rim (2013) " The action is spectacular, but the thinly characterised humans who pilot the robots in mind-synched pairs inevitably get dwarfed. And without vivid heroes to root for, after a while the humungous robot-monster smackdowns lose their impact," — Movie Talk
Posted Jan 19, 2014
78% Monsters University (2013) " Animated gem Monsters, Inc was so hilariously inventive and original that it's hardly surprising that Monsters University can't quite recapture its predecessor's magic, yet it's still packed with witty dialogue, sly visual gags and boisterous action." — Movie Talk
Posted Jan 19, 2014
29% The Family (2013) " [Besson] doesn't really find the right tone to hold all this together, but there's a certain frisson in watching De Niro's short-fused Giovanni explode... and you just know there's going to be an opportunity for Besson to go ballistic, too." — Movie Talk
Posted Nov 21, 2013
59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Kicking off with the, ahem, lengthy paean in praise of his Nobel prize-deserving, Louvre-worthy manhood that begins the film, Law delivers Dom's flights of ribald rhetoric with a cocky leer and beefy swagger." — Movie Talk
Posted Nov 18, 2013
34% The Counselor (2013) " With Ridley Scott at the helm and the starriest of A-list casts, The Counsellor may come with lashings of Hollywood gloss, but don't bargain on any Hollywood sugar-coating of McCarthy's customary nihilism." — Movie Talk
Posted Nov 17, 2013
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