Jim Judy

Jim Judy
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
After 10 years of working with government television, I started Screen It in 1996 and went full-time in 1997 after being chosen as the sole reviewer for AOL's now defunct Entertainment Asylum website. Ranked as the third most useful website on the 'Net by Roger Ebert, Screen It provides the most detail content reviews of films and videos anywhere. If you have kids or are simply interested in what's in a film (along with a standard artistic review) drop by for a visit.
Publications: Screen It!
Location: Washington, DC area
Official Websites: screenit.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
29% Wonder Park (2019) "Wonder Park" doesn't feel as wondrous as it should, and certainly isn't something I'd stand in line again for a second or third ride. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Scary Scenes, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
68% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) The film is entertaining and engaging enough to earn a recommendation for its target audience of young girls. (Full Content Review for Parents - Scary Scenes, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
51% Five Feet Apart (2019) Despite the standard and seemingly obligatory relationship arc, Richardson and Sprouse make for an engaging and attractive couple. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, Sexual Content, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) It sort of feels like second-rate Marvel -- certainly not horrible by any means and clearly entertaining enough, just not up to the lofty standards we've come to expect. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
55% Greta (2019) Beyond a creative double fake-out sequence, however, there's not enough here to warrant a recommendation, especially since we've pretty much seen it all before. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) I'm happy to report that the third installment wraps things up on an entertaining and emotionally involving high note. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Scary Scenes, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) An occasionally charming and sporadically funny offering that otherwise feels like a bit of a disappointment and certainly a missed opportunity. (Full Content Review for Parents - Sexual Content, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Enough of the flick works -- thanks to Salazar's creation of her character via motion capture performance, the cool special effects, and the fight and action scenes. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
44% The Prodigy (2019) There's little here you haven't seen before. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Nudity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) I enjoyed the flick from start to finish. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) A mishmash of genres that just didn't work for me. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) Mads Mikkelsen makes for a commanding presence on the screen. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) This is another of those films that -- despite it being just a few days since I saw it -- is already quickly evaporating from my memory. (Full Content Review for Parents - Sexual Material, Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) Under additional post-viewing examination, much of what occurs (and is explained by the twist) doesn't make sense in terms of the context of what's really happening. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Sex, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Fairly entertaining and engaging. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Scary Scenes, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) This is Coogan and Reilly's show and the two make for believable flesh, blood, and soul representations of the real-life men. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Something of a mixed bag where what works (the emotional moments and, yes, the cute pup) ends up being negated by what doesn't. (Full Content Review for Parents - Peril, Scary Scenes, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) I was pretty much riveted from start to finish and liked most everything about the film. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Sex, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) I'm giving "Welcome to Marwen" a mixed review, albeit one partially leaning toward the positive side. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
44% Second Act (2018) I certainly didn't hate what's presented, and J-Lo is as watchable as always. But I couldn't escape the feeling that I had seen everything before, and more than once. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The performances are good across the board, but it's Blunt who's under the most pressure to deliver and she does so and then some. (Full Content Review for Parents - Brief Suggestive Material, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) I can say without hesitation that this is the best entry in the series so far. And not only that, it's a pretty good film on its own. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) It's wildly uneven, tonally all over the map, and clogs the screen with special effects that range from pretty great to pretty bad. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Funny, charming, highly imaginative and simply entertaining to behold. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) This follow-up isn't as good as the original, but it has enough fight left in it to go the distance and end up winning over the scoring judges. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) Much like its main characters, the film evolves as it goes and turns into something both highly entertaining and heartfelt. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, Violence, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Delightful, highly imaginative and creative. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Art-house aficionados and most critics will fall prey, like me, to the mesmerizing and apparently haunting look and feel of the production that has yet to leave my memory. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Nudity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) While it clearly won't be for all audiences -- the "Masterpiece Theater" crowd might have to pick their jaws up off the floor -- the film is otherwise a blast to behold. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, Nudity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The story and its characters are engaging enough that you might just be captivated from start to finish. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Sex, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
81% Instant Family (2018) The comedy is decent...and the old heartstrings are tugged on enough that you'd have to be a true movie Grinch not to fall prey to what's offered. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, Sexual Content, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Interesting and entertaining enough to warrant a minor passing grade. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) What's present is fine, I guess, if you're into these sorts of grim films, but they're just not my cup of tea. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Nudity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
58% The Grinch (2018) Missing the sort of magic a film of this ilk should have in abundance, and oddly feels flat from the get-go through the end credits. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Malek is so stellar in his portrayal and the music is just so good that I found myself completely entertained from start to finish. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, Sexual Content, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) It's not horrible by any means, it's just unremarkable and certainly not as magical as it easily could and should have been. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Scary Scenes, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Completely unremarkable, not particularly funny and, apparently, instantly forgettable. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Nudity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
72% Indivisible (2018) Good until the dramatically too easy and predictable end. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Engaging from start to finish. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, Sexual Content, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) While this isn't the first film even this year to deal with this subject matter, it still feels fresh and raw, and the performances are good. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Anyone expecting a great or even decent horror film is going to be disappointed. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Nudity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Meanders for too long while coming off a bit too much like "Harry Potter" lite. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Scary Stuff for Kids, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
28% Night School (2018) The material with which all of the performers have been given to work is lame, usually forced, and rarely if ever funny. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, Sexual Content, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
76% Smallfoot (2018) While not the pinnacle of computer-animated offerings, what's present here works well enough to earn a recommendation. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Scary Scenes for Kids, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
29% Venom (2018) Goofy enough that it slightly delivers a degree or two of guilty pleasure entertainment value when not otherwise making you wonder why and how it derailed. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper takes us along for an engaging ride. And one filled with solid direction, even better performances from the leads, and a killer soundtrack featuring some incredible new songs. (Full Content Review - Profanity, Nudity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) I was engaged from start to finish thanks to the unique drawings and subsequent performances of the main characters. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Sex, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
92% Searching (2018) A pretty slick and efficient thriller. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) A decent dramatic thriller that actually works best during some of its quieter moments than when it's trying to ratchet up the suspense. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
31% Kin (2018) Enough parts of it worked just okay enough that I sort of dug what transpired, at least in the various individual moments. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available) - Screen It! EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018