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Jocelyn Noveck

Jocelyn Noveck
Jocelyn Noveck's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Associated Press, Los Angeles Daily News

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) In the end, the title, seemingly unremarkable, reveals itself as especially poignant. Daniel is crying out for recognition as an "I" -- even if he can't contribute, even if he needs help for a while. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jan 6, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) A thoughtful and detailed evocation of an era and especially of one complicated character, with little story to speak of. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Dec 30, 2016
70% Sing (2016) It's hard to beat a good singing contest. And anchoring it all is McConaughey's pleasing drawl. His koala is a nice balance, neither too sweet nor too nasty, neither too corny nor too cynical. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Dec 20, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) Long live the musical. Bring enough Kleenex. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Dec 8, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It's many years in the making, brings together a who's who list of on-and-offscreen talent, looks gorgeous -- and still feels strangely uneven... But if you can get over that, it's undeniably entertaining and at times, even quirkily mesmerizing. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Nov 21, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) [There's] a refreshingly light tone competing with the sinister themes, thanks especially to two exceedingly appealing supporting characters headed for a sweet confection of a romance. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Nov 16, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) [Doss'] is a story you probably didn't know, and will be glad you did. Gibson does well by it. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Nov 3, 2016
93% Life, Animated (2016) An absorbing and ultimately exhilarating documentary. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jun 30, 2016
58% Me Before You (2016) The filmmakers seem to have missed an opportunity to deal in a sophisticated way with a thorny, important subject. Still, you'll probably cry anyway. It's that kind of film. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jun 2, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) There are lots of fly-on-the-wall documentaries. But occasionally there's one that makes you want to ask the fly: Just HOW did you get onto that wall, and how did you manage to stay there? ‐ Associated Press
Posted May 27, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) Gosling and Crowe do have chemistry, and an obvious sense of humor which gets them far. They'd have gotten farther, though, if the movie, while at times hilarious, didn't have such an uneven feel. ‐ Associated Press
Posted May 19, 2016
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Watch Fiennes dance rapturously to the Stones' "Emotional Rescue." It's a cliche, but we'll say it: It's worth the price of admission. ‐ Associated Press
Posted May 5, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) What the movie, directed by Liza Johnson, lacks in factual material it replaces with whimsy and quirky humour, helped greatly by the casting of Michael Shannon as Presley and Kevin Spacey as Nixon. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Apr 22, 2016
72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Intimate and often moving, yet ultimately too disjointed to feel satisfying. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Apr 7, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Trachtenberg scares the wits out of us a few times, and then he launches into a climax that will have many talking -- though I found it somewhat disappointing, a little predictable, and frustratingly baffling. But you might love it. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Mar 10, 2016
16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Gods of Egypt is also a just plain bad movie. The plot is confusing, yet boring. The visuals look expensive, yet cheesily fake. And the performances are uninteresting, yet ... well, they're just uninteresting. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Feb 25, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) This sequel ups the ante so relentlessly that you may find yourself pining for a relaxing night of watching the 2001 original. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/4 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) It's a more impishly entertaining Moore than usual, using comedy and even a bit of fantasy to prove his point. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/4 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Like a well-made dumpling, it's not too heavy but not too light, has the right amount of spice, and leaves one with some appetite for the next time. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jan 28, 2016
55% The Age of Adaline (2015) Lively is appealing, natural and often touching. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Dec 30, 2015
60% Concussion (2015) [Concussion] is anchored by a sensitive, understated performance by Will Smith as the real-life forensic pathologist who earned the NFL's animosity for shining a torch on the problem in Pittsburgh, home of the revered Steelers. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Dec 22, 2015
48% San Andreas (2015) Summer's upon us, and you could do worse than watch the undeniably appealing Johnson try to save the day while uttering the silliest dialogue imaginable. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Dec 14, 2015
88% Foxcatcher (2014) [Miller] is equally adept at portraying the peculiarities of wrestling here, and how those physical moves -- beautifully choreographed and executed -- sync with deeper psychological currents. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/4 95% Creed (2015) With a deftly crafted blend of smarts and corn - of course there's corn, people, this is Rocky! - it earns our trust: It's gonna go right to the edge with the heartstring-tugging, but it won't go over. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Nov 24, 2015
45% The 33 (2015) The 33 is well-meaning, well-crafted and faithful to the source material, but ultimately it feels disappointingly formulaic. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Nov 12, 2015
35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) An excellent supporting cast includes Anthony Mackie and the terrific Ann Dowd as fellow consultants. Yet it all rests on Bullock. She's fun to watch. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Oct 29, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) In Suffragette, which without [Mulligan] would be a far, far less compelling movie, she doesn't merely entertain us with her skill. She brings to vibrant life an important part of our global history that's easy to forget. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Oct 22, 2015
48% Freeheld (2015) It's a well-made but matter-of-fact account of a gripping story, one made more poignant by the advances made in gay rights in the decade since. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Oct 1, 2015
74% Black Mass (2015) It's absolutely chilling to watch Depp. With bad teeth and a head of dramatically receding hair, the actor somewhat resembles Jack Nicholson in The Departed but deftly avoids caricature as he grows more sinister with every murder. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/4 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) Though Gibney doesn't seem to come up with anything truly groundbreaking, there's surely more negative stuff here - and lots more detail - than you've encountered before. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Sep 2, 2015
3/4 92% Grandma (2015) "Grandma" is a brisk, moving, bittersweet film that displays the singular talents of Lily Tomlin -- especially her ability to fuse acerbic and cranky with empathic and sincere ... ‐ Associated Press
Posted Aug 26, 2015
1/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) It's not wholesale terrible -- just depressingly mediocre, and at a certain point you sort of start wishing it WERE definitively terrible, because that would at least make it more entertaining or give it a certain strange raison d'etre. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Aug 7, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) It shouldn't surprise you by now to hear that Cruise apparently flirted with on-set danger here, too. And it's impossible to deny that this knowledge adds to the fun. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jul 30, 2015
63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) Surely "XXL" in the title wasn't meant to indicate the length of the movie, but it rather feels like it. Sometimes a medium is a better fit. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jul 1, 2015
D- 34% Max (2015) It's like they invited the Coen brothers - or maybe Quentin Tarantino - to script a few scenes of a "Dora the Explorer" episode. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jun 26, 2015
B+ 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Really, all the news is good about this sequel: It is, if anything, funnier than the original. ‐ Associated Press
Posted May 13, 2015
2.5/4 58% Saint Laurent (2015) The most exciting part of the film is the designer's famous show of sumptuous Moroccan-inspired gowns, bursting with wild color and verve. It's thrilling to watch the collection brought together ... ‐ Associated Press
Posted May 11, 2015
3/4 73% Welcome to Me (2015) There's dark comedy, and then there's take-no-prisoners, dare-you-to-keep-looking dark comedy. Kristen Wiig's "Welcome to Me" falls decidedly in the latter category, making us laugh but feel deeply unsettled about doing so. ‐ Associated Press
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) It's winding, and it sure takes time and patience, and it's not all that clearly marked. But by the end, you're left with quite a view. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1.5/4 26% Child 44 (2015) Ultimately, what we have is a bloated, grim, underwhelming affair, which is unfortunate - because the movie starts out with a lot going for it. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Apr 16, 2015
C 17% The Gunman (2015) OK, we've seen the biceps and the abs. Very nice. Now, back to the brain. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/4 83% Cinderella (2015) Branagh, working with a high-wattage cast led by the winsome and genuine Lily James, sticks to tried-and-true narrative formula, and infuses it with wit and style. If the glass slipper ain't broke, he seems to be saying, why fix it? ‐ Associated Press
Posted Mar 9, 2015
2.5/4 58% The Last 5 Years (2015) Don't be surprised if, settling into "The Last Five Years" with your popcorn, you hear a large number of people around you singing rather than crunching. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Feb 12, 2015
80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) If you like the yellow guy on TV, you should have a good, squishy time here, too. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Feb 4, 2015
98% Paddington (2015) For parents looking for a film that'll please them and their kids in equal measure, Paddington is -- as Goldilocks would say in that other bear story -- just right. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jan 15, 2015
74% Inherent Vice (2015) Despite the film's frustrations, it must be acknowledged that Anderson -- a master of the multi-strand, multi-character, multi-meaning plot -- is the perfect director to adapt Pynchon, in terms of both craft and spirit. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jan 7, 2015
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) What shines through loud and clear, though, is the humanity in Hawking's incredible story. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jan 5, 2015
91% Birdman (2014) Birdman, more than most, seems a film that deserves a second viewing, not only to admire the work of Keaton and his co-stars, but to delve into its many layers. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jan 2, 2015
98% Boyhood (2014) While everything about Boyhood is done with extraordinary care, the master stroke was clearly the casting, 13 years ago, of a little Texas boy named Ellar Coltrane. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Jan 2, 2015
46% The Gambler (2014) We didn't really care enough about Jim to be invested in his ultimate fate. ‐ Associated Press
Posted Dec 22, 2014