Jennifer Heaton

Jennifer Heaton
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Alternative Lens

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 74% Mulan (2020) It is a fantastic companion piece to the animated film, but also stands up as a great action movie on its own. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
6/10 33% The New Mutants (2020) Compared to many of the big budget X-Men films with their bombastic scale and lack of respect for the source material, The New Mutants is competently made by comparison. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
7/10 71% Tenet (2020) Tenet is a unique and often stunning film about the nature of time and fate, but it's ultimately a little too smart for its own good. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
2/10 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Artemis Fowl is perhaps the worst film of its kind since The Last Airbender; a rushed and incoherent insult to its source material that will anger fans and confuse newcomers. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
8/10 90% Bit (2019) Bit couldn't have been made at a more perfect time and, whilst it has noticeable flaws, it is regardless a unique genre movie that deserves to become a cult classic. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
7.5/10 88% Onward (2020) Onward is a solid return to original storytelling for Pixar, though it ultimately plays it a little too safe to be anything other than pretty damn good. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
9/10 91% The Invisible Man (2020) A genuinely distressing and topical psychological horror, this is a stellar example of how to update a classic concept to reflect modern fears. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
6/10 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) It's a flawed but endearing film with a naïve energy and wry self-awareness, occasionally hitting sparks of genius in the midst of its humdrum narrative. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
8.5/10 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey is a divine blend of superheroics and chaotic catharsis, perfectly embodying Harley's titular emancipation from not only The Joker but the past sins of the DCEU. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
6.5/10 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) People often defend Michael Bay movies by saying you need to turn off your brain to enjoy them. You can do that with Bad Boys for Life, but thankfully you don't have to. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
10/10 89% 1917 (2020) Sam Mendes. World War I. Roger Deakins. All in one shot. If you love cinema, you are already hooked, but 1917 is worthy of those selling points and then some. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
6/10 68% Bombshell (2019) Jay Roach and Charles Randolph clearly have a handle on the political satire, but when it comes to discussing women's issues they both still have a lot to learn. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
9.5/10 95% Little Women (2019) This is the kind of literary recontextualisation I absolutely love to see. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
8.5/10 91% Weathering with You (2020) It may not be as emotionally resonating as Your Name, but this is a prescient and uplifting film about learning to find the silver lining in a bleak climate. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
6/10 41% Stuber (2019) ...Ultimately held together by the fantastic chemistry between stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
9/10 97% Promare (2019) If you are looking for a film unlike anything you've ever seen before, this is it. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
5/10 36% 6 Underground (2019) 6 Underground is Mountain Dew in cinema form, bursting with energy and ridiculous ideas that is occasionally entertaining but mostly just exhausting. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/10 13% The Hustle (2019) Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson are clearly trying but completely flounder with a terrible screenplay that meanders from set piece to set piece... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
5.5/10 38% Black Christmas (2019) We need more feminist genre cinema, but that doesn't mean we have to accept half-baked films like this. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
8.5/10 94% Honey Boy (2019) If you still think [Shia LaBoeuf] is worthy of a punch line, give this a watch and have your perspective shifted. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
8/10 96% The Irishman (2019) ...This is a gargantuan piece of cinema that would be a fitting conclusion to the master filmmaker's career if he was ready to stop here. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
7/10 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim can be very simply described as Bonnie & Clyde for the Black Lives Matter generation, and the film is very aware of that comparison. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/10 47% Last Christmas (2019) It's likely to become a Christmas classic, but for all the wrong reasons. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
5.5/10 44% The Addams Family (2019) ...The film's simplistic and episodic plot put a major dampener on what could have been a welcome breath of fresh air for family animation. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
5/10 72% The Aeronauts (2019) There's always a few Oscar bait movies that completely fail to get any notices every year, and this might as well be the poster child of that sub-genre. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
9/10 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) This slick and hilarious biopic of the infamous Rudy Ray Moore and the production of his underground hit Dolemite is the best film of its kind since Ed Wood... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
8.5/10 82% Judy (2019) ...A sobering portrayal of a star on the decline and an insight into the toll sexism, sexual abuse and the celebrity machine can have on someone's mental health. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
8/10 88% Ready or Not (2019) Be prepared to have a new favourite to add to your midnight movie collection. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
8/10 98% The Farewell (2019) ...The Farewell is an equally hilarious and heartbreaking examination of grief, family and tradition. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
6.5/10 83% Crawl (2019) ...The imagination of the film's set pieces are more than enough to make this a worthy piece of Friday night entertainment. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
5.5/10 51% Escape Room (2019) ...It had enough interesting ideas and an underlying commentary on classism to help it stay afloat, but it was ultimately too forgettable to leave an impact. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
10/10 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It is an excellent ridiculing of both the depravity and the machismo of the Nazi Party, and ultimately is a feel-good triumph about love overcoming hatred. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
2.5/10 20% Cats (2019) A cat introduces themselves, sings about their one thing, Macavity shows up to be evil, rise and repeat for nearly two hours. That...that's honestly all there is to say. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
5.5/10 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It tries to be everything to every kind of Star Wars fan, hurriedly wrapping up the saga in a convenient bow, but it instead often comes off as trite and sycophantic. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
6/10 72% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Jumanji: The Next Level is the definition of disposable entertainment; fun while it lasts, but nothing you're particularly going to remember in a few days. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
6.5/10 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) There's a great Charlie's Angels movie inside of this one, and its heart is certainly in the right place, but no film can coast on good intentions alone. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
10/10 97% Knives Out (2019) This is a classic murder mystery caper with a facetious postmodern point of view; it looks and feels timeless and yet its voice is quintessentially 2019. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
8/10 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II is an ambitious and challenging animated film that tries to evolve not only its own story but also the expectations for all of Disney animation. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
9.5/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It's a captivating and perennial tale of stamina and standing your ground in a fast-paced world, bolstered by yet another career-best performance from Christian Bale. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
8/10 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep dares to directly compare itself to The Shining and comes out unscathed as it aptly buries the hatchet between King and Kubrick. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
7.5/10 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's nothing fresh from a plot perspective, but in terms of character and theme it's the only film since Judgement Day that seems to understand the franchise's core appeal. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
7/10 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It absolutely has no right to be, but Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a solid Disney blockbuster and a massive improvement over its problematic predecessor. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
7/10 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It's less a sequel and more a reunion tour, content to play the same hits for the most part, but when originality does strike it reminds you why people fell in love with the original. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man is the exact kind of overcooked mess you'd expect from a project that's been in the kitchen for over twenty years. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/10 68% Joker (2019) Joker is to Martin Scorsese what Battleship was to Michael Bay; an empty attempt at imitation that confuses aesthetics and homage for quality and flattery. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
9.5/10 83% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is a kind of movie you rarely see anymore, using blockbuster assets to tell an arthouse story, but it's a superb original blend that we need more of in our increasingly homogenous film landscape. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
9/10 87% Hustlers (2019) Its sex-positive feminist perspective is a breath of fresh air amongst typically macho crime dramas, and shines a much-needed spotlight on an often-disparaged community. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two does an admirable job of elevating its subpar inspiration into something engaging, but it can't help but pale in comparison to its predecessor. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
5/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) What you're left with is an egocentric and juvenile piece of revisionist fan fiction that is completely oblivious to its own contemplative possibilities. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
7/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The best Fast & Furious movies know they're stupid but try not to act like it. Hobbs & Shaw admits its stupidity early on, and your mileage with its tone may vary from there. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019