For 26 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jim Slotek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Incredibles 2
Lowest review score: 25 The Darkest Minds
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
26 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Jim Slotek
    As a first-time filmmaker, Barinholtz is on training wheels, shooting almost entirely in closed-space interior, the better to concentrate on his words. To that extent, The Oath is (at first anyway) a scarily realistic depiction of the argument feedback loop that seems to be ripping society apart. But the denouement allows him to slip away without a realistic premise for how one would leave that loop.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Jim Slotek
    In Sharkwater Extinction, we also get a glimpse of the sanguine approach Stewart brought to coming face-to-face with the extermination of the creatures he loves.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Jim Slotek
    As with Carpenter, build-up is the thing (Michael is mostly talked-about for the first half-hour), and producers Blumhouse’s trademark jump-scares are a nice stylistic fit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jim Slotek
    What distinguishes Knuckleball from other thrillers involving children is the seeming reality of the peril portrayed.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jim Slotek
    The good in the movie is overwhelmed by its by-the-numbers approach to its story. There’s not enough in Bigger to make a fan out of non-fans of body building, and there’s enough wrong to turn off the real fans.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jim Slotek
    Colette is ultimately a feminist tale, but never one that wallows in self-pity or seriousness. It is also carried along lightly by a script with a streak of wit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Jim Slotek
    Considering the (pardon the expression) glacial pace of much of the lead-up, Hold the Dark’s eruption into massacre-level violence is jarring. Once it takes hold, it is relentless and grueling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Jim Slotek
    Assassination Nation may be empty calories as social satire, but it’s a dark, wry, of-the-moment story of run-amok panic that will entertain horror fans.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Jim Slotek
    Director/co-writer Shane Black, indulging his tendency towards glibness, brings an outright comic touch that turns the latest interaction between humans and these dreads-wearing extraterrestrial big-game hunters, into something of a bloody romp – as inappropriate as that sounds (and often is).
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Jim Slotek
    I will give The Nun this, it has an utterly outrageous ending that pretty much brought the house down at the advance screening I attended.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Jim Slotek
    The Last Suit has its narrative flaws and leaps of faith. But the sheer force of its central character’s untethered voyage of discovery – and the acting behind it - overcomes all.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Jim Slotek
    A kind of gothic, ghostly mash-up of Downton Abbey and Grey Gardens, The Little Stranger is as mannered, tattered and morose as that marriage of premises suggests.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Jim Slotek
    Even as a reboot, it remains both scenically beautiful and an ordeal at the same time.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Jim Slotek
    There’s enough promise in The Happytime Murders for it to possibly work as a short-lived, gimmicky Comedy Network series. But the effort that’s put into stretching this gag over the length of a feature film is more painful than funny.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jim Slotek
    City-dwellers may go their entire lives without realizing that the greatest movie screen of all is above their heads, telling billions of stories.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Jim Slotek
    Dog Days moves along, mostly pleasantly and at its worst is a somewhat-forced good time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Jim Slotek
    As a movie for adults, Christopher Robin has rewards, but needn’t have been so antic. The schmaltz would have sufficed. As a movie for children, well…
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Jim Slotek
    It’s hard to imagine The Darkest Minds becoming the franchise it was intended to be. The plot is murky confusing and unengaging, and the entire genre may just be worn out by now.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jim Slotek
    Callahan, who died in 2010, understood the emotional venting behind his work and talked about it. As moving as it often is, we get a lot of the venting in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, but not enough of the work, or the man behind it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Jim Slotek
    Though Under the Tree falls firmly into satire, it is not a comedy with a lot of laughs. It is more an absurdist tragedy, with cringe-worthy moments.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jim Slotek
    The First Purge has a lot of narrative and unsubtle subtext to cram into a movie that’s barely 90 minutes long. In fact, its big, violent finish notwithstanding, a lot of it is quite dull and its pacing inconsistent.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jim Slotek
    Ant-Man and the Wasp moves, mainly on the strength of snappy repartee and visuals. Ignore the plot and live in the moment – kind of a quantum concept right there – and it’s entertaining enough.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Jim Slotek
    You can’t come away from Love, Cecil without appreciating how much of Beaton's aesthetic outlived him.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Jim Slotek
    What gives Hearts Beat Loud its life is the father-daughter interaction and chemistry between Offerman and Clemons. Their original jam session makes the audience sit up and take notice.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Jim Slotek
    Uncle Drew is a goodhearted broad comedy, one where you don’t have to know the players (under all that latex) to enjoy the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jim Slotek
    Incredibles 2 is a movie that could have been made redundant by time. Instead, it lightens the mood in a world gone super-serious.

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