Jessica Reaves

Jessica Reaves

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Biography:
Chicago Tribune staff reporter
Publications:
Chicago Tribune , Los Angeles Times , Metromix.com
Total Reviews:
117

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 117
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 25% A Good Year (2006) " It's no surprise that you can see A Good Year's plot twists and clunker of an ending from a mile away." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 9, 2006
2.5/4 83% Come Early Morning (2006) " It's a solid, if flawed, effort by Adams." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 9, 2006
2/4 69% Cocaine Cowboys (2006) " After beginning at a healthy clip, the film becomes mired in endless remembrances of debaucheries past and Miami's descent into lawlessness." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 9, 2006
2/4 75% Catch a Fire (2006) " The action, political intrigue and marital tensions (which prove critical as the story unfolds) never quite coalesce into a compelling whole." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 26, 2006
3.5/4 76% A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) " The memoirist turned screenwriter turned director has hit it out of the park with his first feature, crafting an unflinching, often brutal retrospective of his formative years in Astoria, Queens." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 19, 2006
3/4 55% Marie Antoinette (2006) " Insouciant but never cavalier, Coppola's latest effort should prove definitively she's a talent in her own right." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 19, 2006
3/4 87% Jesus Camp (2006) " What Ewing and Grady have accomplished here is remarkable -- capturing the visceral humanity, desire and unflagging political will of a religious movement." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2006
2.5/4 37% The Guardian (2006) " In between the maudlin moments, [director] Davis et al. deliver a sturdy popcorn movie and a few genuine thrills. Not bad for a day on the high seas." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2006
1.5/4 25% School for Scoundrels (2006) " This ultimately disappointing comedy starts reasonably strong, delivers a few good laughs, then rolls over and plays dead." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2006
.5/4 63% Jackass: Number Two (2006) " I don't know what to say about Jackass: Number Two. What is there to say, after all, about a 95-minute foray into feces, intestinal gas, horse semen and a beer funnel inserted into a body cavity that's quite obviously not someone's mouth?" — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 21, 2006
2.5/4 76% The Puffy Chair (2005) " An enjoyable road movie that feels both comfortable and completely fresh." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 21, 2006
3/4 46% The Last Kiss (2006) " ... a smart, witty, sexy take on the perils of becoming an adult." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 15, 2006
3/4 87% The Ground Truth (2006) " Thanks largely to the brutal honesty of its subjects, The Ground Truth transcends the protest genre and delivers a much broader cautionary tale." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 14, 2006
2/4 43% Reinas (Queens) (2006) " Unfortunately for director and co-writer Manuel Gomez Pereira, all the energy in the world isn't enough to compensate for the superfluous plot lines and outrageous overacting that weigh down this bit of warm-hearted Spanish fluff." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 7, 2006
2/4 27% Trust the Man (2006) " Trust the Man could easily carry the following subtitle: Men Who Behave Like Petulant, Spoiled Children and the Women Who Decide It's Easier to Love Them As-Is Than To Try to Turn Them Into Grownups." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 17, 2006
2/4 19% Step Up (2006) " While predictability and occasionally wooden dialogue keep this from being a truly good movie, it's certainly entertaining enough to please its intended audience." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 10, 2006
3/4 86% QuinceaƱera (Echo Park, L.A.) (2006) " Quinceanera took both the dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and it's easy to see why." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 10, 2006
3.5/4 91% Little Miss Sunshine (2006) " It's difficult to convey the sheer joy of watching these characters interact." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 3, 2006
1.5/4 18% Shadowboxer (2005) " Who says critics are useless? Now you don't have to see the movie, unless, of course, you derive some satisfaction/pleasure from graphic violence, unforgivably cliched scripts and/or repeated sightings of Gooding's bare bottom." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 27, 2006
2/4 26% John Tucker Must Die (2006) " Despite its various shortcomings, John Tucker isn't a terrible movie. It just isn't terribly funny or terribly interesting, although I suspect that its intended audience won't mind very much." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 27, 2006
1/4 43% Two Drifters (2006) " This movie doesn't have enough heart or energy to inspire wonder -- with a weak script, utterly unsympathetic characters and a nonsensical plot, it can barely keep plodding along." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2006
2.5/4 21% You, Me and Dupree (2006) " The end product feels less funny than formulaic. Not to mention profoundly disheartening." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 13, 2006
3/4 52% Strangers with Candy (2005) " Easily the wittiest, most ridiculous and best-written comedy of the year." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 6, 2006
3/4 72% Only Human (2006) " Shines a glaring light on sibling rivalry, cultural rifts and filial devotion without ever descending into pap or sentimentality." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2006
3/4 72% Clean (2005) " It's a joy to watch the characters in this grown-up drama interact, their exchanges laced with anger and doubt, sadness and regret." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2006
3/4 36% Wassup Rockers (2006) " Very different than Kids. Where the earlier film was exhausting in its nihilism, the latest retains a good-natured charm." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2006
2.5/4 27% Waist Deep (2006) " Even with the movie's multiple personas, its message -- that salvation sometimes doesn't arrive in the expected form, and that escaping isn't the same thing as running away -- is delivered loud and clear." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 22, 2006
2/4 53% Wah-Wah (2006) " Watching it is like trying to assemble a puzzle that's missing pieces: You can see the outline of a story, and some shapes fit neatly together, but there are undeniable holes." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 15, 2006
2.5/4 11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) " I've always had a soft spot for Garfield, and this may account, at least in part, for the fact that I enjoyed a lot of this movie. When the humans have the sense to keep quiet, and the animals are doing their shtick, there's great fun to be had." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 15, 2006
2.5/4 74% Cars (2006) " While it's a technically perfect movie, its tone is too manic, its characters too jaded and, in the end, its story too empty to stand up to expectations." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 8, 2006
2.5/4 81% Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006) " Gehry's theory -- the less technical the approach, the more human the end result -- is proven time and again in this diverting portrait of America's most famous living architect." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 8, 2006
2.5/4 34% The Break-Up (2006) " We're not talking Ingmar Bergman here, but suffice it to say that audiences expecting a raucous Vince Vaughn comedy (in the mold of, say, Old School) will find themselves laughing less than they'd hoped." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 1, 2006
3/4 73% Twelve and Holding (12 and Holding) (2006) " The kids deliver uniformly solid, occasionally remarkable performances." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 1, 2006
1/4 57% Dead Man's Shoes (2006) " There's a hint of Shakespeare's goriest tragedies here, sucked dry of any attendant heart, emotional depth or compelling human interest." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 18, 2006
1.5/4 13% Just My Luck (2006) " Presumably, this movie was designed to be a fun romp, and in that it fails." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 11, 2006
1.5/4 11% Side Effects (2005) " Spectacularly lame dialogue, stilted direction, amateurish production values and a soundtrack that distracts from the film as a whole." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 4, 2006
3/4 75% Look Both Ways (2006) " ... a surprisingly (and inexplicably) uplifting meditation on the myriad ways life makes us all acutely miserable." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 27, 2006
2/4 31% Stick It (2006) " Where Bring It On found fans well outside its theoretical demographic, Stick It is unlikely to follow suit." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 27, 2006
2/4 42% When Do We Eat? (2006) " Watching this movie is kind of like being sprayed with emotional vomit." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 20, 2006
2.5/4 67% On a Clear Day (2006) " Like a soggy and less compelling iteration of The Full Monty." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 13, 2006
2/4 55% Go for Zucker! (Alles auf Zucker!) (2006) " A diverting, mildly entertaining movie, far short of provoking the controversy (or hysterical laughter) it apparently prompted during its release in Germany." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 6, 2006
3/4 39% American Gun (2006) " While not a perfect movie by any means -- a few scenes feel forced -- there is plenty to recommend it, even beyond the truly great performances." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 6, 2006
1.5/4 41% The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) " At best, this film raises an all-too-relevant question: Are true-life stories interesting because they're true? Or because they're interesting? At worst, it raises a different question: What if they're neither true nor interesting?" — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 18, 2006
0.5/4 32% Tamara (2006) " There are few words to describe the awfulness of this movie, but let's give it the old college try: dismal, depressing, embarrassing and utterly lacking in any artistic or social worth." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 17, 2006
3/4 61% Something New (2006) " Happily for those of us who enjoy the genre but wouldn't mind more substance on the empty-calorie march toward bliss, Something New, the beguiling feature film debut from Sanaa Hamri, carries a little bit more weight than the average rom-com." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 2, 2006
3/4 54% Last Holiday (2006) " We may know exactly where we're going, but the journey is so much fun, all but the most peevish audience members will find it impossible to complain." — Metromix.com
Posted Jan 17, 2006
3/4 54% Last Holiday (2006) " We may know exactly where we're going, but the journey is so much fun, all but the most peevish audience members will find it impossible to complain." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 12, 2006
2.5/4 53% Wolf Creek (2005) " As horror movies go, this is a pretty good one, at once a tense, visceral and tightly woven tale." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 24, 2005
2.5/4 51% Ellie Parker (2005) " The premise -- someone trying to inject meaning into a necessarily vacuous existence -- is depressing, but there are moments of vaguely uncomfortable hilarity. The whole endeavor, however, winds up feeling flat and a bit dull." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 15, 2005
58% nbt: Never Been Thawed (2005) Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 6, 2005
3/4 52% First Descent (2005) " Visually, this is one of the most arresting sports documentaries in years, and it doesn't skimp on the visceral thrills, either." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 1, 2005
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