Jim Lane

Jim Lane

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Jim Lane's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "The result is joyously funny, as good as anything Pixar Studios has ever done. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 40% Max (2015) "If you're a sucker for a-boy-and-his-dog movies (and who isn't?), this one is a passable enough example of the genre. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 25, 2015
1/5 15% Aloft (2015) "It's turgid, inert, pretentious claptrap, so incoherent that you'll learn more from the studio's synopsis on IMDb than from actually seeing it. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 18, 2015
1/5 25% Beyond The Mask (2015) "laughable would-be epic is even more ridiculous than it sounds " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "Sweet and carefully made. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 95% Spy (2015) "Paul Feig, who guided McCarthy to an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids, does her an even bigger favor here: He's given her the movie and the role for which she'll be remembered. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/5 50% San Andreas (2015) "Say what you will, the movie is critic-proof, and even the most cynical will have to admit it delivers what you bought your ticket to see. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/5 19% Aloha (2015) "A decent cast gamely goes along, but little rings true, and suddenly Jerry Maguire is looking like a very long time ago. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 4, 2015
1/5 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) "This gender-switch on Fatal Attraction abandons logic early, lunging from borderline soft-core porn to flailing over-the-top melodrama and unintentional self-parody well before the halfway point in its modest 91-minute running time. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 89% Still Alice (2015) "It's a quietly harrowing portrait of a family losing the woman they know -- and a woman losing herself. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 1, 2015
2/5 46% Home (2015) "What might be mildly amusing for one minute doesn't become 94 times funnier just because you pad it out to 94 minutes. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 31, 2015
1/5 13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "An incoherent catalog of worn-out horror movie clich├ęs with a story that makes no sense and goes nowhere. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 31, 2015
2/5 30% The Longest Ride (2015) "Robertson and Eastwood are appealing and photogenic, but their romance is callow and trivial compared to Huston and Chaplin's. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
2/5 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "The movie dissolves into a flaccid shaggy-dog tale shambling toward its foregone conclusion. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
4/5 85% Cinderella (2015) "In the title role, Lily James is a revelation: sweet without being sugary, simple without being simple-minded and beaming with what must be the most radiant smile in movie history. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
2/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Memo to Wachowskis: If you must load your script with bizarre names and concepts, don't let your actors mumble and whisper, and don't drown them out with music and explosions. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
2/5 12% Mortdecai (2015) "This mannered spoof of art-heist caper comedies is one layer of spoof too many, as precious and simpering as its antihero (where does Depp come up with these accents?). " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
4/5 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "Tibbitt and his crew cleverly blend ink-and-paint animation, CGI and live action, and the result is great fun, slyly calculated to convulse the kiddies and keep their parents alternately chuckling and laughing out loud. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
4/5 84% While We're Young (2015) "A warmly incisive comedy of urban manners and foibles, sharply observant yet wise and compassionate, satirical yet oddly sweet. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
4/5 52% Woman in Gold (2015) "It's an immensely satisfying David-and-Goliath story, showing that sometimes the good guys win -- even if it takes 70 years and the gumption of a Helen Mirren to do it. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
2/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) "The most important unfinished business here is Steve Conrad's slapdash script, with its shifting tones, forced jokes and gaping plot holes. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
3/5 72% The DUFF (2015) "As in any romantic comedy, star chemistry is essential, and this movie's got it: Whitman and Amell have an easy rapport that probably makes Cagan's dialogue sound snappier than it is. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
1/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "The first movie was fun but instantly forgettable; the idea that we've spent five years wondering what happens next is downright insulting. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
4/5 39% Black or White (2015) "Writer-director Mike Binder, who drew one of Costner's best performances in The Upside of Anger, does it again here, and for good measure, he does the same for Spencer. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
2/5 27% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "Jeremy Garelick has a clever title and an amusing premise, and the movie benefits from the teaming of Hart and Gad. But the picture suffers from Garelick's inept direction. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Brotherly Love (2015) "The movie has a gritty urban atmosphere and the performances are strong -- when writer/director Jamal Hill lets the actors get a word in edgewise. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
4/5 62% The Water Diviner (2015) "It's an old-fashioned movie in the best sense, beautifully photographed by Andrew Lesnie. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
2/5 38% Freetown (2015) "The inexperienced cast is earnest but wooden, easily upstaged by the stark beauty of the Ghanaian countryside where the movie was filmed. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
3/5 43% The D Train (2015) "It's a dual portrait of two different but equally unlikeable losers, so the movie is lucky to have Black and Marsden, whose basic likeability makes us wish them well if they can only learn their lesson. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
3/5 17% The Gunman (2015) "Penn's mumbling and the occasional thick British accent sometimes make the proceedings a little hard to follow, but director Pierre Morel knows how to stage his shoot-'em-ups with a potent visceral charge. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
2/5 18% Do You Believe? (2015) "The cast is a motley mix of the known and unknown, all doing their best to deliver Konzelman and Solomon's awkward sermon, under Jonathan M. Gunn's equally awkward direction. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
3/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Outlandish as it all is, the movie delivers the goods. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
1/5 18% Little Boy (2015) "The movie lumbers on for 100 minutes with hardly a believable frame to show for it. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
1/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "The result, under the arrhythmic direction of the otherwise talented Elizabeth Banks, is a near-disaster-a comedy that isn't funny and a musical that isn't tuneful (and once again, this supposed a capella group doesn't sing unaccompanied). " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
3/5 29% Get Hard (2015) "There are some good laughs here and there. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 30, 2015
2/5 50% 1915 (2015) "There are many solemnly striking images, thanks in large part to the haunting faces of the actors, but the story is muddled, unfocused and pounded across with sledgehammers. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 29, 2015
2/5 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "David Feeney and John Quaintance's script is scattershot and silly (beginning with that sniggering double-entendre title), and Anne Fletcher's direction is often sloppy. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "The movie is one long-running battle scene expertly staged and paced by Miller, with a judicious use of CGI that doesn't insult us with the blatantly impossible. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 29, 2015
4/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "The movie is a near-brilliant nexus of art, craftsmanship and marketing, painting a compellingly optimistic picture of the power of children and the young at heart to shape the future. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 54% 5 Flights Up (2015) "With any two other stars it might be downright forgettable, but Freeman and Keaton couldn't be forgettable if they tried, and they lift the movie into something tender and almost moving. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 29, 2015
2/5 61% Unfriended (2015) "The movie doesn't always make sense and isn't terribly scary or suspenseful. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 77% Danny Collins (2015) "Pacino sinks his gleaming teeth into the role of Danny with a gusto that's charming and infectious. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/5 18% Strange Magic (2015) "The animation, which has a look of Arthur Rackham mixed with Maxfield Parrish, is fluid, visually striking and, for some strange reason, vaguely alarming. All in all, there are far worse family movies. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 11% The Loft (2015) "As so often in such locked-room whodunnits, the solution is both simple and complicated, and quite satisfying. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 82% Black Sea (2015) "Director Kevin Macdonald and writer Dennis Kelly craft a relentless, claustrophobic nail-biting thriller. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 52% Spare Parts (2015) "The movie benefits from an air of earnest goodwill and well-turned performances. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) "It's essentially a two-character show: Elgort is handsome and appealing, while Woodley continues her steady progress to stardom. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2/5 85% John Wick (2014) "The mordant humor of Derek Kolstad's script quickly dries up, the movie starts taking itself seriously, and the pleasure gives way to the guilt. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 86% Chef (2014) "Favreau's movie is loose-limbed, even a tad aimless, but it's appetizing in more ways than one (you'll probably be famished by the time you leave the theater), and it may prove to be the feel-good movie of the summer. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 90% Obvious Child (2014) "There's a raunchy, female Woody Allen-from-the-1970s vibe to Obvious Child that rings an overfamiliar bell. We've seen much of this before, but it goes down easily enough this time. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
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