Jason McKiernan

Jason McKiernan
Jason McKiernan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Filmcritic.com
Biography:
Jason is a film critic and awards pundit writing for AMC Film Critic and Next Projection. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society.
Favorites:
Favorite Filmmakers: Scorsese, Truffaut, Herzog, Miyazaki, P.T. Anderson
Location: Dayton,Ohio

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) a satire of our obsession with the sexual transaction that uses a male gaze industry to tell a female gaze story - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two can't decide whether it wants to chase after Stephen King or Steven Spielberg. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) A lack of basic stylistic cohesion is a distraction from which Ready or Not can barely recover, though enough of its giddy ridiculousness breaks through. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 93% Luce (2019) an exercise in telling rather than showing - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 21% The Kitchen (2019) you know something's gone horribly awry when The Kitchen's most interesting moments in retrospect are the pre-film production logos - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) not a recreation of classical Hollywood filmmaking but a dissection of the industry's machinery and a portrait of the people who grind through the machinery's gears - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2.5/5 42% Stuber (2019) passably amusing but firmly grounded, never reaching the takeoff velocity it might've otherwise, if the material matched the talent of the performers - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Peter Parker is a perfect audience proxy, since he's not even sure how to successfully negotiate the perils of adolescence, let alone reckon with the deceptive evil swirling in the world - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is not your father's Toy Story - or, not your childhood's Toy Story. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) seems like the spare-parts plan-B pivot after the better idea fell through - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) the film is inexorably drawn to the sort of soul-bearing soapbox progressivism that results when themes aren't adequately embedded in the narrative and the satire isn't sharp enough to speak for itself - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Side-stepping the obvious "what's the point?" discussion, the logistics of the effort are suspect - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
1.5/5 30% The Intruder (2019) a greasy pizza would be the perfect junk-food accompaniment to any viewing of The Intruder - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 81% Long Shot (2019) the framework of this plot is totally on-the-nose, yet so focused on shifting just enough minor details that it results in a complete logical jumble - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) this screenplay - be it out of necessity or design - might be the most inventive film in the Marvel canon, able to navigate a creative triptych through the annals of MCU lore without a bunch of forced flashbacks or awkward cameos - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 74% Destroyer (2018) The film is meticulous in its slow burn, unfolding with such measured patience that it can lull a viewer into a casual dismissal of its method - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
2/5 67% Vice (2018) There are so many stylistic and narrative subversions that eventually the film loses sight of what it's trying to subvert - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
4/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) aches with authenticity, in a film that unravels a lifetime's worth of love and pain in a single 24-hour period. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) an immersive time capsule to origins of Disney magic that feels like a legitimate sequel rather than a cynical reboot - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk understands the tragic reality but also understands the beauty in the crevices. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) There is so much marginal quirkiness that I fear it's obscuring the unfortunate fact that there isn't much substance on the bottom line. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) about as well-intentioned as a movie can be while still shamelessly misrepresenting the subject it so staunchly supports - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) An elegant confidence propels Can You Ever Forgive Me?, one that confirms this as a film that knows precisely what it wants to be - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/5 81% Mid90s (2018) a film as restless as the lost adolescents it depicts - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 63% The Oath (2018) It's almost as though Barinholtz set out to satirize the political landscape and eventually became more interested in dissecting the scene-by-scene dynamics of a standard thriller - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) for all this wondrous cinema, First Man is a film of a melancholy text, of obsession compelled by tragedy, of privileged men chasing aspiration at the expense of the struggling masses - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star is Born at first takes on the passionate verve of a Cameron Crowe script, with idealism being challenged by the weight of reality - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) staggeringly belabored and unbelievable even within a superhero context - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/5 27% Night School (2018) a sextuplet of screenwriters have delivered nothing but leaden exposition that gives way to a bridge of stale hijinks on the way to a saccharine conclusion - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
1/5 12% Peppermint (2018) such an incoherent mess that it's hard to tell what its title is supposed to mean, let alone make any sense of the on-screen exploits - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
1.5/5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) lazy lewdness and reckless ignorance - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) a trailblazing firecracker...and monotony be damned, I hope it becomes a franchise - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1.5/5 46% The Meg (2018) like a time capsule from 1998, the sort of patently ridiculous but nevertheless stolidly earnest wannabe late-summer tentpole that's so mind-numbing that at least the act of watching isn't too painful - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) a cathartic nod to the past, a frightening jolt to the present, and a galvanizing rallying cry for the future - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It's a golden rarity when a film can leave you feeling simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated. Mission: Impossible - Fallout is that golden rarity. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) successful is the film's second half - including a final moment as enthralling as any the MCU has ever delivered - that one is left to ponder a version of the film that generated that kind of energy earlier - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 61% Uncle Drew (2018) I fully acknowledge it's better than Space Jam - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3.5/5 85% Game Night (2018) a comedy that eventually wears you down until you give in to its charms - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/5 96% Black Panther (2018) it's not just powerful because it's awesome, and it's not just awesome because it's powerful - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/5 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) a sputtering franchise that shattered any illusion of being taken seriously after the first film, and now, in its finale, has fully transitioned into male-gaze soft porn - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) less an episode of Masterpiece Theatre than an insular character study - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro, ever the master of magic realism, paints in alternate strokes of pleasure and pain, tension and tranquility - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 97% Coco (2017) a bright and wonderful trailblazer of a film - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4.5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lightning in a bottle - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/5 84% Mayhem (2017) It makes for a lovely experiment in meticulous design but doesn't for a single moment resemble a sexy or scintillating mystery - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3.5/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) a bombast of kinetic otherworldly action, over-the-top characters, and ceaseless jocularity - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) endlessly fascinating and compulsively watchable - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/5 23% Woodshock (2017) The film's purposely fragmented assembly never allows for Dunst's character to evolve into something tangible - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3.5/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) the film works, in no small part due to its all-too-unfortunate relevance - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3.5/5 86% It (2017) this version of It, under a thick layer of polish and bearing the burden of long-standing expectation, ably navigates its obstacles to deliver an absorbing exploration of childhood fears, writ large - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017