Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange
Jeva Lange's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Week Screen Slate
Publications: The Week, Screen Slate

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon isn't great because it's a glittery story of female empowerment that shows young girls that they can grow up to be heroes, too. It's great simply because it never expected them to be anything else. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) Frenzied edits don't convey the characters' drug-addled agitation so much as they seem to expose directors who are never quite sure what they're doing with a shot. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
73% The Mauritanian (2021) It would have been one thing for The Mauritanian to be a movie about legal rights, but the surreal torture sequence makes it something closer to protest art. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
89% Summertime (1955) Anchored by Katharine Hepburn giving one of her all-time great performances as a lonely American yearning for a "wonderful, mystical, magical miracle" in Venice, it is a surprisingly perfect celebration of the seasons of love. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 doesn't pander or condescend to its female audience members, and for that I applaud it. But it does something that, upon reflection, is perhaps even more unforgivable: it shows little interest in them at all. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Watching Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is extraordinary, not just because it feels like a gift -- one last performance from Boseman, and his best yet -- but because it feels like a eulogy, too. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
83% Mank (2020) Mank, more than it has any loyalty to accuracy, functions as Fincher's reminder of the responsibility of the movies, and the funny way moving images have of superseding the truth. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
64% Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020) Even when Parton is playing a character whose one-dimensional goodness would make you groan and roll your eyes if another actress were playing the part, she seems to actually believe her own words. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) It is so utterly an "airplane movie" in every respect that I almost recommend against watching it if you're on the ground... Wheatley's Rebecca is trashy and fun to look at, even if it might not stick with you beyond the tarmac. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) While The Trial of Chicago 7 got lucky with its release date, the film's relevance is owed to the endurance of the belief it's trying to tear down. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) As upsetting as the topic might be, there is profound joy, humor, and humanity in the exercise of Dick Johnson Is Dead. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland is a deeply internal and even mournful film in this regard, and asks its viewers to pause and reflect, like the listeners of a eulogy. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Most of us are well acquainted with anxiety... If I had to explain to an enviably pacific alien what precisely this feels like, I'd show them Amy Seimetz's sophomore feature, She Dies Tomorrow. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) Just the latest example of a script that finds the sort of thrills in a near-past that were previously found in the near-future, confirming that it is the absence of technology that now scares us the most -- not what it might evolve into. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
95% Palm Springs (2020) You may have heard a version of this story before, but in this setting it becomes newly fresh, bizarre, and delightfully worthwhile. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) It almost seems a stretch to call Fire Saga much of a spoof at all; it is more of an affectionate pastiche of Europop, made not from a place of cynicism or ridicule but winking good fun. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
100% Athlete A (2020) Athlete A effectively describes the culture of submission and gaslighting in U.S. gymnastics, in which child athletes are not uncommonly verbally and physically abused by coaches in the all-important pursuit of winning medals for Team USA. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
93% Babyteeth (2020) It is the rare sickness story that doesn't succumb to the genre's worst and most schmaltzy tendencies. Using an outstanding cast, inspired direction, and unexpected soundtrack, it revitalizes an otherwise stale genre. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods underscores how egregious it is that Lee has been perennially overlooked for the Academy's top prizes; even as one of this year's most radically inventive films, it merely exemplifies Lee's immense and under-appreciated talent. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
38% Wendy (2020) Zeitlin gets a little too precious when it comes to emphasizing the bliss and freedom of childhood, with far too much of the movie focused on the kids running around and screaming, or treading water. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The only time I've not felt talked down to by a comic book movie that purports to be feminist. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
64% Gretel & Hansel (2020) While Gretel and Hansel is another contribution to this year's better-than-average crop of January horror films, it is also a movie that you could -- and maybe even should --- show your kids. Really. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Color Out of Space harkens back to horror's more trashy, gonzo, B-movie roots -- and is ultimately all the more bold and brilliant for it. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Inland Sea (2018) An intimate and loving portrait. - Screen Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
No Score Yet Intentions of Murder (Akai satsui) (1964) Intentions of Murder is one of the oddest yet most rewarding pieces in [Shohei] Imamura's considerable repertoire. - Screen Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) In this case, the change fits, elevating Alcott's original story from being one about unfulfilled artistic ambition, into one, uniquely, about craft. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
66% Lady and the Tramp (2019) What might have been a paint-by-numbers remake is given sparkle and charm by a cast that seems actually invested in bringing their characters to life. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Shamefully, now is not a bad time to be a Nazi. But rather than explore the set up, Jojo Rabbit rushes ahead, once again, to the punchline. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) In terms of sheer enjoyment alone, Parasite delivers. The movie is as darkly funny as its director, and even with a runtime just on the far side of two hours, it never loses its momentum. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman is every bit as clever, startling, violent, and obsessively purposeful as the colorful metaphor that serves as its alternate title. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
25% The Goldfinch (2019) What was director John Crowley thinking when he set about faithfully duplicating all of Tartt's same mistakes? - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) [Andy] Muschietti and his team are clearly fans of their source material, and they treat the story with a generous humor that even [Stephen] King, in all his self-seriousness, didn't loan to the book. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) I didn't expect Toy Story 4 to give me evil doll nightmares and philosophical dread over my own baffling existence. Still, how glad I am that it did. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
88% Lucia (1968) Taken together, the cumulative experience of the three Lucias over the course of nearly three hours is transformative: a multi-generational portrait of politics, culture, and womanhood in Cuba. - Screen Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) It does make me wish Guy Ritchie had not tried so desperately to walk the line between a conventional Aladdin remake and something with a little more pizazz. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk is what happens when everything in a movie comes together: the source material, the actors and actresses, the set designers, the music. Whether the Academy recognizes that or not, Beale Street is a treasure. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
93% CAM (2018) The whole premise would be silly if it didn't feel quite so real. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
89% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) No horse better demonstrates being above the nonsense of mankind than Franco's. It watches with the aloofness and bored disinterest of a spectator. How exactly a horse can truly appear impassive, I don't know exactly, but this one does. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The problem is, inevitably the songs end. And when they do, you might wish you'd just put on a record instead. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy's Lee is the most sensitively and complexly balanced character of her career. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
9% Maximum Impact (2018) Some movies are so bad they're good. Maximum Impact, however, is just bad. Irredeemably bad, in fact. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
62% American Dharma (2019) American Dharma is a frustrating excavation of a man at the height of his narcissism. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
97% Science Fair (2018) Science Fair is a testament to what happens when girls' inclinations are nourished and supported, when values are aligned. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018