Jonathan W. Hickman

Jonathan W. Hickman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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4.5/10 18% Transcendence (2014) " ...possesses a lot of the same handsome camera work that seamlessly melded with special-effects in Nolan's "Inception" for which Pfister won the Oscar. It is the story and in particular the film's closing act that lets the entire production down." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Apr 18, 2014
6/10 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " As the film moves into its final act, it gets a little too familiar, even a bit baggy. We're reminded that at its core this franchise of films is just a bunch of aw-shucks fun." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Apr 4, 2014
5/10 40% Divergent (2014) " Like a Great Illustrated Classics adaptation of a lesser comic book, Divergent delivers a dystopian plot with mechanical precision but lacks the nuance and art that usually marks outstanding source material." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Mar 21, 2014
4/10 23% Need For Speed (2014) " When describing a film about golf years ago, I remember the late great film critic Roger Ebert talked about the Zen of the game. Need for Speed could have used a little metaphysical Zen." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Mar 14, 2014
5/10 45% In Secret (2014) " Not romantic enough, not nearly sexy enough, and not thrilling enough to be considered a thriller, In Secret is easy on the eyes but does little for the heart." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Feb 24, 2014
6/10 49% RoboCop (2014) " Hardly a better film than the one that inspired it, ROBOCOP (2014) is still the best handling of the material since 1987." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Feb 12, 2014
5.5/10 94% Her (2014) " The problem with the film is the inherent limitation imposed by the story and visual scope. At times, HER is like the HOBBIT without the dragon." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Jan 10, 2014
8.5/10 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " ...a hell of a good film." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4.5/10 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Less a cautionary tale and more of a how-to manual... Many sequences take on a sophomoric quality reminiscent of two guys in a bar trying to impress each other with wild stories of depraved drunken debauchery." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Dec 24, 2013
6.5/10 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " A winner... With its PG rating and whimsical approach, MITTY is a treat for families this holiday season." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Dec 24, 2013
7/10 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The movie ironically but, perhaps, indirectly, points out that Walt Disney believed his own hype. In contrast to Travers stark view of the real world, Disney looked at the world through animated rose-colored glasses." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Dec 20, 2013
5/10 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Gibney tries in vain to get to the heart of the story. Probing questions get answered, but most viewers won't be satisfied." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Dec 13, 2013
7.5/10 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " My 12 year-old and I had a ball. The drama and exposition take a backseat to thrilling action sequences with eye-popping visuals." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Dec 13, 2013
7/10 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Sexless and relatively bloodless, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is about as good a follow-up to the 2012 hit as one could possibly imagine." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Nov 20, 2013
7.5/10 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " ...more than just a film resting on gimmickry. It is really a solid narrative and one that connected intimately with me. " — Daily Film Fix
Posted Nov 15, 2013
6/10 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " There's just a little in this movie for everyone. And such scattershot fun is more than enough to tide us over until Captain American returns next year." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3/10 18% Free Birds (2013) " Perhaps the best that can be said of "Free Birds" is that it makes the turkey the hero of Thanksgiving once again. It's just too bad that the film is written as though viewers have only bird brains." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Nov 1, 2013
5/10 34% The Counselor (2013) " One of the biggest problems is that the film gives us no one to root for--we could care less about anyone in the film. The story meanders randomly from character to character, and there are a lot of them, without any meaningful connective tissue." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Oct 25, 2013
9/10 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Director McQueen's now signature techniques are on full display here. In Ejiofor, McQueen finds another gifted actor that embraces hard and emotive story-telling." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Oct 18, 2013
6.5/10 83% The Short Game (2013) " There is little heavy lifting here but a whole lot of fun to be had." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Oct 4, 2013
9/10 97% Gravity (2013) " At a scant 90 minutes, director Alfonso Cuar√≥n's dramatic mystery/science-fiction/thriller will absolutely enthrall most viewers. I was riveted." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Oct 4, 2013
4.5/10 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " This time around the lessons learned from the first film seem to be largely forgotten and the script strains to find credible motivators to get Kick-Ass and Hit Girl back into their latex." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Aug 16, 2013
5/10 68% Elysium (2013) " ...the prevalence of the F-bomb does not add one thing to the story and only cheaply gives us any sort of gritty realism that quickly evaporates during the film's sequences on Elysium." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Aug 9, 2013
6.5/10 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Exciting and stylish director del Toro's loving send up of the monster movie wears its cheesy veneer as well as the gargantuan armor surrounding the film's robotic heroes. I give it a "FIX" rating." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Jul 12, 2013
5.5/10 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " I give RANGER a maginal "Fix" rating. I kind of liked it, especially that thrilling opening sequence that cannot be matched by the spaghetti Western comedy that follows." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Jul 3, 2013
7/10 67% World War Z (2013) " Not the best zombie movie ever made, but one of the best of the genre. You get zombie transformations, cities overrun by fast-moving undead, a family story with heart, plenty of good zombie kills, and some pseudo-science thrown in for nerds like me." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Jun 21, 2013
5.5/10 56% Man of Steel (2013) " While it gets a "fix" rating for what it gets right, the film is uneven and exhausting. Clearly, the success of Marvel's "The Avengers" has had an indirect and unfortunate impact on the once classic narrative." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Jun 14, 2013
5/10 38% The Purge (2013) " The Purge is satire done so broadly that the audience might forget that it is trying to comment on something with weight and meaning." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4/10 34% The Internship (2013) " You can smell how desperate the guys are to make us laugh again, and it's just not a funny odor." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/10 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " An embarrassing parody of the first 5 films..." — Daily Film Fix
Posted May 25, 2013
7.5/10 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Carruth's complex and muted thriller is exquisitely made and acted. It's a film that challenges the viewer provoking fine existential questions." — Daily Film Fix
Posted May 18, 2013
6/10 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " The movie trades on the continuing Marvel film universe without expanding it in any appreciable way. Ultimately, you will have had enough of Tony Stark when this one ends and that's not how Tony would want it." — Daily Film Fix
Posted May 3, 2013
4/10 49% Pain & Gain (2013) " What starts out as an irreverent comedy with action elements turns into lurid, unpleasant masochistic viewing. " — Daily Film Fix
Posted Apr 26, 2013
4/10 62% Evil Dead (2013) " Without an appealing, charismatic lead, this remake is pretty vacant." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Apr 5, 2013
7/10 —— The Missing Piece: Mona Lisa, Her Thief, the True Story (The Missing Piece: The Truth About the Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa) " ...humorous and touching, a mystery worth watching." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Mar 29, 2013
7/10 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " ...a triumph warts and all." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Mar 8, 2013
4.5/10 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Jack the Giant Slayer has no business being on the big screen, and I suspect as audiences get a whiff of the schlocky approach, it won't be there very long." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Mar 1, 2013
6.5/10 83% Side Effects (2013) " ...expertly built around a story that just can't match the superior technical details. For most, none of that will matter. It is a cut above most of what is new and available on VOD and will make passable, if unnerving, date night viewing." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Feb 8, 2013
5/10 60% The Last Stand (2013) " While it is entertaining and well-paced in that pre-Sandy Hook kind of way, it might be impossible to actually enjoy. And if you do enjoy the film, you might be ashamed to share this fact on your Facebook page." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Jan 18, 2013
7/10 88% Django Unchained (2012) " ...writer/director Quentin Tarantino may have managed to deliver one of the most unflinchingly realistic depictions of slavery in the Old South to ever grace the screen. QT's vision is ugly and twisted and filled with all kinds of evil." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Dec 24, 2012
6.5/10 61% Jack Reacher (2012) " The movie is pretty entertaining, but its mix of humor and macho gun-play ensures that any laughs will be of the uncomfortable variety." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Dec 21, 2012
3/10 51% This is 40 (2012) " An utter failure, This is 40 exposes the inherent weaknesses to the Apatow approach to filmmaking. Even funny people can make an unfunny comedy." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Dec 21, 2012
7.5/10 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Having now seen it twice, I favor the 2D/24p version over the 3D/48p one. But absent the format quibble, Jackson gives us a worthy start to a new trilogy." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Dec 18, 2012
4/10 34% Deadfall (2012) " Deadfall feels like a lot of different movies including Fargo, at times. But it's cheaper and less interested in making us care for the characters and their plight." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Dec 8, 2012
5.5/10 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " ...dazzling early on, but as the film reaches the mid-point, the highly stylized staging gimmick begins to wan. Still, like "Cloud Atlas" early this year, the attempts to craft a unique and interesting visual are to be lauded and encouraged." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Nov 30, 2012
5.5/10 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " ...the story and the entire production is focused more on its marketable elements than on its narrative ones." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Nov 22, 2012
7/10 90% Lincoln (2012) " No matter what, Lincoln is a sharp and patient movie that compares well to other contemplative films seen in recent years. Like The Social Network or Moneyball, we step inside the process and explore it in vivid detail." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Nov 16, 2012
5.5/10 31% Chasing Mavericks (2012) " Regardless of the limp dramatic story leading up to the film's conclusion, "Chasing Mavericks" will charm surfers and wannabe surfers with its thrilling surfing sequences." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Oct 26, 2012
5.5/10 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " The Wachowski's along with Tykwer paint with millions of colors on an ever-expanding canvas. It is remarkable that they are able to pull it all together as well as they do." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Oct 26, 2012
5.5/10 33% The Oranges (2012) " Less predictable than other films of its ilk, THE ORANGES proves to be a real indie charmer. It's aided by the excellent cast who all stay committed to the material even when things begin to go for Hollywood goofiness rather than gritty reality." — Daily Film Fix
Posted Oct 12, 2012
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