Lyles' Movie Files

Lyles' Movie Files is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeffrey Lyles
Rating Title/Year Author
5/10 Ten Minutes to Midnight (2020) Jeffrey Lyles For horror heads searching for something new, this might pack enough bite. Casual thriller fans looking for a fun scare might find it too drastic a departure from the norm. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
6/10 Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021) Jeffrey Lyles Has some good ideas, excellent fight scenes and a strong cast, but a more streamlined story would help it achieve true Zen. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
9.5/10 One Night in Miami (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Doesn't need lavish, expensive sets and showy cinematography. King is a confident filmmaker assured of her cast and provides them a tremendous platform to show their talent. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2021
5/10 The Marksman (2021) Jeffrey Lyles Too similar to far better escort mission films with Lorenz under the impression that audiences want to take a road trip instead of watching Neeson go out guns blazing. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
4/10 Redemption Day (2021) Jeffrey Lyles So stale and generic it feels like it was assembled via algorithm and completely stripped of any entertainment value. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
0/10 Don't Click (2020) Jeffrey Lyles The best news for every other mediocre, abysmal and outfight awful film of 2020? They're only competing for second worst film of the year thanks to this atrocity. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
9/10 Soul (2020) Jeffrey Lyles A lot of Pixar films provide adults a whimsical look at life they've already experienced. Soul suggests the future is still ahead for those willing to embrace it. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
4/10 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Jeffrey Lyles If the first was a modern origin film a la Christopher Reeves' Superman than the sequel plays out like Superman III. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
8/10 Safety (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Safety follows the playbook and scores with its admittedly very impressive actual true story. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
7/10 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Yan delivers above expectations. The action sequences are intricately staged with a continual surge of energy, movement and brutality. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
7.5/10 GetAWAY (2020) Jeffrey Lyles With a less derivative final act and better it could have been been one of the best horror films in years. It's still good although just misses being special. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/10 The Stand In (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Either skip it or have your own doppelganger watch instead of wasting your time. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
9/10 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Thanks to the real world insanity this was the ideal time for Borat's comeback. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
7/10 Midnight at the Magnolia (2020) Jeffrey Lyles While it doesn't offer many surprises, Midnight at the Magnolia benefits from the chemistry of its two leads. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
9/10 Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020) Jeffrey Lyles A terrific surprise and exactly the kind of feel good movie needed to close out this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
8/10 All My Life (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Maybe All My Life's biggest offense is not forking up enough money to get the K-Ci and Jo-Jo song to play at just one point in the film. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
7/10 Vanguard (2020) Jeffrey Lyles For audiences perfectly happy to ignore a basic plot in exchange for some spectacular action. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
6/10 Trail of Ashes (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Often frustrating as this is the kind of interesting, fleshed out world worth getting invested in if it were more inviting. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
8.5/10 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Follows the age old sequel blueprint that seems like it originated in the Stone Age, but infuses it with plenty of fun, genuine laughs and embraces the importance of family. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
8/10 The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) Jeffrey Lyles This identity twist sequel is more than up to the challenge with another fun effort that already has me looking forward to to the third installment. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2020
7/10 Operation Christmas Drop (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Doesn't have lofty aspirations to upend expectations for Christmas movies satisfies the basic tenant of making viewers feel good. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2020
7/10 Freaky (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Pretty ingenious premise even if the execution mostly comes off good enough instead of great. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
8/10 Come Away (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Isn't so much a child's fairy tale as it is a compelling drama with fantasy elements that beautifully unites two classic stories. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
8/10 Holidate (2020) Jeffrey Lyles While the end result is never in question as it goes through the frustrating cliché hoops the genre demand there's still plenty of fun and laughs thanks to Roberts and Bracey. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
8/10 My Dad's Christmas Date (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Decked out like a traditional feel good romantic comedy, but underneath the wrapping it's a heartfelt and authentic look at the grieving process. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/10 Triggered (2020) Jeffrey Lyles If Triggered isn't enough fun for the designer of the carnage to sit through there's little reason for the audience to endure it either. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
7/10 Expulsion (2020) Jeffrey Lyles As it settles in to its story and focuses less on some less than enthralling characters, Expulsion dives in to an engaging look at some interesting science fiction themes. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
5.10 Don't Look Back (2020) Jeffrey Lyles An odd film as the filmmaker tries to have it both ways as a supernatural thriller and a standard slasher resulting in a compromised film that doesn't succeed on either front. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/10 Welcome to Sudden Death (2020) Jeffrey Lyles It's best to approach Welcome to Sudden Death like a bad comedy with the occasional impressively out of tone gratuitously bloody action scene. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2020
9/10 The War With Grandpa (2020) Jeffrey Lyles The War With Grandpa didn't have a ton of competition, but its unbridled sense of fun made for one of the more enjoyable comedy movie experiences I've had all year. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
7/10 Black Box (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Black Box isn't a revelatory thriller, but it's just unnerving enough to get the job done for most of its 90-minute run time of keeping viewers entertained and on edge. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
3.5/10 2067 (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Just another doomsday movie wasted by weak performances and a plot that feels like it's experiencing its own global extinction event. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
4/10 Hidden in Plain Sight (2018) Jeffrey Lyles Hidden in Plain Sight is a terrible movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
6.5/10 Death of Me (2020) Jeffrey Lyles This will be high on my list for the most twisted, unnerving and creepy horror film of 2020 despite an unfortunately uncomfortable for the wrong reasons final act. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
7/10 Shortcut (2020) Jeffrey Lyles As a drive-in or VOD option, there's definitely enough here to warrant the trip. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
7/10 Murder in the Woods (2019) Jeffrey Lyles Doesn't revolutionize the stranded in the woods genre, but it plays the hits well making for an entertaining horror thriller. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2020
6/10 Beast Within (2019) Jeffrey Lyles Beast Within isn't perfect, but its strengths overcome its flaws providing a fun horror whodunit with enough bite to be worth the investment. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
1/10 Antebellum (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Get Jordan Peele to do a substantial rewrite and this could have been one of 2020's best films. As is, it's not worth the effort to watch or of anyone involved in making it. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
5/10 Lost Girls & Love Hotels (2020) Jeffrey Lyles An erotic drama desperately in need of a spark or the cinematic equivalent of a small little blue pill. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
9/10 Immortal (2020) Jeffrey Lyles A terrific quasi-horror/thriller anthology that forgoes the traditional blood and guts for a more thoughtful approach that fully plays into its title. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
6/10 Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Ultimately that lack of restraint ends up hurting Knights and Dragons far more than it helps. For a film about Deathstroke, a touch of subtlety goes a long way. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
7/10 Love, Guaranteed (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Maybe it's a little too drama-free, but with this insane year I'll happily take a rom com that just wants to entertain and be endearing for 90-minutes. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
7/10 Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Its story isn't especially memorable, but the effort is there and sets this potential new Superman franchise up for superior sequels. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
5/10 A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio (2019) Jeffrey Lyles Offers a wide variety of terrifying stores that despite some promise never fully reaches its true scream-filled potential. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
8.5/10 Escape Room (2019) Jeffrey Lyles Escape Room largely makes the most of this concept with a fun if not overly bloody effort. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/10 Hard Kill (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Should be a slam dunk, check your brain at the door action extravaganza. Instead it's almost too much work required to stay invested in this dull, predictable slog. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
1/10 Invasion Earth (2016) Jeffrey Lyles Classic bait and switch with an exciting looking movie poster that sells the idea of an alien invasion only for the reality to be a near two-hour teen therapy session. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
9/10 Project Power (2020) Jeffrey Lyles A modern spin on an 80s staple without playing out exactly like the standard buddy flick. An explosive and surprising effort that fits in nicely in the superhero era. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2020
8.5/10 Spinster (2019) Jeffrey Lyles A heartfelt and funny exploration of modern single life backed by a terrific lead performance from Chelsea Peretti. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
7/10 Seriously Single (2020) Jeffrey Lyles Despite some issues, it's worth checking out for fans looking for something different with enough to remind you why you fell in love with the genre in the first place. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020