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

Showing 51 - 100 of 555
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
9/10 83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) " It's small, but not simple. There are three shocking dramatic twists that feel completely earned." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 25, 2012
7/10 56% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) " We've seen Carell be mopey before. In fact, I say we declare him King of the Mopes!" — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 25, 2012
5/10 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " Even for those looking for crazy fun, I think they'll be disappointed with how serious, and how much of Lincoln's life is actually included in this mashup. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 25, 2012
7/10 78% Brave (2012) " That dazzling red hair outshines any story that 'Brave' attempts to tell. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 25, 2012
6/10 57% The Dictator (2012) " It doesn't expose stupidity. That's what Cohen has done absolutely wonderfully in the past with his other characters. Now he's just acting stupid, with only some funny results." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 13, 2012
4/10 27% High School (2012) " After an amusing start, this film seems to forget it's a pot comedy. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 13, 2012
6/10 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " It's an odd epic that has moments, but nothing that will stand the test of time." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 13, 2012
8/10 73% Prometheus (2012) " 'Prometheus' could be starting something great. While it looks amazing, the jury is out on whether it ends up reminding me of 'The Matrix Reloaded' more than anything else." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 13, 2012
3/10 29% Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012) " Jane Fonda's hippy offers nothing but a chance for Catherine Keener's uptight New Yorker to bicker with. What a flat film." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 13, 2012
7/10 79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) " Is vomit ever a good thing? 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' is cinematic vomit, and that's a compliment." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Jun 13, 2012
4.5/5 67% Lawless (2012) " When you have the chance to see this film in August, pull the damn trigger." — Movies.com
Posted May 20, 2012
9/10 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " This is Anderson being Anderson. I'm quite happy with that. It's realistic imagination overload." — The Scorecard Review
Posted May 16, 2012
5/10 37% Dark Shadows (2012) " It's filled with moments that don't really matter, especially when dealing with the fishing business." — The Scorecard Review
Posted May 16, 2012
9/10 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " It's a blockbuster that manages to please with intelligence and fun. Whedon makes it look easy. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted May 16, 2012
4/10 23% The Raven (2012) " They want it to be 'Seven' meets 'Sherlock Holmes' and you can tell Cusack is into it. Unfortunately the plot is ridiculous and the murder-mystery is boring." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 29, 2012
5/10 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) " The wacky comedy is not enough to enjoy watching this crumbling relationship. I finally feel the Apatow length." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 29, 2012
5/10 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " I wish I could call the plot about a dodo bird 'whimsical,' but there just wasn't enough laughs from these 'Pirates.'" — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 29, 2012
8/10 82% Goon (2012) " This proves we don't need a remake of 'Slap Shot.' Funny and violent, 'Goon' is a very good sports movie. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 29, 2012
7/10 75% Damsels in Distress (2012) " This is the driest comedy farce in all the land. It fits very nicely in Stillman's catalog." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 29, 2012
2/10 20% The Lucky One (2012) " Efron's kind of handsome is more pretty than rugged. Don't worry. The geniuses behind 'The Lucky One' know how to solve that problem. He's got scruff." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 29, 2012
5/10 51% The Three Stooges (2012) " This film feels like a quality straight to DVD flick. 'The Three Stooges' is not as painful as I thought it would be." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 29, 2012
6/10 53% Think Like a Man (2012) " A really fun date movie until every couple has to break up and try to get back together. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 29, 2012
9/10 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " I wonder what 2012 film will have the sixth best action sequence. 'The Raid' will own the top five spots in a landslide. What a great action flick." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
8/10 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " I liked everything about this film except for the ending. I loved that part. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
7/10 43% Casa de mi padre (2012) " Will Ferrell took a chance with this one, and I'm glad he did. It's played 90 percent straight, and that other 10 percent is odd and hilarious." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
10/10 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " This is the most fun I have ever had watching a horror film." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
8/10 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " It's like this film almost sneaks up on you as you're watching it. At first it's just quirky/cute, but it becomes much more. Mark Duplass gives his best performance." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
9/10 78% Killer Joe (2012) " It feels weird to say, 'I liked it,' but I know deep down, in places that feel uncomfortable, I loved it." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
9/10 67% Friends With Kids (2012) " After three months of films in 2012, 'Friends with Kids' is the best." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
5/10 51% John Carter (2012) " I understand John Carter likes being on Mars (superpowers + hot, intelligent princess). I just don't want to be there with him." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
4/10 28% Project X (2012) " The party won't stop, even though you want it to. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
6/10 54% Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012) " Mindless fun isn't exactly what I was hoping for with 'The Lorax,' but that's what you get." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
8/10 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " I'm as surprised as you that this film could end up being the funniest of 2012." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
6/10 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " I didn't read the book. While the film is entertaining enough, I never felt drawn in to this new world." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
6/10 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " I don't think you'll feel 'happily ever after' when the film ends, but you'll be pleased enough by its magic." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Apr 1, 2012
4/10 26% This Means War (2012) " The more I think about this film, the more upset I get." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 27, 2012
5/10 18% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) " If they would have just had more crazy Cage, and a faster 'Crank'-style film, it could have worked." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 27, 2012
7/10 59% Wanderlust (2012) " They barely care about the story, but there's enough funny people involved to make 'Wanderlust' worthwhile." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 27, 2012
4/10 11% Gone (2012) " The only thing worthwhile is seeing Portland (the filming location) on the big screen. It proves this landscape would be good for a thriller/horror, just not this one." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 27, 2012
3/10 25% Act of Valor (2012) " A documentary OR an action/drama honoring the missions of our Navy SEALs could have been good. But instead of OR, they tried AND. It fails." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 27, 2012
7/10 53% Safe House (2012) " It really feels like Denzel Washington owns the place and Ryan Reynolds holds his own. Plus, the action is like a Bourne little brother. " — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 10, 2012
4/10 42% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) " Any sign of cutting-edge 3D effects are gone in this sequel. Now we just have Dwayne Johnson pec popping, and squabbling with Michael Caine in this forgettable adventure." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 10, 2012
8/10 80% Haywire (2012) " It's a fantastic minimalist action film where you actually get to see what is happening." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 10, 2012
8/10 79% The Grey (2012) " The best film of 2012. Too soon? Yeah, you're right. But this film is more than just Neeson killing wolves." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 10, 2012
4/10 66% The Woman in Black (2012) " Back and forth. Back and forth. There's not much plot for Daniel Radcliffe, so he tip-toes around looking for scares that don't add up." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 10, 2012
6/10 85% Chronicle (2012) " The found footage element keeps geting in the way of a good teenage superhero film." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 10, 2012
6/10 73% Big Miracle (2012) " When I was twelve, I remember thinking, hoping and praying for the trapped whales. 'Big Miracle' does just enough to bring those feelings back." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 6, 2012
5/10 40% Red Tails (2012) " It's such an extraordinary true story and 'Red Tails' turns it into something extra ordinary (in other words, really really ordinary)." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 6, 2012
5/10 32% Man on a Ledge (2012) " It's absolutely average. That's not exactly what you are looking for when your subject is about a man on a ledge." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Feb 6, 2012
7/10 91% Arthur Christmas (2011) " Arthur may not be perfect, but he cares. The same can be said for the film. 'Arthur Christmas' is full of just enough holiday cheer." — The Scorecard Review
Posted Dec 5, 2011
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