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

Showing 51 - 100 of 2686
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
2/4 49% The Losers (2010) " The Losers proves that screenwriting is easy if you don't sweat story structure. Or logic. Or the laws of physics." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 26, 2010
2/4 76% Kick-Ass (2010) " With an overload of characters and contrasts and disconnects, Kick-Ass tears itself apart. And that leaves its ultra violence untenable." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 18, 2010
3/4 67% Date Night (2010) " Like Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Carell and Fey are witty together, sexy together and most important of all, believable together." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 9, 2010
3/4 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " Edge of Darkness is at its core a story about a man grieving from an inconsolable loss. This doesn't ground just the film, it grounds Gibson's performance, which is among the best in his career. Possibly the best." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 2, 2010
2.5/4 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) " A spirit of fun and adventure almost breaks through. Call it a near myth." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 2, 2010
3/4 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) " Sloppy and needlessly smutty though it is, Hot Tub Time Machine is funny when it doesn't try so hard and sincere in its themes of friendship and middle-age malaise." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 2, 2010
2/4 13% The Bounty Hunter (2010) " The Bounty Hunter is supposed to be a romantic comedy-action movie hybrid - Hepburn and Tracy in Midnight Run - but it fails all genre requirements." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 2, 2010
1.5/4 51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) " Burton's personal stamp is missing. On Alice he is a director for hire, helping the Disney empire repurpose one of its animated properties and reinforce its 3-D bulkhead." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 2, 2010
3/4 69% Shutter Island (2010) " Shutter Island is second-tier Scorsese, but not one of his misfires. It does the gothic horror genre proud, but fails to transcend it." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 2, 2010
2.5/4 34% The Wolfman (2010) " This moody and violent remake has several terrific moments." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 2, 2010
2/4 28% Extraordinary Measures (2010) " If the two leading characters were women, this would have gone straight to the Lifetime network." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 2, 2010
3/4 32% The Lovely Bones (2009) " Artistically and technically, this film is superb, rich in excellent performances, wondrous visuals and compelling ideas. Yet for all its brilliance, The Lovely Bones remains elusive." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 2, 2010
2.4/4 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " A character known for his supreme intelligence should not be trapped in such a dumbed-down plot." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Apr 2, 2010
3/4 83% Avatar (2009) " Avatar is great to look at, often astonishing and sometimes beautiful. But, oh, is the story pedestrian." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Dec 20, 2009
4/4 84% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " Princess and the Frog revels in the sumptuous qualities of mood and color and especially music that flow naturally through hand-drawn animation but eludes the subroutines of computer animation." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Dec 12, 2009
3/4 75% The Road (2009) " The end of civilization in The Road is ugly and terrifying, but that makes the father and son's hope and faith so much stronger." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Dec 12, 2009
1/4 39% 2012 (2009) " Emmerich, Bay and their brethren need to learn how boring these CGI onslaughts have become. When we see 18 skyscrapers collapse and several dozen vehicles wreck at the same moment, what do we focus on?" — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 12, 2009
3/4 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) " Leaving aside the technology behind Robert Zemeckis' animated A Christmas Carol, this is the most satisfying version of Charles Dickens' oft-told tale in years." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 11, 2009
3/4 51% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) " Maybe it is just easier to laugh at things that happened decades ago, but the contemporary story never attains the same power as the flashbacks." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 11, 2009
3/4 49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009) " Director David Bowers supplies just enough heart and more than enough humor to make "Astro Boy" an agreeable entertainment." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 11, 2009
3.5/4 72% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " Jonze creates perhaps the most artful film aimed at children since The Red Balloon, and one with unusually deep emotional resonance." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Nov 11, 2009
2.5/4 58% The Invention of Lying (2009) " Like many movies that try to stretch a sketch idea to 90 minutes or more, Lying starts to sputter early on." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Oct 2, 2009
3/4 84% Whip It (2009) " An easy movie to like." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Oct 2, 2009
3/4 57% 9 (2009) " A visual feast, if you don't mind the depressing, post-Apocalyptic setting." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Oct 2, 2009
3/4 48% Taking Woodstock (2009) " The more tightly Taking Woodstock focuses on history, the more satisfying the experience." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Aug 31, 2009
2.5/4 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " Tarantino's scenes go on and on because he's in love with the sound of his character talking. This gets especially maddening in Inglorious Basterds because much of the dialogue is in German, so the words are three times as long." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2009
2.5/4 75% Julie & Julia (2009) " Any movie that follows parallel stories runs the danger that one will be superior to the other, but the disparity is especially wide in Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2009
3.5/4 68% Funny People (2009) " Comes mighty close to becoming something few film critics dreamed they would declare, an Adam Sandler masterpiece." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2009
1.5/4 13% The Ugly Truth (2009) " Allowing the characters to talk dirty adds nothing to the chick flick formula." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2009
3/4 68% BrĂ¼no (2009) " Bruno has one crucial element Borat lacked, a satirical point of view." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2009
3/4 68% Public Enemies (2009) " Some sloppy storytelling prevents Public Enemies from reaching greatness anyway, but what hampers the movie is Mann's decision to shoot in high definition video. The movie just looks cheap." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jul 8, 2009
2/4 19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " All this is Bay being Bay, but you have to question the motives of Hasbro. The company is marketing its toys through a film that contains language and humor inappropriate for children 13 and younger." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jun 23, 2009
2.5/4 44% The Proposal (2009) " Once you've set your story up as a bedroom farce, resisting the form seems futile. The Proposal meanders toward a tone without arriving at one." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jun 23, 2009
2/4 26% Land of the Lost (2009) " Land of the Lost is only one hour and 36 minutes long, but it could easily be 15 minutes shorter without the scenes of Ferrell's meandering ad-libs." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jun 4, 2009
3.5/4 98% Up (2009) " Up may not quite rank as Pixar's finest film, but it is certainly the animation studio's oddest and bravest picture, and possibly its most beautiful." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 30, 2009
3.5/4 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) " Who wants to see a Terminator movie without the star synonymous with not just with the role, but the whole concept of the series? Anyone who wants to see another smart, taut and exciting science-fiction extravaganza with outstanding action sequences, that" — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 21, 2009
2/4 37% Angels & Demons (2009) " At one point Langdon bellows, "I need a map showing all the churches in Rome!" which is a hilarious bit of dialogue because you might as well demand a map showing all the bars in Milwaukee. Then again, that would lead to a more entertaining movie." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 21, 2009
3.5/4 95% Star Trek (2009) " J.J. Abrams muscles aside Trek's ponderous aspects with a rip-roaring storyline and enough action to qualify as a galactic James Bond movie" — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 8, 2009
2/4 38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) " The script plays it safe and clings to the rules of the superhero movie." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 1, 2009
3/4 84% State of Play (2009) " Though satisfying as throwaway suspense, State of Play is framed with fondness for the American newspaper and sadness for its presumed demise." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 1, 2009
1/4 51% Observe and Report (2009) " A funny version of Taxi Driver is a dubious proposition to begin with, and writer-director Jody Hill botches it from the start." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 1, 2009
3/4 89% Adventureland (2009) " Adventureland tells a bleaker story than the audience might expect, but for the most part the coming of age drama is sincere and honest." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted May 1, 2009
3/4 43% Race to Witch Mountain (2009) " Saves its best for last and emerges as an enjoyable and competent bit of family entertainment." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Mar 16, 2009
2/4 65% Watchmen (2009) " With Snyder, "visionary" means he's all about the visuals, and he does mine Watchmen for impressive, computer-enhanced eye candy. But Snyder is tone deaf to stultifying dialogue and wooden performances." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Mar 5, 2009
2/4 59% The International (2009) " After a gripping opening scene, The International often shudders to a halt trying to explain its convoluted plot." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Feb 21, 2009
4/4 90% Coraline (2009) " The artistry on display in Coraline cannot be underestimated." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Feb 21, 2009
1.5/4 58% Taken (2009) " Was Liam Neeson looking for a script with lousier dialogue than "The Phantom Menace"?" — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Feb 21, 2009
3.5/4 71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) " How refreshing to be in the hands of a filmmaker who doesn't follow a diagram he found in the pages of "Seven Easy Steps to a Boffo Screenplay."" — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jan 15, 2009
1.5/4 10% Bride Wars (2009) " Here's the biggest problem with Bride Wars: As simple as the premise is, we don't buy it for a moment." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jan 8, 2009
2.5/4 62% Valkyrie (2008) " Much of Valkyrie works, but not quite enough." — Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Posted Jan 7, 2009
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