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 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 68% 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 79% 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 93% 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 97% 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 98% 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 63% 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 82% 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 87% 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 23% 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 95% 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 43% 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 98% 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 79% 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 74% 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 78% 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 27% 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
3/4 93% Herself (2021) You'll stand with Clare Dunne in this liberating drama. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3.5/4 98% The Dissident (2020) 'The Dissident' sheds light on a pitch-black murder. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
4/4 95% Soul (2020) 'Soul' is the warm chicken soup and philosophical hug that we need right now. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
2/4 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The truth is 'Wonder Woman 1984' is a messy superhero movie. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Mulligan deserves an Oscar nomination. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
3/4 88% News of the World (2020) Hanks and his young co-star (Zengel) deliver a soulful western. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
2/4 78% Greenland (2020) In some ways, "Greenland" is a surprising disaster flick, but it's also a dull, predictable trip. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
1.5/4 26% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) This rom-com doesn't pass the smell test. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3.5/4 97% Sound of Metal (2020) 'Sound of Metal' resonates with Ahmed's Oscar-worthy performance. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/4 33% Half Brothers (2020) This road movie has fun sibling rivalry, but we've seen this cinematic vehicle before. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
2.5/4 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) 'The Croods: A New Age' has more yabba dabba doos than yabba dabba don'ts. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
1/4 29% Come Away (2020) The cheer in cheery is missing and left this critic wondering 'y'. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
2/4 83% Freaky (2020) This switcharoo horror movie lives up to its name...for a while. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/4 90% The Climb (2020) 'The Climb' ascends to hilarious heights. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 83% Let Him Go (2020) Lane and Costner embrace this effective 20th century western. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/4 85% The Thing (1982) My favorite horror movie. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/4 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' is a good success. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2/4 39% Rebecca (2020) This gorgeous 'Rebecca' reincarnation would work better as a series. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/4 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' argues that 1968 and 2020 aren't so different. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
1.5/4 18% 2 Hearts (2020) '2 Hearts' has good intentions, but it flutters with clichés. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/4 63% Nocturne (2020) 'Nocturne' looks great, but it's a little off-key. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
1.5/4 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) Maybe 'The War with Grandpa' should give peace a chance. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
2.5/4 98% Time (2020) 'Time' is sometimes off, but the punctual, personal messages resonate. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020