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DVDTalk.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): Bill Gibron, Brian Orndorf, D.K. Holm, David Cornelius, Eric D. Snider, Geoffrey Kleinman, Jason Bailey, Keith Uhlich, Scott Weinberg, Stuart Galbraith
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 () Preston Jones Very little of Jeni's material, although poking fun at topical subjects, feels fresh or spontaneous. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 () Jason Bailey The material (for the most part) is solid, but his ace timing and delivery help seal the deal EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
4/5 Robin Williams: Live on Broadway (2002) Aaron Beierle A few flat jokes on topics covered a bit too much already aside, Williams is in top form here, riffing on a series of topics and coming up with some unexpectedly hilarious gags. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
() Jason Bailey The obviousness of George Lopez's concepts and construction, and the easy stereotyping of his laugh lines, wouldn't matter if the material was funny... Tall, Dark, and Chicano just isn't funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 () Jason Bailey Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me is the funniest stand-up special in many a moon, an uproariously enjoyable performance by one of our most gifted and irreverent comediennes. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted? (2009) Jason Bailey Swardson, as a comic personality, is funnier than his middling material. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
() Bill Gibron Those who know what to expect will gladly soak up Saget's scat. Everyone else will see it as shock for shock's sake, nothing more. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 () Jason Bailey Rock tackles a number of subjects here, both new and old, but he makes the greatest hay out of the then-upcoming presidential election. This is a bit of a mixed blessing... though most is funny enough that it doesn't matter. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias: One Show Fits All (2019) Ryan Keefer It has its moments, but he seems to be another in a line of comedians who does work exclusively for his fans EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Jim Gaffigan - King Baby (2008) Jason Bailey His act is smart and relatable, while his eschewing of profanity and adult topics is certainly a plus for some viewers. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
5/5 Nashville (1975) Stuart Galbraith Robert Altman's Nashville, one of the best films of the 1970s, is a divisive, inarguably indulgent film, but also one uniquely experimental and prophetic. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/5 X-Men (2000) Geoffrey Kleinman What makes X-men an enjoyable film is the really fine work from many of the actors. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 () Bill Gibron You know you've made it when everyone wants to tease - and among the many mockeries, Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode II is the best. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 Grey Gardens (2009) Jason Bailey I was stunned by the uncanny accuracy of the scenes related to that original film; the set and prop reproductions, the re-enactment of scenes from the documentary, and the make-up and costuming of Barrymore and Lange is simply stunning. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2018
3/5 Where Eagles Dare (1969) Jason Bailey As with Kelly's Heroes, Where Eagles Dare pulls itself together best in its third act EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2017
Dead Again (1991) Jason Bailey His film is both a good mystery movie and a good movie-movie; its sheer "movieness" is what gives the picture its kick. As his career progressed, Branagh may very well have made better films than 'Dead Again.' But he never made another one this fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2016
Imperium (2016) Jason Bailey The primary accomplishment of 'Imperium,' an otherwise middling undercover fed movie, is to remind us there are as many styles of racists as there are, well, colors in the rainbow. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2016
4/5 Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1996) Stuart Galbraith Whether you love or loathe Jaglom's movies or have yet to test the waters, Who Is Henry Jaglom? is a hugely entertaining documentary that serves as a good introduction to the filmmaker and his methods. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2016
Mr. Right (2015) Jason Bailey "I wanna do something terrible!" Kendrick announces early in the film, and she at least did that - she did 'Mr. Right.' EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2016
Free State of Jones (2016) Jason Bailey 'Free State of Jones' is, on a surface level, perfectly acceptable: handsomely mounted, reasonably well-executed, sensitively acted. But at the service of what? EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2016
Enough Said (2013) Jason Bailey On its own, 'Enough Said' is a sweet and charming little movie - but there's no question the loss of its beloved leading man lends the picture extra, unexpected pathos. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2016
Howard the Duck (1986) Jason Bailey The first big-screen adaptation of a Marvel comic book makes their subsequent films seem like the flowers that bloom beneath a heavy load of dense fertilizer. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2016
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Jason Bailey The Lonely Island's 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' feels very much like an 86-minute 'SNL' Digital Short, which is both a compliment and a complaint. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2016
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Jason Bailey Several thrilling action sequences, a great many good jokes, and an unshakable sense that everybody is just going through the paces. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2016
The Hunter (2011) Jason Bailey It's a character study, for the most part, allowing the complications and relationships to puncture the narrative only when they have finally penetrated the man. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2016
Virginia (2010) Jason Bailey It's a hard picture to pin down--it has the raw materials for a big, dumb farce, but it stakes out a claim in altogether more interesting territory. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2016
Derailroaded (2005) Bill Gibron While heartbreaking and indirectly depressing, Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Larry "Wild Man" Fischer is also a very fine documentary indeed. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2016
2.5/5 Jupiter Ascending (2015) Jamie S. Rich Jupiter Ascending is them making a big-screen, live-action bouillabaisse of all the Japanese cartoons they adore and having a grand old time. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2015
4/5 Leviathan (2014) Jamie S. Rich Zvyagintsev is more concerned with letting his audience settle into the lives of his characters than he is the more conventional happenings of the script outline. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2015
2.5/5 Still Alice (2014) Jamie S. Rich Visually, Still Alice is indistinct and bland; as writing, it's predictable and shallow...essentially a Lifetime Channel disease-of-the-week movie with a better vocabulary. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2015
1.5/5 Blackhat (2015) Jamie S. Rich You have to pity poor Chris Hemsworth. He looks like he's trying really hard and taking all of this talk of intrigue and data very seriously, but so serious that he appears silly. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2.5/5 American Sniper (2014) Jamie S. Rich Eastwood handles human emotion in American Sniper with all the subtlety of a bear trap, and you'll end up wishing he'd just stop stepping in it. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 Inherent Vice (2014) Jamie S. Rich Anderson's strength is in managing to be both hyper-real and surreal at the same time...Which you could say is the real satirical genius of Inherent Vice. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2015
2.5/5 A Most Violent Year (2014) Jamie S. Rich J.C. Chandor is his own worst enemy here, seemingly confounded by the film's message--or perhaps too beholden to it--and unable to play dirty when it's required. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2014
3/5 Into the Woods (2014) Jamie S. Rich It's light and airy to watch, but still somehow too much. Soulless and frenzied, and yet still kind of effortlessly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2014
3.5/5 The Imitation Game (2014) Jamie S. Rich What I liked most about is how clearly it presented Turing's work and achievements, and how the soap opera of his personal life is given second billing. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2014
3/5 Foxcatcher (2014) Jamie S. Rich Miller prefers languid takes, letting the scenes roll out slowly, while keeping his hands out of the muck. It makes Foxcatcher come off as rather self-serious... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2.5/5 Goodbye to Language (2014) Jamie S. Rich Goodbye to Language is not enough of an incoherent stinker to make me bid adieu to Jean-Luc Godard, even if it does give me serious pause EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2014
4/5 Keep on Keepin' On (2014) Jamie S. Rich In Clark Terry's syllabus, feeling is far more important than sheet music...lock in step with Keep On Keepin' On, because it's legit in an age when so much else is not. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2014
1.5/5 Big Hero 6 (2014) Jamie S. Rich Takes just about every comic book cliché and throws them into a Pixar cuisinart and tries to make something new and family-friendly via melding the various Disney brands... EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2014
4/5 Interstellar (2014) Jamie S. Rich ...the sheer force of Nolan's filmmaking and his dedication to his vision makes it worth grappling with all the philosophy and cosmic kookiness. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2014
2.5/5 Nightcrawler (2014) Jamie S. Rich One might forgive the obvious implausibility of much of the ending...by then the whole shebang has gotten so exaggerated, we fail to see either ourselves or our world on the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4.5/5 Citizenfour (2014) Jamie S. Rich ...an historical document of confounding significance. It's a glimpse behind the closed doors of a moment in time that has otherwise only been revealed in the abstract. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Jamie S. Rich There seems to be no end game here, no great epiphany, just a hollow truth at the end of an ever-narrowing tunnel. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 Whiplash (2014) Jamie S. Rich After ushering us into the private space of the band room, Chazelle doesn't really know how to open that back up and return his characters to the real world. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/5 Laggies (2014) Jamie S. Rich ...resembles any number of mainstream fish-out-of-water stories, but an easygoing presentation and sharp eye for where the humor goes manages to make Laggies feel fresh. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2014
4/5 John Wick (2014) Jamie S. Rich ...fresh and shiny, favoring clear action and impressive stunts, simultaneously not at all skittish about blood but never reveling in it either. It's tastefully brutal. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3/5 St. Vincent (2014) Jamie S. Rich Outside of having seen this all before, there isn't much to gripe about...the ribald humor is toothless, but the relationships between all the characters come off as genuine. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/5 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) Jamie S. Rich An astonishing dissection of why Cave does what he does...his songs have been full of confessions, both clear-eyed and abstract, yet he's never delved so deep nor shared so much. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/5 Men, Women & Children (2014) Jamie S. Rich The problem Reitman has isn't that he can't see the forest, it's that he thinks he does, and he ignores the good trees within it by trying to have it all. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2014