For 243 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 28% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 68% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jake Cole's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Jafar Panahi's Taxi
Lowest review score: 0 Death Wish
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 243
243 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jake Cole
    Don’t Worry Darling has the swing-for-the-fences ambition that should have at least made it a noble and compelling folly, but its repetitiveness frustratingly undercuts its grandiosity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Jake Cole
    Kevin Smith toys with death in Clerks III as a shortcut to bring emotion to a film that otherwise has no meaningful hook.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jake Cole
    With expert visual precision, the film flows into each new, wild narrative wrinkle as if it were the most logical thing in the world.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Jake Cole
    Day Shift’s first half is an unexpectedly focused, consistent pleasure, while the second sags under the weight of recycled set pieces.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jake Cole
    Marco Bellocchio uses his film, a delicate mix of biography and autobiography, as the catalyst for long-delayed therapy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Jake Cole
    The film proves again that the modern-day veneration of Jane Austen as the patron saint of the rom-com is also an act of simplification.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Jake Cole
    Across Taika Waititi’s film, a war against the gods feels like an afterthought to a bad rom-com.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Jake Cole
    The period romance has been increasingly experimented with in recent years, yet both straight dramas and convention-spoofing comedies almost always end up upholding the strict boundaries of the genre as if to prove the limits of reimagining the past.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jake Cole
    The protracted rubbernecking at Elvis’s inexorable decline epitomizes a film that regularly backs away from its keenest observations about the icon to merely, and superficially, bask in his star power.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jake Cole
    By resolving its story around a mano-a-mano, the film narrows its understanding of a system in which exploitation is privatized.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jake Cole
    The film is initially distinguished by its poetic understatement, only for it to eventually succumb to staleness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Jake Cole
    The film fully surrenders to the grandiose fun that’s marked the best of Tom Cruise’s recent star vehicles and reaffirms Joseph Kosinski as a blockbuster craftsman par excellence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jake Cole
    For all of its farcical overtones, the film contains many shrewd observations about the power games inherent in relationships.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Jake Cole
    At its finest, this psychedelic, horror-strewn romp’s artistry perfectly reflects the intensity of Strange navigating endless alternate realms.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Jake Cole
    Valérie Lemercier’s film feels at once like a vanity project for its maker and a glorified fan tribute.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Jake Cole
    The film’s toothless showbiz satire mostly comes down to teasing its characters for their entitlement and self-importance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jake Cole
    The film stands apart for thoughtfully suggesting that Batman might actually one day make Gotham a better place, and not merely a safer one
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jake Cole
    The film proves that Hong Sang-soo has yet to exhaust his methods of deriving significance and beauty from the most quotidian of details.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jake Cole
    The games are fixated on the idea of honor among thieves, but you wouldn’t know that from the antic, meaningless depiction of the betrayals that play out across the film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jake Cole
    Tony Stone’s avoidance of emotional manipulation in dramatizing Ted Kaczynski’s terror campaign is admirable, but only up to a point.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jake Cole
    To see the old-timers pass the torch to their acolytes cements the improbable importance of Jackass in American pop culture.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Jake Cole
    The film treats its premise as the backdrop for a trite celebration of empowerment and teamwork among professional women.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Jake Cole
    There’s no attempt to hide that the film is pure fan service, a greatest-hits mashup of Spider-Man’s cinematic legacy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Jake Cole
    The film insists so forcefully that J.R. has lived a topsy-turvy, singular life that it abandons a potentially more rewarding approach of foregrounding how relatable many of his moments of self-discovery really are.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jake Cole
    Like all Aaron Sorkin-penned characters, this film’s version of Lucille Ball is a mouthpiece for his brand of smarmy, know-it-all sarcasm.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Jake Cole
    Though flattering through and through, the film is ironically removed from the charms of the worshipped original.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jake Cole
    At once bloated and rushed, Eternals suffers from frequent lurches in tempo that dispel its occasional moments of tranquil thoughtfulness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jake Cole
    The juxtapositions between backroom politicking, intimate family drama, and the occasional lurches into action often give the impression of a TV season’s worth of content crammed into two hours.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jake Cole
    One Second is as much a tribute to the struggles of a man whose life has stolen from him as it is to a bygone way of looking at movies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Jake Cole
    The film charts Louis Wain’s slow, long mental breakdown in ways that tackily oscillate between the pitying and the whimsical.

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