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Jim Hemphill

Jim Hemphill
Jim Hemphill's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Reel.com, Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8.5/10 37% The Last Word (2017) In Fink's script for The Last Word, Pellington finds the right vehicle to explore his preoccupations through a new lens, and addressing the issues through female characters has reinvigorated his technique.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
9.5/10 97% Aquarius (2016) Kleber Mendonca Filho has made only two features, but with his second, Aquarius, he achieves artistic heights common only to the masters of the medium: Jean Renoir, Yasujiro Ozu, Ingmar Bergman, Abbas Kiarostami, Richard Linklater.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/10 78% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) A sloppy, careless mess which takes forever to get where it's going and has no idea what to do when it gets there, Sharon Maguire's return to the Bridget Jones franchise is still fairly watchable thanks to the charisma of its three leads.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
7.5/10 10% When the Bough Breaks (2016) This is Cassar's second film this year -- the first was the exquisite Western Forsaken -- and confirmation that he's a filmmaker of uncommon talent and versatility.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
9/10 60% Snowden (2016) [Stone's] latest film, Snowden, synthesizes all of the director's best qualities into one ruthlessly efficient 134-minute package.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
9/10 96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) A lively, spectacularly entertaining documentary by filmmaker, archivist and historian Kent Jones.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
6.5/10 76% Goosebumps (2015) Goosebumps is the first film I've seen that actually recreates the charm of something like The Goonies or Gremlins and successfully updates it rather than merely imitating it.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
4.8/10 62% Truth (2015) Truth is one awfully glib piece of work.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
9/10 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) It must be noted that few American directors, and virtually none in the studio system, are tackling the kinds of difficult questions that [Spielberg] routinely addresses head-on.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
9.4/10 36% Knock Knock (2015) This is a movie of supreme confidence -- it starts strongly and only gets better in every scene -- a thriller that invites plenty of comparisons to the works by masters of the form: Hitchcock, Polanski, De Palma. It earns these comparisons.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
9/10 18% The Perfect Guy (2015) The Perfect Guy is pitch-perfect Hollywood entertainment of the kind that studios used to crank out by the dozens in the 1940s.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
5/10 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) Sets out to reinvent the genre only to succumb to all of the same old formulas.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2015
5/10 66% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) The superb craftsmanship on display only makes the film's shortcomings more frustrating, though; it's one of the best-looking boring movies ever made.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2015
9.5/10 42% She's Funny That Way (2015) Peter Bogdanovich's She's Funny That Way is simultaneously everything one might expect and a complete surprise, a film that contains all of the strengths of the director's past work in a completely new form.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
9.7/10 92% The Gift (2015) Joel Edgerton's debut feature as director, The Gift, is the best kind of great movie: It doesn't announce itself as great at all.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2015
2.5/4 56% Weirdsville (2007) Moyle is as deft a craftsman as ever, utilizing the widescreen frame to create a number of elegant, vibrantly colorful images that give the film a bright, bubbly energy in spite of the violence at its core.‐ Reel.com
Posted Oct 5, 2007
4/4 74% The Price of Sugar (2007) Uplifting and enraging in equal measures, Bill Haney's The Price of Sugar is a powerful issue-driven documentary that also happens to have one of the most compelling heroes of any movie this year.‐ Reel.com
Posted Sep 28, 2007
3.5/4 72% Lust, Caution (2007) The movie has more power than a conventional adventure film because it has more to say.‐ Reel.com
Posted Sep 28, 2007
1/4 10% Pathfinder (2007) Pathfinder is simultaneously action-packed and a total bore, a strange movie that never seems to move even though it consists of almost nothing but violence.‐ Reel.com
Posted Sep 22, 2007
3/4 76% The Last Winter (2007) In the end, the scariest thing about The Last Winter is how few of its ideas seem truly fantastic or implausible.‐ Reel.com
Posted Sep 21, 2007
3/4 28% Dragon Wars (2007) It's admittedly pretty dumb, but in the end its fierce commitment to its own goofy ideas is oddly admirable.‐ Reel.com
Posted Sep 15, 2007
2/4 13% Mr. Woodcock (2007) It's a two-minute trailer unsuccessfully stretched into an 87-minute feature film.‐ Reel.com
Posted Sep 14, 2007
3.5/4 73% I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006) Idiosyncratic and personal, it's a comedy that could only have come from the distinctive mind of its very talented creator.‐ Reel.com
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3.5/4 36% Self Medicated (2006) Monty Lapica's Self-Medicated is a powerful, personal piece of independent filmmaking‐ Reel.com
Posted Aug 31, 2007
2/4 26% Halloween (2007) Rob Zombie's remake of John Carpenter's Halloween is neither the blasphemous affront hardcore fans have feared nor the flat-out masterpiece one might have hoped for from one of modern horror's most distinctive talents.‐ Reel.com
Posted Aug 31, 2007
3/4 51% Hatchet (2006) Like its villain, its brute strength makes up for its relative lack of brains.‐ Reel.com
Posted Aug 25, 2007
3.5/4 32% The Hottest State (2007) Heartbreak has been portrayed on film many times, in many ways, but Hawke and his actors find a whole new language for it.‐ Reel.com
Posted Aug 24, 2007
3/4 68% Right at Your Door (2007) Crosses our real-life national nightmares with a cleverly constructed thriller to create a movie that is smart, impeccably acted, and extremely unsettling.‐ Reel.com
Posted Aug 24, 2007
1/4 40% Dedication (2007) A weird hybrid of hipster art-house film and chick flick in which the warring intentions and attitudes cancel each other out.‐ Reel.com
Posted Aug 24, 2007
3/4 13% Skinwalkers (2007) One of the year's more pleasant surprises.‐ Reel.com
Posted Aug 17, 2007
1/4 22% 7 días (2007) There's virtually no story in the movie, at least none that isn't utterly, completely predictable.‐ Reel.com
Posted Aug 17, 2007
1.5/4 53% David & Layla (2007) The effect is not a rich film with a wide range of tones as the director may have intended, but a schizophrenic mess that ends up working as neither social message movie nor entertainment.‐ Reel.com
Posted Aug 3, 2007
0/4 40% Hot Rod (2007) So lazy and so void of even the most rudimentary sense of storytelling that it showers the viewer with contempt...I've never felt as abused by a filmmaker as I did in Hot Rod.‐ Reel.com
Posted Aug 3, 2007
1.5/4 9% Captivity (2007) This isn't filmmaking it's shock treatment.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jul 21, 2007
4/4 91% Your Mommy Kills Animals (2007) It's the best kind of documentary, in that if you're a thinking person it is nearly impossible to watch the movie without having your point of view challenged and questioned.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jul 20, 2007
2.5/4 72% Tekkonkinkreet (Tekkon kinkurîto) (2007) Since the movie more or less abandons all pretense of naturalism somewhere around its midpoint, in the end the expressionistic frenzy of light, movement, and color that takes over is enough to make it worth seeing.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jul 13, 2007
3.5/4 88% The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2007) Like its title character, The Real Dirt on Farmer John is a simple, effective movie with a lot on its mind.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jul 6, 2007
4/4 64% Noriko's Dinner Table (2005) The film is riveting at every moment even when the audience is a little unclear on how those moments connect.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jul 3, 2007
3/4 90% Rescue Dawn (2007) Made up of moments that represent cinema at its best -- moments of pure sensation of the type that can't be expressed with the same degree of immediacy in any other art form.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jul 3, 2007
3/4 79% Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006) Consistently riveting thanks to the sense of sheer terror that infuses its best moments.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jun 29, 2007
3.5/4 79% 1408 (2007) Scary, smart, and moving, it's a terrific summer entertainment for grown-ups.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/4 71% Black Sheep (2006) Delivers exactly what it promises: it's a stylish, thoroughly entertaining summer monster movie.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/4 No Score Yet Prison Of The Psychotic Damned (2007) Williams's dialogue writing is often rather witty -- he's fully aware of some of the more ridiculous conventions of the genre, and he gives the characters exchanges in which they justify the plot contrivances in inventive, plausible ways.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jun 8, 2007
4/4 44% Hostel Part II (2007) Hostel: Part II has something that most bigger-budgeted and more heavily promoted sequels don't: the ambition to not only repeat the experience of its predecessor, but to expand and improve upon it.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jun 8, 2007
4/4 100% The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2007) The uplift here is honestly earned, because it is so beautifully contrasted with harrowing venality and willful ignorance.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jun 1, 2007
4/4 63% Day Watch (2007) Night Watch was a deliriously stylish and endlessly inventive rollercoaster ride; Day Watch adds emotional resonance to the mix to create an epic that's got more energy and depth than all three Lord of the Rings movies combined.‐ Reel.com
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3.5/4 98% Ten Canoes (2007) One of the most surprising things about the movie is how much fun it is. The story Minygululu tells has components as exciting as any American action movie, and the relationships are as compelling as the best melodrama.‐ Reel.com
Posted May 25, 2007
2/4 73% Golden Door (Nuovomondo) (2007) Beautifully made but simple-minded Oscar bait, a film guaranteed to offend no one and to attract a large contingent fans who will love it for the nobility of its intentions and the earnestness of its performances.‐ Reel.com
Posted May 25, 2007
3/4 40% The Wendell Baker Story (2005) That they've assembled a first-rate cast made up of veteran character actors and contemporary comedy stars to pursue this agenda makes The Wendell Baker Story all the more effective.‐ Reel.com
Posted May 19, 2007
3/4 35% The Last Time (2007) It alternates between bleak cynicism and a genuinely romantic sensibility, and this unusual combination makes the movie a great vehicle for Keaton and Valletta, and a compelling drama for the audience.‐ Reel.com
Posted May 18, 2007