Jason Heck

Jason Heck

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Kansas City Star
Total Reviews:
59

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/4 14% Zookeeper (2011) " Despite the voice talent, the animals don't have anything funny to say. Neither does James, serving mostly as a befuddled, clumsy straight man." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 7, 2011
2/4 18% The Art of Getting By (2011) " Memo to Gavin Wiesen: If 35-year-old actors could deliver the same dialogue as your teenage protagonists without the audience noticing the difference, you need a rewrite." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 16, 2011
3/4 79% Small Town Murder Songs (2011) " Why are recent movies about small towns with murderous secrets so good?" — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 9, 2011
3/4 80% Road To Nowhere (2011) " Part of the pleasure of the film is trying to parse the reality from the fiction as Hellman weaves everything sinuously together." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 9, 2011
3.5/4 92% Incendies (2011) " he film offers moments for comprehension and reflection, beautifully pacing itself right up until its stunning conclusion." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/4 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) " Its chief strength rests in its visuals, which are at once evocative of delicate silk-screen paintings from ancient China and yet filled with the lush, wild colors only fantasy can have." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 26, 2011
2.5/4 73% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) " It's not a heavyweight documentary, chock-full of deep lessons or shocking revelations, but Spurlock makes for a pleasant star around which the rest of this breezy movie can orbit." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 20, 2011
2.5/4 36% Prom (2011) " Adults will yawn, having seen this movie (and possibly lived it) a few times, but for its 11- to 16-year-old target audience, it'll be exactly right." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2.5/4 46% Soul Surfer (2011) " The movie feels emotionally distant, as if director Sean McNamara was so busy setting up gorgeous surfing footage that he forgot to bring the story to the audience." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 7, 2011
1/4 33% I Am Number Four (2011) " It populates itself not with characters but with puddle-shallow types who give the audience nothing to invest in." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 17, 2011
2.5/4 55% Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) " Gnomeo & Juliet won't change any paradigms in animation or in depictions of Shakespeare, but it will certainly keep kids in stitches and their parents smiling for its short duration. Perhaps that's enough." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 10, 2011
2/4 21% Gulliver's Travels (2010) " Drugs? Alcohol? A cruel hypnotist? What can explain why studio executives green-lit this bizarre misfire?" — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 23, 2010
2/4 10% Little Fockers (2010) " The law of diminishing returns catches up with yet another creaky franchise." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 21, 2010
1/4 13% Yogi Bear (2010) " For what audience was this cynical, crushingly witless film made, exactly?" — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 16, 2010
1/4 28% Life as We Know It (2010) " This exercise in cynical formulaic movie construction is best avoided, unless insomnia's been a problem." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 7, 2010
2/4 50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) " Zack Snyder can work wonders with visuals. It's the scripts that can let him down." — Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 23, 2010
8.5/10 85% Easy A (2010) " Stone really does rock Easy A, making Gluck's valentine to Hughes into something lovable in its own right." — Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 16, 2010
2/4 14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) " It's made just for less-discriminating kids and perhaps a few very easily amused adults. Emphasis on very." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 29, 2010
2/4 41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) " Ever wonder what the Harry Potter films would be like without an ounce of wit, grace or subtlety? Wonder no more." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 15, 2010
3/4 9% Marmaduke (2010) " In a genre so choked with cynical films, this one was made with enough skill and heart to make its emotional payoffs believable and welcome." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 4, 2010
2.5/4 81% City Island (2010) " The sentiment feels real and the payoffs feel earned, and those things are worth the price of admission." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 16, 2010
2.0/4.0 21% Leap Year (2010) " In a film that takes no chances, breaks no new ground and makes no fatal errors. It's the cinematic equivalent of ordering pizza for dinner three nights in a row." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 8, 2010
2/4 21% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) " As tedious as it is inevitable, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is as ho-ho-hum as can be." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 23, 2009
2/4 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) " Kids will go crazy, as most of the humor is pitched at their level. Mom and Dad might wish they'd gone to the pool instead." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 30, 2009
1.5/4 40% Imagine That (2009) " One of the most squirm-inducing saccharine-sweet movies to come along in a long time." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 12, 2009
2/4 9% My Life in Ruins (2009) " The movie ambles lazily when it ought to soar." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 5, 2009
1.5/4 21% Next Day Air (2009) " Guy Ritchie called. He wants all of his movies back." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 8, 2009
4/4 100% L' Enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child) (1970) " Francois Truffaut was not only a founder of the French New Wave, he was a passionate and keen chronicler of young people, how they grew and evolved and sought purpose in a larger world." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 1, 2009
2/4 48% Battle For Terra (2009) " A film that will delight anyone under 6, and almost no one else." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 1, 2009
2.5/4 32% Fanboys (2008) " t's the strong Star Wars/geek-centric nature of the film that helps it succeed." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 27, 2009
1.5/4 12% Pink Panther 2 (2009) " The film's director, Harald Zwart, has little grasp of timing, which is crucial in slapstick. The result is frantic activity with few payoffs." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 6, 2009
2.5/4 31% The Uninvited (2009) " It offers plenty of mood, a few good scares and enough twists to keep not just horror fans but mainstream audiences hooked." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 29, 2009
2/4 43% Chandni Chowk To China (2009) " Chandni Chowk to China is an energetic mess." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2/4 33% Not Easily Broken (2009) " The movie sinks beneath a great mass of clich├ęs until the audience has no choice but to wearily raise its hands in surrender." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 9, 2009
3/4 14% The Spirit (2008) " The style dazzles, evoking everything wonderful and terrible from film noir and combining it with a likable hero and wonderfully pulpy premise." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 29, 2008
2.5/4 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) " Have you seen it before? Well, yeah. Lots. But have you seen it quite like this? Doubtful." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 12, 2008
1/4 27% Punisher: War Zone (2008) " Punisher: War Zone is the best Punisher movie of the three made so far. That said, it's still terrible." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 5, 2008
2/4 40% Familiar Strangers (2008) " Familiar is right." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 26, 2008
2/4 63% Sixty Six (2006) " A film that tries too hard and wastes a cast of skilled veterans and talented newcomers." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 14, 2008
3/4 80% Ashes of Time Redux (2008) " In the end, it's not unlike a Jackson Pollock painting. No matter how close or how far away you stand from it, some people just get it and some people don't." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 14, 2008
2.5/4 44% Soul Men (2008) " Ultimately, Soul Men achieves modest goals comedically and soars high musically, and it deserves credit for that." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 7, 2008
3/4 35% Pride and Glory (2008) " Pride and Glory breaks no new ground in its ruminations on fathers and sons and the bonds of the NYPD, but it treads well-marked territory with energy and refuses to pull its punches or indulge in cheap sentiment or emotional gimmickry." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 24, 2008
2.5/4 16% Max Payne (2008) " It's stylishly directed by John Moore, and his actors don't embarrass themselves, despite the iffy premise." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2.5/4 46% Sex Drive (2008) " Sex Drive is a cut above a lot of the garbage aimed at the nation's hapless 18- to 24-year-old moviegoers." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 17, 2008
80% Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean (2008) " Rarely have images been so breathtaking." — Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 5, 2008
3/4 43% Death Race (2008) " While steel-plated cars bristling with firepower are guaranteed to get adolescent hearts stirring, the movie offers myriad pleasures for adults." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 22, 2008
2.5/4 83% Tropic Thunder (2008) " Tropic Thunder hits more than it misses, due in large part to its charismatic cast of well-known faces. Stiller's mugging doesn't get old, and Jack Black ... well, can anyone do hysterical heroin withdrawal better than Jack Black?" — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 13, 2008
3.5/4 96% Up the Yangtze (2007) " Up the Yangtze is a reminder that every little family matters and that economic miracles are zero-sum games." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 18, 2008
1/4 34% Space Chimps (2008) " Space Chimps is animated filmmaking done on the cheap financially and creatively, and that leads to simple math: Tired Visuals + Lame Script + D-List Voice Acting = Dumb movie." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2/4 19% Meet Dave (2008) " [Murphy] might want to remember that people over 12 used to enjoy his movies as well." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 11, 2008
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