Jen Chaney

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Biography:
Washington Post Contributor
Publications:
The Dissolve , Washington Post
Total Reviews:
89

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5.0 70% A Will For The Woods (2014) " ...A Will For The Woods transforms into a truly moving experience, and a testimony to the difference that a single life can make in the lives of others." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 13, 2014
3/4 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decides to add an Oscar category called Best Performance by a Toddler in an Indie Film Directed by His Own Father, Jude Swanberg would easily smoke any precocious competition." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 78% Get On Up (2014) " These kinds of Hollywood pop stardom portraits usually flop or fly based on their casts and the ebullience of their musical scenes. "Get on Up" wins on both fronts." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/5 67% The Almost Man (2014) " ...as a tightly constructed look at the more serious symptoms of Peter Pan syndrome, The Almost Man mostly works." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 64% A Five Star Life (2014) " A frequently sumptuous pleasure to watch." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 62% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) " [...] directors Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina have made a documentary that, like its protagonist, overflows with wild tales of con jobs, diamond-pilfering, and daring dashes from law enforcement" — The Dissolve
Posted May 28, 2014
2.5/4 77% Teenage (2014) " Deftly weaves together various media in a way that breathes its own youthful, stream-of-conscious life into the documentary genre." — Washington Post
Posted May 22, 2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " [The film is] supposed to serve as a reminder that, low moments and all, this is truly still a wonderful life[.] Instead, it's a reminder that Robinson and Williams have each made some wonderful movies. But this isn't one of them." — The Dissolve
Posted May 22, 2014
1/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " Animated in form but completely listless in content." — Washington Post
Posted May 8, 2014
2/4 52% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) " It sticks mostly to one track, taking audience members on a journey that, sadly, via the movies or their own lives, they already may know a little too well." — Washington Post
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/5 100% 16 Acres (2012) " 16 Acres is a 9/11 documentary, but not that kind of 9/11 documentary [...] it explores the stew of hope, frustration, ambition, and PR spin-cycling involved in the decade-plus effort to rebuild what terrorists so quickly tore down." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 29, 2014
1.5/5 7% Authors Anonymous (2014) " [...] Perhaps because the fake-doc construct has become so familiar [...] the bar for turning that approach into something fresh and genuinely funny is simply too high for this movie to clear." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 15, 2014
2.0/5 24% Goodbye World (2014) " This film can't decide whether it's a Noah Baumbach-ian character study or an episode of NBC's Revolution." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 3, 2014
1/5 —— Evil - In the Time of Heroes " It tries to make up for what it lacks in coherence and character development by splattering guts-and, occasionally, the head-spiraling prophecies of Billy Zane-all over the place. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3/5 76% Anita (2014) " [...] If [director] Mock had dug deeper [...] she could have made a documentary about a still-maddening moment in America's not-so-distant history that was not merely good, but truly great." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " [The film] treads in some traditional teen-movie territory[...] But it also subtly conveys the stillness and sense of purpose that comes from scanning the skies [...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 18, 2014
1.5/4 22% Need For Speed (2014) " Even the more jaw-dropping camera angles and shocking smash-ups start to feel redundant after director Scott Waugh revisits them for the third or fourth time." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/5 10% The Bag Man (2014) " As it is, The Bag Man is always teetering on the edge of amateurish absurdity, before being tugged back from the edge by its actors. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4.0/5 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " It's Stritch at her Stritchiest: swaddled in fur, showing off those stockinged gams that still refuse to quit, and parking her eyes behind a pair of those signature oversized glasses that look like two full moons resting on her face." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/5 68% About Last Night (2014) " The new About Last Night clearly wants to honor the old, [but] it needs to embrace the new more often." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.0/5 8% Cavemen (2014) " Cavemen shows occasional glimmers of promise, but ultimately winds up feeling just like Jay's blowjob story: meandering, somewhat dull, and with little payoff." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 7, 2014
1.0/5 0% Best Night Ever (2014) " Nearly every one of the film's attempts at comedy is clichéd, tasteless, or forced-sometimes all three at once" — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
1/4 41% Here Comes the Devil (2013) " "Here Comes the Devil" is a horror movie. The problem is that writer-director Adrián García Bogliano can't decide what kind of horror movie he wants it to be." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 13, 2013
2.5/5 14% Merry Christmas (2013) " Unlike the movies it echoes, however, Merry Christmas crucially lacks a sense of narrative focus." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 4, 2013
2/5 23% Angels Sing (2013) " Angels Sing is a heartfelt but less-than-polished piece of work that isn't for everyone...But graded on a Christmas-movie curve, it actually isn't bad." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1/5 29% Plush (2013) " Plush is just a B-movie B-side that few will take note of, a modern riff on Fatal Attraction that shoots for edgy, and lands on silly." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 14, 2013
2.5/5 63% Broadway Idiot (2013) " Broadway Idiot [is] a spirited look at bringing American Idiot to the stage that lacks a strong narrative to propel it forward." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 10, 2013
100% Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013) " Breaking Bad did what any show would hope to do: bring its narrative to a natural, organic conclusion while also leaving us wishing the story could just go on and on. " — Salon.com
Posted Sep 30, 2013
3.5/5 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " In We Are What We Are, an Americanized, more methodically plotted version of the 2010 Mexican shocker...Jim Mickle really brings the goods." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/5 93% Sample This (2013) " As an enjoyable documentary about the history behind a surprising game-changer of a song, this film works well. But it misses the opportunity to take its material to the next level and say something bigger." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3.5/5 50% A Single Shot (2013) " Its ongoing reveal of interconnected, rough-edged characters, as well as a tone that's a twangy, noirish brew of the Coen brothers, Alfred Hitchcock, and Winter's Bone, are ultimately what make the movie unsettling and absorbing." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 27, 2013
3/4 89% The World's End (2013) " Let's hope Wright, Pegg and Frost concoct more wild doomsday scenarios together. Their work makes for a good time at the movies ..." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 23, 2013
1.5/4 26% Planes (2013) " This film is 100 percent devoid of surprises. It's the story of an underestimated underdog that's like every other kid-friendly, life-coachy story about an underestimated underdog." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3.5/5 64% The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (2013) " There are no Hollywood endings here. There's just the truth, which Gurchiani has proved she's committed to capturing." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 8, 2013
1/4 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " It's a shame that the millions of readers who fell in love with Riordan's classic-meets-contemporary children's stories have been handed such limp adaptations of the material." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 6, 2013
2.5/5 —— Congratulations (2012) " This relationship study gets off to such a promisingly comic start that it's a shame it increasingly takes itself so seriously" — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 6, 2013
2/5 —— Happily Never After (2012) " At a mere 78 minutes, Happily Never After meanders a bit too leisurely on its path toward a jarringly gimmicky conclusion." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 19, 2013
2.5/4 67% Turbo (2013) " A derivative but nevertheless good-hearted movie that's peppered with enough clever touches to engage adults as well as moviegoers of the smaller, squirmier variety." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 17, 2013
1/5 36% The Hot Flashes (2013) " The leads in The Hot Flashes come across as one-dimensional, pseudo-feminist clichés whose conversations seem contrived and whose jokes land with the thud of airballs clunking on hardwood." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2/4 34% The Internship (2013) " The fact that this overlong, often preposterous comedy succeeds at all (which it does, only occasionally) proves that the Vaughn/Wilson charm can still work a measure of magic." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2.5/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Fast & Furious 6 is much like the other Fast & Furious films. Which is to say it does its thing pretty well." — Washington Post
Posted May 24, 2013
2/4 20% Arthur Newman (2013) " Well-acted but ultimately unmemorable ..." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 26, 2013
0/4 15% Temptation (2013) " Look, we know what's going to happen. The movie's called Temptation, okay? Yet we still have to sit through more than an hour of flirty glances and repetitive conversations between Judith and Harley until anything vaguely adulterous occurs." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 1, 2013
1/4 25% Fun Size (2012) " A 90-minute theatrical release from Nickelodeon Productions that, if anything, should have aired as a half-hour Nickelodeon special." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 26, 2012
77% American Horror Story: Asylum (TV, 2012-2013) " All the updated labeling doesn't change the fact that, two episodes in, this new "Horror Story" is nearly as depraved, unapologetically over the top and engrossing as the first season was. " — Washington Post
Posted Oct 17, 2012
2.5/4 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " This somewhat disjointed but refreshingly earnest movie ultimately establishes itself as a charmer." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 28, 2012
1.5/4 22% The Words (2012) " A well-acted but narratively limp indie that's undermined by a failure to connect emotionally with its audience." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 7, 2012
2/4 30% Total Recall (2012) " While it may not be a fully realized take on Dick's forward-thinking work, it's still a far better film than the Verhoeven version." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 3, 2012
85% The Ides of March (2011) Washington Post
Posted Feb 1, 2012
—— Community College (2009) Washington Post
Posted Dec 10, 2011
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