Jon Niccum

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Biography:
I am currently a full-time writer and frequent contributor to the Kansas City Star. Prior to that I spent 10 years as Entertainment Editor at the Lawrence Journal-World and seven years as music/film editor at Kansas City's The Pitch. I joined the Kansas City Film Critics Circle in 1994. I was the president of the organization from 2003-2007. I have a degree in film criticism from the University of Kansas.
Favorites:
The Godfather, Shane, 12 Angry Men, Alien, Almost Famous, Taxi Driver, Aguirre, Wrath of God, Run Lola Run, Unforgiven, Once, The Incredibles, The Conversation, Psycho, Blowup
Publications:
County Cable , Kansas City Star , Lawrence Journal-World , Lawrence.com , Pitch.com
Critics' Group:
Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
932
Total QuickRatings:
472
Location:
Lawrence, KS

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 60% Life Of Crime (2014) " "Life of Crime" may have a hard-boiled title, but this comedic thriller provides rather innocent amusement." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 28, 2014
1.5/4 37% If I Stay (2014) " Nearly every conversation reveals a hollow disconnect, as if the performers didn't understand English and learned all the dialogue phonetically." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " This sports biopic mounts a goal line stand between inspirational and dull." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 69% What If (2014) " Ultimately, "What If" hinges on whether you care if Wallace and Chantry will hook up. The filmmakers do everything possible to ensure you do." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/4 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " "Magic in the Moonlight" is by no means unwatchable, just flat and familiar. Like the filmmaker may be as tired of his ploys as the viewer." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 32% The Giver (2014) " If the literary aspects of "The Giver" sometimes fall flat, at least the cinematic ones sparkle." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 19% Into The Storm (2014) " This latest disaster/adventure movie works purely on a visceral level, efficiently coordinating in-the-moment mayhem. Once the credits roll, however, the impact simply blows away. Much like the common sense of the characters." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Without being shackled to fanboy expectations of how iconic costumed characters should be depicted, filmmaker James Gunn ("Super") runs wild with the opportunity." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/4 65% Lucy (2014) " The film's tone shifts so drastically, as if Carl Sagan suddenly replaced John Woo as director." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 17% And So It Goes (2014) " The plot has the odor of sitcom conventions, but it's less cloying than you might think." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " "Anarchy" expands the setting and the social commentary, resulting in a fierce thriller that roars with contemporary relevance." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " "Dawn" isn't just a rousing summer sequel, it's a testament to Hollywood's fundamental ability to make something from nothing." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/4 24% Tammy (2014) " If ever McCarthy can find the right balance between these brief revelatory scenes and the overloaded gags of her improvising insults and knocking things off shelves in a huff, she might actually make a real movie." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1/4 66% The Rover (2014) " The violent, nihilistic and tedious revenge drama emerges as this year's standard for meaningless." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " "Think Like a Man Too" ultimately rests on the charm of its cast, an appealing mix of 30- and 40-somethings. Had this been a batch of 20-year-olds, the movie might have come across more crass, more frat party." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " This is a movie that is constantly ahead of the audience, where smart characters do smart things to thwart a seemingly smarter menace." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " What helps the picture work - and makes some of the unnecessarily graphic bits easier to forgive - is the interaction between the two leads." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/4 88% Chef (2014) " Few movies are better suited for a dine-in theater." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " The novelty has somewhat worn off after we've been bombarded by six previous "X-Men"/"Wolverine" efforts and umpteen other Marvel flicks. But the talent has never been better than in this rousing adventure." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " "Godzilla" fully embraces its blockbuster stature, using high production values, cavernous sets and convincing special effects to create a monstrously entertaining experience." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Charming and compelling, even when you know what pitch is coming." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " What actually resonates is the relationship between Rogen and Byrne. They completely nail the love/hate dynamic of new parents who view their 30s as both a fresh chapter and a death sentence." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 8, 2014
1.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " One must go back to the Joel Schumacher "Batman" fiascos to find a director more disconnected from his superhero source material." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 1, 2014
2/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Few movies have gone off the rails on a crazy train more disastrously than this comedy." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 89% Bears (2014) " Whether adventurous Scout is getting his claw stuck in a clam or the fuzzball siblings are riding on the back of their mom as she fords a river, the movie is crammed with memorable images. " — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " Even when ensconced in a traditional shoot-'em-up, the film still kicks around some heady ideas. If only there were some underlying momentum to energize such poetic, intellectual flourishes. " — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 48% Rio 2 (2014) " More characters, more montages, more singing, more dancing, more preaching - it's certainly more exhausting." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " an entertaining mosaic that has more in common with "The Social Network" than "Any Given Sunday."" — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The lack of green-screen laziness makes the red, white and blue workmanship pop out that much more." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/4 20% Sabotage (2014) " This is not wink-wink "Commando"-type violence; this is an immersive, documentary-style barrage of exploding heads, torture, guttings and graphic crime scenes - like a drug cartel home movie." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 27, 2014
1.5/4 77% Noah (2014) " It rivals "Battlefield Earth," "Showgirls" and other touchstones of bad modern cinema. But it's the kind of bad that only a mad genius like Aronofsky can muster." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Admittedly, "Muppets Most Wanted" doesn't deliver the emotional impact or nostalgic tug of the beloved 2011 reboot. The delights reside in the dippy details, from the absurdist flourishes to the self-referential asides." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 22% Need For Speed (2014) " For a film about racing, it takes a looooong time to locate the finish line." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1.5/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " "Empire" proves that no decapitation can be too slow and no disemboweling too implied." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/4 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Peabody may be the embodiment of intellect, but it's his sweet soul that comes across strongest in the film." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Neeson proves crucial at turning the wildly implausible "Non-Stop" into a slick, gripping crowd-pleaser." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Its high production values are in constant competition with its cheeseball special effects." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " What could have emerged as a highbrow spin on "The Dirty Dozen" is instead turned into a flat, disjointed snoozer. " — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/4 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " For a film based on a product tie-in, the filmmakers admirably concoct a movie that never sells out." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " The erratic drama is best enjoyed for its camp value. There are some unintentionally funny moments in the "nobody puts Baby in a corner" league." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " "Gimme Shelter" strives to be a gritty drama about an abused teen struggling to find a better life. But it comes across more as a calculated vehicle for a former teen idol to find better roles." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/4 10% The Nut Job (2014) " The tonal clangs that thwart "The Nut Job" are exemplified during the screwy end credits. Out of nowhere, an avatar of international pop star Psy emerges and starts dancing alongside the cast to his so-two-years-ago hit "Gangnam Style."" — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " You may not remember much about "Ride Along" in a few days. But you won't forget the confident, boisterous Hart. He won't let you." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " There's hardly a frame in this sour drama where you won't catch Streep "acting." Rolling her eyes. Gesturing wildly. Cackling. She might as well be carrying a shotgun the whole movie to fire after every sentence." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 9, 2014
4/4 94% Her (2013) " Like the OS1, the plot of "Her" is always evolving in unpredictable ways." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " There's a certain hollowness to Scorsese's rags-to-riches-to-plea-bargaining tales. A hangover quality. It's less noticeable in "Wolf" because of the sheer force of DiCaprio's portrayal." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2.5/4 29% Grudge Match (2013) " "Grudge Match" could have been a cash-grab disaster. Instead, it's sort of respectable." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3.5/4 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " It provides a simple (maybe simplistic) wake-up call for those dreamers too apprehensive, too comfy, too set in their ways." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3/4 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The project is well-cast and sharply assembled. But like a lot of recent Disney projects, it's more professional than inspiring." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " It's both fresh and familiar, comedy and tragedy, straightforward narrative and think-piece parable. It's also one of the best films of the year." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 19, 2013
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