Brent Simon

Brent Simon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Brent Simon's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.3/10 No Score Yet The Algerian "The Algerian plays out more like an exercise in cinematic Socratic method than anything resembling a cogent drama. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3.1/10 0% United Passions (2015) "Director Frédéric Auburtin's movie is a mushy, stakes-free drama that attempts to impress all the conventions of biographical cinema upon a self-impressed overview of business world maneuvering and horse-trading. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2015
5.5/10 50% The Film Critic (2015) "Lacking more defined instincts for either comedy or drama, The Film Critic exists in a muddled, mushy middle ground. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2015
7.0/10 81% Our Man in Tehran (2015) "Luxuriating in the sort of complexity that streamlined films have a difficult time fitting into the confines of a cathartic narrative, Our Man in Tehran is a worthwhile complementary piece to Argo. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 24, 2015
7.6/10 100% One Cut, One Life (2015) "Who 'owns' a death? And what is owed to the dying, whether their exit is sudden or a slow and managed one? Those heavy questions hang over this engaging doc, which grapples with loss, love and the boundaries of intimacy. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 24, 2015
3.2/10 No Score Yet Private Number (2015) "A neo-Hitchcockian turducken of slapdash, would-be intrigue, Private Number is the sort of film that would rather accept all manner of ridicule rather than be accused of being boring. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 3, 2015
4.1/10 43% The Living (2015) "The Living could be something kind of interesting, if only it weren't trying so hard to emotionally goad its audience. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2015
6.3/10 33% The Road Within (2015) "What most recommends The Road Within, however, is its casting and performances. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2015
5.8/10 57% The Girl Is In Trouble (2015) "A well-executed crime drama that, on a narrative level, finds itself too bogged down in the familiar to achieve genuine lift-off -- let alone anything memorable. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B- 71% Gone Doggy Gone (2015) "What Gone Doggy Gone has going for it, though, is solid banter writing and some crisp, engaging characterizations and acting. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted Mar 16, 2015
98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) "Sometimes a film need not totally work in order to win you over. Case in point: Appropriate Behavior, which heralds the arrival of a fresh talent in the form of multi-hyphenate Desiree Akhavan. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 12, 2015
45% Comet (2014) "An engaging cinematic disquisition about the white-hot passion and toxic exasperation of young love, as well as a rather wonderful showcase for Justin Long and Emmy Rossum. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 5, 2014
7.8/10 41% Young Ones (2014) "A dusty, Old Testament tone poem of obsession, savagery and other darker human impulses, Young Ones grapples with the long shadows that sins of the past can cast, and the question as to whether they can be escaped. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2014
6.4/10 69% Laggies (2014) "The characters in Laggies are interesting, but they feel caught between real behavior and cinematic contrivance. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2014
8/10 97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) "This is a movie that one need not be a jazz fan at all to enjoy. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2014
8% The Best Of Me (2014) "Sputters and struggles to find lift, relying almost entirely on the conviction and stand-alone innate goodwill of its performers before collapsing into an overly plotted heap. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 17, 2014
8% Addicted (2014) "Part soapy melodrama, part steamy thriller of infidelity gone sideways, this film is wholly unconvincing as a study of sexual compulsion. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 13, 2014
62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) "Arteta's adaptation indulges mildly anarchic hijinks while also managing to reliably touch upon something real about the feeling of familial solidarity. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 11, 2014
11% Good People (2014) "Mindless and mechanical until it suddenly decides to abandon any pretense of sense in a pulpy third act that hints in the faintest fashion at the deranged fun the film could have been ... " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 26, 2014
10% No Good Deed (2014) "No Good Deed proves undone by a screenplay that is demonstrative even by genre standards, effectively wasting the talents of its two leads, Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 14, 2014
C- 78% Moebius (2014) "A formalist slice of perversity that never coheres into anything more meaningful than a willful piece of cinematic provocation. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted Aug 27, 2014
18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) "When the Game Stands Tall achieves a functional dramatic hold in its peddled veneration of family, humility, devotion and other working-class values. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 22, 2014
F 7% Septic Man (2014) "A big, messy, arbitrary handful of stupidity and grossness, lacking any sort of unifying gonzo aesthetic or queasy moodiness. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted Aug 17, 2014
D- 0% Among Ravens (2014) "A yawning, achingingly pretentious turd-burger, through and through. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted Aug 16, 2014
B 100% Giuseppe Makes A Movie (2014) "Reminiscent of Austin Lynch's short nonfiction series Interview Project and Chris Smith's American Movie. A lively portrait of outsider cinema and the defiant spirit of life as art. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted Aug 16, 2014
C+ 83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "A warm-hearted documentary look at the man behind one of the most beloved and iconic Sesame Street characters of all time. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3.0/10 8% After (2014) "American tragedy serves as underfed underpinning for rote theatrics in After, an unpersuasive ensemble drama that settles into a self-serious glide-path of inanity early on, never to recover. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2014
7.6/10 94% The Dog (2014) "A rich dessert served in a slightly too-hearty portion size, The Dog flirts with deeper truths about lives surrendered to the pursuit of fame but never totally punches through. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2014
4.7/10 19% Very Good Girls (2014) "Appreciably different and well acted throughout, and sincerely engaging in patches... [but] ultimately succumbs to sigh-inducing artificiality. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3.2/10 54% Road to Paloma (2014) "Less a failure of competing or conflicting visions and more just a buffet of poorly executed meanderings. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3.9/10 20% Affluenza (2014) "A stilted, utterly phony drama of rich-kid angst that thinks it's saying something about the hidden perils of privilege but is actually just an exercise in wheel-spinning inanity. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2014
6.8/10 90% The Kill Team (2014) "A documentary that leans heavily on a viewer's innate interest in tangled philosophical questions of guilt and corrupted innocence. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2014
36% The Giver (2014) "Possessing of a visually arresting palette but a narcoleptic narrative, this young-adult novel adaptation delivers mostly boredom. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 43% Step Up: All In (2014) "Much amazing dance talent is again given dazzling showcase, but the sporadic bursts of cathartic joyfulness herein are fewer and further between than in any movie in the series. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 11, 2014
68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) "Visually lush and all-around professionally mounted but dramatically inert. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 30, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) "With more vividly drawn characters, this could still take flight. There's just not much of nuance or distinction here, however. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 15, 2014
1.5/5 23% Tammy (2014) "A tired, overwhelmingly lifeless and under-motivated comedy. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 2, 2014
8.4 54% Citizen Koch (2014) "Separate and distinct from being utter catnip for politicos, the dark lessons this engrossing nonfiction film holds... are terribly important ones. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2014
23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) "It settles for waving its arms, making noise and pointing out that change unsettles all of us, men and women. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 19, 2014
8.1/10 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) "Abundant in charm and loose-limbed energy, it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, possessing everything one wants from a big Hollywood studio action-comedy. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2014
B+ No Score Yet The Jazz Funeral "A smart indie effort -- a relaxed, shrewdly observed portrait of the crucible a lot of young men must pass through in entering into a functional, adult, peer relationship with their father. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted Jun 13, 2014
B No Score Yet 120 Days "This doc throws an affecting spotlight on the personal side of immigration, [and] shows that we as a society can't and don't really want to know the full truth about the issue. " ‐ Shared Darkness
Posted Jun 13, 2014
C- No Score Yet Being Awesome "Cycles through well-worn clichés of stuck-in-a-rut, cusp-of-thirtysomething frustration, but adds nothing much new or of interest to the emotionally-adrift-guys sub-genre. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted Jun 13, 2014
D+ 73% Burt's Buzz (2014) "If there was a film school class about burying the lede, it would be difficult to think of a more fitting example than this aimless doc, which gets to its most essential questions only an hour into its running time or leaves them entirely unasked. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted Jun 11, 2014
B+ 83% Ivory Tower (2014) "Full of questions for which there are not always necessarily easy real-world answers. But doesn't that describe the college experience itself, however? Our mission: try, try again, fail again, fail better. " ‐ Shared Darkness
Posted Jun 11, 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) "Engagingly plotted and anchored by rich characterisations - a swollen tearjerker that confirms the star presence of Shailene Woodley. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 3, 2014
C 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) "A well-intentioned historical drama that gets caught up in the undertow of mawkish melodrama early on, never to fully recover. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted Jun 2, 2014
4.8 59% The Grand Seduction (2014) "Existing at the intersection of Quaint Avenue and Shenanigans Street, this odd, twee, character-based slice of rah-rah community dramedy and uplift never quite takes flight. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2014
7.1/10 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) "A scattershot affair that mixes MacFarlane's characteristically crass and off-kilter sense of humor with sentimentality and affable goofiness. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2014
C+ No Score Yet Oasis: Definitely Maybe (2004) "An engaging if incomplete documentary overview of Oasis' debut album that imparts some interesting new slang for drugged-out intoxication ('cabbaged beyond all f-cking belief') while also confirming the Gallagher brothers' feud. " ‐ Shockya.com
Posted May 29, 2014
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