Jim Slotek

Jim Slotek

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Jam! Movies , Toronto Sun
Total Reviews:
868

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " The movie whets the viewer's appetite, and then offers up nothing but loose ends and strained credulity." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 19, 2014
60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " The Grand Seduction is not entirely lost in translation, and remains a pleasant little redemptive fable." — Jam! Movies
Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Is it possible we owe Tom Cruise a collective apology?" — Jam! Movies
Posted May 26, 2014
50% Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014) " As rudely and crudely funny (and strangely endearing) as our fave Canucklehheads have ever been on film." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " It's entertaining enough. But the premise promised so much more." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 17, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Some of the subterfuge - who's trustworthy and who isn't - is relatively easy to mentally unravel, but thick tension and uncertainty remains the default mode of Captain America: The Winter Soldier." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Basically, Muppets Most Wanted hits all the buttons for old Muppet fans." — Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 20, 2014
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " It's obviously not a feel-good story. But there are two great reasons to watch 'Dallas Buyers Club.' Those reasons are McConaughey and Jared Leto." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " A sometimes-funny-but-mostly-not mash-up of Borat, Weekend At Bernie's (a corpse along for the ride) and Bad Santa (an offensive old guy along with a kid)." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 25, 2013
86% The Conjuring (2013) " Wan takes some unpromising ingredients and cooks it with style, tension and heart-stopping surprise moments." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " Rush is far more than a sports story - to the point that it is absolutely unnecessary to have any familiarity with the sport at all to be enthralled and entertained by its drama." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2% Getaway (2013) " A movie that's essentially one long car chase? I liked it better when it was called The Fast & The Furious." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2.5/5 52% The To Do List (2013) " The raunch itself may be enough for a teen audience. But The To Do List is no American Pie." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 25, 2013
34% The Internship (2013) " How did this movie with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn become so unfunny?" — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/5 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Wait ... what? It IS a comedy? But ... but ... there are no laughs!" — Jam! Movies
Posted May 22, 2013
4/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " Yes, I just gave a Michael Bay movie four stars. No, I don't think I've gone crazy." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " The cool stuff in Oblivion is engaging for the first two acts and smooths over the slow parts." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3.5/5 80% Revolution (2013) " Revolution is a such a neck-breakingly random series of connected concerns, it amounts to a Whole Sick Earth Catalogue, a primer of sorts." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 12, 2013
4/5 68% Trance (2013) " A vivid, modern film noir full of slowly unfolding secrets and sexual tension ..." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3.5/5 62% Evil Dead (2013) " That speedy camera-through-the-woods rampaging demon effect still thrills three decades later." — Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 4, 2013
3.5/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " A broad Vegas satire that falls somewhere between Anchorman and Dodgeball on the between-the-eyes funny scale." — Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 14, 2013
2/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " It seems like every 15 minutes, somebody the McClanes think was a friend points a gun at them, which makes for some confused plotting." — Jam! Movies
Posted Feb 14, 2013
3.5/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " The characters' arc is ultimately sweet and self-aware." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 19, 2012
3/5 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " As a piece of drama, Hyde Park on Hudson is as slight as Bill Murray's performance is weighty." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 14, 2012
4/5 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " I'm here to vouch for Jackson, except for the length." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 13, 2012
3/5 4% Playing for Keeps (2012) " Another exercise in here's-the-woman-you-belong-with-and-we'll-just-delay-the-inevitable-for-90-minutes-before-you-stop-her-from-getting-on-that-plane." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 7, 2012
1/5 12% Red Dawn (2012) " Geez, who's the U.S. going to be invaded by next year, Yemen?" — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 21, 2012
3.5/5 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " Kind of a gateway drug for kids too young for The Avengers, Rise Of The Guardians is what happens when you pump Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman full of cinematic steroids." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3/5 46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) " A must-see for any Python fan, full of insights into the peculiar alchemy that gave us silly walks, argument rentals and football-playing philosophers." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3.5/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) " I just know Holy Motors tickled me, cosmic pretensions and all. " — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/5 90% Lincoln (2012) " Everywhere you turn in Lincoln, there is a formidable actor acting." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 9, 2012
3.5/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " Call it Tron for little kids. Or Toy Story for their arcade generation parents. " — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3.5/5 78% Flight (2012) " It's Washington's propulsive first-act portrayal of Whip Whitaker, a substance-abusing pilot, that breathes life into that first act. " — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3/5 31% Chasing Mavericks (2012) " At regular intervals in Chasing Mavericks, impatience is overpowered by awe." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 25, 2012
3.5/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " Cloud Atlas is like seeing the unveiling of a spectacular modernist building which may not appeal esthetically, but which represents accomplishment on a magnitude that can't be denied." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 25, 2012
3/5 12% Alex Cross (2012) " There is one bit of casting that pushes Alex Cross into watchable territory, and that's Matthew Fox in full-out-insane mode as the serial killer nicknamed Picasso." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3.5/5 63% Sinister (2012) " For all its holes of plot, Sinister is a successfully spooky piece of work, riding entirely on the backs of mood-making, Hawke's descent into dissolution and his kids' convincing scariness." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 12, 2012
1.5/4 21% Taken 2 (2012) " A hilariously bad, ostensibly serious movie." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 5, 2012
2/5 15% Winnie Mandela (2013) " Over decades, the Mandelas have been among the world's most examined couples. Few examinations could have been as superficial as this." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 4, 2012
4/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " It's simply the best and truest thing Burton's done in many years." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3/5 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " Say what you will about fart jokes. In a movie like Hotel Transylvania, they're all that keeps bored kids from running up and down the aisles screaming." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4/5 93% Looper (2012) " Looper provides some breathtaking moments of action and food for thought, although we'd go easy on the latter." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4/5 85% The Master (2012) " This is dark and thoughtful -- albeit cold -- material, with the best acting we've seen this year." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 21, 2012
2/5 50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " If Moneyball was made completely wrong, and written by someone who didn't know baseball, it just might have been Trouble With the Curve." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 21, 2012
1/5 3% The Apparition (2012) " One of the most boring horror movies of all time." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 24, 2012
3.5/5 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " Robot & Frank settles for what it is, a short, slight story, sweetly told and gently and believably acted." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 24, 2012
3/5 64% The Campaign (2012) " A funny-enough comedy about a North Carolina Congressional District race that turns into a bloodsport of mud-slinging." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 9, 2012
3.5/5 74% Hope Springs (2012) " Really, who'd have thought they'd ever see a movie with Meryl Streep in it, where someone else does all the dramatic heavy lifting?" — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 9, 2012
3.5/5 30% Total Recall (2012) " Altogether, it makes for a noisy, 100-mile-an-hour action fest, perhaps a notch more mentally challenging than your average Jason Statham film." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 3, 2012
3/5 51% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) " The filmmakers who've adapted Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid series still know the sweet spots, even when - as in the case of the lesser installment like Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - they can't seem to decide on a story." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 3, 2012
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