Oliver Jones

Oliver Jones
Oliver Jones's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Observer
Publications: Observer

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T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 57% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) [Day's] full-bodied yet delicate performance... never lets you forget where the soul of the film lies, even when her director's agenda is elsewhere. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/4 100% The Sparks Brothers (2021) By the time Wright's somewhat exhaustive film concluded, every moment of it propelled by a high-octane geeky affection that felt like a newly discovered alternative fuel, I was in the strange duo's thrall. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/4 86% Ailey (2021) Wignot masterfully weaves the present with the past in a way that causes her movie to surge with urgency. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/4 97% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) By shining the light on Stone, Agrelo's movie rightfully makes a national hero out of a historical footnote. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Letting his talented cast lead the way, King has made a film centered on roiled emotions and relationships that are at once fractured and loving. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/4 98% Minari (2020) One of the most profound and honest cinematic depictions of what it means to be American, not just this year, but in recent memory. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2.5/4 77% Uncle Frank (2020) Uncle Frank is fated to become the green bean casserole of this holiday's film streaming options: designed to appeal to everyone, but destined to remain uneaten. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
3/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) The contained staginess of the movie comes off as welcome, intimate and, in the hands of these boldly empathetic performers, quite thrilling. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3.5/4 83% Mank (2020) Amanda Seyfried imbues Davies with joy, intelligence and a steely compassion that goes a long way towards rescuing the screen star from the skewering she received in Kane. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) While the film proudly remains a chamber piece very much in keeping with its roots in the theater, King opens it up in ways that show an innate knack for visual storytelling. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2/4 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) By reshaping this charged moment culled from somewhat recent American history in his own image, Sorkin has made The Trial of the Chicago 7 about something else entirely: himself. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/4 89% The Nest (2020) It looks like a horror movie, swims like a horror movie, and quacks like a horror movie, but it isn't a horror movie. So then what the hell is it? - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
2/4 73% Mulan (2020) She's the Chosen One-basically an East-Asian Harry Potter but instead of the Boy Who Lived she's the Girl Who Lived As A Boy For A Couple of Weeks. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/4 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) What the movie proves definitively is just what a durable vehicle screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon stumbled onto when they first created the Candide-like Valley metalheads as UCLA undergrads. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/4 71% The One and Only Ivan (2020) A movie that runneth over with squandered talent... - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
2/4 75% The Rental (2020) Had the writing been deft enough to properly germinate them, there are seeds of ideas about the toxicity of aspirational real estate and those that indifferently own it that could have possibly have flowered into something worth exploring. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/4 82% The Painted Bird (2020) All of this unvarnished evil is depicted with haunting beauty and uncompromising artistry. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
3.5/4 94% Palm Springs (2020) What it has to say about loneliness and finding purpose when our lives are stripped of impact and progression is quite profound and brims with urgency. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/4 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Kore-eda's film... is nonetheless a quiet, Gallic gift to these orphans in the dark who are forever sorting through old stories and new movies in an attempt to find beauty in both the truth and the lies. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
1/4 40% Irresistible (2020) Irresistible takes the bloated piñata that is the corrupting influence of money in electoral politics and proceeds to beat it with a wet noodle. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/4 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods sees Spike Lee continuing in his late-career tour as Mr. Lee, everyone's favorite radicalized and truth-telling AP U.S. history teacher. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2.5/4 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) Even for those who are keenly attuned to Davidson's limitations, there is a certain charm, not to mention hard-won truth that informs his sheepish honesty. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
3/4 87% Shirley (2020) By the time Shirley draws to a close, you end up feeling pleasingly spent, like you just stayed up all night drinking a bottle of Canadian Club while discussing literary theory with a dear old confidant you hadn't seen in years. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3.5/4 70% The High Note (2020) The High Note is both a comic lark and a profoundly transporting cinema experience that comes at a time when such a thing has hardly ever felt less possible and more necessary. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
1.5/4 65% The Lovebirds (2020) The humor is meant to derive from how out of place these two are in this seedy milieu, but it is difficult to have a fish out of water comedy when all you have is a couple of empty hooks. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
1/4 25% Inheritance (2020) Inheritance may have been more successful if it had been willing to embrace its own strangeness. Instead, despite the bizarre set-up, there is a paint-by-numbers quality to the writing and the storytelling. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
2.5/4 47% Scoob! (2020) The series' trademark blend of character comedy and absurdist sight gags is in full display, served up with just the proper amount of postmodern self-awareness that adds to the fun rather than detracts from it. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
2.5/4 47% Arkansas (2020) No matter the size of the screen or the corniness of dialogue, Arkansas proves that strong acting from game performers can make even the most harebrained of endeavors brim with vitality and necessity. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
3/4 56% All Day and a Night (2020) More than simply being a showcase for violence, what All Day and a Night presents with intimate and devastating authority are the sad rituals surrounding gun death and poverty that mark life for too many. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/4 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Kurzel's film doesn't simply show us the shattered masculinity and class rage that fueled Kelly's infamous late 19th-century crime spree, it shoots that energy outward like sparks from a forge. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
1.5/4 88% Selah and the Spades (2020) Selah and the Spades comes off as little more than a artfully rendered location and a cool concept that is desperately in search of a story to tell that's as compelling as its trappings. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
2/4 78% The Banker (2020) Unfortunately, the film is too soft-edged and incurious about the world that forced its story. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The reason The Invisible Man holds you in an emotional vise grip for so much of its running time is thanks almost entirely to Moss. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
1.5/4 88% Onward (2020) Despite its title, Onward is a regressive film, sometimes painfully so. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
3/4 74% The Photograph (2020) All of it combines into not only a profoundly romantic experience, but also an exploration of a number of different kinds of love and connection. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Even when grappling with potentially heavy themes like government-sponsored drone warfare and situational depression, Sonic the Hedgehog never loses its buoyant sense of storytelling. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
2/4 74% The Lodge (2020) The Lodge is just another one of many single-set horror films that have been blooming annually in multiplexes since Jason Blum started releasing Paranormal Activity movies over a decade ago. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/4 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Blake Lively is a compelling central force that grounds the film's tornado of contrivances. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
0.5/4 13% The Turning (2020) Only The Florida Project's Brooklynn Prince makes it out of the proceedings unscathed. She brings a playful naturalism to the dark imp Flora. If she keeps it up, she's this generation's Margaret O'Brien. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Did anybody ask for this? No, but perhaps we should have. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
1.5/4 14% Dolittle (2020) Even given his tragic backstory, Downey's doctor evinces little inner life, nor do his relationships with his CGI costars possess much depth. He is truly a man on an island. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/4 85% Just Mercy (2020) Rarely if ever has the death penalty-and the damage its inequitable application inflicts on everyone from prison employees to family members of the accused-been given such a thorough and gripping rendering as it is here. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3.5/4 91% Uncut Gems (2019) The fullest expression of Sandler and his singular talents that we have witnessed in his sometimes confounding and often infuriating 30-plus-year career. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Like a rocky shore at dusk or the bloom of first love, it's something that needs to be experienced rather than described. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
2/4 78% Frozen II (2019) While the visuals sometimes have stunning beauty and motion, there is little on screen or in the soundtrack that feels truly unknown, or carries any of the freshness of the snow that covers Elsa's kingdom. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
2/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) The depth of talent behind the screen and the appeal and attractiveness of the two stars should have resulted in something with slightly more than what we get here, which is essentially a Hallmark Christmas movie... - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong... harnesses the precise anxieties everyone of us is currently sharing-top of that list, the growing income gap and the crumbling planet-and uses them to make every scene in this blackhearted comic thriller crackle with energy and purpose. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
1.5/4 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's not just that Jolie's character is more captivating and engrossing than pretty much anything else in the movie, it's that her clothes are too. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Sometimes we look on confused and shaking our head, but more often we stare with glassy-eyed wonder at a world-and a movie-that is teeming with all sorts of messy life. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
0.5/4 26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) This sloppily conceived and muddily rendered Rambo picture does not merely insult any audience member unfortunate enough to see it; it does something far worse. It insults Rambo. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019