Jeet Thayil

Jeet Thayil
"That those who eat now never ate before,/And those who always ate now eat the more." from Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas De Quincey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Jeet Thayil's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Masked and Anonymous (2003)

"Even a stone Dylan fan -- and I've been one since my early teens; I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now -- would find it difficult to sit through this moldy exercise in evasion and bloat." ‐
Posted Aug 7, 2003

Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

"Capturing the Friedmans captures a time when greed was good, mullets were cool, and hysteria was everywhere." ‐
Posted Jun 23, 2003

Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002)

"Oh yeah, I was scared -- scared that I'd wake up before the credits rolled." ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2003

Finding Nemo (2003)

"A clown fish without a punchline, a blue tang without a memory, a scarred prison hero fish, and a stoner dude sea turtle make for this summer's tallest fish tale." ‐
Posted Jun 7, 2003

Down With Love (2003)

"A not-so-innocent romp that is part Mills & Boon and part Hustler." ‐
Posted Jun 7, 2003

The Shape Of Things (2002)

"Little more than a clever undergrad thesis gone awfully wrong, it turns on the less than shocking proposition that women are as unlikable as men." ‐
Posted May 21, 2003

Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2003)

"Born liar or windbag? Either way, Fellini clearly likes telling women to spread their legs. Wider." ‐
Posted May 14, 2003

Lilja 4-ever (2003)

"Repeatedly hammers home the message that this is a vile world filled with vile men and women; and that children are the main victims of their perpetual evil." ‐
Posted May 6, 2003

XX/XY (2003)

"An empty passion play with the sort of druggy glamour you would expect from a movie about growing up privileged and stoned in NYC." ‐
Posted Apr 24, 2003

Spun (2003)

"A white-knuckle ride to the edge of town, I liked it in a sick and twisted sort of way." ‐
Posted Apr 2, 2003

Stone Reader (2003)

"Stone Reader is the story of a Quixotian quest by a man who is more than an ideal reader. Mark Moskowitz is the sort of reader writers live for." ‐
Posted Mar 14, 2003

Spider (2002)

"Spider owes everything to its two British stars, Ralph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson, whose sexually charged ballet is its centre, as is the question: Mother or whore?" ‐
Posted Mar 10, 2003

Chicago (2002)

"Chicago glorifies murder, glamorizes sex & death -- in other words it is just right for today's unsunny times." ‐
Posted Mar 3, 2003

Final Destination 2 (2003)

"The most well-rounded character in this movie is Death himself." ‐
Posted Mar 1, 2003

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

"How to lose an audience in 10 ways" ‐
Posted Feb 14, 2003

The Pianist (2002)

"Roman Polanski's autobiographical gesture at redemption is better than 'Shindler's List' - it is more than merely a Holocaust movie." ‐
Posted Jan 24, 2003

About Schmidt (2002)

"About middle-aged angst; about an American malaise; about an American original; about Shmidt" ‐
Posted Jan 17, 2003

The Hours (2002)

"Where suicide is a heroic act rather than a permanent solution to a temporary problem" ‐
Posted Jan 14, 2003

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

"The modern master of the chase sequence returns with a chase to end all chases" ‐
Posted Dec 23, 2002

Talk to Her (2002)

"Call him twisted. Call him sick. But call Pedro Almodovar a master. And call 'Talk To her' a masterpiece." ‐
Posted Dec 5, 2002

Solaris (2002)

"If Steven Soderbergh's 'Solaris' is a failure it is a glorious failure." ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2002

Frida (2002)

"The canonization of St Frida informs and diminishes the movie." ‐
Posted Nov 14, 2002

How to Draw a Bunny (2004)

"How do you make a movie about the most famous unknown artist in the world?" ‐
Posted Oct 30, 2002

Secretary (2002)

"I have seen the future and her name is Maggie Gyllenhaal." ‐
Posted Oct 7, 2002

Invincible (2002)

"The invincible Werner Herzog is alive and well and living in LA" ‐
Posted Oct 7, 2002

Igby Goes Down (2002)

"Salinger meets the heroine chick with the heroin chic" ‐
Posted Sep 21, 2002

In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002)

"Waiting for Godard can be fruitful: 'In Praise of Love' is the director's epitaph for himself." ‐
Posted Sep 16, 2002

The Good Girl (2002)

"An unlikely black comedy where the humor is relentless, the satire is grim and the jokes are born out of inertia." ‐
Posted Sep 4, 2002
2/5 51%

Simone (2002)

"Simone tells us about the sweet opium of movies and how much we crave it." ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2002

Possession (2002)

"Throwing it all away for the fleeting joys of love's brief moment." ‐
Posted Aug 20, 2002

Signs (2002)

"Shyamalan should stop trying to please his mom." ‐
Posted Aug 20, 2002

Sunshine State (2002)

"Edie Falco sparkles as a mermaid on dry land" ‐
Posted Aug 6, 2002
5/5 90%

Minority Report (2002)

"Spielberg has managed to marry science fiction with film noir and action flicks with philosophical inquiry." ‐
Posted Jul 5, 2002