Jake Coyle

Jake Coyle
Jake Coyle's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Associated Press
Biography:
Associated Press film critic.
Publications: Associated Press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 79% Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021) The young actor seems to share his character's confidence in his own destiny; he's best in the well-choreographed songs. The film depends perhaps too much on them, but, then again, you don't turn the music down at a good party. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
3/4 86% The Card Counter (2021) I think the incongruities of "The Card Counter" also give it its power. Schrader's film is so self-evidently the impassioned work of a singularly feverish mind that its flaws add to its humanity. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
3/4 81% Worth (2021) As good as the supporting cast is, Keaton holds the movie together. Like many of his best roles, it's a subtly smart performance resistant to the film's inclinations to sentimentality. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
2.5/4 37% Reminiscence (2021) Like its characters, it's drunk on what came before, relying too heavily on noir tropes. But its smart, thought-provoking concept isn't so easy to shake off. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
2.5/4 80% Free Guy (2021) For a proudly "original" movie, "Free Guy" isn't really so original. It's a charming concoction of cliches cribbed from other movies... without its own coding. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
3/4 88% The Green Knight (2021) The chapters don't cohere in a sustained rhythm, but in richly evocative imagery, "The Green Knight" makes its own vivid film language and pacing. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/4 90% The Suicide Squad (2021) Within "The Suicide Squad" is not only a negotiation with American power, and its depiction in comic-book movies, but a heartfelt if extreme gallery of damaged souls. It's a kind of genuinely tender freak show. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
2/4 45% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) It's a manic movie in a familiarly corporate kind of way that provides kids with a computer-generated candy rush. The movie's own business imperatives occasionally show through like a leaky diaper. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
2.5/4 52% The Tomorrow War (2021) "The Tomorrow War" spends most of its time in the future, but its central theme is timeless: the replayed tragedy that sometimes you don't come home the same from war. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3/4 79% Black Widow (2021) It's absorbing in its own right. Less occupied with driving a universe of movies forward, the almost-standalone film instead digs into slightly darker, deeper realms of the typically bright and shiny Marvel world. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
2.5/4 59% F9 (2021) If you can stomach the macho melodrama, these movies are ridiculous big-screen ballets, with cars shooting out of skyscrapers and airplanes, that at their best are the right kind of stupid. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
3.5/4 91% Luca (2021) Casarosa's film comes and goes like a soft summer breeze, but that doesn't stop it from being utterly charming. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
3/4 93% All Light, Everywhere (2021) "All Light, Everywhere" examines how cameras have, from their 19th century beginnings, always been a tool of data mining, an instrument of measurement, a framer of a separate, pixelated world. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/4 96% Plan B (2021) Pointed as the message of "Plan B" is, nothing supersedes just letting these two characters - traditionally bit players at best in high-school comedies - be themselves. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
2.5/4 88% Dream Horse (2021) Just as Jan seemingly wills all the good fortune that comes their way, Collette keeps "Dream Horse" at a steady gallop, and Teale makes a terrific companion... It's a little like if "Fight Club" was friendlier, Welsh and equestrian. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
1.5/4 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) With a churning score and a few flashy camera tricks, Wright lays it on thick. But the pacing and rhythm - perhaps the result of a lengthy post-production period of reshoots and recuts - feel wrong from the first minutes. It's a shame. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
1.5/4 48% Here Today (2021) If anything, "Here Today" proves that the dynamic Haddish can ably downshift and still be winningly charismatic. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/4 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) In "The Mitchells vs. the Machines," family life is a brilliant, ever-changing collage. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3/4 97% Gunda (2020) "Gunda" ultimately falls somewhere between banal and profound. Maybe it's both. Kossokovsky... has grounded the nature film in a new movie terrain that for all its restraint, oozes empathy. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3.5/4 90% Moffie (2019) It's an usual perspective for an apartheid film, something the director - who is gay and mixed race - has acknowledged initially recoiling from. But that point-of-view only makes Hermanus' mission all the more laudable. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
2.5/4 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) A rock 'em-sock 'em monster-movie revival with all the requisite explosions, inane plot twists and skyscraper smashing to satisfy most lovers of gigantic amphibians. Vive le cinéma! - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
3/4 92% Tina (2021) But marveling at Turner sing Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand the Rain," you also realize - despite the filmmakers' best efforts - how unknowable she is. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
2/4 52% Yes Day (2021) "Yes Day" slides too often into contrived, loudly scored montages of "fun" that don't transfer to those of us watching. And while Garner and Ramirez are both very fine actors, neither of them is funny. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
4/4 97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) Wonder and whimsy is back in the forest. "The Truffle Hunters" - surely among the greatest dog movies - even wryly occasionally shifts to a dog's point of view. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
2.5/4 98% The Father (2021) To see Hopkins play all these ever-fluctuating turns of mood is riveting... Yet "The Father" often feels like a clinical puzzle to work out. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/4 78% I Care a Lot (2021) "I Care a Lot" has ultimately no way of resolving its fairly ludicrous plot. But it's strong, gripping, unpredictable pulp, and Pike pulls something off that few else could as a protagonist. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
3.5/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) It's a balance reflective of King's film overall. "Judas and the Black Messiah," resurrecting a painful saga of police racial injustice, is a self-evidently timely film without stating its contemporary resonance literally. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
2/4 57% Malcolm & Marie (2021) As much as its two performers have dedicated themselves to the material... never convinces that it's an ego trip worth sticking around to listen to. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
2.5/4 45% The Little Things (2021) "The Little Things" was always locked in the '90s, but it's also already a relic. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/4 91% The White Tiger (2020) Watching Gourav pull off such a balancing act is the best reason to see "The White Tiger." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
41% Locked Down (2021) "Locked Down" is inevitably, and intentionally, of the moment. But I hope some of its off-the-cuff spirit lasts after the pandemic. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
3.5/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) As the dialogue surges, the movie crackles. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
2.5/4 93% Herself (2021) Some of the major beats in "Herself" verge on cliché but everything in between rings true thanks to Dunne's steadfast performance and the film's delicate sense of humanity. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3.5/4 95% Soul (2020) The meaning of "Soul" also comes through in the pointillist realism of Pixar. As delightful as its imagery of the afterlife is, the best stuff might be back on Earth. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/4 58% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The ambitions of "Wonder Woman 1984" may be just outside its grasp, but it seldom feels predestined or predictable - a preciously rare commodity in the genre. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/4 54% The Prom (2020) "The Prom" works hard to be a good time, and I hope it is for many who could use one. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/4 80% I'm Your Woman (2020) [The] narrative... never comes into focus - though it continues to compellingly bring in elements usually kept at bay in the crime film, like family and race. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
2.5/4 31% Superintelligence (2019) McCarthy has the movie if not completely to herself, then nearly so. Even though the innocuous Superintelligence is on the bland side, it remains hard not to enjoy two hours with McCarthy. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3.5/4 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) "Collective," a document of a modern corruption that can fester and thrive anywhere, ends with a mortifying shudder and tears at a gravesite. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/4 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Howard, a humane and sensitive director, has made a film full of empathy but missing a wider lens. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
2.5/4 84% Let Him Go (2020) What seems set up for a slow-burn showdown between rival grandmas dissipates in blunt shoot-outs that sidelines Lane's Margaret at just the wrong time. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
2.5/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) An exuberantly optimistic film celebrating the life force of art and eccentricity. Who couldn't use a little of that right now. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/4 90% Kajillionaire (2020) Oddities abound in July's gently absurdist films; you either roll with it or not. But when you give in, you go through them childlike, experiencing real and surreal together. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/4 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Johnson has a rare gift for being so nakedly and frankly personal that she speaks for everyone. She turns intimacy into rhapsody. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2.5/4 87% Yellow Rose (2020) "Yellow Rose" sings an affecting, sorrowful and defiant song where dreams collide with a cruel reality. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/4 94% Shithouse (2020) Raiff's film is a DIY marvel. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
1.5/4 39% Rebecca (2020) A work of fierce interiority has been turned into a hollow exercise in exteriority. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/4 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The "Borat" sequel will make you laugh and squirm as much as it will send shudders down your spine. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/4 52% Hubie Halloween (2020) The jokes aren't often Sandler's best material but "Hubie Halloween" is as sweet and easily digestible as a Milky Way. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
2.5/4 79% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) A glossy but spirited Gen-Y romantic comedy imbued with the wit and spunk of its young star. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020