Jeff Bayer

Jeff Bayer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Daily Herald (IL) , The Scorecard Review
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
555
Total QuickRatings:
6

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/10 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " I am completely fine with Pine giving us more Jack Ryan in the future. Hopefully they can find a new script or go back to one of the Tom Clancy novels for an interesting story." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jan 29, 2014
5/10 18% Ride Along (2014) " Because of his brilliant standup comedy, I find myself rooting for Hart. I hope he will have the chance to star in a film that is worthy of him. 'Ride Along' isn't that opportunity." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jan 29, 2014
8/10 86% The Conjuring (2013) " I would happily watch it again, which is something I rarely say about horror films." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jul 23, 2013
9/10 98% Before Midnight (2013) " The 'Before' trilogy is a vacation for me. I am taken away, and it is never for long enough. I genuinely feel lucky to have these movies." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 29, 2013
8/10 78% Monsters University (2013) " While it's nothing ground-breaking, 'Monsters University' is really, really nice once it gets past the idea of Mike and Sully being at odds." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 29, 2013
7/10 56% Man of Steel (2013) " While it gives you your fix, it doesn't put Superman back on top of our cinematic superheroes." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 29, 2013
5/10 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Perhaps we were wrong to complain about the repetitive nature of 'The Hangover Part II.' At least there were funny moments. This is a slow action film, with only a few amusing parts." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 2, 2013
7/10 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " It's definitely a fun action movie, but I'm ready for these films to boldly go in their own direction, instead of hanging on to the originals." — The Scorecard Review
Posted May 21, 2013
8/10 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " It's the funniest superhero film, and it doesn't feel like it's pandering. That's the power of Downey, Jr. and now Shane Black." — The Scorecard Review
Posted May 17, 2013
5/10 28% 21 And Over (2013) " Better than 'Project X' and 'The Hangover Part II,' worse than 'The Hangover' and 'Superbad.' So yeah, it's average." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Mar 6, 2013
7/10 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " This film has everything you want out of an epic adventure, even though you've seem almost all of it before." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Mar 6, 2013
4/10 56% Snitch (2013) " Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson isn't an 'ordinary man.' That's why he has a nickname and looks like a real-life superhero. That's just one problem with this film. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 22, 2013
5/10 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " While the idea of giving fairy tale stars Hansel and Gretel the R-rated bloody adult treatment sounds like a good idea to me, it turns out it's only good in theory." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/10 19% Identity Thief (2013) " On paper it's a good comedic pairing, but that's it. About 45 minutes into the film, I realized I was trying to laugh, instead of the film making me laugh. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/10 12% Safe Haven (2013) " The whole film is mild until the end. You won't believe it, but it's also not worth believing." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 22, 2013
5/10 60% The Last Stand (2013) " Arnold Schwarzenegger gets knocked down, and slowly gets back up again in a film that is a rental at best." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jan 22, 2013
8/10 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " The completely obvious comparison to the mobster world and our American economic system is a welcome, straight-forward surprise for storytelling." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Dec 11, 2012
8/10 62% Hitchcock (2012) " While this might not be what we expect from a film about The Master of Suspense, it's oddly a fun romp, with Helen Mirren eventually stealing the show." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Dec 11, 2012
7/10 90% Lincoln (2012) " While Spielberg captures a time, Day-Lewis captures another brilliant performance, and some of the supporting actors may capture Oscar nominations, the film didn't capture my soul the way I was hoping." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Dec 11, 2012
6/10 48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " I rolled my eyes, laughed at, and laughed with this film. I was entertained. It's a sloppy enjoyable mess, and the most fun I had watching a 'Twilight' movie." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Dec 11, 2012
5/10 31% Chasing Mavericks (2012) " It's always odd walking away from an average film, realizing there are plenty of flaws, and still kind of liking it. That's the case with 'Chasing Mavericks.'" — The Scorecard Review
Posted Dec 11, 2012
9/10 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " With 'Cloud Atlas' you'll play connect the dots, and potentially feel like a kid, remembering what it is like to be amazed at what you are seeing on the big screen." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Dec 11, 2012
7/10 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " As a new father you can fully trust me when I say things like 'Wreck-It Ralph' is fun for the whole family, even though my family won't find that out for another five years." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Dec 11, 2012
10/10 92% Skyfall (2012) " As the saying goes, you've got to shake 22 Bond films, before the 23rd is stirred to perfection. Without a doubt, this is the best James Bond movie." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Dec 11, 2012
4/10 12% Alex Cross (2012) " Are we sure this isn't a TV pilot that accidentally ended up on the big screen?" — The Scorecard Review
Posted Oct 25, 2012
5/10 24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) " Unfortunately, this franchise has finally seemed to run its course. There are less quality scares, and now a story that almost doesn't matter." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Oct 25, 2012
9/10 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " Rockwell and Walken are at their best in this violent tale. What more could you possibly want?" — The Scorecard Review
Posted Oct 16, 2012
8/10 77% Samsara (2012) " This film captures some of the greatest images you'll see on the big screen this year." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3/10 22% The Words (2012) " The story within a story, which is kind of within another story, but really about ALL of the stories isn't something that is worth your time." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Sep 11, 2012
7/10 84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " Mike Birbiglia showcases the mindset of a comedian trying to find his voice, and the film has a surprising amount of heart." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Sep 11, 2012
4/10 33% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) " While definitely odd, I'm surprised about the lack of magic, heart-warming feelings in this film. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 22, 2012
3/10 57% Sparkle (2012) " The drama becomes engulfed by too much 'melo' during Sister's story. You're better off listening on your own to the fantastic Motown sounds the film is based on." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 22, 2012
8/10 87% ParaNorman (2012) " The look of the film is great, and the anti-bullying message works. This would be a fantastic introduction to scary movies for the kids." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 22, 2012
6/10 65% The Expendables 2 (2012) " It's better than the first, mainly due to the over-the-top beginning and end. That middle hour takes a while." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 22, 2012
3/10 79% Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2012) " Pointless 3D, and with the way the story was told, there were no surprises. It does however feature the most horrific suicide I've watched on film." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 13, 2012
7/10 74% Hope Springs (2012) " This is a drama (not comedy) that is probably the most honest portrayal of therapy on film. If you are old, see this movie." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 13, 2012
4/10 64% The Campaign (2012) " Getting a few chuckles and one or two laugh out loud moments is not enough, especially when Ferrell and Galifianakis could make fun of our actual political system, instead of this truly fictitious one." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 13, 2012
9/10 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " Whether you call this a reboot, extension, evolution or a spin-off, I'm thrilled with where this franchise can go." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 13, 2012
5/10 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) " Who knew dance could save Miami? Beyond the dancing (which is good), the story seems created for a 5th grader." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 5, 2012
7/10 17% The Watch (2012) " The only thing the cast seemed to care about it trying to make you laugh. It worked for me, especially having a happy Vince Vaughn." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 5, 2012
6/10 73% Klown (2012) " The degree of difficulty is very high with this uncomfortable comedy. I cringed with laughter throughout." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 5, 2012
4/10 51% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) " Though this one is better than the first two, this is now my least favorite trilogy." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 5, 2012
7/10 30% Total Recall (2012) " The look of the sci-fi universe, and good action sequences make up for the near pointless plot." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Aug 5, 2012
8/10 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " The belief that one man can become a symbol for something greater will continue to drive people to this trilogy for years to come." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jul 24, 2012
6/10 68% Ted (2012) " Everything about this film feels like a pretty good reworking of 'The Family Guy.' Unfortunately the last quarter of the film forgets it is a comedy. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jul 13, 2012
6/10 80% Magic Mike (2012) " It's a good behind-the-scenes film that becomes a little ordinary in the end. Loved Matthew McConaughey, though I'm not convinced he knew the cameras were rolling." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jul 13, 2012
8/10 51% Savages (2012) " Stone gets down and dirty with some pot and plenty of violence. I had a lot of fun, I just wish Lively's voiceover didn't exist throughout the film." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jul 13, 2012
3/10 43% To Rome with Love (2012) " Everything is supposed to be a farce, but it plays out like a boring drama. This film makes 'Midnight in Paris' all the more impressive. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jul 13, 2012
8/10 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " One of the best performances by a child actor, in a movie that feels wonderfully created by that child. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jul 13, 2012
7/10 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " While it feels a little messy, they get enough things right (like Garfield's Peter Parker)." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jul 13, 2012
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