Kevin Jagernauth

Kevin Jagernauth

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Kevin Jagernauth's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters, The Playlist

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

""The Girl On The Train" leaves you wishing it had been a little more willing to go off the rails." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 5, 2016
B- 93%

Blue Jay (2016)

"Penned by Duplass, Blue Jay contains his usual, careful attention to creating characters that feel drawn from real life." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 3, 2016
D- 12%

I.T. (2016)

"A colossal waste of time, a 14K dial-up in the time of fiber optic." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 23, 2016
C No Score Yet

Buster's Mal Heart (2016)

"More conceptually interesting than actually entertaining." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 22, 2016
D 63%

City of Tiny Lights (2016)

"Rather rote material, feeling like a beefed up episode of Law & Order." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 22, 2016
D 33%

The Promise (2016)

"Didactic yet generic." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 22, 2016
B 88%

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

"While the film never reaches the kind of emotional peaks of James' best work ... Abacus: Small Enough To Jail is no less compelling." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 22, 2016
D- 22%

(Re) Assignment (2016)

"The film is far too dumb to cause any offense, except perhaps on good taste." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 22, 2016
C- 57%

The Belko Experiment (2016)

"Often feels like a half-formed sketch of a script brought to life, rather than something that warrants a tiresome sequel tease at the end." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 22, 2016
C No Score Yet

Headshot (2016)

"Kinetic momentum is consistently underdone by the film's bland story." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 22, 2016
D 80%

My Blind Brother (2016)

""My Blind Brother" is certainly the best version of this script you'll get thanks to the cast, but it's also a painful viewing experience to see such potential so thoroughly wasted, and such magnetism dulled off." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 22, 2016
B No Score Yet

In the Radiant City (2016)

"Smolders with intelligence, empathy for its characters, and a rare resistance to give them an easy out or pat resolution. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2016
D 83%

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

"Lifeless and lackluster." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2016
B+ 100%

Tramps (2016)

"A marvel to watch unfold." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 16, 2016
C 73%

Lion (2016)

"While Lion isn't the kind of drama that demands risky storytelling, it is one that has within it a whole world of emotional topography that is disappointingly scrolled over instead of mapped out." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 11, 2016
B 51%

Mascots (2016)

"A minor key delight." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 10, 2016
B 77%

Colossal (2016)

"A chilling look at how abusers and emotional manipulation take root." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 9, 2016
A 83%

A Monster Calls (2016)

"A deeply moving fable about loss and love." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B 80%

Free Fire (2016)

"A shoot-em-up with a wide streak of wicked humor, coupled with no shortage of bullets and blood, marking Wheatley's most purely popcorn and wildly enjoyable movie to date." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 8, 2016
D 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"A bigger, but dumber and louder remake." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 8, 2016
A 83%

Lights Out (Simon Werner A Disparu...) (2010)

"With a score composed by Sonic Youth and a mystery that doubles as an insight to the tenuous and intangible qualities of those late sex-obsessed teenage years, Lights Out is a clever drama masquerading as a murder mystery." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 18, 2016
B 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"The film doesn't quite hum the same way when the focus moves away from Teller and Hill. But when they're in the frame, the pair are so engaging in their hustle, the audience may not even realize they're already halfway being sold on the movie. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 16, 2016
B 70%

Operation Avalanche (2016)

"Reaches the sort of multi-layered levels of duplicity and narrative that would make Christopher Nolan proud. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 1, 2016
B+ 75%

Lace Crater (2016)

"The director ... puts together a picture that slyly has much more going on beneath its laid-back surface." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 31, 2016
B+ 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Technically smart and emotionally intelligent, with this endearing bauble of a film containing a big beating heart inside." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 27, 2016
C 94%

Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016)

"What Train To Busan truly needs, and disappointingly lacks, is heart." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 22, 2016
C+ No Score Yet

Kamisama no iu tôri (As the Gods Will) (2014)

"While ... patchy, there are just enough bizarrely funny and bloody moments inside that fans should be encouraged to try and track it down" ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 19, 2016
C 94%

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

"Unfortunately, [the film] which shows much finesse and nuance for most of its running time, is hampered by a swing toward conventional dramatics." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 28, 2016
B+ 77%

The Phenom (2016)

"There is a richness of character here that belies the film's trim eighty-six minute running time." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 22, 2016
C- 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"It's the kind of movie where dumb fun would be totally acceptable, but in an ironic twist, the fact that it's overthought is its ultimate undoing." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 16, 2016
B+ 77%

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"Featuring a new set of terrifically ridiculous songs from the group, and a highly calibrated, delightfully singular comedic punch, Popstar deserves to be a chart topper." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 2, 2016

O.J.: Made in America (2016)

"Edelman weaves a captivating tapestry about a nation perhaps in denial of how divided it still was about race, and a portrait of a colossal fall from grace that's perhaps unprecedented in modern America." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 2, 2016
C+ 71%

The Ones Below (2016)

"While The Ones Below doesn't make it over the finish line, Farr shows good instincts, and has an ease for creating tension without overt manipulation" ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 25, 2016
F No Score Yet

Ratter (2016)

"Ratter wants to be provocative, but mistakes pushing buttons, with making a statement, and in the process undoes the potential of the movie, while betraying the audience's trust. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 17, 2016
B 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"This is all you need to know: when that mystery box is finally opened, you'll be more than satisfied." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Mar 10, 2016
B+ 100%

Only Yesterday (2016)

"With "Only Yesterday," Takahata not only succeeds in transmitting how years can flash by, also the way that passage of time makes clearer the moments that define our character, and go on to influence how we choose live later." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 27, 2016
C 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"Deadpool only reinforces the genre expectations of the superhero movie, hoping that a string of winks to the camera, and the occasional flash of nudity will distract from what is ultimately, a very by-the-book story." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2016
B+ No Score Yet

For Grace (2016)

"What elevates the film from directors Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski into something unique in the food doc genre is a broader narrative that isn't just about professional success, but a journey of personal growth." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 26, 2016
B- No Score Yet

The Bad Kids (2016)

"Taking us into the lives of these kids and halls of the school, "The Bad Kids" has a simple purpose - to show these teens are not beyond saving." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 24, 2016
D 11%

Dirty Grandpa (2016)

"A running gag in "Dirty Grandpa" involves Robert De Niro sticking his thumb in Zac Efron's butt. But to use that as a metaphor for watching this poor excuse for a comedy, would be to actually suggest there's any kind of spark. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 23, 2016
F 15%

Ride Along 2 (2016)

""Ride Along 2" is a catalog entry in Universal's library, and a line number on a ledger, packaged to hopefully deliver a predetermined return on investment. If that sounds exciting, just imagine how much fun the movie is." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 15, 2016
C- 31%

Daddy's Home (2015)

"Fitfully entertaining, and even more rarely actually funny, "Daddy's Home," tellingly, only really comes alive in the very last portion of the third act, when Brad and Dusty put aside their differences and start working together." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Dec 26, 2015
B 93%

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

"Berg's documentary may not be groundbreaking, but the simplicity and directness of approach creates a new consideration not just for Joplin's breadth of artistry, but arguably for her impact on generations that followed." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Nov 16, 2015
B 60%

Codegirl (2015)

"Jumping around the world from Moldovia to Brazil to Nigeria and the United States, the film chronicles the enthusiastic spirit of entrepreneurship these competitors embrace. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Nov 7, 2015
C 29%

Burnt (2015)

"The film's haphazard construction is made all the more frustrating because somewhere in this material is a much more resonant picture." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 21, 2015
B 97%

All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015)

"While it's hard to shed too many tears over a corporation taking its customers for granted, what Hanks' movie does so well is appreciate the people who built Tower, and in doing so, transmit that in this case, they did care." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 16, 2015
B- 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

""Eye In The Sky" doesn't always get it right, and sometimes makes some wrong-footed moves, but it opens a discussion and study of how we engage in acts of war that doesn't happen often in the mainstream media." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2015
C 54%

The Dressmaker (2016)

""The Dressmaker" wants to be a saucy and absurd tale of small town scandal, only to then attempt to try and turn the story completely inside out." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2015
D 25%

Colonia (2016)

""Colonia" is not intelligent enough to accumulate any emotional payoff, and it's too generic and unsophisticated in its execution to work purely as popcorn entertainment. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2015
C 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"The withholding nature of the movie and its indifference to the fate of the characters creates a barrier that makes it difficult for the audience to share in the mayhem. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2015
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