Jonathan Dean

Jonathan Dean
Jonathan Dean's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK) Total Film Times (UK) GQ Magazine [UK]

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
84% Ad Astra (2019) Roy is meant to be incognito, but of all the stars in Hollywood, none are less incognito than Pitt. That has been an issue before, but here, it isn't. He just slips easily into the background, which is some achievement, some acting. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) Indeed, kinks are ironed out so quickly that a cynic might suggest this script was originally planned for TV, around its ad breaks. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
1/5 32% A Million Little Pieces (2019) When Billy Bob Thornton turns up as a gangster in a onesie, he's not the one overacting. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Funny, sad, beautiful, painful, poignant and slapstick. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
31% The Current War (2019) If, however, you want see how a Wikipedia page looks when millions of dollars are spent on it, then The Current War is for you. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) It is a completely unique experience with obvious style and gut-punching substance and extremely funny as well. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It is [Jesse] Eisenberg's best work in years. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) While, one suspects, Bohemian Rhapsody had [Freddie] Mercury weeping in his grave, the film of [Elton] John fits his life like an expensive sequinned glove. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A neat twist after an hour takes a convoluted plot somewhere more interesting, but it is Holland and Zendaya, as Spidey's love interest, who bring pep to familiar proceedings. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Of everyone in this unique film, like Boyhood for a wedge of society with no hope, you root for [Keire] the most. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) Taken as a whole, though, Us is anything but indifferent. It is a rare film that is both tabloid and broadsheet in its mix of celebrity...and existentialism. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
66% Vice (2018) It's very likely nearly litigious. But for two hours, like the best scary movies, we watch this bogeyman stalk the corridors, ruining so many lives. We are afraid of him and we want him to have his comeuppance. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/5 51% Freak Show (2018) A drama so forced, all good intentions are forgotten by the umpteenth cliché, about six minutes in. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Here's the thing, though: I'd watch the next one. These mechanical films are efficient at making people want more and this one's formula ends with an idea that is genuinely new. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2/5 45% Allure (2018) In this well-acted but ultimately melodramatic ordeal, the only alluring thing is the title. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/5 97% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) Laetitia Dosch is bewitching as the distraught Paula, dumped by an older man who paid her way. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/5 95% Filmworker (2018) This is a cracking yarn - his master's obsessiveness later drove Vitali to illness - and the irony is that, with all its close-up footage of Kubrick, it is he, as always, who takes the spotlight. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
4/5 95% A Cambodian Spring (2018) No resolution is offered, just pain and occasional victory. As such, this is a fitting film for an unequal world. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) I enjoyed the film. It looks fantastic, has some terrific lines and mixes politics with paws to create something thought-provoking...but the most vexing thing is that nobody saw challenges of glib Western theft coming. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) [John Krasinski] has crafted a movie that demands to be seen on the big screen, with an audience as terrified as you. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Walk Like a Panther (2018) So inept is Dan Cadan's film, you end up rooting for the bulldozers. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
4/5 95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) A crazy story that is well told in Alexandra Dean's film. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
3/5 40% Gringo (2018) The message that good things happen to good people is deftly told to deliver a decent, if unspectacular, film. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) A film this meticulous and poignant will have a life of its own, because it is about life itself. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
1/5 10% Monster Family (2018) There is an excellent chance that nobody will like this film, which tells, terribly, of a family turned into classic monsters -- not the children it is aimed at, nor the parents who sit through it. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3/5 85% Game Night (2018) For mainstream laughs, this is better than most. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
45% Red Sparrow (2018) The Fast and Furious franchise treats its women better than this film. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is an absolute sunrise of a movie, the kind of thing that makes your heart leap and gives you hope, brings you as much joy as your best friend's wedding, and makes people like me write over elaborate opening sentences to praise it. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
88% The Post (2018) It's clear there is nothing brave about making a film about events from the past that are a bit like now. It is cosy cinema for gentle head shaking. As effective, politically, as leafleting for Hillary Clinton in Williamsburg. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) In 2018, it's important to make sure you're more Jesse than Mack - and Molly's Game will show you how. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It's a fine mesh, well-costumed and well-shot, yet, weirdly, it never ignites as intended. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3/5 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Such is the traffic jam of incredible facts that the film, told in classic biopic form, turns into one huge anecdote -- a story to tell friends about, rather than necessarily to watch. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
3/5 46% Bushwick (2017) For a small budget, the action is thrilling, and while hammy acting, unnecessary gore and a sagging middle stretch disappoint, overall this is a smart, cheeky film with a plot that's probably actually happened since this section went to print. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor (2017) It's a shame, then, about the odd couple, Frankie and Hurricane... which, along with some appalling songs, derails this film for the over-threes. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
4/5 86% American Made (2017) This hugely enjoyable, big-budget, semi-political romp is exactly the sort of film Tom Cruise should spend the rest of his career making -- one that harks back to the 1980s and early 1990s, when his charisma effectively ran the industry. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
2/5 15% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) Frustratingly, there are decent gags -- suggesting writers were present, but just told to hurry up. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
2/5 77% The Ghoul (2017) Chris's depression is well drawn out, but when the film broadens into vague questions about the occult, it becomes unfocused, before finishing up with a hammy scene that undoes much of the careful characterisation that came before. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Here we are again, watching the same thin plot told with great surface power, but little attention given to the great responsibility of keeping an audience surprised. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
2/5 39% The Last Word (2017) This is a curious mix of The Blind Side, High Fidelity and A Christmas Carol. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
4/5 81% Risk (2017) This is a brave, startling film about Julian Assange by Laura Poitras, who made the hit Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
86% Okja (2017) This is an anti-meat industry polemic, with serious tonal issues. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2/5 22% The Book of Henry (2017) It's a well-meaning tonal mess, but respect to Watts. She never stops trying, even when playing violent video games with gusto for reasons nobody will ever work out. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 86% Okja (2017) From first madcap scene to last, Bong Joon-ho's film treads a fine line between engaging and annoying. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
1/5 44% Hampstead (2019) This whole project is shallower than a postcard and entirely geared towards grey-dollar US tourists. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Seriously, why does Transformers: The Last Knight need to be 149 minutes long? Maybe it's a conspiracy to sell more snacks. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2/5 78% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) This debut from Nicolas Pesce is tense and creepy, but also mannered and, ultimately, little more than pompous torture porn: a film for fans of horrible things being done to humans in artful close-up. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
2/5 59% City of Tiny Lights (2016) Ahmed (and Billie Piper, as his love interest) are decent, but despite its efforts, this film is only noir in that it mostly happens at night. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
3/5 42% Aftermath (2017) Sombre and slow, this basic bereavement button-pusher is far more humane than Arnie's billing would lead you to believe. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience (2017) It's as faultless and funny as fans have come to expect. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
2/5 83% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) [An] overstretched art-house soap. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017