Jocelyn Noveck


Jocelyn Noveck
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 78% Never Look Away (2019) [It's] a highly ambitious, compulsively watchable and also exhausting and exasperating work, not merely for its length but because it has the feel of more than one film. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 71% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Perhaps not Farhadi's most piercing work but surely a polished, textured, and very engaging effort - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
23% Miss Bala (2019) Rodriguez and her fans deserve better than "Miss Bala," a disappointingly bland and formulaic Hollywood remake of a much grittier and bleaker Mexican thriller. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
66% Vice (2018) The best advice? Come for the politics, but stay for the performances. They'll make it worth your while. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's not just Blunt that's at the top of her game in this thoroughly delightful enterprise by director Rob Marshall and a crack team of artists devoted to both honoring a time-worn classic and finding something new to say. The visuals are lovely [too]. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
80% Ben is Back (2018) Hedges is as excellent as he was in "Manchester By the Sea," but it's fair to say the movie belongs to Roberts. It's a career peak, and a performance that deserves to be seen no matter how crowded your holiday moviegoing schedule. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) [It's] charming, often clever, and unexpectedly moving, too. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) There's nothing really new or fresh or bold in Johnny English Strikes Again, the third installment of Rowan Atkinson's bumbling-spy saga/James Bond spoof. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
87% First Man (2018) First Man,... is a worthy successor not only to Chazelle's Whiplash and La La Land, but to the astronaut films that precede it, like Apollo 13 and especially The Right Stuff. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's a perfect role for [Redford's] swan song. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) There's nothing wrong with trying to be a hard-knuckle action film and a goofy comedy all at once. But here, that effort results in moments of occasionally stunning violence that simply don't mesh with the light-hearted vibe the filmmakers seek elsewhere. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) With his partner, returning director-writer Christopher McQuarrie, Cruise delivers all the above in the ridiculously entertaining Fallout, his sixth outing as Ethan Hunt. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
64% Uncle Drew (2018) Alas, the resulting film, made in association with Pepsi and directed by Charles Stone III, falls into a disappointingly formulaic lull for large stretches, squeezing all spontaneity from the proceedings. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2.5/4 70% Adrift (2018) Stop Googling and see the film first. You'll be glad you didn't know all the details beforehand. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/4 54% Book Club (2018) Book Club has a script that's often so heavy on the corn... But then, darn it, suddenly it makes you tearful, with an unexpectedly genuine moment, or laugh out loud. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3/4 94% RBG (2018) With the #MeToo movement occupying our culture, it's easy to say that this is the perfect time for a detailed, thorough film on Ginsburg. But frankly, anytime would have been a good time. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
2/4 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) On the minus side, it muddles its message with an overstuffed script, choppy editing, and some unnecessarily over-the-top moments. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) It is smart, it moves fast, it has a hugely satisfying ending -- and it deserves to attract a much broader audience than the usual horror film devotees. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3.5/4 100% King In The Wilderness (2018) It veers from the very public to the deeply personal, including heart-wrenching scenes of King's father collapsing with grief over his son's coffin. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Mostly, it's just a frustrating whole comprised of some pretty promising parts. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2.5/4 84% The Final Year (2018) ... it's hard not to get wrapped up in some of the backstage moments. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
2.5/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) It's fun enough to watch Chastain's Bloom find her way, making things up she goes along. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
49% Downsizing (2017) There's no doubt about one thing: the director's considerable talent is on full display here. Let him keep shifting; we'll keep watching. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) It often feels like a collection of slickly produced music videos, loosely tied together with a plot we're not supposed to care too much about. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3.5/4 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Perhaps it's a result of all the other roles we've seen this uniquely fearless actress play, on stage and screen, wrapped into one. But you look at her face and you think: This person has a moral compass. Her side is the right one. We will be safe there. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
31% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) ... a stale old chestnut. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) [Miles] Teller, always so watchable, gives a thoughtful, solid performance as Adam... - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
97% Lucky (2017) Stanton's presence is constant, and certainly overshadows any minor flaws. Even scenes where the actor is simply walking along the street, alone and silently, have a certain purposeful elegance to them. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/4 88% First They Killed My Father (2017) By now, there should be no debating that Angelina Jolie is a talented director, capable of handling the most challenging subject matter with assurance and sensitivity. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/4 34% Home Again (2017) It's a crime to waste Reese Witherspoon. You know what's worse? To waste Reese Witherspoon AND Candice Bergen. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The message of this sequel is twofold: Urgency and hope. Things are bad, Gore is saying, but here's what's happening that's really exciting. And he has no doubt that mankind will save the planet. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
2/4 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) One gets the sinking feeling that the ideas are starting to slowly run out. When Despicable Me 4 arrives a few years hence, let's hope it's regained a bit of that unicorn magic. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
78% The Hero (2017) [Elliott] remains genuine and absorbing throughout. The supporting performances are right on target. But the actors deserve more to work with. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
17% Baywatch (2017) It eventually gets wearisome, despite the best efforts of Efron and especially Johnson, who can enliven any scene. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
80% Risk (2017) However you feel about Assange -- and about risk, secrecy, and so many other things touched on by this film -- it's a story that demands watching. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
26% Unforgettable (2017) The shame is that Rosario Dawson gives an earnest, sympathetic, even moving performance as the victimized character. In contrast, none of her castmates seem authentic. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2/4 73% Gifted (2017) The sensitive performances here deserved a better vehicle. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
76% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Gradually, we witness the puzzle's pieces falling into place. But not TOO neatly, thankfully. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
14% Bitter Harvest (2017) Teaching important history to younger generations via popular culture is always a worthy cause. It's just that soaking this sobering story in a soppy romance does little to advance that cause. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It's not the simplest thing to take a character as embedded in our culture as Batman and make wickedly irreverent fun of him while simultaneously paying tribute to his storied past and keeping him likable for the next round. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) A fable, beautifully drawn in calm, soothing colors, it doesn't even have dialogue, let alone a throbbing soundtrack. Those sounds you hear are the sounds of silence, and eventually they become hypnotic. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
91% I, Daniel Blake (2017) In the end, the title, seemingly unremarkable, reveals itself as especially poignant. Daniel is crying out for recognition as an "I" -- even if he can't contribute, even if he needs help for a while. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) A thoughtful and detailed evocation of an era and especially of one complicated character, with little story to speak of. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
73% Sing (2016) It's hard to beat a good singing contest. And anchoring it all is McConaughey's pleasing drawl. His koala is a nice balance, neither too sweet nor too nasty, neither too corny nor too cynical. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/4 91% La La Land (2016) Long live the musical. Bring enough Kleenex. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It's many years in the making, brings together a who's who list of on-and-offscreen talent, looks gorgeous -- and still feels strangely uneven... But if you can get over that, it's undeniably entertaining and at times, even quirkily mesmerizing. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
75% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) [There's] a refreshingly light tone competing with the sinister themes, thanks especially to two exceedingly appealing supporting characters headed for a sweet confection of a romance. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) [Doss'] is a story you probably didn't know, and will be glad you did. Gibson does well by it. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
93% Life, Animated (2016) An absorbing and ultimately exhilarating documentary. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
56% Me Before You (2016) The filmmakers seem to have missed an opportunity to deal in a sophisticated way with a thorny, important subject. Still, you'll probably cry anyway. It's that kind of film. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016