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
2/4 67% The Seagull (2018) "The Seagull" does not take off and fly. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) The end credits feature an enjoyable 80's singalong...the most gratifying three minutes of the movie. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2.5/4 66% Suspiria (2018) A gorgeous work of art and a confusing mess. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 82% Ben is Back (2018) The screenplay flirts with implausibility, but it draws up a compelling plot that squarely falls on mother and son. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Don't fight it, this underdog story is a good movie. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3.5/4 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) A light, bouncy, beautifully-shot family film that avoids talk of global warming and plastic pollution. It probably should, but hey, it's a great escape. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 62% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Chastain commands every scene with a strong, feminine spirit as Antonina, an important voice during the darkest times of war. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3.5/4 95% RBG (2018) A super documentary about a modern-day superhero. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/4 82% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) This cinematic-celebration of the man doesn't ask enough questions. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
1.5/4 61% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The tone and pacing remain flat for nearly the entire 2-hour 7-minute runtime. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/4 100% 5B (2019) Hospital Ward '5B' is a heartbreaking and inspirational destination - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/4 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) Abbasi, Melander, and Milonoff are not afraid to cross into bizarre territory. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 28% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) Bell constructs her comedy like a 103-minute episode of "Love, American Style" or "The Love Boat". - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Too many storylines, not enough Minions. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 80% T2 Trainspotting (2017) A flawed sequel, but fans will get their fix. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 78% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Pesce shoots his horrific creation with a distinct arthouse flair and constructs an isolated environment, in which no one can hear you scream. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/4 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) With all due respect to Emma Stone ("La La Land"), Sandra Huller gave the best lead actress performance of 2016. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/4 40% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) We get a good sense of Guaguin's mindset but regrettably, through an uneventful and monotonous narrative. An uninspired trip. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/4 87% Colette (2018) West and Knightley shine in the true story of "he said, she wrote" - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
1.5/4 24% Fist Fight (2017) This high school comedy feels like study hall. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3.5/4 93% Logan (2017) A vulnerable Logan delivers an indestructible Wolverine movie - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3.5/4 89% Maudie (2017) Sally Hawkins received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for "The Shape of Water", but she was better in "Maudie". - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
1.5/4 56% Ma (2019) Spencer is a terrific villain, but she's stuck in a clunky story - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
1.5/4 33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Zemeckis leaves little screen time for the protagonist's recovery, so the final confrontation seems added as an afterthought. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3.5/4 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Nadine Labaki shines a bright light on dark times. A painfully unreal experience. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3.5/4 77% Never Look Away (2019) "Never Look Away" will surprise with unexpected detours through German history, and it personalizes these stops with rich characters who leave lasting memoirs. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2.5/4 42% The Wedding Guest (2019) Depending on your expectations, this deliberately slow-paced thriller might serve as a satisfying "I do" or a disappointing "I don't" - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Our comic book heroine has to remember her past, and you won't easily forget this fun, milestone movie. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
1.5/4 61% Uncle Drew (2018) Despite some laughs, this basketball movie misses and misses - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3.5/4 85% The Square (2017) Ostlund's film carries bizarre and hilarious edges. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/4 86% Novitiate (2017) Leo and Qualley shine during a dim view of the "Novitiate". - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3.5/4 89% Arctic (2019) Bring a down jacket, a hat, snowmobile pants, and a scarf too...and be awed at Mikkelsen's performance. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) A lengthy list of missed opportunities and puzzling decisions. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
1.5/4 30% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The Bellas are fun, but this unnecessary sequel hits many sour notes. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/4 70% Happy End (2017) With satire, sorrow and secrecy bathing in dark corners and also in broad daylight, "don't worry, be happy" never felt so difficult. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2/4 68% Finding Your Feet (2018) "Unfinished Song" (2013) is everything that "Finding Your Feet" wants to be. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3.5/4 76% Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) The fact that all five of the Brobergs are emotionally healthy enough recount the details of this unthinkable period is a blessing. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
1.5/4 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) A confusing mess, one that Van Sant overcomplicates and creates narrative difficulties, where none should exist. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
4/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) My #1 movie of 2018. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/4 87% Pavarotti (2019) It doesn't connect as deeply as "Maria by Callas" (2018), but Howard strikes the right notes and celebrates the man. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1.5/4 32% Kin (2018) This laser gun story misfires. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
1.5/4 57% The Commuter (2018) Liam Neeson takes too many familiar turns. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/4 95% Transit (2019) Don't actively investigate your questions. Instead, just let the narrative run through you, so its rewards won't pass you by. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 80% Mid90s (2018) Although it plays in uneven, unfocused territory, "Mid90s" successfully lives within its nomadic tones and conveys the universal churn of one's teenage years. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 83% Puzzle (2018) Macdonald's gentle energy and nuanced feelings peek through small looks, glances and thoughts in a lovely underdog story. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/4 69% Damsel (2018) The Zellner Brothers, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska turn the American western on its head with hilarious, offbeat tones and performances. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
1/4 22% Mile 22 (2018) A long way from being a satisfying action movie, like 22 million miles away. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) A few song and dance numbers would have livened things up and could have turned this dull excursion into a fun sing-along like "Labyrinth" (1986). No such luck. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 96% Little Woods (2019) This small crime film focuses on big American problems. Thompson and James are terrific. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/4 29% UglyDolls (2019) Offers cute music and positive messages but through a discounted narrative. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019