Jordan Hiller

Jordan Hiller

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Jordan Hiller's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 79%

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"It's a film about the expanding universe that seems to want to contract and contract and eventually shrink into itself and be gone." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
3/4 98%

Boyhood (2014)

"It's the gimmick film to end all gimmick films. It's Linklater on a bike, holding his breath, crossing his eyes, puffing out his cheeks, going full speed at that ramp yelling, "Look, Ma! No hands!" " ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
4/4 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"While the enigmatic details and nuances are the very treasures and treats being gifted, they are mere trinkets when not combined with the style and imagery that Anderson has forged from his creative spirit. " ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 91%

Birdman (2014)

"Birdman has its merits as a commentary about fame and loss. It is a finely concocted curiosity. But, we must objectively decipher whether Birdman soars or just manufactures an illusion of flight." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
4/4 90%

Wild (2014)

"One cannot help but wonder whether Wild, a difficult, challenging film about a woman struggling to make amends, serves its star as both personal and professional penance." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
1/4 52%

Unbroken (2014)

"As vivid and relatable as the races, raft, wretchedness, and redemption may have been on the page, the on screen rendering manages to suck the life and vitality from Zamperini's ordeal." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
3.5/4 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"What begins as a beguiling whodunit takes an abrupt, choke on your popcorn turn midway through and, believe it or not, the ride is just getting started. " ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
3.5/4 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The screenplay does an exceptional job of incorporating this film into the pre-existing and percolating Marvel cinematic universe." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
4/4 91%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"A bold concept which could have easily resulted in tedium, but not in Liman's hands" ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2.5/4 71%

Interstellar (2014)

"That the universe contains phenomena eons beyond us while at the same time intimately close is a beautiful concept and Interstellar seeks to orchestrate its own moment of revelation." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2.5/4 67%

World War Z (2013)

"Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) did so much more with less nearly a decade ago. " ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2.5/4 78%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"It does not mind raw emotion as long as it is delivered beneath a shimmery smooth veneer. Any and all medicines are accompanied by spoonfuls of sugar." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2013
4/4 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Llewyn Davis, entertaining and witty as all Coen productions quite naturally are, teaches us about the devotion one must have to their art if they intend it to survive them." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2.5/4 91%

Nebraska (2013)

"Nebraska is an about-face for Payne, and, although it is an improvement over the indulgent Descendants, it does not resonate as resoundingly as his earlier work." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2/4 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"The problem is that while Ron may not run out of steam, the film about him does. " ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2/4 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"The sheer irredeemable gruesomeness makes learning something from the tragedy of the failed mission difficult. " ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3.5/4 96%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"While Nature/Fate/God can perform apparent wickedness without conscience, neither hold a candle to man." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2013
4/4 96%

Gravity (2013)

"A marvel of performance and effect utilizing the man against his environment/survival motif to justify visual and technical elegance and brilliance. " ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3.5/4 94%

All Is Lost (2013)

"As the film goes on, we see Redford in a new light. A light dimmer and paler and murkier. Once a golden god on screen, there now remains a hobbled everyman." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2/4 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"My suspicion is that Apatow made a conscious decision to throw episodes at us scattershot to reflect the battlefield chaos of a relationship in motion. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2012
4/4 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Anderson's manner becomes a second skin and essential to the script, making Moonrise Kingdom a most comfortable way to watch matters uncomfortable." ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2012
3.5/4 96%

Argo (2012)

"We are invested in this rescue mission not simply because these are fellow Americans in peril, but also because Argo takes the time to make each person behind enemy lines unique and authentic. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2012
2.5/4 69%

Les Misérables (2012)

"The issue with a motion picture reproduction of the musical is not whether the songs will be spectacular or whether nostalgia will play a role; the issue is whether director can capture the play's epic scope and whether the cast was up to the challenge." ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2012
3.5/4 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Spielberg undoubtedly is asking us to pay attention and learn something - there is no nodding off in this class - but even with all the talk of ratification, and envoys, and securing votes, Lincoln is an engaging, if not rousing film-going experience. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2012
4/4 78%

Flight (2012)

"More than anything, the film seeks to capture the anguish of a man trapped - not struggling with, not dealing with, but TRAPPED - by his own vices. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2012
3/4 87%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"The Dark Knight Rises directly counters the arguments made against The Dark Knight. Maybe, sometimes, it is better to leave the demons unvanquished. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2012
2/4 78%

Brave (2012)

" Although the previews would have you believe that the film was an epic journey for the flame-haired firebrand, we are really treated (or deprived, depending on expectation) to a humble, small scale morality play. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2012
3/4 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"For all its curiosities and loose ends, Beasts of the Southern Wild casts a formidable spell." ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2012
3/4 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"The term movie magic should be reserved for scenes such as the one where the unflinching realism of the natural disaster is conveyed without a single false note. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2012
1/4 33%

Butter (2012)

"As smart, savvy, and witty as the film is at times, it never escapes the inherent identity crisis in its makeup" ‐
Posted Oct 15, 2012
3/4 94%

Knuckleball! (2012)

"Watching R.A. Dickey become one of the biggest sports celebrities in New York was about as welcome a surprise as a knuckleball that floats and drops under the batter's swing. " ‐
Posted Sep 27, 2012
2/4 62%

It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012)

"A blow by blow, thoroughly researched rendering of the Hungarian secular journalist's instrumental part in taking Zionism from the theoretical to the actual." ‐
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/4 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"Scott was so intent on returning his spawn to glory that he mistakenly shot for Alien by way of 2001: A Space Odyssey, making it all the more disappointing when he inevitably settled for Aliens by way of Lost in Space." ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2012
2/4 71%

Hanna (2011)

"The ingredients are there for success, but as we build toward resolution (or even increased conflict) Hanna fails to develop at a rate to match the sum of its parts. " ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2012
3/4 82%

Warrior (2011)

"One cannot genuinely fault Warrior for the clichéd elements of its story, simply because reviving the cliché is the whole point." ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2012
2.5/4 83%

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

"Criticizing or belittling the film is sort of like taking issue with a cup of tea or a navy business suit from Men's Warehouse." ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2012
2.5/4 84%

Contagion (2011)

"Soderbergh, who is as skilled as they come at uplifting routine templates, gives the infection movie über-A-list treatment. " ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2012
2/4 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"When I say The Adventures of Tintin sent me back to a more innocent, idealized time; a moment that I wanted to share with my children, I am not talking about watching a curiously brave investigative reporter. " ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2012
3.5/4 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"By focusing on the Muppets of The Muppet Show (1976-1981) rather than the independent Muppets of prior films, the writers open up an unexplored aspect of Muppet lore ripe for revival. " ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2012
2/4 74%

Rampart (2012)

"Thankfully, the ever-watchable Woody Harrelson re-teamed with his The Messenger director, Oren Moverman, to carry what may have otherwise been relegated to late night TMC and the discount DVD racks at Duane Reade." ‐
Posted Jan 4, 2012
1/4 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"Hawaii's lush and luminous landscape is well appreciated, but it does nothing to mask the maddeningly irrational plot-points Payne expects us to swallow in the name of an alleged skewering social commentary. " ‐
Posted Jan 4, 2012
3.5/4 82%

The Way (2011)

"Between the sprightly soundtrack, the sensational on-location shoot, the anchoring performance by Sheen, and the methodological freedom permitted so that Avery's pilgrimage can naturally take its course, The Way immerses body and soul. " ‐
Posted Jan 4, 2012
4/4 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"Terrence Malick's astonishing masterpiece of light, movement, and spirit, casts a dizzying spell and somehow manages to pronounce the ineffable while telling its humble tale. " ‐
Posted Jan 4, 2012
2.5/4 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"Whether it says something incisive about female friends and their inability to truly feel comfortable and rise above petty jealousies and competition, Bridesmaids never achieves the wolf pack camaraderie that The Hangover executes so naturally. " ‐
Posted Dec 29, 2011
2/4 57%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"Although one cannot question the quality of performances here, with Glenn Close Mia Wasikowska, and Janet McTeer leading the way, Albert Nobbs suffers for lack of breadth and vision. " ‐
Posted Dec 29, 2011
3.5/4 90%

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"As much as Olson's incendiary performance reveals her individualism and true power as a career woman and artist, it also exposes her as an enticing dish served up. " ‐
Posted Dec 29, 2011
4/4 79%

Melancholia (2011)

"Melancholia takes great pleasure in distressing its audience with ugly, harrowing imagery and behavior, but, more often that not, Von Trier's film is an exhibition of life's beauty and the shame it would be to watch it burn. " ‐
Posted Dec 29, 2011
1/4 43%

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"While we were hoping and rightly expecting some old school magic from the director of Iron Man, the director of Iron Man 2 showed up. " ‐
Posted Dec 23, 2011
2/4 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"Only in a world where James Franco portrays Will Rodman, a brilliant biochemist working for a pharmaceutical company, can apes get the best of mankind. " ‐
Posted Dec 23, 2011
2.5/4 80%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"What the film can never overcome, though it mightily tries via superior score, costumes, and atmosphere, is the inanity of its premise. " ‐
Posted Dec 23, 2011
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