John Esther

John Esther

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

John Esther'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
95% Spy (2015) "The movie is loaded with various sorts of humor, from the absurd, to the grotesque to the underhanded satire on spy films. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2015
81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "A high school historical lesson with lots of violence and little sex (how Hollywood), the real Vera Brittain may have been a educated pacifist, but her youthful optimism, in a historical context, comes off as grossly naive. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2015
79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "A warm, touching story about family, the film is not without its social merits. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted May 12, 2015
48% True Story (2015) "'True Story' reminds us to take anything we view with a grain a salt and a sneer of incredulous while truly appreciating those who do not lie... " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2015
97% An Honest Liar (2015) ""An Honest Liar" illustrates a rare phenomenon in documentary: what it means to think, to believe and to challenge what our very own eyes see, and more to the point, do not see. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015
5/5 100% Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border (2014) "An intellectually impressive and refreshingly angry documentary. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2014
90% Wild (2014) " 'Wild' is, surprisingly, a very entertaining film. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Simply put, this is well-done filmmaking with some extraordinary performances. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2014
45% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) "The film rarely maintains an image for more than a few seconds. Everything must be rapid, colorful and artsy, but it is an intellectual sham. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2014
86% The Trip To Italy (2014) "'The Trip to Italy' is probably the most fun I have had at the movies so far this year. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2014
45% Life After Beth (2014) "The film will no doubt have detractors in the mainstream press, but for those looking for something different, 'Life After Beth' rises above this somnambulistic summer of cinema. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2014
73% A Will For The Woods (2014) "While the "green burial movement" does play a notable role here, the documentary's other strength is how it captures Clark coming to grips with his impending death. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2014
57% Around The Block (2014) "'Around the Block' may have its exasperating flaws, but it cannot be accused of not having its heart in the right place. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) "Firefighters do some very important and dangerous work. Even though the characters in 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' are made of metal...that is clear at the movie's most elementary level. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
54% Citizen Koch (2014) "Co-directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water) cohesively illustrate what happens when the bad financial powers-that-be cannot be stopped. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2014
72% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) "Germany gets an updated look at the debris of its newest generation in terms of character, content, and concrete. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2014
67% Cesar's Last Fast (2014) "An inspiring testimony to one of this nation's heroes. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2014
86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) "Or it could just be Jarmusch's attempt to bring to life the coolest couple of cinema ever. My Radiohead, are these vampires not hipsters to the nth power? " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2014
66% The Railway Man (2014) "'The Railway Man' deals with some of the uglier aspects of war, namely how torture can be justified by the upper echelons of government through twisted language... " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2014
0% 10 Rules For Sleeping Around (2014) "Fortunately, not all was lost. I did laugh four times during the movie. But that hardly makes up for the pain during the rest of the time. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 3, 2014
41% Cesar Chavez (2014) "Riveting, inspiring, agitating and fortifying, smartly directed, very well acted, and demonstrating a sophisticated attention to detail, Cesar Chavez is a film worthy of its subject. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) "There is something deeply existential about seeing Rama trapped in a situation, facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles and then watch him think, or respond, using his mental and physical skills, his way out of the situation. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
No Score Yet Happy Camp (2014) "The so-called payoff is cheesy. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) "The result is a stunning mediation on loss and memory, with no shortage of anger to boost the narrative. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014
78% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) "While I have not seen all of the Muppet movies, I have seen most of them, and this one is probably my favorite...[but] the duet between Miss Piggy (voice by Jacobson) and her Piggy Fairy Grandmother (Celine Dion) is rather creepy. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014
22% Need For Speed (2014) "If Tobey did in real life what he does in 'Need for Speed,' most Americans would desire to drag him out of his car and open up a serious can of road rage. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2014
65% Bad Words (2014) "Hardly a Spellbound-ing narrative, 'Bad Words' does have its charms. There are some intelligent observations, as well as a soupcon of funny fecal, flatulent and fornication jokes. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "The best film of Anderson's film to date, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is amusing and it looks spectacular... " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) "We the audience know Bill is innocent, so we are going to go right on rooting for our protagonist until he redeems himself in front of the rest of the world. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 1, 2014
94% After Tiller (2013) "Addressing an issue many Americans are uncomfortable with, this informative documentary sheds light and humanity on reproductive rights in this country. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2013
65% Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) "Ip Man was a notable martial arts instructor, he was not a saint. Perhaps someday, somebody will make an accurate film about the man. Meanwhile, we have these kung fu pseudo-biopics to entertain us. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2013
83% Blue Caprice (2013) "A solid debut featuring strong acting, 'Blue Caprice' delves into America's familiar consequences when insecurity, anger and high profile weapons come together. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2013
67% The Prey (2013) "As cynical as you want it to be, 'The Prey' is an often violent, strong character-driven, somewhat thrilling story where nobody is to be trusted nor aided without suffering the consequences. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2013
85% Dirty Wars (2013) "Dirty Wars is the kind of documentary that demands serious attention, with an even more serious response from Americans. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2013
62% Jack Reacher (2012) "The film is a bit confused on where it stands on issues of brutality and revenge, but not where it stands on government efficiency. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2012
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) "Although it is one of the better films of the year, Rust and Bone has its faults. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2012
No Score Yet Inspired: The Voices Against Prop 8 (2012) "A small piece of California history pro-civil rights viewers will enjoy. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2012
67% California Solo (2012) "It is not that the film is bad or boring so much as it is forgettable. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2012
46% Step Up 3 (2010) "Plotting along at an infantile level, the story here is nothing new and hardly means anything. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2012
67% Ted (2012) "MacFarlane knows American pop culture and, when at his best, he uses it in a critical way that is hilarious. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2012
82% Incendiary: The Willingham Case (2011) "As sober as a lab report, the excellent documentary metes out its findings with calm precision. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
No Score Yet Michel Petrucciani "Ommissions can be overlooked to some degree as Radford unearths some fantastic footage of a man born just right to play the piano. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
63% Jackpot (2014) "Violent, predictable and splattered with morose humor, if you are willing to suspend disbelief back to the days before DNA testing, this Norwegian holiday tale makes for moderate, middlebrow entertainment. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
32% Deadfall (2012) "Deadfall has its moments of deep, fleeting poignancy during moments of violence, but those moments get buried in yet another bloody tale of American violence and redemption. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
100% G-Dog (2013) "What Homeboy Industries means to these men and women -- usually young, often felons -- is the focal point of Freida Lee Mock's inspiring documentary. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
36% LUV (2013) "While co-writer/director Sheldon Candis and co-writer Justin Wilson's screenplay could have benefitted from a few more drafts (or at least a little more sobriety), the acting in Luv makes the skinny script more palatable. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
No Score Yet Bunohan (Return To Murder) (2013) "The film is too ambitious for its own skills. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) "From the opening scenes prior to the sparkling credits to the final de(construct)evolution scene, the crew and cast have made a film that will be talked about this summer, in future film/ethnography classes and at the upcoming awards season. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
60% Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou (2011) "Pierre Thoretton plays it smart and cool. " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
63% True Legend (2011) "From the opening credits to its predictable conclusion it becomes clear that 'True Legend' lays its intelligence at the level of a superhero comic strip (or saloon delirium). " ‐ UR Chicago Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
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