Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
97% Knives Out (2019) It's pure pleasure. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
A- 93% 1917 (2019) The proximity and intimacy of 1917 render the characters' journey more visceral and more frightening, resulting in the catharsis landing with the force of a hammer. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
96% Harpoon (2019) "Harpoon" offers stylish compositions, amusing running gags and sharp, snappy dialogue. It's a sparse, nasty little thriller. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan attempts to make both a faithful adaptation of King's new book and a direct descendant of Kubrick's film. But the two works are fundamentally incompatible, and in trying to accomplish both feats, 'Doctor Sleep' does neither one successfully. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Perhaps what's most impressive about 'Gemini Man' is how it performs the magic trick of taking $138 million and turning it into a low-budget made-for-Cinemax thriller. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
B- 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) El Camino is a pokey, introspective affair, a protracted curtain call that gives us one more look at many of our favorite characters, without actually going much of anywhere. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) As with many of his earlier works, it's a film fascinated by the mechanics of organized crime. But there's a pervading sense that, with this picture, Scorsese wants nothing less than to put the gangster movie into its grave - quite literally. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
77% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) One is left wondering why Galifianakis and Aukerman bothered to make "Between Two Ferns" a movie at all, when its best pieces so clearly belong in its original format. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) 'Ad Astra' plays like a critique of its blockbuster brethren - films that marshal the limitless budgets and resources of the studio system, all at the service of filmmakers with nothing whatsoever to say, or feel. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Basically a miscalculation from end to end, full of bizarre narrative turns and inexplicable craft decisions. Yet there's never any question that Linklater is fully committed, and it's hard to consider a movie "bad" that's made with this much care. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
D+ 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Director Noah Hawley wants us to understand this woman's plight, to sympathize with her dilemma, but he also wants to rib us with his cutesy needle drops and snazzy visual tics. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
D+ 30% Endings, Beginnings (2019) A sea of indie relationship drama clichés. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B 86% My Zoe (2019) That Delpy finds her way to the ending she does-and earns it is-no small accomplishment. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
C- 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Ansel Elgort's performance is a flat, dull nothing. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B- 78% Jungleland (2019) Max Winkler's Jungleland is a confidently crafted three-hander and your enjoyment of it will depend entirely on how many times you can watch its protagonists f*** up. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) "My Name is Dolemite," is a fairly conventional biopic. But it's put together with such energy and affection that the disparity is forgivable. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
A 85% Synchronic (2019) "SYNCHRONIC" can best be described as egghead indie sci-fi, in which the ideas are as exciting as the effects. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
B- 73% Blackbird (2019) We've seen enough movies about the familial woes of upper-middle-class white families, but if you're in the mood for one more, well, Blackbird has a lot to offer. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
C+ 81% Just Mercy (2019) "Just Mercy" is clearly a film with its heart squarely in the right place. But the broad strokes are just too familiar here, and try as he might, Cretton simply can't put a fresh spin on them. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
14% Sextuplets (2019) If there is a solid laugh to be found in "Sextuplets," this viewer missed it. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Parents who take their kids to see it will enjoy the in-jokes and little nudges, and will have a far better time than at the likes of, say, your average skull-crushing Illumination Entertainment nightmare. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God (2009) The material (for the most part) is solid, but his ace timing and delivery help seal the deal - DVDTalk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano (2009) 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. - DVDTalk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino has become such a pro at telling these big-canvas stories, you barely notice he's picked up the pace until it's fully cranking. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 86% Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me (2009) 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. - DVDTalk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
No Score Yet Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted? (2009) Swardson, as a comic personality, is funnier than his middling material. - DVDTalk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 100% Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger - London, New York, Johannesburg (2008) 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. - DVDTalk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
No Score Yet Jim Gaffigan: King Baby (2009) His act is smart and relatable, while his eschewing of profanity and adult topics is certainly a plus for some viewers. - DVDTalk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) The blaxploitation hero's new reboot/revamp/retcon is the most depressing movie of the year. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
91% Starfish (2019) If White's wild formal experimentation and narrative cul-de-sacs result in a strange identity crisis for the film - a sense that he wasn't entirely sure which movie he wanted to make - Gardner's stellar work unifies it. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) They're colorful and funny, and believably written and played (these characters are types for a reason). Most importantly, the writers complicate the types, giving them unexpected complexities and sympathetic elements. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
73% The Perfection (2019) In many ways, "The Perfection" amounts to little more than a bag of tricks. But no one is pretending otherwise. And they're good tricks. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
100% The Apollo (2019) Williams eventually pulls his strands together, with an effective and moving juxtaposition of words, images, and history in the closing moments. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) King's simple and elegant premise has been transformed into secondhand claptrap. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% It Started As a Joke (2019) It's a warm and inviting bio-doc of Mirman, one of the funniest and most delightful people in comedy - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
42% Thriller (2018) A haphazard assemblage of recycled parts from other, better horror movies. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
75% Guava Island (2019) It feels very much like a movie a bunch of friends thought up late one night, perhaps while sharing a blunt, as a party was winding down. This is meant as a compliment. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
39% The Dirt (2019) [A] tepid, incompetent biopic. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
93% Us (2019) In scene after scene he creates a mood of offhand, everyday spookiness, and then turns the screw with genuinely disturbing imagery. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
86% El fotógrafo de Mauthausen (2018) Vivid, involving and frequently terrifying. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) The film's dense but fast-moving script, is also replete with references to the game's history - not least to the currents of protest and politics that have coursed through pro basketball since it was segregated. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) It may be a longer and more sincere '30 Rock,' but there's heady stuff about "diversity hires" and workplace inequality ; Kaling knows how to address these issues without turning the movie into a polemic. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
C 50% The Wolf Hour (2019) Naomi Watts delivers a striking raw nerve performance in an uneven film. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
A 90% Hala (2019) Geraldine Viswanathan's performance confirms what 2018's "Blockers" suggested: this is a movie star in the making. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
C 80% Little Monsters (2019) Lupita Nyong'o is so good that the pleasure of her performance makes Little Monsters worth seeing. But just barely. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C- 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) The main issue with Relive is that once you learn the big gimmick, the ingenuity stops there and the film falls back on overused film clichés. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C+ 53% Wounds (2019) Ultimately, it's hard to figure out exactly what movie Anvari was trying to make. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) The feature writing and directing debut of Chiwetel Ejiofor, feels like a similar extension of his onscreen persona: open-hearted, quietly intelligent, endlessly humanist. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
B+ 90% Paddleton (2019) The revelation here is Ray Romano, and not just because he's so funny - though that should not be undervalued. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
A 83% Share (2019) Among its many achievements, 'Share' uncomfortably captures the specific end-of-the-world misery of high school scandal, and the way that those highly populated spaces can somehow feel like the loneliest in the world. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019