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Jake Cole

Jake Cole
Jake Cole's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film.com, Slant Magazine, Movie Mezzanine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 96%

Moana (2016)

"Compared to your average Disney princesses, Moana is neither selfishly rebellious nor simplistically innocent. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 60%

Allied (2016)

"In Allied, Robert Zemeckis brings to bear his pop-epic scope in what's otherwise a claustrophobic story." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/4 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"Nothing that Marvel Studios has produced can compare to the visual splendor of Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2016
1/4 20%

Inferno (2016)

"Inferno begs to be made fun of, but it's impossible to do so given how Ron Howard reduces the material to a dull spectacle of earnest puzzle-solving." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 26, 2016
1.5/4 38%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"The visual blandness of Edward Zwick's style and the simplistic, easily solved case is better suited for television." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/4 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"Ironically, by not attempting to oversell thrills, Gavin O'Connor has produced some of the few genuinely exciting action scenes of the year." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet

Karl Marx City (2016)

"Petra Epperlein's personal ties to the subject matter provides the documentary with a necessary anchor point." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2016
4/4 95%

Paterson (2016)

"The film concerns the humbler creative expressions of everyday life, where one creates art not for notoriety or superiority, but for the simple pleasure of making it." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2016
1.5/4 63%

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016)

"This is a left-footed and clumsily insistent work, exposing the worst aspects inherent to the Dardennes' style." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2016
3.5/4 66%

Personal Shopper (2016)

"The film explores the extent to which Olivier Assayas's characters have always found, and lost, their identities through the aid of their surroundings." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2016
1.5/4 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"The film should have been a cautionary tale, but in Peter Berg's hands, it's a hollow account of the resilience of the human spirit." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2016
2.5/4 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"As passably entertaining as the film is, it never surrenders to the abandon of its action and as such never feels like it shifts out of first gear." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2016
93%

Arrival (2016)

"With Arrival, Denis Villeneuve communicates the wonder of a Steven Spielberg alien movie within a decidedly hard sci-fi milieu." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2016
98%

Moonlight (2016)

"The acting elevates the clichés of Barry Jenkins's script into something approaching lived truth. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2016
40%

Salt and Fire (2016)

"The final act is one of the strongest sustained sequences of cinema Werner Herzog has crafted in some time." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 13, 2016
68%

Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016)

"Voyage of Time acknowledges that Terrence Malick's fussy editing can only suggest meanings to that which will outlive anyone's interpretation." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2016
90%

A United Kingdom (2017)

"The film rises above the mawkishness or dreary didacticism that characterize too many of its peers." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2016
72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"The Birth of a Nation's narrowed scope recalls that of Mel Gibson's Braveheart." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2016
1.5/4 20%

American Pastoral (2016)

"Ewan McGregor's inert adaption smooths out the Philip Roth novel's eruptions of self-loathing and doubt. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2016
80%

Free Fire (2017)

"Its self-consciously witty dialogue is meant to paper over gratuitous violence with a veneer of nonchalance." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2016
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"The biblical root of the Dekalog may suggest didacticism on its face, but whatever morals are advanced are decidedly ambivalent." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2016
2.5/4 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"As with Sicario, the broad strokes of the film's Southwestern stereotypes gradually sharpen into focus as the story pivots to a look at the systemic forces that shape the characters." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2016
2/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"David Ayer's film longs to be bad, yet its forced by outside pressures to follow narrow, preset rules." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2016
1.5/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"The film revels in its violence, merrily mowing down people so as to capture the coolest car chase possible. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2016
2.5/4 73%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"When it's good, this new Ghostbusters is funny, driven, sometimes even a bit scary." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2016
79%

Cop Car (2015)

"For the most part... this is what a b-movie should be: lean, mean, and filled with just enough longueurs to be evocative without slowing the pace." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2016
1.5/4 35%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"The film's action sequences are a jumble of movement and cuts that have no discernible relation to the actual motion of the characters. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 47%

Free State of Jones (2016)

"After its bracing opening, the film begins to indulge the worst impulses of well-meaning liberal cinema." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/4 91%

Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016)

"The film shows how much To still experiments with his form, especially as he continues to transition to digital cinema." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2016
3/4 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"Shane Black's The Nice Guys doesn't want for great exchanges, and even disposable conversations brim with acidic wit." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"No Austen adaptation, even the most revisionist ones, has ever felt as vicious as Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted May 10, 2016
2.5/4 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"The undeniable fun of the action scenes only exacerbates the failure of the narrative to adequately contend with its own themes. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted May 3, 2016
1.5/4 17%

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

"The overriding despair of Winter's War's imagery calls into question who, exactly, the film is for. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2016
2/4 54%

Triple 9 (2016)

"John Hillcoat's film arrives prepackaged with suggested comparisons to Michael Mann's Heat that it never earns because of its dreary literal-mindedness." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2016
1/4 23%

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"The film is frequently guilty of the same obsolescence it accuses the characters of embodying." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2.5/4 89%

Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016)

"It's the fleshed-out first segment that best presents characters with actual lives, as compared to the thinly veiled talking points of the film's second half. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2016
3/4 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"Joel and Ethan Coen's idiosyncrasies elevate the film above the level of a mere creative exercise." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2016
2/4 50%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"Of course, when the action gets underway, Bay unleashes that flashy id of his, and all of his flaws as a titan of blockbuster filmmaking come to the fore." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2016
2.5/4 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"...the tendency for the narrative to repeat the beats of A New Hope, though perfectly logical in a saga founded upon the constancy of the hero's journey, comes off as pandering fan-fiction." ‐Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 24, 2015
2.5/4 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"Yet if the film uses its vulgarity and wit to lacerate a political quagmire and to implicate every facet of a tangled system of private greed and federal ignorance, it fails to turn its sights back onto its characters." ‐Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2/4 80%

Macbeth (2015)

"Unfortunately, this promising revision is delivered in lugubrious terms by a self-conscious director who cannot ever change the tone of the play without endlessly calling attention to those changes." ‐Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 4, 2015
1.5/4 73%

Youth (2015)

"Paolo Sorrentino's tendency to make characters mouthpieces for his petty grievances manifests most strongly, as usual, in resolutely two-dimensional women." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2015
4/4 94%

Creed (2015)

"By contending with the unglamorous nature of professionally beating other people into unconsciousness, the film makes more time for its characters' inner lives." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2015
1.5/4 70%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"It careens from carnage to group therapy so wildly that the action never gets to build and the conversations just repeat themselves." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2015
3.5/4 95%

In Jackson Heights (2015)

"Wiseman's film is a beautiful tribute to a community with dozens of nationalities and languages..." ‐Movie Mezzanine
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/4 100%

Junun (2015)

"What Anderson has crafted is one of the most beautiful (and beautiful-looking) tributes to artistic collaboration..." ‐Movie Mezzanine
Posted Nov 4, 2015
2.5/4 65%

Spectre (2015)

"All of its revisionism centrally incorporates the history of the franchise, and the film both excels and suffers for frequently recalling its forbears." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2015
3.5/4 71%

Crimson Peak (2015)

"Guillermo del Toro's fussiest, most compartmentalized construction, filled with the most powerful sense of repression and delusion." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2015
4/4 95%

The Forbidden Room (2015)

"The surrealist result plays to Maddin's strengths as a master of densely aestheticized short films, as he crafts a lucid expression of his own feverish perspective on the movies that shaped his art." ‐Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
2.5/4 84%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"As a writer and director, Rebecca Miller is at her best when she finds the shared wavelengths of her lead cast's divergent styles. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2015
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