Jeff Shannon

Jeff Shannon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Jeff Shannon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Seattle Times

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 36%

Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology (2011)

"Shlain struggles to find the thread that connects her father, her upbringing and her own playful curiosity to the complexities of life in the age of texting, tweeting and apps for just about everything." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 6, 2011
2.5/4 25%

Killer Elite (2011)

"It's an analog thriller that benefits from refreshing injections of low-tech adrenaline." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 22, 2011
3/4 80%

Road To Nowhere (2011)

"The final scene offers clarity, at least, if not a satisfying payoff." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2011
2.5/4 No Score Yet

Trigun: Badlands Rumble (2011)

"All I can tell you is that it's loud, chaotic, colorful, occasionally amusing and aimed at a fanboy target audience." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 28, 2011
2.5/4 43%

Ironclad (2011)

"Through it all, Paul Giamatti spits bilious fury as a ruthless king with a mile-wide mean streak and an army of Danish mercenaries. What's not to like?" ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 7, 2011
2.5/4 69%

Bride Flight (2011)

"For anyone who shrugs at today's movies and thinks "they don't make 'em like they used to," here's a classy, good-looking chick flick in the old-school tradition." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 23, 2011
2.5/4 0%

A Beautiful Life (2009)

"The film strains credulity by pushing its characters wildly to and fro with a shamelessly sentimental screenplay." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 19, 2011
4/4 93%

The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011)

"Becomes a transcendent experience that demands the viewer's attentive participation as it miraculously straddles the line between the orchestrated epiphanies of fiction and the simple, unadorned reality of documentary." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 12, 2011
3.5/4 82%

The Elephant In The Living Room (2011)

"An exceptionally compassionate, fair-minded film that clearly states, beyond any rational benefit of the doubt, that raising potentially dangerous animals as pets is destructive to animals and humans alike." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3.5/4 97%

Queen Of The Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (2011)

"As it turns out, helping bees is not only spiritually rewarding and environmentally essential, but it's also a lot of fun." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 20, 2011
2.5/4 68%

Rubber (2011)

"Goofily amusing for 85 minutes, and a fitting B-feature to the E.T. comedy "Paul."" ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2011
3.5/4 100%

Nostalgia for the Light (2011)

""I am convinced that memory has gravitational force," says Guzmán in conclusion. "Nostalgia" states his case so beautifully that even skeptical physicists will be thoroughly convinced." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 31, 2011
3.5/4 87%

The Last Lions (2011)

"No matter how you feel about real-life drama being shaped and enhanced in the editing room, this is wildlife storytelling at its formidable finest." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 10, 2011
3/4 89%

Rabbit a la Berlin (Królik po berlinsku) (2010)

"Shrewdly combining their own seductive images with archival materials, found footage and observations by artists, journalists and former wall guards, Konopka and Rosolowski create a bunny's-eye view of tumultuous change." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 17, 2011
3.5/4 82%

The Portuguese Nun (A Religiosa Portuguesa) (2009)

"It's a droll, tongue-in-cheek exchange in a film that's well aware of its own unconventional appeal to high-minded cinephiles." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 2, 2010
3/4 80%

Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (2010)

"It's a lot of fun, but it's not the whole story." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 11, 2010
2.5/4 No Score Yet

The Harimaya Bridge (2010)

"Essentially, a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie with the picture-postcard beauty of a travelogue." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 16, 2010
3/4 65%

Bunny and the Bull (2008)

"As its story winds through imaginative landscapes of papier-mâché, cardboard cutouts and multilayered stagecraft, the childlike whimsy of Michel Gondry comes to mind. A hint of Terry Gilliam's irreverence adds flavor to the mix." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 16, 2010
3/4 43%

Highwater (2010)

"Serving as director, co- editor and narrator, Brown turns the obsession of top-ranking surfers into a universally appealing celebration of excellence on the treacherous North Shore of Oahu." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 2, 2010
3/4 78%

Behind The Burly Q (2010)

"More than a dozen of the burlesque performers featured here have died since they were interviewed in 2006, making Zemeckis's slapdash survey definitive by default." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 5, 2010
2.5/4 57%

Perrier's Bounty (2010)

"This is one of those time-killer movies that definitely goes well with a pint of Guinness." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 15, 2010
3/4 71%

[Rec] 2 (2010)

"The mayhem, efficiently maintained for a just-right 84 minutes, makes [REC] 2 strictly for horror fans." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 8, 2010
2.5/4 63%

Johanna (2006)

"Mundruczó knows what he's doing, even when it seems like he's intentionally alienating his film's already tiny target audience." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 8, 2010
2.5/4 74%

Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010)

"Jeunet's maverick imagination sometimes gets the best of him, and Micmacs is an ultimately exhausting case in point." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 17, 2010
4/4 95%

Best Worst Movie (2010)

"In 26 years as a film reviewer, I've never seen a film that so perfectly encapsulates the obsession Pauline Kael famously classified as Movie Love." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 17, 2010
3/4 74%

Splice (2010)

"While it's far from perfect, it's a timely and well-considered thriller about the scarier aspects of genetic engineering." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 3, 2010
2/4 29%

Survival of the Dead (2010)

"A lot of Survival seems stale, as if Romero were growing bored with his own redundancies. Now in the final years of an uneven career, Romero needs to get out of his comfort zone." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 27, 2010
2/4 83%

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2010)

"If you're going to attempt an ambitious action epic, you'd better have the directorial chops to pull it off. Kim clearly doesn't." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 6, 2010
2.5/4 15%

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

"This new Nightmare is almost completely redundant, but Freddy's blades remain sharp enough to guarantee Haley's job security for at least a few years." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 29, 2010
2.5/4 49%

The Losers (2010)

"Proving that ensemble chemistry can make or break a franchise, The Losers redeems itself with comedic camaraderie delivered by a well-chosen batch of rising stars." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 22, 2010
3/4 88%

The Sun Behind the Clouds (2010)

"Of the many documentaries that have chronicled Tibet's ongoing struggle for independence, The Sun Behind the Clouds offers the most thorough, balanced and up-to-date assessment of the dilemma facing Tibetans under oppressive Chinese rule." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 15, 2010
2.5/4 49%

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2010)

"One of Herzog's quirky misfires." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 8, 2010
2.5/4 34%

Formosa Betrayed (2010)

"It's a passionate labor of love that pointedly criticizes the U.S. government's failure to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation, independent of mainland China." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 8, 2010
3/4 93%

Lourdes (2010)

"In a film rich with provocative questions, Hausner audaciously examines the ambivalent nature of miracles. Are they gifts from a loving God or random occurrences, bereft of any moral or meaning?" ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 1, 2010
2.5/4 90%

October Country (2009)

"Unlike similar yet superior films like Capturing the Friedmans, October Country has no mysteries to probe or revelations to share." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 18, 2010
3/4 92%

Old Partner (2009)

"Old Partner may strike some as sentimental and repetitious, but it's only because Lee has matched his style to the material." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 25, 2010
3.5/4 100%

Strongman (2011)

"Without being intrusive, Levy chronicles these lives like a trusted family member, and Strongman allows a privileged and affectionate glimpse of a truly American dreamer." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 7, 2010
2.5/4 35%

The Slammin' Salmon (2009)

"If you're in the mood for buffoonery, you'll probably enjoy this dumb-but-funny marathon of back-stabbing, physical gags, potty humor and appealing cast chemistry." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 10, 2009
2.5/4 39%

2012 (2009)

"Hollywood's most successful one-trick pony, Emmerich claims to favor "human stories" over end-of-the-world spectacle, but watching 2012 is like watching a sausage machine explode." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 12, 2009
2/4 19%

The Fourth Kind (2009)

"A frustrating exercise in terror that relies too heavily on gimmicks to have any genuine impact." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 5, 2009
1.5/4 27%

Play The Game (2009)

"There's a good comedy to be made about sex among seniors, but the low-budget indie film Play the Game is not that movie." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 15, 2009
3/4 No Score Yet

Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action (2008)

"The message of Fierce Light is not as focused as it could've been (it's essentially a loose compendium of inspiring examples to follow), but that doesn't make it any less urgent." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 10, 2009
3.5/4 No Score Yet

Arid Lands (2009)

"The filmmakers encourage the viewer to think of geography on personal terms, and this no-frills passion elevates Arid Lands above so many other eco-documentaries that are rarely seen beyond classrooms." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 27, 2009
3.5/4 75%

$9.99 (2008)

"The stop-motion animated world of $9.99 is a marvel to behold." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 16, 2009
3/4 92%

Pressure Cooker (2009)

"Pressure Cooker is not about pressure so much as clarity of purpose. It's about a unique teacher's way of building confidence and pride, with results that joyously speak for themselves." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 10, 2009
3/4 76%

Captain Abu Raed (2007)

"Making a polished feature debut after directing shorts at the American Film Institute, Jordanian-born, American-educated Matalqa demonstrates a subtle touch with a well-chosen cast." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 3, 2009
3/4 63%

The Merry Gentleman (2009)

"As an actor and now as a promising first-time director, Keaton's keen instincts serve him well." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 19, 2009
3/4 100%

Know Your Mushrooms (2008)

"Another delightful exploration of well-chosen subject matter that's more richly fascinating than you might first expect." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/4 79%

Chasing a Dream (Miles from Nowhere) (2009)

"Call it forgiveness or codependency, but this highly personal film speaks to all of us in the universal languages of art and love." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/4 90%

24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008)

"With this moody and curiously effective follow-up to his critically acclaimed drama Still Life, director Jia Zhang-Ke paints another vivid portrait of China devastated by commercial 'progress.'" ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 7, 2009