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
2.5/5 41% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficent is mired in a racial conflict and the threat of genocide - the ideal fall family movie experience. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/5 67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Nothing can fully recapture the magic of Zombieland, but Double Tap, per its title, succeeds at giving you more of what you thought you never needed, all the way up through the credits, for which you must stay seated. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
1/5 68% Joker (2019) Joker is a dread carnival, a relentlessly bleak tome of psychopathic origins that understands neither psychopathy nor origin stories. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
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 63% 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 89% 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 92% Luce (2019) an exercise in telling rather than showing - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 22% 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 23% 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 79% 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 32% 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 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 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 80% 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 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 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 85% 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