Jo Berry

Jo Berry
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Pixar's writers know how to stir our emotions (even when we try hard not to cry, they get us every time). - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) ...all the flashy weapons, cool modes of transport and star power can't cover up for a lacklustre script and a plot that could have been written on the back of a napkin. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 32% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) As slapstick escapism goes, this is well-engineered stuff, though it could have been so much better (and more believable) with a bit more heart. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) ...this plays out with all the pizzazz of a bowl of soggy cereal. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) A fast and fuzzy bit of kids' entertainment that doesn't overstay its welcome and produces a few laughs... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Smith's appearance here - while muted in places - is a reminder of what a great entertainer the Fresh Prince can be. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Kids will have tonnes of fun revelling in the vivid animation and animal antics and, if it was down to your average seven-year-old, the film's cornucopia of cuteness would be worth several stars on its own. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) An enjoyable take on the Middle Eastern folk tale, benefitting from terrific performances from a fun, fast-talking and scene-stealing Smith, alongside Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, as Aladdin and Jasmine. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 97% Pick of the Litter (2018) Tissues should be given out along with tickets to this US documentary that follows a group of puppies destined to train as guide dogs for the blind. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 17% PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups (2018) Serves as an ideal introduction to the big screen for kids too little to sit still through anything longer. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Strike (Mango) (2019) A cute movie for very young children, filled with lovely attention to detail and terrific voice work from Waterworth, Stott and the cast. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
3/5 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) He's [Reynolds] the heart and soul of the movie, and his unique interpretation of the Pokémon theme is worth the price of admission on its own. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ...this movie is mostly about bringing this phase of the Marvel universe to a spectacular and moving close, and the Russo brothers do it brilliantly. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) ...aimed at little ones' short attention spans (adults and older kids will just feel like they have been repeatedly bashed over the head with a rainbow-coloured baseball bat) - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 91% Shazam! (2019) A movie that is just as much about family - not necessarily the one you are born with - as it is about super powers and vanquishing bad guys... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) A visually stunning and utterly charming adventure... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Another visually stunning movie from ParaNorman's Chris Butler that is also a rather lovely family adventure. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 57% The Craft (1996) Despite the fact that none of the actresses were anywhere near teen age while making the film, they're all pretty convincing as tortured teens expressing their pubescent angst through magic. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
2/5 21% Practical Magic (1998) Unfortunately, this is The Witches of Eastwick with its humour and sizzle removed. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 54% Blade (1998) This is far-fetched stuff indeed, but Snipes looks great in leather, it's snappily paced and the performances are perfectly tongue in cheek. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 27% Clash of the Titans (2010) As is the current trend, it seems, this was filmed in 2-D but released in 3-D at cinemas, a bad decision as the reformatting looked, quite frankly, rubbish. It's much better to watch this in good old 2-D at home, while it's nothing special... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 47% Dumbo (2019) ...an enjoyable and inventive reworking of a classic story about family, hope and love. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/5 36% Legend (1985) Best known as the movie that was filming at Pinewood when the James Bond stage burned down, this is probably one of the few films on director Ridley Scott's CV that he would prefer to forget. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/5 40% Cherry 2000 (1988) Although there are some nice effects, they can't hide the B-movie performances or the utterly ludicrous plot. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) Rises far above terminally ill teen clichés for much of its running time thanks to a smart script and touching performances from Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, and, most notably, lead actress Haley Lu Richardson. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 44% Twins (1988) Here's one of those rare things: a one-joke comedy that actually works. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Harvie and the Magic Museum (Hurvinek a kouzelne muzeum) (2019) A charming tale, despite featuring one of the most annoying protagonists you're ever likely to come across in a film for children. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's not the best Marvel movie, but at the centre of it all is the terrific Larson, every inch the heroine we wanted her to be... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) As with Billy Elliot, where you didn't have to care about ballet to enjoy Billy's story, this is a joy whether you like wrestling or have never seen it before. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 81% Instant Family (2018) The film does touch on the difficult, testing and heart-breaking moments of having an instant family - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Similar in tone to 80s movies like The Goonies and ET: The Extra Terrestrial, this is entertaining fare... but never quite funny or exciting enough to become a family classic - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Despite being visually impressive, the whole movie feels cold and uninvolving, while the plot seems borrowed from numerous other movies... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Any kids movie that references 2001: A Space Odyssey and Die Hard gets my vote... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Often entertains but never reaches the comedic or magical heights of the classic movies it emulates. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 62% Pretty Woman (1990) Originally meant to be a serious drama (called $3,000) about a man buying a prostitute for the night, this turned into a delightful romantic comedy in the hands of director Garry Marshall and sent the career of star Julia Roberts into the stratosphere. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Too much time is spent on lesser characters like Ruffnut and Tuffnut when what we really want is more comedy, more Hiccup and Toothless, and more Hidden World stuff too... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 68% 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Smartly paced, fun and funny, this is just as enjoyable for adults as it is for its intended teenage market. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 56% Never Been Kissed (1999) [T]hanks to Barrymore's captivating performance, a fun turn from David Arquette (as her slightly odd older brother) and a minor role for Leelee Sobieski, this is enjoyable fare. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 49% The First Wives Club (1996) Terrific stuff. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) It's the first since the original 1984 animated film to do what a Transformers movie is supposed to do - entertain kids of all ages, and grown-ups too. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) You wonder whether the long gap between movies was because everyone was waiting for Emily Blunt to be old enough to perform the role as you can't imagine anyone else as Mary. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It's as splashy, action-packed and utterly bonkers as you'd expect a story about a fishy fella who can save the world would be. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) A warm, funny and cuddly family movie that's truly for everyone, and is a definite must-see for the Christmas season. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Best of all are the visuals, which are so rich, bright and stylised that your eyes and brain will need time to adjust and your jaw will be dropped from the first scene... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) We can't even talk about the scene where, in the middle of the action, the hero wanders off just so he can steal a nice new jacket. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) ...the scene featuring the princesses dispelling their girly pre-Me Too-era images is worth the price of admission alone. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 68% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) White-haired and bearded, clad in a sweeping red leather coat and biker gloves, one of Hollywood's most likeable actors becomes the coolest movie Santa of all time... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Nativity Rocks! (2018) This is aimed at 7 to 9 year old kids who like middle of the road rock music and poo jokes, and brings bad tidings for anyone in the cinema who falls outside that demographic. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The promotional campaign asks audiences to 'protect the secrets', but you'll be so focused on working out who means what to whom that you won't remember half of them anyway. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 59% The Grinch (2018) Aimed at young kids - there's nothing too bad about this Grinch to upset them, even if his heart is two sizes too small - this nevertheless has plenty to enjoy for grown-ups. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018