Jeff Mitchell

Jeff Mitchell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
My lifelong dreams of becoming a respected movie critic would not have come true without going back to school (at age 35) and earning my graduate degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. I learned AP Style and writing on deadline, embraced ethical codes/standards and loved working as an on-campus reporter for two years. Becoming Rotten Tomatoes-certified would be another dream come true. I carry a mature, professional persona, and I will be a dependable and supportive RT contributor! Three outlets have published my reviews for eight years, and I am currently the Phoenix Film Festival's lead film critic. I thoroughly enjoy writing weekly reviews and/or articles, hosting monthly Phoenix Film Society Q&A/screenings, interviewing directors and actors, and managing assignments with our other two critics.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 75% Stillwater (2021) Damon gives an Oscar-worthy performance, and Cottin and Siauvaud are perfectly cast. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/4 90% The Green Knight (2021) With all the gushing cinematic pomp and circumstance, Lowery's film is a simple game of truth AND dare. Well, I'd rather not play, but I'll watch. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
2/4 49% Old (2021) 'Old' would work beautifully as a 25-minute 'The Twilight Zone' episode, nestled in between 'Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?' (S2E28) and 'The Midnight Sun' (S3E10). - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
2/4 60% The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) No one should fault you for falling for 'Last Letter'. It looks gorgeous, but we've 'read' this story before. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2021
2/4 38% Joe Bell (2021) The choppy presentation brings unnecessary chaos and misdirection to a movie that doesn't need them. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
2.5/4 79% Summertime (2021) There's some flat-out beautiful stuff here. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
3/4 92% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) For those who knew Bourdain personally or only from TV, closure may never come, but this documentary will offer insight into his emotional travels. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/4 97% Lucky (2017) Harry Dean Stanton felt perfectly comfortable accepting dozens and dozens of small roles, but before he left this world, he resonates, as Lucky, with a soulful and matter-of-fact leading performance. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
2.5/4 81% Black Widow (2021) We get the lowdown on Budapest, albeit without a hearty bowl of goulash. Anyway, this cloak-and-dagger story somewhat satisfies. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
3.5/4 96% I Carry You with Me (2021) At times, Heidi Ewing's film is straight-up pragmatic, but during others, it's laced with enchantment, a deeply thoughtful spell with a Terrence Malick vibe. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
4/4 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Celebrate a 20th-century landmark event with this 21st-century cinematic treasure. It's the best movie I've seen this year...and my favorite doc since 'Searching for Sugar Man'. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
1.5/4 88% Zola (2021) 'Zola' runs 90 minutes, which is too long to be stuck in this on-screen weekend. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
2/4 57% Fathom (2021) 'Fathom' communicates clearly, but it doesn't cinematically speak. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
2/4 59% F9 (2021) The series jumps the shark (again). This film runs 145 minutes, but I'd love to see a 90-minute, stripped-down F&F narrative with one race. Just one. Count me in for that movie. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
3/4 90% Luca (2021) Celebrate age 13 with 'Luca', a pleasant Pixar journey. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
3/4 96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) 'Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It' celebrates and speaks frankly. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
1.5/4 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Hayek, Jackson, and Reynolds can't save 'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard'. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
3/4 95% In the Heights (2021) 'In the Heights' is a satisfying musical that sometimes soars to spectacular highs. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
1.5/4 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) 'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It' doesn't impose enough scares. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2/4 48% Spirit Untamed (2021) 'Spirit Untamed' is cute, but it's also a paint-by-numbers ride. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2.5/4 74% Cruella (2021) 'Cruella' is a film to behold rather than enjoy - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
2.5/4 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A louder, worthy sequel, but it sacrifices the original's brilliant beats. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3/4 88% Dream Horse (2021) A lovely film. I experienced every uphill step and thrilling downhill gallop. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
2/4 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' plays it safe and flatlines. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3/4 66% Wrath of Man (2021) It's 'Heat' meets 'House of Games', and although this film isn't as strong as the said two, Ritchie and Statham deliver plenty of straight-up gunplay and deception. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
2/4 75% The Boy from Medellín (2021) The J Balvin doc doesn't hit the right notes. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2021
3.5/4 92% Limbo (2021) Don't wait to see 'Limbo', an unconventional immigrant story. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3.5/4 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) 'The Mitchells vs. The Machines' is a zany and sincere mash-up...and the family's surname rocks. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
3/4 100% The Year Earth Changed (2021) 'The Year Earth Changed' offers a silver lining to our cloudy year. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3.5/4 97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) Seek out 'The Truffle Hunters'! - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
1.5/4 21% Thunder Force (2021) Here's the deal: The best part is the 25 minutes of superhero training...like when Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase did spy training in 'Spies Like Us'. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
1.5/4 62% French Exit (2021) 'French Exit' loses its way. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2.5/4 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Ignore the brutal plot mechanics, but stay for the brutality. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
2.5/4 84% Nobody (2021) 'Nobody' is a one-trick pony - in the form of a '72 Challenger and a barrage of aggression - but Odenkirk sells this ride. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3/4 86% The Courier (2020) 'The Courier' delivers an empathetic, personal, and true Cold War spy story. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
1.5/4 37% Cherry (2021) This Holland/Russo brothers vehicle takes uninspired turns. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
4/4 98% The Father (2021) In 'The Father', Hopkins and Colman nurture Oscar-worthy performances in one of the year's very best films. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
2/4 49% Coming 2 America (2021) 'Coming 2 America' is more of a nostalgic celebration than a winning comedy. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
2/4 22% Chaos Walking (2021) There's a whole lot of story here, and it's better suited for a 10-part series rather than a dialed-down feature film. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
3.5/4 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina make a delightful and dynamic duo. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
2/4 42% Boogie (2021) The well-intentioned attempts don't run up the cinematic scoreboard. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
2.5/4 96% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) 'Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry' opens a door and delivers some insider clarity. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/4 94% Nomadland (2021) The American social safety net looks like frayed wedges of tissue paper. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 78% I Care a Lot (2021) Pike, Wiest, and Dinklage embrace this modern-day crime story. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
3.5/4 98% Minari (2020) 'Minari': An absorbing, authentic American immigrant story. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2.5/4 75% The Mauritanian (2021) 'The Mauritanian' gives us another reason to never forget 9/11. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2.5/4 77% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) 'The Map of Tiny Perfect Things' isn't flawless, but you'll discover heartfelt smiles. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
1.5/4 28% Bliss (2021) Wilson and Hayek's manic journey is anything but 'Bliss'. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
2/4 45% The Little Things (2021) 'The Little Things' isn't big enough. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) You'll hold on to every minute of 'One Night in Miami'. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021