Jason McKiernan

Jason McKiernan
Jason McKiernan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Filmcritic.com Film Racket
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
7/10 91% Holler (2021) Holler thrives in those complicated character-driven moments, the subtle, unmistakable, messy details that truly define these people and the place in which they're stuck but to which they feel obligated to remain. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2/5 82% What Lies West (2019) There are times, frankly, where What Lies West feels like an unpolished short submission at a festival. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
1/5 20% The Virtuoso (2021) One of those movies so mind-bogglingly misguided that it's difficult to discern whether the talented actors involved willingly grabbed a quick paycheck or if they mistook the material for something worthwhile. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
2/5 51% Four Good Days (2021) What should be a very personal story of addiction and recovery becomes nothing more than a generic presentation of unremitting misery. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
2.5/5 62% Wildcat (2021) Wildcat feels like it should've been the short film that was made as a basis for a future-state feature that is more thoroughly developed. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3.5/5 100% Like a House on Fire (2020) A film about how painful and difficult it is to reacclimate to that which most would consider a "normal life." - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
3/5 63% French Exit (2021) bizarrely magnetic, though afterward you're left wondering what you've just experienced. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) I look forward to forgetting all about it and then enjoying it again at a drive-in revival. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
1/5 67% The Yellow Wallpaper (2021) inert, overlong, and willfully discordant with its source material - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
3/5 84% Nobody (2021) its thematic attitude is pretty flat, often failing to capitalize on the oddball verve of the concept - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
3/5 100% Somewhere with No Bridges (2021) effectively languorous and meditative - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
2/5 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) This slapdash cinematic lark feels like a holdover from another era, lost in a time capsule of style and perspective. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/5 49% Coming 2 America (2021) If Coming to America was a sweet and imperfect lark, Coming 2 America is an uncanny heir. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 98% The Father (2021) Hopkins' performance is a brilliant achievement, projecting bombastic self-assurance as, internally, he is drowning in self-doubt. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
4.5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Zhao's vision ventures beyond naturalism to reach a true synthesis of nature and narrative, achieving a sort of Narrative Verité, if such a term could exist. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4.5/5 98% Minari (2020) Set in the '80s but perhaps never more relevant than it is today, Minari is as uniquely American a story as you'll ever see. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/5 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Written with barbed eloquence, performed with ferocity, and shot in a beautiful 35mm black-and-white. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
1.5/5 65% PVT CHAT (2021) A film that strives for cultural profundity but falls prey to the very culture it indicts. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
5/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Cassie is one of the most indelible characters of 2020 and is in many ways the ideal embodiment of the year's emotional torrent. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
3/5 89% 1917 (2020) The unbroken shot format is intended to open this world up, but ultimately encases it within a rigid proscenium - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out is a doozy of a magic trick from Rian Johnson, and it's impossible not to fall for it. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Mister Rogers is a willful reflector of the human condition, understanding humanity's failings without outwardly embodying them, offering his empathy as our catharsis. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 82% The Report (2019) The Report serves as proof that a film can achieve total moral clarity and still come off as such a sanctimonious screed that you want to check its sources when you leave the screening room. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Banderas' performance may be his greatest ever, abandoning the suave that has (rightly or wrongly) defined his screen presence as a man who once had imposing swagger but now only occupies the corporeal shell. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) Black and Blue is a racial polemic that could only be made in this modern world we live in - the kind of high-key potboiler that can jackhammer its way into the conversation in our toxic atmosphere. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
2.5/5 39% 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 69% 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 87% 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 24% 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 33% 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 65% 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 81% 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 80% 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