Jennifer Heaton

Jennifer Heaton
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6.5/10 64% Vice (2018) I agree with McKay's take on Dick Cheney in principle, but as a movie Vice only barely passes muster because of the flaws in its execution.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
5.5/10 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) ... 'Predictable and expected' are exactly the wrong words I should be using to describe a Mary Poppins film.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8.5/10 92% Bumblebee (2018) It does everything the Bay movies wouldn't, embracing what's made Transformers endure for three decades, and infusing it with a much-needed dose of heart.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
5/10 26% Mortal Engines (2018) There's nothing in Mortal Engines that flat-out doesn't work, but not being bad doesn't equal being good. ‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
7.5/10 64% Aquaman (2018) It avoids being sheepish about its more preposterous concepts, instead revelling in its comic book goofiness for a rollicking B movie adventure.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
10/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It demonstrates an undeniable passion for Spider-Man, and it uses those building blocks to tell a story that reminds you why he's been a beloved character for over fifty years‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
8/10 83% Creed II (2018) More than anything, it deserves kudos for managing to make Rocky IV relevant and impactful again, rather than just using it to take easy pot shots at Cold War jingoism.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
7/10 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) There are brilliant individual moments of inspiration here that surpass anything done in Wreck-It Ralph, but for the most part it's just a remastering of the first film.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/10 16% Robin Hood (2018) It plays like a fan fiction written by an edgelord teen who's seen The Dark Knight too many times and who knows what Anonymous is but doesn't understand it.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/10 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web is like a passable but unremarkable episode of a TV show long past its prime.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
2/10 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) This movie is the cinematic equivalent to reading Rowling's tiresome retcon tweets: trite, laboured, unnecessary, and sometimes even offensive. ‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
9/10 73% Assassination Nation (2018) If you want to see a troupe of badass intersectional feminists fight back against the toxicity of online culture, this is the movie you have been waiting for. ‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7.5/10 86% American Made (2017) Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman tell an interesting true story that plays like Goodfellas mixed with Top Gun ...‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
8.5/10 92% Logan Lucky (2017) A witty script and fantastic performances, particularly from a nearly-unrecognisable Daniel Craig, make this more than just another crime caper.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
5.5/10 38% Death Note (2017) Adam Wingard's stylish direction and the solid casting do make it more than watchable, but the story and pacing are hampered by an overstuffed plot ...‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
8/10 83% Detroit (2017) The documentary-style cinematography really plants you in the drama, and the performances from Will Poulter and Algee Smith are spot-on.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
5/10 16% The Dark Tower (2017) A mundane and trite action-fantasy film that ... ends up feeling more like yet another bad YA adaptation rather than a grand fantasy epic.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
6.5/10 41% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Silly but harmless buddy action movie that wishes it was as witty as a Shane Black script.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
7.5/10 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) It fixes the problems of its predecessor without making the first film irrelevant ...‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
7.5/10 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde is certainly more than just John Wick in high heels, but for what it adds in depth it loses in fun.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
7/10 48% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) This spiritual sequel to The Fifth Element may be bloated and highly unfocused, but it compensates for it with a relentless sense of imagination and childlike wonder. ‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
10/10 98% The Big Sick (2017) It may seem like an incredibly simple romantic comedy on paper, but The Big Sick succeeds by avoiding all the usual rom com traps and hones in on the emotional content.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
6.5/10 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) The absent-minded plot and paper-thin themes do often make the film feel more like several episodes of a cartoon show stuck together rather than a feature film ...‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
8.5/10 92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk depicts World War II with barely an ounce of jingoism for maximum emotional effect.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
6.5/10 69% Cars 3 (2017) The story and characters are fairly stock and predictable, but the new flairs it adds are much welcomed and give its final moments something approaching brilliant.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
8/10 87% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night combines the post-apocalyptic interpersonal conflict of the late George Romero with haunting imagery and an unrelenting sense of fear.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
6/10 19% The House (2017) [The House] has just about enough worthwhile gags to hold your attention.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
3/10 16% The Circle (2017) The Circle posits an interesting and timely premise about identity and privacy in the social media age, but shows no real insight on the subject.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
7/10 87% Okja (2017) Whilst certainly not Bong Joon-ho's best work, this peculiar mix of corporate satire and Studio Ghibli is a sweet and thoroughly engaging watch.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/10 22% The Book of Henry (2017) This bizarre and horrendously misjudged combination of Spielberg whimsy and harsh thriller is a thoroughly perplexing watch.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
8/10 80% Colossal (2017) Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudiekis wonderfully break their usual character types and provide performances that are just as genuine as they are funny.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
2.5/10 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It makes the 2004 Antoine Fuqua version look like a masterpiece in comparison.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
8.5/10 90% Widows (2018) Widows clearly has greater motivations than being just another crime flick, and McQueen's direction and thematic layering gives it an undeniably distinct flavour.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
6/10 81% Overlord (2018) The film would have been better served as a ridiculous grindhouse B movie, but the slickness of its execution has removed much of that potential charm.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/10 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Behind its sugary bombastic coating, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a hollow and baffling experience; it's like Jupiter Ascending for kids.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
8/10 85% Joe (2014) Funny, poignant and bleak, often all at the same time, any true fan of His Cageness should certainly give it a watch.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
8.5/10 30% We'll Never Have Paris (2015) A fantastically clever script with fun performances from the entire cast, especially leads Simon Helberg, Melanie Lynskey and Maggie Grace.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
7.5/10 94% The Infinite Man (2014) A good example of how to make a high-concept film on a dirt-cheap budget.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/10 0% The Anomaly (2015) Apparently, the only thing you have to do to make your film look futuristic is slap superfluous blue lights on everything.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
8.5/10 84% Cold in July (2014) Gripping and tense old-school thriller with plenty of twists and a retro synth soundtrack.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
7.5/10 88% Coherence (2014) Grounded but witty script combined with unique and interesting concepts as well as some fun black humour.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
8.5/10 95% Snowpiercer (2014) The echoes of Brazil can clearly be heard in this picture along with plenty of other obvious influences, but it has enough it can call its own to be certainly worth a look.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
8.5/10 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) Some of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig's finest work, held together by good supporting work from Ty Burrell and Luke Wilson and a fantastically witty script.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2/10 69% Palo Alto (2014) A meandering contemplation on teen angst but with nothing new or interesting to say about it.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
8/10 44% Life After Beth (2014) Amusing and charming little rom-zom-com, though perhaps a little too indie for its own good.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
6.5/10 60% Maggie (2015) The connection between [Arnold Schwarzenegger] and Abigail Breslin is often very touching ... but the plot is thinly spread and the pacing drags too often.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
7/10 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie's fantastic lead performances keep alive this otherwise fairly familiar romantic comedy set-up.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
8.5/10 89% Dope (2015) A hilarious and thoughtful coming of age tale about identity, Dope tells a story from a truly unique perspective whilst dealing with familiar tropes in fresh ways.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
7/10 65% Black Mountain Poets (2015) Quirky British comedy about mistaken identity, sisterhood and poetry.‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
5/10 64% Iona (2015) Negga's lead performance is strong, but the film's deliberately slow pacing and dour tone make the film a hard sit ...‐ Alternative Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018