Jennifer Heaton

Jennifer Heaton
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Alternative Lens

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8.5/10 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Parabellum does not disappoint in offering yet another dose of ultraviolent goodness. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
7/10 65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The filmmakers clearly love the property and know how to tell jokes about it that will resonate with fans whilst also addressing the absurdity of it... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
8.5/10 100% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is an unapologetically bawdy but smart and touching reflection of what female adolescence means today; it's like if Lady Bird was written by Sarah Silverman. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
9/10 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is a breath of fresh air for both genres it represents, bringing a brazen fearlessness to political commentary and progressive class to the stoner comedy. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
10/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) No film has quite made me feel so emotionally in awe since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/10 15% Hellboy (2019) Hellboy wants to be Deadpool, but in execution it's much closer to Suicide Squad. It's cynical and unfocused, and clearly thrown together from a production amidst chaos. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
9.5/10 88% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose is the best film of its kind since Billy Elliot, and a prime example of what British cinema can be when it stops being so self-important. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The story builds strong tension and a looming atmosphere as it ponders its themes of death and grief, but its culmination feels underdeveloped. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 89% Missing Link (2019) Laika's gorgeous animation is the real showstopper, pushing the limits of the form in constantly jaw dropping ways. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/10 47% Dumbo (2019) It feels like the result of an unenthusiastic director working with a lacklustre script, under the eye of a studio more concerned with marketing the film than making it. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
9/10 90% Shazam! (2019) There hasn't been a superhero movie quite like Shazam! since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, revitalising the optimism and childlike wonder of superhero movies for a modern age. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
8/10 94% Us (2019) Us is another refreshing and well-crafted Jordan Peele horror flick, but in swapping out Get Out's clear motives for a more esoteric experience it lands on uneven territory. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
9/10 78% 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 90% 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 93% 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 85% 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 38% 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 67% 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 79% 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 92% 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 26% 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 89% 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 73% 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 38% 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 84% 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