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 Review
2/4 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) While [Wilson] has a delightful mix of spirit and cynicism that makes her an ideal comic presence for the Internet age, I found myself wishing the film took better advantage of her gifts. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
1/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) While the new film is heavy-handed in its messaging about friendship and the power of getting along, it does so with little of the emotional heft of the previous installments-and about half the wit. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) Arctic tells this story of self-reliance and survival with such austerity and absolute integrity that the results are breathtaking, even in the moments where the movie seems to amble forward at a glacial pace. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/4 88% Fyre (2019) Smith ends up exposing the journalistic economy as so utterly dependent on hype and marketing that it has lost sight of its reason to exist: to tell the truth and provide service to its consumers. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/4 58% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Cameron's tale grossly oversimplifies complex issues... to the point that it reduces much of the film's social justice message to meme-ready, empty-headed pap. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
1/4 76% All Is True (2018) Forget all of it being true; I would have settled for some of it being interesting. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
1.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Even graced with the charming company of Momoa and Nicole Kidman, who is having a blast playing his high-kicking, otherworldly mother, the timing and tone of this movie is consistently off. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The greatest triumph and biggest surprise of the film is that it is an LSD freak-out on par with 2001: A Space Odyssey. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The world Rowling dreamt up during the Tony Blair era is getting no richer after this installment, but its creator and various producers certainly will be. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is a candy coated, hard shined brick of postmodernism-a Vitamix smoothie of gags, nostalgia, product placement and Fruity Pebbles. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The most unique and uniquely gratifying action film this year. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 94% Wildlife (2018) There is a dreamlike quality to actor Paul Dano's debut film as a director, one where everyday things and places are imbued with otherworldly beauty and time seems to stand still. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
1/4 64% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria displays a much keener interest in impressing its audience with what it perceives is shocking boldness than it is with connecting to people psychologically or emotionally-or for that matter, simply telling a compelling story. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 80% 22 July (2018) It gives this evil man the spotlight and platform he so clearly craves. And as much as Greengrass is aware of this conundrum, he never quite figures out a solution. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
3/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It tells a young woman's powerful coming-of-age story at a time when that process involves code-switching and discovering political agency as much as it does finding the right dress to wear to prom. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3.5/4 93% Private Life (2018) The film gets a lot of mileage out of the quotidian parts of New York City life, from the Wild Nova at Russ and Daughters to opposite side of the street parking. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
1/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) Hollywood animation, your rut is showing. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
1.5/4 81% Quincy (2018) The film not only reveals little about its subject that wasn't already readily known, but also provides minimal perspective or analysis of why and how he was able to develop his talent. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) With its saucy French pop music and pastel Saul Bass-inspired credits, this film is so hungry to seem like a classic thriller that you come away charmed by its pure-hearted ambition. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2.5/4 65% Lizzie (2018) While you wish the characters were a little more fleshed out, the light effectively traps you within that airless era. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/4 95% Blaze (2018) Every one of the relationships depicted crackles with history, tension and love. This a film about how we tell stories about the dead, and who gets to craft these legends. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/4 88% What They Had (2018) A family drama that seems so real you leave the theater feeling like you just flew back from seeing your parents, even if they're nothing like the parents portrayed in the film. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/4 56% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) Unfortunately, Izzy fritters away much of its early promise and energy on a will-they-or-won't-they romantic plot that the film simultaneously indulges in and treats with contempt. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) If the previous film was a bubbly champagne cocktail of a superhero movie, its sequel is something flatter and more concussive-akin to a series of vodka shots. Bottom line though, as long Paul Rudd is invited, it's still a party. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
1.5/4 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Every moment of Sicario: Day of the Soldado is soaked in an unilluminating and easy cynicism. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/4 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) This bold new film not only shatters comedy's cold streak, but also serves as a powerful reminder of the vitality of the genre as both social commentary and shared experience. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
1/4 26% The Nun (2018) Do any of these various jump scares ever register? Not really. For that to happen, the movie would have to have built up tension and suspense, which I guess it figures it isn't required to do. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
1.5/4 23% Mile 22 (2018) A confused film that, for all of its macho bluster and propulsive forward motion, doesn't really know where it's going. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
2.5/4 79% Alpha (2018) It is difficult not to be impressed by much of what does arrive on screen. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
2.5/4 45% The Meg (2018) Asks little more of you than to strap in, put away your phone and enjoy watching a freakishly huge prehistoric eating machine terrorize some scientists before it turns its appetite to a beach full of frolickers on floaties. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3.5/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) A kitchen sink and kaleidoscopic study of cultural and institutional racism in America. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
1/4 73% Christopher Robin (2018) A better title for this entry, the first of the Disney Poohs to be live action (although neither word in that phrase is an apt descriptor), would be Winnie the Pooh and the Unfilled Zoloft Prescription. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
1/4 48% Like Father (2018) Bell and Grammer's characters are so fuzzily rendered that they create no sparks when they butt heads in close quarters. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The Bourne Identity becomes somewhat essential late summer viewing for one reason and one reason alone: Kate McKinnon. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
2.5/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Washington is a pleasure to watch on the screen. The two-time Oscar winner is able to tap into his own surplus of moral righteousness even when the script is pulling the carpet out from under him. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
1/4 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Fatally confuses crassness with subversion. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3.5/4 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) A movie about that most essential thing in life: finding your people, even when you don't know who you are yourself. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2.5/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) Along with Johnson's rippling physique and heroic fingertips, the film's chief asset is the creatively conceived title object-the very tall building. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2.5/4 60% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Delivers reliably on the series' humble promise of sugared-up monster slapstick. The film is pleasingly mild and distracting. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
1/4 56% Tag (2018) By clumsily melding heartwarming sentiment about the importance of playing games as adults with the take-no-prisoners R-rated shenanigans of the Hangover movies, Tag winds up not knowing what game it is trying to play. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/4 49% Superfly (2018) The gold rings and watches, the champagne in the club under a falling rain of bills, the rich velvet of Priest's double-breasted evening jackets-this movie is all about beautiful, pricey surfaces. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
4/4 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) A film that so deeply embodies its subject that it almost transcends it. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
3.5/4 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is a reminder of what a collective joy it can be when a filmmaker with a singular vision and purpose makes a film of boundless scope and budget. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
2.5/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) There is a rote quality to Solo: A Star Wars Story that not only undercuts many of these thrills, but runs directly counter to the spirit of Han Solo. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
1.5/4 38% Life of the Party (2018) Falcone and McCarthy seem so concerned with delivering on their audience's pratfall assumptions that they never allow McCarthy to expand her capabilities in any meaningful way. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3.5/4 97% Columbus (2017) As much as it is about architecture, the film is also a love letter to movies themselves: the sense of majesty they can capture and the strange little worlds they allow us to discover. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
2.5/4 95% Menashe (2017) The film ends up getting stuck in a no man's land between fiction and documentary, never quite coming together as a complete narrative. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It is a subversively thrilling treat to see the masterworks of art and cinema given the monkey business so expertly, the process enriching rather than lessening the stature of those works. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
2/4 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) There is an emptiness to Lady Macbeth, part of it on purpose and part of it not. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
3.5/4 76% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) 13 Minutes is proof that a hero isn't about having success against impossible odds; it's about doing the right thing when everyone else on the planet is doing something else. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017