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Jonathan Reviews

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November 30, 2018
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.
November 24, 2018
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.
November 20, 2018
But while the ideas are engaging (even with their occasional predictability), the uneven execution and character work become more noticeable as the film progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 19, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 16, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 16, 2018
Ansel Elgort's wonderful performance does appropriate honor to the ambiguity the movie is trucking in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2018
Psychological drama has mild language, sensuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2018
The movie, itself somewhat torn in sensibility, permits itself an easy out.
November 15, 2018
This intriguing and skillfully wrought indie science-fiction tale has the feel of a low-key "Black Mirror" episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 15, 2018
A cool high concept set up ends up going almost nowhere. Every single time it threatens to get interesting, things grind to a screeching halt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 14, 2018
The clinically distancing production never forms a meaningful bond with its audience.
November 14, 2018
It's not flavorful enough to support the full run time, but the material periodically succeeds in strangeness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 14, 2018
Jonathan, which serves a double dose of Ansel Elgort, is sure to satisfy fans of the sci-fi genre in a gently challenging way (even if symbiotic multi-consciousness isn't your thing).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 14, 2018
Unfortunately, the film's structure works against our emotional involvement. The problem is that we see the story almost entirely from Jonathan's perspective.
November 13, 2018
Downbeat to the level of "inert."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 12, 2018
A competent, light, sci-fi drama featuring two brothers living in the same body.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 12, 2018
Tender, suspenseful, and effortlessly capable in its world-building, Jonathan accomplishes just about everything it sets out to do.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 12, 2018
The filmmakers lead us to dark places in the process, flipping stigmas on their head to hide the psychological consequences of what's happening beneath emotional ones.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 11, 2018
The dichotomy represented by Jonathan and John is too clean for the film's exploration of a divided psyche to ever feel particularly complex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2018
It's so ruthlessly competent in its construction and execution that an inexperienced viewer may initially mistake its aptitude for quality. But you don't need to have seen all that many movies to soon grasp how inexcusably thin and dumb it is.
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