Jason Best

Jason Best

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Jason Best's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 52% Boychoir (2015) "The script may be formulaic, but the ending hits some unexpectedly melancholy notes and the music - a mix of Handel, Britten, Tallis and Mendelssohn - always soars. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jul 26, 2015
3/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) "Ted 2 isn't as funny as its predecessor, but it still racks up an impressive tally of outrageous laughs. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jul 26, 2015
3/5 53% Maggie (2015) "The measured pace allows Schwarzengger to show unaccustomed emotional depths as the grief-stricken father and gives Breslin another chance to shine as the teenager whose mortality is cruelly written on her skin. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jul 26, 2015
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "Inside Out brings a young girl's growing pains to life with dazzling wit and tender wisdom. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jul 26, 2015
2/5 58% Southpaw (2015) "A boxing melodrama that pummels the viewer into submission with a one-two combo of brutal action inside the ring and relentless clichés everywhere else. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 49% Cake (2015) "The film doesn't quite prevent sentiment seeping in before the end, but Aniston's deadpan comic timing as she delivers Claire's bitter put-downs and complaints is brilliant: the deliciously sour cherry on the cake. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/5 60% Three Night Stand (2015) "[The set-up] suggests we're going to get a frisky screwball farce, but with more regrets and recriminations than jokes, the outcome is a lot more downbeat and a lot less fun. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 28, 2015
4/5 34% Blackhat (2015) "Get over the shock of seeing Chris Hemsworth as a keyboard-clicking computer hacker rather than a hammer-heaving Marvel hero and Michael Mann's stylish cyber thriller Blackhat will soon have you gripped and intrigued. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
2/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "When Christian sweeps the demure Anastasia off her feet and into his world of penthouse-and-helicopter luxury and sadomasochistic sex, what lies in store is two hours-plus of glossy tedium. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
72% Trash "Adapting Andy Mulliagn's young-adult novel, screenwriter Richard Curtis and director Stephen Daldry strike a deft balance between escapism and grit. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
1/5 4% Vice (2015) "The acting ranges from amateurish (Childers) to bored (Willis, smirk barely disguising his lack of interest), the script gets bogged down in lumpy exposition, and the action is unexciting. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
83% Stretch (2014) "Stretch gets off to such a hectic, abrasive start that many viewers will wish to jump out immediately. Stick with [Patrick Wilson's frazzled chauffeur], though, and his surreal escapades turn out to be surprisingly entertaining. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
4/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "You might not have a clue what is going on; but enter into its freewheeling spirit and [the] film turns out to be unexpectedly captivating, with a touching undertow of melancholy detectable beneath the off-kilter humour and bizarre plotting. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
46% The Gambler (2014) "Mark Wahlberg is intense and compelling... but his character's self-destructive behaviour strains the viewer's sympathy almost as much as it strains that of the people around him. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
100% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "The visual jokes come thick and fast. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "The [film's] puzzles don't have the fiendish elegance of the best Holmes mysteries and their unravelling proceeds at an understandably gentle pace. Yet Sherlockians will still find much to relish. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "Fans will... enjoy the glossy escapism of the boys' hedonistic escapades and the breezy banter. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
7% Accidental Love (2015) "[Following] Russell's Oscar-and-Bafta-winning streak of The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, the only awards ceremony [Accidental Love] is likely to sweep is the Razzies. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
54% Minions (2015) "The Minions' adventures don't stretch the Despicable Me formula particularly far, but there's still something irresistibly comic about their slapstick pratfalls, the macaronic gibberish they spout and, above all, their blithe bumbling innocence. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
36% She's Funny That Way (2015) "A deliciously daffy, unashamedly old-fashioned confection. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 27, 2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Clouds of Sils Maria is talky and slow moving, yet the interplay of its leading women is as mesmerising as the strange weather phenomenon - a cloud bank pouring through an alpine pass - that gives the film its title. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 15, 2015
95% Spy (2015) "A rib-tickling espionage spoof that gives a confident female-centred spin to the traditionally ultra-masculine spy movie genre. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 15, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "Pratt is shaping up as the go-to-guy when Hollywood needs someone equally handy with a quip, a firearm and a vintage motorcycle... Howard's [is] an even more impressive feat given that she has to sprint away from a rapacious dinosaur in high heels. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 15, 2015
4/5 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "A superb feature film adaptation that more than measures up to the beloved five-part BBC TV series from 1979. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 23, 2015
5/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "There's less violence than you would expect, given the film's title, but the scenes of moral suspense prove just as breathtaking as the episodes of physical jeopardy. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 23, 2015
4/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " Foxcatcher pins the viewer to the mat with its emotionally bruising tale of class, ambition and the pursuit of sporting excellence. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 23, 2015
4/5 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "Redmayne's astonishing physical transformation is the film's showiest feature, but the subtler emotional transformations he and Jones display over the course of their characters' embattled marriage are just as impressive. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 23, 2015
3/5 81% A Royal Night Out "Taking a cue from The King's Speech, A Royal Night Out fashions diverting entertainment from a footnote from royal history. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 23, 2015
2/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "The musical numbers are still full of pep, but I can't say I'm desperate for an encore. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 23, 2015
5/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "When it comes to foot-down, hell-for-leather exhilaration, Mad Max: Fury Road makes the Fast & Furious franchise resemble a spin in a Reliant Robin. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 23, 2015
86% Top Five (2014) "Rock has much to say about what it means to be a successful black entertainer in the US today. What, though, is he telling us when he makes the only significant white character in the movie the butt of a series of very dodgy homophobic jokes? " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 23, 2015
3/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Bird gives the action plenty of zip and there are some enjoyably inventive set pieces. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 23, 2015
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "Jolie's solidly old-fashioned film doesn't probe particularly deeply into its hero's psyche, but striking Oscar-nominated cinematography and O'Connell's compelling lead performance ensures it remains a rousing celebration of human resilience and courage. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 10, 2015
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "When it comes to the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, Scott pulls out all the stops. The Nile doesn't simply run red; it has ferocious crocodiles snapping up the locals, too. It's the stuff in between the set-piece scenes that's the problem. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 10, 2015
3/5 59% Spooks: The Greater Good "A solidly entertaining espionage thriller; not up there in the first rank of spy movies but a decent enough placeholder to keep fans of the genre happy until the next James Bond. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 10, 2015
29% Autómata (2014) "Automata has some interesting ideas but is let down by its clunky script and even clunkier acting. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "The magnificent Mulligan - grabbing our attention from the moment she appears in a tight-fitting strikingly dashing russet leather jacket to gallop across the Dorset countryside - rightly dominates this ravishing costume drama. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted May 3, 2015
82% Black Sea (2015) "The plot doesn't entirely hold water... but Law exudes brawny charisma and helps the film build up a good head of sweaty, claustrophobic tension. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 26, 2015
69% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 "Whereas the TV series peeled back the friends' puerility to reveal an essential sweetness, at feature-length their antics are simply crass. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 26, 2015
84% Predestination (2015) "Hawks and Snook's performances pack a surprising emotional punch, and even if you spot the film's big twist coming you will still want to watch it all over again to spot all the deftly placed clues. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
69% The Salvation (2015) " A gratifyingly old-fashioned Western of the sort Hollywood long ago gave up making. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
89% Glassland "A miscast, not fully convincing Collette hits some wrong notes along the way. Reynor, though, is superb, and his tightly wound, taciturn performance lets us feel the clenched desperation of the young cabbie's plight. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
74% TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015) "Full of rich colours, gentle humour and mild spills and thrills, this enchanting tale is sure to delight little girls. Grown-ups could well be charmed, too. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
40% A Little Chaos (2015) "For all its visual splendours, the film is never as engaging as you might hope, partly because of the predictable storyline and partly because a disappointingly stiff Schoenaerts is no match for the soulful Winslet. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
84% Rob the Mob (2014) "Offbeat crime drama Rob the Mob hits just the right semi-comic tone to pull off its outlandish, stranger-than-fiction true story. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "There are only so many superhero smackdowns a body can take before it all becomes biff bam bore... the film is most entertaining when it finds the Avengers kicking back rather than kicking off, hanging around off duty and indulging in locker-room banter . " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 24, 2015
85% John Wick (2014) "Stahelski and co really show their mettle when it comes to the film's extravagant battles. Eschewing fast cuts in favour of long, beautifully choreographed takes, they give the fight scenes a clarity and grace that puts most other action movies to shame. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 11, 2015
72% The DUFF (2015) "The smartest, sweetest, wittiest high-school movie in years. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 9, 2015
84% Northern Soul "Brilliantly captures the amphetamine-fuelled energy and sweat-soaked fervour of 1970s northern England's soul music scene. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 3, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) "The brashest, noisiest, most ludicrously outrageous in the series so far. No surprises there... What is unexpected is quite how tender and poignant the film should turn out to be, a touching farewell to departed star Paul Walker. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Apr 3, 2015
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