Kimberley Jones

Kimberley Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Anchorage Press , Austin Chronicle
Total Reviews:
696

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 151 - 200 of 696
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 85% Bully (2012) " Your heart hurts for these kids, and the blood boils, too, at irrefutable evidence that these children are not safe in their schools." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/5 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " This umpteenth reiteration of the fairy tale has held fast to its most tiresome aspects: Snow White's dull sweetness and the evil Queen's one-track motivation." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 6, 2012
3/5 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) " Taken on its own terms, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen marks a sweet little ripple in restorative waters." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 30, 2012
2.5/5 13% W.E. (2012) " The coda plays like one long and petulant foot stomp about sacrifice and due recognition of said sacrifice, and in that, too, it's impossible not to tease the thread back to its maker, striking a pose as misunderstood icon." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 22, 2012
2/5 0% A Thousand Words (2012) " The idea of Murphy, that famously motormouthed actor, suddenly tongue-tied is not a punchy enough punch line to carry a whole film." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 16, 2012
2.5/5 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " There's something to be admired in this new interest in a macro lens on the universe's workings. If only it didn't take wading through so much drear to get to that divine." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 15, 2012
2.5/5 59% Wanderlust (2012) " Wanderlust is flawed, too, but for its exploration of financial ruin and alternative lifestyles, it shows once again that Aniston, at the very least, knows which way the wind is blowing." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 3, 2012
2/5 29% The Vow (2012) " An earnest and occasionally touching romantic drama that sweeps aside the devastating narrative potential of a traumatic brain injury to traffic in a more benign depiction of amnesia." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 17, 2012
4/5 95% Pina (2011) " [An] utterly transfixing, exhilarating spectacle of bodies in motion." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 10, 2012
2/5 2% One for the Money (2012) " If the filmmakers can't be bothered to believe in the real-world implications of its premise, then why ever should we?" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 3, 2012
3/5 73% Big Miracle (2012) " Big Miracle is all formula, but with just enough savvy to temper the gentle-spiritedness and qualify it as that rare family film with an emotional manipulativeness that doesn't leave a sick slick in the mouth." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 3, 2012
3/5 56% Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission (2012) " A self-made gaming mogul with a flair for theatricality buys himself a $30 million ticket to space via a Russian Soyuz craft." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 20, 2012
3/5 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) " As a portrait of what happens to a family when its glue disappears, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close wrung a bucket of tears out of me." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 20, 2012
3/5 71% Carnage (2011) " The scenery may be thin, but Waltz chews it with wolfish abandon." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 14, 2012
3.5/5 77% A Dangerous Method (2011) " It's a period piece about the origins of psychoanalysis and the sexual confusions of its progenitors that is eloquent and handsomely made, if never quite revelatory." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 23, 2011
4/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " As with his international breakout, the exquisite Let the Right One In, Alfredson proves his mettle in authenticating an atmosphere." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 23, 2011
2/5 21% The Sitter (2011) " The Sitter is frightfully spare on full-bodied laughs." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 16, 2011
4/5 79% Shame (2011) " Equally harrowing and heartrending, Shame is a film that feels akin to going into battle, and I for one didn't emerge unscathed." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 16, 2011
1/5 7% New Year's Eve (2011) " New Year's Eve is appalling stuff, a poorly constructed, sentimental sham." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 8, 2011
3/5 89% The Descendants (2011) " The Descendants is beautifully shot (by Phedon Papamichael) and compellingly performed, especially by its young stars, and it has moments of startling tenderness. If only it didn't feel phony to its bones." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 26, 2011
1/5 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) " Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg continues her long tradition of scripting staggeringly banal, subtext-free dialogue and grasping at the profundity of her betters by quoting poetry in the prologues." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 26, 2011
2/5 35% Immortals (2011) " The Greek myths, of course, will endure. The same cannot be said for Singh's silly, self-serious, instantly forgettable, and inaptly named Immortals." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 18, 2011
2.5/5 68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) " Cho and Penn's genial rapport, and the picturesque three-dimensioning of plumes of pot smoke and cocaine flurries? Sure. But those pleasures are fleeting -- gone, if you will, with the weed." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 11, 2011
3/5 73% Like Crazy (2011) " There's no question that the actors and filmmakers have fashioned a compelling (if unformed) love story of a certain age -- which is not to be confused for a love story for the ages." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 11, 2011
1/5 36% In Time (2011) " It's all just big-budget dress-up in a futurescape that reeks of phoniness." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 4, 2011
3.5/5 68% Tower Heist (2011) " Alert to the righteous rage of the 99%-ers and canny about how to mine that rage for laughs, Tower Heist is like Ocean's Eleven meets class consciousness." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 3, 2011
2/5 24% The Three Musketeers (2011) " Have we retained nothing of the lessons of Hudson Hawk? Like that early Nineties comical disaster, The Three Musketeers hinges on the secret machinations of Leonardo da Vinci." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 28, 2011
3.5/5 75% The Names of Love (2011) " What is so surprising -- even exhilarating -- about The Names of Love is that it shucks off the desultory roadblocks that engine the modern romantic comedy." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 21, 2011
2/5 40% The Big Year (2011) " In some alternate universe, a much better version of The Big Year exists, one that embraces the essential, insular weirdness and romantic fanaticism of the birding community it chronicles." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 21, 2011
3/5 82% The Way (2011) " The Way never arrives anywhere you couldn't see coming a mile away, but it does so with such empathy that its conclusions feel comforting rather than overly predictable." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 14, 2011
1.5/5 67% Shut Up Little Man! (2011) " Bate's facile and dispiriting documentary never makes a case for why this particular slice of audio verité required resurrecting from the graveyard of pop culture arcana." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 7, 2011
2/5 25% Killer Elite (2011) " The overlong, perfunctory Killer Elite is simply a series of (reasonably well-choreographed) assassination sequences." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 30, 2011
4/5 93% 50/50 (2011) " Mostly it's just terribly funny and sad and beautifully acted and terrifically feel-good for being, you know, a cancer comedy." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2011
60% Cherry (2010) " Despite some tonal inconsistencies and ill-fitting stabs at whimsy, all-around good performances, Fine's snappy script, and Michael Hoskins' original illustrations elevate Cherry into a sensitively felt and fundamentally sweet coming-of-age pic." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 26, 2011
3.5/5 82% Incendiary: The Willingham Case (2011) " You know what they say: Everything's bigger in Texas, including the irrational hostility toward science, toward learning, toward temperance, as Mims and Bailey's well-made, deeply disheartening film demonstrates." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3.5/5 82% Life, Above All (2011) " What makes it bearable but also beautiful and stirring is the central performance by the preteen, first-time actor Khomotso Manyaka." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3/5 89% Crime After Crime (2011) " On technical merits, Crime After Crime isn't a great film. But the story it chronicles is important, and its emotional impact is undeniable." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 16, 2011
0/5 0% Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011) " Nothing to see here, kids." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 16, 2011
4/5 93% Drive (2011) " I can't remember the last time I felt so seduced by a film." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2.5/5 17% I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) " Too much time and energy is directed toward that go-nowhere story, wasting the film's best asset, which is the low-key, lived-in rapport between Parker and Kinnear." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2.5/5 24% Apollo 18 (2011) " Apollo 18 is an intriguing, if never enthralling, fusion of period space-flight procedural, conspiracy theory, and monster movie." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 9, 2011
0.5/5 17% Shark Night 3D (2011) " Not content to restrict itself to an exercise in "When Nature Attacks," the filmmakers take a hard, ugly turn into torture-porn territory." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 9, 2011
3.5/5 92% Senna (2011) " Undeniably gripping stuff." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 26, 2011
1/5 57% Redemption Road (2011) " Jefferson has nowhere to go but up -- and eventually he gets there (note the title) -- but, boy, does the getting there take its sweet time." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 26, 2011
1.5/5 60% Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011) " Hardcore Gleeks will probably thrill at this 3-D concert film, but the more casual viewer, drawn to the Fox TV show's snarky and sweet storylines and its campy aesthetic, won't find much to chew on here." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 19, 2011
3/5 36% One Day (2011) " That -- the illumination of our limitations, our awful habitualness -- probably wasn't the effect this wannabe-epic of romantic yearning was going for, but it's a considerable accomplishment nevertheless." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 19, 2011
2/5 71% The Future (2011) " The Future is a drab dramedy about thirtysomethings flailing about for self-definition." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 12, 2011
2.5/5 76% The Help (2011) " It has an overmodest debutante's aversion to any ugliness." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 11, 2011
2.5/5 91% Tabloid (2011) " Morris has found a real character in McKinney, but to what end, I couldn't say." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 5, 2011
2.5/5 25% The Change-Up (2011) " Just about everything in this instantly forgettable but intermittently funny movie could be summed up as "no better and no worse."" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 5, 2011
2.5/5 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) " The final conflict is so protracted as to comfortably accommodate a bathroom break. Don't worry. You won't miss anything you haven't seen before." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 30, 2011
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