Jeffrey Lyles

Jeffrey Lyles
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
9.5/10 98% Us (2019) Wonderfully complex and thought-provoking enough to warrant repeated viewings, but on the initial watch, it's as creepy and unsettling as any horror film in the last decade. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/10 No Score Yet Crossbreed (2019) With a better cast, script, director and budget could have been worthwhile. Instead, we're left with a film that aims for good enough and fails to hit that low bar. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
9/10 69% Triple Threat (2019) A no-brainer. It's a fan-service martial arts extravaganza with action sequences on par with The Raid films that meets and oftentimes exceeds expectations. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Alien Party Crashers (2019) An independent film that shows plenty of potential and shouldn't have too much trouble finding an audience. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/10 No Score Yet Welcome to Acapulco (2019) A questionable storytelling device dooms Welcome to Acapulco, an action comedy that quickly becomes a grueling and tiring watch. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Where's Daddy? (2018) Paints a compelling picture of a problem that needs to be addressed sooner than later to truly give children a fair shake at having both parents in their lives. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
9.5/10 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Phase 3 might be the strongest slate of any film franchise ever. Captain Marvel reinforces anything Marvel touches turns into marvelously satisfying experiences for fans. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/10 24% Polar (2019) Åkerlund actually shows each day's torture to really drive home the point. Too often Polar feels like being tied up and suffering through an immense cinematic experience. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
5.5/10 53% The Last Laugh (2019) The film has too many weak points to recommend immediately adding to your queue, but off the strength of Dreyfuss' performance, it's worth checking out. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
9.5/10 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) This is a franchise that's clearly hasn't run out of time or inspired ideas. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/10 93% High Flying Bird (2019) Has a smart and timely premise, but ultimately it fails to present that idea in an engaging or entertaining fashion. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
4/10 38% A Violent Man (2019) Doesn't offer much to make it worth contender status. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
9/10 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Maybe it's not entirely as original, but this sequel proves the future of the franchise is still pretty amazing. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/10 29% The 6th Friend (2016) A surprisingly strong horror thriller that easily kept my interest right up until its lackluster and predictable final act. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
6/10 37% Glass (2019) Maybe over time we'll appreciate what Shyamalan attempted with Glass upon further reflection. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
9/10 93% The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature (2019) With apologies to The Dark Knight Returns, this is the best 1-2 punch in the DC animated film library. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
10/10 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) An endlessly appealing and beautiful documentary on the life of a true American treasure. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
8/10 62% Bird Box (2018) A pretty good, if not occasionally frustrating thriller a few missteps away from being truly special. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
9.5/10 86% Upgrade (2018) The most original, high-concept sci-fi thriller since Looper. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
7/10 80% Nothing to Hide (Le jeu) (2018) Benefits from a strong, engaging cast and an interesting premise to merit watching even with its wishy-washy ending. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
8/10 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A compelling crime caper with Redford still delivering the goods and a filmmaker perfectly content letting him steal the show one final time. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
9.5/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Finds Lee fully honed in on message with one of the most timely, engaging and thought-provoking films of his career. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
0/10 No Score Yet Elves (2018) Probably deserves the title of worst film of the year. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
9.5/10 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Another incredible accomplishment for Jenkins. He continues to be a filmmaker who finds the heart in his movies that make for these engaging, personal stories. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
9.5/10 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A superbly crafted thriller with genuine scares and gripping performances. It's easily 2018's best thriller and one of the genre standouts for the past decade. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/10 59% Vox Lux (2018) Does Corbet want to challenge the digestible news cycle, the easily replaceable mentality of the next fad or put on a pedestal what he seeks to slam? - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
8/10 93% Bumblebee (2018) Maybe the film's biggest misstep is trying to fit into the horrible Bay continuity instead of taking the time for a complete reboot. This film deserves far better than being forced into the Bayformers franchise. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
9.5/10 65% Aquaman (2018) Wan swings for the fences in crafting arguably the most ambitious comic book film we've seen on the big screen yet. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
9.5/10 69% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) A funny, highly entertaining and emotional Christmas film that feels every bit as heartfelt and touching as the modern classics. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Killer Kate! (2018) It's got the right ingredients to be a capable invasion thriller that's undercut by unnecessary and bad comedy. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
9/10 82% The Princess Switch (2018) Exactly what the hopeless romantic ordered for their Christmas viewing this season. This is likely one that will be in heavy rotation throughout December. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
10/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Not just unapologetically embraces its comic book roots, but enthusiastically celebrates its source material. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
5/10 93% The Favourite (2018) Despite its talented cast, the film feels a little under-cooked to truly warrant a seat on the throne. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
6/10 81% Ben is Back (2018) It's got all the boxes checked for a bonafide Oscar contender, but an uneven second act prevents it from being one of 2018's best. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
10/10 89% A Star Is Born (2018) The rare Oscar favorite that's deserves all the praise and is more than just the hype. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
9/10 78% Green Book (2018) It's not cinematic calculus, but the formula works for a reason. Moviegoers want to be hopeful that things like racism can eventually be overcome. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
9.5/10 91% Widows (2018) Widows is such a special movie because it's so much more than the standard heist film. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
10/10 84% Creed II (2018) Not only a superb follow-up to the breakout 2015 hit, but it's a worthy continuation of Rocky IV. There's not a lot of films that could so skillfully expand on two films. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
5/10 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Doesn't do a great job explaining the stakes and point of this series beyond milking the fanbase for another set of movies. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/10 33% The Holiday Calendar (2018) Manages to snatch all the fun out of calling every big moment by being so by the book it ignores important elements...like chemistry and a sensible plot. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
9/10 81% Overlord (2018) From zombies, Nazi-killing characters, a strong female character not tied down to a romantic subplot and a black lead, it checks off too many boxes not to enjoy every second. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/10 No Score Yet Johnny Gruesome (2018) Terrible. Unwatchable. All those adjectives and many more would apply, but Johnny Gruesome is just as appropriate a title for this dead on arrival zombie film. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
4/10 71% Monster Party (2018) There's some decent ideas here, but von Hoffman fails to develop them properly and isn't worth recommending over the far more engaging and suspenseful Don't Breathe. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
8.5/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) This isn't the deep dive Behind the Music look at Queen, but it's got enough going in its favor to be a winner, if not the champion of musical biopics. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/10 No Score Yet Dead Squad: Temple of the Undead (2018) Ultimately all of the weird zombie sex scenes and stupid humor ruin what could have been a welcome addition to the zombie genre. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
6/10 40% Brampton's Own (2018) Doneger needed a bit more of ... something to make the film truly connect. It's in this weird spot of being inoffensive and uninteresting. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
9/10 70% Galveston (2018) An elegantly simple film that doesn't need any fancy gimmicks and thrives on the strength of its performers, script and impeccable direction. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
6/10 50% Strange Nature (2018) In many ways, Strange Nature plays out like a throwback thriller - in a good way - until it's undone by an uneven final act. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
5/10 87% First Man (2018) Being in the cockpit during the space expedition is a revelation, but it's too bad First Man offers so few insights into the man behind this historic achievement. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/10 71% Nappily Ever After (2018) Sticks too closely to romantic comedy cliches without being funny and fails to tackle the real obstacle to the main character's complete empowerment. - Lyles' Movie Files EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018