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Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker
Jeff Baker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Oregonian

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 95% Carol (2015) The experience of watching "Carol" is like being pulled into a different place, real and not real, like the best movies, like being in love.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
C 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) It just doesn't work. The pacing is off, there's no tension, the connections don't stick, all that talk leads to a lot of bloody action but no payoffs since the talk meant nothing and the characters that were saying it weren't memorable.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
A- 88% The Big Short (2015) A movie about the financial crisis that tells the truth in a most entertaining way.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
B 72% Youth (2015) I liked it, once I gave in to its charms and chose to ignore its shortcomings.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2015
A- 96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) The documentary is really just an extension of the book, with clips from the movies and commentary by the directors. That's more than enough, although I would have liked a little more on Truffaut's life and career.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2015
B- 68% The Danish Girl (2015) Redmayne and Vikander give powerhouse performances in a languid adaptation of Ebershoff's novel.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
B 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The formula, more than the Force, was with Abrams. He was wise enough not to mess with it.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
B- 42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) There's all sorts of splashing and sloshing and spearing and shouting of ultra-polite commands -- everyone, no matter how much they hate each other, unfailingly uses the honorific "Mister" -- but nothing clicks.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
B 94% All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015) Hanks found an amiable raconteur in Solomon, now 90 but sharp and focused on the business that was his life. A collection of Solomon's confidants sing his praises and get misty about how much fun they had in the old days.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
B 81% Chi-Raq (2015) Those who dismiss Lee as a strident polemicist should take another look: "Chi-Raq" makes its points with a sharp wit and downright goofy humor.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
B 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) It's Pixar Lite, acceptable family entertainment that's nowhere near the quality of "Inside Out" or "The Incredibles."‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
C 61% Legend (2015) Hardy plays two roles and knocks himself out.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
B+ 95% Creed (2015) It's surprising proof that iconic franchises that started in the 1970s can be revived in all the right ways. "Star Wars" fans, take note.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
B- 73% Trumbo (2015) Cranston seizes a starring role as blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
B+ 97% Brooklyn (2015) Ronan is a fresh new star whose performance as an Irish immigrant in the 1950s is one of the best of the year.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
C 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "The Hunger Games" is over. Bring on "Star Wars."‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
D 32% My All American (2015) Steinmark's life doesn't give a filmmaker much to work with, and writer-director Angelo Pizzo makes the least of it.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
C+ 47% The 33 (2015) What happened in Chile really was a triumph of the human spirit, as cliched as it is to write that sentence. The miners deserved a better movie, but that's not how it works.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
A 97% Spotlight (2015) A special experience, a movie that matters.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
B- 63% Spectre (2015) It's "Thunderball" without the light touch and the boring underwater scenes. Not bad, no need to wake Roger Moore from his mid-morning nap and bring him out of retirement, but not special.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
B- 72% Suffragette (2015) Gavron is blessed with a talented cast that's fully invested in the project. Duff and Carter transform what could be cliched roles while Gleeson and Whishaw make the men more than one-dimensional villians.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
C- 39% Love (2015) A 3-D, sexually explicit movie filmed in France by a provocative director using inexperienced actors -- what could go wrong?‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
C+ 63% Truth (2015) A journalism movie draws the wrong conclusions about a famous journalism scandal.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
D 8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) Bill Murray's making broad, sloppy comedies again. That sounds like great news for fans who grew up on "Meatballs" and "Stripes." It's not.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2015
B 87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) A documentary about the National Lampoon does its best to capture the glory days.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
B- 86% Steve Jobs (2015) A talky take on the Apple co-founder, structured around three product launches.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
B+ 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Bridge of Spies" is a smart thriller anchored by two actors whose different backgrounds and styles fit together as firmly as pieces in a puzzle.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
B 93% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) An even-handed overview of a tumultuous time in U.S. history.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2015
B- 48% Freeheld (2015) "Freeheld" isn't bad -- with that kind of source material and topline acting talent it almost couldn't be -- but it could have been much more than it is.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
A- 93% Sicario (2015) Director Denis Villenueve knows how to tease out the suspense, setting a scene early and holding it until the squirming starts, then a moment longer.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
B 91% The Martian (2015) What makes "The Martian" work is Damon.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
B 84% The Walk (2015) "The Walk" is the rare movie that improves as goes along, shedding its cliches and getting down to what matters.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
C 60% The Intern (2015) The dialogue flies past in strings of cliches and emotional beats that don't land, and the underlying message about love and work, work and love is so retrograde that it makes "Prada" seem empowering.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
B 80% The New Girlfriend (2015) It's fun to watch "The New Girlfriend" the way it's fun to drink a glass of Champagne, and about as memorable.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
B- 71% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) Maguire nails Fischer's cockiness, his Brooklyn accent, and the way his eyes dart everywhere before locking in on the only thing that interests him, the chess board. He misses by making Fischer's mental problems too overtly crazy.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
C- 65% The Visit (2015) "The Visit" is not a head-scratcher, like so many of Shyamalan's movies. It's more of a shoulder-shrug. That's it? That's all you've got?‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2015
B 77% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) Rather than explore and embrace the contradictions within Jobs ("he had the focus of a monk but none of the empathy" is the best he can do), Gibney puts the hammer down.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
D+ 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) Kwapis stages everything like a sitcom, has no sense of pace, and buries the theme of late-life friendship under a haze of sentiment and trail dust. "A Walk in the Woods" could be called "I Need a Walker to Get to the Woods." It's a good walk spoiled.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2015
A- 82% Mistress America (2015) An update on the wonderful screwball comedy tradition led by a dazzling performance by Gerwig.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
C+ 45% No Escape (2015) "No Escape" is xenophobic claptrap of the highest order.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2015
D 41% She's Funny That Way (2015) The finished movie looks cheap and slapped-together, like the crew was in a hurry to get the shot before the cops showed up and starting asking for permits.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2015
B+ 94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) A coming-of-age movie from a woman's perspective that deals with sex in a frank, graphic way that is never salacious or prurient.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2015
B 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) It's overlong and sanitized but succeeds in presenting an important part of contemporary American culture to a mainstream audience.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
C- 66% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Ritchie wants to have it both ways, to make James Bond and "Get Smart." It doesn't work.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
B 76% Jimmy's Hall (2015) Loach is 79 and has said this could be his last feature. It's a fine way to end a singular career, on top and in the pocket.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
C- 63% Ricki And The Flash (2015) Streep's scenes with Springfield are so tender and real -- in sharp contrast to those with Kline and Gummer -- that they're from a better, more relaxed movie.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
B+ 92% The Gift (2015) "The Gift" is a low-budget, high-reward thriller and a confident first feature from a talented filmmaker.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
B 83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) Alvarez ... gets some impressive work out of his young actors, particularly Michael Angarano as John Wayne and Ezra Miller and Tye Sheridan as rebellious prisoners.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
C 26% Vacation (2015) If all the vulgarity and cheap shots were excised the movie would only be 30 minutes long. Filmmakers often shoot tamer versions of the same scene for TV; "Vacation" must have required separate scripts.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2015
B 81% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) Ruffalo gives another in a string of great performances, this time as a loving father with bipolar disorder.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015