Eileen Jones

Eileen Jones
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) I found Summer of Soul tremendously moving - both exhilarating and enraging. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
95% In the Heights (2021) I hate to go all Hollywood classics on you, but it's worth reminding people that there used to be a whole art to shooting and cutting musicals that captured the performers' amazing physicality by camera movement... - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) The result is the complete mangling of one of the greatest Disney villains of all time. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) The sequel to John Krasinski and Emily Blunt's horror-thriller A Quiet Place can't deliver the same surprises as the original. But it still works. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) There's not a moment of violent action in the long slog of the Snyder Cut that makes us feel a punch. He's like the Novocaine King of Cinema, numbing us to all feeling. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) The film takes on an increasingly urgent necessity - we must start thinking seriously about how we're going to live in ever more catastrophic conditions, in terms of the environment as well as the economy... - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) Eddie Murphy is one of the most talented actors alive. Yet his brilliance is wasted in this sloppy sequel to the classic 1988 film Coming to America. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Ginsburg's problems evaporate almost as soon as they appear through the magic of cinema created by director Mimi Leder, who apparently wants to make sure no audience member feels anything but the tepid glow of constant affirmation. - Washington Babylon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Judas and the Black Messiah is uneven as a film, but it's a small step toward a serious reckoning with America's past. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Chadwick Boseman's final performance in playwright August Wilson's new adaptation of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a haunting but appropriate farewell. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The big-budget Wonder Woman sequel is an ugly, tedious, bloated, badly CGI-ed mess and a wretchedly directed film. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
82% Mank (2020) To see the Mank problem in miniature, watch the truly terrible climactic scene near the end... - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The only good thing we have to say about the reactionary film adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy is that it's so boringly told you'll forget about it in an hour. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) Sofia Coppola's On the Rocks is yet another meandering depiction of life as a bored and alienated celebrity. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It's weak, toothless, and wholly inadequate - both then and now. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Amazon's Borat sequel tries to replay the zany laughs of the original but picks easy moralizing over funny social satire. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Overall, however, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is not successful. It is self-conscious, contrived and largely distant from its own nominal subject matter. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
72% An American Pickle (2020) An American Pickle is a superficial portrait of Jewish experience in the New World and a corny rags-to-riches story of immigration. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
93% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Though if you haven't heard anything about it, that's even better. It helps to go into Bacurau knowing as little as possible, so that the delights of confounded expectations can work to their fullest extent... - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Only people invested in Alcott's Little Women as an important work are going to care that the film's an annoying, emotionally stilted adaptation, ruining all the best aspects of the novel. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) I'm still in considerable pain from watching Parasite, days later. It's that great of a film. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Looking at Joker for a kind of microcosmic version of melodrama giving way in the end to something better, however inchoate, is absolute wishful thinking. But like I said before - it's the perfect Rorschach inkblot. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) I could linger there for ten hours and feel refreshed, especially if the director tends to create the dynamic, humorous, and challenging effects that writer-director Quentin Tarantino does. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Needless to say, this means greater and greater achievements in inventive fight scenes, no small task at this point in cinema history after generations of the best and brightest minds in fight choreography have given their all. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
66% Peterloo (2019) Mike Leigh had plenty of material to make an exciting and historically accurate film about the Peterloo massacre. He made a boring one instead. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
65% Vice (2018) The movie does a great job highlighting the fact that the people in power in our nation are, in general, the most viscerally repulsive bunch of ghouls in the world. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Throughout the adaptation, Jenkins has tried to smooth away certain aspects of Baldwin's work that he assumes audiences can't handle. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is a special holiday gift just for you: a weird and wonderful sod-off response to all the many lavish, solemn, toff-worshipping British "heritage films" and TV series centered on the domestic lives of royals. - The Jacobin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
73% Gangs of New York (2002) Gangs of New York is one of those haunting failures. I can't get over it; it still gives me a pang every time I think of it. It seemed so filled with potential. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
49% The A-Team (2010) For those of us who like action, we can talk sensibly. Is The A-Team a dumb film? Yes. How dumb is it? It's incredibly dumb-nay, exuberantly dumb. And who was it who said, "exuberance is beauty?" - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) Because this is just another romantic comedy, given a youth-audience spin, there's nothing much going on. It's got the standard slovenly agenda of shoving the two hetero leads together because they've always gotten shoved together... - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
71% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) I'd like to report that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button represents the end of an era, one of those turning-points when American movies just have to change because they can't get any worse. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
73% Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Monsters vs. Aliens is raucous and undemanding "flat" entertainment, no doubt. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
58% The International (2009) The International continues in this tradition of telling us what we already know to our sorrow. Somebody tell us something we don't know! - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
94% Star Trek (2009) Did all the fight choreographers in Hollywood boycott this production or something? - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
52% Knight & Day (2010) Even if you like this kind of thing, you still have to be in the right mood for it. If you don't like this kind of thing, you don't need me to tell you to stay far, far away. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
62% Extract (2009) Extract is so bad its rottenness becomes a source of fascination, which is a good thing, because there's nothing else to sustain your interest while the 89 minute dud drags by. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
98% Toy Story 3 (2010) What's so distressing about all this, as I keep pointing out, is the tremendous talent of the Pixar team getting wasted on nostalgic goop, forever presenting idealized 1950s suburban culture as the norm. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
49% Twilight (2008) The orthodox blood-drinking vampires...are about as frightening as snitty runway models, and are only there to threaten Bella's maidenly Type O so Edward can rescue her for the seven-hundredth time. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
53% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) This, I told myself, is going to suck. And in most ways, it does suck as fully as expected. But there are, surprisingly, a few decent points, too. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
85% Ghost Town (2008) The ending's like The Simpsons' version of a Disneyland parade, with the shouted slogan, "Hurray for Everything!!" And these days, nobody needs that kind of aggravation. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
20% The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) The Day the Earth Stood Still is a great study in all the things that can go wrong with a movie. The plot's all haywire and the casting's rotten and the dialogue's stupid and the camerawork's ugly and the CGI sucks. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
63% High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) Are these films simply cries for help? - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
68% Shutter Island (2010) What happened to Martin Scorsese? Has Scorsese taken a trip to the lighthouse? Did somebody tell him that he too could be an Oscar-winning studio hack if he'd just let somebody cut a hole in his brain? - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Does it seem pandering? Are they sick of the bleating, narrow-shouldered Michael Cera type-casting? Do they dislike having their sense of leading epic lives pointed out for laughs, especially in the grandiose form that is cinema? - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
82% Tropic Thunder (2008) If you haven't seen Tropic Thunder yet, go now. There are scenes in it so hilarious the whole audience goes into laugh-convulsions for minutes at a time - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
95% WALL-E (2008) Wall-E is Chaplinesque in the worst way. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
98% Up (2009) Truthfully, it was only the bird and the dog that saved me from bolting out of the theater. They rated some laughs. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
78% Burn After Reading (2008) The Coens are having none of it. The dopes we encounter every day are the real dopes, the creeps are the real creeps, the people in and around power who seem so stupid and venal really are stupid and venal... - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
78% The Hangover (2009) Maybe, just maybe, the movie drags like a half-detached muffler and for some reason nobody wants to mention it. - The eXile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018