Kevin Jagernauth
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For 164 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Jagernauth's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Killing Them Softly
Lowest review score: 0 Third Person
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 164
  2. Negative: 29 out of 164
164 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Yes, the idea is unique. But they aren't quite ready to shake off what has worked for them for years -- namely making girls want to be special and popular, and boys strong and heroic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    The movie is basically The Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Mad Man, but don't be shocked if you find yourself asking just what art he was practicing in the first place.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Playing with genre is fine, but if you're going to create new rules, you have to play by them too, but unfortunately Warm Bodies continually subverts its own internal logic and basic, believable character motivation to keep pushing the movie along.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    A valiant attempt to build on the magic of “The Wizard Of Oz,” and while it certainly doesn’t diminish the standing of that movie, Sam Raimi’s film provides proof that the more we know about the mysteries of our favorite stories, the less interesting they become.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    The movie is never without forward momentum, it's just too bad when just when it's ready to go to interesting places, we jump back to Bonner and Aya's pedestrian romance.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    No matter how it shakes out, 'Mad Man' will never be more than an interesting curio that provides a basic overview of why Stern matters. But for the rest of us, the images themselves will be the greatest evidence on their own of Stern's innovation in photography, fashion and advertising.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    It's the picture's lack of focus that eventually diminishes whatever little The Bling Ring has to say.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    As I Lay Dying is another Franco lark that is more of an experiment with form than a fully realized movie. One almost gets the sense that Franco is working out ideas with As I Lay Dying, with the goal of creating a cohesive film as a secondary ambition to simply capturing the feel of Faulkner's prose.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    The problem is that the movie becomes more focused on diagnosis than character, and so what eventually unfolds is a meandering picture that only too late in the game leans toward highlighting any kind of thematic undercurrent while introducing romantic interests for the leads that do little but pad out an already too long running time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Ozon wants to have it both ways with Young & Beautiful, using a young woman's risk-filled sexual awakening as an illustration of coming-of-age, while also demanding a realism from a situation that he keeps far from being rationalized and justified.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Grigris is the unusual movie that takes a lead's obvious talents, and curiously backgrounds them, hoping for their charisma to carry over to more traditional cinematic purposes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Your mileage with the movie will depend on how much you like these guys to begin with, because even if you're a fan, the one joke premise has a hard time sustaining a full length movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Comparatively simplistic and somewhat lazy, Unfinished Song presents one-dimensional characters in a thoroughly predictable story that aspires to be little more than easily digestible.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Lethargic and not particularly invigorating or fresh, you can skip Wasteland and wait for the next Brit crime flick that will be following before long.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Since the music doesn't connect like it should, everything else that is underpinned in the story by these songs also doesn't come together with the weight or power Carney surely intended.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Fading Gigolo is mostly an inoffensive trifle, slightly undone by its lack of focus and mishmash of genres that don't quite come together. But it's breezily told and acted, with some decent laughs and unlike many comedies these days, it actually cares and respects the characters and the consequences of what they go through.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Runner Runner is content to stay high gloss, with no filler.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Haphazard and on the edge of half-hearted, the documentary always feels like a sketch rather than a finished design.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Yet despite recent solid entries like "Margin Call" and "Too Big Too Fail," we're yet to see the first great contemporary movie about the country, and world's, economic woes, and unfortunately Costa-Gavras' Le Capital doesn't remedy that situation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    The Book Thief covers a large span of time, but the film's episodic nature, often moving from one incident to the next with little time to pause or reflect, often obscures that fact and hinders an evocation of the cumulative effect the war has on the psyche of not just the Hubermanns, but their neighbors, too.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    The narrative may hit all the markers, but its transparent attempts to wring emotion fail to move.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    For those who didn't know how flawed and manipulated the act of casting a ballot has become, Citizen Koch is a decent enough primer, but for everyone else long past the tipping point, this is just more evidence for a problem that currently has no solution.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    The film is an almost overly thorough look at every single step along the way in the battle to bring Prop 8 down. And while that's admirable, and gay rights is certainly a fight that needs to be documented, the minutely detailed The Case Against 8 has the curious effect of dampening the drama through its approach.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Though Horovitz's directing is workmanlike solid, and while the movie has a certain charm that makes it easy to walk in the door, it gives you little reason to stay.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    Competently directed, and delivered with the expected emotional beats, Still Alice achieves its modest goals, but one wishes it had a grander vision.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Kevin Jagernauth
    Unfocused, and feeling mostly incomplete in even the most basic standards of documentary film, This Time unfortunately reflects an amateur approach that is felt not just in the filmmaking but in the very people trying to bring The Sweet Inspirations, Pat Hodges and Bobby Belfry to bigger recognition.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Kevin Jagernauth
    Too long by at least a half hour, and both dull and repetitive as it goes on, Cloud Atlas reaches for envelope-pushing storytelling but never delivers on its promise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 42 Kevin Jagernauth
    There is a fine line between meeting an audience halfway and witholding enough without falling into self-indulgence, but Kiarostami can't make that balance here. Enigmatic and dull to a maddening degree, Like Someone In Love finds Kiarostami spinning his wheels.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 42 Kevin Jagernauth
    While it's great to look at, Reality is an empty shell. A feature length examination on the artifice of reality programming, Garrone's film itself is superficial and lacking the same depth of artistry and ideas he finds absent on TV.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Kevin Jagernauth
    Though given two committed turns by a tremendously sexy and vicious Arterton and a solid-as-always Ronan, Byzantium often feels as gray and lifeless as the corpses in the film.

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