The Grid

The Grid is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Adam Nayman, Jason Anderson
Rating Title/Year Author
8/10 Jeff (2012) Jason Anderson Thompson's intention is not to explain the nature of evil but show how it contaminates the rest of us. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2014
7/10 Three Night Stand (2013) Jason Anderson Canadian efforts to replicate the blend of raunch, smarts, and heart of the Judd Apatow comedy factory have mostly missed the mark but this savvy rom-com succeeds where others have failed. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2014
8/10 Blood Brother (2013) Jason Anderson In spite of his clear love and admiration for Braat, Hoover is also brave enough to consider the ethical questions that arise from any well-intentioned First Worlder's attempts to alleviate suffering on the other side of the planet. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2013
9/10 The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) Jason Anderson A bold, big-hearted Belgian drama about love and loss, The Broken Circle Breakdown is as full of joy and sorrow as any of the bluegrass ballads performed by its central couple. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2013
7/10 Thor: The Dark World (2013) Jason Anderson Pleasingly old-school, Thor: The Dark World has a greater kinship with the science-fiction movies of the 1950s or even the first Star Wars cycle than the more earthbound adventures of Tony Stark and the rest of Thor's fellow Avengers. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2013
7/10 Escape From Tomorrow (2013) Jason Anderson Less provocative for its assault on the false ideals of corporate-controlled family fun than its clever repurposing of many of the same German expressionist and gothic horror tropes that are at the root of much Disney iconography. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2013
8/10 All Is Lost (2013) Jason Anderson As a rugged yet wise exploration of manhood and mortality, All Is Lost gives great Hemingway. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2013
6/10 Captain Phillips (2013) Jason Anderson What opens as an often perceptive study of ordinary men struggling to cope with forces beyond their grasp becomes a juiced-up action thriller, full of angry exchanges of bullets and bullet-point dialogue. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2013
7/10 The Dirties (2013) Jason Anderson Very smart and very dark. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
6/10 Under the Skin (2013) Jason Anderson The most striking passages deliver a heartily Kubrickian dose of science-fiction erotica but the movie's menacing allure evaporates midway through, followed by the last vestiges of a comprehensible plotline. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
9/10 Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) Jason Anderson Jim Jarmusch's most lucid, satisfying, and flat-out gorgeous feature since Dead Man. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
7/10 Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Jason Anderson Though the subject matter inevitably seems a little sexed-up and contrived compared to recent docs like How to Survive a Plague, director Jean-Marc Vallée rarely wastes an ounce of Matthew McConaughey's gusto. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
7/10 Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013) Jason Anderson The lack of original Hendrix music is a serious hindrance, but director John Ridley is far less interested in any onstage displays of flamboyance than more fraught fragments that point to the artist's inner turmoils and frustrations. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
8/10 12 Years a Slave (2013) Jason Anderson There's none of Django Unchained's revenge fantasies or tomfoolery here, only a sober depiction of the cruelty and oppression that defined a long and very ugly chapter of American history. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
9/10 Muscle Shoals (2013) Jason Anderson Music docs with untold stories about unsung talents are an increasingly scarce commodity. But Muscle Shoals hits pay dirt with this vivid history of two recording studios that became crucial hotbeds of deep Southern soul and funky rock 'n' roll. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
9/10 Wadjda (2012) Jason Anderson Though the influence of Italian neorealism is clear in Wadjda's unshowy style and generosity of spirit, this film remains a singular achievement for all the best reasons. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
8/10 Enough Said (2013) Jason Anderson Though the general anxiety level doesn't run quite as high in Enough Said as it did in Holofcener's brilliant 2010 effort, Please Give, there's still a fine balance of the same acerbic humour and messy emotional vulnerability. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
7/10 Parkland (2013) Jason Anderson Its scenes of bloodied doctors, panicked aides, and devastated Secret Service Agents are gripping, but Parkland is marred by Landesman's efforts to ensure that the historical importance of every moment is not lost on viewers. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
8/10 Watermark (2013) Jason Anderson Watermark succeeds both as a rumination on our varied relationship with H2O and as a warning about the perils we'll face when we're down to the last few drops. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
8/10 Gravity (2013) Jason Anderson Cuarón is so successful at immersing viewers in the astronauts' environment that Gravity is only marginally hampered by its flaws. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
6/10 We're the Millers (2013) Jason Anderson An affable if only passably funny effort that reunites Jason Sudeikis with his Horrible Bosses co-star Jennifer Aniston, We're the Millers rides much the same highway as National Lampoon's Vacation did in an earlier era of raunchy road comedies. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2013
5/10 Elysium (2013) Jason Anderson Elysium is yet another badly derivative and poorly engineered contraption in a summer movie season that's already thick as blackflies with 'em. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2013
8/10 Iron Man 3 (2013) Jason Anderson Iron Man 3 displays no shortage of cocky swagger in-between - and often during - the requisite sequences of high-tech 3-D carnage. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2013
8/10 I Declare War (2012) Jason Anderson It's no small feat for the audacity of I Declare War's premise - presenting an afterschool game of war in a way that looks and feels as real to viewers as it does to the youngsters in the thick of it - to be matched by the cunning of its execution EDIT
Posted May 10, 2013
7/10 Graceland (2012) Jason Anderson Morales's often brutal morality tale has both a grim intensity and a shattering impact. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2013
7/10 The Great Gatsby (2013) Jason Anderson For all of its flash, the movie aims for the utmost sincerity as a grand love story. Alas, Luhrmann doesn't quite have Fitzgerald's finesse when it comes to handling the shift between gilt-edged satire and heart-rending pathos. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2013
8/10 Portrait of Wally (2012) Jason Anderson The film's troubling take on the moral flexibilities of the art world may also have viewers wondering about the provenance of what they see on museum walls. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2013
6/10 The Company You Keep (2012) Jason Anderson What with a cast that includes Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, and Susan Sarandon, this might've been the most star-studded production of the year had it been made in 1975. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2013
7/10 Tai Chi Hero (2012) Jason Anderson Like its predecessor, Tai Chi Hero is continually hampered by its thin characters and badly convoluted narrative but at least this time there are more opportunities to savour the many oddball pleasures. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2013
8/10 Wrong (2012) Jason Anderson Quentin Dupieux's brand of absurdism lands somewhere between the plays of Eugène Ionesco, the looniest sketches of Monty Python, and the most adventurous efforts of the Adult Swim brigade. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2013
4/10 To the Wonder (2012) Jason Anderson Fragmentary to the point of being formless and devoid of any motivation or momentum, it's the first of Malick's works to feel more like a sketchbook than a film. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2013
8/10 My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2012) Jason Anderson The rare sex farce that is ultimately more adult than it is adolescent. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2013
6/10 Love, Marilyn (2012) Jason Anderson Garbus' use of Monroe's own words are plenty wrenching at times but they don't add much to our collective understanding of either the enduring myth or the truth about the damaged woman who existed behind that sexpot façade. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2013
7/10 Evil Dead (2013) Jason Anderson For all of his movie's predictability, director Fede Alvarez finds several ways to increase the creep factor, largely by playing the scares straight and sticking to an unabashedly old-school approach. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2013
6/10 Stoker (2013) Jason Anderson As fun as it can be to play this game of spot-the-reference, the movie's too besotted with its own cleverness and stylistic flourishes to generate a genuine sense of risk or menace. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2013
3/10 The Host (2013) Jason Anderson Director Andrew Niccol is completely unable to add any depth or elegance to Meyer's pedestrian storytelling and thin characters. We can only presume that those aliens have already gotten hold of his body already. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2013
9/10 Outback (1971) Jason Anderson This tale of sun-baked savagery has lost little of its audacity or ferocity while it languished unseen. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2013
7/10 Beyond the Hills (2012) Jason Anderson Such is the rigorous and high-minded nature of Romanian cinema that even a real-life exorcism story can inspire something loftier than a horror movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2013
5/10 G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Jason Anderson The glib humour gives the endeavour an air of self-parody, but not always the fun kind. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2013
8/10 From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) Jason Anderson With its modest story and lack of cute magical furballs, From Up on Poppy Hill is a tad too uneventful and prosaic to match the best of Studio Ghibli but it's lovely all the same. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2013
8/10 New World (2013) Jason Anderson However familiar its moves may sometimes be, New World continually punches above its weight and that's true even when the screen isn't filled with black-suited extras assaulting each other with knives and baseball bats. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2013
6/10 Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Jason Anderson Olympus Has Fallen comes off like an entirely unironic attempt to revive the '80s cycle of let's-restart-the-Vietnam-War movies and home-turf variants like Invasion U.S.A. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2013
9/10 No (2012) Jason Anderson No continually impresses for its slyness and savvy -- rarely has such an eyesore been so worth watching. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2013
8/10 Blood Pressure (2012) Jason Anderson Director Sean Garrity fashions something tense, steely, and affecting out of a premise that might've yielded an erotic fantasy if the events here weren't so rooted in its suburbanite heroine's mid-life malaise. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2013
5/10 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Jason Anderson Though the best stretches flirt with the mix of cruel-edged comedy and abject despair that was once the forte of the Farrelly brothers, it soon settles for being a rote redemption tale. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2013
5/10 Dead Man Down (2013) Jason Anderson Dead Man Down's script falls prey to its own downward trajectory, its unwieldy array of cheap contrivances and half-witted switcheroos amounting to little more than a cut-rate riff on The Departed. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2013
6/10 Snitch (2013) Jason Anderson Snitch's storyline has distinct echoes of Breaking Bad but it's hard to say where to place it on the proverbial TV dial due to its sometimes clumsy shifts between Lifetime-style earnestness and a tougher sensibility better suited to FX. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2013
8/10 Tower (2012) Jason Anderson A confident statement of purpose by one of Toronto's most gifted young filmmakers EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2013
9/10 Neighbouring Sounds (2012) Jason Anderson Neighbouring Sounds might be considered something of a horror movie for Brazil's urban bourgeoisie. One of Filho's most audacious tactics is to package what might've otherwise been an Altmanesque ensemble drama as a sort of existential thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2013
5/10 Identity Thief (2013) Jason Anderson Hollywood's most skilled and fearless physical comedian since Jim Carrey in his '90s heyday, Melissa McCarthy is so dogged in her efforts to eke out a laugh that it's depressing to see a movie treat her as shabbily as this one does. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2013