Jay Stone

Jay Stone

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Canada.com , National Post , Ottawa Citizen , Southam Newspapers
Total Reviews:
327
Total QuickRatings:
2

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " The Simpsons Movie gives us much of what we love about the characters, and if there is not enough of some of them, there is something of most of them." — Canada.com
Posted Aug 24, 2014
4/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " The result is a very funny movie, part indie comedy and part frat-girl raunch (it was co-produced by Judd Apatow), that manages to get at some of the sly truths of female friendship." — Canada.com
Posted Aug 24, 2014
88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " It's a Second World War fantasy made up of bits and pieces of Second World War movies and reassembled into a wordy pastiche that is irresistibly absurd. It's positively inglorious." — Canada.com
Posted Aug 23, 2014
4/5 94% The Dark Knight (2008) " [The Dark Knight] is the right movie at the right time, especially if you have a burning desire to be excited and depressed simultaneously." — Canada.com
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2/5 5% Paranoia (2013) " The twists aren't surprising, the perils feel artificial, and even Hemsworth's chest gets a little ho-hum after a while." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 23, 2014
1% Daddy Day Camp (2007) " If they decide to make Daddy Day Spa with Martin Lawrence and Jim Belushi, I don't want to hear about it." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 22, 2014
1/5 6% The Last Airbender (2010) " The Last Airbender is not just a flop, it's a big-budget flop, and it's a throwback to that grand old genre, the movie that's so bad that it's bad." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 88% Chef (2014) " Jon Favreau's Chef is a sort of five-course meal stuffed onto a three-course plate: an exposé of the restaurant business, a family drama, a road trip, a slice of food porn (don't arrive hungry) and possibly a metaphor for Favreau himself." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 67% WolfCop " A comic horror movie with its humour mostly used up in the concept and its horror largely taken on faith." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/5 72% The German Doctor (2014) " With his obsessive attention to detail and understated menace, Gregor is a chilling villain, as heartless as Lilith's doll. Evil, it appears, is not always banal." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/5 59% The Grand Seduction (2014) " Director Don McKellar fills the harbour with some great worn faces, including a lovely turn by Gordon Pinsent as Simon, a town elder whose blue eyes practically twinkle with both drunken complicity and sober reservation." — Canada.com
Posted May 30, 2014
2.5/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " A Million Ways to Die moseys unmercifully through a plot whose length can't sustain its comic invention although once in a while it leaps to a kind of demented life." — Canada.com
Posted May 30, 2014
2/5 14% Blended (2014) " I'm retiring next week, and this is the last Adam Sandler movie I'll ever have to see for the rest of my life." — Canada.com
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 64% For No Good Reason (2014) " Steadman emerges as a man with a unique vision. Too bad we didn't get to know him a little better." — Canada.com
Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 94% Ida (2014) " It's an elegant miniature that illuminates grander, sadder themes." — Canada.com
Posted May 15, 2014
50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " Eastwood manages to maintain his decorum throughout, like some veteran pitcher who's lost the speed off his fastball and relies on a sneaky change-up. He does just a few things, but he does them remarkably well." — Canada.com
Posted May 12, 2014
3/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " The humour comes and goes, but what you can't deny is the energy with which everyone involved has abandoned all notions of taste." — Canada.com
Posted May 8, 2014
3/5 79% 42 (2013) " It comes with a smooth burnished period look, and it tells a smooth and burnished story. Helgeland has good intentions but not much new to say about a real-life hero who wears his nobility and torment mostly as symbols." — Canada.com
Posted May 7, 2014
4/5 94% Moneyball (2011) " This is a baseball story that's less about game-winning hits and more about people willing to challenge the establishment." — Canada.com
Posted May 6, 2014
2.5/5 —— Algonquin " Director-writer Jonathan Hayes piques our interest with some interesting camera angles and the spectacular scenery." — Canada.com
Posted May 1, 2014
3/5 —— A Fighting Man (2014) " Lee has drawn nicely underplayed performances from everyone, and there's probably an affecting movie somewhere in all its stories. As it is, A Fighting Man is a boxing film with a particular problem: It can't fill its broad canvas." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.5/5 44% Special ID (2014) " They don't match the eye-popping athleticism of The Raid 2. In fact, some of it seems kind of stodgy." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.5/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " You have the bits and pieces of a lot of old horror movies. They've been nicely polished by director John Pogue, but they have been assembled into a kind of Frankenstein's monster of a film that never comes to life." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/5 44% In the Blood (2014) " What starts as a mystery involving shadowy gangsters on an unnamed tropical island turns into a sort of medical drama involving endless fights, torture, and gunfire." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/5 —— Hold Fast " Young Avery Ash, however, is a strong presence who grows on you, and aside from one sequence, the skinning of a rabbit, the movie provides a smooth and untroubled transition to reconciliation. And Newfoundland never looked better." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5 100% Sweet Dreams (2013) " A touching tribute to hope and resilience." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/5 —— The Battery (2014) " Gardner puts the monsters in the background while he concentrates on the growing difficulties between the two friends." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/5 42% The Face of Love (2014) " The drama comes in Bening's subtle shifts from joy to embarrassment to fear. It's the face of love lost, and it's the one thing you can believe." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/5 57% Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014) " It's tolerable because director Mike Clattenburg, who created the series, overlays the stumblebum ineptitude with a layer of affection." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " If there is such a thing as too exciting, The Raid 2 is it." — Ottawa Citizen
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/5 74% Oculus (2014) " There's plenty to rattle you in Oculus, a supernatural thriller that doesn't make 100 per cent sense, exactly, but leaves you deeply disturbed." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
1/5 —— Fateful Findings (2013) " Don't use up all your derision on the first part of the movie, because you'll need it at the end." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " A blithe, off-the-wall comedy that's partly a commentary on our changing media landscape and partly a chance to watch Partridge fumble his way into the spotlight, where he so longs to be." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/5 —— Cas & Dylan " Screenwriter Jessie Gabe has a few surprises up her sleeve, particularly at the end." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 79% Afflicted (2014) " "Found footage" has become a tired technique, but Lee and Prowse, who also wrote the screenplay, give it new life." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 79% Bethlehem (2014) " Bethlehem negotiates a tangle of loyalties that's as complex as the Middle East itself." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/5 58% The Returned (2014) " Director Manuel Carballo seems to be trying for the psychological unease of Blindness, or perhaps of something by Cronenberg, but it's never more than artificial terror wrapped in bland social commentary." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/5 65% Bad Words (2014) " It wants to be politically incorrect, and indeed there are many rants against women, insults to visible minorities, and general verbal mayhem. But you get the sense the movie never means it: this a Hollywood lesson in redemption." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/5 —— Three Days In Havana " At a brief 82 minutes (including a long credit sequence), it doesn't have time to fill in any of the plot gaps: it plays like a pitch, rather than a full film." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/5 92% Source Code (2011) " Source Code is a mind-bending minor classic of its type, a sort of Groundhog Day with terrorism and fewer weather reports. It's as if The Matrix hopped aboard a rapid-transit line and got derailed into the American military bureaucracy." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 23, 2014
4/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi -- who have worked together four times, most recently on Venus -- have a keen sense of the vicissitudes of long relationships." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " It's a slight film, but director Ritesh Batra, making his first feature, encompasses the film's gentle performances into the chaos of Mumbai." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 100% 7 Boxes (2014) " Directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori, who also co-wrote the screenplay, keep the action organic, but 7 Boxes is bookended with a couple of stylistic scenes." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " Martha is a cipher in the mounting drama, but Olsen manages to give her real life with a sort of reverse charisma, curling her physical beauty into poses of aggression or loss." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 22% Need For Speed (2014) " The stunts in Need for Speed are real: No computer pixels were harmed in the making of this film. It's the people who are fake." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 87% A Field in England (2014) " And now for something completely different: a black comedy set in 17th-century England at the time of the Civil War and given a lift with some psilocybin mushrooms. Oliver Cromwell, meet Timothy Leary." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 86% In Fear (2014) " The actors didn't know exactly where the script was going, but their improvised dialogue moves authentically from teasing to discomfort to light jokes about something deeper." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " As exceptionally unpleasant experiences go, this one is delicious." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " It's all there: super slow-mo, backgrounds burnished into flat surrealism, stark lighting. It's a new kind of movie storytelling that's both thrilling and exhausting. As they used to say in old Persia, beware of Greeks baring chests." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/5 100% The Square (2013) " What does a revolution really feel like? You learn the answer in The Square, an extraordinary documentary that puts its cameras on the ground to take us in the heart of the troubled, betrayed, idealistic and sad movement for democracy in Egypt." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 6, 2014
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