Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles

Agrees with the Tomatometer 95% of the time.

Jeff Giles's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):, Collider

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Rich Hill (2014)

"A movie that will leave you feeling shaken, heartbroken, and probably pretty damn grateful. Not an easy watch by any means, but perhaps a necessary one." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 7, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The whole thing comes zipping and bamming out in a rainbow-hued orgy of sci-fi, action, comedy, drama, and (trust me on this) throat-lumpening pathos. It shouldn't work at all, not for a moment, but it does -- and Gunn makes it look easy." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 1, 2014

Willow Creek (2014)

"If the end result can't help but disappoint in a number of ways, it's still quite a bit better than one would really have any right to expect." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Jun 6, 2014

Maleficent (2014)

"Consider Maleficent an old story told at least partially anew, and fairly captivatingly in the bargain." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted May 30, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"For a movie that sends an enormous cast hurling around the world and across time, X-Men: Days of Future Past does a pretty darn impressive job of never losing sight of its plot." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted May 23, 2014

Godzilla (2014)

"One of the few obvious would-be franchise starters that actually gives the audience a reason to hope for something even better the second time around." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted May 16, 2014

Veronica Mars (2014)

"It's a fun, light watch, with just enough laughs, twists, and beautiful people to keep a viewer engaged for precisely 107 minutes before wafting back into the cloud." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Mar 14, 2014

The Unknown Known (2014)

"It's entertaining until it isn't, and when it isn't, that's because any movie that takes an honest look at the horrible events covered by this film probably shouldn't be entertaining." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Mar 13, 2014
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Soap Life (2012)

"Whether you're a dedicated soap watcher, a lapsed fan, or someone who's turned up their nose at the daytime dial, Soap Life is worth watching." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Mar 12, 2014

A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014)

"Very sweet, and not in a cloying way; if anything, its exceedingly low-key charms are a blessed relief in a genre that too often relies on aggressively gauzy nostalgia." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Mar 11, 2014

Run & Jump (2014)

"This is familiar stuff, but in between the rusty narrative framework, Run & Jump boasts a big, beautiful heart." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Jan 26, 2014

Old Goats (2014)

"With nowhere to go and no real urgency to get there, it's ultimately more of a dull disappointment than the flash of tender insight it should have been." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Jan 21, 2014

Zero Charisma (2013)

"A surprisingly thoughtful look at nerd psychology, as well as a subtle indictment of the sort of gleeful ironic detachment that triggers reflexive scorn in the presence of unabashed passion." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Oct 14, 2013

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"A movie that's more interesting than entertaining." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Oct 12, 2013

Last Love (2013)

"At its most crucial moments, the movie feels arbitrary; you watch people doing things, and rather than be affected by those actions in any way, all you can do is wonder why they're happening." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Oct 10, 2013

Gravity (2013)

"No matter what kind of film fan you might be, Gravity offers 91 of the most unforgettable minutes you're likely to spend at a theater anytime soon." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Oct 4, 2013

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"Whether or not you've even heard of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, or Lynyrd Skynyrd, this is one lovely testament to the the power of the human heart." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Sep 18, 2013

Blue Caprice (2013)

"It's just a movie, but it might also be a warning." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Sep 17, 2013

All Is Bright (2013)

"You don't feel like anyone's better off at the end of this film, and none of the characters seem to have learned much of anything. It's just a dark interlude in their lives that ends with a sigh and a shrug." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Sep 16, 2013

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013)

"They say information wants to be free, but after watching this delightful documentary, I'm not so sure -- I think what it might really want is to be wanted." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Sep 15, 2013

I Declare War (2013)

"Anyone with even the faintest memory of their middle-school years should come away feeling bittersweet recognition -- and maybe even a little shaken up, too." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 29, 2013

Rewind This! (2013)

"Even if you grew up during the VHS era, you may never have connected the dots between the format's '80s home invasion and the entertainment marketplace we live in now -- an evolution Rewind This! traces in fascinating fashion." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 28, 2013

This Is Martin Bonner (2013)

"If you consider yourself any kind of film fan, I can't recommend This Is Martin Bonner highly enough." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 26, 2013

Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013)

"Bereft of momentum or purpose, it just sort of putters around on the narrative byways for a couple of hours until it coasts to a stop." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 25, 2013

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"Even though you might look at Drinking Buddies' poster and blanch at the memory of rental fees lost to low-grade exercises in '90s indie cinema, it's actually got a lot more going for it." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Europa Report (2013)

"If the sum is rather less than its parts, those parts are often more entertaining than you might expect." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Aug 1, 2013
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Charles Bradley: Soul Of America (2012)

"Aside from making you want to dance, sing, hug Charles Bradley, and buy all his records, the movie makes you think. This is an important film -- and one that treats the viewer to a damn fine soundtrack in the bargain." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Jul 31, 2013

The Conjuring (2013)

"For much of its running time, Wan gets a lot of mileage out of toying with the audience's expectations using subtle feints followed by jump-in-your-seat jolts." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Jul 19, 2013

Pacific Rim (2013)

"In the long run, the fact that a director like del Toro felt compelled to make it probably says deeply troubling things about the future of the studio system. But for at least two hours and 11 minutes, it's a heck of a lot of fun." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Jul 12, 2013

Monsters University (2013)

"You can see it as a poignant tribute to dreams denied and outsiders pressured to fit in, or you can simply soak it in the way my kids (7 and 5) did: "That was the best movie ever because it was funny."" ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Jun 21, 2013

Man of Steel (2013)

"Proves, once again, that big explosions are not an adequate substitute for genuine epic scale." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Jun 14, 2013

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"Their enduring faith in the redemptive power of song offers a subtle, exultant rebuttal to the American Idol dream of overnight fame as a means to its own end." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Jun 7, 2013

Now You See Me (2013)

"The whole movie ends up coming across like Wallace Shawn's character in The Princess Bride: so smug in its belief that it's already outwitted you that it ends up poisoning itself before the story's halfway over." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Jun 1, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Expertly wields impressive CGI effects and boffo set pieces in service of a strong message, confidently expressed with some of the best acting and dialogue in Trek history." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted May 17, 2013

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"In spite of some killer set pieces and some genuinely funny moments, the whole thing feels awfully hollow in the end." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted May 3, 2013

Amour (2012)

"One of the most thoughtful, tenderly wrought ruminations on love in recent memory." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Dec 19, 2012

This is 40 (2012)

"It has a terrific cast and a rich premise. So why doesn't This Is 40 feel like much of a movie?" ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Dec 16, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"By the end, An Unexpected Journey has undeniably taken you on a ride -- it's just a much bumpier one than you might have expected." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Dec 15, 2012

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"Unless you have a serious bias against major holiday mascots, you'll be hard pressed to resist the occasional chuckle or wistful sigh." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Nov 22, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Taken on its own merits, it's a woefully uneven mess; if you've never understood the appeal of The Twilight Saga, nothing you see here will change your mind, but you probably weren't going to see it anyway." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Nov 18, 2012

Skyfall (2012)

"A lithe, brutal case study in how characters can stay vital no matter how many stories they've already told." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Nov 9, 2012

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Wreck-It Ralph addresses its themes with more honesty and wit than we've come to feel we have any right to expect from family-friendly Hollywood." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Nov 2, 2012

Argo (2012)

"Uses old-fashioned Hollywood formula to demonstrate exactly why, in the right hands, old-fashioned Hollywood formula always works." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Oct 15, 2012

Looper (2012)

"Only Johnson's third film, Looper's something like a modern masterpiece, and he'll be hard-pressed to follow it up -- but it should be our pleasure to watch him try." ‐ Movies With Butter
Posted Sep 29, 2012

Best Worst Movie (2010)

"Stephenson has made a fun film, and there's nothing wrong with that -- but it's tempting to wonder what a more objective director might have done with this." ‐ Collider
Posted May 11, 2010
4/5 72%

Forrest Gump (1994)

"Even if its success was overblown, so was the backlash." ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2010

Mary and Max (2009)

"Like Mary and Max's friendship, this movie is an act of tenderness that will linger long after the closing credits roll." ‐ Collider
Posted Oct 19, 2009

The Rocker (2008)

"Perhaps The Rocker's most annoying feature is that it isn't completely terrible." ‐ Collider
Posted Jan 8, 2009
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"This time out, the writers were content to let storylines dawdle for weeks, a problem compounded when that nasty old writers' strike reared its head and the show's producers were left with a truncated 11-episode run." ‐ Popdose
Posted Nov 16, 2008
1.5/5 39%

Feast of Love (2007)

"Let Google point you to this movie's finer moments, and leave the rest. It's really that bad." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008
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