Jennifer Heaton

Jennifer Heaton
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Alternative Lens

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
9/10 79% Captain Marvel (2019) It embraces its female empowerment narrative without needing to belabour it, putting forward an entertaining story first and lacing in its timely subtext as a bonus. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
10/10 96% Roma (2018) It's a piece of cinema that, whilst mostly grounded in the mundane, finds the grandeur and cinematic potential in every conceivable moment. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9.5/10 92% Searching (2018) Searching uses the [screenwatch] style as more than just a gimmick, telling a simple but gripping thriller mystery with nothing but webcams and Google searches. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 97% The Hate U Give (2018) ...The Hate U Give skips the allegories and fights the real corruption in this hard-hitting but thoroughly digestible drama. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A character-driven, non-linear multi-strand period neo-noir thriller with an all-star cast and a cavalcade of snappy duologues? It's practically a film buff's fantasy. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Every chase, every fistfight, every daring stunt; all of them shot and directed to as near to perfection you can get. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is exactly the kind of movie we need in our racially-fraught climate. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? balances comedy and crime expertly and McCarthy's pathetic yet relatable performance as Lee Israel is a career-best. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is a classic romantic comedy done right... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You mixes biting socio-political satire and excellent performances from a varied cast with outlandish imagery and imaginative direction. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 93% The Favourite (2018) Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz all deliver career-best performances in this quirky look back at the politics of yesteryear... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Probably the most accessible film in [Wes] Anderson's catalogue to date... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 89% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star is Born will tug at the heartstrings of even those who have seen this story play out time and time again. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 92% Revenge (2018) Coralie Fargeat ... directs with style and grit, painting a visceral picture that never shies away from being bloody or racy, but manages to avoid falling into exploitation. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace is the perfect antidote for those wanting something other than multi-million dollar blockbusters and flashy awards bait. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk somehow manages to find beauty and heart in the unjust tragedy of two lovers kept apart by prejudice. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 88% The Night Comes For Us (2018) [The Night Comes For Us] is one lovers of dark, bloody action extravaganzas should not miss out on. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 81% Boy Erased (2018) [A] harrowing but necessary reflection of the bigotry still present in our society... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Luckily, even acknowledging that we've already seen the trick, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part still has plenty up its sleeve and delivers the laughs and heart in ample form. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
7.5/10 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A gloriously entertaining, sincere and often bordering on brilliant mess that is probably going to flop financially but gain a devoted cult following in the process ... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
8.5/10 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is neither as surprising as the first or as gamechanging as the second, but it delivers where it counts. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/10 37% Glass (2019) I wish Glass were either much better or much worse than it is. It is neither a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy, nor an entertainingly bad disaster. It's just kind of dull. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
6.5/10 66% Vice (2018) I agree with McKay's take on Dick Cheney in principle, but as a movie Vice only barely passes muster because of the flaws in its execution. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
5.5/10 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) ... 'Predictable and expected' are exactly the wrong words I should be using to describe a Mary Poppins film. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8.5/10 93% Bumblebee (2018) It does everything the Bay movies wouldn't, embracing what's made Transformers endure for three decades, and infusing it with a much-needed dose of heart. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
5/10 27% Mortal Engines (2018) There's nothing in Mortal Engines that flat-out doesn't work, but not being bad doesn't equal being good. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
7.5/10 65% Aquaman (2018) It avoids being sheepish about its more preposterous concepts, instead revelling in its comic book goofiness for a rollicking B movie adventure. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
10/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It demonstrates an undeniable passion for Spider-Man, and it uses those building blocks to tell a story that reminds you why he's been a beloved character for over fifty years - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
8/10 84% Creed II (2018) More than anything, it deserves kudos for managing to make Rocky IV relevant and impactful again, rather than just using it to take easy pot shots at Cold War jingoism. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
7/10 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) There are brilliant individual moments of inspiration here that surpass anything done in Wreck-It Ralph, but for the most part it's just a remastering of the first film. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/10 15% Robin Hood (2018) It plays like a fan fiction written by an edgelord teen who's seen The Dark Knight too many times and who knows what Anonymous is but doesn't understand it. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/10 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web is like a passable but unremarkable episode of a TV show long past its prime. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
2/10 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) This movie is the cinematic equivalent to reading Rowling's tiresome retcon tweets: trite, laboured, unnecessary, and sometimes even offensive. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
9/10 72% Assassination Nation (2018) If you want to see a troupe of badass intersectional feminists fight back against the toxicity of online culture, this is the movie you have been waiting for. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7.5/10 86% American Made (2017) Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman tell an interesting true story that plays like Goodfellas mixed with Top Gun ... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
8.5/10 92% Logan Lucky (2017) A witty script and fantastic performances, particularly from a nearly-unrecognisable Daniel Craig, make this more than just another crime caper. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
5.5/10 37% Death Note (2017) Adam Wingard's stylish direction and the solid casting do make it more than watchable, but the story and pacing are hampered by an overstuffed plot ... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
8/10 83% Detroit (2017) The documentary-style cinematography really plants you in the drama, and the performances from Will Poulter and Algee Smith are spot-on. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
5/10 16% The Dark Tower (2017) A mundane and trite action-fantasy film that ... ends up feeling more like yet another bad YA adaptation rather than a grand fantasy epic. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
6.5/10 42% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Silly but harmless buddy action movie that wishes it was as witty as a Shane Black script. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
7.5/10 70% Annabelle: Creation (2017) It fixes the problems of its predecessor without making the first film irrelevant ... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
7.5/10 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde is certainly more than just John Wick in high heels, but for what it adds in depth it loses in fun. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
7/10 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) This spiritual sequel to The Fifth Element may be bloated and highly unfocused, but it compensates for it with a relentless sense of imagination and childlike wonder. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
10/10 98% The Big Sick (2017) It may seem like an incredibly simple romantic comedy on paper, but The Big Sick succeeds by avoiding all the usual rom com traps and hones in on the emotional content. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
6.5/10 88% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) The absent-minded plot and paper-thin themes do often make the film feel more like several episodes of a cartoon show stuck together rather than a feature film ... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
8.5/10 92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk depicts World War II with barely an ounce of jingoism for maximum emotional effect. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
6.5/10 70% Cars 3 (2017) The story and characters are fairly stock and predictable, but the new flairs it adds are much welcomed and give its final moments something approaching brilliant. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
8/10 87% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night combines the post-apocalyptic interpersonal conflict of the late George Romero with haunting imagery and an unrelenting sense of fear. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
6/10 20% The House (2017) [The House] has just about enough worthwhile gags to hold your attention. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
3/10 15% The Circle (2017) The Circle posits an interesting and timely premise about identity and privacy in the social media age, but shows no real insight on the subject. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018