Brent Simon

Brent Simon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
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.
Favorites:
Movies without Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Mariah Carey and Eric Schaeffer
Publications:
Entertainment Today , FilmStew.com , H Magazine , IGN Movies , Los Angeles CityBeat , Los Angeles Daily News , Now Playing Magazine , Paste Magazine , ReelzChannel.com , Screen International , Screendaily , Shared Darkness , Shockya.com
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1865
Total QuickRatings:
11
Location:
Los Angeles, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1865
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
18% The Wait (2014) " Blash marshals considerable atmospheric forces, but his film collapses under the weight of oblique logic and plotting, lacking in either effective emotional payoff or the more skilled observational touch of a rumination on loss." — Screen International
Posted Jan 31, 2014
7/10 13% Brightest Star (2014) " For all the Hollywood obsession with high-concept and special effects, sometimes there's something enchanting about a simple story simply told, and a movie of small rather than grand gestures." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
B+ 80% Charlie Victor Romeo (2014) " An unique and unsettling piece of minimalist experimental cinema [that] blends low-fi technique with high-tension situations, and wrings a real rooting interest out of viewers." — Shared Darkness
Posted Jan 30, 2014
C- 84% Run & Jump (2014) " With a rooted sense of place, Irish import Run & Jump flirts with being a lot of different things, but succeeds in being none of them." — Shockya.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
D 25% The Grounded (2014) " Passion is outstripped by incoherence in this homeopathic doc, whose aims and claims remain so hazy as to circumvent embrace from even the most sympathetic and open-minded viewers." — Shared Darkness
Posted Jan 25, 2014
B+ 80% If You Build It (2014) " A bittersweet exploration of outreach and advocacy [that] illustrates the benefits of the practical application of alternative education, and the ripple effects it can create for a community." — Shared Darkness
Posted Jan 24, 2014
C 26% Jamesy Boy (2014) " A well-intentioned coming-of-age drama that never pushes past a comfortable orbit of earnestness in search of deeper truths." — Shockya.com
Posted Jan 17, 2014
D 13% Reasonable Doubt (2014) " A ramshackle delivery vehicle for Dominic Cooper's misadventures in accent and the sort of disinterested glowering that Samuel L. Jackson reliably pulls out for paycheck gigs." — Shared Darkness
Posted Jan 17, 2014
1.5/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " A showcase for what 50 percent effort and even less imagination looks like." — Screen International
Posted Jan 15, 2014
4/10 38% Black Coffee (2014) " Screeching meets social-minded speechifying in the misguided Black Coffee, which is shot through with trite expressions of familiar scenarios." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
7.3/10 50% Divorce Corp. (2014) " A back-stiffening doc that makes a persuasive case for the reform of family law court, and in particular a decoupling of money from issues regarding parental custody and visitation rights." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2014
39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " Achieves a feeling of realistic socio-cultural milieu but suffers from an under-sketched narrative and a timidity born of parceled-out corporate profit protection." — Screen International
Posted Jan 3, 2014
65% Mama (2013) " Mama is a serviceable scary movie that never quite coheres into something special." — Screen International
Posted Jan 1, 2014
B+ 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " The gut-punch gift of Berg's punishing true-life action drama is how it locates intimacy and fraternity, and mines deep reservoirs of feeling amidst much frenetic mayhem." — Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2013
C- 89% White Reindeer (2013) " Features a nice lead performance... but flat and unimaginative stagings don't much help the argument that White Reindeer is in any way an artful metaphor." — Shockya.com
Posted Dec 25, 2013
A- 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " The Crash Reel simply swells one's heart; the Pearce family is a smart and loving one, and the lessons sprinkled throughout this amazing documentary are multitude." — Shared Darkness
Posted Dec 25, 2013
C+ 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " It ably delivers scenes the sort of which the series' most ardent fans wish to see, [but] for those who aren't hardcore Tolkien enthusiasts it can be a bit of a slog." — Shared Darkness
Posted Dec 17, 2013
C+ 71% Tricked: The Documentary (2013) " Sobering, [but] with a focus that is more anecdotal than comprehensive, Tricked comes off as basically on par with any given television newsmagazine story on the same topic." — Shockya.com
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3.5/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Ferrell and his comrades exhibit a great rapport throughout. He, Carell and Rudd in particular have not only a gift for ad-libbing, but also nonverbal, in-character lateral thinking." — Screen International
Posted Dec 16, 2013
C- 81% Lenny Cooke (2013) " Lazy, fly-on-the-wall filmmaking. The Safdie brothers have the benefit of some rare extant footage, but absolutely no idea how to shape it into an interesting narrative." — Shared Darkness
Posted Dec 15, 2013
C- 40% Sweet Talk (2013) " A talky two-hander about romance and sexual desire, and a metaphor for finding north on one's compass, that works more in theory than in practice." — Shockya.com
Posted Dec 15, 2013
C+ 31% Crave (2013) " An artful if overlong howl of urban lamentation that puts an intriguingly melancholic top-spin on notions of vigilantism." — Shared Darkness
Posted Dec 13, 2013
.5/5 20% Expecting (2013) " A strained, tone-deaf and almost offensively slapdash train wreck. But hey, if fans of Monaghan or Mitchell feel compelled to hear them rhapsodize about 'gargling balls...'" — Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2013
2/5 18% Twice Born (2013) " The type of cinematic slog one watches and thinks, 'This would actually be much more interesting as a book.' And that makes sense, really, since that's its original medium." — Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2013
C+ 42% Oldboy (2013) " Part knuckle-bruising revenge thriller and part dark mystery, Lee's streamlined genre offering achieves a certain level of idiosyncratic hold without ever planting deeper roots of its own." — Shared Darkness
Posted Nov 27, 2013
1.5/5 42% Homefront (2013) " Statham delivers all the expected scowls and growls, but there's no originality, nuance or even dumb-fun catharsis to recommend this inept exercise in punch-'em-up justice." — Screen International
Posted Nov 26, 2013
A —— Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury " A striking Brazilian import [that] marries a moody and evocative rumination on human frailty with animation possessing an uncommon lyricism and beauty." — Shockya.com
Posted Nov 25, 2013
B —— Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles " The inimitable stamp of Silverman's dark, tart personality is again on rich display in her latest stand-up comedy offering." — Shared Darkness
Posted Nov 25, 2013
C 61% Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) " A big-hearted but overly fawning documentary that -- despite some great interview material -- feel like a soggy toss-off, and missed opportunity." — Shared Darkness
Posted Nov 22, 2013
C- 67% Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (2013) " While not without moments of breathtaking natural beauty, this eco-postcard otherwise suffers from too scattershot a focus and too stodgy a tone to sustain interest over even its brief running time." — Shockya.com
Posted Nov 17, 2013
D 20% Cold Turkey (2013) " The wound-up bickering of Cold Turkey is all show -- devoid of any attachment to real characters, feelings or problems." — Shockya.com
Posted Nov 17, 2013
C+ 69% About Time (2013) " If it feels like the mangled adaptation of a much richer and more rewarding novel, almost everything that is frustrating about the film is also counterbalanced by moments of thoughtfulness and insightfulness." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2013
B 73% The Motel Life (2013) " A bruised, purple plum of a drama that mostly connects as a mood piece about the muddy rut of low self-esteem, and belief that life offers no better circumstances beyond just day-to-day subsistence." — Shockya.com
Posted Nov 14, 2013
B+ 92% Medora (2013) " A measured but emotionally effective gut-punch lament for the death rattle of small town America, as told through the prism of a hapless Indiana high school basketball team." — Shockya.com
Posted Nov 12, 2013
B+ 59% Running From Crazy (2013) " A delicate, openhearted work that throws open the shutters on a famously troubled family, making a powerful statement about some of the more forthcoming mental health conversations we as a society should be having." — Shockya.com
Posted Nov 10, 2013
D 45% Big Sur (2013) " Clearly edited to evoke a feeling of slipstream, stream-of-consciousness connection, but little more than a rolling delivery service of smugness, self-destruction, hedonism and pretentiousness." — Shockya.com
Posted Nov 8, 2013
5.8/10 41% A Case Of You (2013) " Its third act conflict and resolution all seem motivated not by the characters on screen chafing at change, growth or surrender, but instead by scenes from other movies." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2013
C- 33% The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (2013) " A deadly dull Zionist booster shot that trades away what benefits in firsthand recollection and access it has through a steady drip of reflexive self-importance." — Shockya.com
Posted Nov 7, 2013
C —— The Impaler (2013) " The script has a couple interesting ideas at its core, but the film doesn't really have the resources to convincingly pull off its period piece flashbacks, or even sustain tension for long stretches." — Shockya.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
B- 85% Seduced And Abandoned " An entirely odd but nonetheless endearing sort of valentine to the madness of movies in general and the dizzying swirl of Cannes much more specifically." — Shared Darkness
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " A funny, sweet and poignant crowd-pleaser that doesn't insult its audience's intelligence." — Screen International
Posted Oct 29, 2013
C 69% Enzo Avitabile Music Life (2013) " A pencil sketch, and little more. For all the obvious optimism and positive energy that flow from him, Avitabile still remains an elusive figure as rendered here." — Shockya.com
Posted Oct 28, 2013
B+ 95% Birth Of The Living Dead (2013) " An engaging doc that merits its existence both from the legitimate perspective of academic-leaning film historians as well as more casual horror fans." — Shockya.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
C+ 67% The Network (2013) " Orner exhibits a deep and sincere passion for her surrogate subjects and what she clearly believes to be the balm of this unique 'edu-tainment,' a fact which helps offset a somewhat jumbled editorial vision." — Shockya.com
Posted Oct 15, 2013
C- 42% Men at Lunch (2013) " Men at Lunch loses sight of its lede and fumbles away viewer interest. The photo itself says more than this muddled documentary." — Shared Darkness
Posted Oct 14, 2013
C- 56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Part black-and-white student thesis film, part subversive attack on corporate-peddled American fantasy, Moore's film casts a spell -- until it doesn't." — Shared Darkness
Posted Oct 14, 2013
C- 10% Cassadaga (2013) " Cassadaga flirts with conventions of both paranormal horror films and more traditional serial killer thrillers, but is marked by listless characters and indistinct dialogue." — Shared Darkness
Posted Oct 14, 2013
B 63% Broadway Idiot (2013) " A film about both [creative] challenges and choices... Broadway Idiot does a good job of tapping into the source material's thick veins of feeling." — Shared Darkness
Posted Oct 14, 2013
B 61% Linsanity (2013) " Commingling tabloid frenzy, familial roots, underdog uplift, racial identity and nose-to-the-grindstone doggedness, Linsanity is a film with lots on its mind but a solid vision as to the interwoven elements of Lin's astounding tale." — Shockya.com
Posted Oct 9, 2013
C 8% CBGB (2013) " Yet another film from Miller, starring Rickman, with an engaging protagonist and an interesting backdrop or pitch, but little sense of psychological depth." — Shockya.com
Posted Oct 8, 2013
A 97% Gravity (2013) " An immersive masterwork -- a game-changer, both for the sci-fi genre and Hollywood filmmaking as a whole." — Shared Darkness
Posted Oct 4, 2013
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