Oliver Jones

Oliver Jones
Oliver Jones's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Observer
Publications: Observer

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 48% Last Christmas (2019) The depth of talent behind the screen and the appeal and attractiveness of the two stars should have resulted in something with slightly more than what we get here, which is essentially a Hallmark Christmas movie... - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong... harnesses the precise anxieties everyone of us is currently sharing-top of that list, the growing income gap and the crumbling planet-and uses them to make every scene in this blackhearted comic thriller crackle with energy and purpose. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
1.5/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's not just that Jolie's character is more captivating and engrossing than pretty much anything else in the movie, it's that her clothes are too. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Sometimes we look on confused and shaking our head, but more often we stare with glassy-eyed wonder at a world-and a movie-that is teeming with all sorts of messy life. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
0.5/4 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) This sloppily conceived and muddily rendered Rambo picture does not merely insult any audience member unfortunate enough to see it; it does something far worse. It insults Rambo. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Combined with the film's lavish technical achievements, [Pitt's] classic movie star sturdiness makes Ad Astra a memorable filmgoing experience even as the story it tells slips off into the ether. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
2/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) The new chapter doesn't bring much fresh psychological shading to this process. Instead, the film bombards us with plot and monsters that pile up like toys in the attic. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 82% Official Secrets (2019) As concisely informative as an Economist article and as gripping as a beach read. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) It is a doom-invoking, cathartic and strangely satisfying head-trip that's also a bit ridiculous. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
1.5/4 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) As troublesome and overstuffed as Blanchett's performance might be, it's also one of the few interesting things going on in this troublesome and overstuffed misfire of a book adaptation. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) It's far from subtle, more than a little sudsy, but also pleasingly direct and full of heart. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 79% Good Boys (2019) We may wish the boys had found another path, but at the same time, we feel fortunate to accompany them on their journey. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
1/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) Give us real characters; give us good writing; give us a compelling story. Otherwise, don't bother. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/4 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) An effective answer to the question of what to do with the kids who have aged out of trick-or-treating but still want to do something fun. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Ultimately, The Art of Racing in the Rain has a dog's pure-heartedness that manages to beat strongly despite generic direction, milquetoast performances, and twelve cubic tons of Costner voiceover. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The real problem is not simply the paucity of squealing rubber on road; it's the filler that pads the more than two-hour film while we wait impatiently for fixes of fuel-injected mayhem to arrive every half hour. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2/4 91% Luce (2019) The film comes off as an icy cross between Ordinary People and Six Degrees of Separation. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/4 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Belkin uses entirely existing footage to tell a story not just of a man's life but also the evolution of broadcast journalism. It's both a novel choice and a largely effective one. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) Kent provides the ultimate response to and corrective for every colonization myth we have ever been force fed, whether by grade school textbooks or widescreen Westerns. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
1.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) This Lion King is retrograde-a cinematic expression of the kind of toxic nostalgia that has infiltrated our national discourse. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) While he may look like a white-haired hippie shaman on his last legs, the David Crosby of today may be more musically vital than ever before. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/4 99% The Farewell (2019) A film that movingly shows the importance of taking advantage of fleeting chances and closing windows is itself the rarest of opportunities. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
2/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) If Spider-Man Far from Home is a triumph, as many will argue and its box office will undoubtedly confirm, it is a triumph of capitalism, not art. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/4 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Dauberman... cheekily reflects the drive-in popcorn thrillers from the period in which the movie is set more than it does the other films in the series. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Eve is one of the most fully and forcefully crafted characters I have seen on screen in some time. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
4/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It bravely explores the essence of what it is that makes each of us matter beyond the functions we serve as workers or as members of a family. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) A largely toothless and wit-free reboot that empties the last of the originality and vivacity that has been steadily leaking out of the franchise with each subsequent installment. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) These super heroic and super histrionic spectacles are multiplying so rapidly that they are recycling their own tropes at such a rate that it is almost impossible to be surprised anymore. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The classic face-off arrives in an emotional vacuum rather than as an earned catharsis; the big fight never feels like a payoff. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1/4 57% Brightburn (2019) If the filmmakers had a modicum of curiosity about the implications of their own idea, the movie might have had something interesting to say. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) The new telling brings little that feels essential, and the missing elements-chiefly, the controlled chaos and unbridled comedy of the late Robin Williams' vocal performance-have given the film's candy-colored visual palate a homesick pall. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
4/4 90% The Souvenir (2019) An extraordinary rumination on memory and privilege while also being one of the most incisive movies ever to directly address-in moral, philosophical and personal terms-what it means to be a filmmaker. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
1.5/4 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) We are told again and again that both protagonists have urgent, life-shaping matters to attend to, but-as portrayed on screen-the stakes couldn't feel less consequential. Nor could the circumstances that keep throwing them together feel more contrived. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 66% Wine Country (2019) It may proffer fart jokes and pratfalls, but it also has profound and insightful things to say about what it is that keeps old friends returning to each other, even after the inside jokes are exhausted-and the limits of those bonds. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 100% Knock Down the House (2019) As the primary results pour in, Knock Down the House becomes the electoral equivalent of the Death Star raid in Star Wars. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
1.5/4 70% Bolden (2019) Most filmgoers will come away only mildly convinced of Bolden's place as jazz's inventor and even less sure that the movie they just saw spun a coherent or compelling narrative. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1/4 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Add to the long-winded title of this film, "...and completely unnecessary." - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) What you will be getting when you walk into an inevitably overstuffed movie theater is something singular that reflects our age in a way that none of the MCU films that preceded it have-indeed, very few Hollywood spectacles ever have. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/4 96% Little Woods (2019) Those willing to endure the film's discomforts will come away having witnessed as powerful and essential a depiction of familial love as they are likely to see this year. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/4 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) There is something refreshing about Mitchell's playful approach to Los Angeles' sordid history of cults and murders, as well as the high and low pop culture and marketing that America's second largest city manufactures. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
1/4 17% Hellboy (2019) The chief battle here isn't the one on screen between Hellboy and a sixth century witch; it's between Harbour and the uninspired gore and bland rock music in which his unfortunate first starring vehicle is soaked. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
83% High Life (2019) While it's all quite confounding, it's also singular and moving, especially once you disavow yourself of the idea that films are meant to clarify themselves as they near their conclusion. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 66% Peterloo (2019) The film is so lacking in dynamism that, if our current world weren't such a bloody mess, there wouldn't be much incentive to give it the time and attention the film demands. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo is pretty standard issue, with corporate necessity seemingly dictating Burton rather than the other way around. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
1/4 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is as blandly presentational as a market research PowerPoint. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/4 100% Roll Red Roll (2019) [Schwartzman] stitches together her narrative through the text messages and social media posts that made the Steubenville case infamous. But she also grounds the story in the reaction of the community. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) When a story is predicated on something as dramatically inert as laying high-speed fiber-optic cable, it requires characters more fully fleshed out than those on presentation here. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) The honesty of the actors and their commitment to each other bails the movie out. They manage to find truth in a highly manipulative situation, and that's something even the least stardust-sprinkled among us can appreciate. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) While it may be a Marvel movie, it shares a deeper spiritual DNA with movies like Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, than it does, say, Ant-Man. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/4 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Not make this simply a portrait of victimhood, but a deeply informed and fully expressed portrait of a culture most of us (including this critic) knew little about. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019