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Jessica Reaves

Jessica Reaves
Jessica Reaves's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 69% Cocaine Cowboys (2006) After beginning at a healthy clip, the film becomes mired in endless remembrances of debaucheries past and Miami's descent into lawlessness. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 9, 2006
2/4 76% Catch a Fire (2006) The action, political intrigue and marital tensions (which prove critical as the story unfolds) never quite coalesce into a compelling whole. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 26, 2006
3.5/4 76% A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) The memoirist turned screenwriter turned director has hit it out of the park with his first feature, crafting an unflinching, often brutal retrospective of his formative years in Astoria, Queens. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 19, 2006
3/4 55% Marie Antoinette (2006) Insouciant but never cavalier, Coppola's latest effort should prove definitively she's a talent in her own right. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 19, 2006
3/4 87% Jesus Camp (2006) What Ewing and Grady have accomplished here is remarkable -- capturing the visceral humanity, desire and unflagging political will of a religious movement. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2006
2.5/4 37% The Guardian (2006) In between the maudlin moments, [director] Davis et al. deliver a sturdy popcorn movie and a few genuine thrills. Not bad for a day on the high seas. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2006
1.5/4 25% School for Scoundrels (2006) This ultimately disappointing comedy starts reasonably strong, delivers a few good laughs, then rolls over and plays dead. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2006
.5/4 63% Jackass: Number Two (2006) I don't know what to say about Jackass: Number Two. What is there to say, after all, about a 95-minute foray into feces, intestinal gas, horse semen and a beer funnel inserted into a body cavity that's quite obviously not someone's mouth? ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 21, 2006
2.5/4 77% The Puffy Chair (2005) An enjoyable road movie that feels both comfortable and completely fresh. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 21, 2006
3/4 45% The Last Kiss (2006) ... a smart, witty, sexy take on the perils of becoming an adult. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 15, 2006
3/4 87% The Ground Truth (2006) Thanks largely to the brutal honesty of its subjects, The Ground Truth transcends the protest genre and delivers a much broader cautionary tale. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 14, 2006
2/4 43% Reinas (Queens) (2006) Unfortunately for director and co-writer Manuel Gomez Pereira, all the energy in the world isn't enough to compensate for the superfluous plot lines and outrageous overacting that weigh down this bit of warm-hearted Spanish fluff. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 7, 2006
2/4 27% Trust the Man (2006) Trust the Man could easily carry the following subtitle: Men Who Behave Like Petulant, Spoiled Children and the Women Who Decide It's Easier to Love Them As-Is Than To Try to Turn Them Into Grownups. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 17, 2006
2/4 19% Step Up (2006) While predictability and occasionally wooden dialogue keep this from being a truly good movie, it's certainly entertaining enough to please its intended audience. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 10, 2006
3/4 86% Quinceañera (2006) Quinceanera took both the dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and it's easy to see why. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 10, 2006
3.5/4 91% Little Miss Sunshine (2006) It's difficult to convey the sheer joy of watching these characters interact. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 3, 2006
1.5/4 18% Shadowboxer (2005) Who says critics are useless? Now you don't have to see the movie, unless, of course, you derive some satisfaction/pleasure from graphic violence, unforgivably cliched scripts and/or repeated sightings of Gooding's bare bottom. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 27, 2006
2/4 26% John Tucker Must Die (2006) Despite its various shortcomings, John Tucker isn't a terrible movie. It just isn't terribly funny or terribly interesting, although I suspect that its intended audience won't mind very much. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 27, 2006
1/4 43% Two Drifters (2006) This movie doesn't have enough heart or energy to inspire wonder -- with a weak script, utterly unsympathetic characters and a nonsensical plot, it can barely keep plodding along. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2006
2.5/4 21% You, Me and Dupree (2006) The end product feels less funny than formulaic. Not to mention profoundly disheartening. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 13, 2006
3/4 52% Strangers with Candy (2005) Easily the wittiest, most ridiculous and best-written comedy of the year. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 6, 2006
3/4 72% Seres queridos (2006) Shines a glaring light on sibling rivalry, cultural rifts and filial devotion without ever descending into pap or sentimentality. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2006
3/4 72% Clean (2005) It's a joy to watch the characters in this grown-up drama interact, their exchanges laced with anger and doubt, sadness and regret. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2006
3/4 36% Wassup Rockers (2006) Very different than Kids. Where the earlier film was exhausting in its nihilism, the latest retains a good-natured charm. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2006
2.5/4 27% Waist Deep (2006) Even with the movie's multiple personas, its message -- that salvation sometimes doesn't arrive in the expected form, and that escaping isn't the same thing as running away -- is delivered loud and clear. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 22, 2006
2/4 53% Wah-Wah (2006) Watching it is like trying to assemble a puzzle that's missing pieces: You can see the outline of a story, and some shapes fit neatly together, but there are undeniable holes. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 15, 2006
2.5/4 11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) I've always had a soft spot for Garfield, and this may account, at least in part, for the fact that I enjoyed a lot of this movie. When the humans have the sense to keep quiet, and the animals are doing their shtick, there's great fun to be had. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 15, 2006
2.5/4 74% Cars (2006) While it's a technically perfect movie, its tone is too manic, its characters too jaded and, in the end, its story too empty to stand up to expectations. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 8, 2006
2.5/4 81% Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006) Gehry's theory -- the less technical the approach, the more human the end result -- is proven time and again in this diverting portrait of America's most famous living architect. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 8, 2006
2.5/4 33% The Break-Up (2006) We're not talking Ingmar Bergman here, but suffice it to say that audiences expecting a raucous Vince Vaughn comedy (in the mold of, say, Old School) will find themselves laughing less than they'd hoped. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 1, 2006
3/4 73% Twelve and Holding (2006) The kids deliver uniformly solid, occasionally remarkable performances. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 1, 2006
1/4 57% Dead Man's Shoes (2006) There's a hint of Shakespeare's goriest tragedies here, sucked dry of any attendant heart, emotional depth or compelling human interest. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 18, 2006
1.5/4 13% Just My Luck (2006) Presumably, this movie was designed to be a fun romp, and in that it fails. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 11, 2006
1.5/4 11% Side Effects (2005) Spectacularly lame dialogue, stilted direction, amateurish production values and a soundtrack that distracts from the film as a whole. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 4, 2006
3/4 75% Look Both Ways (2006) ... a surprisingly (and inexplicably) uplifting meditation on the myriad ways life makes us all acutely miserable. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 27, 2006
2/4 31% Stick It (2006) Where Bring It On found fans well outside its theoretical demographic, Stick It is unlikely to follow suit. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 27, 2006
2/4 42% When Do We Eat? (2006) Watching this movie is kind of like being sprayed with emotional vomit. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 20, 2006
2.5/4 67% On a Clear Day (2006) Like a soggy and less compelling iteration of The Full Monty. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 13, 2006
2/4 54% Go for Zucker! (Alles auf Zucker!) (2006) A diverting, mildly entertaining movie, far short of provoking the controversy (or hysterical laughter) it apparently prompted during its release in Germany. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 6, 2006
3/4 39% American Gun (2006) While not a perfect movie by any means -- a few scenes feel forced -- there is plenty to recommend it, even beyond the truly great performances. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 6, 2006
1.5/4 41% The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) At best, this film raises an all-too-relevant question: Are true-life stories interesting because they're true? Or because they're interesting? At worst, it raises a different question: What if they're neither true nor interesting? ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 18, 2006
0.5/4 32% Tamara (2006) There are few words to describe the awfulness of this movie, but let's give it the old college try: dismal, depressing, embarrassing and utterly lacking in any artistic or social worth. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 17, 2006
3/4 61% Something New (2006) Happily for those of us who enjoy the genre but wouldn't mind more substance on the empty-calorie march toward bliss, Something New, the beguiling feature film debut from Sanaa Hamri, carries a little bit more weight than the average rom-com. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 2, 2006
3/4 55% Last Holiday (2006) We may know exactly where we're going, but the journey is so much fun, all but the most peevish audience members will find it impossible to complain. ‐
Posted Jan 17, 2006
3/4 55% Last Holiday (2006) We may know exactly where we're going, but the journey is so much fun, all but the most peevish audience members will find it impossible to complain. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 12, 2006
2.5/4 53% Wolf Creek (2005) As horror movies go, this is a pretty good one, at once a tense, visceral and tightly woven tale. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 24, 2005
2.5/4 51% Ellie Parker (2005) The premise -- someone trying to inject meaning into a necessarily vacuous existence -- is depressing, but there are moments of vaguely uncomfortable hilarity. The whole endeavor, however, winds up feeling flat and a bit dull. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 15, 2005
3/4 52% First Descent (2005) Visually, this is one of the most arresting sports documentaries in years, and it doesn't skimp on the visceral thrills, either. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 1, 2005
2.5/4 41% Where the Truth Lies (2005) The whole thing is supposed to be funny (the book, at any rate, was funny), but instead it just feels sordid. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 27, 2005
3/4 64% Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005) It's precisely what we expect -- no more, no less -- and in that capacity, it is supremely successful. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 20, 2005