Jo Berry

Jo Berry
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 78% Frozen II (2019) An animated movie that touches on royal politics and the sins of the past may puzzle little ones hoping for a reprise of 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman' - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 58% Serendipity (2001) Director Peter Chelsom's follow-up to the disastrous Town and Country is occasionally sickly sweet, but is saved from being just another dollop of seasonal pudding by Cusack's winning performance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) An entire movie of Pfeiffer and Jolie throwing special effects and shade at each other would have made this the most fun fantasy flick of the year. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 80% Abominable (2019) It's enjoyable, smartly paced, and the animation is gorgeous. So what if it's not that original? - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned here, if nothing else: if a script has been gathering dust on a shelf for over 20 years, it's probably best to leave it there. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Love Leads the Way (1984) Both the high-calibre cast and director Delbert Mannseem unsuited to such unashamedly sentimental material, but at least the dogs are cute. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 80% Good Boys (2019) The trio are blessed with comic timing that many adult actors should be jealous of. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Aimed squarely at the youngest of audiences, and particularly those who already know and love Dora, this is a sweet Spy Kids-style adventure that never serves up anything too scary, complicated or upsetting for its tiny viewers. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/5 19% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) It's so much like a feature-length advert you'll be surprised the prices don't flash up on the screen while you are watching. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Some of the jokes and musical references are eye-wincingly obvious and the gags hit and miss, but when it works, especially in the latter half, it's pretty funny and likeable. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) The only giggles here are provided by Lee Mack as a Roman officer dreaming of home, and a daft 'Farticus' joke, as everything else falls very flat... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) ...it's decidedly odd when an animal that looks like it could have you for its dinner starts singing 'Hakuna Matata'. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) For this movie to be as unforgettable and moving as its predecessor, you also need heaps of heart and soul. Sadly, for this year's Lion King, no one has yet invented a computer that can convincingly simulate either. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 46% Lake Placid (1999) If you fancy something that isn't remotely brain-straining, this perfect popcorn entertainment could be for you. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi (2019) Rex is nearly sexually assaulted by the Trumps' own corgi, leading him to launch himself onto Mr Trump, biting down on his nether regions. You don't get that in Toy Story. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A perfect, easy on the eye and brain summer movie... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far from Home is an old-fashioned adventure with cutting-edge cinematic razzmatazz that charms throughout thanks to strong performances, picture-postcard locations and an overarching sense of joy. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Pixar's writers know how to stir our emotions (even when we try hard not to cry, they get us every time). - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) ...all the flashy weapons, cool modes of transport and star power can't cover up for a lacklustre script and a plot that could have been written on the back of a napkin. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 33% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) As slapstick escapism goes, this is well-engineered stuff, though it could have been so much better (and more believable) with a bit more heart. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) ...this plays out with all the pizzazz of a bowl of soggy cereal. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) A fast and fuzzy bit of kids' entertainment that doesn't overstay its welcome and produces a few laughs... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Smith's appearance here - while muted in places - is a reminder of what a great entertainer the Fresh Prince can be. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Kids will have tonnes of fun revelling in the vivid animation and animal antics and, if it was down to your average seven-year-old, the film's cornucopia of cuteness would be worth several stars on its own. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) An enjoyable take on the Middle Eastern folk tale, benefitting from terrific performances from a fun, fast-talking and scene-stealing Smith, alongside Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, as Aladdin and Jasmine. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 97% Pick of the Litter (2018) Tissues should be given out along with tickets to this US documentary that follows a group of puppies destined to train as guide dogs for the blind. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 38% PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups (2018) Serves as an ideal introduction to the big screen for kids too little to sit still through anything longer. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Strike (Mango) (2019) A cute movie for very young children, filled with lovely attention to detail and terrific voice work from Waterworth, Stott and the cast. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
3/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) He's [Reynolds] the heart and soul of the movie, and his unique interpretation of the Pokémon theme is worth the price of admission on its own. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ...this movie is mostly about bringing this phase of the Marvel universe to a spectacular and moving close, and the Russo brothers do it brilliantly. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 33% Wonder Park (2019) ...aimed at little ones' short attention spans (adults and older kids will just feel like they have been repeatedly bashed over the head with a rainbow-coloured baseball bat) - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) A movie that is just as much about family - not necessarily the one you are born with - as it is about super powers and vanquishing bad guys... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) A visually stunning and utterly charming adventure... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Another visually stunning movie from ParaNorman's Chris Butler that is also a rather lovely family adventure. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 55% The Craft (1996) Despite the fact that none of the actresses were anywhere near teen age while making the film, they're all pretty convincing as tortured teens expressing their pubescent angst through magic. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
2/5 21% Practical Magic (1998) Unfortunately, this is The Witches of Eastwick with its humour and sizzle removed. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 54% Blade (1998) This is far-fetched stuff indeed, but Snipes looks great in leather, it's snappily paced and the performances are perfectly tongue in cheek. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 27% Clash of the Titans (2010) As is the current trend, it seems, this was filmed in 2-D but released in 3-D at cinemas, a bad decision as the reformatting looked, quite frankly, rubbish. It's much better to watch this in good old 2-D at home, while it's nothing special... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 47% Dumbo (2019) ...an enjoyable and inventive reworking of a classic story about family, hope and love. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/5 36% Legend (1985) Best known as the movie that was filming at Pinewood when the James Bond stage burned down, this is probably one of the few films on director Ridley Scott's CV that he would prefer to forget. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/5 40% Cherry 2000 (1988) Although there are some nice effects, they can't hide the B-movie performances or the utterly ludicrous plot. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Rises far above terminally ill teen clichés for much of its running time thanks to a smart script and touching performances from Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, and, most notably, lead actress Haley Lu Richardson. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 44% Twins (1988) Here's one of those rare things: a one-joke comedy that actually works. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Harvie and the Magic Museum (Hurvinek a kouzelne muzeum) (2019) A charming tale, despite featuring one of the most annoying protagonists you're ever likely to come across in a film for children. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's not the best Marvel movie, but at the centre of it all is the terrific Larson, every inch the heroine we wanted her to be... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) As with Billy Elliot, where you didn't have to care about ballet to enjoy Billy's story, this is a joy whether you like wrestling or have never seen it before. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 82% Instant Family (2018) The film does touch on the difficult, testing and heart-breaking moments of having an instant family - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Similar in tone to 80s movies like The Goonies and ET: The Extra Terrestrial, this is entertaining fare... but never quite funny or exciting enough to become a family classic - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Despite being visually impressive, the whole movie feels cold and uninvolving, while the plot seems borrowed from numerous other movies... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Any kids movie that references 2001: A Space Odyssey and Die Hard gets my vote... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019