Kevin Jagernauth

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

T-Meter Title | Year
B 100% Honey Bee (2019) An authentically lived-in and hard-won tale of survival. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
D 31% Echo Boomers (2020) Told with all the depth of a long-discarded USA Today infographic left on a bench at Wall Street subway station. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
D 56% Mary & Martha (2013) [A] sentimental, misjudged, one-note clunker, that's yet another wide misstep by two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
No Score Yet Dear Mr. Brody (2020) It's a story that's so wonderfully strange, funny, and dark, it's a movie worthy of Billy Wilder. In fact, it could've been. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
D 38% Primal (2019) For all of the delightfully deranged places "Primal" could've gone, it stays drearily buttoned up. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
B 100% Murmur (2019) This finely-tuned, observational drama is a compelling portrait of a woman trying with quiet desperation to rebuild the fallen pieces of her life. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
B 84% Mr. Jones (2020) While the battle for the necessity of clear-eyed journalism has never seemed more fraught, Agnieszka Holland's no-nonsense "Mr. Jones" is a timely reminder that this push-and-pull between reporters and political power is as old as the printing press. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
A No Score Yet The Green Years (Os Verdes Anos) (1963) (2020) "The Green Years" is a fantastic rediscovery in the truest sense, a film that really hasn't been discussed in the canon of pictures that shaped modern, cinematic storytelling. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
A No Score Yet Change of Life (Mudar de Vida) (1966) (2020) "Change Of Life" pulsates just as vibrantly today in a world that's undergoing a change in how we contemplate the human cost of modern life under capitalism. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
B 90% The August Virgin (La virgen de agosto) (2020) Unfolding with a charmingly, languorous stretch through the dog days of summer, "The August Virgin" is a breezy agglomeration of the moments both big and small that we only find out later make us the person that we are. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
C 68% The Sunset Limited (2011) Directed admirably by Jones, the film is at least never as static as its location, but it's an overall cerebral exercise that has zero in the way of emotional weight. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
B 100% Days of the Whale (Los días de la ballena) (2020) Days of the Whale brims with the recognizable, head-swimming mix of young love and adolescent rebellion, and the charge that comes from standing up for your beliefs. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
C- 94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Yes, God, Yes is sex comedy as gospel, preaching a placid Sunday afternoon sermon to a congregation of the converted. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) Though you won't learn anything new, and the depth of the material might be lacking, the story of America's first reality television family still fascinates. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
49% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Anchored by Owen and Kidman, and delivered with a larger than expected scope by Kaufman... Hemingway & Gellhorn may not be literary, but it's a satisfying accomplishment. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
B 100% Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians (2011) 'Holy Rollers' presents a world that you're not likely to see any place else, and it's definitely worth a roll of the dice for your time. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
D- 8% Survivor (2015) A thriller that lines up decent actors for a credulity straining affair that aims to honor American law enforcement for stopping terrorist attacks post-9/11, but winds up trivializing their job in the process. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
B- 89% Insert Coin (2020) Tsui's affection for Midway and the anarchic, go-for-broke era of the company's heyday goes a long way. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
A- No Score Yet Father (Otac) (2020) Srdan Golubović's steely, resonant, and Dardennes-esque "Father," details a complex portrait of a nation, through the journey of a single, determined man. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
C 100% Death of Nintendo (2020) Director Raya Martin targets the 8bit halcyon days of button-mashing and coming-of-age in "Death Of Nintendo." - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
C 99% Time (2020) Time wants the viewer to empathize with the very real turmoil this family endured, but the film doesn't quite hit the mark. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
D 79% The Audition (Das Vorspiel) (2020) With little offered in the way of a point of entry, even at a slim 99 minutes, The Audition can be both an exhausting and onerous experience. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
C- 73% Disco (2019) Disco is more than happy to point out the hypocrisy and ignorance of religious instances. The problem is that it's an easy target. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
C- 86% 7 Days in Hell (2015) 7 Days In Hell is largely a string of punchlines without much set up. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
D 33% Domino (2019) There are few directors that cinephiles are aching to return to form more than Brian De Palma, but unfortunately, his string of misfires continues with this picture. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
D 72% Lords of Chaos (2019) Lords Of Chaos is more interested in the spectacle than the substance behind the true story, and that kind of phoniness likely wouldn't even get the film or Åkerlund invited into The Black Circle. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ 88% Divine Love (Divino Amor) (2020) Moving with the steady rhythms of a good orator sharing a Sunday sermon, the pacing of Divine Love might be unhurried, but we're blessed to join along for the journey. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
A 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) An instant classic, "The Kid Who Would Be King" blows the dust off an old tale, and makes it invigorating and inspiring for viewers who will be forming their own round tables of world-changers for generations to come. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
B+ 90% Peppermint Soda (1977) The focus here isn't necessarily in what happens to Anne and Frédérique, so much as how they survive it, with fierce loyalty to each other, in a world that they're quickly learning won't always treat them kindly. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B+ 87% Sisters (1973) It's a surprising sensitivity to be found within the ingredients of a high-grade B-movie. However, De Palma has spent his lifetime pushing past and, at his best, transcending the limits of genre pictures. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
C 83% After Everything (Shotgun) (2018) After Everything presents an on-screen relationship that's supposed to be charmingly dysfunctional, but by all indications is wildly imbalanced at best and toxic at worst. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
B 77% Too Big to Fail (2011) What keeps Too Big To Fail from being a dry run through recent history is its lightning pace, in which the stakes of the nation remain keenly at the forefront. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
C+ 21% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The true paradox of this movie is that those enjoyably wild twists alone would've made this film a whole lot of fun to watch with a big multiplex audience, even as inconsistent and ultimately illogical it turns out to be. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
B+ 90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Perhaps like no film in the franchise yet, 'The Last Jedi' seriously considers the hubris that comes with certainty, and how knots from the past that can keep you bound from moving forward. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
C- 40% Justice League (2017) This isn't the worst movie you'll see this year, but it's by far the most worked over, which makes Justice League belong in an undistinguished category all its own. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It's one of the most refreshing and satisfying Marvel movies in some time, precisely because its willing to do many things that Marvel hasn't done before. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
F 7% The Snowman (2017) There might be some grim pleasure in watching the film as an unintentional comedy, but it won't take away the depression of seeing so much good talent and potential go completely to waste. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
C 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) It's almost as if director Angela Robinson and co. didn't want to take the story out of its protective mylar bag, when a little bit of grit would've done wonders. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
C 19% Euphoria (2019) For a film that literally isolates its characters from the rest of the world to confront each other head on, the drama plays more conventional than challenging. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
C 70% Kodachrome (2018) "Kodachrome" was beloved by shutterbugs for its gorgeous, elegant, bright colors. There is no such grace in this film, which plods along with all the form and function of a disposable camera. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
C 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) "Chappaquiddick" is reminder that while Camelot had its fair share of tragedy, none of the Kennedys were angels - but we already knew that, right? - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
B 76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) You might not understand what the hell is happening in "Let The Corpses Tan," but you'll certainly never be bored. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
C+ 64% Unicorn Store (2019) While the film may not entirely hang together, the stakes are low, and its bright spots point toward a promising future for the behind the camera talent. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
C 92% Beast (2018) "Beast" is not short on surprises, even if they don't all work, but the biggest one of all may be the filmmaker, who marks himself as one to watch. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
D 23% Submergence (2018) "Submergence" not only leaves the talent involved underwater, but the audience also longs for anything of significance to cling to. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B+ 95% Outside In (2018) Lynn Shelton and Jay Duplass have made careers out of finding the complexities within everyday, ordinary characters, and it's arguable that pair have never been better than with "Outside In." - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B 53% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) Well-crafted, ably told and manages to connect with its earnest good intentions and desire to please. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
B+ 84% Disobedience (2018) Sebastian Lelio once again shows a remarkable sensitivity to the challenges women face, particularly those who are marginalized by their age or identity. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
D 38% Mary Shelley (2018) Elle Fanning is serviceable, but left undone by a story that doesn't give Mary an arc so much as a linear, Wikipedia style journey through her life. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
B+ 95% The Death of Stalin (2018) Armando Iannucci, always a sharp observer of the complex motivations that fuel political behavior, doesn't miss a beat. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017