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All Critics (26)
| Top Critics (7)
| Fresh (17)
| Rotten (9)
Ansel Elgort's wonderful performance does appropriate honor to the ambiguity the movie is trucking in.
The movie, itself somewhat torn in sensibility, permits itself an easy out.
This intriguing and skillfully wrought indie science-fiction tale has the feel of a low-key "Black Mirror" episode.
The clinically distancing production never forms a meaningful bond with its audience.
Unfortunately, the film's structure works against our emotional involvement. The problem is that we see the story almost entirely from Jonathan's perspective.
Taken on its own confidently crafted terms, "Jonathan" is an intelligent, absorbing tale that provides an impressive showcase for "Baby Driver" star Ansel Elgort.
By the final act, the execution can't match the ambition. There are too many unanswered questions, and the characters maintain a frustrating emotional distance.
This film is listed as a sci-fi, but it's more of a drama, resting on the back of a striking performance by Ansel Elgort. Jonathan is a rare and affecting fair.
But while the ideas are engaging (even with their occasional predictability), the uneven execution and character work become more noticeable as the film progresses.
While Elgort delivers a strong leading performance, and the film conserves to its closing moments the peculiar slant it led with, Jonathan ends up only just adequate: smart but not as genius as Jonathan, tense but not as mortally conflicted as Jon.
Part sci-fi, part body horror, part psychological thriller, Bill Oliver's "Jonathan" is a compelling twist on the old Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde formula.
Psychological drama has mild language, sensuality.
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