Jenni Miller

Jenni Miller
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Bust Magazine, NBC News THINK

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
15% The Hustle (2019) "The Hustle" is a great example of why audiences deserved more than a gender-swapped remake with but a few updated details. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie Says (2019) Charlie Says wasn't made to glorify the Manson family, but unfortunately the film's acid-drenched orgies are its most compelling parts. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) The filmmakers couldn't have foreseen the outcome, but must have known that they were capturing an unforgettable moment in American political history. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 55% Step Brothers (2008) While it's somewhat sweeter, if you will, than a typical Apatow flick, the ludicrous situations call for equally ludicrous behavior and statements. - Premiere Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) The filmmakers here were seemingly so sure on which side of the line Hamer and Gault stood that they missed any opportunity to make the audience wonder. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore is endlessly watchable. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
91% Widows (2018) Ultimately "Widows" is terrific on its face as a crime thriller. It's violent, it's kinetic and it's beyond watchable. But if you want to pay a bit more attention...there's so much more happening under the surface. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite, which features scatological humor, gout and a pet duck among its political and romantic court intrigues. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) Once I shook off the glossy trappings of "Green Book" and its on-the-nose ending, I couldn't still enjoy the friendship brought to life on the screen. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) Director Karyn Kusama's deft eye for grit and action gives Kidman a safe space to let loose in a way her previous roles have only hinted at. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Elsie Fisher carries the movie in a performance that's nuanced and thoughtful. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) [Joaquin] Phoenix is at his shell-shocked best as the haunted Joe, veering between explosive violence and surprising tenderness. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) ... Sally Hawkins gives a five-star performance as Elisa... - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/5 97% Mudbound (2017) Writer/director Dee Rees (the filmmaker behind Bessie and Pariah) aims high with Mudbound, a sprawling Southern Gothic tale of two families whose fates are impossibly intertwined. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
87% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) The Lure is a fully realized fantasy from top to bottom. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
74% Sunshine Cleaning (2009) SunShine Cleaning is a lovely little film that's more gallows than humor. - The Rumpus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
3/5 33% Home Again (2017) Home Again hits that romcom sweet spot. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
4/5 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ingrid Goes West is an uncanny portrait of how social media allows users to curate their lives beyond recognition. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 89% Maudie (2017) Ultimately, though, Maudie mostly succeeds by skirting twee sentimentality. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
7/10 80% Grand Piano (2014) Director Eugenio Mira manages to keep Grand Piano visually stimulating even when writer Damien Chazelle's script gets silly. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
79% Veronica Mars (2014) Veronica Mars will definitely please the fans desperate to catch up with the residents of Neptune, but I feel certain it won't sate us for long. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
66% The Railway Man (2014) The Railway Man holds great possibility but wanders off track. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
9/10 91% The Punk Singer (2013) It is a love letter to Kathleen Hanna, to feminism, and to the fans, but it's also just a damn good movie. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
47% Rio 2 (2014) Director Carlos Saldanha's love for his native Rio shines through, but that's not quite enough to save the messy, sprawling story. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
5/10 53% Adult World (2014) Adult World is more aggravating than endearing, although there's an interesting idea buried beneath all the cutesy plot details. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
73% Crimson Peak (2015) del Toro's catalogue of subversive and subtly political movies are worth celebrating even when they don't quite gel. - Nylon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
86% Rundskop (Bullhead) (2012) Bullhead is the Oscar nominee you should be obsessing over. This Belgian dark horse with bite is tucked away in the Best Foreign Film category, but it might be one of the best films of the year. - GQ EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 87% It Comes At Night (2017) Although It Comes at Night isn't quite as striking or as intelligent as it wants to be, it's enjoyable and there are definitely a few scenes that will keep creeping you out until late into the night. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) It means so much, especially in today's world, to watch a woman who is allowed to be naïve, curious, sensitive, and strong save the day. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 81% Colossal (2017) Colossal is a fabulous showcase for Hathaway's finely calibrated dark humor. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
5/5 91% Raw (2017) Raw is horrifying and gorgeous, with fantastic performances by Marillier, Rumpf, and Rabah Nait Oufella. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) Oyelowo and Pike are perfect together, conveying a deep well of love buoyed by joy and fierce loyalty. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) While the story is sometimes straight-up weird -- in a wonderful way -- its humor cuts close to the bone. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
89% Wild (2014) Nick Hornby's script feels a bit uneven, with a few too many whispery voiceovers, but Witherspoon's temerity carries the day. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
74% Chicken with Plums (2012) It's not necessary to pick up on all the breadcrumbs Satrapi plants here from her previous tale to enjoy this dreamy film. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
5/5 97% The Fits (2016) Although The Fits is a short 72 minutes, it bristles with energy that explodes in intricate choreography. It is also gorgeously shot, with Hightower impressively carrying all the emotional weight of the film in her face and body. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) You'll want to watch The Witch again and again, finding new layers and possibilities each time. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) Like its journeyman star Channing Tatum, there's something so weirdly sweet and earnest about Magic Mike XXL that you wonder if they're making fun of the audience. In the end, does it even matter? - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) I can't help but puzzle over the new Lisbeth and what, exactly, this film is lacking that doesn't make it Fincher-level great. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
90% Bridesmaids (2011) Although physical humor is a big part of the movie, Wiig shows a dramatic, darker side too. I have had high hopes for Wiig for a long time, and I'm really excited to see what she does next. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) It's gorgeous but slow in parts. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
52% Antichrist (2009) If you can stomach the violence, which is something that rivals Saw VI, it is beautifully crafted and unlike anything in theaters today. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
88% The Invitation (2016) Director Karyn Kusama makes the most of the angular, impossibly expensive house in the Hollywood Hills where almost all of the claustrophobic action takes place. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/5 100% As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016) The film is a strong debut from a talented writer and director to watch. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
97% Mustang (2015) Although it invites comparisons to The Virgin Suicides, Mustang's rebellious spirit benefits from a point of view that's intimately female, thanks to a great script by Ergüven and Alice Winocour. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
94% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The Edge of Seventeen is to be commended for even attempting a coming-of-age story with a character like Nadine at its center. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
98% The Babadook (2014) Writer/director Jennifer Kent has crafted a masterfully scary movie that relies on sound design and a claustrophobic atmosphere to build tension to nearly unbearable heights. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
80% Macbeth (2015) What's especially stunning about this assured adaptation is that it's Kurzel's second feature, after the stomach-turning Snowtown. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2016
80% Man Up (2015) So many modern romantic comedies are the equivalent of a date that pukes on your shoes and steals your wallet; at least Man Up wants to be friends. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2016
74% Trumbo (2015) Newcomers who are lured in by the solid cast won't find a lot to grab on to here, story-wise. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2016