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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 63% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Dauberman... cheekily reflects the drive-in popcorn thrillers from the period in which the movie is set more than it does the other films in the series. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Eve is one of the most fully and forcefully crafted characters I have seen on screen in some time. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
4/4 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) It bravely explores the essence of what it is that makes each of us matter beyond the functions we serve as workers or as members of a family. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) A largely toothless and wit-free reboot that empties the last of the originality and vivacity that has been steadily leaking out of the franchise with each subsequent installment. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) These super heroic and super histrionic spectacles are multiplying so rapidly that they are recycling their own tropes at such a rate that it is almost impossible to be surprised anymore. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The classic face-off arrives in an emotional vacuum rather than as an earned catharsis; the big fight never feels like a payoff. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1/4 57% Brightburn (2019) If the filmmakers had a modicum of curiosity about the implications of their own idea, the movie might have had something interesting to say. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) The new telling brings little that feels essential, and the missing elements-chiefly, the controlled chaos and unbridled comedy of the late Robin Williams' vocal performance-have given the film's candy-colored visual palate a homesick pall. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
4/4 90% The Souvenir (2019) An extraordinary rumination on memory and privilege while also being one of the most incisive movies ever to directly address-in moral, philosophical and personal terms-what it means to be a filmmaker. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
1.5/4 47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) We are told again and again that both protagonists have urgent, life-shaping matters to attend to, but-as portrayed on screen-the stakes couldn't feel less consequential. Nor could the circumstances that keep throwing them together feel more contrived. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 67% Wine Country (2019) It may proffer fart jokes and pratfalls, but it also has profound and insightful things to say about what it is that keeps old friends returning to each other, even after the inside jokes are exhausted-and the limits of those bonds. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 100% Knock Down the House (2019) As the primary results pour in, Knock Down the House becomes the electoral equivalent of the Death Star raid in Star Wars. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
1.5/4 67% Bolden (2019) Most filmgoers will come away only mildly convinced of Bolden's place as jazz's inventor and even less sure that the movie they just saw spun a coherent or compelling narrative. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1/4 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Add to the long-winded title of this film, "...and completely unnecessary." - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) What you will be getting when you walk into an inevitably overstuffed movie theater is something singular that reflects our age in a way that none of the MCU films that preceded it have-indeed, very few Hollywood spectacles ever have. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/4 96% Little Woods (2019) Those willing to endure the film's discomforts will come away having witnessed as powerful and essential a depiction of familial love as they are likely to see this year. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/4 56% Under the Silver Lake (2019) There is something refreshing about Mitchell's playful approach to Los Angeles' sordid history of cults and murders, as well as the high and low pop culture and marketing that America's second largest city manufactures. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
1/4 17% Hellboy (2019) The chief battle here isn't the one on screen between Hellboy and a sixth century witch; it's between Harbour and the uninspired gore and bland rock music in which his unfortunate first starring vehicle is soaked. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
82% High Life (2019) While it's all quite confounding, it's also singular and moving, especially once you disavow yourself of the idea that films are meant to clarify themselves as they near their conclusion. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 64% Peterloo (2019) The film is so lacking in dynamism that, if our current world weren't such a bloody mess, there wouldn't be much incentive to give it the time and attention the film demands. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo is pretty standard issue, with corporate necessity seemingly dictating Burton rather than the other way around. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
1/4 91% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is as blandly presentational as a market research PowerPoint. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/4 100% Roll Red Roll (2019) [Schwartzman] stitches together her narrative through the text messages and social media posts that made the Steubenville case infamous. But she also grounds the story in the reaction of the community. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) When a story is predicated on something as dramatically inert as laying high-speed fiber-optic cable, it requires characters more fully fleshed out than those on presentation here. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) The honesty of the actors and their commitment to each other bails the movie out. They manage to find truth in a highly manipulative situation, and that's something even the least stardust-sprinkled among us can appreciate. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) While it may be a Marvel movie, it shares a deeper spiritual DNA with movies like Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, than it does, say, Ant-Man. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/4 85% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Not make this simply a portrait of victimhood, but a deeply informed and fully expressed portrait of a culture most of us (including this critic) knew little about. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2/4 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) While [Wilson] has a delightful mix of spirit and cynicism that makes her an ideal comic presence for the Internet age, I found myself wishing the film took better advantage of her gifts. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
1/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) While the new film is heavy-handed in its messaging about friendship and the power of getting along, it does so with little of the emotional heft of the previous installments-and about half the wit. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) Arctic tells this story of self-reliance and survival with such austerity and absolute integrity that the results are breathtaking, even in the moments where the movie seems to amble forward at a glacial pace. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/4 90% Fyre (2019) Smith ends up exposing the journalistic economy as so utterly dependent on hype and marketing that it has lost sight of its reason to exist: to tell the truth and provide service to its consumers. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/4 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Cameron's tale grossly oversimplifies complex issues... to the point that it reduces much of the film's social justice message to meme-ready, empty-headed pap. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
1/4 71% All Is True (2019) Forget all of it being true; I would have settled for some of it being interesting. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
1.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Even graced with the charming company of Momoa and Nicole Kidman, who is having a blast playing his high-kicking, otherworldly mother, the timing and tone of this movie is consistently off. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The greatest triumph and biggest surprise of the film is that it is an LSD freak-out on par with 2001: A Space Odyssey. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The world Rowling dreamt up during the Tony Blair era is getting no richer after this installment, but its creator and various producers certainly will be. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is a candy coated, hard shined brick of postmodernism-a Vitamix smoothie of gags, nostalgia, product placement and Fruity Pebbles. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The most unique and uniquely gratifying action film this year. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 94% Wildlife (2018) There is a dreamlike quality to actor Paul Dano's debut film as a director, one where everyday things and places are imbued with otherworldly beauty and time seems to stand still. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
1/4 66% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria displays a much keener interest in impressing its audience with what it perceives is shocking boldness than it is with connecting to people psychologically or emotionally-or for that matter, simply telling a compelling story. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 80% 22 July (2018) It gives this evil man the spotlight and platform he so clearly craves. And as much as Greengrass is aware of this conundrum, he never quite figures out a solution. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
3/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It tells a young woman's powerful coming-of-age story at a time when that process involves code-switching and discovering political agency as much as it does finding the right dress to wear to prom. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3.5/4 94% Private Life (2018) The film gets a lot of mileage out of the quotidian parts of New York City life, from the Wild Nova at Russ and Daughters to opposite side of the street parking. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
1/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) Hollywood animation, your rut is showing. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
1.5/4 81% Quincy (2018) The film not only reveals little about its subject that wasn't already readily known, but also provides minimal perspective or analysis of why and how he was able to develop his talent. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) With its saucy French pop music and pastel Saul Bass-inspired credits, this film is so hungry to seem like a classic thriller that you come away charmed by its pure-hearted ambition. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2.5/4 66% Lizzie (2018) While you wish the characters were a little more fleshed out, the light effectively traps you within that airless era. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/4 95% Blaze (2018) Every one of the relationships depicted crackles with history, tension and love. This a film about how we tell stories about the dead, and who gets to craft these legends. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/4 88% What They Had (2018) A family drama that seems so real you leave the theater feeling like you just flew back from seeing your parents, even if they're nothing like the parents portrayed in the film. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/4 56% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) Unfortunately, Izzy fritters away much of its early promise and energy on a will-they-or-won't-they romantic plot that the film simultaneously indulges in and treats with contempt. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018