Jason Bailey Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
57% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) With no real thesis or through-line, the movie winds up being little more than a series of revue-style blackout sketches, lengthy digressions and dead ends.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
A- 94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Reflection and honesty are what put Beastie Boys Story a cut above the typical celebrity hagiography and add extra flavor to its genre stew.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
B 39% The Quarry (2020) The primary pleasure of The Quarry is watching pros like Shea Whigham and Michael Shannon at work, and at work together.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
82% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2019) A gnarly mash-up of midnight movie and social commentary, the picture is overly overt but undeniably effective, delivering genre jolts and broad messaging in equal measure.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
No Score Yet She Dies Tomorrow (2020) The films that best encapsulate their moment often do so altogether accidentally, and that's certainly the case here; yet none of that blunts the picture's considerable force.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
84% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Orley is a funny but tricky writer, and in scene after scene, his ear for dialogue is just right - it's natural but heightened, funny without sounding too "written."‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
69% Stargirl (2020) Nothing is more important than being one's true self. That lesson never loses its value, or its timeliness.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
D- 8% Fantasy Island (2020) Fantasy Island is even worse than you'd guess. Both artistically and intellectually, it's an absolutely bankrupt enterprise.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) It's a very funny movie - and an endlessly, refreshingly cheerful one, which is just as rare.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
100% Cane River (2020) A vivid portrait of small-town, working-class African-American life.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
C+ 72% Horse Girl (2020) Ambitious, but muddled, but also featuring a stellar performance from Alison Brie. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B 5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) There's much to admire in "The Last Thing He Wanted," and plenty of signs that Dee Rees' unique talent is intact.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B- 73% Lost Girls (2020) Lost Girls has its missteps but is elevated by impressive craft, a sense of harrowing anxiety, and the searing performances on display.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
B- 37% Downhill (2020) Downhill is a remake that tries to prove its worth from merging this story with two distinct comic personas and seeing what they do with it (and each other).‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
C 44% Four Good Days (2020) As a performer's showcase, "Four Good Days" does the job. But there's not much to see here otherwise. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) It's provocative, gleefully subversive, and ballsy.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
A- 93% Shirley (2020) The things Elisabeth Moss does in Shirley are quietly astonishing.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
A 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) What an extraordinary film this is.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
C 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) "Bad Boys For Life" is, by most standards, a "better" movie [than "Bad Boys II"]. And you'll forget it by next week.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
C 48% Underwater (2020) Underwater isn't boring, and is mercifully brief, but does little more than moderately entertain as it goes through the Alien-esque motions. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
70% Bombshell (2019) An absolute toilet fire of a movie, a sub-HBO-movie effort comprised of winking storytelling tricks, 'SNL'-level celebrity impersonation, and kiddie pool-deep interrogation of the figures at its center.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
91% Togo (2019) When "Togo" gets going, it goes. The ever-earthy Dafoe forges a believable bond with the well-trained dog, and closing scenes are genuinely moving.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) It's pure pleasure.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
A- 89% 1917 (2020) The proximity and intimacy of 1917 render the characters' journey more visceral and more frightening, resulting in the catharsis landing with the force of a hammer.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
96% Harpoon (2019) "Harpoon" offers stylish compositions, amusing running gags and sharp, snappy dialogue. It's a sparse, nasty little thriller.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan attempts to make both a faithful adaptation of King's new book and a direct descendant of Kubrick's film. But the two works are fundamentally incompatible, and in trying to accomplish both feats, 'Doctor Sleep' does neither one successfully.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Perhaps what's most impressive about 'Gemini Man' is how it performs the magic trick of taking $138 million and turning it into a low-budget made-for-Cinemax thriller.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
B- 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) El Camino is a pokey, introspective affair, a protracted curtain call that gives us one more look at many of our favorite characters, without actually going much of anywhere.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) As with many of his earlier works, it's a film fascinated by the mechanics of organized crime. But there's a pervading sense that, with this picture, Scorsese wants nothing less than to put the gangster movie into its grave - quite literally.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) One is left wondering why Galifianakis and Aukerman bothered to make "Between Two Ferns" a movie at all, when its best pieces so clearly belong in its original format.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) 'Ad Astra' plays like a critique of its blockbuster brethren - films that marshal the limitless budgets and resources of the studio system, all at the service of filmmakers with nothing whatsoever to say, or feel.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Basically a miscalculation from end to end, full of bizarre narrative turns and inexplicable craft decisions. Yet there's never any question that Linklater is fully committed, and it's hard to consider a movie "bad" that's made with this much care. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
D+ 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Director Noah Hawley wants us to understand this woman's plight, to sympathize with her dilemma, but he also wants to rib us with his cutesy needle drops and snazzy visual tics.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
D+ 41% Endings, Beginnings (2020) A sea of indie relationship drama clichés.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B 78% My Zoe (2019) That Delpy finds her way to the ending she does-and earns it is-no small accomplishment.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
C- 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Ansel Elgort's performance is a flat, dull nothing. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B- 78% Jungleland (2019) Max Winkler's Jungleland is a confidently crafted three-hander and your enjoyment of it will depend entirely on how many times you can watch its protagonists f*** up.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) "My Name is Dolemite," is a fairly conventional biopic. But it's put together with such energy and affection that the disparity is forgivable.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
A 83% Synchronic (2019) "SYNCHRONIC" can best be described as egghead indie sci-fi, in which the ideas are as exciting as the effects.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
B- 73% Blackbird (2019) We've seen enough movies about the familial woes of upper-middle-class white families, but if you're in the mood for one more, well, Blackbird has a lot to offer.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
C+ 83% Just Mercy (2020) "Just Mercy" is clearly a film with its heart squarely in the right place. But the broad strokes are just too familiar here, and try as he might, Cretton simply can't put a fresh spin on them.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
14% Sextuplets (2019) If there is a solid laugh to be found in "Sextuplets," this viewer missed it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Parents who take their kids to see it will enjoy the in-jokes and little nudges, and will have a far better time than at the likes of, say, your average skull-crushing Illumination Entertainment nightmare.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God (2009) The material (for the most part) is solid, but his ace timing and delivery help seal the deal‐ DVDTalk.com
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano (2009) The obviousness of George Lopez's concepts and construction, and the easy stereotyping of his laugh lines, wouldn't matter if the material was funny... Tall, Dark, and Chicano just isn't funny.‐ DVDTalk.com
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino has become such a pro at telling these big-canvas stories, you barely notice he's picked up the pace until it's fully cranking.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 86% Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me (2009) Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me is the funniest stand-up special in many a moon, an uproariously enjoyable performance by one of our most gifted and irreverent comediennes.‐ DVDTalk.com
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
No Score Yet Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted? (2009) Swardson, as a comic personality, is funnier than his middling material.‐ DVDTalk.com
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 100% Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger - London, New York, Johannesburg (2008) Rock tackles a number of subjects here, both new and old, but he makes the greatest hay out of the then-upcoming presidential election. This is a bit of a mixed blessing... though most is funny enough that it doesn't matter.‐ DVDTalk.com
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
No Score Yet Jim Gaffigan: King Baby (2009) His act is smart and relatable, while his eschewing of profanity and adult topics is certainly a plus for some viewers.‐ DVDTalk.com
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019