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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]

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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)
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]
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2/5 46% Allure (2018) In this well-acted but ultimately melodramatic ordeal, the only alluring thing is the title.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/5 100% 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)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/5 96% 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)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
4/5 100% 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)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
89% 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]
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]
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/5 0% Walk Like a Panther (2018) So inept is Dan Cadan's film, you end up rooting for the bulldozers.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
3/5 37% Gringo (2018) The message that good things happen to good people is deftly told to deliver a decent, if unspectacular, film.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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]
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)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3/5 84% Game Night (2018) For mainstream laughs, this is better than most.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) The Fast and Furious franchise treats its women better than this film. ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
3/5 44% 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)
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)
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)
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
2/5 13% 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)
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)
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]
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
2/5 37% The Last Word (2017) This is a curious mix of The Blind Side, High Fidelity and A Christmas Carol.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
4/5 80% 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)
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
86% Okja (2017) This is an anti-meat industry polemic, with serious tonal issues.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
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)
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)
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
1/5 44% Hampstead (2017) This whole project is shallower than a postcard and entirely geared towards grey-dollar US tourists.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2/5 16% 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)
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2/5 77% 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)
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
2/5 55% 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)
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)
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)
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
2/5 84% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) [An] overstretched art-house soap.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
4/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) A very believable work, it offers humour and violence, while the closing scene stirs up a range of emotions few directors can manage.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
4/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) A bewitching animation about a castaway trying to get off an island -- the sort of film you wish Terrence Malick made.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) When Guardians of the Galaxy launched in 2014, it was a pure blast; the antithesis to the morose Batman. Now, it is effectively a wake in a candy shop, where nobody knows if they should be crying or getting giddy on sweets.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
2/5 60% Snowden (2016) Since 2013, no dinner party has been safe from discussion of the morality of the NSA whistleblower who leaked hugely sensitive information... Three years on, this pointless film runs through it all over again.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
3/5 89% Blood Father (2016) The troubled actor hasn't been this charismatic on screen for more than a decade.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
3/5 95% Apollo 13 (1995) Tom Hanks perfectly embodies white bread goodness as mission leader Jim Lovell and, while we may all know the ending, it's a tribute to Howard's no-frills, focused direction that the story remains undeniably gripping.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
2/5 46% Everybody's Fine (2009) A low-key family drama that leaves no cliché safe in its quest to make everyone weep buckets. The best to hope for is that it may persuade you to reconnect with your own family. Aah.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2010
4/5 89% A Serious Man (2009) A complex, non-commercial Coen film that strips back the stars for an absorbing, affectionate look at the Bros' youth.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2009
3/5 48% Taking Woodstock (2009) Some will revel in it, but (younger) viewers may find Taking Woodstock old hat.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2009
3/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) It may not amount to much, but what to expect from a book about a thieving fox? Beautifully realised, it's the Anderson movie that will leave you with a smile on your face.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2009
5/5 91% Fish Tank (2010) A powerful, poignant and beautiful film, Arnold crafts Brit realism at its best‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2009
4/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) Bigelow makes a welcome return with a thrilling, edgy and, yes, explosive film about the toughest job in the world. What's The Hurt Locker? Something special.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2009