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Jeff Meyers

Jeff Meyers
Jeff Meyers's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Metro Times (Detroit, MI), Orlando Weekly

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005) As a window into our country's right-wing attitudes about emerging democracies, the film is particularly timely. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 23, 2015
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Revenge of the Sith is far from a great film but it easily trumps its two predecessors. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 16, 2015
B+ 73% Everest (2015) Let's face it: This is what 3-D IMAX theaters are for. If ever you wanted to know just how small and insignificant you are when facing the full force of the natural world then this is your film. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 18, 2015
C+ 74% Black Mass (2015) It cribs from just about everything Martin Scorsese has ever done in the genre - but without any of the complicated morality, stylistic artistry, or seductive panache.. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 18, 2015
C+ 64% The Visit (2015) ..certainly better directed than many low-budget scare flicks, but it inevitably comes off as secondhand, a mildly entertaining, if clumsy, mix of eeriness and chuckles that arrests Shyamalan's cinematic decline but certainly doesn't reverse it. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 11, 2015
C- 0% Chloe & Theo (2015) Good intentions do not a good movie make. And it's sad to say, but Johnson was far more convincing in 50 Shades of Grey. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 10, 2015
D+ 15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) Stupid. But not in a good way. Just plain, insufferably stupid. The movie objectifies the women in exactly the same way the villains do. In a summer that saw the rise of Imperator Furiosa, I'm sorry, this just won't do. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 10, 2015
B- 43% American Ultra (2015) It doesn't work, but I'm impressed with how hard it tries. There's an infectious sincerity to both the writing and the acting that elevates what is otherwise a messy mashup of tone, style, and storytelling. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 26, 2015
B+ 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) A heartfelt portrait of self-questioning genius and a thinking man's version of bromance. It asks provocative questions about the nature of conversation while engaging in equally provocative conversations. Wallace probably would have hated it. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 19, 2015
C+ 88% Mr. Holmes (2015) Essentially a senior-citizen version of Holmes fan fiction, McKellen makes the movie worth watching. Too bad the final caper doesn't match his dedication to character. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 7, 2015
C- 9% Fantastic Four (2015) If your superhero movie is 101 minutes long and it takes 75 minutes before the bad guy shows up, something is seriously wrong with your script. Just sayin'. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 7, 2015
B- 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) On one hand, it's energetically directed, well-acted, and reasonably smart. On the other, it's infected by a kind of hipster racism, where the black and female co-stars exist to make a young white male with no actual problems feel better about himself. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B 85% The Wolfpack (2015) The Wolfpack is what happens when a filmmaker of limited talent gets the scoop of a lifetime. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B 82% The Overnight (2015) Despite the best prosthetic penis joke probably ever, Patrick Brice's fitfully funny indie still doesn't deliver the awkward sex comedy Gen-Xers deserve. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B- 61% Southpaw (2015) It's first-rate filmmaking in service of subtlety-free, second-rate storytelling. You never for a moment doubt where Southpaw is heading, but, ultimately, it's Gyllenhaal that makes you care. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 30, 2015
C+ 65% That Sugar Film (2015) That Sugar Film's message is one well worth hearing, there are better, more informed messengers out there. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B- 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Shouldn't a magical destination be, well, magical? Instead of leaving our jaws agape in wonder, Tomorrowland's architecture looks like a cross between Disney's Epcot Center and a high-end shopping mall. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 22, 2015
C+ 48% The D Train (2015) ...isn't funny enough to play as a straight comedy nor dark enough to resonate as a black comedy, but should be commended for sticking with its ballsy plot twist. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 15, 2015
A- 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) The practical effects and stunts give it the kind of bone-jarring, visceral impact that most Hollywood and Marvel superhero movies have largely abandoned. By comparison, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, seems unconvincingly cartoonish. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 15, 2015
B 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) The mayhem is clever but, functionally, Whedon is serving Disney's branding schemes first and his story and characters second. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 1, 2015
B 95% Wild Tales (2015) There's a fine line between clever and smug, and Szifrón rides that line hard, reveling in the brutality and explosive emotions on display. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 3, 2015
B+ 85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) The message here is convincingly clear: corporate America is involved in an elaborate and extravagantly funded game of three-card monty, playing the public for the suckers they are all-too willing to be. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 3, 2015
85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) None of this would work without Williams' painfully authentic performance. She plays Wendy as a gentle but self-possessed young woman who combats despair and fear with solemn defiance. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 27, 2015
B+ 97% It Follows (2015) Mitchell reshapes tried-and-true scare conventions - teens in peril, a relentless malevolent force, jarring soundtrack - into an unexpectedly unique creepfest. And his riffs on sex and adulthood are refreshing in their allegorical complexity. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 21, 2015
C 60% Run All Night (2015) ...occasionally nails its grizzled '70s tough guy shtick but mostly it delivers a tired jumble of sloppy genre cliches, stupid character choices, and unnecessary action sequences. Neeson is clearly punching below his weight class. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 15, 2015
C 32% Chappie (2015) With a sharper, more satirical script, it might have worked. Which is to really say Chappie kind of sucks. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 7, 2015
A- 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) We actually start to care about these ridiculous characters because, like the rest of us, they're just trying to survive the inanities of everyday life ... and keep the carpets free of unsightly gore stains. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 3, 2015
B- 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Kingsman is entertaining in its way and occasionally clever, but also relentlessly smug and sexist. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 11, 2015
C- 34% Blackhat (2015) A pervading sense of "who gives a sh-t" permeates the whole affair. I can't recall the last time I heard a sound mix this bad in a major motion picture. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 9, 2015
A- 98% Mr. Turner (2014) Anyone who knows Leigh's method wouldn't be surprised that Mr. Turner is more of an intuitive collage than a faithful dramatization of reality. It's a fascinating, mostly plotless examination of one man's tortured artistic process. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 9, 2015
B 88% Still Alice (2015) Moore's performance is exquisitely nuanced - the only thing worth remembering about this otherwise tone-deaf weepie. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 9, 2015
C+ 89% Le Week-End (2014) There's little in the way of dramatic fireworks or intimate epiphanies. The emotional messiness is just too schematic and neat, suggesting theatrical rather than real-world inspirations. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 6, 2015
B+ 71% Into the Woods (2014) What is the price of getting what we wished for? Are we happier for getting it? In this case, the singing and dancing answer is, thankfully, yes. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 3, 2015
C+ 51% Unbroken (2014) If a movie could have a jutting jaw and steely eyes Unbroken would be the prototype. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 3, 2015
C+ 46% The Gambler (2014) For all Wahlberg's self-flagellating, we never really understand his suicidal petulance. He's an ennui-soaked brat. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 3, 2015
C+ 90% Wild (2014) Witherspoon, who clearly saw the project as an opportunity to redefine her career, is refreshingly and respectably raw but hardly revelatory. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 5, 2014
C- 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Not only is Horrible Bosses 2 uninterested in satirizing our country's desperate state of economic uncertainty, it isn't even interested in having any horrible bosses in it. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 1, 2014
2/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) The film is dour and lumbering, with only a handful of rousing scenes to justify the blatantly financial choice to split the novel into two films. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 25, 2014
C 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) The movie is leaden and uneventful, clearly marking time for Part 2 to deliver the big action set pieces and the dramatic consequences of Katniss' choices. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 22, 2014
3/5 77% Rosewater (2014) Unfortunately, despite Rosewater's earnest and intelligent approach, it remains a shallow treatment of a topic that deserves much more. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 19, 2014
B 95% Nightcrawler (2014) A slick and nightmarish descent into a world where corporate justice rewards those who do whatever it takes to get ahead. It's more than fitting that this horror show of American capitalism opened on Halloween . ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 6, 2014
B+ 71% Interstellar (2014) Much as Nolan's characters often fail to reconcile their grandest desires, so, too, does Interstellar fall short, particularly in its trying-to-have-it-all finale. But, damn, if we shouldn't applaud Nolan for aiming big. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 6, 2014
B- 91% Birdman (2014) Despite Iñárritu's tin ear for humor, inaccurate views of New York theater, and blatantly petty grievances, Birdman not only engages, it occasionally compels. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 28, 2014
B+ 91% Dear White People (2014) That it comes as close as it does to successful satire is either a testament to Simien's talents or an indication of how starved cinema is for socially relevant comedy. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 22, 2014
C 48% The Judge (2014) Director David Dobkin really wants you to hug your dad. And you can feel that insistent desire for almost every minute of The Judge's too-long 140-minute running time. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 10, 2014
B- 88% Gone Girl (2014) Gone Girl isn't as wicked as it should be or thinks it is. Fincher is becoming the go-to guy for middlebrow, beach-towel novel adaptations. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 3, 2014
B- 86% The Skeleton Twins (2014) One wonders what might've been, had Johnson allowed his stars the freedom to riff off rather than merely recite his pain-by-numbers script. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 26, 2014
B- 85% The Trip To Italy (2014) Coogan and Brydon are locked into a routine that reliably amuses but, perhaps, one they have mastered too well to examine their own privilege. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 22, 2014
B- 65% Life Of Crime (2014) Schechter's adaptation feels more cautiously reverent than inspired, denying Life of Crime of snap, style, and, most importantly, a sense of danger. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 22, 2014
B 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Liam Neeson has spent so many years bringing class and gravitas to otherwise undeserving films (ahem, the Taken series) that it's nice to see him in a movie more befitting his talents. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 22, 2014