Jamal-Dean Grootboom

Jamal-Dean Grootboom
Jamal-Dean Grootboom's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Independent Online (South Africa)

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle's lack of tonal consistency which makes it too dark for kids and not dark enough for adults. Falling into this weird middle ground that makes it unclear as to who this film was made for.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) While it was great seeing how the band got together and how the iconic songs were made, the film felt rushed and too convenient in the way it all fell into place.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) This is a not-to-be-missed film and shows that Cooper is a certifiable director, while Gaga shows that acting is not just a fling and solidifies her as a true triple threat. ‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This is a film that is both enjoyable and intelligent with director Spike Lee making one of the most thought-provoking films of the year.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 54% The First Purge (2018) This truly is one misshapen film which could've held a mirror to the treatment of people of colour in America. Instead, we are left with something that feels like a half-baked idea and uses social consciousness as a trendy framing device...‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is a brilliant movie with a spectacular screenplay, amazing acting and set design that needs to be watched on the big screen. This is a must-watch film.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin is one fun escapist movie that will tug on your nostalgia heartstrings. ‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) If there is an action movie to watch right now, then this is it.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) And while it is entertaining for all the wrong reasons there's no need for you spend your money on this.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp is one fun ride which never loses its steam. ‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3.5/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Director Greg Berlanti does a great job of balancing the tone of the film with a coming-of-age film. This film is funny, heartbreaking, enduring and a really does move along at a great pace.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Everything from the voice acting, character development, plot line, action sequences, pacing and overall direction is pure brilliance.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The self-awareness along with the on-screen charisma of all our protagonists is what makes this film such a joy to watch.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
26% Breaking In (2018) The tone of this film is all over the place. The actors feel as if they are in very different movies.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
4/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Overall, 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is a great time at the cinema and really gives Han Solo the spotlight he deserves.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Ryan Reynolds has notably gotten more comfortable in the role, giving layers to the comedic character.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) DuVernay aims for the stars, but A Wrinkle in Time doesn't even reach the earth's stratosphere.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
5/5 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Everyone shows up in this film, there is not a single weak performance to speak of.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2/5 52% Rampage (2018) Even Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson couldn't save Rampage from being an utter train wreck. ‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) It does away with the over-the-top nature of the previous incarnation and in its place we get a gripping action-adventure film. ‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/5 17% Death Wish (2018) ... the movie is badly edited and has a cringe-worthy plot line, with Bruce Willis sleepwalking his way through the film.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2/5 46% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow gives the impression that Jennifer Lawrence needs to take a break to recharge her batteries.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call Me By Your Name does more harm than good, and needed to be and do more. Especially as yet another queer white cisgender-centric film, it should have aimed for the stars instead of aiming to make people feel comfortable.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3.5/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) It takes a very realistic approach to the depiction of the characters within the small town and their motivations.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther goes leaps and bounds above what was expected. The reason is not only because it is the best Marvel solo movie. It is deeper than that. ‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
4.5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Overall, 'The Disaster Artist' is a triumph through and through. ‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2.5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) This opening sequence is actually very thrilling and the best action sequence in the whole franchise. Unfortunately, the rest of movie falls flat with regard to character development, screenplay and proper exposition. ‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The beauty of this film is Del Toro's gift of telling fantastical stories, but still giving them heart and crafting well-rounded characters throughout.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 40% Justice League (2017) Now, we have a consistent tone throughout of the film, witty dialogue from the characters, a story that makes sense and every member of the Justice League has a distinguishable personality.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
2.5/5 70% mother! (2017) Lawrence and Bardem deliver adequate performances, but the plot and story are one big heap of confusion.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok is another home run for Marvel.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3.5/5 25% Unlocked (2017) Overall, it really is amazing to watch a film where the men are placed in secondary roles and the women in the film are the ones saving the day. Rapace really gives a stellar performance and I'm looking forward to seeing what she does next.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/5 56% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The Lego Ninjago Movie, unfortunately, doesn't reach the same heights as its predecessors. While the animation is still extremely well done, the humour that was present in the previous films is notably absent.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 91% Stronger (2017) Watching a film with actual emotional weight is a rarity, though. Stronger does pluck at your emotional strings but in a good way. Specifically, at the end when you get a snapshot of the real-life couple.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) [It] is highly enjoyable and is a must watch for horror film fans.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/5 90% Girls Trip (2017) The success of Girls Trip comes from the chemistry of the cast. ‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) A thought provoking film that will have you on the edge of your seat.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
2/5 48% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) It could've been a cool interstellar buddy-cop series... Instead, we have a half-baked plot with twists you can see coming a mile away and moustache twirling villains with heroes who are never fully developed.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
5/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War For the Planet of the Apes is one of the best films of the year and is Serkis's best performance to date.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Nothing in this film makes sense.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
45% Everything, Everything (2017) A refreshing take on a coming-of-age love story.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
17% Baywatch (2017) Everything in this movie is a miss.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Finally, DC got it right -- Wonder Woman is a thrill ride that's entertaining from beginning to end.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
25% Unforgettable (2017) Dawson is too good an actress for this film.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
No Score Yet Beyond the River (2017) Beyond the River is a beautifully shot, heartfelt, true-life South African story.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
4/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Overall, Beauty and the Beast is exactly what you want from a classic Disney film.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
4/5 48% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Director Dean Israelite takes a cheesy concept and makes it relatable.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Hunting Emma (Jagveld) (2018) Jagveld can't decide if it's a realistic drama or an action-packed popcorn flick and ends up in no man's land.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu (2016) Overall, Kalushi is an OK addition to the South African struggle film genre. However, if this important story had been in the hands of a more experienced filmmaker it could have been one of the best films of the year.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
80% Patriots Day (2017) Overall, Patriots Day succeeds in accurately portraying what happened during the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. It also gives a glimmer of hope for the American people.‐ Independent Online (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017