John Powers

John Powers

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

John Powers's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, NPR.org

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Mr. Robot: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Painstaking in its photography and musical choices, Esmail's show pulls off the tricky feat of telling a gripping story about keyboard tappers that doesn't make computer geeks cringe. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 26, 2015
72% American Sniper (2015) "It speaks emotionally to audiences who sense that we lost something in Iraq, yet still want to honor the heroism of those who risked their lives for the cause, whether or not it was ultimately a great one. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 29, 2015
100% Wolf Hall: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "Streamlining a thousand pages of fiction into six dense hour-long episodes, this is a darkly-lit, finely acted and thoroughly compelling series that unfolds like a real-life house of cards. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 6, 2015
92% Insomnia (2002) "In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 25, 2014
85% The Trip To Italy (2014) "What I find appealing about these films is their sloping, improvisational air, their quality of catching a moment of life on the wing, as when Brydon startles Coogan with a joke so good he can't stop himself from laughing. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 14, 2014
83% The Easy Life (1962) "When I first saw it 25 years ago, I couldn't wait to see it again right away. I've been waiting ever since. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 8, 2014
76% 8 Mile (2002) "What saves all this from being purely conventional is the filmmaker's keen sense of Rabbit's essential solitude as an artist, even when surrounded by friends. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 7, 2014
98% The Last of the Unjust (2014) "The Last of the Unjust has a vivid immediacy. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 19, 2014
No Score Yet Borgen: Season 3 (TV, 2013) "Borgen plays like a more astringent version of The West Wing, a show it clearly borrows from and improves on. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 7, 2014
100% The Square (2013) "If, like me, you watched all this on TV, the ongoing turmoil began to feel like a distant, abstract blur. Noujaim takes us inside this history by centering on three protesters, each from a different background. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 13, 2014
100% Portrait of Jason (1967) "Whether Jason is laughing or crying, he holds you rapt with tales that conceal as much as they reveal. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 2, 2013
97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) NPR.org
Posted Jan 22, 2013
92% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) "Charged with an air of impending danger, the movie just keeps building. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 24, 2012
97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) "Offers a good introduction to the career of this fascinating man who is no shrinking violet. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 26, 2012
80% Putin's Kiss (2012) "What makes Putin's Kiss interesting goes beyond Masha's personal rise and fall. For starters, it offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 22, 2012
87% Miss Bala (2012) "While it may not tell the whole story of Mexican life, it clearly captures a truth nobody can deny. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 19, 2012
72% Mondovino (2005) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
70% Amazing Grace (2007) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
100% The Palm Beach Story (1942) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
67% Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
91% Operation Filmmaker (2008) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
86% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
85% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
97% Killer of Sheep (2007) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
85% Old Joy (2006) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
94% Christmas in July (1940) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
90% A Fistful of Dynamite (1972) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
92% Darwin's Nightmare (2005) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
92% Our Brand Is Crisis (2005) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
81% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) "If Demme's version lacks the wallop of its predecessor, it is more likely to be popular with contemporary audiences, who will enjoy not only its labyrinthine twists but its stars' burnished professionalism. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2004
89% Oasis (2003) "This is a film that gives humanism back its good name. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 17, 2004
65% Coffee and Cigarettes (2004) "It's worth fidgeting through the mediocre stuff to get to three good pieces. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 12, 2004
78% The Saddest Music in the World (2004) "Surely the oddest 1930s musical ever made, in or out of the 1930s. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 6, 2004
92% Shaun of the Dead (2004) musicOMH.com
Posted May 1, 2004
62% Young Adam (2004) "For all the symbolic weight of its title, Young Adam doesn't come close to giving us Existence. But it does give us one limited human being. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 15, 2004
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) "Vol. 2 is the most sheerly enjoyable movie I've seen in ages, allowing for all the intimacy that was missing from its predecessor. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 15, 2004
80% Millennium Mambo (Qianxi Manbo) (2001) "A ravishing bauble about la dolce vita in Taiwan. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 25, 2004
55% The Ladykillers (2004) "Bludgeons you with cartoonish gags about stupid football players, irritable-bowel syndrome and (for the second Coen film in a row) somebody accidentally shooting himself in the head. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 25, 2004
90% James' Journey to Jerusalem (2004) "An enjoyable, sneaky-smart fable about the collision between innocence and experience. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 25, 2004
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) "As a friend joked, 'If you peel away the movie's postmodern tricks, what you're left with is about as profound as a Hugh Grant movie.' " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 18, 2004
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) "A fan-boy's paradise. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 9, 2003
87% Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003) "The most inventive vampire picture of the last 80 years. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2003
87% 28 Days Later (2003) "While 28 Days Later is itself a stylistic tour de force, Boyle recaptures his earlier storytelling briskness and deft touch with actors. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2003
75% The Good Old Naughty Days (2003) "Provide a revealing glimpse into an earlier, if not more innocent, erotic universe. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 3, 2003
73% Together (He ni zai yi qi) (2003) "If you can get past the corn, the story exerts a not-unsatisfying emotional pull thanks to Yun's soulful gravity and a tenderness that Chen hasn't shown quite so openly since his 1984 debut, Yellow Earth. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 29, 2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence (2003) "What's missing is anything resembling a point of view ... or the slightest sense of critical discrimination. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 29, 2003
48% Bruce Almighty (2003) "It drowns [Carrey's] hilarious physicality in an ocean of sap. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 29, 2003
73% The Italian Job (2003) "Paramount's new version boasts no such cultural resonance, but it's far more enjoyable than, say, X2 or The Matrix Reloaded. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 29, 2003
29% Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters (The Era of Vampires) (2002) "The Hong Kong movie industry is crumbling, and this painfully slack horror picture is another sign of its decay. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 22, 2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) "Feels like a jerry-built sequel. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 14, 2003
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