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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
74% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The message of this sequel is twofold: Urgency and hope. Things are bad, Gore is saying, but here's what's happening that's really exciting. And he has no doubt that mankind will save the planet.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
2/4 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) One gets the sinking feeling that the ideas are starting to slowly run out. When Despicable Me 4 arrives a few years hence, let's hope it's regained a bit of that unicorn magic.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
78% The Hero (2017) [Elliott] remains genuine and absorbing throughout. The supporting performances are right on target. But the actors deserve more to work with.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
19% Baywatch (2017) It eventually gets wearisome, despite the best efforts of Efron and especially Johnson, who can enliven any scene.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
83% Risk (2017) However you feel about Assange -- and about risk, secrecy, and so many other things touched on by this film -- it's a story that demands watching.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
26% Unforgettable (2017) The shame is that Rosario Dawson gives an earnest, sympathetic, even moving performance as the victimized character. In contrast, none of her castmates seem authentic.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2/4 69% Gifted (2017) The sensitive performances here deserved a better vehicle.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Gradually, we witness the puzzle's pieces falling into place. But not TOO neatly, thankfully.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
10% Bitter Harvest (2017) Teaching important history to younger generations via popular culture is always a worthy cause. It's just that soaking this sobering story in a soppy romance does little to advance that cause.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It's not the simplest thing to take a character as embedded in our culture as Batman and make wickedly irreverent fun of him while simultaneously paying tribute to his storied past and keeping him likable for the next round.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) A fable, beautifully drawn in calm, soothing colors, it doesn't even have dialogue, let alone a throbbing soundtrack. Those sounds you hear are the sounds of silence, and eventually they become hypnotic.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
73% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
92% La La Land (2016) Long live the musical. Bring enough Kleenex.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
55% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
94% Life, Animated (2016) An absorbing and ultimately exhilarating documentary.‐ Associated Press
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
76% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
73% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Intimate and often moving, yet ultimately too disjointed to feel satisfying.‐ Associated Press
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
15% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/4 79% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
55% The Age of Adaline (2015) Lively is appealing, natural and often touching.‐ Associated Press
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
46% The 33 (2015) The 33 is well-meaning, well-crafted and faithful to the source material, but ultimately it feels disappointingly formulaic.‐ Associated Press
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
64% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2015