Jourdain Searles

Jourdain Searles
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
63% Instinct (2019) Instinct is a fascinating study of control that examines the very nature of consent. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
91% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) Much more than a love story, Atlantics weaves together a narrative of class tension, highlighting the entitlement of the rich and how their immoral actions are bolstered by government corruption. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
83% Flatland (2019) It's a film that knows love doesn't always conquer all, but it would be nice if it won out every once in a while. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
82% Saint Maud (2019) We learn nothing about Maud beyond her madness, making her less of a character and more of a thinly outlined acting exercise. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
75% Sea Fever (2019) Despite its winning cast and genuinely interesting meditation on family versus isolation, Sea Fever falls short of its potential. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
21% The Kitchen (2019) As it turns out, a more straightforward adaptation of The Kitchen would have made for a better film. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
No Score Yet The Women of Brewster Place (1989) A thoughtful meditation on solidarity and the way that oppression can make us tear ourselves apart, but empathy and shared goals can bring us back together. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
61% School Daze (1988) School Daze is a college musical comedy with a conscience; beneath the hijinks lies a bleeding heart for those suffering under apartheid in South Africa. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
76% Guava Island (2019) Guava Island's most damning sin is that it's unconvincing -- both aesthetically and in its assertion of Deni as a selfless, romantic, revolutionary hero. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale is deft at displaying the ways colonialism affects varying cultural and minority groups differently. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
93% Luce (2019) "...Luce is one of the most thoughtful explorations of race, identity, and power in cinema right now." - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) There is a way to marry horror with real experience and emotion, but Aster has yet to crack that formula. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Walking out of Booksmart, I knew two things: Beanie Feldstein is going to be a star, and Booksmart has effortlessly earned its place in the classic teen film canon. I can't wait to watch it again. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
93% Us (2019) The real genius at work in Us is Nyong'o, who anchors the story with underlying rage as well as the protective qualities usually reserved for male leads. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) Bell lets her past eat her alive without taking the time to fully understand it-so we can't either. That is ultimately her, and the film's, downfall. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) In the end, The Favourite is a haunting reminder of the limits of control. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) I simply cannot endorse a film that excuses and glorifies the abusive behavior of a rich and powerful man with a victim complex. - Affinity Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A hilarious, intelligent, and socially relevant satire of American business and capitalism, and hands-down one of the best films of 2018. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) Interesting to watch, but fall short as full studies of complicated women. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) As a ranting, drug-addled mess, Moss is magnetic, drawing your eye to her every move in an Oscar-worthy performance. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
80% American Honey (2016) It's authentic. It's gritty. The characters feel like real people. The film moves at a lyrical pace. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
92% Sabrina (1954) Watching Sabrina...I remember how complex my emotions are. To be a woman and see that onscreen is always magical to me. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
11% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) It won't change any lives, but it will give many ladies what they want. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
93% Logan (2017) I loved the idea of Logan. My problem is the execution. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
A 85% Wonder (2017) An entertaining, exciting film. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
90% A Star Is Born (2018) In the end, A Star is Born becomes a touching film hampered by its own legacy. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
94% CAM (2018) Cam, much like 2017's Get Out, is a reminder of horror's potential for fostering awareness and understanding. And it works-we root for Alice all the way to the end. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Barry Jenkins's lustrous, engrossing melodrama If Beale Street Could Talk is about hope in the face of a seemingly impossible task, but it's much more than an underdog story. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? resonates as a historical snapshot as well as de-glamorization of the most misrepresented profession in cinema. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
33% In the Cut (2003) The camera explores the female body lovingly, with a gently curious eye. This fascinating approach begs for more imitation. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) Green Book operates in a Fisher Price world, where every heart can be changed and friendship always prevails. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
71% Black Christmas (1974) There's no doubting that Black Christmas had all the advantages of being first of its kind. The film stands as the mother of the modern slasher. It was able to make its own rules, and subsequently created a template for the films that came after. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
41% Vita & Virginia (2019) Ultimately, Vita & Virginia works as a gorgeous supplement to both women's legacies. It's a thoughtful celebration of their complexity and their love. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
91% Support the Girls (2018) Support the Girls may not be optimistic, but there is true catharsis in its grit. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Lives spent looking at devices and screens is a reality for most of us, for better or worse; Eighth Grade is notable because it consciously avoids serving up a familiar media brew of technophobia and misogyny. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) Disobedience is the kind of woman-at-a-crossroads film I love: I am enthralled by women discovering their true selves, seeking pleasure and challenging the way they are perceived. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
No Score Yet Suicide Kale (2015) It is a landmark indie film, and hopefully sometime soon, we will be able to see more characters like Billie onscreen. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
85% Trainwreck (2015) Trainwreck fails because it doesn't seem to like women very much. It fails to have fun and bask in the messier parts of young womanhood. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
A 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman is an entertaining, exciting film. I was surprised by how refreshed I was that Wonder Woman was a good person. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
86% Gaslight (1944) Gaslight serves as a fascinating depiction of psychological torture. What strikes me about it the most is the way patriarchy and male dominance play out in the narrative. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
86% It (2017) It's a horror tale that respects its audience by considering the psychological ramifications of its scares. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
95% The Love Witch (2016) Anna Biller's The Love Witch is one of the most brilliant horror films to come out in recent years and it has already become one of my all-time favorites. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
74% The Witches of Eastwick (1987) The film itself is one of the most visually striking and well-crafted film of its kind. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
96% The Florida Project (2017) I believe The Florida Project is a film with good intentions even though I remain unsure what they are. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) I entered A Wrinkle in Time with an open heart, and when I left it was full. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
91% Beast (2018) Though it's somewhat vintage now, it remains exhilarating and emotionally effective storytelling. For a fan of the genre, Beast is not to be missed. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018