Jason Best

Jason Best
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: BBC.com, Movie Talk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) Schrader keeps us gripped, wondering and dreading what steps Toller might take. And when we do reach the end, he pulls off a truly surprising, transcendent climax reminiscent of Carl Dreyer's 1955 masterpiece Ordet. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
3/5 56% Tag (2018) Knockabout comedy Tag won't be for everyone, but its raucous silliness is good fun if it finds you in the right mood. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 89% Kills on Wheels (Tiszta szívvel) (2017) You may well detect writer-director Attila Till's sleight of hand, but that won't detract from the film's mordant fun - or from its reshaping of the way disability is portrayed on screen. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 38% Blue Iguana (2018) It's Rockwell who makes the movie, zany and playful, and carrying with him both a hint of vulnerability and a whiff of danger. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
4/5 91% Mandy (2018) The prospect of Nicolas Cage going full-bore crazy in a gory grindhouse revenge thriller will have genre fans salivating. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Every bit as outrageous, irreverent and fourth-wall breaking as before. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet People You May Know (2017) American indie cinema takes another swipe at the shallowness of social media. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 33% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) Racer and the Jailbird is overly long and overly melodramatic... But the pivotal heist scenes are exciting and Schoenaerts and Exarchopoulos have terrific chemistry. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 97% Apostasy (2017) This is a highly impressive feature debut for writer-director Daniel Kokotajlo, who draws on his insight and experiences as a former Jehovah's Witness to create a sensitive exploration of faith and family, freedom and community. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
50% The Butterfly Tree (2017) Cameron strives for a quirky magic realism that she can't quite pull off. The leads are all fine, and some of the photography achieves an iridescent wonder. But the film's plotting is messy and its tone uneven. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/5 39% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) This is a fascinating, outrage-provoking story but director Per Fly's bid to turn it into a cloak-and-dagger thriller falls disappointingly flat. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The ensuing adventure features plot holes you could squeeze a Brachiosaurus through, yet even if the story is preposterous Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom remains good escapist fun. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 73% Kissing Candice (2017) A strange, hallucinatory Irish film about a restless teenager in a dead-end seaside town, Kissing Candice is a movie to experience rather than figure out. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Understated sound design - from a helicopter drone to the hum of bees - subtly amplifies the film's themes of trauma and trust, independence and belonging. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 99% Free Solo (2018) Even the coolest of cool heads will find their palms sweating and heart racing as they watch Honnold's solo ascent. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
2/5 54% The First Purge (2018) For all the outrage on display the film's button pushing can only generate diminishing returns. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/5 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) The ensuing scenes of flight and fight are thrilling, but the bigger picture that slowly emerges of a world in which the rich remorselessly prey on the poor is scarier still. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) It seems Knight is set on remaking The Old Man and the Sea with a far buffer hero. Then Anne Hathaway's Karen lands on the island... a slinky blonde femme fatale with Veronica Lake peekaboo hair, who looks as though she has walked in from a 1940s film noir. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Future World (2018) Franco's film really is awful, but it's also weirdly watchable - if only for Jovovich's eye-popping turn and for the spectacle of Waterhouse stomping through the desert with her catwalk-model strut. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 64% The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017) The atmospheric photography and solid acting make this worth seeing - not least for the unexpected sight of Jennifer Garner throwing some memorable wobblies as the twins' furiously neurotic mother. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
13% Woody Woodpecker (2017) The acting is cartoonish and the gags are mostly lame, suggesting that Woody's antics are best enjoyed - or endured - in small doses. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
4/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The soundtrack has a jaunty snap, the dialogue crackles, and there's a tingling frisson between Bullock and Blanchett - not to mention a cheeky message of female empowerment, too. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The High Frontier (2016) The pacing is uneven but the best scenes exert a powerful grip. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 77% The Devil's Doorway (2018) Pulsing with indignation at clerical hypocrisy, Aislinn Clarke's film won't convert any found-footage sceptics, but it is a distinct cut above the low-budget genre's usual fare thanks to its careful craft and strong performances. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 54% Bad Samaritan (2018) Tennant relishes the chance to deliver a heady blast of nostril-flaring villainy. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) [McCarthy's] mishaps and triumphs are breezy enough; yet, for the most part, the laughs don't come. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Be warned, this slow-burn film is seriously spooky. But expect prickling terror rather than jump-out-of-the-seat scares, although there is one sudden shock to make you gulp. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) A Freudian would have a field day with the film's blatant symbolism (circular stairwells, stuffed cats, and so on), while the kinky eroticism could be a therapist's wet dream. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 29% Shock and Awe (2018) The clumsily on-the-nose dialogue sounds as though it was cribbed wholesale from Geopolitics for Dummies. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
4/5 82% Beirut (2018) Imagine that Mad Men's Don Draper got out of the advertising business and went into the spy game. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/5 53% Book Club (2018) The gags are definitely broad rather than rapier-sharp but the cast make the most of them, and it's good to see older women taking the limelight for a change. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/5 12% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The film is so dull you really do need to be a masochist to sit through it, although some viewers may find the lavish wealth porn an escapist turn on. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 85% Iceman (2019) A striking combination of revenge drama and speculative archaeology. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 91% Bone Tomahawk (2015) A sense of dread is never far away, and the violence when it comes is unremittingly savage. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 79% Dark River (2018) It is great to see Wilson, after years of acclaimed work on stage and TV (notably in Luther and The Affair), show off her blazing talent on the big screen as well. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 38% An Ordinary Man (2018) Played with bristling charisma by Ben Kingsley, the eponymous protagonist of this unusual chamber drama is anything but ordinary. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
2/5 27% Breaking In (2018) In more adroit hands, such a set-up could yield tense cat-and-mouse thrills, but the twists in Breaking In are all too predictable and so are the characters. Still, Union gives it her best shot as the resourceful heroine. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
4/5 97% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) Laetitia Dosch is hypnotic as the 31-year-old heroine of the bracingly peppery French indie drama Jeune Femme (aka Montparnasse Bienvenüe). - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High (2018) This cartoon adventure exists in a far blander universe than the loopy world of The Lego Movie and its spin-offs. But it is breezy enough fun for young viewers and does have the odd witty moment. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
2/5 38% An Actor Prepares (2018) Jeremy Irons is clearly having a ball playing an incorrigibly irresponsible actor in this road movie comedy, but as his boozy, self-absorbed rogue crosses the US with his sober-sided son it's unlikely that viewers will have nearly as much fun. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Higher Power (2018) This low-budget sci-fi thriller punches above its weight when it comes to its FX but fails to pull off the story's mix of family melodrama and scientific gobbledegook. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet 2036 Origin Unknown (2018) British visual effects expert turned director Hasraf Dulull makes the most of his limited resources, while Sackhoff's sterling, largely solo performance holds our attention to the end. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/5 75% 10x10 (2018) First-time director Suzi Ewing manages to wring tension from the shaky set-up, staging the action with bloody, bruising flair, while her two stars do their all to bring their sketchy and inconsistent characters to life. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/5 25% Beast of Burden (2018) Strapping us into the cockpit of a single-engine plane beside pilot Daniel Radcliffe, this high-concept low-budget thriller tries to do in the air what Tom Hardy's 2013 road movie Locke did on the ground. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/5 95% Who We Are Now (2018) Most Hollywood movies spoon-feed the viewer with easily digestible details of character and plot. This bracing indie movie insists we sit up and pay attention. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 37% The Leisure Seeker (2018) The film veers close to poor taste - she's cancer-stricken, he's addled with Alzheimer's - and Italian director Paolo Virzi does let scenes drift on, but the stars keep things on course to the emotional close. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The resulting whole is immensely touching and fun. Yet beneath the film's whimsical surface it is not hard to detect some serious points being made about fearmongering and scapegoating that are all too timely. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) The most ordinary of mishaps - such as an exposed nail - can lead to disaster, as Krasinski shows in one unbearably taut, agonisingly prolonged sequence, the tension winding tighter and tighter until we're ready to scream, even if the characters can't. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 25% Literally, Right Before Aaron (2017) Imagine My Best Friend's Wedding with a mopey male protagonist and barely a fraction of the charm or wit. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 20% A Wizard's Tale (Here Comes the Grump) (2018) Grown-ups... can puzzle over the movie's oddly hybrid fantasy world, a strange mix of fairy tale, groovy Sixties nostalgia and contemporary mickey-taking. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019