Jared Mobarak

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For 194 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jared Mobarak's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Moonlight
Lowest review score: 25 Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 194
194 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jared Mobarak
    This film becomes a journey of trials and tribulations with as much inspirational grace as crippling resentment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Jared Mobarak
    That pace can also lead to some wonky performative moments, but everyone is earnest and charming enough to overcome brief lapses pushing for a laugh.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jared Mobarak
    It’s about hypocrisy, mistrust, and the struggle felt by second-generation immigrants everywhere. And Haq pulls no punches in depicting just how devastatingly bad things can get when a child’s mind is torn between a community built on archaic ideals and another entrenched in a present where such stringent rules prove impossible to uphold.
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    • 58 Jared Mobarak
    The result is a tense thriller with noir undertones revealing a more complex web than we ever could predict. Not every discovery is tough to guess, but each carries another question to distract us from a desire to pat ourselves on the back or presume we’ve cracked the case.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jared Mobarak
    Buckley and Flynn keep us on our toes, their darkened malice turning to teary-eyed contrition until we’re left hopeless as far as figuring out which is more real.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Jared Mobarak
    Noer isn’t interested in the pulpy, wannabe mythic journey of Papillon when there’s a meatier through-line highlighting our humanity in dire straits. Rather than make his film about how far our bodies can go, he seeks to portray the lengths are hearts will.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Jared Mobarak
    Book Club...excels not in its boldness to be risqué, but its boldness to portray vulnerability. It’s about love’s risk versus reward and the acknowledgement that present happiness is worth the future’s potential pain.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Jared Mobarak
    It still works. Maybe not as well, since the element of shock and awe can’t be put back into its bottle, but anyone who enjoyed Wilson’s transformation into a bullet-hole-riddled leotard that can’t shut up should have as much fun.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Jared Mobarak
    It can be a bit too pandering at times when things that read visually and emotionally are also explained verbally, but I don’t think these moments ruin the effectiveness of the over-arching narrative propulsion. The central journey works quite well in motive and deception to hold our interest as far as discovering where it will all lead. From start to finish that trajectory kept me hooked.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jared Mobarak
    Topics like sexual orientation, gentrification, feminism, rape culture, and adultery are introduced so superficially that the film would be doing better service to each by leaving them on the cutting room floor. It needs to either put more focus on Bobby or work harder at creating its ensemble. Existing in the middle as it does only leaves us wanting for more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 58 Jared Mobarak
    Right when I was ready to resign myself to the thought that Revenge simply started too strong to maintain itself, Fargeat brought me back from the brink with a tense labyrinthine conclusion making use of its locale and blood as plot propulsion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jared Mobarak
    Cody has constructed an elaborate composition hidden by its countless complementary pieces that each packs a deceivingly potent punch. And even though Reitman is the one bringing her words to life, their partnership has always been solidly attuned.
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    • 67 Jared Mobarak
    At a time when everyone’s aging parents and grandparents are proving how out of touch with the twenty-first century they are in politics, biases, and entitlement, these old friends still playing platform tennis every day after decades of competition on their Dorset, Vermont home’s courts reveal the opposite.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 83 Jared Mobarak
    Coldwater lives or dies by the dynamic between Boudousqué and Burns ebbing and flowing from nemeses to partners and back again as the latter begins to lose control.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Jared Mobarak
    The film presents itself as an objective look at everything that might go into a school shooting similar to Elephant but with a narrative propulsion that also seeks to subjectively give us reasons why. It’s a duality that can’t help but give someone pause, especially if that someone has his/her own ideas about what the “real” systemic issues behind these tragedies are.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Jared Mobarak
    With some acting that leaves us wanting and the excruciatingly slow reveals of gore to fool us into thinking we experienced impact and not aftermath at the start, Kitamura must use everything at his disposal to lead us into the high stakes arena of predator and prey.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Jared Mobarak
    Beyond what the film says and represents, it’s also well made.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 33 Jared Mobarak
    Thankfully the performances try to elevate the plot since each character seems catered to the actor cast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Jared Mobarak
    We witness Itzhak’s easy sense of humor, his often silent chuckle that almost makes it seem he’s ready to cry, and the impact music has on him while playing or listening. He explains with full candor how the teaching styles he hated as a child are the ones he has adopted. He’s self-deprecatingly jovial, religious and yet still pragmatic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jared Mobarak
    This story isn’t working towards a solution or revisionist history. It merely reminds us that the Devil doesn’t commit atrocities. Men and women do. Kingsley and Hilmar ensure we believe this by delivering three-dimensional performances we’re used to seeing on the heroic side.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jared Mobarak
    The result is a fantasy adventure with high stakes despite death seeming impermanent throughout. Rather than be about finding eternal life like many tales of its kind are, Big Fish & Begonia is about giving it.
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    • 58 Jared Mobarak
    They can get too caught up in characterizations that render each a bit one-note (Susan’s hippie sensibilities, Joe’s type-A machismo, Anna’s selfish resentment, and Tom’s martyrdom), but we forgive this reality because the story deals in contrasts. They’re intentionally opposites as couples and individuals for a reason.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Jared Mobarak
    There’s no better way to show these power dynamics than via long takes. By letting the events play out, Hania refuses to let her lead off the hook emotionally. Al Ferjani is therefore thrown into the fire, her Mariam an exposed nerve reacting on impulse to everything that occurs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Jared Mobarak
    While the film isn’t as subtle as A Monster Calls or Where the Wild Things Are, it captures the messiness of suffering just as well.
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    • 67 Jared Mobarak
    At the end of the day a horror film is successful if it can make your heart pound out of your chest. And for most of Verónica, Plaza and Navarro do exactly that.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jared Mobarak
    Watching bad people be bad gets tiring, especially when there’s someone like Oyelowo transcending the material to lend complexity and uncertainty.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Jared Mobarak
    I’m not certain if the truth ever came out about that evening’s events beyond speculation, but I don’t think anyone would question the believably authentic script that Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan wrote for Chappaquiddick.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Jared Mobarak
    The songs are catchy, the romance sweetly intense, and the lack of meaty drama an intentional maneuver to keep things light. As a distraction from life’s inherent drama, you could do a lot worse.
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    • 75 Jared Mobarak
    A unique hybrid wherein fact is projected through a prism of fiction as both a mechanism to educate outsiders and heal from within.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Jared Mobarak
    Werewolf isn’t about addiction’s cruelty. McKenzie has given us a story about an addict’s salvation.

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