Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Wolfgang (2021) A fairly vapid and shallow affair, even by the low standards of the celebrity bio-doc subgenre... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
A- 91% No Sudden Move (2020) Soderbergh isn't looking to merely entertain. "No Sudden Move" ultimately has less in common with "Ocean's 11" than "High Flying Bird" or "The Girlfriend Experience," films where genuine social and economic concerns fuel the drama and conflict. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2021
C+ 55% Mark, Mary & Some Other People (2021) "It's so fresh and so funny in its first hour or so, in fact, that it's a real bummer to watch it all fall to pieces in the home stretch, with a pivot into drama that's too much, too fast." - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
B 92% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) At its best, it does what Bourdain's work did: "Roadrunner" makes you want to jump on a plane, discover a new place, a new culture, eat a great meal, and make a new friend. What could be more valuable? - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
B- 90% The Dry (2021) Eric Bana delivers his potent mixture of brusque physicality and barely bottled emotion in the solid The Dry. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
A 86% Here Before (2021) Andrea Riseborough, who is somehow still not a giant star, can do just about anything. Still, she's especially good at playing these women who are smiling and smiling and barely keeping it together. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
97% Shiva Baby (2021) Sennott is a revelation, and that matters; she carries much of the picture's weight on her face, and its ability to express the mounting levels of stress and deadpan reactions. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
31% Tom & Jerry (2020) It's all flop sweat, a sad, desperate attempt to make Tom and Jerry the one thing they never were: cool. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
A 98% City Hall (2020) A reminder that government, for all of its speed bumps and snags, can work. It can help. The people running it just have to want it to. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
C 78% In The Earth (2021) "In the Earth" isn't a complete washout; there are moments of bleak humor and genre fans will enjoy the striking imagery and gross-out shivers. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
C- 76% Eight for Silver (2021) Its shows such promise, that its slow unraveling feels less like a disappointment than a betrayal. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
73% The Blues Brothers (1980) Landis' staging and camera blocking aren't always up to the task, but the performers are so electrifying, it doesn't much matter. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
A- 88% News of the World (2020) The myth-making, the marriage of earned emotion and natural beauty. That's what the Western does best, and "News of the World" deserves comparison with the best of them. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
D 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) One of the most shameless films of the year. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
C+ 82% Mank (2020) Gorgeously crafted, but ultimately distant. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
D- 77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) This is an excruciating movie, and the nicest thing I can say about it is that, at 83 minutes, at least it's over quickly. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
96% Class Action Park (2020) It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
B+ 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) It's so daffily enjoyable, funny and clever and unapologetically sweet. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
D- 19% The Tax Collector (2020) All this movie has to say is that David Ayer enjoys creating misery, and sharing it. What a repugnant, hateful piece of work this is. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Shadows & Lies (2010) Anania seems to have directed his actors to contemplate and reflect on every thing they say, before and after they say it, so they're up there doing all this damned acting, and we're checking our watches. - DVDTalk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
B- 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Perhaps the most impressive element of Staten Island is the honesty of the script and the performances from Davidson, Burr, Tomei, and Buscemi. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
58% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) With no real thesis or through-line, the movie winds up being little more than a series of revue-style blackout sketches, lengthy digressions and dead ends. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
A- 94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Reflection and honesty are what put Beastie Boys Story a cut above the typical celebrity hagiography and add extra flavor to its genre stew. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
B 41% The Quarry (2020) The primary pleasure of The Quarry is watching pros like Shea Whigham and Michael Shannon at work, and at work together. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
80% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2020) A gnarly mash-up of midnight movie and social commentary, the picture is overly overt but undeniably effective, delivering genre jolts and broad messaging in equal measure. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) The films that best encapsulate their moment often do so altogether accidentally, and that's certainly the case here; yet none of that blunts the picture's considerable force. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
85% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Orley is a funny but tricky writer, and in scene after scene, his ear for dialogue is just right - it's natural but heightened, funny without sounding too "written." - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
68% Stargirl (2020) Nothing is more important than being one's true self. That lesson never loses its value, or its timeliness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
D- 8% Fantasy Island (2020) Fantasy Island is even worse than you'd guess. Both artistically and intellectually, it's an absolutely bankrupt enterprise. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) It's a very funny movie - and an endlessly, refreshingly cheerful one, which is just as rare. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
100% Cane River (2020) A vivid portrait of small-town, working-class African-American life. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
C+ 70% Horse Girl (2020) Ambitious, but muddled, but also featuring a stellar performance from Alison Brie. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B 5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) There's much to admire in "The Last Thing He Wanted," and plenty of signs that Dee Rees' unique talent is intact. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B- 72% Lost Girls (2020) Lost Girls has its missteps but is elevated by impressive craft, a sense of harrowing anxiety, and the searing performances on display. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
B- 37% Downhill (2020) Downhill is a remake that tries to prove its worth from merging this story with two distinct comic personas and seeing what they do with it (and each other). - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
C 52% Four Good Days (2021) As a performer's showcase, "Four Good Days" does the job. But there's not much to see here otherwise. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) It's provocative, gleefully subversive, and ballsy. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
A- 87% Shirley (2020) The things Elisabeth Moss does in Shirley are quietly astonishing. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
A 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) What an extraordinary film this is. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
C 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) "Bad Boys For Life" is, by most standards, a "better" movie [than "Bad Boys II"]. And you'll forget it by next week. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
C 47% Underwater (2020) Underwater isn't boring, and is mercifully brief, but does little more than moderately entertain as it goes through the Alien-esque motions. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) An absolute toilet fire of a movie, a sub-HBO-movie effort comprised of winking storytelling tricks, 'SNL'-level celebrity impersonation, and kiddie pool-deep interrogation of the figures at its center. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
92% Togo (2019) When "Togo" gets going, it goes. The ever-earthy Dafoe forges a believable bond with the well-trained dog, and closing scenes are genuinely moving. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) It's pure pleasure. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
A- 89% 1917 (2020) The proximity and intimacy of 1917 render the characters' journey more visceral and more frightening, resulting in the catharsis landing with the force of a hammer. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
97% Harpoon (2019) "Harpoon" offers stylish compositions, amusing running gags and sharp, snappy dialogue. It's a sparse, nasty little thriller. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
78% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan attempts to make both a faithful adaptation of King's new book and a direct descendant of Kubrick's film. But the two works are fundamentally incompatible, and in trying to accomplish both feats, 'Doctor Sleep' does neither one successfully. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Perhaps what's most impressive about 'Gemini Man' is how it performs the magic trick of taking $138 million and turning it into a low-budget made-for-Cinemax thriller. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
B- 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) El Camino is a pokey, introspective affair, a protracted curtain call that gives us one more look at many of our favorite characters, without actually going much of anywhere. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) As with many of his earlier works, it's a film fascinated by the mechanics of organized crime. But there's a pervading sense that, with this picture, Scorsese wants nothing less than to put the gangster movie into its grave - quite literally. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019