Jason Bailey Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet United Skates (2018) Charming, informative, and a little heartbreaking.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
No Score Yet Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018) The result is a thoughtful, nuanced portrait of (for better or worse) an American icon.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
No Score Yet Roll Red Roll (2018) The only real strike against this well-constructed, compelling picture is that it could stand to be longer; director Nancy Schwartzman occasionally sacrifices depth for brevity, only scratching the surface of small-town sports culture and groupthink.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
No Score Yet Jellyfish (2018) It sounds like pretty miserable viewing, and it's often tough to watch. But Hill is a surefire dynamo, wresting control of the screen; her work is fierce, bitter, funny, and heartbreaking.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
100% General Magic (2017) It's all informative, but the biggest kick is giggling at the key players' startlingly accurate predictions of the kind of world we're now living in.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
56% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) Steven Knight's script veers dangerously close to white-savior territory, but the complexity of the native characters is commendable, and the performances are first-rate.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
100% We the Animals (2018) Zagar has a gift for capturing a character's essence in an image or two, via simple compositions occasionally augmented by spellbinding snatches of animation. And he imbues the entire enterprise with a fascinating feeling of maybe-memory.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
36% Mary Shelley (2018) A welcome showcase for the considerable talents of Elle Fanning, who deftly shades the trials and tribulations of the young writer and her complicated relationship with Percy Shelley‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
40% Duck Butter (2018) In scope, it's a modest movie (and purposefully so), but the relationships and impulses it portrays are anything but minor.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
No Score Yet Blowin' Up (2018) The characters are riveting and the photography is casually stylish, but the real highlight is the urgency of the work Wang-Breal captures.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Its makers have somehow convinced themselves that there's not only a story we care about, but an arc to be followed.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
79% American Animals (2018) It becomes, surprisingly enough, a stealth act of media critique.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
86% 6 Balloons (2018) There is a sense that the picture ends just as it gets going. But it's a movie that understands co-dependency from the inside, as well as the helplessness and hopelessness of trying to cure someone else's addiction.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
85% Fast Color (2018) It's a thrill to see[Gugu] Mbatha-Raw finally bite into a role worthy of her talents, and Ms. Toussaint, one of our finest but less-acknowledged character actors, shines in a long-overdue showcase role.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
80% Sadie (2018) But it's full of tiny, perfect touches (like the specific way the mother and daughter curl up together on their tiny trailer bed), and there's something refreshing about the way the movie just lets these character talk - and listen - to each other.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
100% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Both actors are capable of projecting nuclear levels of charisma, so it's fun just to watch them share the screen. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
100% Eighth Grade (2018) [Elsie] Fisher is a real find, wielding the character's roller-coaster mood swings and open-wound insecurities with bravery and wit, and the supporting roles are equally convincing. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) This sci-fi/horror hybrid is brainy, challenging, and experimental. Those shouldn't be dirty words.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
85% Wag the Dog (1997) If anything, in the years since its release, the worlds of politics, entertainment, and news media have grown even more intertwined in which narratives are carefully controlled and expectations are minimal.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
87% Jackie Brown (1997) 'Jackie Brown' may be the only Quentin Tarantino movie that gets noticeably better with each viewing. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
84% As Good as It Gets (1997) On one hand, it's Brooks's film that most betrays his TV sitcom roots; it's also one of his more ambitious works, packing in subplots and subjects by the handful-indicative of a filmmaker who seems to genuinely struggle with the confines of the genre.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) It's a film so gleefully peculiar, so brazen in its disinterest in convention or meeting audience satisfaction, that it sort of takes up residence in its own atmosphere. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
76% Kundun (1997) It's not exactly 'Goodfellas.' But it's not every filmmaker who can create works as divergent as 'Goodfellas' and 'Kundun,' either.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
76% Amistad (1997) 'Amistad' may not be the first, or fifth, or tenth film people talk about when Spielberg's name comes up. But it has more moments that will put your hair on end than other filmmakers' best works, and that says something.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
88% Titanic (1997) Sure, 'Titanic' may be corny, clumsy, and obvious-but the sincerity of its emotions and the power of its spectacle endure.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
97% Good Will Hunting (1997) It's a movie that captures (in a way that perhaps an older screenwriter could not convey) the limitless possibilities of youth, a movie in which a character can tell another, without cynicism, "You could do anything you want. You are bound by nothing."‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997) That's the true power of Egoyan's film - how in shuffling the chronological deck, we see what once was in this town, both in its light and its darkness, and how none of it will ever be the same, no matter what Mitchell Stevens says.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Johnson is easily the most skilled filmmaker to helm one of these (it's not even close) and it's not just that the film has a surface beauty of its own. He's aware of what we expect narratively from a 'Star Wars' movie, and delights in subverting it.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) It is not a bad movie, or even a mediocre one. And yet it's an impossible film to get all that worked up about, because it seems to exist solely so we can all weightily exhale over how much Gary Oldman has Disappeared Into His Role.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
30% One Night Stand (1997) Figgis most adroitly keys in on the delicacy and tentativeness of his main couple's interactions, most of them non-verbal, and how they accumulate into an attraction that neither can ignore-not that they want to. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
81% Eve's Bayou (1996) 'Eve''s finest quality is the thrill of a confident filmmaker working with material that risks silliness, and pulling it off.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) There's so much to like about the picture in theory: a sophisticated literary adaptation with a distinguished cast, geared toward grown-ups, only gently suggesting itself as a tentpole. But Branagh just can't find a tone that works.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
63% Starship Troopers (1997) In its early scenes, 'Troopers 'is basically a goofy high school movie, complete with love triangles, a big game, and a school dance (and sex) after. Once they've begun infantry training, the flexing of machismo so over the top, it can only be satire.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
82% Gattaca (1997) A thoughtful hybrid of sci-fi, thriller, and character drama; to give you some idea of its high-mindedness, it not only opens with a relevant Bible verse (Ecclesiastes 7:13), but in the opening credits that follow, Gore Vidal is fifth-billed.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
82% Seven Psychopaths (2012) A less successful picture, mostly because it's more concerned with its winking meta-textual framework than the larger humanistic concerns of his other work.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
84% In Bruges (2008) Its European setting places additional gravity on McDonagh's Irish-Catholic notions of reckoning-the knowledge that we have to pay for our sins, no matter how great or small.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
68% Bitch (2017) [Marianna Palka's] terrific - the intensity of what she's doing, without saying a word, is overwhelming‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
76% No Stone Unturned (2017) It's a gripping story well-told, thanks to the tense, frightening score, the sparse but effective reenactments of the event, and Gibney's intimate narration, done less as an authority than a partner, or confidant.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's a rare remembrance of love that knows the heartbreak after is just as tied up in the experience as the joy during. More, perhaps.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards takes turns that most filmmakers wouldn't even attempt, much less sustain. But watching McDonagh pull this off is, in its own way, thrilling; it's one of those movies that makes you marvel at everything one film can be.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
70% Along for the Ride (2017) The snazzy, stylish black and white photography is not only appropriately expressionistic for the dips and valleys of Hopper's career; it gives the film a sense of visual personality that's often sorely lacking in bio-docs.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
94% Most Beautiful Island (2017) It's a tense movie, made both more personal and more unnerving by Asensio's insistence on staying with her protagonist, as the tension of her situation works us into a lather.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Witty and wise, hopeful and heartbreaking.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
79% Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit) (1997) For all the simplicity of the narrative, 'Happy Together' is anything but slight. It's a moody, contemplative piece of work, and a vividly tactile one as well, lingering on food, smoke, bodies, blood, and water. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
93% Boogie Nights (1997) The Tarantino comparison is ultimately less about technique than a shared joyful electricity of the filmmaking, the sense of an artist clearly high on the sheer act of making a movie.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) It's worth asking what kind of movie Clooney wanted to make-and what, exactly, he ended up with. A dark comedy? A tragedy? A thriller? A character study? Social commentary? All of the above? None?‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
84% The Square (2017) Östlund gets at the what makes a movie like 'The Square' seem even more provocative than it is: We love the idea that art should be confrontational. But we don't really like to be confronted by it.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
67% Wonderstruck (2017) Like Hugo, it's a children's book for grown-up movie lovers... ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) It's a balancing act so delicate, you all but hold your breath.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Allen is, by all appearances, still filming first drafts, full of placeholder scenes and dialogue in sore need of polish, and releasing first cuts, full of narrative dead-ends and scenes that don't work.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017