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:
908
Total QuickRatings:
472
Location:
Lawrence, KS

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 908
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 30% 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 67% 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
2.5/4 54% Oblivion (2013) " So much creativity went into the visual design that apparently little was left when crafting the plot." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 18, 2013
2.5/4 91% The Sapphires (2013) " A movie with enough melody and camaraderie to cover up its lack of originality." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 4, 2013
2/4 44% On the Road (2012) " If the movie weren't so visually eloquent at evoking post-war America, it might prove unbearable." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 28, 2013
1.5/4 8% The Host (2013) " It offers viewers the choice of Team Hokey or Team Absurd." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 28, 2013
2/4 38% Admission (2013) " 'Admission' probably began with a clear artistic vision but was compromised along the way. The messy result offers glimpses of greatness dragged down by scenes that are bafflingly tone-deaf." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2/4 68% Stoker (2013) " A beguiling debacle that in its best case scenario might achieve cult status ... or could just as easily fade into obscurity." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/4 70% The Croods (2013) " The kooky Cage, representing the voice of authority for a change, creates a marvelous character. He's part Mr. Incredible, part Homer Simpson; he's a great warrior limited by his own inflexibility." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2.5/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " A long but enjoyable family adventure that is as noisy as it is clever." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/4 56% Snitch (2013) " An engrossing balance of drama and thriller, "Snitch" introduces a minefield of compromised morality, where every action taken or not taken could lead to a worse predicament for its hero." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 21, 2013
2/4 12% Safe Haven (2013) " The film offers an already weird hybrid of love story and police procedural. But the closing creates head-scratching moments that even the cast doesn't quite know how to handle." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 13, 2013
2.5/4 19% Identity Thief (2013) " 'Identity Thief' is not a great movie. But it is a great vehicle for two terrific actors who drape themselves in material perfectly tailored to them." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 7, 2013
2.5/4 46% Bullet to the Head (2013) " 'Bullet to the Head' may be trashy, but it's never dull." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 31, 2013
2.5/4 79% Quartet (2013) " While the movie touches on issues of aging and self-worth, it's really an excuse to gather some elite British actors and indulge in a musical house party, AARP-style." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 24, 2013
2.5/4 28% Broken City (2013) " A zigzagging thriller that is equally satisfying and forgettable." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 17, 2013
1.5/4 32% Gangster Squad (2013) " Watching "Gangster Squad" is like being caught in the middle of a mob war between historical inaccuracy and bad taste." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 10, 2013
2/4 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " The film misses a choice opportunity to build a central story around its secondary one." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 3, 2013
2/4 18% Parental Guidance (2012) " This '90s-type family comedy falls into the same traps as most second-tier sitcoms, with eccentric characters and snappy zingers spouted as if cue cards were hovering at the edge of the frame." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 24, 2012
2/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) " It's too grueling to enjoy and too sloppy to respect." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 24, 2012
3.5/4 51% This is 40 (2012) " It delivers the most laughs of any comedy this year." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/4 4% Playing for Keeps (2012) " It's comforting to know that American culture has progressed to where soccer routinely joins baseball, football and basketball as a backdrop for forgettable romantic comedies." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3/4 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " "Rise of the Guardians" is not the first holiday effort to explore this "Polar Express"-style concept, but it's one of the most inventive. " — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 20, 2012
2/4 12% Red Dawn (2012) " The flick emphatically caters to the militia groups and secessionists who've installed really cool home theater systems in their bunkers." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3.5/4 94% The Sessions (2012) " Most R-rated comedies involve meaningless sex. "The Sessions" is the rare one about meaningful sex." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 8, 2012
2.5/4 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " "Wreck-It Ralph" builds on a wonderful premise that explores whether folks are condemned to be victims of their own circumstances." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3.5/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " The split narrative allows filmmakers to jump to another storyline if one starts to languish. It's like a "Monty Python" episode: Don't know how to finish a sketch? Cut to something completely different." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 25, 2012
1.5/4 63% Sinister (2012) " Central to the cinematic impotency on display in "Sinister" is the ludicrous behavior of its hero." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 11, 2012
4/4 96% Argo (2012) " This is riveting material, further heightened by its contemporary significance. So many ticking-clock elements are juggled that the tension never subsides." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/4 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " It's like 'Old Yeller' crossed with 'Re-Animator.'" — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 8, 2012
2/4 21% Taken 2 (2012) " "Taken 2" triples the budget of the original but not necessarily the entertainment." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 4, 2012
2.5/4 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " 'Pitch Perfect' strives to be edgy, yet it never quite lets go of wanting to be comfy at the same time." — Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2.5/4 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " A familiar-but-entertaining animated comedy ..." — Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 27, 2012
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