The Jacobin

The Jacobin is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Eileen Jones
Rating Title/Year Author
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Eileen Jones Judas and the Black Messiah is uneven as a film, but it's a small step toward a serious reckoning with America's past. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Eileen Jones Chadwick Boseman's final performance in playwright August Wilson's new adaptation of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a haunting but appropriate farewell. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Eileen Jones The big-budget Wonder Woman sequel is an ugly, tedious, bloated, badly CGI-ed mess and a wretchedly directed film. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Mank (2020) Eileen Jones To see the Mank problem in miniature, watch the truly terrible climactic scene near the end... EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Eileen Jones The only good thing we have to say about the reactionary film adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy is that it's so boringly told you'll forget about it in an hour. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
On the Rocks (2020) Eileen Jones Sofia Coppola's On the Rocks is yet another meandering depiction of life as a bored and alienated celebrity. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Eileen Jones It's weak, toothless, and wholly inadequate - both then and now. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Eileen Jones Amazon's Borat sequel tries to replay the zany laughs of the original but picks easy moralizing over funny social satire. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Eileen Jones Overall, however, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is not successful. It is self-conscious, contrived and largely distant from its own nominal subject matter. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
An American Pickle (2020) Eileen Jones An American Pickle is a superficial portrait of Jewish experience in the New World and a corny rags-to-riches story of immigration. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Nighthawk (2019) Eileen Jones Though if you haven't heard anything about it, that's even better. It helps to go into Bacurau knowing as little as possible, so that the delights of confounded expectations can work to their fullest extent... EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Little Women (2019) Eileen Jones Only people invested in Alcott's Little Women as an important work are going to care that the film's an annoying, emotionally stilted adaptation, ruining all the best aspects of the novel. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Parasite (2019) Eileen Jones I'm still in considerable pain from watching Parasite, days later. It's that great of a film. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Joker (2019) Eileen Jones Looking at Joker for a kind of microcosmic version of melodrama giving way in the end to something better, however inchoate, is absolute wishful thinking. But like I said before - it's the perfect Rorschach inkblot. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Eileen Jones I could linger there for ten hours and feel refreshed, especially if the director tends to create the dynamic, humorous, and challenging effects that writer-director Quentin Tarantino does. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Eileen Jones Needless to say, this means greater and greater achievements in inventive fight scenes, no small task at this point in cinema history after generations of the best and brightest minds in fight choreography have given their all. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Eileen Jones Mike Leigh had plenty of material to make an exciting and historically accurate film about the Peterloo massacre. He made a boring one instead. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Vice (2018) Eileen Jones The movie does a great job highlighting the fact that the people in power in our nation are, in general, the most viscerally repulsive bunch of ghouls in the world. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Eileen Jones Throughout the adaptation, Jenkins has tried to smooth away certain aspects of Baldwin's work that he assumes audiences can't handle. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Eileen Jones The Favourite is a special holiday gift just for you: a weird and wonderful sod-off response to all the many lavish, solemn, toff-worshipping British "heritage films" and TV series centered on the domestic lives of royals. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Eileen Jones Part of the blank quality of the film's hero might be due to the fact that the actor playing him, John David Washington, handsome son of Denzel Washington, is too poker-faced in his delivery. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Eileen Jones We haven't seen a mainstream pro-union film since, uhhhhhhh . . . Matewan in 1987? That fact alone makes Sorry to Bother You a riveting experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Eileen Jones Let's not quibble too much. In the end, the film makes its saddening point: we aren't likely to see Mister Rogers' like again, on television or anywhere else in American public life. He genuinely meant well. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2018
Downsizing (2017) Eileen Jones It's a preachy, dishonest film that practices a continual narrative sleight of hand to keep you from zeroing in on its mushy allegorical meaning. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
Dunkirk (2017) Eileen Jones Other than bits of Memento and those great Joker scenes in The Dark Knight, this may be [Nolan's] finest hour (and forty-six minutes). EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2017
The Beguiled (2017) Eileen Jones Coppola maps her own cossetted worldview onto every project, and so The Beguiled once again treats its viewers to a dreamy vision of leisure and plenty for the beautifully dressed but emotionally troubled. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
The Birth of a Nation (2016) Eileen Jones Before I saw Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation, I wrongly believed that he might do something worthwhile, because of his seemingly brilliant revisionist use of that title. But now I give up. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2016
Ghostbusters (2016) Eileen Jones A forgettable piece of junk. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2016
Free State of Jones (2016) Eileen Jones Go ahead and dedicate 139 minutes of your life to The Free State of Jones. There are absolutely redeeming elements. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2016
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Eileen Jones I generally can't sustain thoughts about Linklater's work. I only retain a general sense of having periodically wasted hours of my life that I'm never getting back. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2016
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Eileen Jones Dawn and the other films of the franchise are constantly evoking bleak events in human history. It's part of their whole design, creating a sense of entrapment within a cyclical momentum endlessly replayed. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2016
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Eileen Jones The Coens convey with great precision the kind of maddening details that consume the lives of people who are down and out, and create relentless chains of small, dark comic incidents leading to potentially dire consequences. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Eileen Jones Extraordinarily muddled and boring. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2016
Hail, Caesar! (2016) Eileen Jones If it's possible to create a tribute to popular film that's both completely loving and completely scathing at the same time, the Coens have managed it. It's a mind-blower. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2016
The Visit (2015) Eileen Jones The majority of the film, when the very young are being terrorized by the very old, is highly effective. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
Jurassic World (2015) Eileen Jones The price you pay for delightful dinosaur carnage is, as always, dwelling in the Spielberg-patented world of regressive gender roles and worship of the white middle-class nuclear family. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
Selma (2014) Eileen Jones There are sections in Selma that I treasure. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
Interstellar (2014) Eileen Jones I can't remember an apocalyptic film that's taken less interest in this planet as it's destroyed. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
Gone Girl (2014) Eileen Jones The game of Team Amy versus Team Nick is the perfect reaction to a Fincher film. He's made our American horror show into good unclean fun for the whole family. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
The Revenant (2015) Eileen Jones The Revenant promised to be a wow of a revenge film, but in trying so hard to be complex and meaningful in his patented overeager way, Iñárritu dilutes its impact. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Eileen Jones I can't claim Anderson doesn't have a certain power as a filmmaker. But after watching The Grand Budapest Hotel, it seems clear he doesn't use his power for good. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
Thor: The Dark World (2013) Eileen Jones How long are you fans going to put up with this kind of slack nonsense? EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
Gravity (2013) Eileen Jones The environment is entirely alien, the technology necessary to live in it has gone far beyond our ken, and humans float around haplessly waiting for the next systemic breakdown... It's hard not to identify with that set of circumstances. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2013
The Lone Ranger (2013) Eileen Jones If you see The Lone Ranger and actually pay attention to all the maddening elements that resist fitting together, you might find it's a more enjoyable film to think and talk about than it is to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2013