Jeff Meyers

Jeff Meyers

Agrees with the Tomatometer 87% of the time.

Publications:
Metro Times (Detroit, MI) , Orlando Weekly
Total Reviews:
416

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 416
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A 92% The Departed (2006) " [The Departed] showcases Scorsese's trademark themes of sin, betrayal and redemption. It's a carefully calibrated and detailed film that takes its time establishing the characters' complex histories." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 11, 2014
A- 94% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " As unapologetically entertaining as Boyle's winking tale about fate is, it brings with it recognition of India's worst social ills." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " While it's obvious he means well - Berg clearly reveres these soldiers - he doesn't seem all that interested in depicting who they were as men. Heck, Die Hard's John McClane was a more fully sketched character than any of these real-life action heroes." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Jan 15, 2014
A- 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " The Hurt Locker is not a conventional approach to wartime heroics but rather a penetrating and harrowing examination of war's unrelenting damage on the human psyche." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 13, 2014
A 94% Her (2013) " Jonze is reaching for something profoundly sincere with his fourth film, presenting a highly entertaining meditation on love. It seduces you - much like its protagonist is seduced by Johansson's exquisitely smoky voice. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 9, 2014
C+ 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " It glorifies these soldiers, much as Zack Snyder canonized the Spartans in 300, as cartoon symbols of American heroism. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 9, 2014
A- 98% Blackfish (2013) " If you're not moved and angered by what you see in Blackfish, your heart is made of harder stuff than mine." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 1, 2014
A- 98% Mud (2013) " If Mud isn't the best movie of this young year, it's certainly the most instantly satisfying." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 1, 2014
C+ 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " It's one thing to repurpose a story into something of your own, but to abandon its intent in service of a unrecognizable plot and muddled message leads to the question: Why call it The Secret Life of Walter Mitty at all?" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 26, 2013
B 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The 71-year-old Scorsese is in full-on gonzo mode here, giddily leering over every tacky, morally bankrupt act of decadence. But eventually the film's three hours exhaust rather than enlighten. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 26, 2013
B+ 92% Philomena (2013) " The odd-couple road movie is well-trod territory, so it's a welcome surprise to see it handled as intelligently, deftly and movingly as it is in Stephen Frears' Philomena." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 22, 2013
A- 93% All Is Lost (2013) " [Redford] brings both physicality and emotion to the role, subtly shifting from anger to surprise to despair. It's a completely naturalistic performance, stripped of ego or artifice, and you often forget you're watching a Hollywood icon." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 16, 2013
B 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " If nothing else, director Jim Mickle should be commended for his subversive attempt to turn his slow-burn cannibal horror flick into a moody meditation on matriarchal power and the uncompromising demands of tradition." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 16, 2013
B 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Why can't the bad guys hit even one dwarf? This second chapter improves on most of its predecessor's shortcomings but suffers from the fact that it cannot stand on its own as a movie. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 13, 2013
A 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " The Nightmare Before Christmas cleverly refashions its yuletide characters into Edward Gorey refugees." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 3, 2013
A- 79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) " It's clear that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has left the dewy-eyed awe of childhood magic and entered the brooding angst of adolescent powerlessness." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 26, 2013
B 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Krokidas is a cunningly inventive director, making his shoestring production look 10 times its budget. And the cast is terrific. But without a stronger contextual frame his film is little more than an intriguing footnote to story of The Beats." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 23, 2013
C 46% The Book Thief (2013) " When Death is your narrator, your movie had better have something profound to say about the precariousness of life or, at the very least, display some satiric wit. The Book Thief does neither." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 23, 2013
B+ 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) " Kung Fu Panda is hugely entertaining, gorgeously animated and expertly cast, with Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman doing some of their best work in recent memory (no joke)." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 22, 2013
A- 90% Coraline (2009) " Gloriously gothic and deliciously creepy." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/5 87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) " Although his latest film, Howl's Moving Castle, features astonishing imagery, it's a less complete package than Spirited Away or its predecessor, Princess Mononoke." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 19, 2013
B+ 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Vallée mostly keeps the sentimentalism at bay, opting for a raggedy portrait of accidental crusaders. But as the movie enters its home stretch, the temptation to turn McConaughey into a hetero champion of AIDS activism becomes too much." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 8, 2013
B- 67% How I Live Now (2013) " Imagine if Michael Haneke's Time of the Wolf had been penned by Stephanie Meyer and you'll get an inkling of what How I Live Now is attempting to pull off. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 8, 2013
B- 70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " Reeves distinguishes himself behind the camera. The fight scenes are exciting and plentiful, acting as a showcase for both Hu Chen's formidable talents and Yuen Wo-ping's inventive choreography." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 1, 2013
B 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Ender's Game, for all its glossy special effects and laudable wartime moral questioning, lacks a fundamental sense of thrills." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 1, 2013
C- 34% The Counselor (2013) " Cormac McCarthy's manly grade of nihilism, pseudo-biblical prose and extreme acts of violence fill a plot-driven story that shows startlingly little interest in plot, character development or exposition." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 25, 2013
B+ 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " McQueen imbues his film with undeniable artistry and intellectual rigor, but startlingly little passion. You will be angered, horrified and moved by what you witness, but you will not be challenged." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 23, 2013
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
77% 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. Cuarón 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- 48% 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- 21% 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
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