Jeffrey Westhoff

Jeffrey Westhoff

""Did you notice someting, Charlie Brown? The world didn't come to an end." -- Linus in "A Boy Named Charlie Brown""

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
Jeffrey has been reviewing films professionally since he was a senior in high school and wrote reviews for his home-town paper, the Erie Times News. He earned his degree in journalism at Marquette University, where he wrote reviews for the school newspaper, the Marquette Tribune. Most recently he was the film critic for the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and continues to submit reviews to the Northwest Herald and its sister paper, the Kane County Chronicle Jeffrey placed second in the 2002 and 2003 Illinois Press Association competitions for reviews (Division E). In 2005 and 2006 he was a finalist in the Chicago Headline Club's prestigious Peter Lisagor Award. For both years he was the only Chicago-area film critic nominated in the entertainment writing category. He has served as a board member for the Chicago Film Critics Association.
Favorites:
"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" "It's a Wonderful Life" "Gregory's Girl" "Heaven Can Wait" "Babe" "A Man for All Seasons"
Publications:
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
2686
Total QuickRatings:
1561
Location:
Palatine, IL

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) " Even if 'The Wolverine' ultimately can't avoid its comic book roots, the movie is still powered by the morose soul of Jackman's performance." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2/4 42% Red 2 (2013) " The sight of Helen Mirren wearing an evening dress and combat boots may be funny once. Try to build a second movie around such gags, though, and it quickly becomes apparent they weren't exactly riotous in the first place." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " The deliriously demented 1960s Japanese show 'Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot' proves to be a stronger influence on 'Pacific Rim' than any Godzilla movie." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/4 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " Almost as much fun as the riotous original." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jul 2, 2013
3/4 65% The Heat (2013) " So outrageously funny it makes up for a disappointing third act." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/4 78% Monsters University (2013) " The only reason to be disappointed with 'Monsters University' is that Pixar used to be capable of so much more" — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2/4 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Oh Superman, what did you do to deserve Zack Snyder?" — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jun 12, 2013
1.5/4 34% The Internship (2013) " The Google logo appears so often you shouldn't have to pay to see this movie. Google should pay you." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jun 9, 2013
2.5/4 11% After Earth (2013) " At least Shyamalan has clawed his way from terrible back to so-so." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 30, 2013
2.5/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " This series keeps chugging away on a sly attitude. Although the cast plays every scene with straight faces, it becomes increasingly obvious the actors know these films are a load of malarkey. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 24, 2013
3/4 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " As the warning goes, Luhrmann's 'Gatsby' is no substitute for the novel, but it is way more entertaining than reading the CliffsNotes. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 9, 2013
3.5/4 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " "Iron Man 3' has a different feel from its predecessors, and that makes it as surprising as it is exuberant. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 1, 2013
2/4 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " 'Pain & Gain' is still a bad movie. It's just not the same bad movie Bay has been making for the past 15 years, and that has to count for something." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/4 54% Oblivion (2013) " The ending is overlong and disappointing, but for an impressive stretch of time 'Oblivion' is a wonder to behold. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 19, 2013
3/4 79% 42 (2013) " It's in the details and the performances that '42' rises above a script that tends to be too calculated and academic and a tone too indebted to 'The Natural.' " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 12, 2013
1.5/4 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " In the end, the heroes collect their medals and smile as if good has triumphed over evil, not sparing a thought to the allied nation across the ocean whose people will be grieving for decades to come." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Mar 28, 2013
3/4 38% Admission (2013) " Once Weitz makes up his mind, 'Admission' finds its voice as a drama in time to reach a satisfying conclusion. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Mar 22, 2013
2/4 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " The 'Burt Wonderstone' script is credited to Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who took on the arduous task of going through the 'Talledega Nights' script, crossing out all references to NASCAR and replacing them with references to magic." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Mar 16, 2013
3/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Raimi's prequel is a beautiful diversion, a colorful and clever homage to perhaps the most loved film of all time. But for all the technical wizardry that goes into it, 'Oz the Great and Powerful' does not live up to its adjectives." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " If not for its PG-13 rating, 'Jack the Giant Slayer' would be an old-fashioned, family oriented fantasy adventure, the type that local television stations used to run Sunday afternoons." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2/4 19% Identity Thief (2013) " After setting up the professional and emotional devastation Jason Bateman's character suffers when his identity is stolen, the movie does its best to say, "You know what? Forget about that. Laugh at the crazy car crashes instead."" — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Feb 13, 2013
3/4 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " For all the ill-fitting elements and plot holes, 'Warm Bodies' pulls everything together with a cheery spirit and a sense of - dare I say it? - heart. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Feb 1, 2013
2/4 28% Broken City (2013) " Despite its talent, 'Broken City' is an unremarkable film. Soon enough, most everyone will forget about it. It's not 'Chinatown.'" — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jan 25, 2013
3.5/4 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " A gripping, almost necessary, piece of filmmaking." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jan 12, 2013
2.5/4 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Those who don't know the story going in will be lucky if they know it going out." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jan 4, 2013
2/4 51% This is 40 (2012) " 'This Is 40' has moments where vulgarity doesn't impede honesty and Apatow's desire to show off his children doesn't overshadow his depiction of a contemporary family. But these moments are separated by acres of guff." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jan 4, 2013
3.4 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Fun, though more than a little trying." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Dec 13, 2012
1/4 4% Playing for Keeps (2012) " At least 'Playing for Keeps' does a service for the late Rodney Dangerfield. His 'Ladybugs' is no longer the worst movie about a youth soccer coach." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2/4 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " Another one of those films that makes you wish Quentin Tarantino had taken up hotel and restaurant management." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
3.5/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) " Ang Lee, in his best work since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, makes 3-D integral to the storytelling in this miracle of a film." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3.5/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " Released on the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films, Skyfall is simultaneously one of the series' most rousing entries and one of its most vexing." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 9, 2012
3.5/4 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " The giddiest cartoon comedy in years. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 2, 2012
3/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " At nearly three hours long, 'Cloud Atlas' seldom slows its pace and remains entertaining the whole way through. That in itself is a remarkable feat." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 2, 2012
1/4 12% Alex Cross (2012) " So many other things are wrong with the wretched 'Alex Cross' that Perry's somnambulistic performance doesn't even crack the top five." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 2, 2012
3.5/4 96% Argo (2012) " While I'm not buying into the early Oscar hype for 'Argo,' it is a gripping and exciting story that is mostly true and mostly authentic. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 2, 2012
3/4 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " 'Frankenweenie' is far from his best, but it is a timely reassurance that the old Tim Burton still exists and may be able to work his black magic again." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 2, 2012
1.5/4 22% The Words (2012) " Nothing, absolutely nothing, makes 'The Words' interesting." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 2, 2012
2/4 87% Arbitrage (2012) " Not worth a trip to the theater, but it might be worth catching on TV some day you've got nothing better to do. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 2, 2012
2/4 50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " Everyone grins as if 'Trouble With the Curve' has hit a triumphant home run, but in reality it reaches the plate after a series of errors." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 2, 2012
2/4 49% Hit & Run (2012) " It's 'Smokey and the Bandit' as conceived by a Quentin Tarantino wannabe. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 2, 2012
3.5/4 86% Inception (2010) " Inception is the rare blockbuster entry as sophisticated and intelligent as it is exciting and spectacular. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jul 15, 2010
3.5/4 81% Despicable Me (2010) " Most computer-animated movies released in 3-D these days, including Toy Story 3, aren't worth seeing in the format. Despicable Me is one of the happy exceptions." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jul 8, 2010
2/4 49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) " Not as deathly dull as Twilight or as screamingly dull as New Moon, Eclipse is merely dull." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jul 1, 2010
3/4 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " The oft-misused term "trilogy" probably will accompany this third film, but Toy Story 3 feels less like a final chapter than a long, superficially satisfying afterword." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jun 17, 2010
2/4 47% The A-Team (2010) " As willfully brainless as the movie is, it would indeed be escapist fun if its many action sequences were exhilarating. Instead, they are just as chaotic as the plot." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jun 10, 2010
2.5/4 66% The Karate Kid (2010) " What makes this Karate Kid frustrating is that the movie it ought to be is right there on the screen, but so are 20 minutes of extraneous fluff. Ignoring Mr. Miyagi's advice, the filmmakers let the story wax on and on." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jun 10, 2010
1.5/4 15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) " Future Bolsheviks will use Sex and the City 2 as a recruiting film." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 27, 2010
2.5/4 58% Shrek Forever After (2010) " This is one grim fairy tale." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 27, 2010
2.5/4 43% Robin Hood (2010) " Robin Hood doesn't become the swashbuckling bandit of Sherwood until the final moments, when the tag "And so the legend begins" appears. You may walk away liking this Robin Hood well enough, but wishing you had seen the sequel." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 14, 2010
3.5/4 73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " Iron Man 2 is as good as the 2008 original and may be even better. " — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 7, 2010
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