For 18 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jen Yamato's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 90 The Transfiguration
Lowest review score: 30 Dead Awake
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
18 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Jen Yamato
    Antebellum ultimately trips over its gimmicky plotting en route to a conclusion that rings false.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Yamato
    The sequel is a stab at world-expanding that veers off the rails as it reaches for dazzle over depth, rounding out the hit film series somewhere between a whimper and a bang.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Yamato
    Inspired moments can be found throughout “Eurovision” if you have the patience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Yamato
    With a patient and unobtrusive eye, filmmakers Lucas and Bresnan paint impressionistic portraits of a quartet of charismatic teenagers over the course of a pivotal school year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Yamato
    As a character study, Selah and the Spades is more than requiem for a mean girl. Think the stylistic snappiness of “Brick” meets the fastidious world-building of “Rushmore” with a fourth-wall-bending feminist perspective and two young black female leads, and you’ve got “Selah.”
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Yamato
    The film reveals its truest self as a cinematic act of negotiation, acceptance and farewell between mother and son.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Yamato
    Awash in Christopher Rejano’s neon-hued cinematography and punctuated by Nick Zinner’s eerie synth soundscapes, Reeder’s meandering tale is a fever dream of ideas.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Yamato
    Buoyed by sensitive and ferocious ensemble turns, “Honey Boy” is a cinematic salve for a tortured soul, in many regards a powerful vehicle for its star-screenwriter-subject and a vibrant narrative debut for documentary and video artist Har’el.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Yamato
    By selectively whittling down the novel’s interwoven time lines and characters, It Chapter Two refocuses its telling of King’s 1,100-plus-page bestseller into not just a scary clown movie — which it also is, thanks to Bill Skarsgård’s demented return as the trans-dimensional titular monster — but an elegy of memory, trauma and healing, minus the more extreme and controversial elements of the novel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Yamato
    Parabellum excels when it tees up the sublimely inventive and wince-inducing close quarters fights with the lethally graceful Reeves baring John Wick’s psyche and soul between reloads and headshots.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Jen Yamato
    Go For Broke unfolds across Hawaii with lo-fi charm but introduces more characters than it can balance, falling into uneven and overly earnest stretches.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Yamato
    In Deadpool 2, the manic antics fly fast, but the franchise loses its edge as wise-cracking antihero Deadpool goes dadcore, attempting to infuse standard-issue four-quadrant studio blockbuster beats into what was once a revolutionary R-rated premise.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Yamato
    It
    Mama maestro Andy Muschietti directs this visually splendid but thematically toned-down interpretation with finesse, crafting a world rich in detail where menace lurks in every shadow.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Yamato
    Ingrid might be a lying, manipulative stalker, but Plaza also lets us see her humanity, engendering a crucial empathy for the desperation that drives her.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Yamato
    Baywatch...is for those fans who couldn’t resist the show’s soapy charms. New ones who crave a summer blockbuster comedy might enjoy how much it not only owns its dumbness but hurtles itself all the way back around through a flurry of genitalia jokes and F-bombs to splash unapologetically in an R-rated surf of winking postmodernism.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Jen Yamato
    Despite Donahue’s best efforts in a grand finale sleep session with life-or-death stakes, the premise never lives up to its promise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Yamato
    Young’s vision of quiet middle-class mayhem, drawn from the three-handed struggle between young Vicki and her tormentors, is bold and unflinching.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Yamato
    Bold and brutal in shocking spurts, the indie horror drama from writer-director O’Shea is a startling debut that leaves a fresh mark on the genre while celebrating its forbears.

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