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
3/4 100% Athlete A (2020) After "Athlete A," you may never again watch America's pursuit for gold with quite the same enthusiasm. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/4 87% Shirley (2020) There are few more daring actors around right now than Moss, and "Shirley" may be her best performance yet. She's brutally cutting but the pain of every slight ripples across her face. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) The film is one of those little miracles: a directorial debut, made for nothing, that establishes a young filmmaker of self-evident command. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Through twists and turns, The Painter and the Thief depicts not just the two-way transactional relationship between artist and subject, but the shared pain and mutual rehabilitation that can inspire and surround art making. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
3/4 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) "Spaceship Earth" provides some illuminating context to our shut-in days by going back to the early 1990s to study the Biosphere II, that quixotic endeavor in the Arizona desert in which eight men and women sealed themselves off in a 3-acre complex. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
3.5/4 93% Bad Education (2019) It's Tassone's perspective that Finley largely keeps to, which - if you don't know the true story - lets "Bad Education" unspool if not surprisingly at least captivatingly. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
2/4 70% Trolls World Tour (2020) The plot gives "World Tour" an opportunity to cycle through countless hits, and it does so so speedily that the film often feels less like a story than an impatient, candy-colored battle of the bands. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
2/4 81% Tigertail (2020) "Tigertail" comes off more as an idea of an arthouse movie than one propelled by its own volition. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
100% Slay the Dragon (2020) "Slay the Dragon"... may not be the most heartening portrait of our political system. But it's a vital one and it provides reasons for optimism, too. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
2.5/4 93% Uncorked (2020) The pleasures of "Uncorked" are in how it gently eludes stereotype and brings a rich sense of texture to even its smaller moments. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
2/4 30% Bloodshot (2020) There's a dull thud to "Bloodshot," a bruising action movie that can't equal its brawn with brains... "Bloodshot" is, at least, a little more interesting than it initially appears. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3/4 88% Onward (2020) As a Pixar entry, it may be the first to explicitly grapple with not the trials of childhood, but the fraught onset of adulthood. By the time "Onward" has wrapped its journey, it will probably be the only movie with a manticore to make you cry. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/4 96% First Cow (2020) The joys of "First Cow" are many. The thoughtful, unshowy textures of its clothes and surroundings. The fabulous chemistry of its two leads. The softly stirring guitar of William Tyler's score. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
2/4 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) There is little here, amid the high-tech photorealistic animations, that would satisfy London's concept of "wild." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
2.5/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) A bracingly modern #MeToo allegory that, despite its brutal craft, rings hollow. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/4 38% Downhill (2020) [Ferrell] and Louis-Dreyfus are terrific together, and "Downhill" is sustained by their chemistry. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
2/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) It's not that Ritchie's film doesn't have some zip... But the movie time and time again exalts the gallantry of its gentlemen heroes at the expense of those unlike them. It gives this glass of Gritchie's English Lore a bitter taste. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
1/4 14% Dolittle (2020) A big-budget train wreck in which things go so awry that it can't even be said to be strictly for the dogs. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/4 85% Les Misérables (2020) A visceral, street-wise portrait of those who abuse power, and those who demand it, in the working-class Paris banlieue of Montfermeil. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2/4 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) For a movie predicated on satisfying fans, "The Rise of Skywalker" is a distinctly unsatisfying conclusion to what had been an imperfect but mostly good few films. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/4 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Malick's movie is deeply open-hearted, metaphysical and ruminative. But it might have benefited from being brought down to Earth. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
1.5/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) If Eastwood had extended the sensitivity it shows to Jewell to others, it might have been worth something more. Instead, it becomes just what it preaches against: a hatchet job. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2.5/4 70% Bombshell (2019) It does cartwheels to make a vile tale compelling, and it can feel like a parade of starry impressions rather than something genuine. But to quote Ailes in the film, "It's a visual medium." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2.5/4 72% The Aeronauts (2019) As the balloon rises, the film does too. Not because it achieves the kind of splendor it seems to seeking, exactly, but because it grows simpler and even sillier. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) "The Two Popes" turns into a movie not about a power struggle, at all, but a grappling of faith. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) "Knives Out," in the end, believes earnestly in the whodunit, it just wants to turn it inside out. To say more about that would spoil the fun. But keep an eye here, and elsewhere, on de Armas. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/4 53% 21 Bridges (2019) "21 Bridges" is well crafted enough to pass the time, but anything more than that is a bridge too far. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) It's perhaps a familiar script: good cause, inspiration movie. "Dark Waters" distinguishes itself, however, in intricately following the story of a toxic substance, from a West Virginia backwater to ubiquity. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2.5/4 63% The Good Liar (2019) But in trying to take a simple crime set-up and stretch it into a more sweeping tale of vengeance and victimhood, "The Good Liar" has to make some fairly preposterous moves to get there, and it doesn't do a very good job of cloaking them. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) There are good intentions all around but hardly any jokes, which makes the movie's treacly third-act reveal of Tom's identity still harder to swallow. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
1.5/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) It's a frightfully regular approach to moviemaking today that should, at the very least, have the sense not to mess with Kubrick. All sequels and no originals make us all dull boys. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/4 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) "Motherless Brooklyn" is done well enough that you wish it had struck out on its own path, rather than crib from Robert Towne and Roman Polanski. It's hard to forget it, but that's "Chinatown." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Sadly, such fun is not to be had in "Mistress of Evil," a needless sequel to the 2014 "Sleeping Beauty" riff that fails to fully value the entire of appeal of these films: Jolie's Maleficent. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/4 72% The King (2019) Michôd's most clever revision is in how artfully and skillfully he renders the film's final battle at Agincourt, only to undercut it with a more disquieting concluding note. Shakespeare, robbed of its poetry and its harmony, isn't so much. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/4 68% Joker (2019) "Joker," though, is a calculatedly combustible concoction, designed, like its chaos-creating character, to cause a stir. To provoke and distort. I wish it was as radical as it thinks it is. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
2/4 81% Abominable (2019) But "Abominable," about a girl who discovers a yeti on the rooftop of her Shanghai apartment building, is so safe, so risk-free, so bland, that its business imperatives are never just off-screen. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Gray has a gift for shrinking massive set pieces and enlarging private dramas. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) That sheer much-ness is in the spirit of King's massive book. "Chapter Two" is, for better or worse, a horror carnival. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Its first moments, with Brittany working as an usher at an off-Broadway theater are its funniest. But it grows increasingly earnest. That's part of the movie's charm but also what leads it a little off track. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 80% Good Boys (2019) Much of the movie's fun is in how bite-size the hijinks are. In the world of "Good Boys," three sips of a beer is an unfathomable extreme - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) "Blinded by the Light" isn't a new tune, but it's sung with an infectious passion and it captures something sincere about the globe-spanning, life-changing influence of great pop music. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," like the books, only needs to be so deep to cast a spell. Even if some stories are still best told by fireside. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Usually, it's pleasingly aware of its own silliness. But there are blind spots. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's most affectionate and poignant ode yet to the movie business. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
2/4 41% Stuber (2019) [D]irector Michael Dowse struggles to find the right tone, leaning more into slapdash action scenes than jokes. Any chance of sustained chemistry between the two leads recedes in the rearview mirror. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/4 53% The Lion King (2019) "The Lion King" is missing something. A purpose, maybe, and a heart. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) [It] is pensive and poetic, verging almost on magical realism. It's a beautiful film, sometime almost too much so. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) It's an admirably fun and light movie about more serious issues of representation and equality. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Clichés get comically stripped away and real people step forward. It's a blast. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Like its flamboyant subject, it's a movie outfitted to the nines in dazzle and verve, even if it's gotten all dressed up with nowhere to go but the most conventional places. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019