Jacob Brackman

Jacob Brackman
Jacob Brackman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Esquire Magazine
Publications: Esquire Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
42% John and Mary (1969) Perhaps this is smashing stuff for a Second City satire, but Peter Yates (the director) has ignored its satirical promise. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
83% Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Bob & Carol satirizes a culture in which the tyranny of social fashion has grown so rampant that the self is altogether lost. Rediscovering the self becomes a fulltime, futile avocation. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
No Score Yet Futz (1969) It dismantles old notions of construction, not like a ball-and-crane wrecking operation, but with logic and discipline, like an expert crew breaking down a set of two-dimensional flats. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
63% Alice's Restaurant (1969) At one end, I suppose, to judge Alice's a brilliantly inventive auteur vision: personal, topical, hilarious, deeply pessimistic... At the other, to judge Alice's a dog; a messy porridge. In the middle: reservations, fourteen-point check-list ratings. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
40% Coming Apart (1969) The performers appear to believe that they are participating in something sexy, as if their destructiveness were itself arousing, or as if they could interrupt it and get on with the sexy part, without its sickness seeping over in time. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
83% Easy Rider (1969) Easy Rider's honesty, its beautiful, honest simplemindedness, could make it one of the surprise hits of the year. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
No Score Yet King Murray (1969) It offers a far more accurate and painful tableau vivant of life in this country than we are accustomed to from movies, startling us into fresh consideration of what Ivan called the eternal questions. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
No Score Yet Changes (1969) Color cinematography that captures beauty so facilely and uses it so cheaply is disgusting, in a way. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
91% Goodbye, Columbus (1969) Does it seem picayune to require that moves make sense on their own terms? - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
100% Salesman (1968) Salesman is an important kind of film experience; it is also, you've gathered by now, a profoundly depressing one. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
88% Midnight Cowboy (1969) Joe's past has been an emotional vacuum, lacking belief, moral training, friends, adult models of identification: all the components that feed personality... You can't use techniques suggestive of human complexity to suggest the lack of it. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
64% Zabriskie Point (1970) You can take the position that the idea was preposterous to start with, or terrific and muddied up horrendously -- but the picture is a knockout, filled with passages that leave you open-mouthed with delight. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020