Ellen E Jones

Ellen E Jones
Ellen E Jones's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Guardian Total Film Independent (UK) Little White Lies

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T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 28% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum offers neither a coherent social commentary nor - thanks to its pat, ahistorical ending - a revenge thriller's catharsis. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
4/5 79% Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell (2021) This Netflix release is the first to successfully sidestep the quicksand of murder mystery, and focus instead on what Wallace accomplished in life. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
1/5 53% The Sinners (The Color Rose) (2020) At least The Sinners' sexy-schoolgirl-corpse aesthetic - part Twin Peaks, part Ariana Grande music video - is too ineptly executed to truly offend. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
2/5 57% Recon (2020) Bausch's book has been praised for its existential profundity on religious matters, but very little of that makes it to the screen. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
2/5 75% Imperial Blue (2019) Imperial Blue aims at a knowing satire of colonial arrogance, yet still, somehow, it's all about the white guy. Eurocentrism is one helluva drug. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) This feels like history-in-the-making, as both a fresh insight into the interior lives of historical figures and a snapshot of a future filmmaking great just getting started. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
1/5 38% Smiley Face Killers (2020) With the addition of some decent jump-scares, Smiley Face Killers might have passed muster as a gender-swapped slasher flick, but it's too under-researched to take seriously as true crime. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Space Dogs: Tropical Adventure (2021) Maybe your kids will get around to it after they've worked their way through every Studio Ghibli twice, plus an extended director's cut of Paw Patrol: The Movie? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 55% A Christmas Carol (2020) The Morrises have combined contemporary choreography with Dickens' timeless tale to create an enthralling and moving experience. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/5 100% Muscle (2019) This is Johnson's first film without his cousin and collaborator Peter Ferdinando in the starring role, but Muscle's two leads prove every bit as tuned into his uniquely bleak vision of male interaction. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Glass Man (2015) Cristian Solimeno's script is witty, well-plotted and goes to darker-than-expected places, but his direction isn't always up to the necessary task of disguising budgetary constraints. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
2/5 75% Jungleland (2020) Seems derived not so much from direct experience or empathetic observation, as from a handful of half-listened-to Bruce Springsteen albums. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
1/5 33% The Rising Hawk (2019) It's a dull historical action drama that is in desperate need of some gratuitous sex or violence to liven up its near two-hour running time. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Eastern (2020) Set aside the Ennio Morricone-homaging soundtrack and Eastern isn't as much "western" as it is Greek. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/5 70% Rogue (2020) Rogue isn't offering nature-documentary realism, but director MJ Bassett is a former wildlife presenter whose interest in the South African grassland goes beyond mere backdrop. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
4/5 95% Lucky Grandma (2020) A film that's people-pleasing in inverse proportion to its grouchy heroine. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/5 100% Looted (2019) Pannevis has folded a nifty crime thriller into a portrait of the post-industrial, Thatcher-ravaged north of England, which derives much of its tension from just how much you come to care for the characters. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet As an Act of Protest (2014) This narrative amounts to one overwrought shouting match after another, interspersed with on-screen quotations from Malcolm X, James Baldwin and Paul Robeson. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
1/5 60% Philophobia (2019) Philophobia hails from a bygone era to which we must never return. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 39% Honest Thief (2020) Liam Neeson was 56 when Taken came out in 2008, launching his vengeful vigilante phase. Twelve years on, he's still churning out serviceable action thrillers like this one... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Huracan (2020) He's not yet a heavyweight, but in the (almost) anything goes arena of film-making, Corrigan has clearly got what it takes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
4/5 75% Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (2019) Even knowing and appreciating the artifice doesn't entirely deprive the film of its eerie power. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
1/5 86% Legacy of Lies (2020) Despite the script's investment in character development, the power dynamic in any given scene always boils down to who has the biggest Uzi. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/5 33% The Devil Has a Name (2020) Any poignance Stern's David-vs-Goliath fight might have possessed is undermined by a flowery script that's over-fond of quick comebacks. To hear Bosworth curl her lips around some of these zingers though, almost makes for a fair trade-off. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Brothers in Arms (2018) Every anecdote is overlong, any point worth making is made seven times over and occasional non-sequitur gems float above the relentless bed of juke-box rock. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
2/5 50% Miss Virginia (2019) Sure, biopics of living subjects require a careful balance, but if Miss Virginia couldn't find a way to include some analysis alongside all its admiration, why bother? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
4/5 92% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Rebuilding Paradise might easily have blazed with righteous fury, but its conclusions are quieter and bleaker. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) For anyone who values diverse storytelling, Peoples' portrait of a hardworking woman on the up is a tale of hopefulness - and a reason to hope in itself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Marionette (Repression) (2020) A third-act plot twist is audacious enough to regain our attention, but Reuten and Wolf don't quite have the charisma necessary to fully carry it off. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 58% Tesla (2020) To watch Tesla the film is to admire its ambition while regretting its follies. Much like Tesla the man, perhaps? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Man in the Hat (2020) It's a Francophile fantasy that may be too twee for some, but the French tourist board will surely be satisfied. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Message Man (2019) "Collateral in a tuk-tuk" proves a highly watchable premise - it's only a shame that Message Man doesn't arrive there until the film's final third. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Trial (O Processo) (2018) There's a warning contained here: not all power grabs are the stuff of drama. Indeed, perhaps, it's the slow, steady kind that represent the most serious threat to democracy. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
4/5 100% Echo (Bergmál) (2019) Echo's surprisingly cockle-warming take makes it a worthy contender for your alternative Christmas classic. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
2/5 56% Mortal (Torden) (2020) The modest visual effects, which mostly consist of distant lighting bolts and gathering storm clouds, can do little to elevate this potty-training-for-the-patriarchy narrative. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/5 73% Blizzard of Souls (The Rifleman) (Dveselu putenis) (2019) Blizzard of Souls, the 1934 novel from which this is drawn, is based on author Aleksandrs Grīns' own frontline experiences, and The Rifleman successfully captures the hazy, gauzy quality of memory. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 96% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) This satisfyingly strange film really has it all. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 95% Come As You Are (2020) All the performances confidently handle the material's sometimes breakneck tonal shifts... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
2/5 44% I Am Vengeance: Retaliation (2020) "Elite operative gone rogue" ... something something ... "black site facility" ... something something. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/5 47% Arkansas (2020) As a collection of smart-mouthed southern ne'er-do-wells, Arkansas amuses, but as a showcase for colourful 70s menswear, it excels. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
1/5 25% Inheritance (2020) The characters are paper-thin and, even on paper, their motivations don't make much sense. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Spy (Spionen) (2019) A rollicking, border-hopping espionage thriller. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
No Score Yet Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me Live (2014) Disappointingly, this hour-long show, recorded in Chicago, never quite gets around to life in Uganda itself, instead covering Handler's relationship with her gay housemate and fondness for dogs. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Where Suicide Squad's Big Bad should be there is only a Big Narrative Hole. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
96% An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) In Doctor Who, an end is always a beginning, and so it was with Mark Gatiss's cleverly resonant script. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
No Score Yet Light and Dark (2013) The trouble with these physics documentaries: the more you learn, the less you understand. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 71% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) If anyone can make you sympathise with affluent LA yuppies, Rashida Jones can. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2012
3/5 96% Argo (2012) It's impossible to be bored by a story this good, especially with that cast. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) Cotillard's performance is primed for awards, while Schoenaerts is a rough diamond. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2012
4/5 91% The Sessions (2012) Aided by committed, awards-ready performance, The Sessions transforms 'taboo' subject matter into a humorous, humane and uncomplicated pleasure. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2012