Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney

Agrees with the Tomatometer 87% of the time.

Jen Chaney's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, while amusing in spots, too often plays like a moderately decent TV-reunion show that's diminished by its attempt to be a theatrical feature." ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 22, 2016

The Jungle Book (2016)

"Even though it contains a few scary moments, I think this is a movie that parents should take their elementary school-aged children to see." ‐ Uproxx
Posted Jun 24, 2016

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

"Vardalos, who once again wrote the screenplay and also stars, has built this sequel on the premise that everything that happened in the previous film should be recreated in the second, but in a way that feels even less organic." ‐ Uproxx
Posted Jun 24, 2016

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

"After Allegiant, some moviegoers may decide their work with this franchise is done here." ‐ Uproxx
Posted Jun 24, 2016

O.J.: Made in America (2016)

"Practically every moment of its seven-and-a-half-hour running time is thought-provoking, astonishing, sobering, hilarious, tragic, and sometimes all of those at once." ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 9, 2016

Money Monster (2016)

"Even professionals sometimes take a loss, and that's what Money Monster ultimately feels like: an investment that doesn't quite pay off." ‐ Uproxx
Posted May 27, 2016
0.5/4 43%

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

"After paying good money to take your family to see this film, you may be dealing with some anger-management issues of your own." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 19, 2016
1/4 7%

Mother's Day (2016)

"When Aniston's character casually mentions Groundhog Day and Flag Day in conversation, I immediately thought to myself, "Be quiet, you, or Garry Marshall will get even more bad ideas."" ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 28, 2016

Nina (2016)

"It's difficult to watch Nina and not compare it to What Happened, Miss Simone?... because the non-fiction version paints a more complete, nuanced portrait of a complicated woman." ‐ Uproxx
Posted Apr 19, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Zootopia (2016)

"The best animated film of the year, as well as one that conveys a message rarely heard in movies for children: Getting exactly what you hoped for isn't the end of the journey." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 3, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"Kung Fu Panda 3 follows that same template almost to the letter and punctuation mark. But it's so engaging and entertaining that its reliance on that well-worn hero's journey narrative doesn't feel stale." ‐ Uproxx
Posted Feb 17, 2016

How To Be Single (2016)

"When a modern love story elicits a few laughs while also showing off a New York that, under the direction of Christian Ditter, looks like a glimmering fairy land... you probably, honestly, won't really care that it doesn't reflect reality." ‐ Uproxx
Posted Feb 11, 2016
1/4 8%

Norm of the North (2016)

"Think of every trope associated with animated family movies and you'll find them all in Norm of the North, a thoroughly uninspired story of a polar bear attempting to save his habitat from a hypocritical hippie seeking to develop condos in the Arctic." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 15, 2016

A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

"A Very Murray Christmas, which deserves to exist for the sake of its title alone, is very Murray, but it's more understated, Wes Anderson-era Murray than, say, madcap, Caddyshack Murray. " ‐ Uproxx
Posted Dec 4, 2015
1.5/4 24%

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

"As Radcliffe says from the beginning, we know this story. Since we already do, the longer this particular version of it continues, the more we wonder why we're bothering to sit through it." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 24, 2015

By The Sea (2015)

"It's a movie where every pause is long and every line of dialogue is supposed to carry great meaning, but ultimately sounds weighed down by excess pretension." ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 20, 2015

Burnt (2015)

"Burnt is plated beautifully but lacks the complexity of flavor it so desperately wants to achieve." ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 20, 2015

Crimson Peak (2015)

"When Guillermo del Toro set out to co-write and direct Crimson Peak, a work of Gothic horror as gorgeous as it is preposterous, the word "restraint" must have been missing from his movie-making mission statement." ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 20, 2015
0/4 19%

Love the Coopers (2015)

""Love the Coopers" is one of the most jumbled, tonally misguided holiday movies in recent memory. It is an insult to tidings of comfort as well as joy, and a complete waste of the time and talents of its ensemble cast." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 94%

East Side Sushi (2015)

"Lucero compensates for ... missteps with subtly persuasive visual choices and narrative restraint." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"Maybe the best thing about The Peanuts Movie, with detail so perfect that it brings tears to my eyes, is the way that Charlie Brown daydreams." ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 35%

Big Stone Gap (2015)

"The warmth of spirit behind this project allows its missteps to be mostly forgiven." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/4 85%

Meet The Patels (2015)

"It's impossible not to care about the people on screen." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 50%

Sneakerheadz (2015)

"Perhaps "Sneakerheadz" needs a sequel, one that more directly interrogates the shoe manufacturers themselves about the hazards of pumping up so much hype about their product." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 97%

Listen To Me Marlon (2015)

"It's a thoroughly subjective and effective attempt to capture how it must have felt to be Marlon Brando." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 99%

Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

"Who needs words when every frame is worth a thousand of them?" ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/5 92%

Mala Mala (2015)

"Co-directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini approach their subjects with healthy curiosity and consistent respect." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2.5/5 56%

Set Fire To The Stars (2015)

"It's almost as if everyone involved in Set Fire To The Stars got a little too understated for their own good. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/5 91%

Sunshine Superman (2015)

"The portrait of BASE jumping founding father Carl Boenish, effectively captures the irrepressible energy of a man who never tired of taking flying leaps." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 20, 2015
2/5 29%

Every Secret Thing (2015)

"The most observant movie-watchers, especially those conversant in the language of crime dramas, will see some of the narrative curveballs coming long before the wind-up. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 13, 2015
4/5 83%

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015)

"This is a profile of a decent man who is permanently associated with a revered pop-cultural icon." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 6, 2015
3.5/5 100%

Emptying The Skies (2015)

" Emptying The Skies, a documentary based on Franzen's story that borrows its headline as its title, ultimately makes a more searing imprint on the psyche. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/5 90%

In Country (2015)

"Attie and O'Hara do a wonderfully restrained, effective job of portraying the never-ending repetitive loop that is military life. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 8, 2015
2.5/4 79%

Furious 7 (2015)

""Furious 7" buzzes with a frenetic energy so contagious, there's no sense in resisting it. Like its predecessors, this film has no shame about being its high-octane, gloriously ridiculous self." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/5 93%

The Hand That Feeds (2015)

"As it stands, The Hand That Feeds is an illuminating sidebar to the conversations around the U.S. economy and immigration reform. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2015
2/4 80%

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

"There's something about this project that, despite checking all of the requisite plot and sensibility boxes, doesn't convey as an organic work of SpongeBob-ishness." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1/4 10%

No Good Deed (2014)

"A few scenes succeed in generating legitimate tension, but this movie isn't so much a nail-biter as a very occasional hangnail-chewer." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 59%

My Old Lady (2014)

"What ultimately gives My Old Lady its structure and heft are the moments when two of the actors get stuck in a room together, and let the dialogue fly. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 10, 2014
1.5/5 13%

Innocence (2014)

" Innocence is about what it means to confront death and mortality. But what it needs more than anything is some life in it." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 3, 2014
3.5/5.0 75%

A Will For The Woods (2014)

"...A Will For The Woods transforms into a truly moving experience, and a testimony to the difference that a single life can make in the lives of others." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Aug 13, 2014
3/4 75%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decides to add an Oscar category called Best Performance by a Toddler in an Indie Film Directed by His Own Father, Jude Swanberg would easily smoke any precocious competition." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 80%

Get On Up (2014)

"These kinds of Hollywood pop stardom portraits usually flop or fly based on their casts and the ebullience of their musical scenes. "Get on Up" wins on both fronts." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/5 67%

The Almost Man (2014)

" a tightly constructed look at the more serious symptoms of Peter Pan syndrome, The Almost Man mostly works." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 65%

A Five Star Life (2014)

"A frequently sumptuous pleasure to watch." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 62%

The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014)

"[...] directors Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina have made a documentary that, like its protagonist, overflows with wild tales of con jobs, diamond-pilfering, and daring dashes from law enforcement" ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 28, 2014
2.5/4 75%

Teenage (2014)

"Deftly weaves together various media in a way that breathes its own youthful, stream-of-conscious life into the documentary genre." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 22, 2014

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

"[The film is] supposed to serve as a reminder that, low moments and all, this is truly still a wonderful life[.] Instead, it's a reminder that Robinson and Williams have each made some wonderful movies. But this isn't one of them." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 22, 2014
1/4 16%

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

"Animated in form but completely listless in content." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 8, 2014
2/4 56%

Decoding Annie Parker (2014)

"It sticks mostly to one track, taking audience members on a journey that, sadly, via the movies or their own lives, they already may know a little too well." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/5 100%

16 Acres (2012)

"16 Acres is a 9/11 documentary, but not that kind of 9/11 documentary [...] it explores the stew of hope, frustration, ambition, and PR spin-cycling involved in the decade-plus effort to rebuild what terrorists so quickly tore down." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 29, 2014
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