Jay Cocks

Jay Cocks
Jay Cocks's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): TIME Magazine
Biography:
Time Magazine film critic.
Publications: TIME Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
36% A Star is Born (1976) The trouble with rock 'n' roll in A Star Is Born is that there isn't any. The soundtrack is filled with homogenized harmonics passing for rock, but not a single song is good enough even to be counterfeit. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
20% Diary of Forbidden Dreams (1973) Polanski inexplicably uses all the absurdist conventions that he mocked so deftly in Cul de Sac. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
No Score Yet Year of the Woman (1973) Hochman may be a poet, but her writing here ("In this secret room of mirrors, are we spying on who we are?") offers heavy evidence to the contrary. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
86% The Optimists (1973) The movie has the vacant sentimentality and just the sort of grinding winsomeness that can make family movies such a chore. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
75% The Devils (1971) It is like a lunatic opera, an attempt to make a furious poem out of frenzy. Russell's flamboyant theatricality and his interest in the perverse have been too much imposed on his other films; but here, style and subject are perfectly matched. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
No Score Yet T.R. Baskin (1971) Peter Boyle, as the salesman, and James Caan, as the swine, do the best they can, which is extremely well indeed, but the movie's clumsy feints at sophistication and its grotesque sentimentality prevail. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
87% The Candidate (1972) Neither the authentic political atmosphere nor canny performances by Redford, Boyle and Porter go far to cut through the basic glibness of the film. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
91% Murder on the Orient Express (1974) The idea is that everything will be more interesting if Sean Connery or Ingrid Bergman, rather than the characters they play, is suspected of having committed the foul deed. The device does not work, despite the [actors'] occasionally droll efforts. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
86% Three Days of the Condor (1975) A piece of dotty, slightly paranoid intrigue. Three Days of the Condor promises little and keeps its word. It is hard to get indignant about it, or enthusiastic either. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
83% The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) Roeg's exuberance and invention are compromised here by a yarn that carries dank traces of Twilight Zone. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2016
90% The Harder They Come (1973) The Harder They Come is always exuberant, and sometimes strong, as casually surprising and effortlessly sinister as the blade sliding out of a gravity knife. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
93% Wanda (1971) [Loden] captures the ambiance of small-time roadhouses with compelling accuracy; she manages through some clever location photography to convey an almost overwhelming sense of lingering desperation. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
27% Two Minute Warning (1976) There is just enough energy remaining to make Two-Minute Warning an amusing time waster. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2015
73% Hester Street (1975) It is just this short sightedness, this emotional skimpiness, that makes Hester Street a truly "little movie." It is not a matter of size, really, but of depth. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
73% The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) Sinbad is light, silly fun, and kids will probably appreciate both the skillful technique of the fantasy and the fact that the film makers have had the good sense not to include a single -- yecchh! -- kissing scene. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2015
45% The Day of the Dolphin (1973) What is left, besides a lot of pretty dolphin footage, is some bad intercollegiate-revue satire, a shadow of Sea Hunt, and a calculated sentimentality that evokes memories of Lassie Come Home. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2015
44% Young Winston (1972) Since Young Winston attempts to be a kind of vest-pocket spectacle, there are also a couple of the battles in which he fought (a set-to in the Sudan, a Boer skirmish). Attenborough stages them with all the fury of a grade school recess. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2015
42% Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna) (1972) Zeffirelli's work looks like a Sunday-school coloring book: everything is glowingly photogenic, including poverty, and leprosy. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2015
100% The Spider's Stratagem (1970) [A] mesmeric film. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
96% American Graffiti (1973) This superb and singular film catches not only the charm and tribal energy of the teen-age 1950s but also the listlessness and the resignation that underscored it all like an incessant bass line in one of the rock-'n'-roll songs of the period. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
96% The Mother and the Whore (La Maman et la putain) (1973) The Mother and the Whore is a harrowing psychodrama of destruction. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
76% Robin and Marian (1976) Robin and Marian is a film that must stand or fall on the strength of its stars. Fortunately, it has two of the best." - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2014
90% What's Up, Doc? (1972) The result is a comedy made by a man who has seen a lot of movies, knows all the mechanics, and has absolutely no sense of humor. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2014
63% The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) Sentimental without really being tender, naturalistic without being real. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
78% El Topo (1970) The film is by turns comic and profound, hysterical and pompous, fully complex enough to deserve more than a simple yea or nay. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013
67% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) For all its flaws, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid is the kind of first movie so rich in texture and invention that we can look forward to a lot more from Philip Kaufman. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
83% Fiddler on the Roof (1971) The qualities that have kept the Broadway Fiddler running these seven years are in scant supply onscreen. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2013
81% The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) When Cassavetes is really cooking, even the moments that are awkward and forced can become electric. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2013
85% Performance (1970) Pop stars continue to have bad luck in films. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2013
No Score Yet Distant Thunder (Ashani Sanket) (1973) A tragedy of such magnitude becomes an event abstracted by arithmetic. But Ray's artistry alters the scale. His concentrating on just a few victims of the famine causes such massive loss to become real, immediate. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2013
41% The Great Gatsby (1974) The film is faithful to the letter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel but entirely misses its spirit. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2013
90% Serpico (1973) Wonderful potential, and wasted. Serpico has some brutal surface flash and an acetylene performance by Al Pacino in the title role, but its energy is used to dodge all the questions it should have raised and answered. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2011
89% Thieves Like Us (1974) In many ways, Thieves Like Us is Altman's best work yet, his most stringent and evocative. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2011
96% Solaris (1976) The effects are scanty, the drama gloomy, the philosophy of the film thick as a cloud of ozone. The plot is not all that original either. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2011
68% Rio Lobo (1971) The Duke knows by instinct what audiences accept without question: whatever he may be called in the script, he is always unmistakably John Wayne. And who would have it any other way? - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2011
84% Farewell, My Lovely (1975) Watching this movie has approximately the same effect as being locked overnight in a secondhand clothing store in Pasadena. There is an awful lot of dust and, after a while, the dummies look as if they are moving. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2011
43% The Island at the Top of the World (1974) The Arctic looks like a melted dessert, the Viking village like a low-rent neighborhood in Disneyland, and the Vikings themselves like Hell's Angels on Halloween. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2011
60% Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood (1973) The images that Director Andrew Sinclair has added to his film adaptation do not complement Thomas' language; they detract from it. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2011
87% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) This is a friendly, no-account movie full of intermittent high spirits. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2011
98% The Godfather (1972) In its blending of new depth with an old genre, it becomes that rarity, a mass entertainment that is also great movie art. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2011
92% Paper Moon (1973) It is very fussy about period detail, and goes to some length to evoke the dim days of Depression America, while just about everything else is left to slide. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2010
67% The Lords of Flatbush (1974) The movie is adept at portraying aimlessness, getting at the greasy anomie that was so much a part of that time. But there is a lack of ambition, as if no one involved in creating the film wanted to cut deeper than a little double-edged nostalgia. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2010
87% Get Carter (1971) It wallows in its ceaseless bloodbath and emerges like its protagonist -- sleazy and second-rate. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2010
96% Sleuth (1972) This is a fastidious, acrobatically cunning and invigoratingly well-acted thriller. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2010
96% The Man Who Would Be King (1975) John Huston has been wanting to make this movie for more than 20 years. It was worth the wait. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2010
66% Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) The fantasy is earthbound, the score by Richard and Robert Sherman (who also wrote music and lyrics for Mary Poppins) is forgettable, the special effects lackadaisical. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2009
46% The Land That Time Forgot (1975) Instant second childhood is guaranteed in less than 90 minutes. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2009
83% Play Misty for Me (1971) Eastwood displays a vigorous talent for sequences of violence and tension. He has obviously seen Psycho and Repulsion more than once, but those are excellent texts and he has learned his lessons passing well. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2009
93% Klute (1971) [Fonda] makes all the right choices, from the mechanics of her walk and her voice inflection to the penetration of the girl's raging psyche. It is a rare performance. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2009
90% Amarcord (1974) Fellini is so bountiful with incident and observation that he makes most other film makers seem stingy. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2009