Jon Lap

Jon Lap

Agrees with the Tomatometer 61% of the time.

Jon Lap's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Apollo Guide

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79/100 81%

Road to Perdition (2002)

"In a constant war of pros and cons... Mendes is manipulative, and demagogical in his approach to free mindedness... with intermittent marks of ingenuity." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 24, 2002
75/100 77%

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

"Hirsch... may one day realize the insouciant duality of River Pheonix's hope and fatalism that helped identify [him] with his generation of popular culture." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 24, 2002
85/100 83%

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

"Sprecher... in no way creates a false pretence of fantasy to placate her audience." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 24, 2002
63/100 92%

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

"Cuaron as sexual pedagogue is a sham, as his advice is misguided and misinformed." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 12, 2002
78/100 89%

Spider-Man (2002)

"An accomplishment of co-belligerence. That is to say, the unnatural alliance of pyrotechnics and honest emotional catharsis team up to create quality entertainment... Alas, it's an entertainment that is not complete in its uprising." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 6, 2002
75/100 47%

Hollywood Ending (2002)

"As his conclusion, Allen plays into the ironic comedy he intends with his title, Hollywood Ending, and it comes as a jolly repartee to his American critics." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 21, 2002
69/100 54%

Uzumaki (2002)

"Uzumaki's interesting social parallel and defiant aesthetic seems a prostituted muse..." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 10, 2002
40/100 82%

Mule Skinner Blues (2001)

"Stephen Earnhart's documentary is a decomposition of healthy eccentric inspiration and ambition - wearing a cloak of unsentimental, straightforward text - when it's really an exercise in gross romanticization of the delusional personality type." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted May 28, 2002
73/100 73%

La espalda del mundo (The Back of the World) (2002)

"But the power of these [subjects] is obscured by the majority of the film that shows a stationary camera on a subject that could be mistaken for giving a public oration, rather than contributing to a film's narrative." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted May 27, 2002
75/100 79%

The Sleepy Time Gal (2001)

"To the film's credit, the acting is fresh and unselfconscious, and Munch is a marvel of reality versus sappy sentiment." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted May 24, 2002
79/100 88%

Late Marriage (2002)

"Late Marriage joins the list of Israeli cinema that -- intentionally or otherwise -- holds up a mirror to its American audience and then turns that same mirror to show a doorway to some challenging issues." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted May 17, 2002
65/100 49%

Unfaithful (2002)

"...when a film speaks to an audience, it owes more than a quasi-existential explanation..." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted May 16, 2002
50/100 76%

Panic Room (2002)

"Visual flare aside, you have a film that takes few chances -- a novelty for a director who's made his reputation on revising the thriller genre to suit his kinaesthetic picture representation and existential stance." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted May 7, 2002
90/100 92%

Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

"Voracious visually, unswerving narratively, and stylistically brave." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted May 3, 2002
75/100 3%

Deuces Wild (2002)

"This is a film that manages to find greatness in the hue of its drastic iconography." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted May 3, 2002
60/100 28%

Life or Something Like It (2002)

"With Life or Something Like it, director Stephen Herek is the envoy for the unreliable emotional demonstrations of Hollywood. But this film maintains a modicum of actual inspiration, nonetheless." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 29, 2002
75/100 71%

Girls Can't Swim (2002)

"This film seems thirsty for reflection, itself taking on adolescent qualities." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 19, 2002
79/100 92%

Nine Queens (Nueve reinas) (2002)

"A story full of surprises, defined by the use of interesting camera utilization and visual motifs." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 19, 2002
59/100 29%

The Other Side of Heaven (2001)

"[Davis] wants to cause his audience an epiphany, yet he refuses to give us real situations and characters." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 12, 2002
90/100 60%

The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2002)

"A pure participatory event that malnourished intellectuals will gulp down in a frenzy." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 4, 2002
82/100 88%

The Komediant (2000)

"A gentle blend of present day testimonials, surviving footage of Burstein and his family performing, historical archives, and telling stills." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 4, 2002
65/100 73%

Frailty (2002)

"Like an angel singing out of tune, Frailty seems likely to be remembered for being forgotten." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 4, 2002
69/100 57%

Jim Brown: All-American (2002)

"[Lee] treats his audience the same way that Jim Brown treats his women -- as dumb, credulous, unassuming, subordinate subjects. And Lee seems just as expectant of an adoring, wide-smiling reception." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 22, 2002
75/100 46%

Janice Beard 45 wpm (2002)

"Where Janice Beard falters in its recycled aspects, implausibility, and sags in pace, it rises in its courageousness, and comedic employment." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 20, 2002
85/100 100%

Yellow Asphalt (2002)

"Director Dan Verete uses his camera as the metaphoric needle, and his cast in each segment as his thread, to form a sweeping tapestry of mis-explanation and contention." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 15, 2002
74/100 77%

Ice Age (2002)

"It is painful to watch the inferior aspects of the film sink under the muddy vestiges of its superior facets." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 15, 2002
83/100 96%

Promises (2002)

"A marvellous journey from childhood idealism to adolescent self-absorption." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 15, 2002
70/100 82%

Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (2001)

"Ram Dass Fierce Grace moulds itself as an example to up-and-coming documentarians, of the overlooked pitfalls of such an endeavour." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 12, 2002
39/100 60%

The Independent (2001)

"The Independent is at once the most insubstantial and doleful mockumentary of the early 2000s. As many major publications round up favourable reviews, they present themselves as counterfactual -- critiques that demand critiquing." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 11, 2002
8/100 No Score Yet

Erotic Witch Project 2: Book of Seduction (2001)

"'Erotic Witch Project 2' is an impostor, struggling to take the shape and form of at best, story-line pornography, and at worst, a credible lampoon of the unconventional storytelling techniques seen in the horror-thriller, 'Blair Witch Project 2'." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 6, 2002
65/100 78%

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

"... when the process of finding this meaning is mired in the storyteller's self-indulgent tendencies and harrowing repetitious visuals, the effort is rendered reprehensible." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 6, 2002
58/100 88%

Shrek (2001)

"There are numerous faults in Shrek, enough to addle the brain. Chief among these are the narrative infirmities, which begin with the attempt at creating a fairytale that subverts the storytelling conventions of tradition." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 6, 2002
79/100 50%

Esther Kahn (2001)

"A well-done film of a self-reflexive, philosophical nature." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 26, 2002
65/100 34%

Mean Machine (2002)

"Plays like a series of vignettes -- clips of a film that are still looking for a common through-line." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 16, 2002
62/100 46%

Return to Never Land (2002)

"The holes in this film remain agape -- holes punched through by an inconsistent, meandering, and sometimes dry plot." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 16, 2002
75/100 69%

Soapdish (1991)

"... this often-hilarious spoof on daytime soap operas achieves much success borrowing from the 'divorce-remarriage' variation of the screwball comedy." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 12, 2002
83/100 73%

The Cat o' Nine Tails (Il gatto a nove code) (1971)

"... through the employment of his visual technique, commonality is transformed into remarkable quality." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 29, 2002
45/100 32%

Doctor Dolittle (1967)

"Unfortunately -- even as escapist fare -- it's a failure due to its lifeless, meandering plot, and characters." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 22, 2002
83/100 93%

In the Bedroom (2001)

"Young love juxtaposed with old love, quiet vengeance, indecision, and jealousy are the score this film is written on -- creating a wide, challenging experience for viewers." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 18, 2002
76/100 33%

The Robe (1953)

"Among the interesting qualities The Robe has to offer, its sense of social transcendence ranks among the worthiest, alongside the film's demystification of religion, and decentralization of its protagonists." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 12, 2001
70/100 No Score Yet

Bucktown, USA (1975)

"What began as a genre of films exploiting the black audience by taking their dollars to satisfy a need to see themselves succeed, wore itself thin by developing into a transparent set of conventions." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 9, 2001
63/100 80%

Marathon Man (1976)

"Marathon Man desperately yearns for acceptance among the canon of socially important, gritty, subversive 1970s 'New School' films." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 4, 2001
49/100 13%

Hell Up in Harlem (1973)

"Aside from the film's social commentary misfires, there are implausible aspects of each and every scene." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 20, 2001
50/100 21%

The Butcher's Wife (1991)

"The first half of the film is dreadfully contrived and artificial, from the uneven acting to the stereotype-filled script, to the aforementioned set and production design." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 17, 2001
90/100 96%

Sound and Fury (2000)

"The discourse that ensues over this issue is more entertaining, heartfelt, and insightful than what you'll find in any other film released in 2000." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 10, 2001
37/100 No Score Yet

Bruno (2000)

"The Dress Code is Shirley MacLaine's unfortunate foray into the director's chair, and it's so feeble an attempt that it substantiates allegations of her being crazy." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 6, 2001
83/100 38%

Indecent Proposal (1993)

"The melodrama of Indecent Proposal is a throwback to Douglas Sirk's brand, in that it seeks to subvert the status quo rather than support it, offering a biting criticism of contemporary marriage." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 2, 2001
95/100 96%

GoodFellas (1990)

"Scorsese brilliantly juxtaposes scenes of family greatness with those of bleak criminal action. The performances are superb examples of action, delivery, and nuance." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Oct 30, 2001
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