Kimberley Jones

Kimberley Jones
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Austin Chronicle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
70% Women is Losers (2021) The straightforward narrative of Selina's path to self-sufficiency is ultimately too dutiful for sustained dramatic interest, but these raised-eyebrow asides show real sparkiness. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3.5/5 95% Soul (2020) In the absence of transcendence, Terry tickled me into giggles. That'll do just fine. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
2.5/5 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Alas, the love match is cringing; as a rom-com's raison d'etre, their limp connection pretty much sinks the thing. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3.5/5 72% Mulan (2020) Fuses Disney and wuxia values with a pretty good success rate. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 93% Howard (2020) Mostly it will just make you hungry to revisit Ashman's work. That's perhaps not the intended result of this fond tribute/merely serviceable survey of a too-short career - but it's not necessarily a bad one. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
70% The Girl (2012) The film's ambition -- to personalize and empathize with "The Girl" -- is not an unworthy one, and by presenting the material as a survivor's story, the film completes a conventionally satisfying arc. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
3.5/5 95% First Cow (2020) First Cow is overburdened by that preamble, which suffuses the film with a feeling of inevitability but not narrative tension, and the plot isn't sturdy enough to fill two hours. An honorable mention, but no best in show. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
4/5 98% Hamilton (2020) It feels like such a gift. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
2/5 81% All I Can Say (2020) Poignantly, you get the impression he let the camera roll sometimes just for the company. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/5 87% Shirley (2020) Shirley is probably too niche to attract the Academy's interest in Moss - how has she never been nominated? - but it's a big, messy, masterfully itchy performance and yet another notch in her belt. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
2.5/5 87% The Trip to Greece (2020) Even Steve and Rob admit to finding each other at times exhausting. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
3.5/5 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Feldstein is demonstrably too old to still be cast in these teenager parts. But she's so damn charming and disarming, I was happy enough to go along with the ruse. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
4/5 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) It's thrilling. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
86% Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) Sunday Bloody Sunday is the song of those left behind, not the one doing the leaving. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
2.5/5 64% Hope Gap (2020) Indeed, the sensation that dogs Hope Gap is that they forgot to roll camera on the most dramatic parts. What's left over isn't bad, only underwhelming. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3/5 93% Ordinary Love (2020) There are other strains at artistic-ness like this - a series of rooms revisited when they are empty, a goldfish that exists so that it may die, a dream sequence that seems to switch from first-person to third-person perspective. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
4.5/5 98% 63 Up (2019) Kim Horton skillfully weaves together clips from past films - the participants' lives inside a fishbowl literally flashing before our eyes - and both Apted's narration and his gently needling, off-camera interrogations give you all the context you need. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) I liked this one's sense of play, and also how generous [Greta] Gerwig is with her spotlight. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
0/5 18% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) This is a vastly inferior toy-to-film IP expansion, with duller songs, dumber jokes, and forgettable voice work. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
91% High Flying Bird (2019) McCraney understands rhythm and melody. His dialogue has real musicality, and these actors -- this cast is so good -- deliver their lines accordingly; they know when to lean into the beat, when to sotto voce, when to sound the timpani. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 78% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II revives and doubles down on the good and the bad of its 2013 monster hit predecessor. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey may not soar to new heights or tender any surprises, but there's a pleasure to its predictableness. It's so very ... capable. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 98% One Child Nation (2019) The one-child era is still recent enough to exist in living memory, but that won't always be the case; given authoritarian governments' habit of rewriting history to their liking, One Child Nation feels like an essential document. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 90% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) In the Aisles has just the softest breath of a plot, but director Thomas Stuber paints a mesmerizing portrait of the grocery store's weird night kingdom and the surrounding community looking the worse for wear, post-reunification. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 72% This One's for the Ladies (2019) Graham's film teems with fascinating characters -- ultimately, too many for the abbreviated running time. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) My emotional investment in the story was pretty much zilch, but I marveled over the depth of field, the nuance of expression, the way shadows and light played on these plasticine faces. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/5 52% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Oliver and director Ry Russo-Young (Before I Fall)... don't go far enough to mask the skimpiness of the story, which has been whittled down to Natasha and Daniel almost exclusively. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The Chesters' thoughtful approach to living in harmony with nature is one we should all buy into. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Theron works so well here because the script actually gives her something interesting to work with. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 95% Little Woods (2019) A thriller wants to entertain you. Little Woods wants you to think, and feel. I did both. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 93% Diane (2019) [It's] a remarkable film that will see Diane through many losses, and some gains, with her to the last. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 46% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo's palpable anxiety might prove too intense for younger viewers; this fully grown person may have leaked tears in commiseration. But mostly there were tears of joy, because movies can still make the heart sing. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) You can see the work, how much effort goes into trying - and, in Gloria Bell's ultimately optimistic framing, that the work is still worth it. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) These dragons are rendered so expressively, and they have become so dear. We may not deserve them, but that doesn't stop the heart from wanting. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 20% Serenity (2019) [It's] overstuffed with plot complications, overheated with bad acting and maudlin sentiment. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5/5 65% Vice (2018) It's not a terribly psychologically rich portrait, but nuance isn't what the film is shooting for. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) It's all a little dizzying, and truly dispiriting. Wu unpacks a heady system and makes sense of it for newbies. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/5 84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) What I learned from Monrovia, Indiana is that I - personally - am bored by mattress shopping, City Council arguments over fire hydrants, and high school band concerts I am not obligated by shared DNA to attend. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) On the strength of this sequel - a dense yet deft return to the high standards Yates set with the Potter films - count this Muggle's heart and mind all in. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/5 59% The Grinch (2018) The Grinch is, emphatically, a children's movie. And that's okay. Kids will love the physical comedy and the zoomy direction, slaloming up and down Whoville's wintry slopes. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/5 55% Australia (2008) When [Luhrmann] goes from silly to turgid in 60 seconds flat -- he punctures Australia's proportions down from epic to simply overwrought. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
91% King Lear (2018) The whole cast - top-notch - takes Anthony Hopkins' lead and chews the scenery down to gristle and bone. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The film treats their growing intimacy, in all its permutations, like an objet d'art, to be turned over and examined, delicately, from every angle. When they're together, the film is electric. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 100% Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End (2017) The art speaks for itself. We should listen. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 99% McQueen (2018) It's as close as most of us will ever get to a McQueen original. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It gets some wickedly funny jabs in at the fabulously wealthy. But it isn't mean-spirited. Rather, Crazy Rich Asians' prevailing mood is one of joyfulness. I got a contact high. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Kunis and McKinnon don't exactly set the screen on fire with their chemistry, and there are only the most perfunctory shadings to their characters. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 97% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Poignantly recalling that time of life when we were first learning how to be our best selves, the film unstridently reminds us that the work doesn't stop once we grow up and out of the neighborhood. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 87% The Gospel According to André (2018) The film only skims the various rungs Talley climbed in his career; more effectively, it chronicles the ascension of his persona. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 95% Outside In (2018) What keeps Outside In interesting throughout is the nuanced work of its so very watchable leads - especially Duplass, who spent the first half of his career behind the camera writing, directing, and producing film and TV with his brother Mark. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018