Jason Zinoman

Jason Zinoman
Jason Zinoman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times
Publications: New York Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh (2019) It has far too many fresh takes and idiosyncratic elements to be called hack. But it is a reminder that whatever you think about it, there is no denying that sometimes, the familiar works. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
No Score Yet Cracked Up (2019) This isn't your typical show business documentary. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Max Lewkowicz's documentary keeps reminding us of the multiple sources of inspiration for this quintessentially Jewish musical, from the paintings of Marc Chagall to the politics of the day. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
No Score Yet Reggie Watts: Spatial (2016) ... a giddy rush of escapist nonsense from Reggie Watts. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
100% Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery (2017) "Hitler's Dog" starts in the middle of a joke and it ends abruptly. In bookending his show this way, Mr. Macdonald not only toys with the meaning of a joke, but he also drives home the point that the part can be funnier than the whole. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
80% Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time (2014) The alt-comedy godfather Patton Oswalt has mellowed since the days when he imagined going back in time before George Lucas made the "Star Wars" prequels and killing him with a shovel. On his new special, he still rants, but sparingly. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
86% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) By framing the new special around his personal story, and also trimming and refining some weak spots, his act now coheres, taking on a new force and clarity, one that represents his finest, boldest and probably most polarizing work. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
100% Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019) As Sykes gets worked up about a subject, she can be ferocious. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
No Score Yet David Cross: Oh Come On (2019) With the possible exception of his jokes about fatherhood, which are sharp, unsentimental and more economical than the rest of his digressive 70 minutes, Cross's labored new special picks easy targets... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
100% John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018) With "Kid Gorgeous," John Mulaney made the leap from highly respected writer and comic to elite A-list stand-up. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
67% Fred Armisen: Standup For Drummers (2018) This is fairly subtle work, the kind that also reminds you that we're living in a big, complex country where even people in neighboring states talk differently. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly deliver dynamite performances that capture the expressions and physicality of the star comedians without ever descending into caricature. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
82% W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018) [Bell's] stand-up was never dense with punch lines, but "Private School Negro" veers further from a tight club set, toward a mix of storytelling, jokes and arguments. It's a rambling, sometimes overly familiar hour. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
90% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) But lately Sandler has had a knack for finding the pitch-perfect emotionalism to make a memorable comic moment. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
96% Halloween (1978) In horror, the jack-in-the-box scare... is the quickest way to get a scream, but the still shocks... are the ones that linger with you. "Halloween" has them both, but it specializes in the second. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
88% Love, Gilda (2018) "Love, Gilda" is a very affectionate reminder of her brief and brilliant career, a heartfelt love letter whose title might be more accurate without the comma. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
100% Drew Michael (2018) He hits emotional notes that stand-up rarely does, an impressive feat for a cerebral comic who, by his account, has trouble being vulnerable. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
82% What Keeps You Alive (2018) Colin Minihan, the writer and director of this stylish horror film, understands that what really matters in such genre entertainments is not what it is, but how it's done. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
80% Killer Bees (2018) Engaging and humane storytelling that uses the drama of basketball to tell a deeper story about race, class, and the excitement and heartache of young lives careening toward adulthood. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) The laughs of her show are a means to an end, which is, at its core, a ferocious attack on comedy itself. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
84% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) The makeup design and chase scenes are rote, and the little dramatic conflict - arguments over where to hide - traffic in the oldest clichés in the genre. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
58% Always at the Carlyle (2018) At one point, the chef and CNN host Anthony Bourdain calls the Carlyle "completely nuts." I believe him - and would love to see the movie that actually makes the case. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
70% Roxanne Roxanne (2018) Don't worry: There will be rap battles and concert scenes and they do not disappoint. But they are the bass line beat. The drama of ordinary life is what makes this story stick in your head. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
100% Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) He has honed this material, beefing up jokes and cutting out fat, and his comedy has become tighter, funnier if also slicker, shifting from a story of a comic struggling with demons to one describing how he once was lost and now he's found. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
68% Humor Me (2018) The movie never gets too deep, which is half of its charm. The other half involves the low-key comic performances by a stellar cast ... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
100% Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady (2017) Michelle Wolf's range is anchored by a distinctive persona: a goofy but slyly forceful mischief maker determined to get you to see her view of the world, one way or the other. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
100% Maria Bamford: Old Baby (2017) Indeed, you can think of Ms. Bamford as the Wes Anderson of stand-up: Both are refined artists whose meticulous and sensitive set pieces are formally daring and stubbornly committed to a distinctive aesthete's sensibility. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) An amusement park version of P.T. Barnum is fine, as far as that goes, but if you are going to aim for family-friendly fun, you need to get the fun part right. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
95% Gilbert (2017) [A] compelling, surprisingly moving documentary about an eccentric with an old-school work ethic. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
89% Wait for Your Laugh (2017) The heart of this movie is Rose Marie talking you through her own life with the same attention to pleasing the audience as she shows onstage. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
95% Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017) It's still quintessential Seinfeld, poking fun at cereal and air travel and prepositions, but his set is looser, intimate and more biographical, a rebrand for the podcast age. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
95% Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) Once again, Louis C. K. sets up two sides, then finds comedy in the in-between. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
No Score Yet The special is cleverly organized around stories of the four times he met O. J. Simpson... Mr. Chappelle locates his own fears through those mundane encounters with Mr. Simpson. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
No Score Yet In his stories about small-town Ohio family life, he remains the immature mischief-maker, a well-meaning dad with the instincts of a reckless kid. Mr. Chappelle is an authority figure for a world that doesn't believe in them anymore. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
77% Tig (2015) The directors of Tig, do a nice job showing the relationship between her art and her life, establishing Ms. Notaro's history as a comic and balancing it with behind-the-scenes shots of private moments with her family and of her fellow comedians. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2015