Josh Bell

Josh Bell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Biography:
Josh Bell has been a film and TV critic for Las Vegas Weekly since 2002.
Favorites:
Heathers, Fight Club, South Park, Clerks, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Craft, Scream, The Big Lebowski, Bound, Wild Things, Almost Famous, Batman (Tim Burton-style), Rosemary's Baby, The Birds, Manhattan, Bring It On, Gattaca, Carrie, Pulp Fiction, Terminator 2, Breathless, Lone Star, La Femme Nikita, Romy & Michele's High School Reunion, Alien, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Heat, To Die For, Interview With the Vampire, Hannah and Her Sisters, Rear Window, The Silence of the Lambs, Quick Change, Clueless, Chasing Amy, The Conversation, Out of Sight, Misery, Annie Hall, Before Sunset, North by Northwest, Face/Off, The Last Picture Show, The Truman Show, The Matrix, Three Kings, Halloween, Memento, The Fly, About Schmidt, Wayne's World
Publications:
Film Racket , Filmcritic.com , Las Vegas Weekly
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association, Las Vegas Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1243
Location:
Las Vegas

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 42% Houdini: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Unlike its subject, who performed feats that people remembered their whole lives, Houdini is entirely forgettable. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 78% Land Ho! (2014) " Nothing much happens in Land Ho!, which is sometimes charming and sometimes frustrating." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/5 8% Are You Here (2014) " Proof that genius doesn't always successfully translate from one medium to another." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/5 37% The November Man (2014) " The plot is so convoluted that it's almost always hard to tell what is at stake and what each side is trying to accomplish." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/5 54% The Zero Theorem (2014) " Gilliam can often do wonders with pseudo-philosophical nonsense, but this time his flair for the ridiculous can't overcome the flat, ponderous story." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/5 39% If I Stay (2014) " Uses its flimsy supernatural premise as framework for a lackluster romance." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/5 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " The movie has occasional sparkles of wit, but most of it is flat and sour." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/5 32% The Giver (2014) " What was once a pioneering story now looks like just another knock-off." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/5 65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Its characters may cook up dishes that are vibrant and daring, but The Hundred-Foot Journey is strictly bland comfort food." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/5 49% I Origins (2014) " The movie's musings are disingenuous at best and infuriating at worst, delivered with a hollow solemnity that the flowery story never warrants." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/5 21% Into The Storm (2014) " The filmmakers spend too much time on boring interactions between one-dimensional characters, and when they finally deliver some hardcore tornado action, it's underwhelming. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/5 89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) " The self-conscious weightiness overshadows the thrills, leaving the audience as drained and numb as the characters. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/5 78% Get On Up (2014) " Get on Up is full of standard-issue biopic moments, but they're played slightly out of order, with a fractured chronology that's more confusing than illuminating." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " A rollicking, B-movie-style adventure that doesn't need to rely on a cameo from the Avengers to secure its place in the superhero canon." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 48% Le Chef (2014) " As insubstantial and flavorless as one of the newfangled molecular dishes that Lagarde so vehemently despises." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " The details aren't always compelling enough to compensate for the movie's slow pace, but they build to a satisfyingly bleak conclusion. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/5 65% Lucy (2014) " In overselling his movie's supposed intelligence, Besson just makes it look even stupider." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 77% You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It feels like a more balanced dramedy, as much about chronicling the lives of mid-20s hipsters as it is about the development of the central romance. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/5 56% Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Married is filled with recognizable comedic performers, which makes it even more disappointing that it just isn't very funny. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 97% Life Itself (2014) " For critics, Ebert's greatness is a given, but Life Itself doesn't do enough to reach beyond that." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 16, 2014
2/5 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Dull, predictable and flat, with decent animation but lifeless characters and a perfunctory narrative." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 16, 2014
2.5/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " DeMonaco expands on his ideas a bit, but most of the potentially fruitful explorations are eventually tossed aside in favor of more firefights and foot chases." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 16, 2014
2/5 24% Third Person (2014) " Even when Haggis seems to acknowledge that he actually has nothing to say, he does so in the most obnoxious, smug way he can." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Dawn is admirable for its efforts to tell a completely new story infused with social commentary, but those efforts too often amount to very little." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/5 87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " As a delivery system for nasty gore, The Strain is a success, but as a sweeping story of the end of days, it's pretty underwhelming. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " The political message of Snowpiercer is delivered without much finesse, but Bong succeeds in other ways." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2.5/5 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " Kids may not realize how blandly derivative Earth to Echo is, but their parents, at least, should know better." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2.5/5 24% Tammy (2014) " It's hard to see what qualifies this modest, meandering comedy as a passion project." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2.5/5 69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " More frustrating is the show's relentlessly bleak, unpleasant tone, its grating characters and its almost pompous self-seriousness. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/5 72% The German Doctor (2014) " The gray visual palette matches the sedate tone of the film, which occasionally builds suspense but mostly unfolds too sleepily for any real excitement." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/5 64% The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The plotting is often suspenseful, but the characters are one-dimensional, and the dialogue is a mix of cheesy one-liners and cliched grandstanding. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 18, 2014
1/5 69% Mystery Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Can't we have nostalgia for stuff that was actually good to begin with? " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/5 60% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The family dynamics make the show feel like a cross between Homeland and Dallas, and the soapier elements are often the most entertaining. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/5 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Makes an infectious stage musical into just another showbiz biopic." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 18, 2014
2/5 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " An improvement only in that it doesn't feature a single reference to [Steve] Harvey's book." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 18, 2014
2/5 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Owen and Binoche are both strong actors, but they can't salvage this bran muffin of a movie." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Pointing out the emptiness of a cash-in franchise sequel doesn't excuse that very same emptiness." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The plot is unfocused and jumbled, borrowing elements from other fantasy movies without bringing them together into a cohesive whole. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/5 64% For No Good Reason (2014) " The artist often doesn't even get to take center stage in his own movie." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/5 94% Ida (2014) " Pawlikowski unfolds the story quietly and deliberately, with stunning black and white cinematography giving the movie an austere, otherworldly feel." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Fault is, in many ways, a typical romantic melodrama, but it's delivered with some uncommon thoughtfulness and respect." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3.5/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Edge of Tomorrow is clever and even poignant during its first two-thirds." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " Instead of replicating classic Disney magic, Maleficent feels more like one of the CGI-cluttered fairy tale retellings of recent years." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted May 30, 2014
2/5 61% Crossbones: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A star like Malkovich deserves an impressive showcase for his first foray into series TV, but all he gets is second-rate summer filler. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/5 78% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " So heavy-handed that it comes off as a little silly. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted May 29, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " MacFarlane has upped his cinematic ambitions, but he's failed to improve his joke-crafting, his narrative sense or his acting." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted May 29, 2014
2/5 70% Labyrinth: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " After two tedious installments, the vast conspiracy remains frustratingly vague. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/5 94% The Normal Heart (2014) " After the third or fourth time Ned starts screaming about the same injustices, it becomes all too easy to tune him out." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 88% Chef (2014) " The shapeless story takes way too long to get to Carl's big moment of change, and the tension in both his professional and personal lives feels forced." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/5 83% Belle (2014) " Finds its strongest moments in making the personal political (and vice versa)." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted May 22, 2014
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