Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications: , We Got This Covered
Critics' Group:
Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 22% Copperhead (2013) " There's a good story to be told somewhere in here, but they just couldn't get at it, choosing to stretch out and suffocate what good material they had, resulting in a bland and tedious tale that would fail to engage even the most avid history buff." —
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2/4 63% Draft Day (2014) " It's a bland premise that may have looked fine on paper, but put to film, it simply doesn't have any pull to it." —
Posted Apr 9, 2014
1.5/4 63% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Whatever Von Trier was trying to get at, whatever point he was trying to make, gets completely lost because every episode feels like a random happening in Joe's life." —
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " It may not offer anything new to the Marvel universe, but like the other films, it's highly entertaining and a lot of fun, making it worth the two-hour investment." —
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/5 31% Beneath (2014) " The film is simply too sloppy and full of holes, many of which should have been easily noticed from the writing of the script through pre-production." —
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/4 63% Bad Words (2014) " It took a lot of guts to go so far into the film and have Guy be the kind of misanthropic character he is, only to pull back from it in the last 20 minutes or so, but the gamble paid off, resulting in a film that has a little more heart than you'd expect." —
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Thus far, it's been clear that Von Trier doesn't have that much material for this project, and so it ends up being a rather detrimental decision to try and stretch it out as much as he has." —
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/5 36% The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) " Fans of the genre will find very little to appreciate here, while those who aren't fans will find even less. Unless you're desperately looking for a little T&A and blood, then it's best to stay away from this party." —
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2.5/5 87% In Fear (2014) " This could have worked as a contained horror flick, but when you're sitting there shaking your head over and over at the characters' inexplicable actions, there's very little chance that you're going to sympathize with them or get engaged in their plight." —
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3.5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " While the praise for 12 Years a Slave has been rather overblown, it's still a recommendable film due to its incredible cast, which helps cover up its weaknesses." —
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/5 43% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " The plot and characters all appear to be consequences of a group of writers that just didn't have a single iota of originality among the three of them, and as a result, it's simply not worth your time." —
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3/5 42% Oldboy (2013) " It's not that Spike Lee's attempt at a remake is particularly bad, though it does have a few issues, it's just that it's an entirely unnecessary one." —
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3/5 69% Mr. Nobody (2013) " There are times when the film is entirely lucid in the points it wants to get across on love and the various choices we have to make throughout our lives, while at other times it seems lost in its overabundance of possibilities." —
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2.5/4 24% Pompeii (2014) " Pompeii is not nearly as bad as it could have been. There are moments when it is genuinely entertaining, but also several others that show the large number of weaknesses it has." —
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/5 29% Hellbenders (2013) " Hellbenders doesn't take any risks, leaving the horror at too low a level and trying to get comedy from a situation where there isn't any, making this nothing more than a very forgettable film." —
Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 82% Darkman (1990) " Darkman is a bizarre little film that merges together horror, sci-fi, comedy, romance, drama, and action into one hell of an entertaining movie." —
Posted Feb 17, 2014
3.5/5 90% The Americans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The Americans is a fascinating idea for a show. I don't recall getting to explore the spy game from the other side like this, and that's where much of the show's attraction lies. " —
Posted Feb 17, 2014
5/5 87% Chicago (2002) " From the incredible performances to the outstanding songs to all of the technical marvels behind and in front of the camera, there isn't a single weak link to be found." —
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2/5 67% How I Live Now (2013) " It's easy to see what the filmmakers were going for: a story of young love and survival during wartime, but there are far too many holes in this story and a lack of essential ingredients to make it work." —
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2.5/5 30% Austenland (2013) " Austenland is a pretty film to look at, but underneath its look, there's just not much there." —
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2.5/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " Chandor clearly wanted to make something powerful and engrossing, but due to the simplistic nature of the film, what he ended up with was something dull and forgettable." —
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2.5/5 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " It just goes to show that if you don't have the proper elements in place for such an adaptation, then it's going to be difficult to get the audience involved in the story, especially when it's one that they've seen countless times before." —
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/5 38% Night of the Demons (1988) " Even going by lowered standards, those trying to make it through the film will more than likely be bored to death as they sit around for an hour and wait for something to happen to lift the film from its drudgery." —
Posted Feb 3, 2014
3.5/5 50% Witchboard (1986) " On the surface, Witchboard looks like a campy, cheesy horror film that most would shrug off pretty quickly, but it's those qualities that make it more enjoyable than most of the same ilk." —
Posted Feb 3, 2014
2.5/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " With Labor Day, Reitman diverges from everything we've ever known him for, and while change can be a good thing for some, unfortunately it doesn't help him crawl out of the slump his career has taken." —
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2.5/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " It had the opportunity to dazzle us with one of the biggest news stories of the last few years, but it never goes into enough depth, plot or character-wise, to get us involved, and because of that it merely becomes a forgettable film that had potential." —
Posted Jan 27, 2014
3.5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " While I find it a little strange that it's been getting as much awards attention as it has, it's still worth taking a look at for Greengrass' intense direction and a story that will have your eyes glued to the screen. For most of it at least." —
Posted Jan 20, 2014
2.5/5 74% You're Next (2013) " Not every slasher can be as smart as "The Cabin in the Woods" or "Scream," but if they weren't going to at least try something new (or at least come up with a better mid-way reveal), then why bother at all?" —
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " There are some fine performances on display here, but it's not enough of a reason for us to wade through a film that is nothing but two hours of arguing and venting." —
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " Berg's screenplay doesn't give them the chance to become real people. In a film where character development was going to be vitally important to the story, it's rather shocking that he would skip it all together." —
Posted Jan 8, 2014
2.5/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " You get a very talented ensemble, but the material just isn't strong enough, leading to a lot of star power, but no staying power." —
Posted Jan 6, 2014
2/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Performances can get you a long way, but when you reduce such important events to a mere montage, then justice is clearly not being done to them and the memory of Mandela's years of struggle." —
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3.5/4 94% Her (2014) " Jonze has made a very compelling film here, putting forth questions that there are no easy answers to. He uses this opportunity to go deeper into the nature of emotion, using fully-formed characters that are brought to life with outstanding performances." —
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The Wolf of Wall Street may have flaws holding it back from being considered one of Scorsese's greats, but it's still a fine film featuring great performances, a snappy screenplay, and outstanding direction." —
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/4 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " While "Walter Mitty" could have been stronger in its latter portion, I still found it to be a rather enjoyable film. It's hilarious, heartwarming, gorgeous, and exciting, elements that are all rolled into one extraordinary story." —
Posted Dec 23, 2013
2.5/5 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Insidious: Chapter 2 has a number of issues, chief among them the fact that it recycles far too much of the first film, turning this into a dreadfully dull ghost story with no chills." —
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " "American Hustle" is a good film that could have been great had it not gone into hibernation through its middle portion. However, thanks to one of the year's best ensembles and Russell's keen eye for direction it becomes an enjoyable romp." —
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/4 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Leave it to the Coen Bros. to create something sufficiently intriguing out of something so simple." —
Posted Dec 18, 2013
2.5/5 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " With sequels of this type, we tend to see the stakes raised and the action increased to even more exciting levels than before, but for "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," things are pretty much the same, but somehow made even blander than before." —
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 68% Elysium (2013) " With "Elysium," Blomkamp not only fills the film with enough exciting action to make it fly by, but he also provides an interesting commentary on the continuing division of classes, turning it into something more than your average monotonous action flick." —
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3.5/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " "Saving Mr. Banks" is a positively charming film filled with heart and a few good laughs along the way. We all know how this venture eventually turned out, but it's fascinating to see just how difficult it was to get there." —
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3.5/4 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " While it may not be as good as "An Unexpected Journey," "The Desolation of Smaug" is still an outstanding continuation of the saga that gives fans just about everything they could want from such an adaptation." —
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3.5/5 93% The Hunt (2013) " Mikkelsen acts as a superb anchor, making these two hours go by somewhat rapidly. In short, he's the main reason to give this devastating analysis of truth a whirl." —
Posted Dec 9, 2013
2/4 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " "Out of the Furnace" is a film in desperate need of a jump start." —
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " With a little more thought, "Drinking Buddies" could have been an intriguing character drama, but just like a night of heavy drinking, it's something you're not likely to remember." —
Posted Nov 30, 2013
2.5/5 —— The Rooftop (2013) " Chou, who also wrote and directed, has a good eye for visuals, but when it comes to his screenplay, he could have used a lot more originality." —
Posted Nov 30, 2013
3/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " You would think the more entertaining part would be the games themselves, but instead it's the slower, more character-driven part of the film that holds the most interest." —
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2.5/5 42% Red 2 (2013) " Red 2 fails to capture the fun of the first film, but manages to hold on to its weaker traits, such as a bloated runtime and an inundation of mindless action sequences, turning this into a rather forgettable affair." — We Got This Covered
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2.5/5 26% Planes (2013) " It lacks the passion and depth of their earlier work, replacing meaningful storylines and deeply-felt emotions with clichés and maudlin moral lessons." —
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3/5 5% Paranoia (2013) " "Paranoia" is not nearly as bad as you may have heard, but it does have a few too many narrative issues holding it back." —
Posted Nov 19, 2013
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