For 28 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jacob Oller's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 91 Don't Blink - Robert Frank
Lowest review score: 25 Rio, I Love You
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
28 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 53 Jacob Oller
    The Public Image is Rotten’s soundtrack is, of course, great, and the candidness from former bandmates regarding their backstabbing and youthful mistakes is certainly refreshing, but it’s all wrapped in a package wearing dad jeans: too safe, too simple, too given to a happy ending.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 55 Jacob Oller
    There are two movies here, and the actors handle that duality well. But the brooding darkness lurking inside these characters needs a drama of its own.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 41 Jacob Oller
    Dog Years’ lack of faith in its audience makes its over-explanation and hackneyed groaners unshakable weights on a story that only needed to let Reynolds do his thing.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 34 Jacob Oller
    The Clapper is just so boring and corny that all the audience can do is either feel bad for Helms or disingenuously applaud his unsuccessful efforts, mimicking his character’s chosen vocation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Jacob Oller
    Half musical and half drama, it finds balance in poetic stillness and exuberant motion.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 69 Jacob Oller
    The film’s highlight is the swaggering Sorvino. More charming with age, like wine or scoundrels, he manages to enrapture without pandering, entertain without sacrifice or compromise.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Jacob Oller
    An irreverent mix of genres taken completely seriously but with no small amount of fun, Devil’s Gate wears its script’s stupidity on its sleeve and allows its creature effects and committed cast to carry it throughout.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 79 Jacob Oller
    The film is intense, making for one of the sniffliest audiences in which I’ve ever been included, so viewer discretion is certainly advised. But with that kind of emotional power too comes the intellectual and statistical weight we need to enact change.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 82 Jacob Oller
    Even Bahadur’s stupid voiceover writing becomes funnier over time as we realize the clichés and groaners only serve to show what an ultimately lame writer Bahadur was—that it was his bravery, stubbornness, hope, inquisitiveness and stupidity that made him great.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Jacob Oller
    Though the film acknowledges its performative nastiness at every opportunity—setting its killers and victims in windows, mind ballets, stages, and jail door slits, having them directly address the camera—acknowledgement doesn’t mean subversion, satisfaction or novelty. Even the most dedicated gorehounds should look elsewhere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Jacob Oller
    A River Below is pure investigative journalism.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Jacob Oller
    Salinger’s world doesn’t feel real, but like an amusement park ride taking visitors through the major stops of an author’s legacy, each moment a checkmark before the literary splashdown. It’s almost stubbornly mediocre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 32 Jacob Oller
    Every creative problem White gives himself receives the most boring, trite solution, each chance for artistry stifled by mediocrity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 41 Jacob Oller
    Patti Cake$ clearly loves music, but fails to translate that into a compelling narrative. It’s an album filled mostly with half-baked skits.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jacob Oller
    Step may stumble over its own hurried pace (cramming months of school into montage after montage), but such a method is almost forgivable once you realize that the film is speeding towards an effective finale that will have you cheering no matter what.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 59 Jacob Oller
    Phillips simply tries to do too much.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 29 Jacob Oller
    Wish Upon’s plotting is all too arbitrary to be earnestly enjoyable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 77 Jacob Oller
    Though the connective tissue keeping the film’s story together often requires its thin characters to improvise or otherwise overstretch themselves from sketch to sketch—emphasizing their relative shallowness as short story subjects—the medieval absurdity at the heart of the comedy always lands.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 71 Jacob Oller
    The film never quite achieves the level of fevered hurry for which it aims—sometimes due to its often trite, on-the-nose dialogue and sometimes to the stilted delivery of said dialogue.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 62 Jacob Oller
    Captain Underpants’ plethora of animation styles (including a wonderful sock puppet sequence) separates the film into imaginative sublayers, keeping it from feeling like the one-joke wonder that it often edges towards.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Jacob Oller
    The film builds to its conclusion without building its main character.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jacob Oller
    Neither Heaven Nor Earth transports you to a world where you believe anything could happen because it effectively paints wartime life so closely to supernatural terror. War may quite literally be hell.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Jacob Oller
    Don’t Blink is the rare documentary both vague enough to whet your appetite and specific enough to imbue a sense of kinship with its subject, like an old friend from camp you haven’t seen in decades. Like Frank himself, the film chugs ever forward as an elaborate, chaotic, grumpy, optimistic mess.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Jacob Oller
    Some of these shorts are worth the ten or so minutes they take, but none of them justify wasting time on Rio, I Love You.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Jacob Oller
    Many of the cuts and interplay between subjects seem like filler rather than commentary; the lightshows of LEDs and flashlights dancing off the dank walls of sewers reveal no more than a flashy visual sensibility.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jacob Oller
    Acid drips from every line and visual gags double as celebrity commentary while still delivering sublime slapstick. Even if it sometimes stops making sense, My Big Night never loses its sensibility.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Jacob Oller
    Robert Budreau‘s Born To Be Blue turns Baker’s darkest professional and personal period into a sepia weepy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Jacob Oller
    City of Gold is simultaneously a vibrant, colorful love letter to the unsung parts of Los Angeles, a populist philosophy of food and culture, and a thesis on what criticism should be.

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