Creative Screenwriting

Creative Screenwriting is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeff York
Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) Jeff York Ultimately, Baumbach doesn't fix the blame of the marriage failure here, but rather, he showcases the characters fixing their lives as they're forced to adapt to it. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Jeff York The film contains some of the best action scenes on film this year...yet what stands out are the characters and how they respond to all the literal twists and turns in the plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 The Irishman (2019) Jeff York It's an affecting meditation on old age and regret, a film with more melancholy than Scorsese's usual dark wit. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Jeff York Bong Joon Ho has not only delivered one of 2019's very best movies, but the symbolism he's woven throughout the picture is some of the finest placed on film in years. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/4 Harriet (2019) Jeff York Tubman's story is a fascinating one, but those tasked with telling it here ended up treating her narrative with far too much reverence. They've also squeezed too many chapters of her biography into its 125-minute running time. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Jeff York (The film) is a period piece that has a lot to say about our modern times. It's a rallying cry to fight the power, reinvent yourself to be happy, and realize it takes a village to move mountains. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Don't Let Go (2019) Jeff York Ultimately, [Jacob Aaron] Estes has made an earnest, compelling, and well-acted film that may be too ambitious for its good. There is much to applaud here, but also far too much that will make you scratch your head as well. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Jeff York It's more melodrama than drama, plagued by a few too many twists, yet it remains a moving story about love, loss, adoption, and now, female empowerment. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Jeff York With talented kids throughout the cast of Good Boys, it's a shame that the film doesn't try harder. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Jeff York By couching all of the original shorts in the over-arching small-town kids' story, this adaptation short-shrifts the shorts. There's not enough of them here, and that makes them feel sketchy. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Jeff York [Tarantino] loves show biz and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood is a bittersweet tribute to the fantasies, as well as the fragilities, of those who play in it. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Jeff York Yet, despite the familiarity, most of it still plays because it's a damn good story. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Jeff York And ultimately, even though this wonderfully character-driven comedy is about death, every second of it is filled with glorious, laudable life. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jeff York [T]his one is a genuine winner and never wears out its welcome, even if we've all seen far too many superhero movies this past decade. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Jeff York As if being one of the greatest trilogies in film history wasn't enough for the Toy Story franchise, along comes a fourth feature that's just as fun, witty, and incredibly moving as the first three. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Jeff York [T]his new adventure misses the chance to be edgier and stand out from the pack. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Jeff York Dark Phoenix nonetheless remains an intriguing and affecting film, particularly in its curt commentary on power and parenting. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Jeff York The film is breathless, while never taking a breath, and when everything is big, brassy, and bold, even a manic genie has trouble standing out. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jeff York [T]he John Wick series continues to show the entertainment world how to do action well - in camera, breathlessly executed, and clever as hell. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Jeff York Through it all, [Max] Minghella believes in Violet, as does [Elle] Fanning. They both give her character their all, keeping a tight focus on her ups and downs along her journey. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Jeff York [Daniel] Farrands has created a small miracle in the true crime genre, a horror tale that is eminently more moving than terrifying. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Climax (2018) Jeff York At the end of it all, this twisted horror tale is a fascinating demonstration of moviemaking prowess, but beyond that, the message seems either too obvious or even frivolous. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Jeff York This take on an intimate story is so jumbo that it makes it feel a little dumb. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Jeff York [T]his film focuses on a parent who's lost a child and their attempt to overcome the trauma and rejoin society as a functioning human being. That may not be all that sexy, but it makes for a very moving two hours at the Cineplex. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Us (2019) Jeff York Most acclaim must go to [Jordan] Peele though as he once again has created a horror film that manages to be scary, hilarious, as well as socially relevant. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Jeff York Danvers' fish-out-of-water story that occurs when she lands back on earth is where this movie starts to hit its stride. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Greta (2018) Jeff York [Y]et as is, the film is not memorable or meaningful. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Jeff York Its thrills are intense, yet subtle, refraining from bombast, but still delivering a good wallop. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Jeff York While it doesn't do much that the first one didn't, this follow-up is a rollicking riff with enough laughs and character to stand as a hearty, albeit tardy, sequel. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Cold War (2018) Jeff York Its love story is both epic and intimate, personal and political, and one that will haunt you a very long time. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Jeff York Unfortunately, too much time is spent on luridness which gives this historical drama a feeling more akin to the naughty Showtime series The Tudors. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jeff York If Beale Street Could Talk is an extraordinary film with so much to say about our past and our future and a society that still hasn't learn its lessons all that well. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Jeff York Ralph Breaks the Internet skewers its many online targets with a lot of wicked wit. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Green Book (2018) Jeff York There are too many cringe-worthy moments... where Tommy becomes Shirley's 'white savior.' EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Widows (2018) Jeff York [T]his genre piece is much more than most of its pulpy brethren showing up in movie theaters and it's refreshing to see such vivid characters, as well as such stinging commentary on racism and sexism on display in a thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Front Runner (2018) Jeff York [Jason] Reitman is one of cinema's cleverest filmmakers, but here his blending of humor and sentimentality approaches the maudlin. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
A Private War (2018) Jeff York It's one of the year's best roles, performances, and it's contained in a film that undoubtedly matters. Now, more than ever. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Jeff York Instead, the new tale... has too many plot holes and coincidences to be called an assured rebooting of the property and character. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Suspiria (2018) Jeff York Yet, despite the fantastical, nightmare images, this remake ultimately seems to be more of an exercise in filmmaking than storytelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Hate U Give (2018) Jeff York Ultimately, The Hate U Give is an incredibly powerful character study, a crackling thriller, and even a shrewd editorial on the impact of violence in America. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Jeff York This film is a 'portrait of an artist' in its rawest form. It is an unflattering character study, yet also one of the most sympathetic too. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Halloween (2018) Jeff York While it's competently made and contains a full-throttled performance by star Jamie Lee Curtis, this one lacks frights and fails to add much to the saga. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Jeff York What started out as a crackling yarn starts to become a numbing exercise in narrative excess. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
First Man (2018) Jeff York "First Man" soars as much when it's staying grounded as it does when Armstrong and the dreams of the nation finally reach that far-off star. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Venom (2018) Jeff York The final product looks like the result of a lot of last-minute reworking. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
A Star Is Born (2018) Jeff York Both leads do incredibly nuanced work, and while [Lady] Gaga's performance is incredible, so is [Bradley] Cooper's. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Colette (2018) Jeff York This is a movie that celebrates joy just as Colette did despite her continually trying circumstances. It's a fitting tack to take and makes Colette one of the season's brightest entertainments. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Hell Fest (2018) Jeff York It may be a great setting, but what happens there is far too familiar, even cliché. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Jeff York "Fahrenheit 11/9" is a serious and sobering work, full of verve and vitriol. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Lizzie (2018) Jeff York [Chloë Sevigny's] efforts were not for naught as "Lizzie" is a not only a taut nail-biter, but a vivid character study showcasing the actress' best screen work to date. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019