Jeff Mitchell

Jeff Mitchell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
My lifelong dreams of becoming a respected movie critic would not have come true without going back to school (at age 35) and earning my graduate degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. I learned AP Style and writing on deadline, embraced ethical codes/standards and loved working as an on-campus reporter for two years. Becoming Rotten Tomatoes-certified would be another dream come true. I carry a mature, professional persona, and I will be a dependable and supportive RT contributor! Three outlets have published my reviews for eight years, and I am currently the Phoenix Film Festival's lead film critic. I thoroughly enjoy writing weekly reviews and/or articles, hosting monthly Phoenix Film Society Q&A/screenings, interviewing directors and actors, and managing assignments with our other two critics.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 85% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) This eye-opening tutorial convincingly draws a line - even more permanent than a Sharpie - between Cohn and Trump. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/4 83% Judy (2019) See the film for Zellweger's out-of-nowhere, knockout performance. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
2.5/4 93% Monos (2019) The film heavily leans on the great outdoors and plays on sights, sounds and feelings rather than intricate storytelling. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
3.5/4 50% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland, and Mick Jagger (yes...that Mick Jagger) star in a nifty, thrifty thriller. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
3.5/4 68% Joker (2019) Another actor will have to give a superhero-like performance to wrestle the 2020 Best Actor Oscar away from Phoenix. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 71% Wet Season (2019) Director Anthony Chen effectively reflects on life's 'Wet Season'. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/4 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Arterton and Debicki work very well individually but share no chemistry. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 99% One Child Nation (2019) A brutal, must-see history lesson. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
3/4 43% After the Wedding (2019) The movie shines whenever Williams and Moore appear together on-screen, although Williams is especially haunting on her own. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) This coming-of-age story hits the right notes. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Isabela Moner earns a sizable pile of silver. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
1/4 40% Surprise Me! (2019) You might not scream at the big screen, but don't be surprised if your inside voice wishes for a much better rom-com. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
3/4 77% Skin (2019) This film is gritty, raw and unseemly, and while Jamie Bell rightfully dominates and carries the picture, Vera Farmiga delivers the best performance. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This might not be Tarantino's worst film, but given the presented construction, it's his most flawed. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) Please say "Hello" to Lulu Wang's soulful movie about family. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 53% The Lion King (2019) This beautiful remake proudly stands on its own four feet. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/4 42% Stuber (2019) Short on plot and originality but long on buddy-comedy laughs. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley delivers the best lead female performance of the year so far. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/4 98% Maiden (2019) 'Maiden' is a must-see voyage. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/4 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere and Cedar make 'Norman' a definite BUY. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2.5/4 53% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) The verdict is in. Washington's marvelous performance is better than the film. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
1.5/4 79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Does 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' work? Humbug. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/4 91% A Ghost Story (2017) Lowery's film taps into basic human sentiments and also profound theories of metaphysics. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) A triumphant comedic companion to the 'The Room'. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) Greta Gerwig's movie flies with humor and universal, high school truths. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' doesn't stray from Marvel's Midas touch - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 73% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) This creepy indie will form a kinship with horror fans - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/4 97% 45 Years (2015) '45 Years' captures a lifetime of drama in one particular week. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
1.5/4 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) Four key characters concoct decisions that no actual human beings would ever ponder. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/4 66% Anthropoid (2016) 'Anthropoid' doubles as a WWII thriller and an important Czech history lesson . - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/4 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Many times, we stagger in bleak but simultaneously stunning outdoor spaces, with visuals that will linger as long as our new memories of this family's hopeless journey. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/4 56% The Dressmaker (2016) 'The Dressmaker' needs some alterations. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) From the other side of the world, this documentary soars with inspiration. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/4 73% Wakefield (2017) If the movie ran just 53 minutes instead of 106, Cranston probably would have won me over. After all, "Wakefield" is based on a short story. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/4 48% Downsizing (2017) A rare miss for Alexander Payne. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/4 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) This 'RBG' feature film might be a good companion piece with the 'RBG' documentary. The doc is better. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Costner and Harrelson take us on a new road towards Bonnie and Clyde. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/4 67% The Seagull (2018) "The Seagull" does not take off and fly. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/4 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) The end credits feature an enjoyable 80's singalong...the most gratifying three minutes of the movie. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2.5/4 66% Suspiria (2018) A gorgeous work of art and a confusing mess. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 82% Ben is Back (2018) The screenplay flirts with implausibility, but it draws up a compelling plot that squarely falls on mother and son. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Don't fight it, this underdog story is a good movie. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3.5/4 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) A light, bouncy, beautifully-shot family film that avoids talk of global warming and plastic pollution. It probably should, but hey, it's a great escape. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 62% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Chastain commands every scene with a strong, feminine spirit as Antonina, an important voice during the darkest times of war. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3.5/4 95% RBG (2018) A super documentary about a modern-day superhero. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/4 82% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) This cinematic-celebration of the man doesn't ask enough questions. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
1.5/4 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The tone and pacing remain flat for nearly the entire 2-hour 7-minute runtime. - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/4 100% 5B (2019) Hospital Ward '5B' is a heartbreaking and inspirational destination - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/4 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) Abbasi, Melander, and Milonoff are not afraid to cross into bizarre territory. - Art House Film Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 28% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) Bell constructs her comedy like a 103-minute episode of "Love, American Style" or "The Love Boat". - Phoenix Film Festival EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019