Jake Coyle

Jake Coyle
Jake Coyle's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Associated Press
Biography:
Associated Press film critic.
Publications: Associated Press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 64% The Good Liar (2019) But in trying to take a simple crime set-up and stretch it into a more sweeping tale of vengeance and victimhood, "The Good Liar" has to make some fairly preposterous moves to get there, and it doesn't do a very good job of cloaking them. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/4 48% Last Christmas (2019) There are good intentions all around but hardly any jokes, which makes the movie's treacly third-act reveal of Tom's identity still harder to swallow. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
1.5/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) It's a frightfully regular approach to moviemaking today that should, at the very least, have the sense not to mess with Kubrick. All sequels and no originals make us all dull boys. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/4 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) "Motherless Brooklyn" is done well enough that you wish it had struck out on its own path, rather than crib from Robert Towne and Roman Polanski. It's hard to forget it, but that's "Chinatown." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Sadly, such fun is not to be had in "Mistress of Evil," a needless sequel to the 2014 "Sleeping Beauty" riff that fails to fully value the entire of appeal of these films: Jolie's Maleficent. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/4 71% The King (2019) Michôd's most clever revision is in how artfully and skillfully he renders the film's final battle at Agincourt, only to undercut it with a more disquieting concluding note. Shakespeare, robbed of its poetry and its harmony, isn't so much. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/4 69% Joker (2019) "Joker," though, is a calculatedly combustible concoction, designed, like its chaos-creating character, to cause a stir. To provoke and distort. I wish it was as radical as it thinks it is. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
2/4 81% Abominable (2019) But "Abominable," about a girl who discovers a yeti on the rooftop of her Shanghai apartment building, is so safe, so risk-free, so bland, that its business imperatives are never just off-screen. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Gray has a gift for shrinking massive set pieces and enlarging private dramas. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) That sheer much-ness is in the spirit of King's massive book. "Chapter Two" is, for better or worse, a horror carnival. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Its first moments, with Brittany working as an usher at an off-Broadway theater are its funniest. But it grows increasingly earnest. That's part of the movie's charm but also what leads it a little off track. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) Much of the movie's fun is in how bite-size the hijinks are. In the world of "Good Boys," three sips of a beer is an unfathomable extreme - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) "Blinded by the Light" isn't a new tune, but it's sung with an infectious passion and it captures something sincere about the globe-spanning, life-changing influence of great pop music. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," like the books, only needs to be so deep to cast a spell. Even if some stories are still best told by fireside. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Usually, it's pleasingly aware of its own silliness. But there are blind spots. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's most affectionate and poignant ode yet to the movie business. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
2/4 42% Stuber (2019) [D]irector Michael Dowse struggles to find the right tone, leaning more into slapdash action scenes than jokes. Any chance of sustained chemistry between the two leads recedes in the rearview mirror. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/4 53% The Lion King (2019) "The Lion King" is missing something. A purpose, maybe, and a heart. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) [It] is pensive and poetic, verging almost on magical realism. It's a beautiful film, sometime almost too much so. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) It's an admirably fun and light movie about more serious issues of representation and equality. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Clichés get comically stripped away and real people step forward. It's a blast. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Like its flamboyant subject, it's a movie outfitted to the nines in dazzle and verve, even if it's gotten all dressed up with nowhere to go but the most conventional places. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) With a seamless mix of CGI and stunt work, Stahelski fluidly choreographs ballets of bullets and endless violent encounters across a grim cityscape. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) More than any of those franchises, "Endgame," at its best moments, carries the thrill of classic comic-book twists and reversals. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/4 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Under the Silver Lake may be for you a satisfying experience, a sort of high-gloss, nicely crafted daydream with a good score and generous references to LA noir films. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 82% Someone Great (2019) What "Someone Great" is missing is anything that punctures its rom-com bubble. At no point is there any doubt that the power of friendship will triumph. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 47% Little (2019) The trio of Hall, Rae and Martin makes "Little" a consistently pleasant experience. Martin isn't just playing a version of her "black-ish" character, but is effectively channeling Hall's performance in miniature. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace is best when her face, sweaty and blissful in song, fills the frame. She nearly glows. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/4 47% Dumbo (2019) [It] has charms and melancholies of its own, starting, naturally, with the elephant in the room. Of all the CGI make-overs, this Dumbo is the most textured, sweetest and most soulful of creatures. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 93% Us (2019) While each member of the family excels, Nyong'o delivers arguably her fiercest, most extraordinary performance as both Adelaide and her monstrous doppelganger. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/4 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier has the good sense to take a macho, "Expendables"-like set-up and turn it inward. It just doesn't go far enough. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 might not tell you anything you don't already know about the moon landing. But it will make you feel it, and see it, anew. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brings the franchise to a close with an affectionate chapter that continues the adventures of the Viking boy-turned-chief Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his faithful dragon Toothless. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird is a heady movie, full of political thought about sport, entertainment, race and power. Rather than float on production value, it sustains itself on the tension of ideas, exchanged rapid-fire in gleaming office towers. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's a compelling and likable cast (Frost, in particular, is a standout), and Merchant keeps the film, for all its sports-movie clichés, mostly lively, good-hearted and consistently funny. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) Both [Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey] are led astray by a wayward script about a fisherman named Dill who's caught in a bit of a pickle... I wouldn't recommend it. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/4 74% Destroyer (2018) But while "Destroyer" can be overwrought and mechanical, it's an often gripping, well-crafted crime drama with distinction of its own in the genre, an almost always male-dominated one. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
66% Aquaman (2018) The bright spots (Momoa, that octopus) can be difficult to really relish amid the oceans of exposition and a typically pulverizing, overelaborate screenplay. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It's Pawlikowski second-straight masterwork, only one with a critical if seldom-seen error. His movie is too short. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) Both tender apologia and vigorous justification, Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is a deeply, fascinatingly personal meditation from the 88-year-old director who, like his aged drug mule protagonist, has spent a long time on the road. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) It would be better if it went further and wrestled more with the online world than used it as another bits and bytes background. Really, it doesn't quite live up to the title. Ralph could have done more damage. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2.5/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) "The Crimes of Grindelwald" is often dazzling, occasionally wondrous and always atmospheric. But is also a bit of a mess. Even magic bags can be overweight. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web, directed by Uruguayan-born Fede Alvarez, smooths away some of the rough edges of a saga predicated on them, resulting in a competent but indistinguishable thriller. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody might be easy come, easy go, but Malek makes for a show-stopping silhouetto of a man. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning,... sways with a mysterious heartache. It's ostensibly a psychological thriller, loosely adapted from a 1992 short story by Haruki Murakami, but every plot turn burns with an existential sorrow. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
81% Mid90s (2018) Though affectionately and sometimes precisely recalled, Jonah Hill's thinly sketched directorial debut "Mid90s" feels both sincerely personal and highly derivative at once. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) [McCarthy's] simply one of the best actors working today, and it didn't take a drama to see that. Can You Ever Forgive Me? most sings -- or rather, grumbles spectacularly -- when McCarthy and Grant are together. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) [It] faithfully adopted much of what so resonated in Carpenter's genre-creating film -- the stoic killer, the gruesome executions, the suburban nightmares -- what makes his Halloween such a thrill is how it deviates from its long-ago predecessor. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
2/4 29% Venom (2018) It's an incoherent mess of tones, acting styles and visual effects. And yet it's kind of a hoot. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
27% Night School (2018) Night School is a straightforward concept that relies too much on the charisma of its performers to carry a weak script. It didn't do its homework. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018