Jason Bailey Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Support the Girls (2018) It's so energetically acted and casually funny, you might not even notice that it never quite comes together.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
100% Crime + Punishment (2018) Shines a much-needed light on the kind of policing that could actually make a difference in these communities.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
92% We the Animals (2018) Zagar has an eye for simple yet loaded compositions, crafting potent imagery that tells us what his characters are afraid to say aloud, and his actors turn in unaffected yet unforgettable performances.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
96% Minding the Gap (2018) Powerful and sensitive, and, at its best, utterly heart-wrenching.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
93% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Cole is astonishingly good as Moore, in a primarily non-verbal performance; he's a convincing brawler, and even more persuasive as a self-destructive addict.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
90% Skate Kitchen (2018) [Director Crystal Moselle] hangs out with, and eavesdrops on, her protagonists with a documentarian's eye for detail... Her intimate style deftly captures the end-of-the-world intensity of teenage relationships‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
89% Madeline's Madeline (2018) It's a visceral experience... Some viewers may find it too nerve-jangling, and it's hard to blame them. But it's a must-see for risk-takers.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
97% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee's wild tonal shifts made his work seem scattershot and unfocused, and it's not that he tamps that down here. But now, the itchiness, gallows humor, and howls of rage just feel like everyday life. Reality has finally become a Spike Lee joint.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
84% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Akhavan's movie is so many things at once - wise, witty, moving, sexy - that its occasional fumbles in tone and characterization barely register.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The sixth film in the surprisingly venerable series is a bit more deliberate, but delivers the expected jolts and thrills.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
4/5 87% Grey Gardens (2009) I was stunned by the uncanny accuracy of the scenes related to that original film; the set and prop reproductions, the re-enactment of scenes from the documentary, and the make-up and costuming of Barrymore and Lange is simply stunning.‐ DVDTalk.com
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
0% Gotti (2018) A comically terrible imitation of a biopic, directed by Kevin Connolly with all the flair and nuance of a movie-within-a-movie on 'Entourage.'‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
67% Ocean's 8 (2018) The cast shines, but they can only do so much with their weak script and listless direction.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
67% The Party's Just Beginning (2018) There's a real power to the filmmaking here; Gillan is, clearly, a force to be reckoned with.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
100% Diane (2018) Mary Kay Place is marvelous in the leading role, and her screen presence is so arm and comforting, we think we know her. Jones uses that familiarity, brilliantly.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
95% Nico, 1988 (2018) Nico, 1988 is as wary and lived-in as its subject.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
27% Mapplethorpe (2018) Matt Smith and Marianne Rendónare convincing as Mapplethorpe and Smith, but their efforts aside, what a waste.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
83% In a Relationship (2018) The formidable charm of Emma Roberts (and supporting player Greta Lee) is wasted in this strained romantic comedy/drama from writer/director Sam Boyd.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
73% Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh (2018) But more often than not, Seven Stages simply fails to navigate the turn from freaky to funny.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
83% Stockholm (2018) Budreaunever quite finds an ending, but the vibe he grooves in along the way (much of it provided by the less-remembered, early-'70s Dylan on the soundtrack) is just right. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
100% Little Woods (2018) DaCosta directs in a modest, slice-of-life style, which only heightens the tension of events on screen - this is the kind of movie you lean forward to hear, and before you know it, you're overwhelmed.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
68% The Seagull (2018) As a showcase for this otherwise ace cast, [The Seagull] can't be beat.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
100% United Skates (2018) Charming, informative, and a little heartbreaking.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
81% 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
100% 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
52% 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
92% 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
39% 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
53% 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
100% 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
86% American Animals (2018) It becomes, surprisingly enough, a stealth act of media critique.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
88% 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
86% 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
83% 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
90% 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
98% 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
88% 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
86% 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
77% 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