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FilmJerk.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brian Orndorf, Edward Havens
Rating Title/Year Author
B Ma (2019) Brian Orndorf Spencer makes it her personal mission to become a cult nightmare figure for genre fanatics, delivering a wonderfully unhinged performance that Tate returns to whenever he runs into storytelling trouble. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
A Carmine Street Guitars (2018) Edward Havens Carmine Street Guitars is, essentially, about pure love. A pure love of a craft. A pure love of the music, and a pure love a city. A pure love of creation. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
A- The Burial of Kojo (2018) Edward Havens Like Coltrane or Brubeck, whose compositions were regularly equally tightly structured and wildly improvisational, playing with the conventions of what you expect from a certain genre. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Hero (2017) Edward Havens Watching Sam Elliott work [...] has been one of the great joys of entertainment, and never has he had a role quite like Lee Hayden, leading a movie quite like "The Hero." EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
B- The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Edward Havens 'So, how was it?' my wife asked when I called her after the screening ended. 'There's a lot to unpack,' was the only reply I could think of at that moment. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
A+ BlacKkKlansman (2018) Edward Havens BlacKKKlansman, after 21 feature films and 11 documentaries, is the film that shows what he's learned after thirty plus years behind the camera. BlacKKKlansman is the film Spike Lee was destined to make. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
A RBG (2018) Edward Havens One's enjoyment of the new documentary "RBG" will probably be gauged by how well you know the titular subject. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2018
B+ Dog Years (2017) Edward Havens When you've got "it", you've probably got it forever... [E]very once in a while, you might get offered something that will remind everyone that you still got it. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
C- The Female Brain (2017) Edward Havens Whitney Cummings is funny as hell. Usually. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
B- Overdrive (2017) Edward Havens While not a great movie, was quite a bit of fun, and better than any of the "Fast and Furious" movies they've been making for the past decade. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2017
D+ Literally, Right Before Aaron (2017) Edward Havens Somewhere, down the line, some young would-be filmmaker will stumble on to this film on Netflix, see how something like this could get financed, and will become inspired to make their own movie for all the wrong reasons. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2017
D+ Landline (2017) Edward Havens Let's face facts: no one really has a longing melancholy for the days of Blockbuster Video stores and eyebrow rings and Lorena Bobbett roller blades and slam poetry right now. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2017
A Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016) Edward Havens A beautiful love letter to the movies and the people who help make them even more beautiful. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
A+ Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) Edward Havens Mary Pickford: Muse of the Movies deserves to be put on the list of not just the best documentaries about cinema but the greatest movies about the movies ever. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2016
A+ The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014) Edward Havens Is to baseball what "Slap Shot" was to hockey. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2014
A+ Life Itself (2014) Edward Havens I find myself borrowing from Ebert to call "Life Itself" one of the best films about an American life I could ever see. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2014
C Dinotasia (2012) Edward Havens Plays like a series of cut-scenes from a 1997 PlayStation game. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
C Bronson (2008) Edward Havens Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2010
D+ The Freebie (2010) Edward Havens Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2010
A Gilda Live (1980) Edward Havens To have another ninety minutes of Lisa Loopner and Emily Litella, with Judy Miller and Roseanne Roseannadanna and Candy Slice is a joy. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2009
D 2012 (2009) Edward Havens Why does Roland Emmerich enjoy killing off humanity? EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2009
C Trick 'r Treat (2007) Edward Havens What keeps "Trick" from attaining its lofty "Creepshow" aspirations is the lack of conflict and resolution. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2009
D+ Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) Edward Havens There's only going to be two camps concerning [This Is It]: those who will absolutely love it and those who wouldn't go to see it except under penalty of death. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2009
C+ Taking Woodstock (2009) Edward Havens There is a great movie within Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock." EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2009
A- Inglourious Basterds (2009) Edward Havens Amongst all the filmmakers working today, no one inspires more passionate discussion, debate and analysis than Quentin Tarantino. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2009
A+ It Might Get Loud (2008) Edward Havens I apologize this is more a mash note than critical analysis. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2009
A- Cold Souls (2009) Edward Havens The easiest, and laziest, way to describe the new movie "Cold Souls" is to compare it to "Being John Malkovich." EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2009
A Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) Edward Havens If the thought of a new Brian Trenchard-Smith movie is more exhilarating than a new Bryan Singer movie... then Mark Hartley's "Not Quite Hollywood" is the film for you. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2009
F Loren Cass (2006) Edward Havens We're presented a small slice of life with a group of wasted teens, expected to consider this to be somehow artistic and asked to be sympathetic for their malaise. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2009
A- ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) Edward Havens Has the potential to become a minor hit on the midnight film circuit with the help of a mid-level indie distributor. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2009
D Humpday (2009) Edward Havens Sadly, the most interesting characters in "Humpday" are not the main focuses of the story. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2009
A The Hurt Locker (2008) Edward Havens Bigelow has successfully built a vision of war rarely seen on screen, a visceral nearly first person perspective of war where the rush of combat is a welcomed relief. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2009
A+ Away We Go (2009) Edward Havens For my money, the new dramatic comedy "Away We Go" is the first serious contender for Best Picture of the Year consideration. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2009
B+ Management (2008) Edward Havens To be completely honest, I was ready to walk out of the new Jennifer Aniston movie "Management" after ten minutes. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2009
B+ Rudo y Cursi (2008) Edward Havens Anyone who has spent any time watching movies about competitive brothers playing the same sport for different teams knows where all this is going to lead EDIT
Posted May 14, 2009
C Outrage (2009) Edward Havens I'm guessing "Outrage" ultimately is meant to continue the discussion about equal rights for gay Americans, and in that sense the film does succeed. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2009
F All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) Edward Havens Dumb kids doing dumb things for dumb reasons. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2009
A Official Rejection (2009) Edward Havens Can a little documentary about the less popular film festivals find a patron to give it the chance to find an audience? EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2009
D+ The Spirit (2008) Edward Havens More interested in being a technical marvel than a coherent story. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2009
A- Adventureland (2009) Edward Havens Sometimes, a critic is going to connect with a movie, even one they can admit has some major problems, because it so mirrors their own expereinces. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2009
A- Fanboys (2008) Edward Havens Probably the closest thing my generation will get to having its own "Diner" EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2009
A- Quantum of Solace (2008) Edward Havens Despite its faults, I can still say with relative assurance this is the best Bond film since "Thunderball." EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2008
A Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Edward Havens Some people might fault "Slumdog" because they perceive it as a fluff piece full of the kind of schmaltz unbecoming to modern cinemagoers. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
B- Synecdoche, New York (2008) Edward Havens Nearly a month after watching Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut... I'm still figuring out whether it was a brilliant idea poorly executed or a poor idea brilliantly executed. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2008
B+ Choke (2008) Edward Havens The perfect film for the entire family. That is, to paraphrase another great American writer, James Ellroy, if your family happens to be named Manson. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2008
A- Appaloosa (2008) Edward Havens Can Ed Harris, of all people, save the Western for this generation? EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2008
D Surfer, Dude (2008) Edward Havens The number of artistically successful surfing movies can be counted on one hand, and the majority of those are documentaries. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2008
B- Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Edward Havens A pleasant enough diversion with some great performances and beautiful cinematography to just make it worth recommending. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2008
A Man on Wire (2008) Edward Havens Sits alongside "The Thin Blue Line" and "Hoop Dreams" as a non-fictional narrative which changes the rules of its genre. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2008
D- Baghead (2008) Edward Havens What could have been an amusing short subject, the Duplass Brothers' not-quite-horror/not-quite-comedy drags its one note premise out to an almost mind-numbing 84 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2008