Jordan Ruimy

Jordan Ruimy
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 95% The Mustang (2019) What feels rather murky and uninvolving at first is elevated by a central performance and a director who knows a thing or two about atmosphere. The story may seem ridiculous but by the final frame you'll be converted. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 95% Us (2019) After a thrilling 100 minutes, Peele's ambitions do get the best of him - he can't quite close it out and the film's messy final 15 minutes feel overtly expository. Alas, it turns out that "Us," quite ironically, is also confused about its own identity. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
A- 76% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Zahler isn't in the same league yet as Tarantino, but his rebellious brand of avant-garde, right-wing cinema is making a mark, whether people would like to admit it or not. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
B+ 100% Everybody's Everything (2019) A historic account of an impeccable talent that was part of a counter-culture movement which signified the immense problem that is occurring with today's disassociated youth. You can feel Peep crying for help in every frame. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B 73% Triple Frontier (2019) Chandor is a visual master and in "Triple Frontier" he creates an epic and visceral adventure that's the kind of action movie that feels like it is part of a bygone Hollywood era, one in which smartly-delivered action spectacles used to be the norm. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B+ 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) The result is nothing short of a landmark cinematic event. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
C+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) This is a time-shifting space story teeming with deception at every turn, and, yet, when it reaches its finale one feels, quite frankly, un-involved by it, hell, even bored. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
A 89% Cold Case Hammarskjold (2019) Sometimes this documentary even provokes laughter, because we are just so insanely disturbed by how evil much of it sounds. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
B+ 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Beyond Ocasio-Cortez and her magnetism, we may look back at Knock Down the House years from now as a nascent document of the beginnings of a groundswell in American politics. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
A 100% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Melancholy in shape, but still hopeful, Crosby's willingness to bare naked his personal struggles on-camera makes for a truly poignant movie. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
A- 90% Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) An eccentric, wild and gripping goose chase of a film, all the jesters at the center of Jonathan Documentary are fascinating. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
C- 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) The film becomes the very thing that it mocks: A bland, inauthentic rom-com. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
B+ 95% Transit (2019) Petzold means to isolate you with ambiguity and that can sometimes feel frustrating, or even mundane, but the payoff is rewarding. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
C 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) A smackdown of cliches. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
B 92% Paddleton (2019) A slight, but loving ode to male friendship. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
B- 93% High Flying Bird (2019) You can claim that the film is over-stuffed with ideas, but the fact that Soderbergh means to start a cultural revolution with a simple iPhone can only excitingly imply the revolution has already begun. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
B 94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The film is filled with conversation and I found the first and third hour to be most gripping. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
B+ 76% Holiday (2018) It's a tough watch, a film that means to get under your skin and that it does - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
C- 64% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) What we're left with is an well shot film, but a sleazy and uninvolving screenplay plowing down our IQ's in the process. It's one of those rare films that can be disliked by all possible demographics, high and low brow tastes will be fuming in distaste. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
B+ 83% Hala (2019) "Hala" is unique, bringing a new, much-needed perspective to the coming-of-age genre - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B+ 64% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) This is a film that refuses to adhere to our own conventions of what evil is supposed to look like - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
A 100% Midnight Family (2019) The masterful cinema vérité camerawork in Luke Lorentzen's "Midnight Family" has a knack for sucking us into after-hours Mexico City and the fractured health care system at its disposal. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
C+ 76% Late Night (2019) And yet, you wish there was more nastiness, a satirical bite that is clearly missing in the pages of the script. The issues at hand are, more often than not, used as a backdrop for romcom conventions rather than the other way around. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
C+ 88% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) This is the announcement of a visually talented artist (Talbot), a visionary DP (Newport-Berra), and two incredible actors (Fails and Majors), but a very clunky script. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B 94% The Report (2019) A brutal and unforgiving journey into the deepest pits of governmental corruption - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B- 74% Untouchable (2019) "Untouchable" is necessary sure and it tackles the facade of the problem, the main events if you will. But it doesn't delve deeper into the psyche of Weinstein to be honest. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
C+ 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) It's the stuff nightmares for any parent, but it's simply been done better countless times before. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
A 93% Luce (2019) A provocative Molotov cocktail that shatters, burns and leaves no easy answers. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
A- 80% The Lodge (2019) Arthouse horror chalks up another win in this claustrophobic family drama. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
C- 36% Corporate Animals (2019) Its failure to appropriately skewer the corporate retreat and all its phony ideas of family and organizational harmony, is just a huge missed opportunity. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B+ 89% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) This is a hearty, four-course meal for film fans that will likely burst through your chest. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
C- 60% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets is a too-polished and pedantic film that lacks any kind of identity and is ultimately a failed attempt at relitigating an important time in political history. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
A- 93% Blinded by the Light (2019) Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha succeeds in achieving that exuberant, ineffable feeling when music can change your life. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
B+ 79% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Dick Long is a dark, but gut-bustingly hilarious, good time at the movies, all due to infusing tonally perfect humor with sincere and seriously drawn narrative momentum. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
A- 100% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell's simple manner makes for a knockout of emotional resonance. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
B+ 91% Fyre (2019) This narrative in Smith's film is built on dread, a titanic-like catastrophe waiting to happen, slowly but surely, before our very eyes, a dream turns into a total nightmare. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
C+ 37% Glass (2019) Yes, there are plenty of interesting "ideas" scattered here and there, and it isn't as bad as some of his very worst work, but the man (Shyamalan) can't write natural dialogue. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
A 95% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Pure storytelling magic. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B+ 66% Vice (2018) The result is a fascinating mess of a film, with exuberantly delivered performances, a top-notch, know-it-all, screenplay and the frenetically stylish direction that McKay brought to his previous film, "The Big Short." - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
C+ 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) "Mary Poppins Returns" is all about that aforementioned purity and nostalgia, a celebration of the past that dissolves into thin air once you finish watching it, much like Poppins' journey back to wherever she came from. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
C 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The direction is rather artless, there's no vision to it nor is there any effort to try and surpass the Lifetime-movie sensibilities of its mise-en-scene. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
B 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) A visual groundbreaker. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
A- 79% Dogman (2019) A hyper-realistic urban tragedy, "Dogman" is ferocious and, in its own way, absolutely frightening. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
B+ 94% 1985 (2018) The lessons being taught in 1985 are admirable, the performances top-notch, and the filmmaking stellar. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
B- 84% Creed II (2018) 42 years since the original 'Rocky' and, even if he's taken a backseat for new blood, Stallone is the still the MVP of this franchise. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
A 93% The Favourite (2018) ll three actors brew up a a swirling tornado of brilliance by feeding off of each other's talents, the result is damn-near cathartic. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B 79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) The film's eloquence derives in Schnabel's fascination with the torment Van Gogh went through, and the undue respect the impressionist painter never got. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) 'Buster Scruggs' is diverting, amusing, but hit has and miss moments. Mark it as a good but minor work from the Coens. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
B- 89% Bodied (2018) Khan does push P.C. culture to the brink of explosion in his film, but is too scared to fully detonate his bomb. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Singer's film sure could have used more rhapsody because whenever Freddie and the band focus on the music, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' truly sings. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018