Jon Strickland

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For 36 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jon Strickland's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 70 Lost
Lowest review score: 20 Kangaroo Jack
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
36 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    Grisbi is hard (new subtitles bring out the chill of the gangsters' argot) and gray: a meditation on what we are left with when life has let us down, played out in the haunted eyes of Jean Gabin.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    Like "Wall Street" before it, The Bank never amounts to more than a glossy comic book, and first-time writer-director Robert Connolly stumbles with his plotting and his direction of Wenham.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    Eric Eason's assured debut succeeds in the way Larry Clark's “Kids” succeeded -- through a feel for the rhythms of street life, and some extraordinary casting.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    If the plot comes off more like a reworking of Scorsese’s tales of Italian-American mobsters, Boursinhac nevertheless shows a sure hand with his story, lingering on the handsome, lost face of Dris as his world falls apart around him.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    Hickenlooper can't contain Bingenheimer's incredibly generous spirit -- so generous that, while obviously uncomfortable, he lets the director into his most private moments, including the scattering of his mother's ashes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    The images -- including a giant robotic Colonel Sanders with an ax in its head that walks the streets of Tokyo -- reinforce every paranoid fantasy of a controlled future ever concocted.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    The filmmaker shares with Martin Scorsese an obsession with that classic male triangle of hard man, soft heart and childlike loser, but where so many Scorsese wannabes jettison sociology in favor of mayhem, Babaian burrows into the hearts of these first- and second-generation immigrants.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    Diaz leaves us unsure about whether we should pity or revile Imelda, a woman alternately charmingly childlike, shockingly remote and, ultimately, as she stands over the waxed corpse of her husband, pathetic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    Straight off the streets of Jersey City, writer-director Michael Tolajian’s affable debut charms with its scruffy characters and nuanced multiculturalism.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    Midway through, the plot pulls itself out of its doldrums with a sudden, heart-twisting turn. Ruben still knows how to cut a sequence for maximum jolt, and, ultimately, he and DiPego manage to summon up some of the B-movie paranoia that fueled "The Stepfather," turning in a pleasantly nonsensical roller-coaster ride.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    Davis, who did some writing for a TV series and acted in a couple of B-thrillers, is notably solid inhabiting Riley's conflicted machismo, supported by Diane Tayler's fine turn as a bottom-rung manager.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    But by film's end, no one is looking good. If Wranovics is somewhat too noncommittal in his presentation, he still shows a great eye for detail.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Jon Strickland
    Writer-director Darren Lemke's likable thriller shows surprising smarts for a low-budget debut, cribbing from all the right sources.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jon Strickland
    The 26-year-old Argentine director Diego Lerman shows a sure hand in his debut, from his contrasty black-and-white compositions to his sly, jumpy edits, reminiscent of Godard.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Jon Strickland
    Bose does a good job of keeping his melancholy tales loose with wry humor, and while not all of the episodes are successful, at their best they show real empathy for the complex lives of India's modern middle class.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Jon Strickland
    If first-time writer-director Julián Hernández lets his knotted narrative get away from him too often, he nevertheless shows a miraculous sense of style for a 31-year-old.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Jon Strickland
    It all adds up to pleasantly nonsensical mayhem.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Strickland
    Paycheck is too smart for a mindless actioneer, and too slick to capture the full moral weight of Dick's dystopia.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Strickland
    Earnest, shoestring indie that makes use of some sharp location shooting and sympathetic performances to rise above its often awkward staging and writing.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Strickland
    Fans of the TV series will again be happy to see some of the old Saturday-morning villains, and Bill Boes' excellent production design outdoes his work in the first film.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Strickland
    If Kaena's alternate universe isn't nearly as fully realized as "antastic Planet'," the 3-D imagery is often gloriously turbocharged.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Strickland
    Despite some exciting visuals...Schwartzberg intercuts his segments with clichéd swooping helicopter shots of city skylines and desert mesas...undermining the quirky individuality he seeks to celebrate.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Strickland
    If the dialectics here are strictly Hallmark, the film is lifted by some nice location work - all of the Chinese scenes are shot around Shanghai - and deepened somewhat by the bleak depiction of the emotional lives of Katie, her family and her friends.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Strickland
    All the fine cinematography -- lots of beating wings and impossibly large dust motes floating through slanting beams of sunlight -- can't hide the sad fact that the second half of the film delivers none of the shocks and starts required of atmospheric horror.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Strickland
    Feels like a movie cribbed together from outtakes of other hapless Hollywood comedies -- rejected scenes where the line readings fell flat, the chemistry expired or the adult actors couldn't wipe the "get this brat away from me" scowl from their faces.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Strickland
    There's a nice reunion of Martin Mull and Fred Willard as beleaguered Ohio parents, and a spacy turn from Henry Gibson, but the tentative muddle of the interlocking stories makes you wish that Craven could live up to his ambitions.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Strickland
    The film is naive in its glorification of violence and vengeance.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Strickland
    Nobody here, especially Martin, looks as if he's having much fun, apart from a dizzy cameo by Ashton Kutcher as oldest daughter Piper Perabo's model-actor beau, riffing heavy-handedly on his pretty-boy image, and loving it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Strickland
    A parade of missed opportunities.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Jon Strickland
    Korean cinema may be a rising force in Asia, but Tube isn’t the place to take your first ride.

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