Ellen E Jones

Ellen E Jones
Ellen E Jones's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian Total Film Independent (UK) Little White Lies

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me Live (2014) Disappointingly, this hour-long show, recorded in Chicago, never quite gets around to life in Uganda itself, instead covering Handler's relationship with her gay housemate and fondness for dogs. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 27% Suicide Squad (2016) Where Suicide Squad's Big Bad should be there is only a Big Narrative Hole. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
95% An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) In Doctor Who, an end is always a beginning, and so it was with Mark Gatiss's cleverly resonant script. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
No Score Yet Light and Dark (2013) The trouble with these physics documentaries: the more you learn, the less you understand. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 71% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) If anyone can make you sympathise with affluent LA yuppies, Rashida Jones can. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2012
3/5 96% Argo (2012) It's impossible to be bored by a story this good, especially with that cast. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) Cotillard's performance is primed for awards, while Schoenaerts is a rough diamond. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2012
4/5 91% The Sessions (2012) Aided by committed, awards-ready performance, The Sessions transforms 'taboo' subject matter into a humorous, humane and uncomplicated pleasure. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2012
3/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) A feelgooder spiced by social conscience, this is one of those underdog productions with potential to punch well above its weight. Go on, give it a chance. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2012
3/5 86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) It might not be a massive hit, but it will certainly ease a few paths through the awkwardness of adolescence. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2012
4/5 94% Barbara (2012) Not only has director Christian Petzold assembled a fascinating hill of beans, but there's a moonlit scene that almost alone justifies his Silver Bear win at Berlin. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2012
3/5 75% Hope Springs (2012) Fine turns from Streep and Jones bedrock this compassionate, quietly subversive drama. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2012
3/5 17% The Watch (2012) If you can ignore the disturbing parallels with recent events, this middle-aged, Middle-American Attack The Block raises a laugh. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2012
2/5 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) Ultimately, we remain unconvinced of Step Up's anti-capitalist credentials. Especially after that hilariously inept Nike plug in the final scene. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2012
2/5 89% The Angels' Share (2013) The time is ripe for a great Ken Loach film. If only Ken Loach was up for making one. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2012
2/5 23% What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) An awful ensemble comedy to complete that Valentine's Day / New Year's Eve box-set, complete with sexist clichés. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2012
4/5 95% The Muppets (2011) The sunniest, happiest film in the world - and if the under-10 in your life can't appreciate that, it might be time to put them up for adoption. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2012
2/5 3% Jack and Jill (2011) Sandler's brash, unpretentious and unsubtle family comedy might be more enjoyable if it wasn't so mean. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2012
4/5 93% 50/50 (2011) This is the terminal illness weepie for people who don't watch terminal illness weepies, and it's much the better for it. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2011
1/5 5% Abduction (2011) Agent Cody Banks meets post-shark jump 24, with what appears to be an 8-year-old Soviet body builder in the lead role. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2011
4/5 77% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) A cleverer script could have made its point and remained tactfully agnostic, but it's still amusing to see mumblecore's trademark naturalism leavened by some old-fashioned movie magic. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2011
24% What's Your Number? (2011) Enjoyably racy though it is, What's Your Number? racks up zero surprises. Faris fans awaiting a role to do her justice will have to wait a little longer. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2011
3/5 68% Friends With Kids (2012) Friends with Kids takes an unusual romantic premise and explores it in satisfying and perceptive depth. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2011
3/5 26% Killer Elite (2011) Robust, does the job, but unrefined. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2011
3/5 44% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) A tasty line-up, but a nihilistic tone and lacklustre script make for a fast-food action-comedy that's diverting but throwaway. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2011
3/5 68% Friends With Benefits (2011) If you see only one casual-sex-com featuring a Black Swan alumni this year, make sure it's this one. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2011
1/5 8% Everywhere and Nowhere (2011) Capturing the energy of club culture on screen is notoriously difficult. This stale production shouldn't even have tried. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2011
4/5 90% My Dog Tulip (2010) More Harold And Maude than Marley & Me; amusing, insightful and a little perverse. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2011
3/5 96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) After the millionth lingering shot of a cave wall, you may be less enthused, but this is still a worthwhile trip. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2011
4/5 88% Submarine (2011) Smart and sly, funny and fourth-wall-breaking... but above all, an excruciatingly accurate coming-of-ager. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2011
2/5 65% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) Grown-ups will still struggle not to picture a post-puberty sequel featuring DUIs and rehab trips. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2011
2/5 69% Never Let Me Go (2010) The pupils' failure to question their fate plays more like lethargy than tragically repressed emotion. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2011
2/5 47% Hereafter (2010) Despite stand-out moments both epic and intimate, Clint's latest is a film about death that's likely to put many audiences to sleep. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2011
4/5 87% Chico & Rita (2012) All buzz, colour and sublime jazz, Chico & Rita is an instant design classic -- and cracking cinema too. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2010
3/5 80% Made in Dagenham (2010) It's jolly stuff, yet for all the bawdy banter, there's a Boat That Rocked-like sense of a genuinely interesting moment being regurgitated as a cuddly sitcom. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/5 91% The Secret of Kells (2010) Hand-drawn and watercoloured, the animation is as sublime as a stained-glass window. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/5 88% World's Greatest Dad (2009) We can't wait to see what Goldthwait does next. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2010
4/5 94% Winter's Bone (2010) With a face as impassively beautiful as the landscape she trudges through, Ree Dolly is a heroine you won't forget. Tenacious and stoic, she holds her own in a vernacular that's equal parts hillbilly and hard-boiled. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2010
3/5 42% 22 Bullets (2013) Without a compelling plot to hold our attention, this only amounts to an impressively bloody bullet-a-thon: 22 seems a very conservative estimate... - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2010
3/5 55% Baarìa (2009) Baaria is like a pleasant package holiday: alfresco dinners, strolls through lemon orchards. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2010
1/5 No Score Yet Pimp (2010) You wouldn't think a film could actually be both very boring and very offensive. Pimp is that paradox made flesh - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2010
3/5 76% StreetDance 3D (2013) Skillfully pitched at its market, this is joyful in a way only the professionally grumpy (dads, film critics) could object to. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2010
2/5 20% Motherhood (2009) Motherhood is neither insight nor escapism. It's a yummy-mummy newspaper column splurged onto celluloid, like baby sick on your best cashmere sweater. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2010
3/5 23% Leap Year (2010) Golden Age Hollywood charm with the obligatory modern Hollywood schmaltz thrown in, this will rile anyone who's been within 100 miles of the real Ireland, but run with it and it's an enjoyable fantasy all the same. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2010
2/5 14% Dead Man Running (2009) The combined effect is amiable rubbish embodied by Dyer, who continues to walk a tightrope between laughing stock and national treasure. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2009
2/5 9% My Life in Ruins (2009) Vardalos' peppy charm and the postcard scenery make for pleasant diversions, but there's no getting away from the script's mawkishness. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2009
4/5 81% White Lightnin' (2009) A psychedelic, sepia-toned horror show, touring the dark corners of his mind and those of the white trash world in which he lives. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2009
3/5 68% Away We Go (2009) Away We Go is the cinematic equivalent of Innocent smoothies: it appears to talk like 'us', while all the time reducing us to another consumer demographic. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2009
2/5 81% Bandslam (2009) Whether your nine-year-old niece will care about that is moot - but she'll definitely resent the poor ratio of musical numbers to clunky, contrived emotional scenes. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2009
4/5 69% The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) It's impossible to capture the complex whole of a person in one movie (or novel), but Miller uses this limitation to her advantage, by making the mystery of Pippa Lee's true identity the heart of the film. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2009