Jacob Oller

Jacob Oller
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8.3/10 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) A promising debut from director Simon McQuoid and an effects spectacular, the R-rated Mortal Kombat helps push videogame movies in the right direction. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
7.0/10 82% Nobody (2021) Nobody is more than its stunt casting, but its intentionally unremarkable title ends up being all too accurate for this run-of-the-mill (if well-crafted) shoot-em-up. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
7.9/10 84% The Power (2021) Even if it flickers from time to time, when The Power is on, it'll have you white-knuckling a flashlight all night. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
3.4/10 26% Voyagers (2021) Voyagers' sci-fi Lord of the Flies riff is painfully dumb. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
5.5/10 79% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Concrete Cowboy is a lazy pony ride, never wavering from its well-worn coming-of-age trail. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
8.3/10 91% Tina (2021) Tina is a redefining, empowering farewell that adds perspective as the superstar tips her hat and has her happily ever after out of the limelight. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
8.5/10 No Score Yet Miracle Fishing (2020) Miles Hargrove documents his father's kidnapping with vigorous intimacy and authenticity. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
7.8/10 97% Slaxx (2020) If you're looking for a horror/comedy that doesn't sit around long enough to wear a hole in the seat of its extremely silly premise, Slaxx will fit like a glove. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
7.0/10 47% Yes Day (2021) It's a lightweight film befitting its premise's "good vibes only" origins, but you could do a lot worse than say "Yes" to Yes Day. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
5.2/10 73% Boss Level (2021) Boss Level never fulfills the potential of Frank Grillo's lead role or its own over-the-top silliness, making the mostly dull effort more of a grind than end-game content. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
8.2/10 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon is an admirably mature tale in a rich and vibrant world that parents and kids alike won't mind trekking across over and over again. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
3.9/10 37% Cherry (2021) It's sporadic and strange, answering every call for substance with style. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
7.1/10 72% Flora & Ulysses (2021) While a little dark and a little unsteady, Flora & Ulysses still hits most of the right beats and manages to find some resonant, intelligent things to say. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
7.2/10 80% I Care a Lot (2021) I Care A Lot goes off the rails in various ways, but it never leaves behind its central viciousness and gives us plenty of great Rosamund Pike as its thrills work us over. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
8.6/10 89% Sator (2019) As scary as it is, Sator is an experience with enough layers and craftsmanship that its alluring call will rattle in your head long after you've turned it off. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
7.1/10 81% The Wanting Mare (2020) The Wanting Mare's storytelling may be elusive, but you'll never stop looking for it with shots like this. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
6.8/10 68% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) While not compelling enough to be one of the two options-either a destructive or awakening force for our own personal simulations-winkingly proffered in the doc itself, A Glitch in the Matrix still has genuinely gripping segments. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
4.5/10 70% Land (2021) Robin Wright's directorial debut may be named Land, but it certainly doesn't tread any new ground. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 91% The Queen of Black Magic (Ratu ilmu hitam) (2019) This passable tale of supernatural revenge is still worth the night out, even if it could stand to hone its witchcraft. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
8.5/10 91% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) Some Kind of Heaven leaves its subjects' stories without ends-except the one end everyone knows is coming for us all-basking in the beautiful imperfect potential of an open door, an empty calendar day, a bare dance floor. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/10 43% Locked Down (2021) Locked Down has all the slipshod signs of running headlong into a topical story far too quickly: The scenario doesn't work because nobody's had the decency to wait and think, nor the maturity of thought that time brings an idea. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
6.1/10 92% The White Tiger (2020) It's attempting to be a pseudo-American Psycho satire, with its central character shown to be a product of capitalism's corruption on the other end of the tax brackets. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
9.0/10 95% Soul (2020) Soul stuffs its playful optimism into a simple message and delivers it with colorful, endearing beauty. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
8.8/10 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is more than Chadwick Boseman...but his ownership of the film, an Oscar-worthy snapshot of potential and desire, gives it something specific to sing about. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
7.6/10 83% Mank (2020) Self-effacing and self-involved, with an idealistic core and cynical view on Hollywood, Mank is a lot like its sloppy hero-likable enough, but capable of so much more. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
6.9/10 71% 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez (2020) 69 is surprisingly (ahem) by-the-numbers considering its bombastic subject matter. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3.5/10 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) While most of the film is simply mediocre-to-bad melodrama with a questionably conservative bent to its messaging, some elements stand out for how downright terrible they are. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
8.3/10 96% Feels Good Man (2020) The upsetting, depressing, even frightening interviews allow a greater theme to rise as they contrast with snippets looking into Furie's life. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
C 74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Sometimes that's satisfying, even dolloped on as thick as the thin observation can be. Bully. Coward. Victim., taken as a history lesson, entertains in its scatterbrained way, but mostly fuels impotent rage. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
81% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) While unevenly paced and unevenly out-there, Knife + Heart is a ready-made introduction to a fringe world of killing and queerness... - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
7.9/10 92% Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2019) With a meta plotline about the cancellation and subsequent rebooting of a beloved cartoon, [Rocko's Modern Life] Static Cling isn't afraid to be self-effacing about the revival process. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
59% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) Bilal: A New Breed of Hero's adventurous tale is a step into the international field of genre storytelling with the one thing it could always use more of: a new perspective. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
No Score Yet Cedric The Entertainer: Live From The Ville (2016) This is an old-fashioned act with old-fashioned jokes, some more old than old-fashioned. I wouldn't be upset if I never heard another tired "at a barbeque" joke. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (2016) Never preachy, Wong finds lots to love in her overwhelming honesty. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
8.9/10 98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) As a series capper, it's a satisfying, loving end that fulfills old Deadwood's imperfect promises while mostly avoiding the pitfalls of nostalgia. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
90% Green Room (2016) Writer/Director Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room understands that DIY anarchist punk ethics are in constant danger from a systematic rule. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
97% Weiner (2016) The crew tackles the behind-the-scenes of a political family better than House of Cards, juggling intimacy and work's reality while each side jockeys for control. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
82% Detroit (2017) Its stumbles don't fully take away the film's potency, but they certainly showcase its missed opportunities. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
45% The Discovery (2017) The Discovery smooths over its loaded question with an unsatisfying route to an under-explored conclusion. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
65% Alien: Covenant (2017) Any movie that shoots James Franco into the endless void of space can't be completely bad. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
No Score Yet Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie (2017) Jeff Garlin's lethargic detective movie shows Netflix will buy any comedy zombie. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
59% Small Crimes (2017) Small Crimes is almost entirely hinged upon Coster-Waldau's beaten-dog performance of this down and out sadsack. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
88% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Roger Stone's narcissistic villainy can't be addressed with this gawking doc. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
100% Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes (2017) Soft-spoken and charming, Birbiglia owns his niche as a comedian-storyteller. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
48% War Machine (2017) The meandering military story fails to win hearts or minds. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
52% The Glass Castle (2017) The Glass Castle remains as transparent and ethereal as the architectural wonder in its title because its treatment of its material is so rote. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
85% Beach Rats (2017) Dickinson is breathtaking. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
47% Rock Dog (2017) A crazy premise without any of the carnivalesque anarchy needed to back it up, Rock Dog sinks like a stone. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
72% You're Killing Me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) (2017) This is a simple movie directed simply and it's best when it doesn't try to swing above its weight class. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Origin of Evil, while terrifying, is a funny movie that understands its audience's psychological state better than most films of its ilk. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018