Jim Emerson

Jim Emerson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Sun-Times , Jeeem's Cinepad , RogerEbert.com
Total Reviews:
139

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 89% In the House (2013) " "In the House" might well be called "In the Story" because that's where it plays out: the house in the story and the story in the house." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 9, 2013
3/4 82% Something in the Air (2013) " Fans of Assayas's "Cold Water" and "Summer Hours" will appreciate the fluid camerawork that snakes from room to room in some of the most seductive adolescent party scenes ever committed to film." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 9, 2013
3.5/4 98% Mud (2013) " [Nichols] has a rare ability to root his archetypal Southern fables in rich observational detail. They remain tangibly specific but take on the larger resonances of folklore." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/4 77% It's a Disaster (2013) " The movie's funniest touches are quiet flashes of character, expertly timed and nimbly played by a deft ensemble. "It's a Disaster" is consistently funny, but you wince more often than you laugh out loud." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/4 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Here is a movie you haven't seen before. If you think you have, it's probably because you swallowed a white worm that turned you into a pod-person subject to total mind control and now you're having flashbacks." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 11, 2013
2.5/4 93% Room 237 (2013) " Listening to fanatics go on and on about their fixations can be kind of fun. For a while, at least." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 4, 2013
3.5/4 88% The Silence (2013) " The mysteries here are larger, deeper, more ineffable than the purely practical concerns of crime-solving: motive, means and opportunity." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3.5/4 95% Sister (2012) " The movie takes a refreshingly low-key, observational approach to storytelling ..." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 3, 2013
3.5/4 85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010) " That's another thing about Carion's direction: He has an eye for unusual, atmospheric touches -- the kinds of striking little things you notice in the world and think: "Somebody should put that in a movie."" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 29, 2010
3/4 93% Iron Man (2008) " Not only is it a good comic book movie (smart and stupid, stirring and silly, intimate and spectacular), it's winning enough to engage even those who've never cared much for comic books or the movies they spawn. Like me." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/4 43% What We Do Is Secret (2007) " Where What We Do Is Secret succeeds is in the performances which (and this a compliment, I think) sometimes expose a stilted, amateurish strain that's oddly in tune with the characters' D.I.Y. aesthetic." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 15, 2008
2/4 37% Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008) " A superficial primer for people who aren't likely to go see it in the first place." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 27, 2008
3/4 77% Body of War (2008) " Body of War again demonstrates that we Americans still have some bitter truths to face." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 16, 2008
3/4 67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) " With bigger battles and scarier monsters than its predecessor, the new movie flaunts grander visual effects, and, with one notable exception, a dash more individuality than the initial installment." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 16, 2008
1.5/4 39% Speed Racer (2008) " Speed Racer is a manufactured widget, a packaged commodity that capitalizes on an anthropomorphized cartoon of Capitalist Evil in order to sell itself and its ancillary products." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 9, 2008
0.5/4 18% Chapter 27 (2007) " Chapter 27 just makes you feel bad for, and about, everybody -- including the wretched souls who made the thing." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 25, 2008
1/4 14% Deception (2008) " What can compare with the white-knuckle suspense of uploading a file?" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 25, 2008
2.5/4 47% My Blueberry Nights (2007) " It's a store-bought bakery-window display cake, infused with flavor essences and color-enhancers. (Is there a cinematic MSG that intensifies the sweetness of eye candy?)" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 18, 2008
3.5/4 84% Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) " You know exactly where, and the pleasure of Forgetting Sarah Marshall is in how it gets there." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 18, 2008
1.5/4 36% Street Kings (2008) " An anemic attempt to evoke the big, shiny action pictures of the late '80s and early '90s, the heyday of Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, when Timothy Dalton was 007 and Clint Eastwood had fewer wrinkles and bigger hair." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 11, 2008
2/4 30% Chaos Theory (2008) " Dramatically it's neither fish nor fowl, so you can't quite tell if the sandwich is tuna salad or chicken salad." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 11, 2008
2.5/4 50% Smart People (2008) " Parker, cast as the Life-Affirming Option, comes across as rather drab. Quaid disappears beneath his beard and into his role, yet because Lawrence is such a remote character, it's hard to care much. Page's role is pretty thin and monotonous." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 11, 2008
2/4 58% Shelter (2007) " A coming-out, coming-of-age movie that is mediocre and very well-intentioned." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 4, 2008
3/4 52% Leatherheads (2008) " Film fans used to speculate about whether Clooney could become the Cary Grant of our time, and now we know he's our Clark Gable and William Holden and Dean Martin, too." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 4, 2008
3/4 51% CJ7 (2008) " This is a fable of forgiveness and regeneration, but it delves into a child's deepest, darkest fears. Fortunately, things turn out OK in the end." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 28, 2008
3/4 79% Teeth (2007) " Whether you view it as a primordial image from the collective unconscious or a practical warning against promiscuity, vagina dentata makes an indubitably memorable impression -- and an ideal premise for a tongue-in-cheek teen horror movie." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 28, 2008
1.5/4 36% 21 (2008) " Inspired by the real-life story of the M.I.T. students who took Las Vegas casinos for millions, 21 has been reshaped to fit a simple movie template -- and it's nearly as much fun as watching an insurance professional compute actuarial tables." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 28, 2008
4/4 96% Chop Shop (2008) " Three shots into Rahmin Bahrani's Chop Shop, and you're already pulled into its world with an effortless economy and precision that leave you no doubt you're in the best of cinematic hands." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 21, 2008
3/4 96% Let's Get Lost (1989) " Let's Get Lost is an atmospheric black-and-white portrait of a jazz trumpet player, an exemplar of West Coast 'cool jazz' in the age when rapid-fire bebop was hot, whose life, career and face were ruined by his various addictions." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 14, 2008
3.5/4 77% Paranoid Park (2007) " Paranoid Park is graced with those peculiar Van Sant touches of discovery and absurdity, delightful because they're at once so right and so inscrutable." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 14, 2008
0.5/4 52% Funny Games (2008) " This isn't a movie, it's a thesis." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 14, 2008
2.5/4 79% The Bank Job (2008) " No worse than its generic title. And no better." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 7, 2008
2.5/4 94% The Counterfeiters (2007) " The trouble is that the storytelling and filmmaking are routine (surely faux-documentary handheld camerawork is the most overused cliche in modern movies), even when the human drama is not." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2.5/4 42% The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) " If Russ Meyer had made The Other Boleyn Girl, Anne and Mary Boleyn would have yanked some hair, scratched some eyeballs, walloped each other in their respective kissers, and the movie would have been all the better for it." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 29, 2008
3.5/4 81% Chicago 10 (2008) " As an activist documentary with a contemporary agenda, it doesn't pretend to be "objective" (whatever that means), but to find inspiration in the passion and irreverence of its heroes." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 29, 2008
3/4 57% The Signal (2008) " A movie that explores the common ground between visceral horror and sketch comedy, and finds plenty of it." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 22, 2008
2.5/4 56% Charlie Bartlett (2007) " Almost everything in Charlie Bartlett is based on successful teen comedy formulas of the '70s, '80s and '90s." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 22, 2008
1.5/4 16% Jumper (2008) " A movie so silly you may find yourself giggling helplessly even as you wish you could magically transport yourself almost anywhere else in the world but where you are, in front of the screen showing it." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 15, 2008
3/4 62% Diary of the Dead (2007) " You may not believe in zombies, but the unnamed dread in the air of Diary of the Dead is recognizably believable, because we live with it now." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 15, 2008
2/4 12% Broken (2007) " 'Why?' you may wonder as the end credits roll on director Alan White's Broken." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 19, 2007
96% Persepolis (2007) " It's a movie that makes you glad to be alive." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 19, 2007
83% Atonement (2007) " Atonement is an intelligently, evocatively directed movie in every aspect..." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 19, 2007
96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) " ...a sharp political commentary about free-market forces in a socialist bureaucracy where nearly everything is regulated by the government." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
96% Chop Shop (2008) " Within the first 30 seconds or so of Ramin Bahrani's Chop Shop, you know you're in good hands." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
93% Secret Sunshine (2010) " The film is brave and unsparing (as is Jeon's performance) and asks some challenging and disquieting questions..." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) " Baumbach knows exactly what he's doing, and it works." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
44% redacted (2007) " I don't know when De Palma has ever been accused of being sincere, but Redacted feels to me as close as he's ever come." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
77% I'm Not There (2007) " [It] is not only a kaleidoscopic view of events in the life, music and myth of Bob Dylan, but a critical deconstruction and synthesis of Dylan's various media representations." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
82% Into the Wild (2007) " Penn's empathy with his driven hero is unmistakable and deeply felt." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
90% Michael Clayton (2007) " ...the kind of smart, crisp, 'serious' mainstream entertainment that gives Hollywood (or the part of it influenced by George Clooney) a good name." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
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