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.

Biography:
Jeffrey Overstreet's first book about his career as a film critic--"Through a Screen Darkly"--is now available at Amazon.com and fine bookstores everywhere. Publisher's Weekly gave the book a coveted "Starred Review." His first novel--"Auralia's Colors"--is due from Random House in Sept. '07. Jeffrey publishes frequent film and music reviews at LookingCloser.org and lookingcloser.wordpress.com, and reviews films for Christianity Today, Paste, Risen, and Seattle Pacific University's "Response" Magazine.
Favorites:
Wings of Desire, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Three Colors: Blue, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Code Unknown, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Apocalypse Now Redux, The New World, The Fisher King, Midnight Run, Blade Runner, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Stevie, Down by Law, Into Great Silence.
Publications:
Christianity Today , Comment , Filmwell , Image , Looking Closer , Paste Magazine , Patheos , Response
Total Reviews:
620
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
Shoreline, Washington

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 620
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C- 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) " This franchise, like its villains, has become more machine than man. " — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
B+ 83% Lake Tahoe (2008) " [Eimbcke finds] warmth, humor and grace in these ragged environments. Once we learn the cause of Juan's malaise, images we've already seen take on extraordinary significance." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
A 89% Séraphine (2009) " Provost's film has few equals in depicting the dangerous territory between artistic inspiration and madness." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
B+ 91% The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010) " ... what might have been just a two-hour episode of Law and Order: Argentina is instead a rich, literary tapestry. ... I wish this could become a franchise." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
C 67% Conviction (2010) " It's based on a true story, which is a very inspiring story, sure ... but as a drama, it just isn't interesting. " — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
C 87% Black Swan (2010) " In his eagerness, [Aronofsky] goes for violent energy over poetry, shock over suggestion, emotion over intelligence." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
A- 85% Meek's Cutoff (2011) " I rarely feel the heart-in-my-throat suspense that I felt as Reichardt's characters sent a covered wagon down a steep hill ..." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
B- —— Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians " The closer Storkel gets to the individuals who are dedicated to this 'vocation,' the more interesting the movie gets. " — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
B 84% Contagion (2011) " A drama of this magnitude deserves memorable, nuanced characters. [But] as a reminder that a single gust of panic can bring down civilization like a house of cards, it works." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
B+ 93% Drive (2011) " If Sofia Coppola were a dude making genre action movies to impress Quentin Tarantino ... those movies would be a lot like this." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
C 29% Machine Gun Preacher (2011) " We're given surprisingly little food for thought when it comes to the question of the complicated tensions between Christian faith and violence." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
A- 96% The Muppets (2011) " You can tell that these filmmakers grew up cherishing what was best about the Muppets. ... From the script to the colors to the body language, it all has Henson's heartbeat. " — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
B+ 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " It leaves X-Men: First Class, Captain America, and the rest of 2011′s glorified Saturday morning cartoons in its dust. I want to take this ride again." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
C+ 98% The Artist (2011) " The Academy Awards are the biggest annual party that Hollywood throws for itself, and The Artist is a movie that worships Hollywood. Looks like a done deal." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
B+ 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " ... The movie isn't so much a work of storytelling as it is a marathon of wish-fulfillment moments for comic book enthusiasts -- punches peppered with punchlines." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
B 38% Blue Like Jazz (2012) " [It] playfully serves up more food for thought than most comedies we've seen so far this decade." — Filmwell
Posted Jun 15, 2012
B- 93% First Position (2012) " All of the dollars and expertise that produced this summer's blockbusters could never produce a spectacle as wondrous as 11-year-old Aran Bell dancing his heart out." — Image
Posted Jun 12, 2012
A 93% Of Gods and Men (2011) " Beauvois shows respect for all of the characters and cultures involved -- the monks, the community they served, even the enemies that the monks remembered in their prayers." — Comment
Posted Jun 12, 2012
B+ —— Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky " What could have been a filmmaker's self-serving attempt to publicly connect himself with a great artist has become instead an artful and admirable work of 'stalking.'" — Image
Posted Jun 12, 2012
B- 81% Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010) " Sukowa gives Hildegard intriguing complexity and an almost irresistible charisma ... but the great [film] about this woman who embraced faith, art, and science is yet to arrive. " — Response
Posted Jun 12, 2012
A 94% Winter's Bone (2010) " In moments of confrontation [Jennifer Lawrence's Ree] is as fearsome as Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, taking on monsters to protect the small and the vulnerable." — Image
Posted Jun 12, 2012
A- 96% The Social Network (2010) " Director David Fincher seems drawn to these stories of misguided rebels who become monsters in their attempts to reorder the world. " — Image
Posted Jun 12, 2012
C+ 51% Stone (2010) " Stone is a flawed film, largely because Lucetta is a B-movie seductress preying on believable human beings with backgrounds and complicated hearts." — Image
Posted Jun 12, 2012
A- 100% Waste Land (2010) " This conversion of garbage into humanitarian aid is just the beginning. Practical charity gives way to life-changing intimacy." — Image
Posted Jun 12, 2012
A 93% Lourdes (2010) " Hausner frequently composes pictures in which our view is cut off by a wall, a pillar, or a pilgrim ... but like God's silence, these obstructions remain impenetrable." — Image
Posted Jun 12, 2012
B+ 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " Dare I suggest that [this film] is better at exploring questions about our voyeuristic culture ... than The Hunger Games? Yes, I think so." — Looking Closer
Posted Apr 13, 2012
A 97% The Kid with a Bike (2012) " [It] gives obvious homage to a variety of films. ... But one inspiration shines throughout the movie ... The Red Balloon." — Looking Closer
Posted Apr 2, 2012
B- 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " More satisfying than Twilight and a stronger kickoff than the first Harry Potter movie. But ... [it] fails to explore the ethical dilemmas it presents. " — Looking Closer
Posted Mar 23, 2012
C- 43% Casa de mi padre (2012) " It's not just boring ... it's frustrating, because we now how much better Ferrell can be when he's given creative material." — Looking Closer
Posted Mar 17, 2012
B- 51% John Carter (2012) " Playing the princess, whose name is Dejah Thoris, Lynn Collins is a revelation. I'm not just talking about those costumes (Dejah-view!) which she was clearly born to wear." — Looking Closer
Posted Mar 8, 2012
A 95% Pina (2011) " Bring someone who doubts that movies can surprise us anymore. ... Bring somebody who isn't yet excited about stereoscopic cinema. They'll change their minds." — Looking Closer
Posted Feb 10, 2012
A —— Lucky Life (2010) " It was a poem before it was a movie. Thus it makes sense that the film works more like poetry than prose. And there is fear, mystery, and majesty burning in every scene." — Looking Closer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
A- 77% War Horse (2011) " Many who dismiss this film have forgotten: [Its source is] a children's story. ... Would you tell a child that The Black Stallion is an artificial, sentimental fantasy?" — Looking Closer
Posted Dec 28, 2011
C 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " It's interesting that the villain's name is pronounced like 'saccharine' when the whole movie feels like it's made of frosting." — Looking Closer
Posted Dec 21, 2011
A+ 89% The Muppet Movie (1979) " This isn't about one sock puppet's search to be all that he can be. It's about a community combining their talents to bring joy to the world." — Looking Closer
Posted Nov 25, 2011
B 95% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) " These images of what the world was increase my sense of awe at what the world is. " — Looking Closer
Posted Nov 25, 2011
B+ 89% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) " Uncle Boonmee is about ... the moments when our worlds expand; when our outlines turn out to be more porous than we thought." — Looking Closer
Posted Nov 25, 2011
C+ 84% My Week with Marilyn (2011) " Out of one side of the film's mouth, we hear, 'Isn't it a shame, what celebrity culture did to this girl?" and out of the other side, 'Good God, look at her! She's a goddess!'" — Looking Closer
Posted Nov 25, 2011
C- 39% Cars 2 (2011) " Cars dazzled my eyes and warmed my heart. Cars 2 ... inspired resistance instead of welcome." — Looking Closer
Posted Nov 23, 2011
A- 88% The Five Obstructions (2003) " Von Trier is rejuvenating his mentor's imagination. He's also reminding him that art can 'catch the conscience' of the audience and the artist." — Looking Closer
Posted Nov 23, 2011
A+ 88% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) " I could assess the performances (Juliette Binoche is better than ever). ... But I can't treat Certified Copy with a critic's typical detachment. I'm in love with it. " — Looking Closer
Posted Nov 23, 2011
A 92% The Gleaners and I (2001) " Varda is, herself, a gleaner. Her eyes are her tools, and her camera is her basket. Insatiably curious, she seeks, finds, redeems. ... When we pay attention, attention pays." — Looking Closer
Posted Nov 23, 2011
A 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " Every society has its traps, the film suggests. ... But they're not equally corrupt. There's a clear sign hanging over the road less traveled, and it says 'Wrong Way.'" — Looking Closer
Posted Nov 23, 2011
6.5/10 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) " The series' most entertaining movie so far ... [But] either the screenwriters don't understand Lewis's story, or they're actively subverting ideas he illustrated beautifully." — Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2011
6.5/10 91% The Fighter (2010) " While the crowd cheered, I didn't want Micky to win the fight. I wanted somebody ... to come along and rescue him from his family's ignorance." — Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2011
6/10 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " ... in the long list of films translating and transforming the stories of the ubiquitous Philip K. Dick, this falls in the 'Watchable but Disappointing' category." — Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2011
7.5/10 84% Jane Eyre (2011) " The colors and compositions recall the haunting beauty of Jane Campion's The Piano, which found a similar tension between the wilderness and a highly mannered society." — Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2011
7.5/10 93% Another Year (2010) " The Hepples are a joy to watch. ... Think about it. How often do we see a great marriage on the big screen?" — Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2011
7/10 94% Win Win (2011) " How often is my 'generosity' inspired by self-serving possibilities? Win Win is going to aggravate me for the rest of this year." — Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2011
8.5/10 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " Those occasional moments in Days of Heaven that inspired a catch in the breath ... are the building blocks of this film. Grace notes are now the primary element." — Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2011
7.5/10 84% Beginners (2011) " Mills weaves emotional storylines together -- and anthropomorphizes a canine -- without stumbling into sentimentality. It feels true, lived-in, every single moment." — Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2011
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