Jeff Meyers

Jeff Meyers

Agrees with the Tomatometer 87% of the time.

Publications:
Metro Times (Detroit, MI) , Orlando Weekly
Total Reviews:
389

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 389
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " No matter how elaborately you trick out the shot, watching actors type on computer keyboards just isn't all that dramatic; even if they're typing really, really hard and really, really fast." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 15, 2013
C 9% Runner Runner (2013) " Will Richie regain his moral compass? Can our young turk turn the tables on his scheming mentor? If you're hoping for a surprise answer to any of these questions, then you are watching the wrong movie." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 7, 2013
78% The Dirties (2013) " While much of film is subversively amusing (though rarely laugh-out-loud funny), Johnson's depiction of high school bullying is disturbingly realistic, without ever crossing into hyperbole. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
A 97% Gravity (2013) " Teeth-clenchingly intense and gloriously immersive. CuarĂ³n demonstrates that cellphone screens and tricked-out home theaters are no match for his big-screen artistry. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
C+ 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " Awkwardly shifting between drama and humor, this therapy sitcom is schematically plotted, hitting all its dramatic mile markers at just the right moment, rendering everything neat and predictable. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 20, 2013
C+ 82% Prisoners (2013) " The directorial instincts of Villeneuve lean toward the lurid, though he seems to think he's making a grand and brooding statement about the human condition. Prisoners is a compelling but unpleasant film, captive to its own schlocky hubris." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 20, 2013
C+ 93% Still Mine (2013) " When Still Mine's title reflects the sincerity and adoration we witness between two very private people - rather than a declaration of ownership - McGowan's movie is worthy of the wonderful cast he's attracted." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
B 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " ...bears all the extravagant style perfectionist filmmaker Wai can muster, but suffers from a sketchy biography that lurches along." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
B+ 89% The World's End (2013) " Wright and Pegg's rickety and ridiculous mash-up of narrative elements is actually a sophisticated attempt to grapple with real emotions and ideas." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 23, 2013
B- 68% Elysium (2013) " It looks and feels impressive, and actually seems to be about something other than explosions ... but is undone by a script that bludgeons its audience with all the subtly of a grenade to the face - which, in fact, happens to one of the film's characters." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 14, 2013
B 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Green takes this familiar story of accidental bromance and subtly inserts metaphors about loss and regeneration. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 14, 2013
B- 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Though Blue Jasmine has a tendency to hammer away at its themes, it at least shows that Allen still has a few interesting ideas floating around behind his horn-rimmed glasses. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 14, 2013
2/5 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Prince Avalanche isn't quite the character study it seems to want to be. Green sometimes bobbles the tone and focus, lurching from deadpan comedy to self-indulgent navel-gazing to underplayed ghost story." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 14, 2013
92% Sicko (2007) " Though his politics are unmistakably left, the documentarian's targets are almost exclusively the powerful and his work is fueled by optimism rather than cynicism." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 5, 2013
96% WALL-E (2008) " As a film critic who has spent too many summers viewing mediocre misfires and uninspired reinterpretations of TV shows, comic books and cult classics, it's immensely satisfying to recommend something as breathtakingly glorious as WALL-E." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
96% Ratatouille (2007) " Thankfully, Ratatouille never relies on pop-culture references or crass satire to get laughs. It creates comedy on its own terms." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
95% Star Trek (2009) " A manically paced, profoundly affectionate and highly entertaining prequel to a cultural touchstone." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " Though the short and breezy film is predictably clever, occasionally brilliant and unfailingly entertaining it still feels very much like an elongated episode." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " Despite failing to achieve epic greatness (or moral relevance), Inglourius Basterds is a helluva cinematic experience, rewriting the fall of the Third Reich in a way few directors would ever dare." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
A- 94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " It may seem odd to praise a big-budget action flick for its maturity, but Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Ultimatum unequivocally proves that a summer blockbuster needn't be brainless to be exciting." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
B- 52% The To Do List (2013) " While the movie is loaded with lewd attempts to shock, the most radical thing about The To Do List is that it is a sex-positive, strongly female take on the Losing It genre..." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 26, 2013
C- 47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " It's like a very horny, very gay parody of airplane-disaster movies ... without the laughs. I'm So Excited! neither lives up to its name nor its exclamation point." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 26, 2013
B 69% The Wolverine (2013) " ...it's clear there was a conscientious choice to make a film that favored character over pixel-driven effects." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 26, 2013
C- 20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " Girl Most Likely is the kind of film where awkward retro names abound and a character walks around in a wetsuit because he's been hit by lightning so many times. It's all so wacky it must be funny, right? Hardly. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
c+ 42% Red 2 (2013) " Bruce Willis expends so little energy shaping his umpteenth action persona that he can't even be bothered to crack a smile. Luckily, Helen Mirren, Mary Louis Parker, Brian Cox and John Malkovich are all-too happy to step in and steal the limelight." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
A- 97% The Princess Bride (1987) " It's as good as you remember. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
C+ 67% World War Z (2013) " Welcome to the age of the cinematic mash-up, in which a committee of screenwriters jam together elements of past movies into a Frankenstein-like digital effects-laden extravaganza. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 21, 2013
B 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " With so many cast members pulled from Whedon's various television series, it's hard not to view it as a weekend acting retreat for veterans of geek TV." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 21, 2013
B- 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Spectacular but empty. Looking for Nolan's trademark solemnity? It's there. How about a dour, pensive hero? Yup, got that too. What it doesn't have is much character or soul." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 14, 2013
A- 98% Before Midnight (2013) " Before Midnight understands that when love falters it isn't with a bang but a long protracted sigh. It's a perceptive and humbling view of romance that debunks all notions of fairy tale endings. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 14, 2013
C- 11% After Earth (2013) " Is there a more satisfying career implosion than that of M. Night Shyamalan? " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 31, 2013
A- 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " Stories We Tell shows us that the truth and the way its told are two very different things. Polley's wonderful documentary honors both by preferring neither." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 30, 2013
C+ 66% The Iceman (2013) " Shannon conveys the contract killer's utter detachment from humanity, providing a mute but menacing presence that wastes few words or emotions. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 23, 2013
B 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Like most franchise sequels it goes overboard with supporting characters, plot complications and let's-top-that action sequences. But there's never any real sense of drama. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 2, 2013
C 49% Pain & Gain (2013) " Bay only knows how to pitch his movies at one level: all bombast, all the time. And you can't help but feel that he kind of admires these murderous morons' sloping-brow sense of joie de vivre." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 26, 2013
B- 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " Where's a Sidney when you really need one? Either Pollack or Lumet could have easily injected Robert Redford's old-fashioned thriller with some much needed snap and suspense. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B+ 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Its plot isn't particularly complicated, but it is undeniably weird. if you accept the movie on its own terms, you'll feel like you've been pulled into a creepy yet compelling dream. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 24, 2013
C- 68% Disconnect (2013) " There are no revelations or surprises, just newspaper editorial-style lamentations disguised as cautionary tales. I'd rather watch racism push Sandra Bullock down the stairs in Crash." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 20, 2013
B- 45% To The Wonder (2013) " Must all our choices be connected to a larger cosmic ideal? Is every leaf on Earth so gloriously sun-dappled? There is a point where profundity can cross into parody and To the Wonder skates awfully close to that line." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 17, 2013
B- 68% Trance (2013) " Danny Boyle injects every minute of Trance's plot-tangled running time with frenetic energy and style, cleverly distracting us from an implausible story that never plays fair with its twists. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 12, 2013
B- 81% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " ...strives to be a moving, epic family drama spanning 17 years, two families, two generations and 140 minutes. Alas, it loses both momentum and impact the further it ventures into its broken narrative." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 12, 2013
B+ 93% No (2013) " ...a bitter and knowing meditation on media manipulation and political subversion." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 12, 2013
B- 93% Room 237 (2013) " Room 237 is an extended riff of the "Paul is dead" variety. But, you know what? Sometimes a guy moving a table in the background is just a guy moving a table in the background." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 12, 2013
D+ 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " G.I. Joe: Retaliation is such a craven and relentless onslaught of obsessive gun fetishization that you half expect to see the NRA's logo appear alongside Paramount and Hasbro. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 31, 2013
B+ 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " Moreh gets some startling confessions and insights from each man but also misses the opportunity to truly challenge his subjects on their regard for democracy, basic human rights and their own accountability." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 24, 2013
B- 70% The Croods (2013) " There's something depressing about the fact that The Croods could probably be watched by an audience anywhere in the world without subtitles and they wouldn't miss a thing." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 24, 2013
B 95% West of Memphis (2012) " More a recap and appendix to the Paradise Lost trilogy... one can't help but feel that the celebrities involved needed this document of their efforts to appease their vanity. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 13, 2013
B 68% Stoker (2013) " Stoker may drip with juicy primal urges, suspense and demented behavior, but it offers very little logic or substance to soak up." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 13, 2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Oz remains a calculated studio endeavor, filled with awkward shifts between simple-minded humor, gooey sentimentality, lavish effect sequences and move-it-along storytelling." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 8, 2013
B+ 94% Lore (2013) " Can we spare some sympathy or hope for the children of villains, even if they too show signs of their parents' evil? Lore provides no easy answers." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 6, 2013
C+ 61% John Dies at the End (2013) " When is a phone call from your dead friend more than just bizarre? When it's made on a hot dog. It's a hopeless mess. But, at least, for its first half, a very entertaining mess." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 6, 2013
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