Jennifer Heaton

Jennifer Heaton
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Alternative Lens

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
9.5/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It's a captivating and perennial tale of stamina and standing your ground in a fast-paced world, bolstered by yet another career-best performance from Christian Bale. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
8/10 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep dares to directly compare itself to The Shining and comes out unscathed as it aptly buries the hatchet between King and Kubrick. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
7.5/10 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's nothing fresh from a plot perspective, but in terms of character and theme it's the only film since Judgement Day that seems to understand the franchise's core appeal. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
7/10 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It absolutely has no right to be, but Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a solid Disney blockbuster and a massive improvement over its problematic predecessor. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
7/10 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It's less a sequel and more a reunion tour, content to play the same hits for the most part, but when originality does strike it reminds you why people fell in love with the original. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man is the exact kind of overcooked mess you'd expect from a project that's been in the kitchen for over twenty years. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/10 69% Joker (2019) Joker is to Martin Scorsese what Battleship was to Michael Bay; an empty attempt at imitation that confuses aesthetics and homage for quality and flattery. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
9.5/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is a kind of movie you rarely see anymore, using blockbuster assets to tell an arthouse story, but it's a superb original blend that we need more of in our increasingly homogenous film landscape. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
9/10 88% Hustlers (2019) Its sex-positive feminist perspective is a breath of fresh air amongst typically macho crime dramas, and shines a much-needed spotlight on an often-disparaged community. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two does an admirable job of elevating its subpar inspiration into something engaging, but it can't help but pale in comparison to its predecessor. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
5/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) What you're left with is an egocentric and juvenile piece of revisionist fan fiction that is completely oblivious to its own contemplative possibilities. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
7/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The best Fast & Furious movies know they're stupid but try not to act like it. Hobbs & Shaw admits its stupidity early on, and your mileage with its tone may vary from there. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
5.5/10 53% The Lion King (2019) 2019's The Lion King is basically just a feature-length tech demo that tells its story competently but without any of the magic traditional animation allows. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
8/10 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Its reflection upon Thatcher's Britain feels raw and more relevant than ever, and uses Springsteen's words to deftly dispute the conservative mindset of the era. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/10 83% Midsommar (2019) All in all, Midsommar is less akin to the classic Wicker Man and more like the Nicolas Cage remake, and not just because both of them feature a bear costume. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
6/10 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Film fans have waited eight years for Joe Cornish to make his follow-up to Attack the Block, but The Kid Who Would Be King is unfortunately a tad underwhelming. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
9/10 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It's not as quintessential as Spider-Man 2 or as imaginative as Into the Spider-Verse, but it makes a strong case for itself as the most fun Spidey adventure yet. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
6.5/10 63% Yesterday (2019) ...Whilst there are individual elements of Yesterday that shine, the final product is a cinematic trifle with conflicting flavours. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
7/10 63% Child's Play (2019) ...The new Child's Play is essentially Joe Dante's Small Soldiers with an R rating and a more vicious comedic edge, but that's not necessarily a mark against it. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
10/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Though on the surface it may seem like another trip back to the well, it is acutely aware of its own age and doesn't try to retcon anything that hasn't already been perfectly resolved. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
6/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black: International is that exact kind of blockbuster that's fun while you're watching it, but quickly shows its flaws once you actually think about it. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
5/10 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn has a solid pitch: Man of Steel meets The Omen. Unfortunately, it's a concept that ends up making for a much better trailer than a feature film. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
8.5/10 80% Late Night (2019) Late Night is absolutely the workplace comedy we need in 2019, bringing to light not only the pervading problems in our entertainment but in society at large. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
2/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) X-Men: Dark Phoenix is an unmitigated disaster of a final entry to a tumultuous franchise that somehow laps The Last Stand's dire attempt at the storyline. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
8/10 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Whilst the 2014 film was merely a tribute to the 1954 original, King of the Monsters celebrates every incarnation of the monster in a haphazard but awe-inspiring way. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
6/10 57% Aladdin (2019) This new Aladdin is like seeing a new production of your favourite stage musical. The show on paper is still great, but you know you've seen a better version of it before. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
7.5/10 89% Rocketman (2019) The spirit of Elton John oozes from every frame of this candid journey through his tumultuous career, even when it regrettably bows to tired genre conventions. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
8.5/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Parabellum does not disappoint in offering yet another dose of ultraviolent goodness. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
7/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The filmmakers clearly love the property and know how to tell jokes about it that will resonate with fans whilst also addressing the absurdity of it... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
8.5/10 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is an unapologetically bawdy but smart and touching reflection of what female adolescence means today; it's like if Lady Bird was written by Sarah Silverman. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
9/10 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is a breath of fresh air for both genres it represents, bringing a brazen fearlessness to political commentary and progressive class to the stoner comedy. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
10/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) No film has quite made me feel so emotionally in awe since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/10 17% Hellboy (2019) Hellboy wants to be Deadpool, but in execution it's much closer to Suicide Squad. It's cynical and unfocused, and clearly thrown together from a production amidst chaos. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
9.5/10 93% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose is the best film of its kind since Billy Elliot, and a prime example of what British cinema can be when it stops being so self-important. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The story builds strong tension and a looming atmosphere as it ponders its themes of death and grief, but its culmination feels underdeveloped. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 89% Missing Link (2019) Laika's gorgeous animation is the real showstopper, pushing the limits of the form in constantly jaw dropping ways. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/10 47% Dumbo (2019) It feels like the result of an unenthusiastic director working with a lacklustre script, under the eye of a studio more concerned with marketing the film than making it. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
9/10 90% Shazam! (2019) There hasn't been a superhero movie quite like Shazam! since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, revitalising the optimism and childlike wonder of superhero movies for a modern age. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
8/10 93% Us (2019) Us is another refreshing and well-crafted Jordan Peele horror flick, but in swapping out Get Out's clear motives for a more esoteric experience it lands on uneven territory. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
9/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It embraces its female empowerment narrative without needing to belabour it, putting forward an entertaining story first and lacing in its timely subtext as a bonus. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
10/10 96% Roma (2018) It's a piece of cinema that, whilst mostly grounded in the mundane, finds the grandeur and cinematic potential in every conceivable moment. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9.5/10 92% Searching (2018) Searching uses the [screenwatch] style as more than just a gimmick, telling a simple but gripping thriller mystery with nothing but webcams and Google searches. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 97% The Hate U Give (2018) ...The Hate U Give skips the allegories and fights the real corruption in this hard-hitting but thoroughly digestible drama. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A character-driven, non-linear multi-strand period neo-noir thriller with an all-star cast and a cavalcade of snappy duologues? It's practically a film buff's fantasy. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Every chase, every fistfight, every daring stunt; all of them shot and directed to as near to perfection you can get. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is exactly the kind of movie we need in our racially-fraught climate. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? balances comedy and crime expertly and McCarthy's pathetic yet relatable performance as Lee Israel is a career-best. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is a classic romantic comedy done right... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You mixes biting socio-political satire and excellent performances from a varied cast with outlandish imagery and imaginative direction. - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 93% The Favourite (2018) Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz all deliver career-best performances in this quirky look back at the politics of yesteryear... - Alternative Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019