Jeff Simon

Jeff Simon
Jeff Simon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Buffalo News
Publications: Buffalo News

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
99% Amazing Grace (2019) ...nothing short of sublime. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
1.5/4 40% The Competition (2018) I'm not sure you could find a less engaging and more generic film title than The Competition. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
45% The Cell (2000) This is not your father's sci-fi thriller. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
28% See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) It is, let's face it, scarcely a movie at all. Rather it's a celebration of the facts that a) Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder exist in the world and b) seem to enjoy each other's company. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
52% Turner and Hooch (1989) Hanks' taste in picking movie projects continues to be abominable. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/5 96% Argo (2012) It's a smart and hugely enjoyable action thriller as it is, with some wicked humor and a feel-good ending that's manipulative, sure, but was, in part, bequeathed to us by history. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) The performances are truly harrowing. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 94% The King's Speech (2010) Some people never learn. Which is why the great pedagogical movies are for all of us, every last one. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/4 68% The Godfather, Part III (1990) That The Godfather, Part III works up any grandeur at all is a tribute to the luridly baroque plotting of Coppola and Mario Puzo and the fierce and apparently ineradicable residue of artistic honor still left inside Coppola. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) It all works because of Hawke and Ejogo. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) It is the immense strength of the film -- which is, frankly, often difficult to watch -- that you're not entirely sure what a "happy ending" would be for this story. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 87% Colette (2018) Colette is so much savvier than I expected it to be that I can't help but wonder if, in some way, it's even better than it had a right to be. Kudos to one and all, I say. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The big, scruffy, egomaniac in the baseball cap is, at this moment, reminding us what we should have taken more seriously in 1989. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 98% The Cakemaker (2018) [A] subtly nuanced romantic dance of emotional exploration. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/4 89% Whitney (2018) It's a harrowing story but, by the time it's over, they've succeeded enough to move you profoundly. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
32% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) This is a movie that knows, truly knows, where the edge is. It slices our world paper thin getting there. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
93% Salaam Bombay! (1988) Salaam Bombay! is an enormously moving and powerful film about life for children in the slums of Bombay. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
14% Her Alibi (1989) It has a grand total of four genuinely funny moments, most of which are shown for free in the TV commercial. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
93% Dangerous Liaisons (1988) It's an elegant, erotic and gorgeously photographed tour through a wickedly artificial 18th century aristocratic world in which people can articulate anything and everything but the emotions that finally destroy them. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
38% Beaches (1988) You've seen this four million times before but not with Midler wisecracking and singing and shaking her way through a whole movie -- or with Hershey as a pulp vision of monied beauty. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
82% Dead Ringers (1988) Irons' performance as the tormented twins is a tour de force. So is Cronenberg's complex camera work. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) Run, don't walk, to The Naked Gun. Even if you have to elbow your sweet old mother-in-law or moony grandson out of the way to get to it, by all means do. You won't be sorry. It's that funny. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
94% The Year My Voice Broke (1987) The ending carries a tidal surge of regret for youthful emotional loss that will no doubt be universal. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) Among other comedians and gag writers, Woody Allen is known as the master craftsman -- the Albrecht Durer of neurotic urban jokes. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
3.5/4 25% The Butcher's Wife (1991) Demi Moore has never looked lovelier than she does in The Butcher's Wife. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
92% Arachnophobia (1990) It's every bit as jolly and junky and scary as it wants to be. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3.5/4 65% Jindabyne (2006) Subtle and understated, a meditation on morality, mortality and murder that escalates into a small emotional powerhouse. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) Few 21st century American films are as intertwined with the culture we live in as Ready Player One. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
1/4 33% The Black Dahlia (2006) This movie isn't more than 10 minutes old when that question pales next to these: How can you make a movie this bad with a double Oscar winner (Swank)? How can you use Scarlett Johansson so stupidly? - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
40% My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) My Super Ex-Girlfriend never really takes off into comedic deep space, but it's not exactly earthbound, either. A lot of this is funny stuff -- honest. Summer movie comedy lovers might have a similar reaction. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3.5/4 78% The Last Suit (El último traje) (2018) Sola's personality and charisma keep you in its corner. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2.5/5 84% The English Patient (1996) Probably untranslatable to the screen. The English Patient is a noble try. But still a bore. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 77% Braveheart (1995) Terrific in its primitive way. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4.5/5 72% Forrest Gump (1994) A hilarious, large-spirited and tender epic. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
5/5 97% Schindler's List (1993) Enough to give you hope for the future of American movies. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3.5/5 96% Unforgiven (1992) Impressive, laconic, revisionist western. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4.5/5 96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) A great movie rarity. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/4 74% Crash (2004) It's like great jazz -- infinite freedom within a limited sphere, an artful organization of exhilarating invention. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
4/4 82% Dances With Wolves (1990) That's what people have always loved about Westerns -- the feeling of size which, in the age before radio, TV and the airplane, seemed the very nature of the country. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/4 76% Gladiator (2000) Russell Crowe as Maximus has the charismatic glower of a true star. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
4/4 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) What moves you so powerfully at the end is not just a shattering tale of two old guys and a female boxer but, in our new millennium, a 74-year-old man's ability to tell it so powerfully without (apparently) the melancholy business of movies laying a glove - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
2.5/4 70% Happy End (2017) I'm not all that fond of being Haneke's lab rat again. I just don't share his contempt for those looking up so hopefully at the screen while his films are running. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3.5/4 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) An Oscar nomination would have been nice. Just see the movie. It will be more than enough to tell you all you need to know about Annette Bening. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Phantom Thread is both a moment for celebration and a moment for mourning. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3.5/4 88% The Post (2018) Here, from the most capable hands, is a very good movie showing you how the events in that one came to be. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) It is, in truth, very much worth seeing ... for the most obvious reasons. Quite predictably, Robbie as Harding and Janney as her mother are tremendous. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3.5/4 78% All the Money in the World (2017) The fact that the movie exists in this final version of its cast is remarkable enough in its way. That it's every bit as good as it is is, I think, where the film itself comes close to legend. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) There is, to be sure, nothing remotely new about the story of the beauty and the beast... Nevertheless it took audacity and nerves of steel to go all the way with it, which is what del Toro does. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3.5/4 49% Downsizing (2017) Alexander Payne's Downsizing is a tour-de-force. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) The sweetness that makes so much of this better than it probably had a right to be also makes it far from disastrous that it's so much less than it could have been. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017