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 Review
4/5 72% 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 66% 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 80% 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 78% 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 94% 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 94% 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 77% Mid90s (2018) a film as restless as the lost adolescents it depicts - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 61% 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 28% 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 23% 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 64% Uncle Drew (2018) I fully acknowledge it's better than Space Jam - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3.5/5 84% 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 97% 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 84% 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 92% 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 24% 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 85% 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
3/5 51% The Glass Castle (2017) struggles to reconcile the precious good with the tremendous bad, and does so by itself flipping the switch between brutal drama and almost sitcom-ish whimsy - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3.5/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) a slam-bang shot of transgressive verve with an icy cool chaser. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3.5/5 44% Rough Night (2017) the first actually-funny comedy of the summer, but that's not even its defining achievement - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
4/5 87% It Comes At Night (2017) an evocative slow-burn that is just oblique enough to suggest untold dread - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) easily the most rollicking and entertaining superhero film of the year -- and it's hard to imagine anything topping it - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2.5/5 84% The Lovers (2017) The Lovers is what happens when interesting filmmakers have interesting ideas that actually make no sense in reality - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
1.5/5 17% Baywatch (2017) more insufferable than a sunburn - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3.5/5 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) functions as a funky new riff - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
1/5 67% Life (2017) so entirely wretched that it's hard to piece together how it all went so wrong - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2.5/5 72% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Never before has a movie remake so simultaneously affirmed its inspiration's brilliance and also invalidated its own existence - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 98% Get Out (2017) Get Out is a ferocious outcry for social justice. It just so happens that it's also endlessly entertaining horror to boot. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/5 25% Fist Fight (2017) marred by a very basic disconnect - it's a movie with funny people that isn't itself funny at all - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
1.5/5 12% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) a transparent audience swindle that hides behind a thin veil of so-called empowerment but further diminishes the continuing struggle for true equality - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) As meta-mashup spin-offs go, The Lego Batman Movie is about as gleeful and bombastic as they come - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/5 35% Live By Night (2017) Affleck's most square-jawed and least successful filmmaking foray, a period saga of such ungainly narrative earnestness that even its most exciting sequences are blunted by the cumbersome drag of their connective tissue - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017