Jo Berry


Jo Berry
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Often entertains but never reaches the comedic or magical heights of the classic movies it emulates. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 62% Pretty Woman (1990) Originally meant to be a serious drama (called $3,000) about a man buying a prostitute for the night, this turned into a delightful romantic comedy in the hands of director Garry Marshall and sent the career of star Julia Roberts into the stratosphere. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 96% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Too much time is spent on lesser characters like Ruffnut and Tuffnut when what we really want is more comedy, more Hiccup and Toothless, and more Hidden World stuff too... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 66% 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Smartly paced, fun and funny, this is just as enjoyable for adults as it is for its intended teenage market. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
4/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) It's the first since the original 1984 animated film to do what a Transformers movie is supposed to do - entertain kids of all ages, and grown-ups too. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
5/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) You wonder whether the long gap between movies was because everyone was waiting for Emily Blunt to be old enough to perform the role as you can't imagine anyone else as Mary. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It's as splashy, action-packed and utterly bonkers as you'd expect a story about a fishy fella who can save the world would be. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) A warm, funny and cuddly family movie that's truly for everyone, and is a definite must-see for the Christmas season. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Best of all are the visuals, which are so rich, bright and stylised that your eyes and brain will need time to adjust and your jaw will be dropped from the first scene... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) We can't even talk about the scene where, in the middle of the action, the hero wanders off just so he can steal a nice new jacket. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) ...the scene featuring the princesses dispelling their girly pre-Me Too-era images is worth the price of admission alone. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 70% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) White-haired and bearded, clad in a sweeping red leather coat and biker gloves, one of Hollywood's most likeable actors becomes the coolest movie Santa of all time... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Nativity Rocks! (2018) This is aimed at 7 to 9 year old kids who like middle of the road rock music and poo jokes, and brings bad tidings for anyone in the cinema who falls outside that demographic. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The promotional campaign asks audiences to 'protect the secrets', but you'll be so focused on working out who means what to whom that you won't remember half of them anyway. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 57% The Grinch (2018) Aimed at young kids - there's nothing too bad about this Grinch to upset them, even if his heart is two sizes too small - this nevertheless has plenty to enjoy for grown-ups. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) While it looks impressive it lacks the charm, warmth and magic you'd expect from the story of a whimsical land populated by the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
5/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Unforgettable thanks to a superb central performance from Amandla Stenberg - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) Not as smartly funny as animated movies like The Lego Movie or Disney/Pixar's output, but there is a warmth and sweetness here that should appeal to younger children - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) A symbiote v symbiote fight looks like two oil slicks merging and is just as tedious... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) You have to wonder whether this family film really is aimed at parents and their kids when the first line spoken in the entire movie is 'Oh, bollocks.' - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Parents should be warned that about two-thirds in, it becomes less funny and instead gets pretty dark. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
3/5 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Best enjoyed by nostalgic adults who fondly remember the stories, rather than little viewers who are discovering Pooh and friends for the first time. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 87% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) A fascinating, heart-warming and enjoyably educational movie that's a great, moving introduction to the War To End All Wars for younger children. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
4/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) This feature length version stays true to the show while actually improving on it. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It is silly, but after the far more dramatic Avengers: Infinity War, it's a welcome light relief. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It's breathtaking stuff that not only demands a second viewing (and a follow up) but also confirms Tom Cruise as the true Hollywood action star that he deserves to be. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
2/5 11% Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie (2018) Colourful and cute in places, but grown-up fans of the older series will mourn for the days of Ringo Starr's voiceover... and the quaintness of Sodor - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) The movie is completely stolen by Cher... It's just a huge shame she doesn't arrive until the final scenes of the film and her character isn't given much of a story. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) A true family movie that really does have something for all ages. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) A movie that just about manages to coast by on Johnson's likeability and some flashy effects but not much else. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
3/5 34% Patrick (2019) A family romcom that's so British and old-fashioned each cinema ticket should come with a cup of tea and a scone. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/5 60% Ploey: You Never Fly Alone (2018) Little viewers will enjoy this prettily animated tale... - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Deliciously daft and ridiculously entertaining... the adventure is like a Greatest Hits of Jurassic Park. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
1/5 14% The Little Vampire 3D (2017) It never really gets off the ground, and certainly doesn't do Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's beloved books justice. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
2/5 16% Show Dogs (2018) Imagine Miss Congeniality with paws and you've pretty much got the plot of this forgettable animal comedy adventure. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It may not be one of the best Star Wars movies, but viewed as a sci-fi summer blockbuster, it's a blast. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3/5 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) A sweet but bland diversion for little ones that doesn't offend but won't exactly enthrall anyone either. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
4/5 90% Lean on Pete (2018) The cinematography is stunning, from the shots of a boy & his horse against the open spaces of the mid-West to the dusty, drab and somehow desperate-looking rural racecourses. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) A glorious, shocking, edge-of-the-seat adventure that boasts one of Marvel's best-ever villains ... perfectly played by Brolin and mesmerising from the first frame until the last. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/5 63% Every Day (2018) A sweet and quirky love story with shades of Groundhog Day and Big that subtly touches on identity, personality, and love being more than skin deep. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/5 52% Rampage (2018) A silly but enjoyable monster-bashing action movie starring our favourite mighty-muscled hero. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 77% I Kill Giants (2018) Madison Wolfe gives a stunning central performance as the wounded, scared and angry outcast - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) A thoughtful movie about children, family, and love that will stay with you long after the end credits. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
5/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Simon's fears, feelings, relationships and traumas are all real and feel true, and are portrayed in an entertaining, infectious and charming way. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 83% Barefoot in the Park (1967) It's handled well by director Gene Saks (he also made The Odd Couple), who keeps the humour flowing and maintains a lively pace until about half an hour from the end. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) Spielberg creates two distinct worlds - the brightly-coloured, neon lit OASIS and the dull, bleak 'real world' - and has tremendous fun playing in both of them. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Reminiscent of movies like The Wizard Of Oz and Labyrinth, this is an enjoyable fantastical sci-fi adventure for older kids, even if it isn't a perfect one. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/5 75% The Cat from Outer Space (1978) Deliciously silly stuff. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
3/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) An enjoyable, if somewhat forgettable, romp that owes a lot to the Indiana Jones movies but sadly lacks enough of the wit and excitement of them. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 63% Peter Rabbit (2018) A movie that looks great, tries hard to be cute, but never quite manages to capture your heart in the way Beatrix Potter's original stories do. - Movies4Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018