Jocelyn Noveck

Jocelyn Noveck
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Heloise and Marianne, and the way their ardor is allowed to slowly unfold onscreen is both heartwarming and, given the dismal prospects for a future together, heartbreaking. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 85% Waves (2019) Prepare to be bowled over by two relative newcomers: actress Taylor Russell, who quite simply has the most expressive young face to be seen onscreen in many a season, and Kelvin Harrison Jr., who can be cocky and vulnerable in the same split second. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2.5/4 78% Frozen II (2019) If it all seems less effortless, more workmanlike than the first film, with a very complex storyline that will definitely be harder to follow for younger fans, there's plenty to like, especially the lush visuals. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/4 82% The Report (2019) No attempt is made to explore Jones' psyche. We never see him at home, with family or with friends. We barely even see him outside... Still, with a controlled intensity that gradually increases, Driver makes it work. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/4 74% Harriet (2019) It's hard to go too far wrong, though, with a story as compelling as Tubman's and an actress as vivid as Erivo. Better to celebrate the arrival of what hopefully will be a slew of Tubman films, and look forward to those Tubman bills in our wallets. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi injects enough heart and wit into this enterprise to make a case that artists like him should at least be trying to find creative ways to educate new generations about the horrors of the past. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Some may find the film too loosely plotted, a series of vignettes more than a single, tight narrative. But they only need to sit back, listen to the beautiful score by Alberto Iglesias, and let Almodovar weave it all together. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 88% Diego Maradona (2019) Most documentaries cut frequently to talking heads. Kapadi... doesn't do that, preferring to keep the viewer firmly planted in the narrative he's crafted from hundreds of hours of never-seen archival footage. The approach is hugely effective. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/4 64% The Sound of Silence (2019) There are moments in which the movie seems to veer decidedly toward self-knowing comedy but never quite gets there, and then turns so sad as to be tragic... The lead performances, though, are compelling - both intelligent and vulnerable. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) The movie, directed by Thurop Van Orman, reminds us that finding a formula to appeal to both kids and parents for 90-odd minutes isn't rocket science. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
1.5/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) It happens in even the best kitchens: You bring together top-quality ingredients and a promising recipe, but somehow the end result comes out tasting wrong, just wrong. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 54% Ma (2019) The Oscar-winning actress (Octavia Spencer) is the only reason to see "Ma," and she's clearly having a grand old campy time playing Sue Ann. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/4 90% The Souvenir (2019) The result is a fairly smashing debut, a performance so genuine, detailed and lived-in. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) All these events are fascinating - but they're public record. Suddenly our narrative film seems to lose its original focus and turn into a documentary - polished and absorbing, but telling us nothing new. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/4 45% The Kid (2019) Check out "The Kid" for some pleasant entertainment. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 78% Never Look Away (2019) [It's] a highly ambitious, compulsively watchable and also exhausting and exasperating work, not merely for its length but because it has the feel of more than one film. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Perhaps not Farhadi's most piercing work but surely a polished, textured, and very engaging effort - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) Rodriguez and her fans deserve better than "Miss Bala," a disappointingly bland and formulaic Hollywood remake of a much grittier and bleaker Mexican thriller. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
66% Vice (2018) The best advice? Come for the politics, but stay for the performances. They'll make it worth your while. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's not just Blunt that's at the top of her game in this thoroughly delightful enterprise by director Rob Marshall and a crack team of artists devoted to both honoring a time-worn classic and finding something new to say. The visuals are lovely [too]. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
82% Ben is Back (2018) Hedges is as excellent as he was in "Manchester By the Sea," but it's fair to say the movie belongs to Roberts. It's a career peak, and a performance that deserves to be seen no matter how crowded your holiday moviegoing schedule. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) [It's] charming, often clever, and unexpectedly moving, too. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) There's nothing really new or fresh or bold in Johnny English Strikes Again, the third installment of Rowan Atkinson's bumbling-spy saga/James Bond spoof. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
87% First Man (2018) First Man,... is a worthy successor not only to Chazelle's Whiplash and La La Land, but to the astronaut films that precede it, like Apollo 13 and especially The Right Stuff. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's a perfect role for [Redford's] swan song. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) There's nothing wrong with trying to be a hard-knuckle action film and a goofy comedy all at once. But here, that effort results in moments of occasionally stunning violence that simply don't mesh with the light-hearted vibe the filmmakers seek elsewhere. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) With his partner, returning director-writer Christopher McQuarrie, Cruise delivers all the above in the ridiculously entertaining Fallout, his sixth outing as Ethan Hunt. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
61% Uncle Drew (2018) Alas, the resulting film, made in association with Pepsi and directed by Charles Stone III, falls into a disappointingly formulaic lull for large stretches, squeezing all spontaneity from the proceedings. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2.5/4 70% Adrift (2018) Stop Googling and see the film first. You'll be glad you didn't know all the details beforehand. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/4 54% Book Club (2018) Book Club has a script that's often so heavy on the corn... But then, darn it, suddenly it makes you tearful, with an unexpectedly genuine moment, or laugh out loud. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3/4 95% RBG (2018) With the #MeToo movement occupying our culture, it's easy to say that this is the perfect time for a detailed, thorough film on Ginsburg. But frankly, anytime would have been a good time. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
2/4 36% I Feel Pretty (2018) On the minus side, it muddles its message with an overstuffed script, choppy editing, and some unnecessarily over-the-top moments. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) It is smart, it moves fast, it has a hugely satisfying ending -- and it deserves to attract a much broader audience than the usual horror film devotees. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3.5/4 100% King In The Wilderness (2018) It veers from the very public to the deeply personal, including heart-wrenching scenes of King's father collapsing with grief over his son's coffin. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Mostly, it's just a frustrating whole comprised of some pretty promising parts. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2.5/4 84% The Final Year (2018) ... it's hard not to get wrapped up in some of the backstage moments. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
2.5/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) It's fun enough to watch Chastain's Bloom find her way, making things up she goes along. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
48% Downsizing (2017) There's no doubt about one thing: the director's considerable talent is on full display here. Let him keep shifting; we'll keep watching. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) It often feels like a collection of slickly produced music videos, loosely tied together with a plot we're not supposed to care too much about. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3.5/4 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Perhaps it's a result of all the other roles we've seen this uniquely fearless actress play, on stage and screen, wrapped into one. But you look at her face and you think: This person has a moral compass. Her side is the right one. We will be safe there. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
31% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) ... a stale old chestnut. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) [Miles] Teller, always so watchable, gives a thoughtful, solid performance as Adam... - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
97% Lucky (2017) Stanton's presence is constant, and certainly overshadows any minor flaws. Even scenes where the actor is simply walking along the street, alone and silently, have a certain purposeful elegance to them. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/4 87% First They Killed My Father (2017) By now, there should be no debating that Angelina Jolie is a talented director, capable of handling the most challenging subject matter with assurance and sensitivity. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/4 33% Home Again (2017) It's a crime to waste Reese Witherspoon. You know what's worse? To waste Reese Witherspoon AND Candice Bergen. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The message of this sequel is twofold: Urgency and hope. Things are bad, Gore is saying, but here's what's happening that's really exciting. And he has no doubt that mankind will save the planet. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
2/4 58% Despicable Me 3 (2017) One gets the sinking feeling that the ideas are starting to slowly run out. When Despicable Me 4 arrives a few years hence, let's hope it's regained a bit of that unicorn magic. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
77% The Hero (2017) [Elliott] remains genuine and absorbing throughout. The supporting performances are right on target. But the actors deserve more to work with. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) It eventually gets wearisome, despite the best efforts of Efron and especially Johnson, who can enliven any scene. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
81% Risk (2017) However you feel about Assange -- and about risk, secrecy, and so many other things touched on by this film -- it's a story that demands watching. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017