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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"While swept up in the desperate search for Horcruxes, Yates allows us to feel once more as though we are very much in the middle of things, but, alas, it was a trick and a false hope, because in the was, irrevocably, THE END." ‐
Posted Dec 23, 2011
2/4 76%

The Debt (2011)

"The Debt, for all its heart-stopping power and subject-matter gravitas, is not without its fair share of cliché. " ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2011
4/4 86%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"In Matthew Vaughn's pitch-perfect, fluid, sparklingly edited movie, we learn about demons. And wouldn't you know it? It's all about Jewish revenge. " ‐
Posted Jul 14, 2011
1.5/4 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"Super 8 embodies everything unsettling and disappointing about the culmination of [Lost]." ‐
Posted Jun 28, 2011
3.5/4 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"The domineering final stretch of a story that has become as much popcorn distraction as old, reliable friend is shaping up to be part family reunion, part merciless slugfest. " ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2011
4/4 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"Kick-Ass is such an exciting, refreshing development in comic book filmmaking that I want to shout it from the rooftops" ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2011
2/4 81%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"Scott Pilgrim is a film where youth is power and power is music, video games, and confronting your exes with how great your current hook up is, but like most hipsters you meet, it is more impressed with itself than anything else" ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2011
3/4 62%

Salt (2010)

"The reason Salt succeeds is because it believes in its lunacy and goes for it in a frank, but fabulous way." ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2011
1.5/4 83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"I would not put the narrative conceit The Ghost Writer perpetrates in its final moments past a doped up high school sophomore in a screenwriting elective." ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2011
3.5/4 68%

Shutter Island (2010)

"Scorsese and DiCaprio, in their fourth film together, again create an intense, provocative film-going experience, where the ride, accommodations, and destination are all first class. " ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2011
3/4 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"Aronofsky holds his audience's throat with both hands and squeezes, firming his grip with each scene." ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2011
3.5/4 86%

Inception (2010)

"It is the film by which to measure the density of all others. " ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2011
2.5/4 89%

Waiting for Superman (2010)

"The audience of the public school system documentary Waiting for "Superman" is either supposed to get depressed into action, enraged into action, or overwhelmed into inaction" ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2011
4/4 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"The merits of Facebook can be debated; the merits of The Social Network are undeniable. " ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2011
3/4 80%

Barney's Version (2011)

"This Chanukah, your plate of latkas is not the only oily mess worth appreciating. Give yourself the gift of Barney. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
3/4 48%

Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

"The story of a nerd who pays a perky cheerleader to date him so he will become popular is almost pornographic in its uninhibited, primitive display of the confusion and insecurity that roils like a tempest in the developing mind of the American teenager" ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
4/4 100%

The Terminator (1984)

"Throughout his extraordinary, legend in his own time career, James Cameron has done very little that cannot be legitimately considered well ahead of its time." ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
2.5/4 96%

True Grit (2010)

"True Grit carries on gallantly for much if its ride, but when the sun sets in the west, it's still missing something." ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
2/4 94%

The Town (2010)

"A film can only be as riveting as its ability to have the audience believe or suspend belief, and though The Town takes steps toward authenticity, it fails to meet even the basic requirements of plausibility." ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
2.5/4 90%

The Fighter (2010)

"While Wahlberg's Mickey is someone we can relate to and root for, Dicky is there to challenge us, and through Bale's commitment to the role, The Fighter is lifted and given a remarkable credibility" ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
3/4 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"Most actors and directors would have made it about the physical manifestation of a dire situation, but Franco and Boyle realized that nothing overt could compare to the real source of power inherent in Ralston's escape from that canyon with his life. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
2.5/4 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"I can understand the creators not wanting to sugarcoat life merely because the colors are brighter and voices chirpier, but why is Toy Story 3 so intent on being such a manipulative downer? " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
3/4 89%

Tangled (2010)

"In recent years, Disney has developed a keen sense of self-parody, choosing more often than not to deliver shimmery idealism with a wink as opposed to the earnestness of old. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
4/4 98%

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"HTYD takes a bold chance, and attempts to entertain adults not by being cute, gimmicky, thematically challenging, or infused with pop culture shout outs; it does so by being imaginative, heartfelt, and beautiful in fiery flourishes. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
1/4 71%

Somewhere (2010)

"The only question is whether Coppola consciously decided to craft a movie as tedious, vacant, and void of substance as her subject." ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
3/4 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"In a world where on-screen adolescent vampires spew fluffy drivel about love and longing more often than puncturing carotid arteries with gleaming fangs, Let Me In is quite the raw, fresh, and meaty approach. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
3.5/4 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"The Kids Are All Right would have been a highly regarded, stinging family drama in the tradition of American Beauty and Ordinary People even if the subject family was not so proudly unorthodox. " ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2010
3/4 79%

Tiny Furniture (2010)

"Aura is a tragic figure. She exists in a world where one must latch onto and venerate something as frivolous as photographing tiny furniture in order to swim with the current. " ‐
Posted Nov 11, 2010
3/4 95%

Heathers (1988)

"Heathers, with all its flagrant masochism and violence, is a throwback to a more innocent time, where such films could be made and still be deemed over the top fantasy. " ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2010
3/4 87%

Romancing the Stone (1984)

"Between Michael Douglas' mullet, a synthesizer heavy score, and Kathleen Turner shining in her blink and you missed it prime, Zemeckis' movie is truly time capsule worthy. " ‐
Posted Jul 14, 2010
2/4 80%

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

"A movie that could have been something wonderful, winds up only kind of. " ‐
Posted Jul 14, 2010
2.5/4 95%

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

"The original suffers upon review simply because its novelty has worn off. But being the first mainstream feature of its kind, it deserves due reverence." ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2010
3/4 90%

The Karate Kid (1984)

"Avildsen crafted an inspired movie with the perfect mix of 80's bravado and 70's artistic integrity." ‐
Posted Jun 12, 2010
3.5/4 81%

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

"With each musical number, another integral and eternal aspect of Judaism is pondered, explored, and expressed with passionate flourishes." ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2010
3/4 79%

The Hangover (2009)

"Todd Philips, who wrote and directed Road Trip and Old Scool, wrote Borat, and even plays the coked out Israeli dude in the elevator in The Hangover, has had his finger on the pulse of modern comedy cinema for a decade." ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2010
3/4 98%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"What the great Kathryn's film accomplishes in its own starkly intelligent way, however, is to make the token war is hell argument, but through the filtered lens of a superior B action movie, her forte." ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2010
3/4 79%

The Informant! (2009)

"Whitacre marks a very interesting reflection point in Matt Damon's career as it eerily evokes a controversial character he portrayed ten years ago, and probably the last time he was so deserved of awards consideration for a lead role." ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2010
2.5/4 76%

Invictus (2009)

"Invictus succeeds in making one sympathize with and root for Mandela; it does not succeed as a thrilling film-going experience, as it well could have." ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2010
2.5/4 90%

District 9 (2009)

"While Blomkamp's disturbing thriller does have a semi-revelatory ending, the real secret is that District 9, for all its pomp and circumstance, is no more than a decent but scrappy science fiction flick." ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2010
4/4 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"One could melt into the luxury of the experience Mr. Abrams provides and objectively appreciate every penny spent in the budget as there is not a false or cheesy speck to be found on screen." ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2010
3/4 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is an icily grave and somber affair, with few moments of relief amid the mounting turmoil and a finale that blackens an already charcoal gray sky." ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2010
3.5/4 73%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"The conversations and interactions [Jonze] orchestrates, whether real, imaginary, spoken with an inner voice, or cried aloud, are delivered with the unmistakable rhythm and in the grandiose rubber and glue terminology of children." ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2010
4/4 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"Lee Daniels' Precious is a special movie with that rare, stand up and take notice, shout it from the hilltops sort of specialness." ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2010
4/4 90%

Coraline (2009)

"While Selick's production is not by any stretch graphic or gory, the use of odd and irregular shapes, proportions, and movement creates a dark symphony of macabre images that horrify the psyche and chill the blood all the same." ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2010
3/4 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"Ron Clements and John Musker's vibrant, emotionally resonant movie earns extra points for not only giving platform to carry on and trumpet the recently muted voice of majestic and mysterious New Orleans, Louisiana, but also for introducing a princess whos" ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2010
2.5/4 98%

Up (2009)

"Once the balloons make their grand, eye-popping entrance in a kaleidoscope of color and texture, the film becomes chaotic and silly, and coasts downhill for the remainder." ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2010
4/4 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"The film incorporates all the quiet, improvisational style, dry humor delivery as found in other Anderson pictures, but combined with the proletarian fluidity of the animation; the result for audiences is a gleeful trance-like holiday." ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2010
3.5/4 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Between Up in the Air and 2007's Michael Clayton, it becomes glaringly apparent that no actor can carry a script-driven character study better than Mr. Clooney." ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2010
3/4 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"Bad is a tortured, self destructive spirit dead set on being alone and miserable, though because he has ample kindness and softness lingering inside, his addictions are all the more deceptively dangerous and his fall from grace all the more pathetic." ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2010
3.5/4 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"We have been trained by Hollywood to react a certain way to a certain kind of movie and 500 Days of Summer seeks to un-train us through shock therapy." ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2010