Jack Moffitt

Jack Moffitt
Jack Moffitt's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter Kansas City Star Esquire Magazine

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T-Meter Title | Year
84% 4 Devils (1928) Four Devils added together to make one big flop, if you ask us. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
No Score Yet The Beginning or the End (1947) The Beginning or the End is a masterful movie which tells the most dramatic story of our time with true power and suspense. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
No Score Yet The Homestretch (1947) In this picture, Miss O'Hara starts acting. It's a little early to announce the results of this experiment. But she and Mr. Wilde have a bedroom scene that really arouses emotion and that, they tell me, is the primary intention of acting. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
100% Great Expectations (1947) The British director, David Lean, is the real star of this offering. Formerly an imitator of stage techniques, he proves himself a real movie virtuoso. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
40% Down to Earth (1947) A silly story with lavish Technicolor extravaganza contrives to make a fairly entertaining musical. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
63% Desert Fury (Desert Town) (1947) It's as modern as the casino at Las Vegas and as rugged as the Battle of the Little Big Horn. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
78% The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) It's one of the happiest of the season's comedies and as appropriate to August relaxation as a mint julep and a porch swing. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
91% Possessed (1947) It required great courage for Joan Crawford to play it and for Warner Brothers to produce it. The screen's never exhibited so ruthless a study of an undisciplined mind at work. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
No Score Yet The Green Years (1946) If you love the theatre and actors, it does your heart good to see a performer of Mr. Coburn's talents get a break in a stellar role. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
No Score Yet The Perfect Marriage (1946) You'd better see The Perfect Marriage. It comes pretty close to being the perfect comedy. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
No Score Yet Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) Claude Rains in the role of Caesar, and Vivien Leigh, as Cleopatra, manage to present themselves at the same time as the embodiment of age-old intellectual forces and as fascinating individuals. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
No Score Yet Shock (1946) A vast studio like Twentieth Century-Fox... seldom can afford to experiment. But, when the budget is held down and young blood is called in, it is interesting to note that even so unwieldy an organization can achieve a rather dull imitation of Gaslight. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
83% Blue Skies (1946) Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Joan Caulfield are the inhabitants of this fictional vacuum, and do their best to blow into it a breath of life. Fortunately, their best is pretty good. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
100% The Jolson Story (1946) The Jolson Story says that most show people have the same struggles, the same desire for a home, and the same love of family that motivate other Americans. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet Fiesta (1947) You'll find much to like in this tuneful and relaxing Technicolor musical. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
40% The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) The play kept experienced theatergoers on the edge of their seats. The picture will keep them on the edge of a nervous breakdown. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet Dear Ruth (1947) The hit play becomes a mediocre picture. You can't blame the script. Arthur Sheekman's screenplay retains almost all of Krasna's good dialogue. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline (1947) The picture is a triller as well as a thriller, with a bang-up score written by Frank "Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition" Loesser. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
75% My Favorite Brunette (1947) It's full of gags and it doesn't try to sabotage anything -- except gloom. In fact it's just the sort of "escapist" entertainment that the Communists find "subversive." Let those who will enjoy it. I did. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
100% The Farmer's Daughter (1947) The Farmer's Daughter is an honestly liberal movie with no concealed jokes. It is thoroughly democratic and thoroughly entertaining. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
80% Boomerang! (1947) The picture is a masterpiece of suspense. Dana Andrews gives another fine performance as the ethical prosecutor. Arthur Kennedy is excellent as the prisoner. Lee J. Cobb is splendid as an honest cop, and Sam Levene does outstanding work as a reporter. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet Welcome Stranger (1947) Arthur Sheekman's screenplay is full of funny situations and dialogue. Unlike the screen version of The Late George Apley, Sheekman's screenplay gets its regional laughs not by burlesque and character, but by shrewd interpretive humor. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947) There's nothing very original about either the theme or the plot. The idea of a poor man being rich in all-that-matters is as old as is the notion that rich men can be spiritually poor. Yet Del Ruth blends these clichés into a minor masterpiece. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet Stallion Road (1947) Anyone can finally make a good picture if he's allowed to make enough bad pictures. Already in Stallion Road Jimmy has made half a good picture. He is on his way. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet The Other Love (1947) A chic sadness pervades The Other Love. With the aid of Barbara Stanwyck, David Niven, and a smoothly tailored script, the producer makes death seem fashionable, if not popular. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
67% Humoresque (1946) An artistic triumph that transcends class bias and looks with a compassionate eye upon people of all social groups. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
97% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) It makes no attempt to oversimplify these millions of individuals into One Composite Veteran. This strong picture presents them as men, matured by combat, who face the problems of readjustment with dignity, courage and patience. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
14% The Sea of Grass (1947) Spencer Tracy, as the rugged individualist, does his best to look monumental and inspired. But the inspiration seldom gets off the ground. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
94% It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Capra enriches his picture with sharp social satire and Dickensesque comments on human behavior. Those who are wearying of Scrooge and Bob Cratchit may find it a I closer-to-home version of A Christmas Carol. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet Breakfast in Hollywood (1946) From a dramatic standpoint, there isn't a mediocre scene in Breakfast in Hollywood. But, God -- how the audience would welcome one! - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey (1946) The tear jerker Walter Morosco has produced for Fox is a bath of bathos. It stars Maureen O'Hara -- though it is unfair to blame her for what happened, since she neither wrote, directed nor acted in the picture. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
89% The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) You sympathize with this unfortunate couple -- although they're murderers. That's why The Postman is a greater picture than Mr. Cain's previous hit, Double Indemnity. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
44% The Madonna of Avenue A (1929) One sometimes feels that even eight reels of Miss Costello might be improved if a little more attention were paid to the story inserted between the admittedly attractive close-ups The Madonna of Avenue A is such a picture. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
No Score Yet Her Private Life (1929) The picture is produced with a great show of luxury and has a cast of stage and screen luminaries. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
No Score Yet Midnight Daddies (1930) If you have a sense of humor at all you will suffer a sense of vicarious embarrassment. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
No Score Yet The Love Trap (1929) The Love Trap is good entertainment as it is. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
50% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) It has a legion of stage and screen personalities participating, it is tuneful and part of it is in natural colors. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
No Score Yet Speedway (1929) It is too bad we didn't file the first William Haines review we ever wrote. Then, instead of toiling at the typewriter as we are now, we simply could get the old type, dust it and send it to the composing room. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
81% To Each His Own (1946) It's a plot that will exercise many tear ducts. But a cinder in the eye would serve just as well. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
95% Some Like It Hot (1959) Some Like It Hot is another supersonic, breakneck, belly-laugh comedy that should be a block-busting bonanza at the box office. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
No Score Yet The Unfaithful (1947) This picture restores Ann Sheridan to the top ranks of stardom and promotes Zachary Scott from the ranks of villainy to an important place among leading men. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
92% Life With Father (1947) In spite of his limitations Curtiz succeeds in giving the play considerable added heart interest. This was not easy to do. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
100% The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) The direction is smooth and the script has a relaxed good taste as it deals with piquant situations. Even the bit parts are played with distinction. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
80% The Unfinished Dance (1948) [There's] one character whom no man will want to miss. His name is Danny Thomas and he's good. He's a comedian with sympathy and heart interest. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
86% The Macomber Affair (The Great White Hunter) (1947) The Macomber Affair is a good picture that can be great if the theatre owner bribes the American Express Company not to deliver the last reel. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
100% Pursued (1947) Pursued is not so much a Western as a strong human interest story located in the West. It has its hard riding and fast shooting, but Sperling is less interested in perforating his characters than in showing what makes them tick. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
50% The House on 92nd Street (1945) The House on 92nd Street plunges into an orgy of unadulterated hoke. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
91% They Were Expendable (1945) The human element triumphs in almost every foot of They Were Expendable. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
98% The Lost Weekend (1945) Whether it makes money or not, The Lost Weekend points the way to a new and more honest movie artistry. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
93% Pillow Talk (1959) The most exciting thing about it is that, under the surprisingly sophisticated direction of Michael Gordon, Rock Hudson undergoes the metamorphosis from stock leading man to one of the best light comedians in the business. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019