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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Showing 51 - 100 of 1912
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
5.1/10 63% Small Time (2014) " Small Time is an appropriate title for this period piece dramedy, the type of film whose meandering tone and lack of stakes inform savvy viewers of the fact that it's 'inspired by true events' even without benefit of a credits title card." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2014
6.0/10 21% Frankie & Alice (2014) " Admittedly a generously apportioned slice of awards-bait pie, but a well-rendered and engaging psychological drama nonetheless, anchored by two solid performances." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2014
5/10 30% Perfect Sisters (2014) " Exists in a soupy, unpersuasive middle ground, neither touching the rich, charged atmosphere of Heavenly Creatures, nor aiming for something more darkly comedic or rooted in social commentary." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2014
C- 89% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) " A hopelessly insular work [that] affirms the talent of its subject, but frustratingly fails to establish a cleanly delineated backdrop or emotional throughline for a general audience." —
Posted Apr 16, 2014
6.8/10 62% Draft Day (2014) " Less a disquisition on beta-masculinity than an engaging extension of the National Football League brand. But it works far more than it doesn't, connecting with pleasure and heart." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2014
C+ 50% Hateship Loveship (2014) " Even if the low-wattage hum of her lightly romantic drama eventually peters out, Johnson again proves herself an astute chronicler of human frailty." —
Posted Apr 13, 2014
C 43% The Anonymous People (2014) " Leads with its considerable heart, but can't summon the sort of order and focus necessary to convert generalized sympathy into stronger lasting memory or impulse for action." —
Posted Apr 12, 2014
A 91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " An engaging work of many colors, at once funny and heart-piercing. There may not be a better film this year about adult sibling jostling, rivalry and affection." — Shared Darkness
Posted Apr 11, 2014
5.5/10 48% Rio 2 (2014) " Overstuffed and overly demonstrative, Saldanha's sequel is at once perfectly fine and perfectly forgettable." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 89% Bears (2014) " Co-directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey's stirringly captured movie unlocks a sincere sense of awe and reverence within viewers' hearts, even as it frustrates an audience looking for a bit more." — Screen International
Posted Apr 9, 2014
C+ 40% A Farewell to Fools (2014) " An extremely low-boil wartime farce, content to wring quiet smiles and silent laughs, that more or less works as a sort of lightly affected, darkly comedic parable." —
Posted Apr 8, 2014
6.5/10 24% Goodbye World (2014) " Kind of an incidental apocalyptic drama -- an unusual, distinctively character-rooted hybrid of The Big Chill, The Trigger Effect and Into the Wild." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2014
C+ 43% In the Blood (2014) " Saddled with a weirdo, disturbing ending. Still, there's still a certain ramshackle appeal to this starchy, Taken-meets-Turistas revenge flick, which could just as easily be titled Woman on Fire." —
Posted Apr 7, 2014
D+ 25% Alien Abduction (2014) " Eschewing more sophisticated and higher-degree-of-difficulty moodiness for lots of panicked thrashing about, this found-footage horror tale is an exercise in well-intentioned tedium." —
Posted Apr 4, 2014
B 100% Big Men (2014) " A kind of true-life, slow-motion disaster flick for the NPR set [which] throws a spotlight on human fallibility, and all the shades of grey that color the geopolitical world." —
Posted Apr 2, 2014
C+ 77% Noah (2014) " Poised somewhere between a film of pure wonder and a more explicitly religious action text, Noah is a big and interesting and evocative and at times sigh-inducing work, for a variety of reasons." — Shared Darkness
Posted Apr 1, 2014
C- —— Happy Camp " Absent a story that generates any sort of clearly defined stakes or rooting audience interest, the movie elicits more of a yawn than any lasting impression." —
Posted Apr 1, 2014
B 89% Cheap Thrills (2014) " A tense, knotty (in more ways than one) valentine of leaching amorality -- a satisfyingly warped walk on the wild side." — Shared Darkness
Posted Mar 31, 2014
C- 83% On My Way (2014) " A road trip venture crafted especially for Catherine Deneuve, this testy and at times offbeat French import, more ramshackle than pleasingly ambling, never gels in a meaningful manner." —
Posted Mar 31, 2014
C 82% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) " It's possible for a movie to confirm the innate filmmaking gifts of its helmer while still not quite succeeding as a standalone film. Such is the case with this artful yet frustrating coming-of-age drama, which values tone over incident." —
Posted Mar 31, 2014
B+ 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " Instead of pandering to one and only one sentiment, this engaging offering -- poised pleasantly between quaint and quirky -- does entirely right by adolescent feeling." — Shared Darkness
Posted Mar 30, 2014
7.4/10 78% Teenage (2014) " Wolf reveals himself to be a gifted and intuitive filmmaker, able to make academic connections that are still true to the depth of feeling attached to teenagedom -- of living very seriously, except when absolutely not." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
8.8/10 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " A rigorous, riveting and surprisingly funny cogitation on sexual liberation, gender double standards, love, sociopathy and any number of the filmmaker's other obsessions." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
8.6/10 73% Enemy (2014) " A woozy, danger-infused rumination on identity that triggers tripwires of panic and sexual compulsion, Enemy is like a cold glass of water to the face of cinematic formalism." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2014
C 41% Divergent (2014) " Attractively mounted and boasting some nice performances, but also peddling a thunderously stupid conceit whose dodgy details ask viewers to ignore all they know of basic human psychology." — Shared Darkness
Posted Mar 21, 2014
6.0/10 44% The Art of the Steal (2014) " A movie that scores by way owning its familiarity. If the plot specifics are basically a yawn, director Sobol wisely keeps seriousness at bay, infusing his effort with a springy energy." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2014
7.5/10 95% Particle Fever (2014) " A fascinating nonfiction celebration of human curiosity and endeavor, Particle Fever gives viewers a shotgun-seat to history that plays out on a very relatable plane." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The story this time feels small and miscalculated ... and minus the mooring presence of Jason Segel and Amy Adams, there isn't an engaging enough connection between the Muppets and the human actors." — Screen International
Posted Mar 12, 2014
2.5/5 22% Need For Speed (2014) " A technically polished but narratively bloated and muddled adaptation of the bestselling videogame racing series of the same name." — Screen International
Posted Mar 11, 2014
B 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " A lively slice of exploratory nonfiction portraiture [that] serves as a reminder... we can be celebrated for the manner in which we conduct ourselves in noble defeat." —
Posted Mar 7, 2014
C- 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Starts off intriguingly but runs out of interesting little character quirks and recognizable faces stuffed into supporting roles, succumbing to less interesting, jerry-rigged thrills and payoffs that leave one feeling a bit empty." — Shared Darkness
Posted Mar 4, 2014
3.8/10 —— Repentance (2014) " A mopey thriller that unsuccessfully tries to blend psychological portraiture with pointless tension derived from torture, Caland's film wastes two performances that outstrip the material's intelligence deficit." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2014
2/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Rise of an Empire peddles a very particular, fetishized form of masculine hero worship, but all in service of little more than a state-of-the-art showcase for unremitting violence." — Screen International
Posted Mar 3, 2014
1.5/10 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " The only thing 3 Days to Kill murders is 117 minutes, plus viewers' patience and goodwill; a stunning lack of attention to detail is its most consistent trait." — Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2014
D 29% Pompeii (2014) " Elicits a genuine curiosity to learn more about Pompeii, since one has so much free time to ponder the story's historical underpinnings whilst letting waves of inanity wash over them." — Shared Darkness
Posted Feb 21, 2014
C+ —— Down And Dangerous (2014) " There's a weirdly dirty charm to this curio, which has more going for it than not." — Shared Darkness
Posted Feb 19, 2014
D+ 54% Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014) " Any film about the global financial crisis that fails to consider subsidized risk, the illegality of credit default swaps, echo-chamber thinking and the like is irresponsible at best and deleterious at worst. And that's Hank." —
Posted Feb 18, 2014
D 0% Best Night Ever (2014) " What's right about Best Night Ever begins and ends with its cast, who have a nice rapport. The film, however, settles into a manic groove that is at once nonsensical and familiar." —
Posted Feb 15, 2014
6.8/10 58% At Middleton (2014) " This unusual film alternately charms and frustrates, in nearly equal measure." — Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2014
3/10 8% Cavemen (2014) " A blockheaded, sigh-inducing retread that evinces neither any particular originality nor freshness of telling." — Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2014
C 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " An awkward mash-up [that] in the end will represent nothing more than a momentary, wholly understandable blip on the respective filmographies of its talented young cast." — Shared Darkness
Posted Feb 10, 2014
B- 70% Love Is In The Air (2014) " A cinematic approximation of lives less ordinary -- it has vivacity and enough authenticity to make us believe its sweet fabrications." —
Posted Feb 9, 2014
C- 50% Somewhere Slow (2014) " Puts viewers on a slow train to Posed Self-Actualization, with too many stops along the way." —
Posted Feb 6, 2014
C+ —— We Are The Giant " The clarion call of a grander moral calling anchors the documentary We Are the Giant, and in large part saves it from its own overstuffed passion." — Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2014
B+ 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " An arresting nonfiction look at a subculture of young African-American dirt-bike enthusiasts who view their hobby as a ride-or-die proposition -- a dangerous way to act out proxy battles with authority." — Shared Darkness
Posted Feb 4, 2014
4.5/5 95% The LEGO Movie (2014) " A smoothly blended concoction of spry sensory pleasures and considerable heart ... a terrific family-friendly adventure with sincere verve and pop." — Screen International
Posted Feb 3, 2014
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+ 82% 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- 86% 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." —
Posted Jan 30, 2014
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