Jessica Winter

Jessica Winter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Jessica Winter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Slate, Village Voice, Time Out

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Domino (2005)

"Abusively moronic enough to inspire something like pity." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 11, 2005

Oliver Twist (2005)

"The quality of mercy is strained, but by some strange feat it doesn't dissolve entirely." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 20, 2005

Dear Wendy (2005)

"Especially in the climactic, clumsily staged gunfight, the prevailing mode is wide-eyed idiocy -- which might be the point." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 20, 2005

Thumbsucker (2005)

"Endearing and well-acted." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2005

Lord of War (2005)

"As slick, flashy public-service announcements go, Lord of War is no Constant Gardener." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2005
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"Every so often, the unseen managers of the galaxy bestow on us mere mortals a vision of rare incongruous beauty: a solar eclipse, a streaking comet, a shooting star, Bollywood goddess Aishwarya Rai happily riding a tractor." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2005

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

"[Continues the trend] whereby ethnic inclusiveness can write a blank check for ethnic stereotyping and the homo-panic jokes are supposed to be on the hetero lunkheads, not on, y'know, the gays." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2005

Asylum (2005)

"Mackenzie and Marber opt for an anonymous viewpoint of clinical detachment, which generates about the same psychodramatic tension as reading the DSM-IV." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 9, 2005

The Skeleton Key (2005)

"Creaky in its mechanics and numbingly protracted, this is basement B horror that fancies itself a prestige chiller." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 9, 2005

Broken Flowers (2005)

"A Jarmuschian bouquet of episodic structure, desultory road-tripping, and droll dislocation, each comic setup as simple and plywood-dry a contraption as ever." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 2, 2005

The Edukators (2005)

"Shot on shoddy, harsh-lit DV, The Edukators casts Hardenberg as the avuncular voice of reason, his fat-cat complacency the destination point of a rational adulthood." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 19, 2005

Wedding Crashers (2005)

"Amiable and hollow." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 12, 2005

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

"The film conjures a heightened reality where characters verbalize their thoughts, desires, and impulses without submitting them to the usual filters first; July takes in their foibles unblinkingly and folds them into an awkward, heartfelt embrace." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 14, 2005

Or (2004)

"With a cool head and level gaze, Keren Ye-daya's stark first feature attempts a Bressonian trajectory of tragic inevitability." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2005

Ma Mere (2005)

"Lurching toward its inevitable incestuous showdown, Ma Mère makes a few hilarious attempts at the cerebral." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 10, 2005

Monster-in-Law (2005)

"Essentially Meet the Parents redux with Fonda in the scarifying De Niro role." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 10, 2005

Writer of O (2005)

"Disappoints in its workmanlike approach to such fragrant material." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 3, 2005

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

"Studiously harmless, Disney's long-in-development film rendition pasteurizes the book's renegade verve with typical means: special effects and gooey romance." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 26, 2005

Sahara (2005)

"Sahara is many things, but it is not a movie. It is the skull-splitting cacophony of 21 producers and four screenwriters (that we know about, anyway) standing in the same room shouting into their cell phones." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 12, 2005

Lipstick & Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004)

"Director Ruth Leitman's interviews are lax and inconclusive." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2005

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

"[Lewis'] turn as lifestyle extremist Jack carries an authentic scent of tobacco and peat while much of the movie smells of the lamp." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2005
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The Venetian Dilemma (2004)

"Bobs and lists between four main interviewees but barely skims the surface of the vast sociocultural, historical, and scientific issues it raises." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 15, 2005

In My Country (2005)

"Boorman's bathetic tourism is unconscionable for a subject of this magnitude." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 8, 2005

Hostage (2005)

"A steaming pile of siege clichés and screaming unlikelihoods." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 7, 2005

The Upside of Anger (2005)

"The film has exhausted itself with fits of glib hysteria long before its truly stupefying final twist, a stunning betrayal of audience trust." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 7, 2005

Dear Frankie (2005)

"The pat emotions contradict the lazily inconclusive life-goes-on ending, and the moral seems to be that kids just want to be lied to." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2005

The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventù) (2003)

"The movie has the addictive episodic intimacy of great TV." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2005

Turtles Can Fly (2005)

"The perpetual motion only temporarily staves off a pervading, self-evident despair." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 15, 2005

Rory O'Shea Was Here (2005)

"A plea for equality of opportunity, a worthy objective somewhat obscured by non-disabled actors occupying the lead roles." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 1, 2005

Hide and Seek (2005)

"Follows no semblance of internal logic." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 1, 2005

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004)

"Even notwithstanding this version's inert blocking and awkward camera placements, The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's more crooked and hollow contraptions in any guise." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2004

The Woodsman (2004)

"An engrossing study of a protagonist who variously inspires pity, clinical interest, fondness, and revulsion -- sometimes all at once." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 21, 2004

Born Into Brothels (2004)

"The specter of long odds and narrow choices shades every frame of the film, yet the tone is often buoyant and legitimately inspirational." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 7, 2004

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

"Narrative thrust has never been the director's strong suit, and the movie gridlocks amid its crowds of characters, backstories, detours, and twists; the squealing gears of heavy plot machinery eventually drown out much else." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 23, 2004

Finding Neverland (2004)

"Finding Neverland practices a tasteful restraint, embodied by Depp's unusually subdued performance." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2004

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

"All this unaccountable admiration is bestowed upon the ne plus ultra of the regressive rom-com heroine, a thirtysomething who displays the rudimentary motor functions, raging id, and darling pucker of a cuddly infant." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2004

Alfie (2004)

"Charles Shyer (who processed the Parent Trap and Father of the Bride updates) plays coy with most matters sexual-an odd and puritanical approach to a character who molds his entire existence around the procurement and enjoyment of sex." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2004

The Incredibles (2004)

"The Incredibles announces the studio's arrival in the vast yet overcrowded Hollywood lot of eardrum-bashing, metal-crunching action sludge." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 2, 2004

The Grudge (2004)

"The soundtrack's Dolby thumps and screaming violins head off any genuine scares." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2004

Surviving Christmas (2004)

"This ghastly comedy emits the subliminal whine of a sucking chest wound." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2004

Stage Beauty (2004)

"Surely it can't come as news to the filmmakers that a distinction exists between gender and sexuality?" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2004

Taxi (2004)

"Throughout this Americanization of the Luc Besson-scripted French hit, Latifah itches to check her watch, Fallon appears mortified, and only Ann-Margret mainlines any comic adrenaline." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2004

The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

"Lovely to look at but insipid, a lavishly illustrated Rough Guide to white liberal self-affirmation." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 21, 2004

Wimbledon (2004)

"The appealing leads have strong chemistry, but it's the wrong kind: an affectionate big-brother / little-sister rapport that leaves a discomfiting taint on their more amorous clinches." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 14, 2004

Wicker Park (2004)

"Dippy romantic thriller." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2004

Last Life in the Universe (2004)

"Cheeky and elusive, Last Life in the Universe inhabits a high-lonesome world unto itself, a bright daydream that dissipates in the aching gap of a missed connection." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2004

The Notebook (2004)

"The minutes of Allie and Noah's magical hysteria tour are duly recorded in the titular ledger-cum- framing device." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2004

Facing Windows (2004)

"Blends past and present to draw some utterly stupefying parallels." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 15, 2004

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

"As the tourist on a time budget, the usually brilliant Coogan merely mugs and flails ... while he and able straight man Chan enjoy scant opportunity to develop any comic rapport." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 15, 2004

Raising Helen (2004)

"If [Helen] had her own NBC sitcom, she'd be safe for many a season of dating mishaps, workplace cock-ups, and conspicuously plush interior design; since she's stuck in a big-screen seriocomedy ... she must be swiftly rehabilitated of her egocentric ways." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 25, 2004