Jay Stone

Jay Stone

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Jay Stone'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
3.5/5 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 88% 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 83% 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 89% 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
3.5/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) "The tone of documentary accuracy makes the film even darker. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) "As an airborne drama, it's the most preposterous flight since that plane that had snakes on it. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/5 No Score Yet Takedown: The DNA of GSP "It's somewhere between a televised UFC match and someone's idea of a deep metaphorical look at man's instincts. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) "The Great Beauty (or, more wonderfully, La Grande Bellezza) is a memory play, a meditation on life, a celebration of the incidentals that make it joyous and more. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2.5/5 39% Here Comes the Devil (2013) "There's probably a frightening movie in there somewhere, or at least a darkly intriguing one, but this version can't unravel the chills of a half-glimpsed mystery. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/5 15% Endless Love (2014) "Director Shana Feste has emulsified both the plot and the characters, resulting in a love story with all the texture of Pablum. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/5 50% Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (2014) "Sagrada plays like a video you might buy at the cathedral gift shop that outlines the history of the project. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 12, 2014
1/5 9% Vampire Academy (2014) "Put Robert Pattinson in Grade 12 and outfit his classmates with cleavage that would make Hermione blush, and you have a notion of the joys in store here. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sex After Kids (2014) "It's sweet-natured and it even comes with a message. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 100% God Loves Uganda (2013) "The depiction of moral imperialism is frightening and infuriating. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/5 72% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) "It seems relatively innocent, but such antics were once shocking. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/5 100% Journey to the South Pacific (2013) "It's a film with a positive message. And some weird-looking fish. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "Part product placement, part really insane produce placement, and part something else -- mayhem, mostly, with a side dish of running amok -- The Lego Movie is an unusual, sometimes brilliant film. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/5 31% The Monuments Men (2014) "Clooney, who also co-wrote and directed the film, sets it up like a sort of well-meaning version of Oceans 11, or The Magnificent 7, or The Dirty Dozen, or any of those number movies where groups of men are recruited for an impossible job. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) "The camera stays on [Binoche] for long periods, and we become complicit in her suffering. It's a great performance in a movie that is difficult to watch. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2.5/5 23% That Awkward Moment (2014) "That Awkward Moment may not tell you much about human relationships but it's not a bad design guide for the privileged 20-something lifestyle of Manhattan, circa 2014. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
1.5/5 3% I, Frankenstein (2014) "A special-effects monster movie that's a deliriously loopy combination of the Underworld films, the Highlander franchise, and a brick of Swiss cheese. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.5/5 96% I Am Divine (2013) "I Am Divine doesn't get under the skin of Milstead, but that may not be possible: he was layered in too many costumes, both physical and psychological, and his life became a performance. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/5 67% Three Night Stand (2015) "This is a happily-ever-after story with a difference: not happily, necessarily, but maybe less miserable. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/5 82% Whitewash (2014) "It's a small movie, but it says a lot. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1/5 54% Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014) "This sort of thing can grow on you, but only if you're not careful. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Ice Soldiers (2014) "Ice Soldiers is a gleefully preposterous slice of B-movie cheese, a sort of remake of The Thing (an unfriendly alien found in the Antarctic) but with a political subtext and more snowmobiles. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3.5/5 100% Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013) "Into this obsessive history, however, co-directors Deedle Lacour and Matt Riggle have smuggled a human-interest story. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) "Smoothly filmed, cleverly paced, and absent of any identifiable human behaviour, it's a tense, uncomfortable piece of elevated torture porn, haunting and distasteful. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2.5/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) "The result is a wayward tone, fitting perhaps, for such an unformed hero. He'll probably be back, but there's no telling who might be playing him. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 95% Gabrielle (2014) "Gabrielle, the character and the performer, is someone to root for. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2013) "It's the key question in Her - where do love and humanity begin and end? - and it lingers long after the film is over. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) "That warm feeling you leave with is relief. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
5/5 97% The Artist (2011) "The Artist is a joyous and enchanting film. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 13, 2014
4/5 96% Argo (2012) "Ben Affleck's wildly entertaining thriller Argo is further proof of the old Hollywood adage that fiction is stranger than truth after all. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/5 79% Quartet (2013) "Beyond the Masterpiece Theatre set design there lies a cunning tribute to the easy command of experienced actors and to the art that brought them there. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 22, 2013
2.5/5 36% Touchy Feely (2013) "This is a film that skims over the surface of something interesting but never gets at it. The energy passages remain stubbornly closed. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2.5/5 67% When Jews Were Funny (2014) "It's a jumbled purpose in a film that is otherwise rambling conversation with some grand old names. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3/5 24% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) "Directors Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook have created a gorgeous visual feast, with computer animation that is superimposed on real-life settings, giving Walking with Dinosaurs a unique look of reality. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) "It's about what doesn't happen as much as what does. It's like real life, especially the beer part. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3.5/5 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) "The result is a film that's as tragic as a country tune. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) "It's a hit-and-miss operation, although when it hits -- as in a reprise of the original film's rumble among competing news teams, but this time with a contingent that includes Canadian reporters who keep saying "sorry" -- it's fun. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3.5/5 90% Inequality For All (2013) "Documentaries about the economy being what they are, you might not expect much from Inequality For All, but as directed by Jacob Kornbluth, it is the Indianapolis 500 of wealth analyses. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2/5 8% CBGB (2013) "Under Rickman's pained gaze you wonder what he saw in the music, although when you hear it... it does take you back. There's something there, but CBGB isn't it. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3.5/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) "It's relentlessly episodic and perhaps a little too breathless for its own good, but it's also non-stop fun, even if you're not always 100 per cent sure of where we're heading. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 12, 2013
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