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:
939
Total QuickRatings:
472
Location:
Lawrence, KS

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 939
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 17% 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
1.5/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " This movie is so lazy it might as well star Adam Sandler. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 17, 2013
1.5/4 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " The film plays like a meandering art-house piece until the seen-it-a-million-times finale, which offers up the kind of primal justice that those yahoos in the audience who haven't already fallen asleep will likely appreciate. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " "Frozen" has all the allure of a snow globe. It whips up a grand, wintry beauty, but it does little else. And there are dozens of other Disney globes just like it. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " Payne's road movie emphasizes sincerity more than thrills. But its stark beauty and earnest characters provide a memorable excursion. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/4 42% Oldboy (2013) " Copley gives the year's worst performance. The South African actor portrays "The Stranger" with the kind of showy effete glee usually reserved for mustachioed villains who tie women to train tracks in silent movies. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/4 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " "Dallas Buyers Club" breaks no new ground, but the AIDS-themed biopic stomps over the old ground quite effectively. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2.5/4 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " "The Best Man Holiday" provides the ensemble with enough laughs and commotion to keep this wedding reunion enjoyable, even though a cheese ball third act threatens to annul the entire enterprise. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2.5/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " incorporates intriguing morality debates into a space adventure about young recruits fighting intergalactic bugs. But it's very serious. Almost joyless. It's like "Starship Troopers" minus the campy humor and wanton nudity. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " "12 Years a Slave" is essential because its raw impact is unrivaled. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 99% Wadjda (2013) " The spunky Wadjda offers a familiar story in an unfamiliar setting. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 34% The Counselor (2013) " "The Counselor" becomes a rough viewing experience. Challenging, even. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/4 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " leans on goofy sight gags, unbridled edits, look-at-me camera moves and pounding techno music to liven up scenes of people typing on laptops. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3.5/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " [Hanks] is susceptible to hokiness when handed lesser material such as "The Terminal" and "The Da Vinci Code." Here, he is exactly what he needs to be: credible. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/4 97% Gravity (2013) " "Gravity" opens with a bravura sequence that is a genuine jaw-dropper. A game-changer. A paradigm of the sheer potency cutting-edge cinema can muster. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " "Cloudy 2" is witty and vibrant, full of strange sights and nifty punch lines. But it also has some cogent things to say about our "enterprising" society that are anything but cloudy. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3.5/4 89% Rush (2013) " These men and their intertwining tales are so compelling that even viewers completely unfamiliar with the sport will get caught up in this slick and stirring drama. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/4 99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) " Hey, Dorothy actually has freckles in IMAX. Glinda's floating sphere is mesmerizing. The flying monkeys are creepier than ever. The Lollipop Guild even more disturbing - are these guys having a seizure? " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " The final third has more in common with three-card monte street hustle than nuanced character drama. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/4 30% Austenland (2013) " The contemporary cult that's developed around English novelist Jane Austen is plundered for cheap laughs in "Austenland." Unlikely that this phony and often phoned-in romantic comedy will enjoy any cult status of its own. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/4 89% The World's End (2013) " Hilarious, wistful and eventually bizarre ... " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2.5/4 74% You're Next (2013) " What had been a chaotic free-for-all becomes a butt-kicking crowd-pleaser once the hero surfaces to take charge. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2.5/4 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " Despite its genre-busting origin, this is simply good guys vs. bad guys material. And credit to "Kick-Ass 2," you desperately root for the good guys to win. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2.5/4 68% Elysium (2013) " Despite some terrific action scenes, "Elysium" is held back by its predictable plot, questionable casting and overly glossy presentation. It feels like an enormous missed opportunity. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/4 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " This all leads to yet another Hollywood showdown between heroes and a towering digital menace. What once seemed awe-inspiring is now exhaustingly commonplace. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/4 47% We're The Millers (2013) " "We're the Millers" delivers on the threat of its amusing setup with gags that often veer into the Farrelly brothers mode of pull-no-punches vulgarity. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 6, 2013
2/4 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " Better than it needs to be but still not very good. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " The story draws power from the simple rhythms of a day spent with family, friends and strangers. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2.5/4 42% Red 2 (2013) " It's touchy balancing humor and deadly covert missions without one smothering the other, but "RED 2" does a capable job. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/4 67% Turbo (2013) " Takes a fundamentally dopey idea - a snail competing in the Indy 500 - and converts it into an enjoyable adventure with plenty of get-up-and-escargot. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 16, 2013
1.5/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Hard to fathom that a movie filled with 2,500-ton stars can carry so little weight. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/4 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " Parts James Bond flick, "Get Smart" episode and Pixar-esque family adventure, "Despicable Me 2" introduces fresh challenges for its crusty hero. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 2, 2013
2.5/4 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " The movie takes a more old-fashioned approach to thrills. It appears to showcase as many stuntmen as it does digital compositors. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2.5/4 65% The Heat (2013) " It's not much of a movie - too many spare scenes keep the plot from moving forward, distending an already bloated two-hour running time - but it's a fun ride bolstered by an "anything goes" edge. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/4 68% World War Z (2013) " Riveting, smart and cohesive, the movie is equally comfortable operating in scenes grand or intimate. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/4 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " It's as much a damning deconstruction of a coveted lifestyle as it is a travelogue of beautiful people doing bad things. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2.5/4 83% This Is the End (2013) " Its wild and hilarious elements don't cancel out its smug and lazy ones. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3/4 38% The Purge (2013) " The movie offers an allegory for how real-world problems inevitably make their way to everyone's block, no matter how they are shielded against or ignored. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/4 11% After Earth (2013) " Director Shyamalan gets the most out of the Smiths, sometimes simply staying out of their way. He also keeps things moving briskly with a story that eschews exposition in favor of flashback glimpses. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 30, 2013
3/4 64% Epic (2013) " The action sequences are frequent and exceptional, from zooming aerial battles to comedic chases involving Bomba's three-legged pet pug. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 23, 2013
2.5/4 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " The film delivers scant few laugh-out-loud moments, but it's never boring. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 22, 2013
3/4 84% Kon Tiki (2013) " The film unfolds with earnest majesty, characterized by sweeping camera moves (shot by Geir Hartly Andreassen) and orchestra swells. But the sheer beauty also creates distance. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 16, 2013
2.5/4 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " No one will ever accuse Luhrmann of just going through the motions. This production is teeming with cinematic moxie, especially compared to its best-known predecessor: the lethargic Robert Redford/Mia Farrow version from 1974. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 9, 2013
1.5/4 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " It's a movie packed with purportedly smart characters making the sort of absurdly contrived decisions that haven't been seen since "Three's Company" went off the air. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 26, 2013
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