Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet
"If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he'd never stop throwing up." - Max Von Sydow in "Hannah and Her Sisters"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Jeffrey Overstreet's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 98% Inside Out (2015) "I don't think I've ever seen a film that more powerfully portrays the fierce intelligence, but also the fragility, of a child's mind for moviegoing audiences. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jun 19, 2015
A- 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "It's bursting with imagination, wit, enough real-world stunts to create a sense of high stakes, and performances that register with real emotion in the midst of absurdity. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2015
B+ 90% Something, Anything "Harrill has made something quiet, observant, and quite contrary to the popular narrative of American love stories. ... It's poetic, profound, and often very beautiful. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 21, 2015
A 99% Selma (2015) "It is artful, inspiring, perfectly cast and powerfully acted, beautifully shot, scored with sensitivity rather than sentimentality, efficiently edited, profoundly dignified. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 7, 2015
B+ 83% As It Is In Heaven (2014) "This suspenseful film was shot without any special effects over the course of 17 days. This is powerful filmmaking, admirable for the resourcefulness of the artists. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 6, 2015
C+ 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "It bears little resemblance to the [source material]. But in its fictions, technical execution, and visual artistry, it has some admirable qualities. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 12, 2014
B+ 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) "A police procedural cake pan [filled] with horror-genre cake batter. It [delivers] troubling questions about evils committed by humankind and ... evils done by something else. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Oct 24, 2014
B+ 98% Boyhood (2014) "Isn't this what good therapists do -- help people understand trouble, hurt, hopes, and dreams by digging deep into memory and experience? " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B+ 99% Gloria (2014) "You will probably warm to this odd and unglamorous character. You'll come to appreciate her expressions, her wit, her imagination, and her courage. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jul 5, 2014
B+ 96% Ida (2014) "Anna's journey will leave her deeply conflicted about what she has seen, just as I feel conflicted about this film. It's been three weeks, and I can't stop thinking about her. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jun 17, 2014
A- 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) "This is Jim Jarmusch's dark and mournful version of Wim Wenders Wings of Desire ... immortals watching over a decaying city ... burdened by disappointment. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted May 9, 2014
B- 85% Under the Skin (2014) "Avoids the adrenalin-junkie tactics of most sci-fi ... [but it] could have taken us to more interesting places. Glazer's too preoccupied with his bait-and-devour scenario. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Apr 23, 2014
B+ 77% Noah (2014) "There is so much here that is wonderful and strange, my problems with the film are not much more than quibbles. ... I think Noah is Darren Aronofsky's Take Shelter. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
A- 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "I was so busy delighting in its breathtaking aesthetic complexity that I suspect the story will work magic on me in later viewings. That's what happened with The Life Aquatic. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Mar 14, 2014
B 91% The Great Beauty (2013) "I don't know that I've ever seen a film in which the visual glory on the screen was so at odds with the philosophy evident in the screenplay. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 22, 2014
A 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "A movie with more laughs-per-minute than any recent comedy I can remember ... and a thrilling summons to unleash our own creativity. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 8, 2014
A- 94% Her (2013) "Jonze's sci-fi scenario glorifies relationships that are based on love, fidelity, honesty, close listening, and, above all, in-person intimacy. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 25, 2013
B+ 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) "The Coens ... rein in their wilder, wackier impulses here. Inside Llewyn Davis mopes its way through bogs of bitter irony and murky misfortune, " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 21, 2013
B+ 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "The lingering effect is, 'Yeah, these nightmares really happened. People can be horrible. God have mercy.' I just don't find that the movie has given me much to think about. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 3, 2013
B+ 35% The Counselor (2013) "Like David Fincher's Se7en, one of this movie's closest spiritual cousins, The Counselor ultimately delivers a diagnosis that tells the awful truth. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Oct 26, 2013
C+ 97% Gravity (2013) "... a Worst-Space Scenario, in which everything that can go wrong does. It's basically 'Sandra Bullock and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Space Walk.' " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Oct 4, 2013
A 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) "... exquisite character development, observant filmmaking, and storytelling that just might change the way people live. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 2, 2013
A 94% Museum Hours (2013) "As we learn how to look at the Kunsthistorisches' masterpieces, we're also learning how to watch this movie. ... And better: we're learning how to look at our lives. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 2, 2013
A- 89% The World's End (2013) "The most grown-up film of the trilogy. ... Instead of giving us characters who find happiness by rediscovering their youth, they show us the folly of resisting adulthood. " ‐ Response
Posted Aug 30, 2013
B 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) "Above all, I recommend it for Shailene Woodley, who fulfills here the promise she showed in The Descendants. ... But alas, the film fumbles its turning-point crisis. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Aug 16, 2013
B 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) "Blanchett is a scene-chewing velociraptor. ... By contrast, Sally Hawkins steals the movie with her endearingly casual turn as Ginger. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Aug 9, 2013
B 85% The Way Way Back (2013) "One of those summer juice pops designed to make Vitamin C appealing. ... [But] worth seeing because its first-rate cast makes a decent script way, way better. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jul 12, 2013
B+ 98% Mud (2013) "Mud has a rare big-screen beauty, and its old-fashioned storytelling recalls A River Runs Through It, Night of the Hunter, and Stand By Me. " ‐ Response
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B+ 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) "The film's biggest problem is that its Beatrice, played with spunk and spark by Amy Acker, is far more engaging and enchanting than its Benedick. " ‐ Response
Posted Jun 28, 2013
A- 94% Stories We Tell (2013) "Polley approaches every character with compassion, intent upon blessing them, and serving the audience with useful questions about how we seek the truth. " ‐ Response
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B 78% Monsters University (2013) "Very, very late in these 106 minutes, we get a startling blast of meaningful Pixar storytelling that reminds us of what this team can do when they bring their A game. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jun 22, 2013
A 98% Before Midnight (2013) "Whatever wins Best Picture for 2013 ... long after that film's glory fades, actors, writers, cinephiles, and lovers will still lavish Before Midnight with praise. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2013
B- 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) "As much fun as I had while I watched it, it's falling apart like Tony Stark's armor now that I'm putting it to the test of ... you know ... making sense. Or meaning anything. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted May 3, 2013
B 46% To The Wonder (2013) "You can climb [Mont St. Michel] through tradition and religion ... and almost touch the heavens. Or walk the other way, into the the gray, where everything loses definition... " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Apr 13, 2013
A 100% Before Sunrise (1995) "Linklater captures romance at the sunset of gadget-free existence ... holy moments when no gadget or lens comes between us and our immediate company and surroundings. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Apr 8, 2013
A 82% Like Someone in Love (2013) "This is a movie about love - how much we need it, how we go wrong in the way we pursue it, and how one world's ideas about it are passing while another's are taking over. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Mar 15, 2013
A- 93% Amour (2012) "Amour will now rate highly on a list of my favorite horror movies. It's certainly upsetting. But that is its strength. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 23, 2013
C+ 83% Side Effects (2013) "The surprises aren't much to get excited about. They come from the Magic 8 Ball of Hollywood Plot Twists, as arbitrary as they are implausible. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 8, 2013
B 88% Django Unchained (2012) "When a culture tells stories that excuse its own evils long enough, the pendulum is sure to swing the other direction to reveal, even exaggerate, what has been left out. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 26, 2012
C+ 70% Les Misérables (2012) "A perfect film for a Pez dispenser set: A gallery of big famous faces that deliver fleeting bursts of energy ... but these moments dissolve, giving us nothing much to chew on. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 22, 2012
B- 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) "As fun as it is to watch, this isn't Tolkien's Hobbit. The story of a peaceable traveler who knew the virtue of restraint is lost to the vision of filmmakers who have none. " ‐ Image
Posted Dec 13, 2012
A- 91% Holy Motors (2012) "Despite the millions of dollars fueling 2012's special-effects extravaganzas, I doubt I'll experience anything as exhilarating or memorable this year. " ‐ Image
Posted Nov 23, 2012
A- 74% Margaret (2011) "This is an America in which nobody listens, the end always justifies the means, and it's always the other guy's fault. Blame is tricky when everyone is failing everyone. " ‐ Response
Posted Nov 14, 2012
A- 90% Lincoln (2012) "I never anticipated that I'd come out of this film, which I expected would be heavy-handed and ponderous, saying, 'Wow, that may be the funniest movie of Spielberg's career.' " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 10, 2012
B+ 92% Skyfall (2012) "... the best-looking Bond movie ever made. Roger Deakins' cinematography is full of striking silhouettes, some stark and simple as woodcuts, others multi-layered and illusory. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 10, 2012
A 70% The Loneliest Planet (2012) "I wouldn't say that I find the movie satisfying, but I do find it powerfully haunting. That's a compliment. To be haunted by art is a better thing than to be satisfied by it. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 2, 2012
C 77% Flight (2012) "Adrenalin-rush thrills, sex appeal, a drug-rush zoom on retina dilation, courtroom sermonizing ... Oscar buzz, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 2, 2012
B 96% Argo (2012) "The closer the film gets to its big finale, the more we can hear the hum of typical suspense-thriller machinery. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Oct 12, 2012
B+ 62% Sinister (2012) "Sinister is not only director Scott Derrickson's most fully realized vision but also his most personal film. And as haunted houses go, this one is beautifully noisy. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Oct 12, 2012
B+ 85% The Master (2012) "Anderson does not judge his monstrous characters. He finds sympathy for them even at the heights of their delusion. " ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Sep 21, 2012
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