Jo Berry

Jo Berry
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 71% Flora & Ulysses (2021) This is a fuzzy, pleasing little diversion for families featuring some enjoyable performances, sweet jokes and with an adorable squirrel at its fluffy heart. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 79% Greenland (2020) Butler's a believably imperfect dad and husband who navigates the entertainingly improbably events of the movie with tongue firmly in cheek - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/5 50% School's Out Forever (2021) ...does a fair job of borrowing elements from Lord Of The Flies, Shaun Of The Dead and Red Dawn and wraps them in a fast-paced package that is often enjoyably dark - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 70% Dragon Rider (2019) The film does capture the fun and adventure of the book, and is a briskly paced, enjoyable animated adventure that should charm dragon fans - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/5 17% Twist (2021) You get the impression Owen has watched Guy Ritchie's Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels a lot, but not enough to capture the fun of that film anywhere in his own movie - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/5 87% The Joy Luck Club (1993) Faithfully adapted from Amy Tan's bestselling book, director Wayne Wang's moving yet witty melodrama mixes the stories of four Chinese-born mothers with those of their American-born daughters. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Cracking entertainment with a message of hope and wanting a better tomorrow... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
2/5 49% The Craft: Legacy (2020) This 2020 movie attempts to recreate The Craft's magic but surprisingly fails to capture any of the fun, or frights, of the original. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) ...this is a seasonal treat for all ages that really lifts the spirits in every scene. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/5 68% The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) Watching real-life partners Russell and Hawn on screen is always a treat, and they both look like they are having tons of fun amongst the animated elves and CGI reindeer. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/5 48% Black Beauty (2020) It's all covered in a huge dollop of sentimentality, but that doesn't stop the movie from often being sweet and rather lovely - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/5 78% A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020) Luke Treadaway once again gives a thoughtful, sweet performance as James, and Bob the cat is simply adorable, and the main reason to watch. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 67% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) It's Reeves's wise, baffling and rather wonderful Sage that steals the movie, and it is his brief performance that gives this some moments of awesomeness - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 49% The Witches (2020) It's Hathaway who steals the show (and makes the movie) as the Grand High Witch, bringing just the right balance of camp and menace, meanness and glamour to the part. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 66% The Secret Garden (2020) Fans of the novel won't be impressed with the changes to the story that focus on spectacle rather than the book's core theme of children discovering friendship and healing - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 80% Max Winslow and the House of Secrets (2020) ...this romps along with some nice twists and turns and makes good use of its low budget special effects. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
1/5 11% Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! (2020) ...Throw in a script that seems to have had all humour and adventure removed with a pooper scooper, and you're left with a dull animal movie for little ones - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Elfkins: Baking A Difference (Die Heinzels: Rückkehr der Heinzelmännchen) (2020) Perfectly aimed at the youngest of audiences, this is a bright, fun German cartoon that features cute characters and a brisk, simple to follow storyline. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
4/5 78% I Am Greta (2020) This documentary brings together many of the inspiring moments of her journey so far, emphasising how important her cause is and documenting how determined she is to see it through. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 81% Over the Moon (2020) ... this begins as a beautifully animated, sad story of a child coping with grief and loss and then becomes something wildly different - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
4/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) In 2020, this is the kind of joyous, daft, funny and stupid (in the best way) cinematic adventure we all need. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/5 35% The New Mutants (2020) ...this feels like a missed opportunity - if it had just been more tense with more superhero/mutant stuff it may have breathed some fresh life into the X-Men franchise. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/5 73% Mulan (2020) The theme of being true to yourself shines through, and there is much to enjoy even if the movie doesn't quite have the emotional pull to provoke laughter and tears. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 71% The One and Only Ivan (2020) It's reminiscent of classic Disney family movies like Homeward Bound, and has the same sweet tone that should tug at the heartstrings of both kids and adults. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 68% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) It's silly in the extreme, and the only relief comes from Randy Quaid's performance as an obnoxious relative. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/5 67% 100% Wolf (2020) While this movie's plot owes a hefty debt to films ranging from The Lion King to Hotel Transylvania, it romps along from the opening to the end credits - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
4/5 89% Married to the Mob (1988) The cast is superb - especially Mercedes Ruehl in over-the-top mode as Stockwell's brassy, jealous wife - and Demme keeps both the action and the laughs perfectly tuned. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
3/5 47% Scoob! (2020) Appealing both to the sentimental parent who grew up with Scoob and his pals, and young kids who are being introduced to the Mystery Inc gang for the first time. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/5 76% Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) Stoltz makes an effective leading man, giving a touching performance in what is a genuinely charming film. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
2/5 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Judi Dench (sporting a bouffant that's almost as scary as her feline costume in Cats) and Josh Gad seem to have been told to act as if they are in panto. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/5 50% StarDog and TurboCat (2019) Likeable rather than memorable, but worth a look for junior fans of animal adventures like Zootropolis and PAW Patrol. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
3/5 91% The Willoughbys (2020) With a nicely twisted sense of humour that will appeal to adults and kids... this charms thanks to the quirky plot, sprightly pacing and bright animation - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
3/5 70% Trolls World Tour (2020) ...you can't help but be charmed by the cute trolls, the vivid, feelgood animation and the sweet, easy to follow, song-packed storyline. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
4/5 91% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) This is an interesting history lesson wrapped up in a coming-of-age story that should fascinate boys and girls and grown-ups alike. Darker than your average Disney family movie, this is a little gem. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
3/5 48% My Spy (2020) In so many movies like this, it is an irritating child actor that spoils everything, but Chloe Coleman is incredibly likeable and possesses some great comic timing, too - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
3/5 30% Bloodshot (2020) Bloodshot doesn't exactly threaten Marvel's comic book crown, but it delivers generously on the big, dumb fun. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) It's Pixar's loveliest film in a while, with a stronger narrative than Toy Story 4, more humour than Incredibles 2 and as much heart as Coco. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Fast, frenetic, colourful and packed with flashbacks and enough momentary diversions to make your head spin... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
2/5 14% Dolittle (2020) This 2020 movie is the first version of Dr Dolittle to feature a dragon having a set of bagpipes removed from her posterior. And that's not a recommendation. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2/5 14% Dolittle (2020) One assumes the reported $175 million budget was spent on the star names behind the animals, leaving little for stunts or adventure effects. Or, in fact, a decent script. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
2/5 20% Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue (2019) There's nothing special enough here to entice adults to cough up for cinema tickets, particularly when their PAW Patrol-loving offspring can watch this episode at home in just a few months. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
3/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) There are some nice nods to the duo's advancing age, and their onscreen chemistry (and ability to convince when delivering cheesy lines) is every bit as enjoyable as it was all those years ago. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) It's a welcome surprise to discover that Bad Boys For Life isn't just as good as Bad Boys - amazingly, it's better. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) If the movie is writer/director Greta Gerwig's creation (with much acclaim to cinematographer Yorick Le Saux), the person that has given it true life is Saorise Ronan. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) A fun, enjoyable animated adventure for kids too young to see the latest James Bond film. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
1/5 19% Cats (2019) How could anyone have hoped the film version would be a masterpiece when the stage musical it is based on is pretty dreadful? - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
3/5 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) A buddy movie, Bond spoof, body-swap comedy and action adventure all rolled into one, Spies in Disguise borrows lots of ideas and successfully tailors them to a junior audience... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) There is a lot to love here, especially if you are a fan of the original trilogy... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 78% Frozen II (2019) An animated movie that touches on royal politics and the sins of the past may puzzle little ones hoping for a reprise of 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman' - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 58% Serendipity (2001) Director Peter Chelsom's follow-up to the disastrous Town and Country is occasionally sickly sweet, but is saved from being just another dollop of seasonal pudding by Cusack's winning performance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019