Jeff Meyers

Jeff Meyers

Agrees with the Tomatometer 87% of the time.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 86% Chef (2014) "...the essential difference between Favreau's low-budget debut Swingers and this back-to-basics passion project is, ironically enough, hunger. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 27, 2014
4/5 91% Locke (2014) "Knight's script is taut and tense, ramping up the emotional stress and parceling out details and complications with a surgeon's skill. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted May 20, 2014
B 74% Godzilla (2014) "Equal parts ingenious, muddled, exciting and predictable, Godzilla ultimately seems at war with itself, wanting to deliver thematic substance and artistic wit but beholden to big budget expectations. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 16, 2014
C- 44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) "Walking With the Enemy is one of those cinematic conundrums critics face: encountering a should-be-told story in a should-be-avoided movie. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 10, 2014
B- 94% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) "As incredible as the photographs are and as intriguing as Maier's background is, the film left me feeling uneasy about the manner in which her life and work is being exploited. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 10, 2014
2.5/5 65% Fever Pitch (2005) "Nick Hornby's novels have produced two terrific examples of the genre: High Fidelity and About A Boy. Unfortunately, this latest adaptation is strictly a minor league affair. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 7, 2014
3/5 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) "Imagining what if can be fun, especially when you consider the talent and vision the cult director envisioned for Herbert's interstellar epic. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Apr 30, 2014
B 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) "... it's nice to dream, and Jodorwosky certainly offers up a wondrous image of what might have been. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 19, 2014
C- 19% Transcendence (2014) "While there are hints of interesting ideas lurking along the narrative's periphery, the implausible leaps in logic, inept plotting and sloppy sense of time and scope defeat any opportunity for impact. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 19, 2014
B 79% The Raid 2 (2014) "By the time you emerge from The Raid 2's mind-boggling, show-stopping and utterly exhausting succession of brawls, gun battles, car chases and martial arts showdowns, you'll feel as bruised and battered as Iko Uwais' inexpressive character Rama. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 16, 2014
C+ 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) "As pretentious and provocative as he is personally invested, von Trier remains an attention-seeking eccentric who might be seeking a kind of agonized attempt at atonement. Or maybe he's once again laughing derisively at his audience and critics. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 16, 2014
C- 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) "It's as if von Trier is incapable of nuance, declaring every action, every thought and thematic observation, with on-the-nose bluntness. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 16, 2014
B- 73% Oculus (2014) "There is a sad darkness that lurks beneath the awkward plotting. Flanagan's film may not haunt his audience the way he hoped, but it still finds a way to disturb. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 16, 2014
A- 85% Under the Skin (2014) "It's a film that forces us to consider what the complicated surfaces of humanity really cover up. The answer is both beautiful and awful to behold. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 16, 2014
A- 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) "The film's blend of top-notch action, well-timed humor, engaging leads and cleverly resonant plot makes it a superior all-around movie than the nonsensical rollercoaster ride that was The Avengers. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 7, 2014
C- 19% Sabotage (2014) "...just as Sabotage settles into any kind of character groove, it devolves into more generic action, more silly shocks and a twist ending that's as anti-climactic as it is nonsensical. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 28, 2014
B+ 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "Like Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums, Fiennes seems both in sync and immune to Anderson's fastidious nature. It's a tour-de-force performance that should earn an Oscar nomination but will most likely be overlooked in favor of more sober portrayals. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 23, 2014
B- 65% Bad Words (2014) "... this black comedy wannabe ends up plucking at the heartstrings when it should be going for the jugular. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 23, 2014
B 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) "A moody, atmospheric study in paranoia and tension. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) "There's no doubt that Anderson is an inventive filmmaker bursting with ideas. The problem is that he hasn't found a powerful story to contain them. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 17, 2014
B 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) "Adorned with all the adolescent fetishes of his previous films, its stop-action animation world suits Anderson, allowing him to create the perfect playground for his deadpan sense of humor and relentless examination of familial anxiety. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 11, 2014
C+ 52% Jimmy P. (2014) "It may not always treat psychology with the sophistication it deserves, but it at least acknowledges that it's an imperfect method of personal understanding. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 6, 2014
C 10% The Bag Man (2014) "Cusack and De Niro never quite embarrass themselves, but the material is clearly beneath their talents. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 6, 2014
B- 89% The Wind Rises (2014) "Miyazaki's animation is as exquisitely wondrous as ever. But it's curious that he feels so much for a man who seemed to feel so little. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3/5 29% Pompeii (2014) "It's Titanic meets Gladiator but not as good as either. If you don't have time to read the rest of the review, that should do you just fine. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Feb 26, 2014
C- 29% Pompeii (2014) "It's Titanic meets Gladiator, but not as good as either. If you don't have time to read the rest of the review, that should do you just fine. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
5/5 93% The Past (2013) "On paper, the complications sound like plot points in a melodramatic soap opera. But under Farhadi's direction and in his cast's more-than-capable hands, this knotty family drama never feels false or manipulative. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Feb 18, 2014
C- 13% Winter's Tale (2014) "Composed with all the subtlety of a jack-hammer, this over-narrated fantasy seems incapable of grandeur or magic, reducing its ideas, visuals and performances to kitsch. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 18, 2014
B+ 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "The Lego Movie's desire to inveigh against social conformity turns into a plea for collectivism. It's a message that will inevitably send the blood pressures of FOX News pundits through the roof. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 14, 2014
B+ 93% The Past (2013) "Farhadi not only has a gift for complicated and elegantly crafted human drama, he understands the way people think and feel, the way they make choices and are forced to live with the consequences of those choices. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 14, 2014
C+ 49% RoboCop (2014) " Instead of being a subversive action flick about the callous indifference of a growing corporate hegemony, it seems like the product of one. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 14, 2014
A 91% 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- 92% 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- 98% 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
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