Jacob Emery's Movie Ratings - Rotten Tomatoes

Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Way Way Back

I tried to give this a chance but from scene one it made me cringe and only got worse as the movie went on. it was torture to watch. I really don't see how anyone can like it. The biggest factor of a bad movie almost always goes back to the script. Although the script here did have its problems (it tried way too hard to be that character driven indy film and mostly failed), the thing that made this film torture-some to watch was the directing, or lack of. The film was filled with great actors giving cringworthy performances. They seemed to have no chemistry what so ever with each other and every character came across as laughably one dimensional. It felt like each scene was a first run through with no prior rehearsals, the actors just showed up and read their lines, all interpreting things in very different ways. Scenes that should have been dramatic ended up unbelievable and flat. It all felt just so forced and fake. I wanted to punch every character in the face. I can tell there is a good movie somewhere in Faxon and Rash's script, and they were the pens behind the descendants, which was pretty good for the most part; but it was obvious they are amateur directors with no idea how to make a movie. I've seen film school freshmen direct actors better than this.

Pain & Gain
Pain & Gain(2013)

This movie delivered exactly what was expected of it. Sure, it wasn't perfect but it was enjoyable and entertaining from start to finish.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

This movie was a mess. If you're gonna have a new villain in a trilogy, you should think far enough ahead to set them up in a previous movie and not resort to stupid flashback scenes. The villain that could have actually been interesting is completely wasted and the real villain's plan made absolutely no sense at all. The mind control iron men stuff was stupid, for for an iron man movie, tony stark didn't really do anything at all. Everyone else just saved his ass.

To Live and Die in L.A.

Wait... Let me see him in the face.

Trading Places

It had a good premise but I found it a chore to finish. It just wasn't funny. Most of the dialogue was just plain bad. Most of the scenes were too convenient and unrealistic and the message was too in-your-face. Eddie Murphy gave a good performance but Dan Aykroyd was awful and over did everything.

The Border
The Border(1982)

Everything about this film worked, it was just really conventional and predictable.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Just as good, if not better than any of the LOTR movies.

The Landlord
The Landlord(1970)

The Super was better.

Watermelon Man

Pretty funny movie, but the white face makeup was awful!

Little Big Man

It's like a Civil War Forrest Gump.

The Wedding Party

Actually a 1963 movie that sat on the shelf for six years. It should have stayed there. It is worth a watch only for the sake of seeing De Niro in his first feature film appearance, but just fast forward to his scenes because the movie is so bad it is almost torture to sit through.

2001: A Space Odyssey

This may seem like a low rating for this movie, but here me out. I have only seen the movie once and that was in high school. My opinion on it was that the middle segment of the film is by far the strongest part and the imagery through out is great. I just feel like the beginning was way too drawn out and very hard to get into. It opens with five minutes of music over a black screen and the monkey stuff was really slow as well. I can see why it is considered a masterpiece, but it could lose twenty minutes pretty easily.


Best Oliver Twist adaptation.


Watch it for the car chases.


Extremely successful considering the terms Bogdanovich was under to make this.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I saw this for the first time while babysitting. I didn't know anything about this movie. The kids probably picked it out because it is long, and they would therefore be able to stay up later. I was more into the movie than any of them.

Once Upon a Time in the West

Right up there with the Good the Bad, and the Ugly.

Night of the Living Dead

A true horror film, not so much about zombies but about how people blindly follow the media.

Who's That Knocking at My Door?

Scorsese's first film is a lot of sex fantasies and not much of anything else.

The War Wagon

Succeeds at being a fun movie.

In the Heat of the Night

A racist cop and a black cop must team up in what is one of Poitier's best.

The Graduate
The Graduate(1967)

The film that introduced us to Dustin Hoffman.

In Cold Blood

And then Robert Blake actually did kill someone.

Bonnie and Clyde

A masterpiece tale of two outlaws, in love and on the run.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The story is told almost completely through dialogue. Usually I don't like this, but the performances are strong enough that it works here.

Cat Ballou
Cat Ballou(1965)

This is what Lee Marvin gets his Oscar for?

Viva Las Vegas

Nothing more than an Elvis vehicle.


Tippi Hendren sucks.

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins(1964)

Dick Van Dyke's accent was so convincing, I thought he was British.


Best of the Connery Bond films.

8 1/2
8 1/2(1963)

I just didn't like it.

The Birds
The Birds(1963)

A really loooonnnggggg build up, and then the movie ends.

The Sword in the Stone

This is how I learned about King Arthur.

The Great Escape

So much cool in this movie.

Lawrence of Arabia

I really need to see this again on a theater sized screen.

Dr. No
Dr. No(1962)

Although the first, it is far from the best Bond.

The Manchurian Candidate

Ol miss Murder She Wrote steals the show.

The Hustler
The Hustler(1961)

A lot of good things about it, but damn it was slow.

Judgment at Nuremberg

Marlene Dietrich likes courtrooms.

The Little Shop of Horrors

The best I could ever expect from a movie shot in two and a half days.

The Apartment

Another well respected comedy that I just didn't see as being any better than most comedies of today.


The least Kubrick Kubrick film.

13 Ghosts
13 Ghosts(1960)

Haven't seen it in years, but I remember being creeped out by it as a kid.

The Magnificent Seven

Good movie, even if it is just a remake of Seven Samurai.

Ocean's Eleven

Quintessential rat pack.


Great movie, although I wish Hitchcock's name wasn't synonymous with this film, because he has made better.

Peeping Tom
Peeping Tom(1960)

Character study of a serial killer and what made him become one.

Some Like It Hot

A good comedy. Nothing special.

Sleeping Beauty

I remember that I used to like this movie, but I don't remember much about it.


This movie was so long it was split into two DVDs. Although I liked what I saw, after watching the first half I had no desire to change DVDs and continue on for another two hours.

The Blob
The Blob(1958)

Steve McQueen in his most miscast role ever!

Touch of Evil

Excellent opening shot. The rest of the movie doesn't quite live up to the beginning.


Hitchcock tends to over explain things in his movies. I have been watching the movie. I am not stupid. That one scene nearly ruins what is otherwise a masterpiece.

Old Yeller
Old Yeller(1957)

Best dog gone dog in the west.

Paths of Glory

George Macready plays a great villain.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

It's 12 men sitting at a table talking for 90 minutes. But it's great!

The Bad Seed
The Bad Seed(1956)

Starts off promising, but goes down hill by the end.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Never saw the first version, but I liked this one.

Around the World in 80 Days

A rich guy travels around the world for the hell of it.

The Searchers

I'm not really a huge Western fan, but this has all the elements of a great adventure film. The only thing I didn't like was the attempted day-for-night photography.

The Killing
The Killing(1956)

Great early Kubrick heist film.

East of Eden
East of Eden(1955)

"I'm Bad." This movie was really stupid.

The Trouble with Harry

A comedic attempt from Hitchcock that doesn't quite work.

Blackboard Jungle

These high school students must stayed back at least 10 years.

Lady and the Tramp

Makes me want to eat spaghetti.

Rebel Without a Cause

The movie I think of when someone says James Dean.

The Night of the Hunter

Harry Powell is a great character, but this film just needed to go one level higher.

Dial M for Murder

Good, but like rope, more play than movie.

Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)

Definitive Hitchcock film showing why he is the Master of Suspense.

The Caine Mutiny

One of Bogart's last roles, also one of his best.

Stalag 17
Stalag 17(1953)

Billy Wilder shows that he can do comedy too.

Peter Pan
Peter Pan(1953)

One of my favorite Disney films growing up.

Umberto D
Umberto D(1955)

Great realist character study.

High Noon
High Noon(1952)

Great realtime anti western.

Singin' in the Rain

My favorite musical. Would have been even better if they cut out that weird, really long, dream sequence.

A Streetcar Named Desire

It was good, but another one of those movies that was essentially a stageplay on film.

Alice in Wonderland

It's been too long since I've seen it to be able to review it.

Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival)

Great film about a reporter exploiting a tragedy.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

There were a lot of Sci-Fi films released in the 50's, but none as good as this one.

Strangers on a Train

One of Hitchcock's best, as well as one of the best thrillers ever made.

All About Eve

I just couldn't get into it.


Classic Disney animation of a story we all know.


The original 'different perspectives of the same event' movie.


I loved it as a kid, but other than the Pooka, I can't really remember much about it.

Sunset Boulevard

Would have been nearly a perfect film if it didn't start off by telling us the main character dies. I hate when films do that.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Another film I haven't seen since childhood. I remember loving the Sleepy Hollow part and not so much the Mr. Toad part.

White Heat
White Heat(1949)

Feels very much like the Cagney films of the early 30's.

All the King's Men

I loved the book, and this film does a good job at adapting it.

The Third Man

A fantastic thriller.


I appreciate it for the long takes, but it felt more like a recording of a stage play than a film.

The Bicycle Thief

Although it suffers from less than great production values, the film is very real with a touching story.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Three men in the desert with gold. Such a fantastic , timeless film. Incredible performances by Huston and Bogart.

Miracle on 34th Street

One of those classic Christmas films.

Song of the South

I didn't find this to be as racist is others do, but aside from the animated scenes, it just wasn't that great.

It's a Wonderful Life

Capra's most well known film and possibly his best.

The Lost Weekend

The Requiem for a Dream of the 40s.


An experiment of an entire movie taking place in a small space.

Arsenic and Old Lace

Hilarious! My second favorite Capra film.

The Ox-Bow Incident

A good movie, though rather simplistic.


Similar story to other Hitchcock films, like the 39 Steps, but this time around, done much better and the statue of liberty climax is awesome.


My expectations of this movie were just too high.


I haven't seen it since I was five so I can't really review it.

The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man(1941)

I used to love this movie as a kid, especially the transformation scenes. When I saw it again in my twenties, it didn't hold up.


Never really was a fan of Dumbo.

The Maltese Falcon

Everything about it is great, but can be a bit hard to follow.

Meet John Doe

Another entertaining Capra film.

Here Comes Mr. Jordan

The classic 'get a second chance at life by returning in a recently dead person's body' story that is so good, it has been remade at least twice.

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane(1941)

A film that grows on you. Easy to see why many consider it the best film ever made.


Out of all Hitchcock's films, why this one is the best picture winner, I don't know.


Not so much a movie but an animated symphony.

His Girl Friday

Goes at you at 1000 miles an hour.


Pretty dark for a kid's movie.

The Great Dictator

The only thing keeping this from a full 5 stars is the slightly out of place monologue at the end.

The Place Beyond The Pines

Excellent on so many levels. I don't want to say too much about it, but I can't wait for Cianfrance's next project.

The Wizard of Oz

Maybe the most well known movie of all time. Who didn't grow up watching this? Who doesn't know all the songs?

Bringing Up Baby

One of the many screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's. It was funny, but like many of the silent film comedies of the 20's, nothing about it stood out as being better than the competition.

You Can't Take It With You

Another classic Capra film with a feel good message.

The Lady Vanishes

Hitchcock's first great film. This is the original version of a story that has been copied many times since.

Angels with Dirty Faces

By far my favorite Cagney film. A must see tale of two friends, one a gangster and one a priest, and their influence on the youth of the neighborhood. Also features a great early Humphrey Bogart performance.

A Day at the Races

Just like all the other Marx Bros films.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Landmark in Animation. Who doesn't love this movie?

La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion)

Like All Quiet on the Western Front, this film is still one of the best war films ever made.

Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth)

One of the most famous pieces of anti drug propaganda ever made. It is unintentionally hilarious.

My Man Godfrey

It was a good comedy film; not much different than any of the comedies that come out today. I don't see what makes this film so great.

Modern Times
Modern Times(1936)

A great Chaplin film and a great satire.

The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps(1935)

I find this to be one of Hitchcock's weaker films. It's not bad, I enjoyed watching it, but the story was a bit silly.

It Happened One Night

I need to watch this movie again because I can barely remember it. I've only seen it once, when I was in high school. Back then I thought it was just average.

Duck Soup
Duck Soup(1933)

I'm not a Marx Brother fan. I can appreciate them but I don't find their films that funny.

King Kong
King Kong(1933)

A classic. Timeless story and A landmark film in Special Effects.


It was a good movie, but very much the same story as most of the other gangster films of the 30's.

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

In less than 90 minutes, we are told the epic life story of fugitive James Allen. I love these types of movies and this one was everything I could expect it to be and more.

The Public Enemy

A classic gangster tale It does however, suffer from the censorship codes of it's day and having to have a 'crime doesn't pay' message.


Forget Nosferatu. This is the real deal.


Although not my favorite rendition of Mary Shelley's novel, The original Frankenstein is a great movie that defined what would become the era of Universal's creature features.

City Lights
City Lights(1931)

Another classic Chaplin. A great romantic comedy that does everything right.


Incredible character study of a serial killer and Peter Lorre's best role.

All Quiet on the Western Front

An epic. Still one of the best war films of all time.


Hitchcock is starting to get into his style here, but the film is still not up to par with his later works.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

One of Hitchcock's first films. You can tell.

Man With a Movie Camera

I feel similarly to this film as I do with Potemkin. I appreciate it as a revolutionary piece of film history but I have zero desire to ever watch it again.

Steamboat Bill Jr.

Another slapstick silent film that was good, but didn't stand out from it's colleagues.

The Kid
The Kid(1921)

Average Chaplin movie. It was cute, but nothing about it stood out to me as special.


I can see why this film is loved, but I just thought it was only okay.

The General
The General(1927)

Engaging from start to finish. Great action. My all-time favorite silent film.

Battleship Potemkin

Certainly one of the most important films ever made and revolutionary to the art of editing, but not my cup of tea.

The Gold Rush

A classic Chaplin film.

The Thief of Bagdad

I wouldn't watch it again, but it was one of the best adventure films of it's time.

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire)

It was Okay. I knew it was a Dracula rip off, but I was expecting at least a little more than what I got.

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)

The best film of its time. Fun, creepy, great twist ending.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Possibly the slowest, most boring movie I have ever seen. Very poorly edited.


The worst movie Scorsese has ever made. Nothing happened. It was not a movie, but a history lesson. A history lesson about something I already knew all about.

Shutter Island

It looked good and had good performances, but was really gimmicky. Because of that it has no re-watch value. I had the entire movie figured out ten minutes in and therefore didn't care about what happened.


Excellent character study film

Marvel's The Avengers

A Fun Movie. It delivered what was expected from it.

5 Broken Cameras

Compelling doc gives insight into the Palestinian point of view of their conflict with Israel.


I don't usually like Rian Johnson, but I liked Looper.


Great animation. Funny.


Plane crash was great, Denzel was great, I just wish it ended differently.

Searching for Sugar Man

Excellent doc about a man who was a superstar in South Africa and didn't even know it.


Tim Burton's best movie since Ed Wood.


Ben Affleck's best.

The Grey
The Grey(2012)

had me on edge the whole time.

John Dies at the End

Most original movie of the year.

Silver Linings Playbook

good story with great characters and performances.


Slow, but superbly acted and directed film with a very important story to tell.


Best superhero film of the year.

Django Unchained

Everything you want from a Tarantino film. The Academy robbed Sam Jackson this year.