Brent Simon

Brent Simon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brent Simon is a three-term president of LAFCA, a contributor to Screen International and Magill?s Cinema Annual, and film editor of H Magazine. He cannot abide a world without U2 and pizza.
Movies without Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Mariah Carey and Eric Schaeffer
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
13% 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- 76% Moebius (2014) " A formalist slice of perversity that never coheres into anything more meaningful than a willful piece of cinematic provocation." —
Posted Aug 27, 2014
17% 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." —
Posted Aug 17, 2014
D- 0% Among Ravens (2014) " A yawning, achingingly pretentious turd-burger, through and through." —
Posted Aug 16, 2014
B —— 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." —
Posted Aug 16, 2014
C+ —— I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story " A warm-hearted documentary look at the man behind one of the most beloved and iconic Sesame Street characters of all time." —
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3.0/10 9% 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 95% 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 17% 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 21% 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
33% 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
67% 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 24% Tammy (2014) " A tired, overwhelmingly lifeless and under-motivated comedy." — Screen International
Posted Jul 2, 2014
8.4 53% 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
24% 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 84% 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+ —— 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." —
Posted Jun 13, 2014
B —— 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- —— 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." —
Posted Jun 13, 2014
D+ 70% 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." —
Posted Jun 11, 2014
B+ 85% 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
80% 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 52% 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." —
Posted Jun 2, 2014
4.8 60% 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+ —— 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." —
Posted May 29, 2014
6.7/10 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " At the center of the film's appeal, though, are its two lead performances and the joy of watching these actors seemingly discover each other in real time." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 23, 2014
1.5/5 10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " This clamorous offering fails to elicit either laughs or much in the way of sympathy." — Screen International
Posted May 22, 2014
4.4/10 8% Don Peyote (2014) " It sounds dickish and empty to call Don Peyote indulgent, but the film feels so personal that it never connects to any universal feelings of panic on the part of its character or, by extension, Fogler." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
D+ —— Forev (2014) " There's nothing particularly deep or compelling about these characterizations, and since the film doesn't create its own canted universe a pungent odor of phoniness envelopes an already flimsy conceit." —
Posted May 21, 2014
5.3/10 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " A serviceable, straightforward work that embraces posed and expeditious dramatic signifiers rather than plunging more daringly into the mouth of madness." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
C —— Losing LeBron " This cinematic apéritif is a moderately engaging if also somewhat incomplete emotional survey of a city's psychological health." —
Posted May 14, 2014
B —— Sunken City " Fans of The Big Lebowski will appreciate this loose-limbed crime comedy, which locates its sweet spot in stoner humor and dry send-up of noir conventions, plus a strong lead performance." — Shared Darkness
Posted May 14, 2014
8.2/10 82% Fed Up (2014) " Stephanie Soechtig's documentary lays waste to the cruel, dismissive assessment that corpulence is simply a reflection of a lack of personal willpower." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 12, 2014
1.5/5 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " Wasting a voice cast populated with recognisable names, this attempt to cash in on nostalgia for its source material evokes more bewilderment and boredom than excitement or wistful reminiscence." — Screen International
Posted May 11, 2014
C —— As High As The Sky (2014) " The end resting point at which As High As the Sky arrives is a heartfelt one. One merely wishes its path was a bit more deeply carved." —
Posted May 10, 2014
C 80% Redwood Highway (2014) " A marginal showcase for fans of the twice Oscar-nominated Shirley Knight that falters by taking the road more frequently traveled." —
Posted May 9, 2014
6.1/10 83% Belle (2014) " This polished and engaging but emotionally gauzy and at times downright frustrating film slugs its way through a lot of dutifully passionate speechifying en route to a conclusion of scrupulously manufactured uplift." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 8, 2014
C+ 27% Farmland (2014) " Doesn't exercise a great deal of editorial discipline in crafting deep narrative through-lines, but steeped enough in feeling to provide a freshmen-level survey class on modern American agriculture." —
Posted May 4, 2014
2.9/10 52% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) " Powered by whiplash tonalities, the film's unwieldy, stacked-deck narrative cycles through a series of tableaux that are largely familiar, frequently phony and sometimes, remarkably, even both at the same time." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 3, 2014
6.5/10 44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " An unfussy but robust World War II drama inspired by the factual story of a small-town Hungarian rabbi's son who used wile, guile and occasionally brute force to disrupt Nazi occupation and save countless Jewish friends and families." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014
C- 84% Last Passenger (2014) " A runaway-train action thriller that coasts along serviceably for a bit before entering Boredom Station, this British-produced rip-off of Speed lacks compelling characterizations." —
Posted Apr 24, 2014
24% The Other Woman (2014) " Connecting slightly more often than not, this film works best as a showcase for the talents of Leslie Mann, who can wring rueful laughter of identification out of humiliation and angst unlike few actresses working today." — Screen International
Posted Apr 23, 2014
B 86% Joe (2014) " A tender, lyrical slice of underclass drama that also exercises a certain metaphorical connection to the low-lying fog of economic desperation that presently holds so many in its grip." — Shared Darkness
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3.9/10 19% Transcendence (2014) " A techno-thriller that systematically squanders an interesting concept. Overstuffed but underdeveloped, it mistakes serial incident for dramatic connection." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2014
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