Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Biography:
Born in the Bay. Raised in the Bay. Likes the French New Wave; She-Ra, Jem and the Holograms, and Barbarella; burritos, and dark chocolate; New Jack Swing; and the 1970s. Left ACL is torn. Wears contact lenses.
Favorites:
Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Band of Outsiders, L'Avventura, Pulp Fiction, Newsies, Spaceballs, Barbarella.
Publications:
AWFJ Women on Film , Cinematical , Movieline , Movies.com , Rotten Tomatoes
Total Reviews:
108
Location:
Los Angeles

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 86% The House of the Devil (2009) " In this era of torture porn and slasher pics, House of the Devil is a shining example of how to build atmosphere and tension the old-fashioned way." — Movies.com
Posted Oct 10, 2012
4.5/10 51% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) " Adkins, Van Damme, and Lundgren turn in far more compelling work than they did in their last film together, Expendables 2, though maybe that's not saying much." — Movieline
Posted Sep 25, 2012
92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " Whedon and Goddard aren't just having a fun little go at tired horror movie conventions -- they're trying to nuke the entire genre." — Movieline
Posted Mar 10, 2012
7.5/10 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) " Action purists should be entertained enough by the slick spectacles Ritchie chains together, set against as handsome a historical London as you're bound to get from the movies." — Movieline
Posted Dec 15, 2011
7/10 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " If the hoodied Cruise evokes a touch of Eminem-level moodiness in the posters, it's with good reason: Stopping a maniacal supervillain may be on the docket yet again, but this time around Ethan Hunt has gone emo." — Movieline
Posted Dec 15, 2011
5/10 68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) " Paranormal Activity 3 undercuts the unsettling groundwork laid by the first two films and takes the series in a disappointing, less-satisfying direction. " — Movieline
Posted Sep 30, 2011
4/10 30% The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011) " By the time my seatmate was filling up her second Human Centipede II barf bag, we had to call an ambulance to the theater. Thank goodness for practical swag? " — Movieline
Posted Sep 24, 2011
9/10 83% Warrior (2011) " Yes, this is a mixed martial arts movie. It's also one of the most heart-wrenching and deeply felt films of the year." — Movieline
Posted Sep 8, 2011
5.5/10 60% Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011) " The potential to bring Harry Shum Jr.'s sweet dance moves into the third dimension is wasted, and unlike Jon M. Chu's dynamically-lensed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never concert doc, Glee 3D feels disappointingly flat." — Movieline
Posted Aug 11, 2011
66% Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) " It may sound silly, but watch Hauer go from shuffling, hesitant outsider on the fringe to vigilante hero raining down justice in the streets with his 12-gauge and you see one of the year's best, most heartbreaking and unhinged performances thus far." — Movieline
Posted May 5, 2011
90% Bridesmaids (2011) " Bridesmaids proves that modern comedies about women don't have to be insipid, boring or downright loathsome. Who knew?" — Movieline
Posted Mar 25, 2011
1.5/5 10% Season of the Witch (2011) " It's The Seventh Seal meets Get Him to the Greek meets Lord of the Rings as if filtered through Uwe Boll's hack-tastic brain." — Movies.com
Posted Jan 7, 2011
4/5 72% Somewhere (2010) " An intimate foray inside the emotional life of an adult who realizes they've been focusing for far too long on the wrong priorities in life." — Movies.com
Posted Jan 2, 2011
4.5/5 87% Blue Valentine (2010) " At once sad and celebratory for anyone who's ever fallen in and then out of love. " — Movies.com
Posted Jan 2, 2011
4/5 89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " A darkly comic throwback to the kiddie horror pics of the '80s, cheeky and just a bit grotesque." — Movies.com
Posted Dec 23, 2010
4.5/5 91% The Fighter (2010) " Ward's story may unfold in the manner of many sports biopics but The Fighter's more about the complex familial ties that bind than it is about the sweet science itself." — Movies.com
Posted Dec 23, 2010
3.5/5 32% How Do You Know (2010) " Kudos to Brooks for crafting Lisa as the kind of smart, level-headed, capable, red-blooded, confident female protagonist we almost never get to see in the movies." — Movies.com
Posted Dec 23, 2010
1.5/5 13% Yogi Bear (2010) " Yogi Bear is aggressively average, but it isn't the kind of children's movie you need to fear. " — Movies.com
Posted Dec 23, 2010
1.5/5 10% Little Fockers (2010) " ...and then Ben Stiller sticks a needle into Academy Award winner Robert De Niro's drug-induced boner. No cineaste should have to watch the mighty fall so low." — Movies.com
Posted Dec 23, 2010
1/5 21% Gulliver's Travels (2010) " Crass and careless, irresponsible and inappropriate, Gulliver's Travels also features the worst on-screen death of the year. " — Movies.com
Posted Dec 23, 2010
5/5 96% True Grit (2010) " Seemingly simple and straightforward upon first glance, the handsome period Western blossoms considerably into a profound nostalgic experience." — Movies.com
Posted Dec 22, 2010
2.5/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " All digital dazzle and little substance." — Movies.com
Posted Dec 16, 2010
4.5/5 87% Black Swan (2010) " Portman gives a meticulously controlled performance that culminates in the most haunting and grandiose cinematic coup de grace of the year. " — Movies.com
Posted Dec 3, 2010
1.5/5 89% Tangled (2010) " For all the girl power messaging in Tangled's marketing campaign, this updated Rapunzel is a fairly terrible role model for little girls. " — Movies.com
Posted Nov 24, 2010
1.5/5 43% Faster (2010) " Empty, fleeting stuff that resonates only long enough for the next car chase/fight scene/shoot-out to come along." — Movies.com
Posted Nov 24, 2010
3.5/5 37% Burlesque (2010) " Burlesque razzle-dazzles its way through a litany of familiar showbiz clichés and comes out, for the most part, with sequins and false eyelashes intact." — Movies.com
Posted Nov 24, 2010
1.5/5 52% The Next Three Days (2010) " The Next Three Days is a popcorn thriller through and through. Unfortunately, it's also painfully boring. " — Movies.com
Posted Nov 19, 2010
4/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " Get ready for a long eight months, Potterites." — Movies.com
Posted Nov 19, 2010
1.5/5 15% Skyline (2010) " A mess of a movie that reaches a completely ridiculous and unexpected (but not in a good way) conclusion." — Movies.com
Posted Nov 12, 2010
2/5 55% Morning Glory (2010) " Blows a noisy raspberry in the face of old media while the mocking warble of a Natasha Bedingfield song plays over the end credits. " — Movies.com
Posted Nov 11, 2010
1/5 86% Unstoppable (2010) " Every shred of true story credence becomes lost in a flurry of facepalm-worthy character decisions, headache-inducing edits and stupid, preposterous action." — Movies.com
Posted Nov 11, 2010
1.5/5 40% Due Date (2010) " Basically Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, minus the earned sentiment and John Hughes cred." — Movies.com
Posted Nov 5, 2010
4/5 72% Megamind (2010) " A smart send-up of the Superman myth and the age-old precept of good vs. evil." — Movies.com
Posted Nov 5, 2010
0.5/5 9% Saw 3D (2010) " Incomprehensible story, cheesy dialogue, poor execution, cheap production value - Saw 3D hits for the cycle of bad filmmaking." — Movies.com
Posted Oct 28, 2010
2/5 46% Hereafter (2010) " Wastes its earnest poignancy with a script reliant on corny storytelling clichés." — Movies.com
Posted Oct 21, 2010
4/5 58% Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) " Builds gradual tension on repetitious scenes of domestic tranquility before shattering the calm with an escalating series of events." — Movies.com
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3/5 64% Jackass 3 (2010) " The only truly new element here is the use of 3-D, which occasionally brings various stunts leaping off the screen and into your lap, whether you like it or not." — Movies.com
Posted Oct 14, 2010
3.5/5 94% The Town (2010) " Affleck's overall directorial instincts are sound; breathtaking car chases and ear-rattling shoot-outs are thrillingly executed." — Movies.com
Posted Sep 17, 2010
3/5 85% Easy A (2010) " Stone's charisma sells her preternaturally mature character and makes the script's snarky, pop culture-referencing dialogue snap." — Movies.com
Posted Sep 17, 2010
3/5 52% Devil (2010) " Taut and slickly directed, Devil is actually one of the more solid genre movies we've seen all year." — Movies.com
Posted Sep 17, 2010
3.5/5 29% The Virginity Hit (2010) " It feels real, even if in the back of your brain you know it's about as authentic as the girl who quit her job via dry-erase board." — Movies.com
Posted Sep 10, 2010
2.5/5 72% The Last Exorcism (2010) " Resorts to a clichéd and over-the-top ending that negates all of the effective ambiguity that made the middle third of the film so nail-bitingly tense. " — Movies.com
Posted Aug 27, 2010
2/5 28% Takers (2010) " A slick thriller comprised of equal parts pretty actors, urban crime drama clichés, and cheesy lines... The Italian Heat Job for Dummies." — Movies.com
Posted Aug 27, 2010
4/5 76% Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) " Whimsical, heartwarming, and a tad bittersweet." — Movies.com
Posted Aug 20, 2010
2/5 5% Vampires Suck (2010) " In the long, miserable history of Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg's joint film making career, Vampires Suck is a definite improvement." — Movies.com
Posted Aug 20, 2010
3.5/5 34% Lottery Ticket (2010) " A 'hood comedy with heart. " — Movies.com
Posted Aug 20, 2010
1.5/5 51% The Switch (2010) " Perverse gender politics are at play here in this insemination fantasy about a man hijacking a woman's uterus in a long play to win her heart. " — Movies.com
Posted Aug 20, 2010
3.5/5 73% Piranha 3-D (2010) " Has plenty of good, old-fashioned blood & guts and the kind of full frontal nudity that's guaranteed to send young boys into puberty. " — Movies.com
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2/5 36% Eat Pray Love (2010) " Eat Pray Love only superficially advocates independence and growth while serving up a steaming pile of pseudo-spiritual hyperbole. " — Movies.com
Posted Aug 13, 2010
4/5 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) " Wright proves himself an expert technician with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, surely one of the most visually dense pieces of pop cinema ever made. " — Movies.com
Posted Aug 12, 2010
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