Jacob Oller

Jacob Oller
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7.9/10 91% Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2019) With a meta plotline about the cancellation and subsequent rebooting of a beloved cartoon, [Rocko's Modern Life] Static Cling isn't afraid to be self-effacing about the revival process. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
53% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) Bilal: A New Breed of Hero's adventurous tale is a step into the international field of genre storytelling with the one thing it could always use more of: a new perspective. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
No Score Yet Cedric The Entertainer: Live From The Ville (2016) This is an old-fashioned act with old-fashioned jokes, some more old than old-fashioned. I wouldn't be upset if I never heard another tired "at a barbeque" joke. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (2016) Never preachy, Wong finds lots to love in her overwhelming honesty. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
8.9/10 97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) As a series capper, it's a satisfying, loving end that fulfills old Deadwood's imperfect promises while mostly avoiding the pitfalls of nostalgia. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
90% Green Room (2016) Writer/Director Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room understands that DIY anarchist punk ethics are in constant danger from a systematic rule. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
96% Weiner (2016) The crew tackles the behind-the-scenes of a political family better than House of Cards, juggling intimacy and work's reality while each side jockeys for control. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
84% Detroit (2017) Its stumbles don't fully take away the film's potency, but they certainly showcase its missed opportunities. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
45% The Discovery (2017) The Discovery smooths over its loaded question with an unsatisfying route to an under-explored conclusion. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Any movie that shoots James Franco into the endless void of space can't be completely bad. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
No Score Yet Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie (2017) Jeff Garlin's lethargic detective movie shows Netflix will buy any comedy zombie. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
63% Small Crimes (2017) Small Crimes is almost entirely hinged upon Coster-Waldau's beaten-dog performance of this down and out sadsack. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
88% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Roger Stone's narcissistic villainy can't be addressed with this gawking doc. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
100% Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes (2017) Soft-spoken and charming, Birbiglia owns his niche as a comedian-storyteller. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
48% War Machine (2017) The meandering military story fails to win hearts or minds. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
52% The Glass Castle (2017) The Glass Castle remains as transparent and ethereal as the architectural wonder in its title because its treatment of its material is so rote. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
85% Beach Rats (2017) Dickinson is breathtaking. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
47% Rock Dog (2017) A crazy premise without any of the carnivalesque anarchy needed to back it up, Rock Dog sinks like a stone. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
71% You're Killing Me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) (2017) This is a simple movie directed simply and it's best when it doesn't try to swing above its weight class. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Origin of Evil, while terrifying, is a funny movie that understands its audience's psychological state better than most films of its ilk. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
37% Morgan (2016) Morgan can't say anything meaningful about artificial intelligence because it's too artificial a film. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Cianfrance goes for every early emotional body blow possible, weakening our responses to later moments of impact through sheer exhaustion. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
17% The Wild Life (2016) It's not that The Wild Life is poorly animated or overtly irresponsible. It's just lazy and stupid. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
100% Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special (2017) The skits themselves are mostly funny, some just feel out of place in this sex-slathered bricolage of comic approaches. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
81% The Founder (2017) The Founder is an old man's The Wolf of Wall Street, a biopic of cruelty with its teeth dulled by fast food and its fierceness tempered by an overfull belly. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
83% Silence (2017) For Scorsese and Silence's constant grappling, faith seems to be its own geographically autonomous Purgatory. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
71% David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) Similar to the audience polarization of other one-note comics (like Ricky Gervais), Cross' locked, angry views overwhelm his substantial wit. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
No Score Yet Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills (2016) Shlesinger's routine never amounts to anything more pleasant than being stuck sharing a cab with someone that seemed much more interesting several hours and drinks ago. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
49% Mascots (2016) Following multiple competitors as they compete in mascoting's most prestigious competition, Guest's film ambles uncomfortably under its furry facade. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
85% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Wajda's loving examination of heroes has reached its logical conclusion in Afterimage, with the study of Strzemiński as unforgiving as the winter. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) A Quiet Passion has enough beauty (especially in Nixon's zombie-eyed performance) for viewers to appreciate the journey. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
87% Jackie (2016) Portman's vivid portrayal is the film's greatest strength, coasting through woebegone New England accents and the script's on-the-nose airing of themes in the final act. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) As a blue and grey movie with dangerous flashes of color, flashbacks are beautiful and understated in a completely interwoven story from playwright Lonergan. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
83% Sausage Party (2016) When it finds the Party, the movie brings down the house with a final half-hour bacchanal that's the definition of stoner sublime. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
71% Swiss Army Man (2016) The only thing wrong with this gorgeously shot, singularly crafted film is its ending. And given the premise of Swiss Army Man, this was always going to be a challenge. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
37% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) ... a completely enjoyable lowbrow bit of nonsense. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
100% Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016) When the red, white and blue lights go off, one begins to understand Burnham hasn't put together a comedy special, but a deconstructive stage play of epic proportions. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
No Score Yet Christian Mingle The Movie (2014) Christian Mingle is a spastic blurring of the line between infomercial and parody. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
76% Into The Forest (2016) For a feminist attempt to show two women leaning on each other, Into the Forest barely sketches them out. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
83% The Family Fang (2016) Bateman brings the full force of his directorial ability to the film, finding beauty in every camera placement and character movement. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
No Score Yet Hannibal Takes Edinburgh (2016) Buress provides an allegory for the American worker: even if your daily grind is performing stand-up, taking pleasure in your work is the only way to stay sane. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
92% Hush (2016) Hush has some very interesting moving parts in what amounts to an average film. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
90% Love & Mercy (2015) The film's discrepancies ... make for a disorienting journey that may be better spent listening to Pet Sounds one more time. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
No Score Yet Force Of Destiny (2015) There's power in Force of Destiny but not in the sloppy, slogging, tepid narrative. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) MBFGW2 is like going to a Greek restaurant and ordering a sleeve of unsalted saltines. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) It's not a bad movie, but no matter how long it spends in the war zone, it still feels like a tourist. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
90% The Witch (2016) The Witch does for the woods what Jaws did for the ocean. They're ruined for you. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
100% Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (2016) Buress, moreso than in his previous efforts Animal Furnace or Live From Chicago, develops his punchlines into taglines, mining callbacks from diverse elements. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
44% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Steers delivers laughs like an expert anti-comedian, fumbling punchlines into self-seriousness, creating collisions of the absurd. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Kung Fu Panda 3 pushes the series forward towards its potential as a centerpiece of biculturalism. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018