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Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% It (2017) ""It" fills its 135-minute run time with enough impressive visuals to keep its audience rapt, if not as emotionally invested as the source material deserves. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 7, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) "Plaza shines here in her most multifaceted role to date, fearless in her willingness to take Ingrid to cringe-worthy depths with a chameleonic precision. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 10, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) "Not only owns its dumbness, but hurtles itself all the way back around through a flurry of genitalia jokes and F-bombs to splash unapologetically in an R-rated surf of winking postmodernism. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 24, 2017
90% Hounds of Love (2017) "What makes the torment worth enduring is the trio of ferocious performances at its center, bare and ugly and unvarnished. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 11, 2017
17% Dead Awake (2017) "Despite Donahue's best efforts in a grand finale sleep session with life-or-death stakes, the premise never lives up to its promise. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 11, 2017
85% The Transfiguration (2017) "Bold and brutal in shocking spurts, the indie horror drama from writer-director O'Shea is a startling debut that leaves a fresh mark on the genre while celebrating its forbears. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 20, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) "Contained yet expansive, nostalgic yet new, Rogue One introduces striking heroes and villains and fills its two hours and 13 minutes with a narrative that fits snugly into canon. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Dec 13, 2016
96% Moana (2016) "There are no princes hanging around, no boys to really think about, no girly hang-ups or thingamabobs to fritter over, and no romantic subplots to distract from what's truly important: survival, independence, identity, self-belief. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 23, 2016
89% Doctor Strange (2016) "More mature than its predecessors and the first blockbuster of the modern superhero era ideally viewed on a magic mushroom trip. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 23, 2016
52% The Accountant (2016) "A frequently frustrating but surprisingly entertaining genre mishmash that's at least upfront about its central conceit: Ben Affleck is definitely, 100 percent going for it as Hollywood's first autistic assassin. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 12, 2016
99% Under The Shadow (2016) "A ghost story both on its surface and far below it -- a haunted house tale in which the tangible dangers of the war outside are so immediate that no one really sees what's happening within the walls. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 7, 2016
93% Black Mirror: Season 3 (TV, 2014) "The future is still pretty damn bleak in Black Mirror's third season, and yet there's more hopeful humanism in this crop of dystopian tales. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 7, 2016
91% Raw (2017) "I've heard the patrons felled by Raw's more outré scenes, in a film filled with gaping flesh wounds and at least one sensual eyeball-licking, were men, which only underscores the film's power as a feminist fable. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 19, 2016
50% Mascots (2016) "The rewards are subtle but a bit too far in between; much of it feels familiar, which will bring both comfort and frustration to fans. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 10, 2016
84% Amanda Knox (2016) "Knox bares her soul for the cameras in Amanda Knox, which achieves what all that media overexposure never tried to do all those years ago: It makes her seem human. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 10, 2016
68% Free Fire (2017) "It's relentlessly brutal and surprisingly hilarious, the blackest of black humor seeping from its pores. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 9, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) "Fuqua's Magnificent Seven is Fast & Furious on horses -- The Wild Bunch for people who will never bother to see The Wild Bunch " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 8, 2016
86% Sully (2016) "Sully wants to be life-affirming Oscar bait, but it's more like Clint Eastwood's Book Club For Dads Who Shop In Cargo Pants At Costco. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 7, 2016
71% White Girl (2016) "A ferocious debut from writer-director Elizabeth Wood... a bold and brash cautionary tale filled with a lifetime's worth of terrible decisions. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 31, 2016
37% Skiptrace (2016) "At times, Skiptrace feels like the most Jackie Chan movie Jackie Chan has made, certainly in recent years, and possibly ever. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 31, 2016
82% Sausage Party (2016) "You might find yourself alone one night imagining your dinner screaming with every bite you take, and then wonder: Is that half-eaten slice of pizza plotting cheesy vengeance upon me... or am I the half-eaten slice of pizza? " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 12, 2016
27% Suicide Squad (2016) "While it's a bright, grimy, candy-colored mess, at least Suicide Squad is here to lighten up the place, break a few vases, take a few shots, and have some fun. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 2, 2016
55% Jason Bourne (2016) "Visceral echoes of real life accidentally make the over-the-top action feel more prescient than anyone could have intended. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 26, 2016
35% Blair Witch (2016) "The idea that a secret sequel could bring a long-stale franchise like this back to life is, frankly, the most surprising thing to happen to horror in ages. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 23, 2016
85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) "When Beyond soars, it hits a sweet spot of perfectly balanced stakes, momentum, character development, callbacks, music, and action, blasting at full power in particular in one memorable space-battle set piece that punches in just the right moments. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 15, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) "With a crackling sense of purpose and a surplus of reverence for their predecessors, new Ghostbusters Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones plant their own flag on a beloved sci-fi comedy franchise. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 10, 2016
93% Tickled (2016) "One of the strangest and most utterly engrossing documentaries of the year. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jun 10, 2016
91% The Witness (2016) "The Witness takes a heartaching deep dive into a story we already thought we knew. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jun 6, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "'X-Men: Apocalypse' gives 'X-Men: The Last Stand' a run for its money as the worst entry in the long-running franchise. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted May 27, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) "Shane Black, the buddy action auteur, is back in his wheelhouse-and he's delivered another inspired onscreen pairing in the blundering one-two punch of Gosling and Crowe. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted May 15, 2016
91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "Finally, a big budget superhero sequel that manages to be both effortlessly entertaining and utterly sobering, instead of just one of those things-or, as we've endured too frequently in the past, neither of them. (Looking at you, Batman v Superman.) " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Apr 13, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "Watching Batman and Superman rage at each other like little boys makes for a pretty tedious two and a half hours. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Mar 22, 2016
50% Hardcore Henry (2016) "If you're ready to subject yourself to the most balls-out, bonkers action ride of the year, then you are precisely the maniac for whom the flashy, gory first-person action-thriller Hardcore Henry was made. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Mar 18, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "Zoolander 2 death-marches its way through a tiresome succession of espionage movie clichés and cameos. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Feb 10, 2016
83% Deadpool (2016) "Deadpool is at once a welcome antidote to the played out superhero universe and an anomaly, destined to be trapped in its spandexed outliers. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Feb 9, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) "Stirring, soulful, and incendiary. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jan 27, 2016
92% Southside With You (2016) "Barack and Michelle's Before Sunrise-esque first date makes for a charming indie romance. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jan 24, 2016
63% The Greasy Strangler (2016) "One long feature-length skin-crawl, a comic exercise in visceral discomfort that's all the more entertaining if you can check your gag reflex and lean into the ick. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jan 23, 2016
50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "Bay, never one for subtlety, cranks up the sentimentality in his most patriotic film to date. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jan 14, 2016
54% The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Terry Brooks' epic fantasy franchise has been MTV-ified with a tween-friendly cast, a Game of Thrones Jr. vibe, and a hero with boy band locks who resembles a pointy-eared Justin Bieber. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jan 6, 2016
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "Perfectly safe and plenty full of the Force... but leans on geek nostalgia to reboot a beloved property by hitting predictably familiar story beats. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Dec 16, 2015
76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "Even the look of The Good Dinosaur's main character seems outdated, blocky, and out of place in his own world. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 27, 2015
81% Chi-Raq (2015) "As 'Chi-Raq''s world expands, Lee's true target comes into focus: Chi-Raq is Chicago is America, and we are all, in our own way, responsible. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 25, 2015
98% Mustang (2015) "A coming-of-age feminist fairy tale and just the film we need right now. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 20, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "A tedious send-off for Katniss Everdeen. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 17, 2015
63% Spectre (2015) "If you never imagined your mind would wander to tentacle porn while watching a James Bond movie, well, at least Spectre serves up something unexpected. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 2, 2015
91% Anomalisa (2015) "The animated film of the year isn't a Pixar pixelfest or a kiddie product pusher, but a deep dive into the soul of a selfish narcissist lost in his own inescapable misery. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 26, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "In Bridge Of Spies, Steven Spielberg finds the perfect use for Tom Hanks' squinty dignity. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 16, 2015
91% The Witch (2016) "The Witch makes exceptional use of its Puritanical setting to build riveting, slow-burn terror. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 2, 2015
98% Finders Keepers (2015) "The strangest documentary of the year is a sensational tango of ego, entitlement, and obsession over one man's gnarled, fleshy, discolored foot. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 1, 2015
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