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
3/4 67% Mac (1992) Turturro the fine actor has enlisted other fine actors to fill minor roles... he's a promising director with a fine eye. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
3.5/4 91% El Mariachi (1993) It is, in its way, what movies are all about. And it's a lark. If you ever loved movies at all, you'll probably want to see it. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
3/4 88% Girlfight (2000) What is truly unforgettable about Girlfight is its star, Michelle Rodriguez. Over and over, writer/director Karyn Kusama gives us closeups of the stony murder in her eyes and her eyes are extraordinary. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3.5/4 76% The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) It's a rare and quietly impressive movie. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/4 88% Light Sleeper (1992) It's good Schrader -- a quiet and gentle portrait of moral squalor among very fashion-conscious people who wear silk scarves and green suede jackets and lunch at Cote Basque. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021
86% The Joy Luck Club (1993) It's unlikely anyone would be unmoved by The Joy Luck Club. As tear-jerkers go, it's as honorable as it is relentless. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
85% The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) It's a charming little romantic comedy that never tries to outweigh its own charm. Best of all, it never forgets how much that charm is dependent on the woman in its center. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
4/4 60% Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) Maybe not movie bliss, as the original, unexpected "Die Hard" was, but semi-bliss, for sure. By all means go (as if I needed to tell you). - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
52% Tequila Sunrise (1988) It turns out to resemble little more than a very sophisticated but slow and soggy episode of "Miami Vice" set in LA-LA land. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/4 93% The Witches (1990) One of the damndest creative collaborations to hit movies since Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe pretended to vamp each other in "The Prince and the Showgirl." - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
92% Reversal of Fortune (1990) What a brilliant and unexpected and wickedly perverse movie this is. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
88% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) Pauline Kael was the greatest American film critic who has ever been. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) Cinema Verite turns into quite a powerful film when it's able to air the complexities and implications of a story that TV originally left out. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
49% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Hemingway and Gellhorn couldn't have more wrong with it if it tried. And that's tragic because it does one thing -- and one thing only -- so very right that it deserves to be seen... Rescuing Martha Gellhorn from a pitiable damnation of history. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
3.5/4 77% Candyman (1992) This is primal mythic territory. And the movie has more than its share of junky frights. It's loaded with things that go bump in the night. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
80% Buffaloed (2020) Zoey Deutch pulls out all the stops in Buffaloed...the movie tries too hard - way too hard - but it knows it's going uphill and it's very funny doing just that. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) I like Hollywoodians with political convictions and a solid feel for what will move other members of the human species. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/4 71% The Aeronauts (2019) It's both a suspense film and an adventure film that took real 19th-century achievement as a starting point and grafted 21st-century gender reckonings and aspirations to the top of it. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is a great film all right. It is not, I think, to be missed by anyone who seriously cares about movies. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
90% Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) Wildly funny on the cutting edge. It falls down a wee bit in the middle but after its bravura opening 20 minutes, it regains its grip at the end. I've not laughed harder at anything on television all year. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Pitt has one of the coolest movie roles he's yet played, DiCaprio gets to show off all manner of acting chops and Margot Robbie gets to enjoy pretending to be the Sharon Tate history denied us. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
No Score Yet Lynch: A History (2019) A very public man who used to run in "Beast Mode" found a way, with much difficulty and resistance, to be silent about it. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 34% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) This time, everybody's favorite resourceful mite is adrift in Manhattan with the same two duncey thugs on his case with the resultant cartoon mayhem of even richer and more highly evolved subteen sadism. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4.5/5 92% Pulp Fiction (1994) I can't think of another filmmaker in America who disturbs me this way. But I know full well that that's his point. It's because he's on to something. He has put some things together that I don't think should be put together. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) ...nothing short of sublime. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
1.5/4 17% 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
67% 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
82% 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 97% The Cakemaker (2018) [A] subtly nuanced romantic dance of emotional exploration. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/4 88% 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
17% 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
40% 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
83% 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
88% 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
94% 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
93% 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