Jason Best

Jason Best

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% 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 43%

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

"The film launches a barrage of avian and porcine puns, plus a flock of knowing pop-culture references... Most of these will fly right over the heads of younger viewers, but the film's rambunctious silliness will go down a treat." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 21, 2016
4/5 89%

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

"Blazing with righteous ire and brimming with compassion, I, Daniel Blake is both a damning portrait of austerity Britain and a tender tribute to human resilience and fellowship. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 21, 2016

Their Finest (2016)

"Scherfig and debutant screenwriter Gabby Chiappe... make some sharp feminist points about the way men during WW2 hung on to their condescension even as they grudgingly allowed women to fill new roles." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016

Lovesong (2016)

"There's nothing clear-cut about Sarah and Mindy's feelings for one another and Lovesong conveys the complexity of their emotions with tenderness and restraint." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016
3/5 58%

Me Before You (2016)

"An unabashed tearjerker of a movie, but it's been put together with such charm that you probably won't mind the assault on your heartstrings and tear ducts." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016
4/5 92%

When Marnie Was There (2015)

"Enigma takes second place to a sensitive exploration of adolescent turmoil and self-discovery, made even more beautiful and bittersweet by the film's delicate hand-drawn animation." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016
3/5 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Tate Taylor can't match the steel-trap tension David Fincher gave to Gone Girl... But he gets striking performances from his cast, above all from Blunt, who takes us somewhere we'd rather not go - inside Rachel's woozy, troubled mind." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016
4/5 69%

Stoker (2013)

"Park Chan-wook [has]toned down the violence and perversity of his Korean output. But not by much. When a character... commends a garden's soil for its spade-yielding softness, you get the feeling he's not planning to plant begonias." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 15, 2016
5/5 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"Kate Beckinsale is perfect in the leading role of young widow Lady Susan Vernon, a beautiful and cunning woman who makes Machiavelli look like a bumbling innocent when it comes to scheming." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 1, 2016
4/5 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"The plot is as convoluted as a Raymond Chandler novel, but Black and his cast deliver the action with such brio and panache that the film remains hugely entertaining even if, like Gosling's hapless hero, you've barely a clue what is going on." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 1, 2016
3/5 65%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Eva Green is typically enchanting as the pipe-smoking, crossbow-wielding, shape-shifting Miss Peregrine (her name's the clue) and her strangely gifted young charges are equally eye-catching." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 1, 2016
4/5 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Pipes judder, valves strain and needles tip alarmingly into the red ... Yet when calamity strikes it's not just oil, mud and seawater that comes gushing forth but the viewers' anger and indignation as well. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Oct 1, 2016

The Duchess (2008)

"Keira wears a series of gorgeous frocks and runs through her full repertoire of smirks and simpers... But if you can look past the dresses and the sullen lips, then you have to admit that [she] delivers another solid performance. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"The sight of Denzel twirling his six-guns and shooting from the hip will be more than enough, for many, to make The Magnificent Seven a rousing success." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 26, 2016
3/5 82%

The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

"McCarthy gives us some startling images... and some weighty moral issues to ponder." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 26, 2016
4/5 98%

Little Men (2016)

"Sachs indicates the boys' easy rapport with joyous travelling shots showing them breezing through the Brooklyn streets on scooter and roller-blades. By contrast, the relationship between the boys' parents is full of awkward friction. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/5 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"The set-up couldn't be better primed for tension, but director Brad Furman doesn't supply as much clammy suspense as you might hope." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 20, 2016
4/5 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"Eight Days a Week captures John, Paul, George and Ringo at their youthful charismatic peak: brimming with wit in their encounters with the press; bursting with energy on stage." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 20, 2016
3/5 66%

Anthropoid (2016)

"Get past the off-putting title, which sounds as though it belongs to a schlocky sci-fi film. Get past the iffy Czech accents. And get past the stodgy scene setting. Do all this and you will find WW2 thriller Anthropoid genuinely stirring." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 20, 2016
4/5 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"Frat-boy jocks usually get a bad rap in movies (filmmakers tend not to be former jocks). Yet Linklater captures his characters' bantering camaraderie and boozy machismo with disarming sympathy." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 20, 2016
3/5 38%

Friend Request (2016)

"It's all very glossy and shallow, but there are some genuinely creepy animated sequences (purportedly the work of Liesl Ahlers' weird Gothic outsider) and some effective jump scares." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 20, 2016
4/5 76%

Welcome To New York (2015)

"Queasily compelling." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 20, 2016
4/5 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"Sarah Solemani supplies rude chuckles as a brazenly sassy newsreader. But it's Zellweger's Bridget who delivers the biggest, heartiest, joyfully good-natured guffaws." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/5 88%

Honeytrap (2016)

"Writer-director Rebecca Johnson gives a fresh, female perspective on urban gang crime with this debut feature and gets a beguiling lead performance from Skins' actress Sula." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 10, 2016
3/5 77%

Jimmy's Hall (2015)

"Barry Ward's handsome, charismatic hero is a romanticised figure (in reality Gralton was middle-aged and balding), which wouldn't matter if his character had been given more depth and shade." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 10, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet

I lossens time (The Hour of the Lynx) (2013)

"The overuse of flashbacks is a little frustrating, but as the film slowly reveals its secrets - including the meaning of the enigmatic title - the slow-burning narrative becomes more compelling." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 10, 2016
4/5 88%

The Blue Room (2014)

"An artfully composed mix of crime mystery, erotic melodrama, police procedural and courtroom drama, [this] compact 75-minute movie is upfront about nudity but very teasing when it comes to revealing its plot." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 10, 2016
2/5 70%

When Animals Dream (2015)

"Danish horror thriller When Animals Dream (Når dyrene drømmer) takes a brooding art-house approach for [its] dark coming-of-age story, but given that the mood here is more dull than eerie, a touch of schlocky exploitation might not have gone amiss." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 10, 2016
4/5 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"Suffocatingly tense for most of its taut 88-minute running time, home-invasion thriller Don't Breathe should, in the interest of the viewer's health, be re-titled: Don't Forget to Breathe." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"The children are equally adept at butchering a deer and dissecting the US Constitution. They have the bodies of triathletes and the minds of philosophers." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 56%

Morning Glory (2010)

"The perky heroine played by Rachel McAdams.... is so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed she probably showers with caffeinated soap." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 5, 2016
4/5 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Robert Downey Jr's billionaire playboy inventor Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, gets the film's self-aware, tongue-in-cheek tone spot on, delivering Whedon's wisecracks with sardonic charm." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Sep 3, 2016

Burn After Reading (2008)

"Yet again the Coens parade a carnival of stupidity before us, another cavalcade of caricatured schmucks, imbeciles and idiots." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 28, 2016
4/5 92%

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

"Swallows and Amazons still evokes a golden, prelapsarian age when kids were free range and mucking about in boats was the acme of excitement." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 27, 2016
3/5 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"War Dogs' gobsmacking revelations will have you seesawing between tears of laughter, incredulity and rage... Yet there's a definite sense of punches being pulled." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 27, 2016
3/5 80%

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015)

"What makes the movie engaging are the roiling emotions going on beneath all the biffing and bamming." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 27, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet

Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods (2014)

"A mix of rumbustious martial-arts action and knockabout comedy wrapped in crude but colourful animation." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 27, 2016
2/5 36%

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"As Mike and Dave's parents observe of the boys' rowdy behaviour, 'This shtick was cute for a while, but it's gotten stale.'" ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 27, 2016
3/5 62%

Keeping Rosy (2014)

"A whirl of conflicting emotions visible on her porcelain-pale skin, [Maxine Peake] makes her off-putting character credible and compelling. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 27, 2016
3/5 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"In the present political climate, rapiers are out as a satirical weapon of choice... With the US presidential election getting ever more surreal and savagely stupid, letting rip at the American body politic with a chainsaw appears the only recourse." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 26, 2016
3/5 64%

Nerve (2016)

"Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman prove they still have their fingers on the digital pulse." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 19, 2016

High Art (1998)

"Clarkson's Greta... is wickedly funny, while Mitchell's ingénue convincingly combines puppyish idealism and steely ambition. But it is Sheedy's Lucy, nonchalantly sexy, sharply intelligent, tough and vulnerable, who is the film's heart and soul." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 14, 2016

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

"The breezy manner with which the musical sends up the era's corporate chicanery and heedless sexism... couldn't be further from Mad Men's deadpan cool. " ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 14, 2016
3/5 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"With his milk-bottle glasses, jutting chin and fuzzy moustache, plucky British ski jumper Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards... remains an endearing figure of fun in this feel-good sporting romp." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"A sex bomb liable to explode in your face at any moment, [Margot Robbie's] firecracker character is the best thing about the film." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Aug 10, 2016
3/5 38%

Up for Love (Un homme à la hauteur) (2016)

"Dujardin's casting and the sizeist jokes... may leave you with misgivings, but there is no denying the charisma of Up for Love's stars. Efira lights up the screen and Dujardin has charm to burn." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jul 31, 2016
3/5 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Matt Damon's hero still packs a punch. Shame he's up against the same foes." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jul 26, 2016
4/5 75%

The BFG (2016)

"The BFG bursts at the seams with sparkling CGI and motion-capture wizardry, but it is the tender, whimsical charm of Mark Rylance that truly dazzles - and gives the movie its heart." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jul 24, 2016
3/5 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Kate McKinnon steals the film with her joyously kooky, radiantly charismatic turn." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jul 18, 2016
3/5 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"The new film isn't so much a reprise of ID4 as it is a combination of tribute act and reunion tour." ‐ Movie Talk
Posted Jun 28, 2016
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